First Build - Thoughts and Suggestions

Approximate Purchase Date: Once I finish my college applications -.-

Budget Range: 1800 with everything but i want it to come down a lot...

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming intensive, movies, normal computer stuff when youre bored..

Parts Not Required: Starting from scratch :(

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Doesnt really matter..but i do like intel :)

Overclocking: Yes, going for atleast 4GHz

SLI or Crossfire: Yes around christmas time hopefully

Monitor Resolution: It will be 1920x1080

Additional Comments: So i have an initial build I have been planning for the past 2 to 3 weeks and it has everything I need...but it is 1800 dollars before shipping and taxes which is not what I initially intended it to be....I want to have some great performance (max on basically any game I play: CoD, WoW, Starcraft 2, etc...) Is there anything I could cut to make this a lot cheaper but still have the same performance or very close to it?

Here is my set up:

CD/DVD BURNER: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black EIDE/ATAPI Model SH-S222A - OEM $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175

PC CASE: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068

STORAGE HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99 Discount From Promo Code EMCZYNW52 $15.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

GPU/GRAPHICS CARD: SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102909

2.1 SPEAKER SYSTEM: Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speakers $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836116048

GAMING KEYBOARD: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard $52.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109191

GAMING MOUSE: Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104318

RAM/MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231278


PSU/MOTHERBOARD COMBO: Combo: 540812 $329.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.540812

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $10.00 REBATE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $20.00 REBATE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131482


PROCESSOR/HEATSINK: Combo: 541516 $242.99
http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?sid=&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FComboDealDetails.aspx%3FItemList%3DCombo.541516

HEATSINK: CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler $15 REBATE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

MONITOR: LG W2486L Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 DC 2000000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005134

Windows 7 Ultimate? - $269

Total about 1800 :( :(

Thanks for any comments and suggestions...
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  1. Haf 922 case. Blue edition if you want more LED's and blue instead of red.
    ($90 for red, $100 for blue)
    PSU is overkill, if you wanna save some $ downgrade. Suggested minmum Watts for crossfire 6870's is 600W. http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-radeon-hd-6000/hd-6870/Pages/amd-radeon-hd-6870-overview.aspx#3 I'd go with 700W or 750W for breathing room.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
  2. You can shave some case here.

    PSU - $ 100 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182102

    Mobo -$ 150 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131405
    or better yet - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130298

    Case - $90 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133181


    For OS you can pick either 64bit or 32bit and it'll cost less. You don't really need Ultimate so Professional would do fine.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006816%20600021070&IsNodeId=1&name=Ultimate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006816%20600021054&IsNodeId=1&name=Professional

    CPU OEM heatsink & fan is more than enough for its use even lite overclocking, buy one later if needed. Beside over clocking your system void your warranty. That's one of the biggest mistake most new builders; over clock the system right after build. You need to get the system work stable first then over clock when you know the system does not have warranty anymore, that time, your system is properly breaking and whatever issue you may have found is stabilized.
  3. rexter said:
    You can shave some case here.

    PSU - $ 100 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182102

    Mobo -$ 150 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131405
    or better yet - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130298

    Case - $90 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133181


    For OS you can pick either 64bit or 32bit and it'll cost less. You don't really need Ultimate so Professional would do fine.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006816%20600021070&IsNodeId=1&name=Ultimate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006816%20600021054&IsNodeId=1&name=Professional

    CPU OEM heatsink & fan is more than enough for its use even lite overclocking, buy one later if needed. Beside over clocking your system void your warranty. That's one of the biggest mistake most new builders; over clock the system right after build. You need to get the system work stable first then over clock when you know the system does not have warranty anymore, that time, your system is properly breaking and whatever issue you may have found is stabilized.


    Horrid PSU, has 3 egg an average review.
    Get a Corsair, Seasonic, Or XFX PSU. Like the one I posted earlier. Rosewills are worse quality..
    and a case is mainly the builders preference.
  4. Don't get Rosewill... Corsair or Antec

    Both have discount on Newegg atm for today ONLY, 20% off Antec, 10% off Corsair PSUs
  5. vindictive said:
    Horrid PSU, has 3 egg an average review.
    Get a Corsair, Seasonic, Or XFX PSU. Like the one I posted earlier. Rosewills are worse quality..
    and a case is mainly the builders preference.



    I won't call it hurid but you're right about Corsair being better.
  6. rexter said:
    I won't call it hurid but you're right about Corsair being better.


    Below perfect :p
  7. sorry for double
  8. Thanks for all the help!!!

    there is no point in downgrading to a 750 cuz its only 10 bucks cheaper and with the combo im getting the 850 with its actually another 30 bucks off....
  9. Alright then keep it :D. I haven't looked into the combo's to compare prices :P
  10. I decided to get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758 instead of ultimate full which saves me 150 bucks...
  11. another combo that saves money :) 548000
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