I7 Gaming Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1500
Before / After Rebates N/A

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photoshop, illustrator, watching movies


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

**Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: (N/A)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Windows Ultimate 64 bits, want to over clock cpu

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Motherboard- EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI + PhysX 1366 Intel X58 EATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188048

Graphics Card- SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102856&Tpk=SAPPHIRE%20100281SR%20Radeon%20HD%205870%20%28Cypress%20XT%29%201GB

Processor- Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115213&cm_re=intel_core_i7-_-19-115-213-_-Product

Cooling System- Please advise

Case- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Power Supply- CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

Memory- OCZ OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381&Tpk=OCZ%20Platinum%206GB%20%283%20x%202GB%29%20240-Pin%20DDR3%20SDRAM%20DDR3

Operating System- Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&Tpk=Western%20Digital%20Caviar%20Black%20WD6401AALS%20640GB%207200

What I'm looking to build is a system that can be upgraded as I can't afford to make the system I want at this point so I want to start with a solid base and build on top of it.

I don't think I'll be using 3x SLI, most likely I'll only use 2x, is having the option of 3x worth the extra cost?

I'm a casual gamer and would like to run games like crysis, batman aa, resident evil 5, at a high resolution.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback!
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  1. ^ The components that you have selected and the budget dont match...Do you have any of the components that you have listed ?
    And i7 860 wont work on X58 boards...You would need P55 boards...

    Also 3x ? It is a waste of money if you are a casual gamer...
    And a single HD 5870 can handle nearly all the games that you have listed at high settings easy...
  2. Thanks for the reply!

    My budget may be larger, depending on what I can convince my wife into letting me purchase :D .

    I definitely want to stick with a EVGA board, however I realize that 3x is overkill, what would you guys recommend?

    The i7 860 is not set in stone, if you think there is a better processor for my needs please let me know.
  3. Just doing some checking and this board seems to fit my build, please let me know your comments.

    EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard 2XSLI+PhysX, 2X BIOS, 8+2 PWM up to 1189KHz, DDR3 2600MHz+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188055&cm_re=evga_p55-_-13-188-055-_-Product
  4. ^ That is a very good board...And the 860 is a good option for your needs and your budget...
    As for rest of the components,
    1. PSU - IMO you wont need 1000W PSU...The Corsair 850HX would do if you want a modular PSU or a Corsair 850TX for non modular - Assuming you will be adding 1 more HD 5870 in crossfire later on...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010090058%20113142559&CompareItemList=N82E16817139009%2CN82E16817139011%2CN82E16817151083%2CN82E16817151067%2CN82E16817256058%2CN82E16817371009&page=3&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10010457&prodlist=froogle

    2. RAM - As you want to overclock, these would be good...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231280
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231320
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145263
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227503

    CPU Cooling - For upto 4GHz overclock, this will do fine -
    CM Hyper 212+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Anything above, you can replace the fan with this one...Will improve the performance of that cooler...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608004
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185006
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185065
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185058
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185058
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608004
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