CPU: Intel Core i7 950 - $260
Why: Currently the best CPU out there for it's price
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline DDR3 1333MHZ (3x2GB) - $70
Why: Cheap. I wanted 1066MHZ because then I wouldn't overclock over the 950's compatible RAM speed (for lower temps and more stability), but looks like this is actually cheaper than the equivalent 1066MHZ RAM http://cgi.ebay.com/120657527185
So that is my system, but I have no idea what power supply I need. The absolute highest I want to pay for the PSU is $150, but I really would rather stay under $100. So anybody know how much power this rig will take and what good PSUs I can hook it up with?
Also, I haven't bought any of these parts yet, so could there be any stability or compatibility issues with this setup? And do you guys have any recommendations, suggestions, or criticisms for anything/any combination of parts I chose?
Are you sure 650W is enough? I got some pretty high end parts on it and might even be upgrading some of them in the future. For example doubling the ram or adding in another video card when I get the money
Yes, check my configuration for the DFI-LP-X48=T3RSB+ (under more information, member configuration). I'm loading much more hardware than you plan to have. And your 5870 uses much less current than my 2 4870s.
The Corsair 650W is plenty for your setup, with ONE video card. The HD5870 wants a "500W or greater" PSU according to AMD.
However, if you're serious about adding a second video card later, you need something with 4 PCI-E connectors. The Corsair 650W only has 2. I'd pick something like the PC Power & Cooling 750W, for example. It's currently $120 minus 10% promo code. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...