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