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.




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

    For $2 more you can get the slightly faster version of the 1TB caviar black

    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
  3. My thanks for the quick responses and suggestions, I'll pass it along.
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