APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-4 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: 1500-1600
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: intel no pref on gfx
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920*1080
Please explain how any of this is overkill. All the benchmark websites I see have my setup around or above 60 fps on new games at max. I don't care if I get 500 fps playing HL2. I want this computer to be solid 2-3 years from now.
It is overkill because whatever framerate you are getting from the i7 and triple channel RAM is almost identical to the framerate you get from the i5 750 and dual channel RAM.
If you are a gamer, performance wise the i7 results in a lot of money being spent (the CPU, the X58 mobo, the triple channel RAM) for a negligible benefit in gaming performance. The big difference between the i5 750 and the i7 is Hyperthreading which does nothing for games.
The i7 main buyers are those that do a lot of heavy programming, coding, etc. for gamers the i5 750 does all we need for a good 3 years or so.
That was a good comment from asteldian, however there is one more factor to throw in, and that's the OP's comment that Crossfire or SLI would be used in the future. The extra lanes of the X58 mobo might help, even if possibly more in three years than today. That makes the competition not P55, but 890G/FX. With the OP's stated preference for Intel, that leaves X58. In that case, save money by getting the i7-920, not the -930.
Yes this is exactly why I'm going with 6gb of ram... i7 920.... and x58... I want to make sure in 2 years or so this 1500 dollar investment will still hold up against major new games. Having LGA 1366 means that when i7 6 cores go down in price I could upgrade to that if I want. Yes I know 6 core isn't viable now and no games support it, but 2 years ago when E8400 came out everyone was saying this about quad core. Well now we have games being specifically made/optimized for quad core (BFBC2).
I plan to grab another 5870 when they price drop soon.
930 is like 8 dollars more for another unlocked multiplier. Doesn't sound bad to me.
any comments appreciated
Specifically do my parts look ok? I'm considering going for g.skill instead of dominator seeing as I will probably not need to overclock memory over 1600.
With 2 x 5870s by the time the performance difference is noticable will be 4 - 5 years down the line. Same mobo, same card technology, the peformance difference will only get bigger if some drivers manage to push something extra, even then it wont be able to become that significant. x8/x8 won't make a real difference until it is time for a whole new build anyway.
But, having said all that, the reality is, it is your money and your computer, you et whatever you are comfortable and happy with, and if you can afford i7 and want it, then go for it. Ultimately you are here to get advise and suggestions, and that's all it is, you aren't going to agree with everything and that's fine - everyone has their own opinions on the stuff. If nothing else it confirms in your mind what you want which is a good thing.
I would however still say G Skill RAM is the way to go.