New gaming rig. What do you think?

Hello! I'm currently looking at buying this gear to build up a new gaming pc and I would like some opinions.

Approximate Purchase Date: This month or in November.

Budget Range: ~2500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Canada

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Here's my part list:

CASE: Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 3.06GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S

MB: ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA1366 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 PCI Motherboard

MEMORY: OCZ Platinum OCZ3P1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 7-7-7-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit

PSU: XFX 850W Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

*GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD5970 725MHZ 2GB 4.0GHZ DDR5 PCIe 2XDVI 1XMINI DisplayPort CrossFireX Video Card

HD & SSD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

**OCZ Vertex 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

*Is it worth going for a HD5970? Or is there a better alternative at crossfiring lower-end cards?
**Is it worth the bang to get a SSD to install Windows7 on?

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  1. I think you have a damn good build. There's really nothing there I would change personally.
  2. Quote:
    Approximate Purchase Date: This month or in November.

    HD 6000 series slated for released this week Friday so we could see pricing revisions ^^
  3. well the only other good GPU solution is 2x 5870s but currently they would cost you more then that deal your getting on that 5970

    however my suggestion....wait 2 days for the 6k series to come out and BOOOM even better deals....

    also i know your canadian so prices are a bitch here.....use to find the parts you want it automatically finds the cheapest priced website for you (and others)

    otherwise your build is SUPER solid...though id probably suggest an aftermarket HSF like the Hyper 212

    as for your SSD....if your budget allows SSDs are great however they are great if you got an OS+1-2 games or 1-2 apps that you use the most on them and still have ~50% of its capacity left....a 60gb SSD is only gonna allow you windows and no room for a prog or 2 to run optimally so really its only for boot speeds....but your comps gonna boot retardedly fast anyways...

    so i suggest either scrapping the SSD or increasing it to 120gb depending on your budget....

    otherwise your build looks great
  4. Best answer
    if you don't mind having 2 cards then 460 sli which performs similarly to a 5970 is a better choice or 470gtx sli if you want even better performance.

    As for an ssd you should get a newer one the vertex 2 and agility 2 are both very good.

    60gb is ample for your OS and most essential prggrams like: office, win7, browser, messenger, torrent downloader and all those other small apps everyone needs. Maybe it'll leave you with enough space for a game or large app.

    personally I find even a 60gb ssd is a very good addition to a pc. It will make booting twice as fast, and your entire system much snappier considering you've installed allmost all proggrams on your ssd. And the apps/games you install on the ssd will also load twice as fast and be much snappier.
  5. Best answer selected by maxcharbon.
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