Help with Gaming PC

The games that I have been playing on PC are World of Warcraft, The Sims 3, Skyrim and Mass Effect 3. I do like to do photo editing and watch movies on the computer too. I am interested in a computer that I will be able to easily upgrade and max the settings on the games that I play or think about playing later once I have a computer that can handle the game. I have not played the game Crysis but I was thinking about trying it sometime so, I would like the new computer that I get to be able to play it with max settings. I dont use several monitors to play on and the one that I have is about 24 inches. I am not sure what the max resolution is that I play the games on but I would like the games to look nice when I play. I dont want to spend anymore then 4000.00 on the computer.

I have been trying to do research on the CPU and I was not sure if the one that I have picked is okay for what I want or if the i7 3960X would be better to go with. Also, I am not sure about the water cooling because I have not used those before and not sure if I should go with one of those like I have picked or get a regular fan. I was going to add the overclocking but I read on here that it is easy to do on your own instead of paying like 100.00 extra for Cyberpower to do the overclocking.

Here is what I have put together:

•*BASE_PRICE: [+1199]
•CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
•CARE2: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
•CAS: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Full Tower Gaming Case w/ 4x SATA Hot-Swap Drive Bays & Side-Panel Window [+217]
•CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
•CD2: None
•COOLANT: Standard Coolant
•CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)
•CS_FAN: Default case fans
•FA_HDD: None
•FAN: CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 240MM w/ Dual Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Slient at 18dBA) [+63]
•FREEBIE_VC: FREE Borderlands2 Game Coupon [+0]
•HDD: 240GB Corsair Force GT Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 525MB/s Write [+153] (Single Drive)
•HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+112] (Single Drive)
•HEADSET1: PiXXO Multimedia Headset with Microphone [+8]
•IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
•KEYBOARD: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard
•MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1866MHz Quad Channel Memory (Corsair XMS)
•MOTHERBOARD: (4-Way SLI Support) ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ ROG Connect, UEFI BIOS, BT GO, OC Key, Subzero Sense & 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 5 Gen3 PCIe X16 & 1 PCIe X1 [+263]
•MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
•NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
•OS: Microsoft® Windows 8 Pro (64-bit Edition) [+135]
•OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
•POWERSUPPLY: 1,200 Watts - Corsair AX1200i Digital 80 Plus Platinum Certified Modular Power Supply [+266]
•TEMP: None
•TVRC: None
•USB: None
•USBHD: None
•USBX: None
•VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 4GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Dual GPU Video Card [+924] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
•VIDEO2: None
•VIDEO3: None
•WNC: Linksys WMP600N Wireless-N Dual-Band Adapter [+66]
•_PRICE: (+3444)
•_view_: {17CA84FA-D5A5-4093-BCA7-FC5DF8A4A9FF}
•_load_: 10/30/2012 9:28:23 AM
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  1. Another thing that I want to add is that when I play The Sims 3 I like to add Custom Content which seems to make my current computer lag. I would like for the new computer to be able to handle the Custom Content that I add when I play The Sims 3.
  2. Best answer
    spending $4000 on a gaming system is ridiculous especially if your not intending to overclock, you could easily play those games on high setting with a $1500-$2000 system especially if your not buying any monitors here's my recommendations
    CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K
    Mother Board: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Motherboard
    RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator KHX21C11T2K2/8X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
    Graphics Card:Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB Boost
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST1000DM003
    SSD: SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB
    Optical Drive: LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive
    PSU: Thermaltake 500W TR2 Bronze TR-500P
    Case: Sharkoon T28 Blue Case USB 3.0
    OS: Windows 8 64 bit
    if you really wanna spend the extra money get yourself a flashy case and liquid cooling system but its really not all that necessary the graphics card is enough to handle almost ll current games on high settings but you could get 2 if you really want.
    also i7 is not needed for gaming go with an i5 no games take advantage of hyper threading so your not getting much bang for your buck :)
  3. In a word, overkill. there is no way in hell you need a GTX690 for the sims.
    You can make a system that will perform the same for quite a bit less (Think $1000).
  4. $3444 build to play sims -.-
    seriously a $800 build is more than you need to max out all your needs !
  5. Best answer selected by Sandylynn4578.
  6. Thank you everyone. I put together what I could and then talked to someone at AvADirect and they are helping me put together something.
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