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
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
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...
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?