$1400 First time gaming/ high end system

You have a very nice build going. :) Just a few minor changes to get you better hardware not to mention saving you a few dollars also.

First off that Zalman h/s is a major hose job. This h/s down below does a better job cooling and it's cheaper. The memory in this post is faster and it includes free shipping. This mobo down below is a steal at that price not to forget it has free shipping also. ...btw if you google "ewiz coupons" you can take even more money off the price of that Gigabyte mobo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $222.99 | $207.99 after rebate | Free Ground Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247 $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo


Oct 4, 2008
Better value heatsinks.

Core-Contact Freezer, $40. $10 MIR

Dark Knight, $40

Better RAM with better warranty, $85, $30 MIR

Better value PSU $110, $30 MIR

Rest looks good, if you want to cut more costs you will have to downgrade to a Phenom II.

Nice find on that psu :)