New Gaming PC - approx 1500 budget, immediate build

I've reached the end of my current rig's useful gaming life, so I'm looking to build a new PC. I've picked out some components based on the sticky recommendations, and I'd appreciate some feedback just in case there is something I've missed.

Simple stuff like keyboard, mouse, etc will be resused, along with my network adaptor - I just bought a new one a short while ago. I usually play at 1680x1050, and aim to have the video settings as high as I can. I also like to keep the system for a few years before replacing, so I aim to build something that will last.

Country is the USA, I generally buy from Newegg. I'm not especially biased towards any manufacturer, so I'm open to any decent brands.

That said, this is what I have currently selected:


Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop


ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard


XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7T-6GBPK

Video Card:

SAPPHIRE 100282-3CODSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

DVD Drive:

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Other bits:

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail, not OEM)
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  1. I wouldn't go with that build. You're sacrificing a lot of GPU power for an i7, which doesn't give you much in gaming.

    Here's a much better true gaming build:

    EDIT: Noticed the resolution. In that case, both the 5850 and 5970 are overkill.

    CPU: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $375
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
    GPU: HD 5870 $420
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $100 after rebate
    Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24
    HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35
    Monitor: Asus 23.6" 1080p $190. You can't have good looking games without a great monitor. The 5870 will max out the details of every game (including Crysis) at this resolution.

    Total: $1,409
  2. ^ Hell, for a gaming system a AM3 is more than enough and quite a bit cheaper imo.

    ASUS AM3 EVO + Athlon II X4 635 = $240.
  3. Thank you for the responses! :)

    I have refined my build based on this info. Many thanks for your time!
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