My First Gaming Build

Hello All! I am in the process of learning how to build a computer for the first time. My primary use of the computer is gaming. I mostly play first person shooter games and want to be able to max the graphics out. I also want something I can upgrade over the next couple of years. I plan on buying the parts this week.

My budget is $1,500. I have picked out parts that I think will work together. The OS, mouse, keyboard, etc are not part of my budget. I wish someone could help me with a couple of things.
1. Is everything compatible?
2. Am I going over the top with this build?
3. Would something else better suite my needs?
4. Adding another graphics card when the price goes down could be an option for me. Will the power supply I have listed handle what I have so far and the future upgrade?
5. I might decide to overclock in the future, although as of now I do not know much about it.
6. Should I consider additional cooling with this build?

This is what I have come up with.

Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI


EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R

Cooler Master HAF 922

I am not married to the parts I have listed above, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks For Your Help!
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  1. At this point of time HD 5850 is a better buy than GTX 470 but with your budget i'd look to hit a single HD 5870 at the very least for a gaming rig
  2. I've been looking at the HD 5870. Reviews I have read about current models using the Radeon chip set talk about some models being too large to run CrossfireX. This is the card I was considering.

    XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870]

    Will this card work well with system I have listed above? Also, do you think there is enough room on the MB to run Crossfire.

    Do you have any suggestions on a good HD 5870 model? Some are around the $500 range and I would just feel guilty spending that on a video card.
  3. Better the ASUS P6X58D-E.
  4. Sir Ralph said:

    Do you have any suggestions on a good HD 5870 model? Some are around the $500 range and I would just feel guilty spending that on a video card.

    Actually with 1155 coming in as soon as under 12 months and in the hierachy of chipsets/sockets current 1156 being obsolete and even LGA 1366 being usurped as well to remove that guilt make the one hardware that counts the most for gaming take center stage : the GPU :lol:
  5. If you want to use all fo your budget i'd go for this:

    But personally i'd go for an i5 750, lga 1156 platform instead & save yourself some money for when you want to upgrade.
  6. If I were to change my system to the i5 750, what would be a good MB to run a HD 5870?
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