I need some advise

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: September?

BUDGET RANGE: Around $1500?

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming :)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, software.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI card and Intel processor.

OVERCLOCKING: Nope.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but not now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1280


Hey this is my first time building a cpu. I've been researching for this few days and finally drafted my components out.
However, I am still at lost.


CPU/Processor:Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067&cm_re=intel_i5_760-_-19-115-067-_-Product

Or

Intel Core i5-660 Clarkdale 3.33GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I5660
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067&cm_re=intel_i5_760-_-19-115-067-_-Product

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131620&cm_re=asus_p7p55d-_-13-131-620-_-Product

RAM:Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C7D3K2/4G

GPU: HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161329&cm_re=5870-_-14-161-329-_-Product

Or

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150476&cm_re=5870-_-14-150-476-_-Product

Or

SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102883&cm_re=5870-_-14-102-883-_-Product

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

Optical Drive: ?
PSU: ?
Case: ?
Cooler: ?

Any suggestion for the above?

Some question though, which processor should i go for , i-5 660 or i-5 760? 3.33GHz vs 2.8GHz?
Does that mean that the i-5 660 will run faster since it has 3.33GHz? Or the extra cores will enable i-5 760 to run faster?

And any difference between those 3 cards stated above other than different manufacturer?
If not, i should just pick the cheapest one , right?

Lastly, i do need a full HD monitor for this card right?
If so...

Monitor: ?

Thanks in advance :)
I'll be back afterward.
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  1. Get the i5-750, but I'm not 100% on the mobo. It's awfully expensive to not even have X8/X8 PCIe slots. GA-P55A-ud3/MSI-P55a-G55 come to mind.

    RAM is bad, high voltage and expensive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231320&cm_re=g.skill_eco-_-20-231-320-_-Product

    I would look into a GTX 470, it's often available for 260$ (like the MSI version today) and often matches/beats a 5870.

    Seagate has the highest rate of HD failures, and the 7200.12 series has gotten a reputation for it. Get the samsung f3.
    OD: Any Sata with lightscribe.
    PSU: XFX black edition 850watt for 105$ (ends soon)
    Case: HAF 922 for 90$ a Newegg
    Cooler: Hyper 212+ for 25$ or less, search google products.

    Monitor, I would suggest an IPS monitor, but a TN is a good deal cheaper if color accuracy isn't important. On a purely gaming build a 3D monitor may make sense.
  2. I'm with sp12 on the CPU, RAM, GPU, OD, Case and Cooler. For PSU if that deal ends (I haven't checked for it) then Corsair HX-850, TX-850 are both good. A different XFX, Antec and OCZ are also good alternative if you find a good deal on 'em.

    With the hd, there hasn't been enough research or data collection to verify that the 7200.12 drives have a high failure rate, but switch to a Samsung F3 anywho if you can, since it's slightly faster (usually)
    For the Hyper 212+, Amazon has it at a decent price.

    For monitors:
    23.6" LCD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052&Tpk=asus%20vh242h
    23" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001420&Tpk=samsung%20bx2350
    24" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005134&Tpk=lg%20w2486l

    Those are ones I'd recommend, I'd go for the Samsung 23" LED if you can afford the extra and the Asus 23.6" if you can't.
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