Mar 26, 2009
Haven't built a PC in about 3 years and the number of choices now was a little overwhelming, so I was hoping for a bit of advice on what I've put together to know if it is a good overall system for the price. I play a few games, but nothing too intensive, mostly WoW. Other then that pretty standard usage, nothing that I can think of that is overly taxing on a system.

Did I miss anything, should anything be swapped out while trying to keep the price around $1500?

Thanks for the help.

Optical Drive
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151173

Rosewill R5604-TBK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811147033

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136284

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103055

Video Card
EVGA 896-P3-1265-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130398

Power Supply
OCZ OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817341018

EVGA 132-BL-E758-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188046
Patriot Viper 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PVT36G1600LLK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820220363

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115202

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116493

Subtotal: $1,347.89
Tax: $97.72
Grand Total: $1,484.19
The build looks pretty good. I would just get Vista Home Premium instead and use the extra money to upgrade the case and PSU.

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-11-119-137-_-Product $79.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&Tpk=corsair%20750 $109.99 - $20 MIR

Here's a link to the comparison between the different versions of Vista. Vista Ultimate is not worth the extra money to most home users.

computer are so powerful that the only suggestion I have is that you probably dont need all that processing power .

The hardcore encoders and gamers are the only people who get value for money by buying top end systems .
if you are surfing , editing a few pics and playing the occasional game you could spend $500 less and have a very powerful computer



but if you want to spend 1500 then you should do what shortstuff said above and get it now. also, if you ever plan to overclock, i'd get a xigmatec cpu cooler even though you don't need to.

edit: you can also downgrade processor as mentioned by outlander and save yourself some dough to buy a kick butt monitor?


Mar 26, 2009
Thanks for the suggestions. Some of the things I was getting (power supply, Vista Ultimate) were just to try to take advantage of combo deals, but I think switching to what you've suggested may work out to roughly the same cost anyway.