Hey, great build so far!
From here I can only offer suggestions on parts that'd save you some money for little to no performance loss. Motherboard
: This is a good selection, but you can definitely find boards much cheaper that offer very similar specs. Take a look at this one: EVGA X58 SLI LE
. It's about $100 cheaper too! The one downside of using this board is that you'd have to use 1600MHz DDR3 rather than 2000MHz DDR3. In the grand scheme of things, the 400MHz will not be a performance breaker. You'll also save a bit of money on your RAM :) PSU
: Corsair is a GREAT choice. I stand by them 100%. Their support and customer service are absolutely top notch.
That said, the Corsair 650W or 750W would be enough to run your system. They can even support your system with a 5970 instead of a 5870, even with a heavily overclocked CPU. I would say that even with an overclocked CPU and 5870 you'd be just fine with a 750W. If you get another for CrossFire down the line, you'll probably need a bit more juice than that, though. Just something to think about! You can check here for yourself if you feel a little uneasy.
I find it to be a great resource. CPU
: Perfect choice IMO. I'm planning a build around this CPU for FFXIV myself :) RAM
: If you choose to use the EVGA X58 SLI LE motherboard, I'd go for some Corsair (1600MHz)
or Mushkin (1600MHz)
modules. These Mushkins have better timings than the listed Corsair modules, but cost more. Either will do well, so it's up to you how much money you'd like to spend on them. CPU Cooler
: This is a great find! I was originally going to suggest another model but this appears to perform very well in its own right. I think I might actually use this in my upcoming build haha. Video Card
: The 5870 is a great piece of hardware. I would opt for the cheaper one out of the two that Krysty listed, but that's just me.
Here's my thought process on that if you're interested: The overclocked Gigabyte 5870 offers about 8% more performance but costs quite a bit more. I'd go for a cheaper model (I've seen as low as $370 if you look around on Newegg) and do the overclocking myself. I do believe the only difference between the models are the cooling mechanism and level of overclock. There's also the 2GB versions, but those aren't helpful until you start using multi-monitor resolutions.
With a good overclock on the CPU (around 4.0GHz) I'd say you're looking at about 5000ish High, 6000-7000 Low.
Overall a great build! Edited, Jul 16th 2010 9:52pm by Rhysen