Help deciding what cpu to use

I need help deciding between i7-930, i5-750, or 955be. This build is for gaming, work, and media. I have about 2.5k budget to spend on everything, but I really want to spend no more than 2k and less than that if possible. Here are the parts I will use in the build.


HDD/SSD- I am buying an ssd for sure.


GPU- 5870 whichever one is available at the time

CPU cooler- is this a good one ?

and probalby a cheap dvd or bluray player dont know yet. anyone recommend a good/cheap bluray player?

I will buy a 1080p monitor at a local electronics store

If i add the i7-930, p6x58 mobo, and 7cas 6gb ram the total is about 1.8-9k without monitor ( I am leaning towards the i7-930)

What cpu/mobo would you guys buy? The programs that i use are pretty much microsoft office word, excel, and access. I am not one to upgrade components; at most I will throw in another 5870 in the future, so mobo must support xfire.
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  1. $230 Antec 1200 w/ CP-850
    Closest alternate would be HAF 932 w/ Corsair HX850

    $515 ASUS P6X58D-E w/ Intel i7-930

    $200 3 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 CAS 7

    $90 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB

    $225 SSD

    $50 CPU Cooler, fans, and doodads. See below

    $105 Serviceable Blue Ray

    $700 Twin Asus ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 GTX 470 (Fermi)
    $640 Twin ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 HD 5850

    GFX Card costs in dollars per frame at 1920 x 1200 DX11 hi settings (10 test average):

    ATI 5970 11.78
    nVidi 480 9.62
    nVidia 470 9.08
    ATI 5870 10.41
    ATI 5850 8.89

    $35 Card Reader AFT XM-35U

    $2090 - 2150
  2. Great build Jack but I disagree with the CPU choice. There is no reason to get more than an i5 750! Switch out the CPU, MOBO & RAM for...
    Intel Core i5 750
    ASUS P7P55-E Pro
    G.SKILL RIPJAWS 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas7 (the blue ones :) )

    HSF Update: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
  3. +1, i5 750 would be a better choice here IMO.
  4. +1, i7-750 with a V8 Cooler is the bomb!
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