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Building a gaming rig - some advice please

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Hello Peeps!

I utilized these forums about 4 years ago with my first gaming rig and it was a huge success. I'm hoping for a repeat performance this time around. My ultimate goal is to build a gaming rig that is powerful enough to do Ultra Graphics settings modern games, video editing, and office applications without breaking a sweat. It will be pushing 3 lcd screens (2x samsung 22", and a yet-to-be purchased larger high def screen). It will need some home theatre-ish capabilities such as a bluray player, surround sound, etc..

Let me start by saying that I already have some components of this system.

I currently have:
  • Windows 7 64 bit operating system
  • 2x samsung 22" widescreen lcd monitors
  • logitech keyboard
  • logitech mouse

I can probably use some of the parts that my current system has in it:
  • seagate barracuda 7200rpm 500gb sata hdd
  • silverstone 800w modular power supply
  • Pioneer 18x dvdr burner
  • Tuniq tower 120 p4 cpu cooler

Those are the only things i can think could possibly be useful in the new build, if any at all.


I have around 2500 usd to work with. I can go a little higher or lower if need be.

I have about a month to do research and talk to you guys before I have to order the parts. In my web browsing I came accross what looks to be a semi-current build for a modern gaming rig and am curious what you guys think of it.

* CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
* MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
* RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI - Retail
* HSF: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
* SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM
* HDD: SAMUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
* GPU: SAPPHIRE 100280OCSR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail
* PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with ... - Retail
* DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
* Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
* Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Total = approx 2100.00

My specific questions would be:

Would my current 800w modular power supply be able to power this rig without sweating too much?

Will that single 5970 be able to run 3 monitors, (including 2 different resolutions), without a hiccup or should i add a second one for crossfire?

Will the massive size of the Antec 1200 require me to purchase any extension cables? If so can you guess what i would need?

I assume that my operating system would be installed on the SSD and most of my junk on the hdd?

Can you see any issues with compatability/performance or have any suggestions where i may improve the performace of this build without going too far over budget?
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Someone just told me that the 5970 wouldn't fit inside the Antec 1200, is this true?

I was also told that for better performance all around and for running 3 monitors, i'd be better suited to get 2 or 3 5870s instead?
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