~ $1500 i7 System Build - Input Wanted!

Hi there,

Just setting up a new system for myself and was hoping I could get a second (or third) pair of eyes to look it over. This is not my first system build, but it can't hurt to have a second opinion.

I am going to use this computer mainly for gaming and general computing tasks. I do have a 42 inch 1080p lcd tv that I am planning to use as a "second monitor" (I already have the cable) for when I want to watch/play something on the big screen. My main monitor runs at 1680x1050. Gaming with every setting at the max and 4x aa isn't a big deal to me (although I suspect this will be able to for alot of games).

I feel like I am being a little conservative with the 4870, but I don't really want to get a dual card setup and I don't think $400 on the gtx280 seems reasonable. The plan is to upgrade in about 2 years - a new video card, a new processor, and probably more ram. That is a large part of why I chose i7 over the core2quads.

I have never overclocked before, but I have been reading alot about it and am planning to give it a try.

EVGA LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB

CORSAIR 650W Power Supply


LG Black 22X DVD Burner

Western Digital 1TB 7200 32MB Hard Drive

Thermaltake V1

Total = $1,407.91

Thanks for the input!

edit: updated with different power supply
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  1. The build looks good. I'd get a bigger PSU so it'll be ready for your planned upgrades later. Newegg has an awesome deal on this 750W PC Power & Cooling PSU if you can get past the red color:

    PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011 $109.99 - $40 MIR

    A 750W PSU will also power a second 4870 if you decide you need it.
  2. I agree on the PS, a little bigger would be good.

    I went with a corsair tx650w
    it has 52A on one 12v rail as opposed to 41A split across 4... plus the tx650w is made by Seasonic
  3. Yeah you guys are probably right. Also who knows what power reqs will be in the future if I wish to upgrade. Updated post.
  4. one more bump before I order..
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