Need Advice on New Build $1500

BUDGET RANGE: 1500 without monitor. Edit: will add to budget for mouse, keyboard and speakers if they are worth the price.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:gaming, slight video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: need everything



SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes later on

MONITOR RESOLUTION: depends on which monitor I buy

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've built comps in the past, nothing new except this will be my first "New" build. Usually just threw spare parts together for a system. Any help would be appreciated.

Here is what I have so far

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $159.98

GPU + PSU Combo: XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ700FTY 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
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RAM+ CPU Combo: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1333LV4GK - Retail
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail $295.98

Mobo + OS Combo: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $279.98
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Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $29.99

Optical: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - OEM $26.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $94.99

EDIT: Figured I would splurge a little for an SSD for faster load times.
SSD: OCZ Vertex Turbo OCZSSD2-1VTXT30G 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail

New Total: 1529.21 with shipping.

Any idea's on how to improve this build? Would it be cheaper to go AMD? I want this to last a few years at least until I can afford to upgrade or build a new system again.
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  1. Hope all this is compatible together, been about 7 years since I've looked into computer hardware.
  2. AMD would be cheaper, but not better. What you have there is a top of the line value gaming build.

    You could save a little money going with the HAF 922, which is only slightly smaller than the 932 and usualy $40ish cheaper.
  3. Uh, Bad choice of HDD. Go with WD Black, maybe save some cash on the case and upgrade the 5870 to a 5970. Also stay waya from SSD, use money towards 5970.
  4. builderbobftw said:
    Uh, Bad choice of HDD.
    Please substantiate that opinion. It is my understanding that the 7200.12 1TB is a twin 500GB platter drive that will easily outperform older WD black 1TB (3x330GB platter) models.

    I am also sure that there are many SSD users who will disagree with your advice to forego the SSD in favor of a 5970. The concerns I have with that SSD is that it is very small. It will only hold the OS and not any application software. Also I am not sure if its one of the models that supports TRIM.
  5. The 5970 is a much better investemnt that the SSD.
  6. builderbobftw said:
    The 5970 is a much better investemnt that the SSD.

    Thats an opinion. It would be helpful to state why you feel that upgrading to a 5970 would make a better system than one with an SSD and a 5870.

    If the only game he is going to play is WoW then upgrading from a 5870 to a 5890 will do him no good and the SSD is a better option. If he wants to play crysis at max settings then the 5970 is the way to go.
  7. Ig he's just building a saytem for WOW, then anything better than 1 4850 1gb is a huge overkill. Use of an SSD will not help bump up FPS. All it will do is make word luanc in a third of a milisecond isted of a half of a milisecond. Big deal.
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