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Potential New Gaming System

My current rig is in need of a replacement right now. I am a complete gamer so I tried to build this system with that in mind. This would only be the second system I've built and I'm still not really experienced on what is the best to get. Advice is sorely needed.

Mobo: ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131601

CPU: Intel Core i7-860
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145220

PSU: CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139013

GPU: 2x VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129113

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136317

THis is what I'm looking at for the most part. Is this a good set-up? ANything you guys would suggest I change?
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    PSU is overkill. TX750 is more than enough. Take the money you save and get one or two 5850's or a 5870.

    The WD Greens are great drives for storage, but they are a little slow for a boot drive.
  2. IMHO, the Core i7 is overkill for gaming. :D It's just a shame to use it only for games..
  3. jsc said:
    PSU is overkill. TX750 is more than enough. Take the money you save and get one or two 5850's or a 5870.

    The WD Greens are great drives for storage, but they are a little slow for a boot drive.


    I've had bad experiences with off brand PSUs int he past so I'd figure I'd go for the big name-brand guns.

    Also I've debated whether to get two video cards and crossfire/SLI, or just get one card. Which would be better for just straight gaming in most cases?
  4. jsc said:
    PSU is overkill. TX750 is more than enough.


    I just realized my current system is using a TX750, you just saved me about $120!
  5. The 5770 (DX11) may be a better choice if you won't be upgrading for a while
    The 260 (DX10) may be a better choice if you might think you'd get into PhysX
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/batman-arkham-asylum,2465-11.html

    I'd get DDR1600 CAS 7

    Corsair HX series if going to OC > 20%, wattage will depend on how many and which GFX but in any case 950 way to big.

    Green drives save energy but are slower....suggest any of the 500GB per platter 7200 rpm drives...WD Black (2TB only tho) Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12
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