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Last response: in Systems
March 8, 2012 1:59:39 PM

Hey everyone! I am looking to get a new computer for my sim racing hobby. I am not very "computer tech" savvy but I just want to get a computer at a reasonable price and with graphics I will be happy with.

Here are the games I am looking to play:

rFactor 2
Race On

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of March

Budget Range: $1,000 - $1,200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only (online/offline)

Parts Not Required: Only looking to buy a tower to cut overall costs

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Unsure

SLI or Crossfire: Unsure

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I am willing to increase my budget if needed.

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March 8, 2012 2:27:02 PM

$70 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

$85 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$450 XFX FX-795A-TNFC Radeon HD 7950 Core Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

$90 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Sup

$46 Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996776

$130 ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$225 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

$100 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Subtotal: $1,195.92

I would also recommend adding a h80 cooler and overclock that processor to 4.5ghz
$92 CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler


$280 ASUS VE276Q Black 27" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers 300 cd/m2 100,000 :1 (ASCR)
March 8, 2012 2:50:10 PM

none of those games have huge requirements. I'd take alvine's build and trim the 7950 to a 7850 and use the saved money for a nice steering wheel setup