New i7 Radeon HD5870 System

Trying to put together some final specs for my new gaming system. Trying to get something that will really crank on the new COD and get me by for a few years. Here is what I have so far


- 2 x CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

- COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

- Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB

- Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

- Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready

- COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

- DIAMOND Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video

- EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard


Is this a good configuration? This is my first build....
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  1. You dont need 12GB of ram for gaming, you only get a marginal difference going from 3 to 6 so there is no need to go higher. Dont get a raptor drive, get an SSD and a 500GB samsung F3 drive, it will come out faster in the end. You also dont need 1000 watts for 2 5870s, a Corsair 750TX or an Antec TP-750 Blue would be plenty.
  2. hunter315 said:
    You dont need 12GB of ram for gaming, you only get a marginal difference going from 3 to 6 so there is no need to go higher. Dont get a raptor drive, get an SSD and a 500GB samsung F3 drive, it will come out faster in the end. You also dont need 1000 watts for 2 5870s, a Corsair 750TX or an Antec TP-750 Blue would be plenty.


    Do I have to install Windows on the SSD to get the best performance, or can I install Windows on the disk and just my games on the SSD?
  3. It REALLY helps if you read stickies

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice


    That said replace your current HSF with a CM Hyper 212. It's cheaper and cools better than a V8.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=cooler%20master%20hyper%20212

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm


    Your PSU is way too much. I'd recommend Corsairs CMPSU 750 if you plan on going Xfire. If not, the 650 version will work fine, though its the same price currently on Newegg o.O

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&cm_re=corsair_cmpsu-_-17-139-006-_-Product

    Also EVGA mobo's are rumored to not work too well with ATI hardware.

    EIther way if you plan on xfire:

    Gigabyte UD4P
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128400&cm_re=gigabyte_ud4-_-13-128-400-_-Product

    or

    Asus P7P55D PRO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131405&cm_re=asus_p55-_-13-131-405-_-Product

    if you don't wanna Xfire you can drop down to the

    Gigabyte UD2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128405&cm_re=gigabyte_ud2-_-13-128-405-_-Product

    or

    Asus P7P55D LE
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131410&cm_re=asus_p55-_-13-131-410-_-Product


    As for HD, wats your budget like? (Really helps if you fill out the form according to the sticky)

    If you have the money, go for a SSD, give us a budget and we can give you some recommendations.

    If you're on a budget, a Samsung Spinpoint f3 500g is pretty close in performance to a Velociraptor for a fraction of the price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/h2benchw-3.12-Avg-Read-Throughput,1010.html

    Also, I'm not sure if you need a 5870, but go fill out that form and we can give you better advice.
  4. pr0wn3d said:
    Do I have to install Windows on the SSD to get the best performance, or can I install Windows on the disk and just my games on the SSD?



    SSD for boot drive. But go fill out that form!

    Also give us links to components, like i did.

    Also RAM Ripjaws are the ones to get atm.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276&cm_re=ripjaw-_-20-231-276-_-Product
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