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I am planning my first computer build and I think I have everything I need picked out. I am no expert so I need some opinions on the choices I made. I'm not into gaming but I do some HD video editing. I really want a powerful machine that is highly upgradeable and future-proof to last me a long time.

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-OWR460 Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case RS-460-PSAR-J3, Elite 460W Power Supply

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full

CPU Fan:
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Any tips and opinions would be extremely helpful! I'm mainly concerned about compatibility.


I will be running two 19" widescreen monitors as well as a 5.1 PC sound system.
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  1. What do you plan to do with this computer and how much is your budget? Right now you'r builds a no go because the memory you chose isnt compatible with your cpu. Also you'll need to change a couple item but fill this our first:
  2. Approximate Purchase Date: (End of this Year)

    Budget Range: ($900 - $1200)

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Surfing Net, Music, HD Movies, HD Video Editing)

    Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (

    Country of Origin: (US)

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel i7 or i5)

    Overclocking: NO

    SLI or Crossfire: NO

    Monitor Resolution: (Max 1680x1050)

    Additional Comments: (Quiet, Reliable, Longlasting, Future-proof)
  3. What should I be looking at with RAM compatibility?
  4. I found this memory, I think it is compatible.

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
  5. There you go, the i7 9xx series use triple channel ram, so you have to buy them in sets of 3 sticks instead of 2 to optimize performance.
  6. That makes sense!
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