Major System Upgrade

I am looking to purchase this PC within the next month. Primary use would be for gaming, video trans-coding and programming. Have existing standard peripherals (keybaord, mouse, monitor, sound system and OS). I have a preference for Newegg as a supplier as I have had good experiences with them over the years. I do not have any preferences for most part manufacturers. I don't know how to overclock but it may be something I look at as an expansion in the future. I would like it to support Crossfire/SLI as a future expansion. And I am looking at a max monitor resolution of 1920x1200. I would like to keep the price range around the $1500 mark.

Primarily I am looking to create a very good machine for current usage that can be expanded and grown over a lifetime of 3-5 years. Towards the end of the lifetime I would expect for it to handle like a lower end machine but still capable. As an example my current machine was built 5 years ago and was a very nice machine then. I was able to keep it working nicely through upgrades for now current apps and games but in most cases I am seeing a significant degradation in performance. At this point the architecture is out of date to the point where I can no longer upgrade it.

My expansion path for this would be video card upgrades and eventually a Crossfire solution. The memory slots on the MB I chose seems to leave a lot of room for expansion. The USB and Sata ports are the newest and will last for at least another cycle. There are significant amount of Sata ports allowing for a storage capacity increase. I have heard rumors of the MB I selected supporting the i9 socket architecture but I have not been able to confirm this. If it does this would allow a CPU upgrade in the future.

My concerns were mainly case size for the video card and airflow for it. Even though I have no immediate intention of overclocking I have secondhand knowledge of friends having current generation video cards overheating due to lack of proper airflow. Especially when they went to a Crossfire or SLI solution. While I picked a full size case I could down size to a mid-tower. I also do not know a good current manufacturer for video cards. Recommendations there would be appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to look over my list. I appreciate any input that you would give.

case - Antec 1200 -


Video Card - XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 -

PS - Antec TP-750 -

CPU - i7 930 -

mem - G.Skill 6 gig triple channel -

hd - WD Caviar Black 1T -

CPU cooler - CoolMaster Hyper 212 -

DVD-Burner - and standard Sata based burner.
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  1. The build is pretty good, but the following changes would reduce the price:

    RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180. If you're planning to overclock...
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90. About the same speed, but 25% cheaper.
    Case: HAF 922 $90. It's actually bigger than the Antec 1200.

    All of that should save you about $80-90.
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