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November 16, 2011 1:13:24 AM

Okay gents, here goes.

I've wanted to build myself a PC for years now. Tired of spending money with Dell for stuff that performs worse for more money. I'm a huge car guy, my father and I race cars, I have a A.S. in Automotive Technology and am studying for my B.S. in Motorsports Engineering. I figure if I can build a car for $15,000 that whoops any exotic (and I have), then I can build a PC for $1500 that can whoop any dell unit.

With that in mind, I'm looking to build a PC. It's going to be used for to play Star Wars: The Old Republic. I know, I don't need all that intense of a PC for that game, but my need for speed isn't limited to cars. So enough background, here goes:


Approximate Purchase Date: Newegg Black Friday sale

Budget Range: $2000 including the best LED-LCD 35-42 inch TV I can get. So more like $1400 on computer components. I'd really only like to spend about $1000, but I also want the best components (or at least, best bang for the buck) and this list wound up being about $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing (race car videos, etc), school work (word processing), internet browsing

Parts Not Required: Speakers (have a cheap 5.1 logitech set... Can also use TV speakers via HDMI cable, right?), HDD (have 2 400gb units from my old Dell), CD/DVD drives (Again, pirated from old Dell)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, black friday sale.

Country: America

Parts Preferences: You guys are the experts.

Overclocking: Eventually, when I feel a need to hot-rod my computer. It happens to everything I own, sooner or later.

SLI or Crossfire: Again, eventually. Not immediately.

Monitor Resolution: Will be hooked up to a 35-42 inch HDTV. Want biggest resolution possible. Probably also have a 2nd smaller monitor.

Additional Comments: Quiet? I've accepted the fact that my room will likely be 10 degrees hotter than the rest of the house. At least, it seemed like it was with the old Dell rig.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you guys think my stuff won't fit in the smaller of the two. Particularly the Noctua I'm concerned about.

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128N/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (for Windows and SWTOR only)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: One or possibly both of my 400gb 7200 RPM HD's from my old dell. For music, movies, etc.

Keyboard: RAZER Anansi Black Wired Keyboard
Mouse: RAZER Black Wired Laser Naga Molten Special Edition Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


So, that's what I came up with. I know it's WAY overkill for what I'm doing, but just roll with that. I guess what I want to know is, is there any way I can get the same performance as these components (or better) for cheaper? Where can I cut costs a little? A lot depends on what Newegg has on sale this Black Friday.
As well as that, I'm open to any suggestions from you guys. Computers isn't my realm of expertise, but I'm always ready to learn.

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November 16, 2011 1:29:49 AM

All your links are broken except for 2 of them

for SSD I'd go with a Crucial M4 most reliable SSD out

I would change MoBo to a Asrock Z68 extreme 3 gen 3

PSU is good for now it will be able to handle 2 GPUs down the road

Go ahead use those old HDDs :D 
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November 16, 2011 1:57:06 AM

I fixed the links, thanks... That's what I get for copying and pasting my post from my Guild forum, lol.


Any particular reason for switching the Mobo? I like to learn why I'm doing things, although glancing at the two I think I see why you're recommending that... It's cheaper, and it seems to have some additional features.

The Crucial is cheaper, and was also recommended by a guildie, so I'll make that switch. Thanks

Also, I have Windows 7 64 Bit that came with my laptop... I know it's against microsoft's TOS, but will the hammer of microsoft smite me if I install it on my PC build as well? Anyone have experience there?
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