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November 11, 2011 9:58:18 PM

I need a bit of help. I have no Computer and am trying to build one. My net access is restricted by my Wii and PS3. One has memory issues and one has javascript issues, so I can't load the pages that would answer the questions I will be posting on the forum.
Budget for full Build $1600 U.S.
I would like to get some input from everyone about a couple cases. I will be going with a full tower for future expansion, either the Haf X or the Stormtrooper.
I will be building a gaming rig and am going the Air Cooling route. I do plan on i7 2600k, sli or crossfire, oc, 8gig ram, though to be honest, I haven't really decided on what parts. I just know I'll be kicking up a lot of heat.

Any help on this is greatly appreciated and I would like to keep this thread open for other question on parts because typing on the Wii is a pain in the @$$.

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November 12, 2011 1:52:44 AM

Hi! I would like to say: You have chosen well by building your own computer rather than buying one, since it'll allow for the most customization. Before I list parts, I would recommend you go and watch these instructional videos on how to build a computer (that is if this is your first time). The videos were made by NewEgg:

This is the setup I would choose:

Choice 1: Intel Core i7 2500k $214 @

Explanation: I would go with the i5 instead is because it is more than sufficient for gaming needs. The i7 looks nice, has a few extra megahertz clock speed and has HyperThreading but that is overkill. By buying the i7, you are spending an extra $100 for nothing, since most modern games rarely use more than 2 cores. The extra $100 can be put into a better gfx card, which is what really matters

Graphics: 2x gtx 560 TI $245 each ($490) @

Explanation: These two cards are better than a single gtx 580.

BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $125 @

Explanation: Good reviews and decent price, a motherboard nowadays is just a "docking station" for all the other components, so you don't need anything that is really expensive, and this is perfect.

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 $110 w/ rebate @

Explanation: Corsair is reliable and once again, great reviews. I have a corsair myself, and it's running great. 650W is more than enough for SLI or Crossfire incase you plan to SLI or Crossfire.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 $130 w/ rebate @

Explanation: Full tower, decent price.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB $150 @

Explanation: 1TB, decently of today...what am I saying...HDDs are overpriced thanks to the flood.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB Memory Model F3-8500CL7Q-16GBRL $80 @

Explanation: Remember the $100 we saved, yep...$30 coming here to upgrade to 16GB. Decently priced, I have this RAM, and it's amazing.

Heatsink+Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $26 @

Explanation: I heard this was a good CPU cooler, and it has amazing reviews.

DVD-ROM: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE $18 @

Explanation: Your normal DVD burner, if you want blu-ray, you can get instead, but beware, blu-ray will set you back $70.

OS: Win 7 Home Premium OEM $100 @

Explanation: Decently priced Windows OS, and its 64bit (you need 64bit)

Before you decide on this or any other build, I would recommend you read these builds that people suggest:
(you can adjust anyway you like to fit your budget)