Battle of the Rigs

Hey Guys, need your help deciding which rig you think will be the best for gaming/longevity. Below are the three options, if you want you can also give suggestions for improvements on each rig. The budget is hard to explain as I am from South Africa (R18 000) but all these build below come to a little bit below R18 000 (1 609 pounds, 2 377 dollars).

Common items
HDD: Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.12
Monitor: Samsung 23" Wide P2350
Case: Cooler Master RC-932 HAF 932 Tower Chassis

Rig 1:
GPU: Club 3D CGAX-59748DP Radeon HD5970
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz LGA1156
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E IP55
PSU Corsair TX750W
RAM: Team Group DDR3-1866 6GB (2x2GB) Xtreem Memory

Rig 2:
GPU: Inno3D NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA1366
Mobo: Asus Rampage II GENE IX58 (No USB 3.0)
PSU Corsair TX750W
RAM: Team Group DDR3-1866 6GB (3x2GB) Xtreem Memory

Rig 3:
GPU: Club 3D CGAX-58724IDP Radeon HD5870
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA1366
Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium
PSU Corsair TX650W
RAM: Team Group DDR3-1866 6GB (3x2GB) Xtreem Memory
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  1. To start, if you get the i5, you need dual channel RAM (2x2 GB) not triple channel (3x2 GB). Also, the board in #3 is better than #2.

    Regardless, the i5/5970 is the best gaming build there. You may want to consider getting the Asus P7P55D-E Pro as the i5 board for the Crossfire options. Also, if you want to add a second 5970 later, you'll need an 850W PSU.
  2. Rig 1 gets my vote. Best GPU and a darn good CPU. The otehr two are a weaker GPU with a CPU that gives no real benefit to gaming
  3. I knew something was wrong with the ram, thx MadAdmiral for pointing that out. Ooh and I know the 3rd board is better than the 2nd, that is because I couldnt afford that Mobo for the 2nd build.
  4. If I had to rank them, it would be #1, #3, and then #2 anyway, so I guess the board doesn't actually matter.

    Something else to mention, but you don't really need RAM that fast. You don't need anything above 1600 mhz.
  5. I would get 1600mhz, but the weird thing is this 1866 is going for cheaper than any of the 1600 mhz (from the shop im getting from).
  6. Thanks everyone, that has contributed. It looks like I will go for Rig one (maybe with some alterations that MadAdmiral mentioned).
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