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Opinions & Advice First Computer Build


New member
Jan 24, 2012
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.


Well-known member
Folding Team
Jun 4, 2007
Lacombe Alberta
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.


Well-known member
Jun 24, 2009
Nova Scotia
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.


Well-known member
Aug 12, 2009
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..