Hi Sam VDS
, Welcome to Geekstogo!
I have tons of advice for you and I think you'll be very happy with what I have to say. I'm not familiar with the website you linked me to (PriceSpy) but they are extremely high in their prices. Seeing that the dollar amounts were United States Dollar (USD), I assume you are buying from within America. If so, then I highly recommend you buy from Newegg.com. They can be trusted, have very good prices, and are very well known for their good customer service should there be any problems with your order. Most computer geeks purchase from newegg.com. Another trusted site is TigerDirect.com.
I am looking at trying to cut back on price but I'm not sure what components i should downgrade
Newegg is what will help with this. Take a look at their i7 930... HERE
for $294 compared to the $490 you linked to. However, the Gigabyte board you linked to only supports that CPU since BIOS version F4 so you would most likely have to flash the BIOS which can be risky and honestly I have no experience in doing. You would be just as happy with the i7 920
for $288. The clock i.e. 2.66ghz doesn't mean as much as it used to. The L3 cache is the same and the QPI is the same as well. Since you are newer and inexperienced, I'd recommend the 920.
Take a look at the rest of the good prices and recommendations.Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
$209 vs. $391.Kingston HyperX 6gb (2gb x 3) DDR3 1600
Faster (1600mhz vs. 1333mhz) and $179 vs. $235.Corsair 750watt 80 Plus Certified Modular PSU
Corsair is the best period. $150 vs. $198.Radeon 5870 1gb 256bit
by Sapphire with VaporX technology. A step up from the 5850 (an extremely nice card) and for the same price. $480.(Also, the power supply has enough PCI-E connectors to add a second 5870 in the future if wanted/needed)Antec 900
$100 vs. $200. Or step up and go with a Corsair Obsidian 800D
(very nice), Antec 1200
, Cooler Master HAF 932
, Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 Black
, Cosmos 1000 Aluminum w/ Window
<--- All among my personal favorites/best out there.1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3
$90 vs. $125. You can use this as your only hard drive, or use it just for storage(pictures, music, movies, etc.) and games you don't play everyday. Then use...60gb OCZ Vertex SSD
for your main drive for your Operating System, primary programs used (web browser, email client, etc), and your top favorite games. SSD's are extremely fast and are silent much like a thumb drive or flash drive. 120gb HERE
.LG Blu-Ray Player
(and cd/dvd burner) Samsung HERE
$104 vs. $175.
Can't find a Samsung P2350, but I found a P2370 HERE
which is probably better. $250 vs. $342.
That about does it for now. Let me know what you think and I'm completely open to changes or modifications on your part. This is to just get your started. Ask questions if you'd like.
Edited by Ferrari, 15 March 2010 - 12:07 PM.