Seeking Advice on $1500 Gaming PC Build

This is my first build and its for hardcore gaming.

BUDGET RANGE: Approximately $1500



PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe later down the road

CPU/Mobo: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM/PSU: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CORSAIR 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power

GPU:XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 2GB

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB


HSF:Scythe Sleeve CPU Cooler

Grand Total: $1,508.41
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  1. ^ Good choice of components...
    But I dont see why you would need that mobo ??
    Going Crossfire on that board with HD 5970 is not advisable as each chip will run at a crippled x4 speed...
    So get this board instead
    i5 760(Newer chip) + ASUS P7P55D-E LX
  2. Gkay, the P7P55D-E LX's PCI-E x16 lane slot at x8 if you use SATA III/USB 3.0 I believe - the P7P55D-E Pro remains at x16 even if you use a SATA III or USB 3.0 device, just as long as you do not add another PCI-E card in the second slot.
  3. ^ Yes you are right...dint notice that...
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