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As others have said, stepping down to an i3 would be cheaper and still good for gaming (hell, my i3 can keep up with a 2600k), bit if you can afford an i5, go for it. Would be future-proofing that rig. Also the RAM amount is good. I myself cannot live with any less than 8 GB, tho i do use it.

If you plan to go Xfire and spend $320 AR (if you're going with these cards) i'd say to get a quality 6950 with more VRAM (VRAM in a Xfire setup is not shared), spend less money and leave yourself open for Xfiring on the future when you need more GPU power (as with the 6850's any improvement path is dead unless you replace both cards).

For HDD, i'd stay away from Seagates, but this is my personal opinion. I've had several HDD's die on me or on customers, but the most common ones were Seagates. Stick with Samsung F3's or WD Blues/Blacks, the extra money is worth them.

PSU seems good enough. Antec is a darned good brand.
   
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For HDD, i'd stay away from Seagates, but this is my personal opinion. I've had several HDD's die on me or on customers, but the most common ones were Seagates.
I'll second that, my Maxtor (now owned by Seagate) died a few weeks ago, luckily just before the warranty expired!!
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Yes, 6870 is a great choice, best card in that price range in my opinion. If you are buying today, you better hop on this ASAP http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131378

Buy it now before promo code runs out. $160!
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having mixed feelings between 1gb cards, and 2gb cards, and 6870 and 6850. Potentially i could get 2 6850 cards in crossfire, but ive heard of microstuttering being an issue i think, or i could run 1 2gb card and itd be more future proof.. and im guessing BF3 will use a little more than 1gb of VRAM. So I am leaning towards the 2gb version of something, helping me not have to upgrade as soon is a plus as well.

My eye currently is on: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150530
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Well i reupdated the first page, and im going to put in my order now. Does anyone know how long the i5 coming from NCIX US with that free shipping will take compaired to neweggs shipping? i dont want the proc to arrive like 4 days after the rest of it
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Microstuttering is not such a huge issue methinks. My SLI setup barely has it, it's only in some games, and only in certain moments. Don't really know about AMD tho, but the general consensus is to get a single powerful card than two midrange ones. Leaves you still open to upgrades (just get another 6950 down the road instead of getting rid of 2 6870's first and then buying new cards), it's cheaper, and you can get a couple features more (like extra VRAM or better cooler).

The 6950 you are looking at is nice (i trust XFX as a brand) but the cooler will blow your ears off. I'd still say get the MSI one, unless you do not mind noise at all.

2 GB VRAM will help you in gaming, especially at high quality/resolutions. Most games are starting to use more than 1 GB VRAM, and it does not hurt to be prepared.
   
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