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First Time Builder, Looking to Fine Tune Build

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New to this forum, but I am looking for help on building a new computer (because that's what everyone says to do instead of Alienware )
I've never built before, but ready to give it a shot. I will just be building the computer as I have the keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers. Other than Windows 7, I have no need of other software.

I am looking for a cost anywhere between $1500 and $2000.
The most important things to me are speed of regular use (surfing internet, running programs), gaming performance, and a computer that will last.
I use my computer mainly for gaming/internet. I'd love to be able to run games on max visual settings. (The game I am playing now is Star Wars The Old Republic)

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 weeks
Budget Range: 1500-2000 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/surfing web
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, I've been using newegg
Country: US, California
Parts Preferences: Intel, Cool looking case
Overclocking: Maybe... I would do it but I do not know how
SLI or Crossfire: If it makes sense in the budget, yes
Monitor Resolution: Currently running 1680x1050
Additional Comments: Would prefer a quiet PC (Very interested in liquid cooling, is this a good option?

Here is a link to the build I currently have:

Cd Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Case: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
HD: Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
SSD: Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I am willing to upgrade where I need to and I'd rather do it right now than save a little now. I am interested in liquid cooling as i'd prefer a quiet system. Is this a good option?

Looking to build soon. I can buy online or I am fairly close to a Fry's so I could go there for parts too (to save on shipping).
Seriously ANY help would be welcome. Thanks guys!
(Let me know if you have any questions!)
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Hi TheOnlyCorwin, Posted Image

There are 2 other members looking to build almost identical rigs to yours. If you say hello on the links below you will be able to follow along for info and maybe PM each other.


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As your selection stand, could do with just a little tweaking, read below and then get back to Us.

Intel is pushing the latest Sandy Bridge E, Socket 2011 which I think is overkill for a gaming rig. There maybe some benefits for gaming as the CPU chipset supports
PCI-E version 3.0 which can be used by the latest top end video cards.


I usually spec a Z68 Mobo, Socket 1155, Sandy Bridge i5 2500K or i7 2600K, (if games being played are Multi Threaded). The higher you go with cost there is a diminishing performance return.

I would suggest deferring for a month as Ivy Bridge is confirmed due April. Some will operate on existing Z68 Motherboards

Or look at Z77 Motherboards, already available, like this http://www.asrock.co...el=Z77 Extreme4
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