$1600 Gaming System Build, Comments and Suggestions Appreciated

Alright, after gathering some information and searching for the best deals on newegg, I have gathered the parts I want for my new gaming system.

I would greatly appreciate any comments or suggestions, as well as recommendations parts that are cheaper and should not cause too much performance degradation.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: First quarter of 2010 when prices of 5870 drops due to the release of 5970

BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Programming, 3D Rendering...etc




PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI 5870 is the most important. More important than the motherboard :)

OVERCLOCKING: Not very often but will happen

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire with 2 ATI 5870 cards, but initially just 1 will upgrade in the future.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Please comment on this build, it has everything from monitor to OS for 1.6k...

Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case - Retail


(This is a mid tower, will this fit my card?)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Monitor: ASUS MS202N Glossy Piano-Black / White 20" 5ms Ring Stand & Ergo-Fit Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail


CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail


(Afraid of bottlenecking the 5870 and even more when I get 2 5870s...Is this overkill? Is a Core 2 Quad 2.66ghz enough?)

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100281VXSR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail


(Vapor X woot!)

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail


PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply - Retail


(850watts for crossfire in the future, overkill? Is a 600watt ok for crossfire?)

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


(I don't know much about motherboards, but I like this motherboard)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM


Comments and suggestions please :) Thank you!
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  1. the case is gorgeous...i would like u to look in cooler master haf 922 or cooler master cm 690 or better antec 900(i would have chosen any one of the three)
    and change the psu to something from corsair or seasonic or antec.........
    i would prefer corsair tx850....its a powerful beast................

    and 750 is enugh to have two single gpu cards in sli or cross fire !!!in that case look into corsair tx750
    the motherboard is pretty good......u can also look into gigabyte ga ex58 ud5...its a wonderful stable....and feature rich board !!!
    if u have more money go for gigabyte ga ex58 ud7...it has alll the bells for the future...lyk usb 3.0 and all !!!!!!!!

    5870 is a beast and is my favourite single gpu option for now !!!!!
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