Advice on new build system

I haven't built a PC since 2005/2006 and since it finally died on me last night, I am now in the market to build a new one and the changes in the tech kinda overwhelms me right now. So, I am asking for advice and help in a new build.

It would be primarily used as a gaming PC for Eve Online and other game like Civilization V and the like.

Approximate Purchase Date: 02/01/2012

Budget Range: 1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, MMO's mostly

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (ASUS VE278Q), video cards (GTX550ti x 2)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, Fry's

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Unknown. Used to be AMD but all the reviews I have read has AMD lagging behind so open to Intel as well

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Would like to be able to incorporate a black case with a window, blue lit if possible...
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  1. i5 2500k $229.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $149.99
    8GB G.Skill $43.99
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W $99.99
    Silverstone Raven RV03 or Corsair 500R $129.99-139.99
    Crucial M4 SDD 64GB $109.99
    1TBSamsung Spinpoint F3 $169.99
  2. For your budget, here we go:

    Case Antec 900. Window &blue lights $80:

    2500K $220 is as good as it gets at any price:

    Z68 ATX motherboard, sli capable. ASRock Z68 Extreme3 $125, or pick your favorite vendor.

    8gb DDR3 1600 G.skil ram (2 x 4gb) $45:

    750w psu, Antec green earthwatts $76 :

    aftermarket cpu cooler cm hyper212 $30:

    That leaves room for one luxury item, a SSD for the os and some apps.
    Intel 320 120gb $200:
    A ssd will make everything feel so much quicker. A 120gb ssd will hold the os and perhaps 10 games. By the time you use that up, you will be able to get a hard drive for expansion at a decent price. Today, I would not get anything but Intel because of reliability.

    $25 for a dvd burner. Samsung and asus are ok.
    Take the time now to download and read the motherboard and case manuals cover to cover. Many issues will be answered.
  3. well, due to some unexpected happenings, I have a bit more to play with on this build and I have narrowed it down to the following...

    CPU - i7 2600K
    MoBo - ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz (PC3-12800)
    PSU - Corsair Gaming Series GS800 800W
    SSD - Intel 320 Series 2.5in 120GB SATA 3.0Gb/s
    DVD-RW - Sony Optiarc AD-7261S-0B 24X SATA
    CPU Cooler - Noctua CPU Cooler NH-C14
    Case - Antec Twelve Hundred V3

  4. i5 > i7 for Gaming. No difference can be visually seen.

    Same with RAM, lower down to 4-8GB. The Hyper 212 EVO is good for 4GHz+ OC but 4.5 GHz or below.
  5. Might want to change the SSD to this:

    Less expensive, and from what I've read Crucial seems to be really reliable. Also the Crucial runs on a SATS III (6gb/s) rather than a SATA II (3gb/s) and it is newer so it should be a bit faster.

    Also, your Mobo is pretty expensive, not sure if it is worth paying that much more (depends on why you want it). Like do you really need 6 USB 3.0 ports?

    Maybe take a look at this one
    or this one
  6. If you live near a microcenter, the CPU is $40 less than newegg and the MOBO is $50 off.
  7. If you are just going to be gaming then an i7 will not provide for any advantages. However, if you were to be doing any rendering, video editing, or something like that, then an i7 would be a good idea.

    +1 for the Crucial M4 SSDs. They are extremely reliable and have fast read speeds. The only downside is the write speeds. But people do not put their OS and apps on an SSD so they can write quickly to the SSD. An SSD as an OS drive is for fast reading.

    Personally I really like the look of the Antec 1200.

    The motherboard seems like it may be a bit excessive to me. I would suggest one of the motherboards that Dancerman01 suggester. Also look into the ASUS Sabertooth.

    And if you are just gaming, 16GB RAM is not necessary. Again, if you were doing more CPU intensive tasks like rendering or video editing, the added RAM would be beneficial. But in this case, you won't need it.
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