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: newegg.com

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=microsoft_windows_7_home_premium-_-32-116-754-_-Product

CPU - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211&cm_re=core_i7-950-_-19-115-211-_-Product

HSF - ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019&cm_re=zalman_cnps9700-_-35-118-019-_-Product

Mobo - ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614&cm_re=asus_p6x58d_premium-_-13-131-614-_-Product

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130549&cm_re=geforce_gtx_470-_-14-130-549-_-Product

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&cm_re=g._skill_ripjaw-_-20-231-277-_-Product

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&cm_re=corsair_cmpsu_750w-_-17-139-006-_-Product

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=samsung%20spinpoint%20f3%20hd103sj

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058&cm_re=Antec_Nine_Hundred_Black_Steel_ATX_Mid_Tower-_-11-129-058-_-Product

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335&cm_re=lite_on_24x_dvd_writer-_-27-106-335-_-Product

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$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.566445
    RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (94$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225
    GPU: XFX 6870 1GB 256-bit (239$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506
    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM (69$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W 80+ (109$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
    CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Full Tower (135$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160
    HEATSINK: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 (29$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    DVD: ASUS DRW SATA 24X DVD Burner (19$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    OS: Win 7 Home 64bit (99$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    Total: $1,265


    Alternative Combo: Win7 Home 64bit + ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 (284$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.552653

    Optional Component: OCZ Agility 2 60GB SSD (119$) > Boot Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542
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