Gaming/music recording first build.. need help

Hello everyone,

I'm looking to build my first computer on my own. I know my way around a P.C. for the most part and understand the basics of components, compatibility, sockets, etc. What I'm looking to get out this forum is for some of you experts to take a look at the components I have compiled on newegg and make sure all my hardware is compatible and what not before I go ahead and shell out close to a grand. Any recommendations and/or feedback would be very highly appreciated! Also too, any items where I may have over spent for Im trying to do and could save some money... etc etc etc. Any help would be great as this is my first build.

Heres what I'm looking to do...

1. Spending limit: between $600-$900
2. Usage : a.) music production/recording (example; running cubase, protools, and/or other programs with many vst plugin instruments being able to run simultaneously)
b.) The best possible gaming experience I could get with the price range given
3. Connect to an LCD HDTV 1080p for a great home theater experience.

Here's what I have compiled so far as far as components:

RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WY Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $39.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99
MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $199.99
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular $79.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model $99.99
ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $129.99
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $194.99

Subtotal: $814.93

Thank you in advance for any feedback!!
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  1. Hello ulteriorgod;

    The CPU and motherboard are a mismatch. You have a Sandy Bridge socket 1155 CPU which takes a P67/H67 motherboard,
    and that ASUS P7P55D-E LX socket 1156 motherboard that's meant for Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs.
  2. We're about a month out from the Sandy Bridge motherboard being available again. The were re-called for an engineering fault.

    How soon do you need your system built?
    You could slip a Core i5-760 CPU in that P7P55D-E LX and go on with that build.

    That PSU might be suspect. I can't find a review that says it's a high quality CPU.
    I think you'd be better off with a known high quality PSU in the same price range.
  3. thanks for the help. which psu would you recommend? id like to stay modular if you could think of anything.
  4. sounds good! thanks again for all your help!!! one last question for ya while im picking your brain... the clarkdale would work with that mobo right? same socket, but i know its not just the socket that matters.
  5. You're right.
    But the i5-760 is an excellent match with the ASUS P7P55D-E LX motherboard.
    The NewEgg customer feedback from ASUS P7P55D-E LX owners shows the i5-760 is a very popular CPU choice.
  6. Do you already have a DVD burner for your build?

    Be sure to let us know how things work out.

    Here is a Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC

    Look over the forum's "System won't boot" checklist to see some of the common build errors and how to avoid them.

    While you're waiting you can download the online version of the motherboard manual and start getting familiar with it.
  7. Cool. Ill check out all that info for sure. And no I didn't choose a dvd burner yet. Any suggestions?
  8. ASUS 24X DVD Burner $18 & free shipping has been popular with good customer reviews.
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