Review My First Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of the Year

Budget Range: 1200-1500 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing Web

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here is what I have so far.

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

CPU - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

HSF - ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Mobo - ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

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

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Optical - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support

This is the fist time i've tried to put a build together for a computer so feel free to point out things that may not work out. I just had a few concerns.

1. Are there any bottlenecks that might be slowing this build down?
2. Is the case I've picked big enough to house everything? I may want to add a second GPU at some point.
3. Will it be easy to overclock? Is the HSF I have good for overclocking?

Thanks for any input.
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  1. If your budget is 1200-1500, I would buy i7-9xx series with a compatible motherboard and triple channel 6GB RAM. I would also go with a slightly higher grade card. E.g. HD5870. or GTX470/480. Stick to XFX, HIS for radeons.

    Rest all is pretty much a no-brainer. CPU Mobo GPU and RAM matter the most. Your PSU is sufficient for future upgrades. You can very well buy a 650W and be content with it even for SLi or Crossfire but stick to Corsair for its warranty.

    I am not sure about the after-market cooler. No knowledge.
  2. My first suggestion is to wait till 9th Jan, 2011 for Intel new CPU's and by then AMD new GPU's will be released too. If wait aint an option then following are my components selection.

    CPU+MOBO: Intel Core i7 950 + ASUS Sabertooth X58 (464$)
    RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (94$)
    GPU: XFX 6870 1GB 256-bit (239$)
    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM (69$)
    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W 80+ (109$)
    CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Full Tower (135$)
    HEATSINK: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 (29$)
    DVD: ASUS DRW SATA 24X DVD Burner (19$)
    OS: Win 7 Home 64bit (99$)

    Total: $1,265

    Alternative Combo: Win7 Home 64bit + ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 (284$)

    Optional Component: OCZ Agility 2 60GB SSD (119$) > Boot Drive
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