Need advice on a i7 system at around 1,200$ budget


I need some advice on components for the system I'm trying to buy.


Approximate Purchase Date: Very soon (within a week or two).

Budget Range: Around ~1,200$.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and 3D modeling/rendering.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: would be fine.

Parts Preferences: i7 processor and HD 6870.

Overclocking: Maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: Not currently (but I might get an additional HD 6870 in the near future).

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050.


I am doing quite a bit of 3D modeling and rendering so I would really like to get an i7 CPU. As for GPU it seems that HD 6870 is a decent choice (cheap, cool and not so power hungry).

Processor: Intel i7 (not sure which model)
Motherboard: No idea (but ideally it should support dual graphic cards)
Memory: No idea
Graphics: HD 6870 (there seems to be quite a few 6870 models(brands?) available on newegg, not sure which one would be the best)
Storage: No idea
Power Supply: No idea (but ideally it should produce enough power to support dual HD 6870)
Case: No idea
Optical Drive: Will get a cheap DVD+-RW
CPU Cooler: No idea

Since I am on a budget I will probably get only 4GB RAM now (and additional +4GB in the following weeks) and probably one more HD 6870 in a few months (if needed).
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  1. CPU : $295 Intel Core i7-950

    Mobo : $200 ASUS Sabertooth X58

    You'll need a bit more than just 6GB of memory. But since you wanted to go with just 4, I'm not suggesting any more for now.

    RAM : $145 CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB)

    HDD : $69 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB

    GPU : $240 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB


    ODD: $20 LG SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe Support

    HSF : $30 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus (optional)

    Case : $60 COOLER MASTER HAF 912

    AMD Option -

    $276 AMD Phenom II X6 1090T + $150 ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3

    EDIT : 3D rendering benchmark - Core i7 950 vs Phenom II X6 1090T
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