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1st time gameing build help (i7)

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September 11, 2011 5:32:19 PM

Computer is dying and in need of an upgrade so building a new system
Purchase date: ASAP (once i figure out all the parts i want i will be ordering asap)

Budget: about $1400-$1500 if it makes a Noticeable difference than i can stretch to 1600 or so

System usage: Gaming,youtube (i might be doing some video editing but its not a huge concern)

Parts not req.: Speakers, monitor, keyboard, mouse, HDD

Preferred websites: no real preference i would prefer to keep all my parts from 1 site though

Country: USA

Preferred parts: intel i7 2600k Nvidia cards (AMD cards are fine though)

Overclocking: Probably

Sli/CF: Most likely will add a second card of whatever i get in the future

*Will be gaming on 1 25inch 1920x1080 monitor don't plan on going for triple monitors anytime soon, but if i do i will just add a second card
*If possible i want to find a good air cooler for my processor as i want to overclock it to around 4GHZ (if that's even possible on air)
*The Sound doesn't matter a whole lot to me as its very rare for my computer not to have something going on.8
*I wish to max out games such as metro 2033 bf2 crysis 1 and 2 and i will be getting skyrim and bf3 when they are out
*I currently have an 2TB WD caviar black HDD however i am looking for a nice sized ssd as my boot drive and maybe to put a cupple games on (SC2)

I'm a bit stumped myself on what case/mobo will fit this build so that is my top concern

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September 11, 2011 7:50:31 PM

I'm not sure why you want an i7 seeing how there aren't any games that take advantage of hyper threading other than maybe FSX. It's a waste of $100.

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