Need Input About A 1400 USD Gaming PC!

BUDGET RANGE: 1400-1500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming,Gaming and Gaming, Watching movies, Listening to music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS and case.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None I'll buy from local stores, but please use newegg to guide me.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, for the CPU at least.
SLI or CROSSFIRE: In the future.

So far I decided to buy the following:

ASUS P6X58D Premium 300$
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


ASUS P6X58D-E 240$
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel core i7 930 250$
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930

CPU Cooler:
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler 65$
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler LGA1366


(Last choice)ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 80$
ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm CPU Cooler with Worlds first PWM Fan Speed Controller

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ Blue LEDs Model BL3KIT25664TB1608 196$


G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8TU-6GBPI 185$

Graphics Card:
1x 5870 375$
Another one to be added 6 to 12 months later

FSP-Group Epsilon 800 watt, 4x 12v rails each 20A 140$
I know this isn't the best brand but it's the best one available in my country. I wonder if it can hold 2 HD-5870s in CF. How much amperage each 5870 need on the 12v?

What do you think of my selections?

Update:I already bought the GFX card and PSU. But feel free to comment on them.
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    This RAM set is about $5 than the G.Skills you have listed, but runs on lower voltage and with lower timings

    G.SKILL Pi Series 6 GB

    $190 with free shipping

    With the power supply: Corsair, Antec, Seasonic are not available in your area? FSP might be fine, I've heard neither good nor bad about their supplies, but I know the above-mentioned brands are quality.

    A single 5870 wants a minimum of 500 watt power supply, right? if you overclock your CPU, you need even more wattage, and then to add another 5870 is another 200 or so watts. I'd go with an 850 to be safe.

    And ideally, you'd get one of these:

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or 1 TB
  2. Thanks everyone, I hoped to get the Corsair 850HX Modular PSU, but unfortunately it isn't available. FSP is currently my only choice :( .THe 800watt and Ironically the 1010watt parts have 4 12v rails, one for the mobo and CPU, two for the 4 PCI-E cables and one for the accessories (Molex,SATA...). Can anybody tell me how much amperage each 5870 need on the 12v rail? And is it enough to be fed 20 A from the PCI-E Cable as well as some power through the PCI-E slot. ie the mobo's 12v rail?
    As for the CPU, I plan only to OC at default or near-default voltages to minimize heat and power consumption, in my country's hot summer! I'd be satisfied if I can hit 3.6-3.8 Ghz.
  3. OK, I decided to switch to the ram mortonww recommended to me, thanks.
    Anyone else care to help me?
  4. Get the combo P6X58D-E w/ i7-930 $520

    Heat Sink - For performance and ease of installation, stick with the Prolimatech Megahalems fits both criteria. Check out it's dominance in the latest particular attention tot he mounting orientation as it changes test results by 3C

    Here's what I'm putting in new builds Mega w/ IC Diamond TIM and twin Scythe PWMfans. ($65 for the HS, $7 for TIM, $11 each for two PWM fans and $7 for a Y cable splitter).

    RAM - $200 a bit much for CAS 8 RAM....try and avoid RAM modules with tall finned heat sinks (i.e. Dominators). Here's CAS 7 for same price.....and 7-8-7-20 is faster than the taller 7-8-7-24's you're considering.

    GFX Card - A good case can be made for the 470, 5850, 5870 and 480 at current prices.

    Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):


    Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.
  5. Can anybody tell me if there are CF bridges long enough to CF 2 GFX cards with 2 empty slot spaces between them? Link please. I intend to place one card at the 1st PCI-e 16x slot of the P6X58D and the 2nd one at the 3rd slot. Is that going to work?
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