Looking for some opinions on this Gaming System

Purchase Date: Within the next couple weeks
Operating system: Windows 7 ultimate
Budget: 1500-2000
Usage: Gaming.
Site: Newegg, amazon, tiger direct
Parts reference: None
Overclocking: Yes I would like to
SLI/Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: I am gonna use my tv
Additional Comments: Really just trying to wrap this build up and get started on it as soon as possible


Casing:
Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129061

Motherboard:
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution with NF200 3xPCIe true x16 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
NF200 w/ 3x PCIex16@x16 for 3 Ways SLI and SAS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131358


CPU:
Debating between the intel i5 655 or the i7 970 Ive heard the i5 is better for overclocking but I don't know what one would be best for my setup

RAM:
Still not sure on looking for 6 to 8 gig's of ram. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

GPU:
quantity 2
XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150490


PSU:
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007


HDD:
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136296

OPTICAL:
PLEXTOR Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal BD Combo Model PX-B320SA LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249055

CPU COOLER:
ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046


Additional Comments: I am still unsure regarding the ram and am also curious how people think this will all work together. Also not sure how much cables I need to buy and if I should buy an extra fan for the case for cooling considering the case only has 2 fans in it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :D
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  1. First off a i5 will not work in a X58 mobo second you do not need a 1000W PSU i would get a SSD over the HDD and use a 2nd HDD for storage.
  2. Would I be better off switching out the mobo for an i5 compatible one or sticking with the i7? and the only reason I got a 1000w psu is because I used one of those online calculators to determine how much energy the computer would be putting out it said around 850 so I just figured the 1000 would suffice. Why would you get a ssd over the hdd just curious? Thanks for the input
  3. ATM a AMD system IMO would be the best way to go for a gaming rig. whats your TVs max rez ? it might be better to just go with a GTX 480 or HD 5970 over xfire or sli but if your TV is only 1920x1080 a HD 5870 or GTX 480 will be fine. A SSD will be 10X faster then a HDD it will helps with load times of the OS and maps in games you would is use a HDD for a storage driver .
  4. Ah I see ok I'm not too sure on my tv's max rez to be honest I would have to look into it it is a couple years old. I will look into the gtx 480 and the hd 5970. I mean I will probably use a monitor in the future but for the time being my tv is gonna have to suffice.
  5. OK sweet thanks for the info I will look into those. I'm pretty sure I am gonna go with the i7 then. And I think you guys have talked me into the ssd and I will look at the samsung for the hdd. Can anyone give me some ideas on ram? I like corsair but am open to others. To be honest I don't know a lot about ram brands.
  6. Also just curious how big of an ssd would you get. I don't want to overdo it if I am also gonna buy a hdd for storage. or do I even need an hdd for storage? Would just an ssd be enough or would I just install games on the ssd and operating system and everything else on hdd?
  7. G.skills ram is the best for value and performance.
    A 60GB ssd will do the job i would stick with Intel or OZC.
  8. maybe something like this





    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148433
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $79.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814150476
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    $399.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150476


    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139009
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $159.99
    $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009


    Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805
    Item #: N82E16820226121
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226121


    Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
    Item #: N82E16835608014
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608014


    SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151199
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    -$10.00 Instant $89.99
    $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151199


    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820167023
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    -$30.00 Instant $249.99
    $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167023



    Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
    Item #: N82E16819115225
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131641
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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    -$34.99 Combo $529.98
    $494.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.434526



    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119197
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    -$10.00 Combo $209.97
    $179.97
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-119-197
    Subtotal: $1,859.89
  9. niklas do you think my dual 5870 hd is overkill? I made some changes based on the info you guys gave me and got priced to about 2400 bucks lol but thats mainly because of the extra video card
  10. Also when all is said and done and I order all the stuff for my comp do I need to buy any extra cableing or does everything I need come with everything I order? I'm mainly talking about power cable cables to connect hard drive to motherboard those sort of things
  11. KMart03 said:
    Also when all is said and done and I order all the stuff for my comp do I need to buy any extra cableing or does everything I need come with everything I order? I'm mainly talking about power cable cables to connect hard drive to motherboard those sort of things


    You might need a icy dock for the SSD drive 20 bucks i think, also some thermal pate for the HSF other then that you should be good.

    Now on the Xfire 2 HD 5870 IMO on a rez of 1920 x 1080 and ( We still dont know your TVs max rez ) a single HD 5870 will be enough GPU power to even run the most demanding game out at max settings.

    You could get a GTX 480 that is 100 bucks more and a bit faster then the HD 5870 in some games

    Your going to pay about 800 bucks for 2 HD 5780s you might as well get the HD 5970 at 700 bucks http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102887

    Then you wont have scaling problem in some games you might have with xfire, the HD 5970 is like 2 GPU on one card. also with 2 HD 5870 in xfire say you get 45 FPS in your best game, just because you have 2 HD 5870 dont mean you will see 90 FPS in that game.


    read up on the reviews of GPUs http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/285845-33-geforce-radeon-5000-series-reviews

    gl :)
  12. I also like to add that with vsync on you wont see any more FPS in games then your monitors refresh rate, and that the eye can only see so much. Just think of FPS like thos books you flip the pages and the faster you flip the pages it makes the stick figures move. IMO a GPU that will do 60 FPS with max setting at your monitors rez is gold ( JUST DONT BASE ) it on one game like crysis, less thats your game.
  13. Well thats a good point maybe I'll just look into the 5970 then I guess if that every gets to slacking I can always add another video card at a later time since the mobo has slots for more and is crossfire capable. Even though I doubt that gpu will become obsolete anytime soon. I will look into the icy dock also to see if I need one. I think I'm gonna be spending about 2400 bucks on this build. Too much you think for a good decent computer?
  14. Do i think its to much ? I think if its your hobbie and its what you like to do and if it dont get in the way of RL stuff like feeding the kids or paying pays and if you are ok with spending that much on yourself then by all means go for it.

    people spend 2K on golf Irons then the poor guy has to go walk after his ball LOL :)
  15. HAHAH good point I like that way of looking at it I figure this setup will last me a long while also. I'm gonna post the changes Ive made on the build to see what people think
  16. Alright here is the revised version. If anyone wants to check it out and let me know what they think I really appreciate it. Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to give me good positive feedback also! :)


    Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129061
    149.99
    - 20.00 Mail in rebate
    129.00


    ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641
    239.00


    Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225
    289.00


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBRH
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231306
    184.99


    SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102887
    699.99


    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167023
    219.99


    ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & SATA Hard Drive Converter - Black
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994064
    19.99
    -5.00 Mail in rebate
    14.99


    SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152173
    69.99


    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    169.99
    -10.00 Mail in rebate
    159.99


    Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic LED Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink Rev.1 with TX-3 & 1156 Brackets
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154011
    62.99


    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
    9.99


    SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151199
    79.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758
    139.99

    Total
    2336.88
    2301.88 After Rebates
  17. Bump Just curious about my last post
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