Need advice on ~$850 build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month.

Budget Range: Up to $850.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: After Effects, Vegas Pro, Photoshop, CoD, transcoding raw HD footage.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: &

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually.

Hello everyone,

I'm new to the build scene and I've spent some time configuring this on newegg and was wondering if anyone could give me some redecommendations or advice - it would all be greatly appreciated!

i5-2500k ($224.99) ($179.99 at microcenter)
ASUS P8P67 Pro R3 ($189.99)
G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) ($84.99)
MSI Hawk Radeon 5770 1GB ($139.99)
Raidmax Hybrid 2 530W Modular LED PSU ($39.99)
Cooler Master Elite 310 Case ($39.99)
WD Blue 500GB SATA 7200rpm 6Gb/s HDD ($44.99)
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ ($34.99) ($29.99 at microcenter)
2x Cooler Master 120mm Case Fan ($8.99/ea)

Price from newegg: $817.89
Price from newegg & microcenter: $767.89

Now the things I'd like to accomplish with this build are as follows:
Overclock to 4.5GHz+
Eventually crossfire.
Plan to buy a more powerful PSU if I ever crossfire.
Keep noise level below ~25-30dBA.
Excellent cooling.

That's all folks, but I'm looking forward to any recommendations you have for me!

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  2. Please see the PSU guide linked in my sig. You would have to work pretty hard to find a worse PSU choice.

    You do not need a lot of PSU to CF 5770s. A full system with 5770 CF is going to pull well under 500W. Just get a decent one now. Here is a way for you to get everything you need:

    If you really want the case you chose, just add this PSU:
    That's a very high quality, very quiet PSU that will handle your CF needs.

    Or this is pretty much the same PSU re-branded by Antec:
    A bit less and has a promo code, but note the difference in warranties. Antec 3 years Seasonic 5 years.

    Edit because my sig had vanished.
  3. @asantesoul

    Those video cards are just a little out of my price range - but interesting that you recommend nvidia over ATI.

    As for the motherboards, ASRock is the "cheaper" brother board of Asus, and I haven't heard much about Gigabyte.

    Thanks for the PSU suggestions, the corsair ones are pricy though, I'm thinking I might need to go with a seasonic.


    Thanks for the PSU tips! Glad to hear that the 5770 doesn't take much power. That seasonic is looking like a much better buy then the raidmax. Shame it doesn't have blue LED's though, but I think I can get by without those.
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