My first build

I've got some not expected extra-money, and I'm thinking about investing it in my new build.
below what I have in mind, but as I'm not a big expert I'd like to have your view about it in terms of compatibility of the different elements, if they are at the same level (or if one or more are weak compare to others), and if there's something else on the market with better value for the same money.
case: corsair 600T
mobo: gigabyte X58A-UD3R
power: corsair HX850W
cpu: intel i7 950
cooling: corsair A70
ram: corsair XMS3 12G (3x4)
video: Sapphire HD5870 1024 vaporX
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2E 120G
HDD: 2 x WD Caviar Black 1T
OS: Win 7 ultimate x64
monitor: Samsung P2770HD
dvd: Samsung SH-S223C
keyb+mouse: Logitech MK320
thank you for your help.
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  1. Swap the processor and board for 2500K and a P67 board for better performance at a lower price. The A70 is not great for the price look at the coolmaster 212+ for cheaper or Thermaltake Venomous x for more. Do you really need 12Gb RAM (you don't state your usage so you might). Hope this helps.
  2. Is this a gaming rig your building ? It's hard to give advice without knowing what it's intended use is for. And what country..Canada, US, etc... I'l bite the bullet and suggest a few changes.

    These new 1155's are pretty much the king of the hill nowaday's...especially for the price vs performance. No longer do you need ram with fast timings to get a decent over clock. That and they run very cool. Middle of the road after market h/s will do more than fine. This mobo/psu is set up to that you can add another one of those gtx 580's in SLI if you so choose. That vid card is the top of the food chain. :) Combo Price: $364.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $354.98
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $152.99
    ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $27.96 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus $6.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound $499.99
    EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $84.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
  3. Yeah need to know what you use the computer for......

    i5-2500K does NOT have hyperthreading so if you need this feature you should go with i7-2600 or 2600K.

    If you don't plan to overclock, then you don't need a K series either. The K series is unlocked for overclocking, although the non-K's do overclock, not nearly as well.
  4. aldous2 said:
    I've got some not expected extra-money, and I'm thinking about investing it in my new build. [...]

    I'm a bell-curve guy, but I'm definitely envious of your future setup. The value-oriented side of me would ask if you actually need Windows 7 Ultimate (as opposed to Professional, or Home Premium for that matter)? As far as I can tell, Pro to Ultimate basically gives you BitLocker, which you can probably simulate easily enough with Axantum ( or TrueCrypt ( Additionally, downgrading to Home Premium only costs you the ability to log into domains, use XP mode, and do some type of corporate backup. Not sure about the domain issue, but I'm guessing you aren't adding to a domain. Likewise, XP Mode can be easily simulated with VirtualBox or VMWare...and there are tons of backup programs available.

    Hey, it could save you $200 or allow you to put that towards peripherals or something. Send me half or it. Whatever! ;-p

    Good luck.

    Nick C
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