Parts Suggestions - Partially built 1500$ Gaming Machine

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 days.

Budget Range: 700$ - for additional parts, spent 700$ already.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Videos, Internet.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Motherboard(Sabertooth x58), Case(Standard ATX), Processor(i7 950 3.06Ghz w/8mb Cache), Ram(Kingston HyperX 6GB PC3-12800 Triple Channel DDR3 (3x2gb) w/intel XMP).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Open.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Preferred HD output so I could use my 42" RCA LCD 1080i+p 60hz television in HD.


Parts I've been considering!

XFX Radeon HD 5870 HD587XZNFC 850MHZ 1Gb GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card
Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Solid State Hybrid SATA Drive 2.5IN
XFX 750W Black Edition Single Rail Modular ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Silver
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  1. Your links aren't formatted right.

    That is an excellent power supply. It would be powerful enough for two HD 5870s in crossfire.

    I don't know whether a hybrid drive is a good idea. Laptop hard drives have always been less reliable in my experience. The performance of a hybrid drive certainly isn't equal to a SSD.

    You wouldn't have to pay that much more for a SSD boot drive and a larger desktop drive, either.

    Corsair Force CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $134.99 shipped after a $20 rebate


    Corsair Force Series 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Sandforce *3 Year MFR Wrty*
    $134.99 after a $20 rebate

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $71.23 shipped with promo code CEMCYXNX29
  2. Got a Cooler Master 850w Silent M Pro, the seagate momentus xt Hybrid Drive and I went a bit cheaper and got the HiS Radeon HD 5850.
    However, I got home and the PSU is too big for my old Standard ATX case from 2003. It's a top mount PSU and there are two bracket's that keep it from screwing in properly, the case also had a fan on top that I would have to fully remove if that PSU had fit.

    Looks like I'm going case shopping tomorrow. I'll post my final build once it's constructed and working.
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