First time build suggestions

Building my first computer and want to make sure everything looks like it works together. Been reading up a lot the past couple days but still not too confident. Any help is extremely appreciated :)
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: anywhere from a few weeks to 2 months

BUDGET RANGE: ~2500-2600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, photoshop, internet things

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, but some place is cheaper that's fine


OVERCLOCKING: maybe in the near future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 prefered

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Have been reading a lot of issues with the 5970 but most have been from a couple months ago and I can't find anything recent. Was wondering if anyone knows if that card is too much of a hassle for a beginner.


CPU: i7 975 EE

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

GPU: DIAMOND 5970PE52G Radeon HD 5970

Mother board: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Case Fans: SILVERSTONE FM121 120mm Case Fan

Optical: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R

Mult.Card Read: Koutech IO-RCM621 All-in-one USB 2.0 3.5"

PSU: KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W ATX
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  1. The i7 975 is a complete waste of money for you, the 930 will give you just as much performance and you can always overclock it if you want a bit more. The 975 is for extreme overclockers who don't want anything holding their OC back. The 930 is still able to reach up to 4GHz with air cooling.

    The Corsair Dominators are also over priced. These G.Skill Ripjaw's will be good:

    You could opt for a cheaper Motherboard which I think would be a good idea.

    I don't think there should be any problem with a 5970.

    Hope that helps a bit.
  2. Welcome to the forum. IMO, that system is massive overkill and your budget is far to high. Get the 930, a 5870, a cheaper motherboard, the Caviar Black 2TB HDD, and the Ripjaws.
  3. I agree somewhat with the people above me. Get a better power supply unit (kingwin is the blowest of all that blow), and replace that ridiculous CPU with a 930 with D0 stepping. Spend the money you save on a boot ssd or use it towards a nice display/speakers. And to be honest, i wouldnt advise anyone to buy a 5970 right now. They've had boat-loads of trouble supporting the cards. I would go with the 5870. And not diamond....XfX is good for a beginner. Quite a few of their cards carry limited lifetime warranties.
  4. and skip the caviar line, go for a samsung spinpoint. They have an impeccable reputation for reliability. WD and Seagates fail often. Read the reviews on newegg. Any mechanical drive from WD and Seagate will have pages and pages and pages upon pages of horror stories. I've personally had over 50% of the drives that i've bought from the two companies die within 2 years. The subject is highly debatable, but do some research on "seagate failures" and "western digital failures".
  5. ^Disagree. Regardless, he needs 2TB and there is no way you can convince me that having two Samsung drives (double the fail potential) is safer than having one WD.
  6. Agree with james about the PSU. Better a 750 or 850 watt Corsair than a 1 kw Kingwin.
  7. Thanks a lot guys. A couple of questions though, is overclocking easy enough for someone who's never done it and are those fans good enough if I do overclock. Also I realize that crossfired 5870's is like the same as one 5970 but is that a better option since so many people have trouble with the 5970?
  8. Yes overclocking is very easy and there are many helpful guides available as well. Your cooling setup will be fine. At your resolution there's no need to get either crossfired 5870s or a 5970. I would get a single 5870 and then add a second one later on as needed.
  9. My recommendations:

    CPU: Intel i7 930 (agree with the group to downgrade from the i7 975)
    MOBO: Stick with your choice :)
    RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas7
    Boot Drive: OCZ Vertex LE 100GB or OCZ Vertex 2, if in stock (with the savings of going down from the i7 975 pick yourself up a nice SSD for your & Apps. You won't be disappointed with your decision to purchase one)
    HDD: Western Digital 2TB Black (best 2TB drive IMO)
    HSF: Stick with your choice :)
    GPU: XFX 5870 (agree with group to downgrade from the 5979)
    Case/PSU Combo: Antec 1200 & Antec CP-850 (great combination for price & performance)
  10. ^+1 for tecmo's build. The thing I might add is the Agility 2 instead of the LE

    It's on a nice little sale right now in fact.
  11. Thanks again guys. I like tecmo's build as well but I'm a bit confused as to what a boot drive is for. I understand that it's for a fast boot up but is that all it's for or can you actually use it for storage?
  12. You are correct on the increased speed of your system. You typically install your OS & Apps for the fast load times. With a 100GB drive, you can install a game or two for faste load times. A SSD generally makes the system overall faster & more responsive. I noticed a big difference between with one over my Velicoraptor.
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