New computer build: Couple questions.

This is a build for a friend, he's just looking for info on a few things:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Not sure, soon I would guess.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

OVERCLOCKING: Not sure.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM

Mainly wondering if the above parts are all compatible/work well with each other. Also wants to know which ram is better (price not a concern):

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8TU-6GBPI


Thanks in advance for the help, if you have any other suggestions feel free to post them though I think he has his heart set on this.
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  1. Is this just for gaming?

    If so:

    i5-870 or i5-760 (either 0$ or -80$, either will outperform it, 870 by quite a bit)

    Ga-P55a-UD3 mobo (-80$)

    Haf 922 (-40$, still crazy large)

    GTX 470 (-120$, ~97% of the performance)

    XFX Black edition 850 watt PSU (-25$ for a nicer PSU)

    Samsung F3 1TB (same performance, -13$) Else, 89$ version of the Caviar black.

    Get a G.skill ECO series 1600 speech kit for 102$ to go with the other mobo. (-~50$)

    And take that extra money and get 3D monitor/SSD/switch GPU for dual 460s. Would be a much better gaming build.

    The P55 mobo+CPU+ram suggestions are optional, the others are simply better choices.
  2. I would swap the PSU for an XFX 850W unit, after promo code and rebate its only ~$104 and is just as high quality as the Corsair HX850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001&Tpk=xfx%20850

    For $2 more you can get the slightly faster version of the 1TB caviar black
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

    I would take this memory kit over the two you posted, its got lower voltage, and slightly better timings, and free shipping so it comes out slightly cheaper too
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335
  3. My thanks for the quick responses and suggestions, I'll pass it along.
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