I7 Gaming PC buying soon!

I will be purchasing a new PC in the coming 2 weeks, and need your advice on the config. I would like a build that I will keep approx 3 years.

I’m looking for an intel i7 based system and I have no preferred choice of Video card.

Budget: Doesn’t really make sense as I will be purchasing overseas and so prices will not match. I’m not looking to save money if that means any drop in performance.

What will I be using the PC for?
1. World of Warcraft (I want flawless performance on ultra settings) with the possibility to multibox (multiple clients at the same time)
2. Streaming Video to Home TV via Freeplayer (French isp vlc based utility)
3. General Websurfing etc.
4. Other PC games mainly MMORPG that might come out in the next 3 years
5. I might run occasionally vmware images

What screen resolution:
• 2 x 1920 x 1080

Current thoughts on config:
• Case : HAF X
• PSU : Corsair HX - 850W
• HDD : Samsung Spinpoint F3 S-ATA - 1000 Go - 32 Mo
• HDD2 : Samsung Spinpoint F3 S-ATA - 1000 Go - 32 Mo
• SSD : OCZ Agility 2 120 Go
• ODD : Optiarc AD-7241S - OEM
• CPU : Intel® Core™ i7 950
• MOB : Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
• RAM : G.Skill Kit Extreme3 3 x 2 Go PC12800 CAS 7 PI Series
• GPU : Sapphire Radeon™ HD 5870 1Go Vapor-X
• CPU HSF : Thermalright Silver Arrow
• OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OEM

Critical Thinking

Case :
I want a cool running machine, I don’t have any issues with a large case.
Question: Does this come with dustcovers? Or do I need to buy aftermarket?
Question: Can I keep the standard fans or do I need to replace/add additional fans

PSU
I really have no idea on the sizing, I would like a very good PSU that I will not have to worry about for the lifetime of the PC (3 years)

HDD, HDD2
Will be primarily for all other programs other than WoW and OS and for storage of digital media (films, songs)

SSD
For OS and WoW (or game that I will play at the time) with enough headroom to not go over 80% of the drive’s capacity.

CPU
As WoW is somewhat CPU dependant I would like to try my first OC, with a mild either 3.8 or 4 Mhz OC which can run 24/7 with no issues for the lifetime of the PC (3 years)

MOB
I’m not tied to the vendor (Gigabyte) but would like good support for the OC above, for the future USB3 etc. and a stable board in case of any issues. I will probably not be adding any additional GPU cards to the machine.

RAM
Apart from the OC I need at least this amount of RAM, no questions asked.
Question: Will this RAM fit under the CPU HSF in the right slots for the best OC and without any issues?

GPU
I’m not tied to Radeon, but I see that this card seems to have the best performance on WoW at the moment. I’m not sure I can wait for the upcoming 6970.

CPU HSF
I’ve read some good reviews of this product, but I’m open to suggestions.

Thank you for your thoughtful feedback, I realize that I could purchase a cheaper config for WoW, but I am set on having the best system available within my budget.

Thanks again for your help. :D
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  1. Quote:
    I have no preferred choice of Video card.


    Actually for gaming rigs i would starts with a GPU as per my res/settings , a decent 80+ PSU to power it then work backwards as per overall budget for best results hehe


    The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bottleneck,2738-16.html
    Quote:
    Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

    The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
  2. CPu: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
    i7 is overkill for gaming
    i5 is the best choice in this segment.i strongly recommend the i5 since the hyperthreading present in i7 is only used for multitasking and i5's are also good overclocker

    Motherboard:MSI P55-GD65 USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130272

    Memory:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    Graphics Card:EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130590

    SSD:Corsair Nova Series CSSD-V128GB2-BRKT 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233107

    Hard Disk:Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136514

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    Power Supply:COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171057

    Total:1670$

    For OC Buy this aftermarket cooler :COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  3. Quote:

    SSD:Corsair Nova Series CSSD-V128GB2-BRKT 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233107

    Hard Disk:Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136514

    Power Supply:COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171057

    For OC Buy this aftermarket cooler :COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065


    Bads^

    1. That SSD is slow. Get the OCZ Vertex 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590

    2. The Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB's are better than WD caviars.

    3. Don't get a cooler master PSU; XFX,Corsair,Antec, or Seasonic.

    4. I'd get a better HSF for a 4.0Ghz OC. Like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154011
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