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New Build Compatibility Check - First Time Builder

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November 25, 2011 6:41:31 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I make sure I have everything I need and not wasting money on things I don't need

Budget Range: I'd like to spend a total of $1,000 to a max of $1,800. I know that is quite the range, but I look at it if I can get a damn good gaming computer for say $1,200 and there is no need to spend more without being overkill, then why spend more. But in the same thought, if I spend $1,800 it is is noticeably better than a $1,200 gaming system then I'm okay with that. I try not to waste money unnecessarily.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming (mostly Eve Online)

Parts Not Required: Don't need anything that doesn't go inside the case. Keyboard, monitor, etc. will be bought separately.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Overclocking: I'm interested in overclocking if the system can support it and there will be a noticeable difference between being OC'd and not. I'm not dead set on OC'ing as I have never done it before so chances are I won't OC unless i can find someone to help or a perfect step by step guide

SLI or Crossfire: I have build this design for 2x Graphics cards and SLI them

Monitor Resolution: Not sure off the top of my head

Additional Comments: Just wanted a very good gaming PC that will last for 6 years like the one i'm using right now! If there is a video / guide Tom's Hardware endorses for someone who knows VERY little about building a computer / doing anything other than playing, I would appreciate the links

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A few points / requests:
1- I'm looking to make sure that each individual component is compatible with everything else
2- If there are better alternatives / changes that reduce the price (this is $1,756 as is) but won't greatly change performance
3- Any other comments

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-I've heard its a great case for having an air-cooled system

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-It was recommended on this site

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Friend recommended it because of the Hyper Threading technology which the i5-2500k doesn't have

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Never thought I'd buy 16gm of RAM, but its VERY cheap at only $90. Is 16GB overkill for a gaming PC?

SAPPHIRE FleX 100312FLEX Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Read through the reviews on here and decided this was the card for me. I was planning on buying 2 of them. Overkill for just gaming?

ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-I want the fastest speeds and load times that I can get. Figured a SSD drive big enough for my OS and Eve Online would make that happen. 120GB enough? I know on my computer right now I only have like 75GB's used on my 500GB drive...

XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 Mega Killer Double HDT 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler Dual Fan I7 i5 775 1155 1156 and AMD compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Once again, recommended by this site.

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Need it to install things

CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Wanted to make sure that I have enough power to run both the graphics cards. 1050W overkill for this system?

Anything that I forgot overlooked? Do I need a stand alone sound card? Thermal compound for the CPU?

Thanks in advanced for your responses!
November 25, 2011 6:47:43 AM

Is this just for EVE online? if it is, it is a waste of money. :(  a good $1000 build can power this game up easily.

You forgot the HDD my friend.
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