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Old January 24, 2012, 08:17 AM
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I'm attempting my first Gaming Computer Build. I would like your opinions and advice for my System.
it will be used for Sim Racing, mainly iRacing and also for AutoCad.
My budget is around $ 1,800 to $ 2,000.
I will be buying all of the componets in the USA.
I have researched all of the componets from numerous sites. Read a lot of reviews.
I would like to upgrade the CPU and add a second Video Card later on.
I also want to run three Monitors when I can afford to buy two more.
I have never overclocked a system but would like to try it.
I am going to buy the componets hopefully within a week from today.
The Monitor I picked has a suggested resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3 GHz
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Mobo
Sapphire 100311-3SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256 Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x 16 HDCP Ready Crossfire Support Video card
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory
Sansung 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM 2.5 SATA III MLC Solid State Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500 GB 720 RPM SATA 6.0 GB/s 3.5" Hard Drive
Corsair Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 Plus Silver Certified Modular Power Supply
Cooler Master Storm Sniper ATX Mid-Tower Case
Cooler master Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 CPU Fan
Samsung Black Blu-Ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support Optical Drive
Windows Home Premium Operating System
Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Chjannels PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

Have not selected a keyboard or mouse yet

Any Cost Cutting suggestions would be welcome also.
One of the reasons I went with the 6970 card was it is supposed to be one of the better cards for Crossfire setup.
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Old January 24, 2012, 08:31 AM
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You could drop the sound card for now until you determine whether you are satisfied with onboard or not. Also, while the 212 is a good bang for the buck cooler, you may want something more robust for overclocking. I will let all the 2500 owners chime in there.
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Old January 24, 2012, 09:00 AM
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Agree with dropping the sound card (add it if you feel the need after you try onboard...its fine for 99% of people). I believe AutoCAD should be able to handle multiple threads well. If that is the case you may want to go for a 2600k processor.
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Old January 24, 2012, 10:24 AM
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It's a great build. You can easily get the 2500k to 4.4-4.5ghz with that cooler anyway.

Btw if you plan to Overclock populated only 2 memory slots, not all 4, if you don't then it's not important..
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Old January 24, 2012, 12:04 PM
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Thanks for your input

What would be a better cooler to use for overclocking?
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Old January 24, 2012, 01:26 PM
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Thanks for your input

What would be a better cooler to use for overclocking?
Perhaps a corsair H100 cooler would offer a bit better cooling than the H212
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