2K Gaming Build

Some basic info:

I plan to purchase these parts early in the week and my range is $1500-2000 USD including monitor.

Primarily this build will be for gaming with minimal need for video editing, zipping huge files over and over again for some reason, etc.

I don't need keyboard, mouse, speakers and I'm set on Windows 7 and I'm not worried about the monitor or optical drive either. I'm mostly concerned about the motherboard at this point but since is my first build I want to make my mistakes in my theoretical build before I'm putting everything together.

I prefer newegg and I'm in the purchasing from the US.


I already purchased this WD HDD and definitely want the 6G/s SATA. I plan to run a RAID 5 eventually but not for another 10-12 months.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Here's a list of the basics I have picked out.

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

I'm a little conflicted between the following two cards. Overall I've read in forums that the Sapphire generally preforms better but XFX has way better support (also the price difference). And I do plan to crossfire getting another 5850 in 8-14 months from now.

SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Also, I plan to overclock this system,

Here's the motherboard I had picked out, but the reviews have said too many decent things about this mobo for the price.

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboar

I'm also having a really hard time finding a decent shell. I was looking at this one. But I don't really need a window, you know?

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Anyway let me know if any clarification is needed these are things I would love to discuss.
Thanks for your time.
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  1. The HD 5850 Toxic edition uses the Vapor-X cooler and is factory overclocked, I'd go for it if you plan to push it further, otherwise the XFX version is decent enough. As for your PSU, if you want to go for three way CFX possibly in the future, I suggest a TX950W PSU instead. Otherwise that HX850W is good enough. As for a case - go for the HAF 922.
  2. such a waist of money. really get i7 930 6 gigs of ram 1 5870 and spinpoint f3 not the crap you have.(no offense) the 6 core really isn't any better than a 4 core. need tri channel ram for i7 930. The motherboard you have picked out now will cost the same as cheap 1366 board. you want to leave crossfire as an option for the future, don't do it now. Finally spinpoint f3 is best bang for buck and has been shown time and time again to be very reliable.
  3. For two 5850s you only need a good 650W PSU. And you could easily do three on an 850W PSU.
    From the reviews I read the 1090T wasn't really the best choice for gaming, especially as it wasn't better than the much cheaper 955/965.
    I know this is quite expensive, but it is the case that I plan to use for my next build atm, so I will throw it out there. LIAN LI ARMORSUIT PC-P50 $150 ($20 shipping). The Antec 900/902 would be a good choice tho.
    For the video card I would go for a combination of large fan and low price.
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