Need advice on First build!

Approximate Purchase Date: (January 2011)

Budget Range: ($1600)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Surfing the net, HD video editing)

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (

Country of Origin: (USA)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel CPU, NVIDIA Graphics, Asus Mobo)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (1680 x 1050)

Additional Comments: (Long lasting and future-proof, something powerful and reliable.)

I need some opinions on my selections for parts. I'm new at this and would like to know if my selections are fully compatiable with each other and if there are some better products. I'm open to any suggestions!

Current Selection:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932-KWN3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Side window

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

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

EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...

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

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

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

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I will use a dual monitor display (2x 19in LCD widescreen) and a 5.1 sound system.

Thanks =]
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  1. Intel is coming out with their new Sandy Bridge range in the first quarter of next year. So I'll advise you hold on to your cash just a bit longer.

    Just one point though - Video rendering is a sucker for RAM. You might need to look at 12GB rather than only 6.

    As far as rest of the current components go, they look pretty good.

    You may however, if you want, swap out the WD HDD with a Samsung Spinpoint F4 & get a CL7 RAM kit instead of the CL8 one that you now have. Neither though will be a deal-breaker.
  2. id swap windows 7 home premium for professional or ultimate 64bit

    I would also get the coolermaster hyper 212+ heatsink/fan instead of their rifle.

    would also switch to this ram which has a lower CAS rating and is cheaper (and currently has a MIR:
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7
  3. Dont get a caviar, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is the way to go bro

    F4 if you want 2 TB

    +1 on the CM Hyper 212+
  4. I'm definitely waiting for the Sandy Bridge to come out now. I was already planning on upgrading to 12GB in the future but not at first. I would like a HDD with SATA III so what would you recommend for that? Also what is a good DVD burner? Lightscribe isn't important, I'll probably just have a separate drive if I decide I want lightscribe anyway.

  5. WD Caviar Black, Seagate Barracuda, Samsung Spinpoint, & Hitachi are what I'll be looking at.

    If you want a Blue Ray Burner, it'll cost you an arm & a leg. Assuming that not to be the case, I'll say get a $21 24X LG SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe Support or a $20 Samsung 22X SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe Support.

    If you want BD, you can get a $100 LG 10X Blu-ray Burner with LightScribe Support
  6. Does anyone know what the socket type will be for the Sandy Bridge...specifically the higher models that will replace the i7 950...I'd like to know what mobo and cpu fan to look for.
  7. Does anyone know what the socket type will be for the Sandy Bridge...specifically the higher models that will replace the i7 950...I'd like to know what mobo and cpu fan to look for.
  8. Sandy Bridge CPUs will be based on the current 32nm architecture.

    They will be split into two markets: mainstream and enthusiast. The mainstream models will replace the current LGA1156 'H1' Clarkdale and Lynnfield CPUs (Core i3 and Core i5) and will use LGA1155 'H2' packaging.

    One fewer pin than current LGA1156 CPUs. These will NOT be backwards compatible.

    Next is Sandy Bridge 'E' (Enthusiast or Extreme) 'Patsburg' platform, which features a new LGA2011 socket to replace LGA1366.

    LGA2011 will launch with quad-and six-core CPUs (with Hyper-Threading, so eight and 12 execution units respectively).

    The Mobo will prolly have a x68 chipset (against the current x58).

    Nice double post, btw :)
  9. If you're not gaming, a hexacore from AMD would probably suit your HD Video Editing needs better, but if you game, then go with an Intel Quad-Core
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