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So based off of the recommendations here-this is the basic system I put together via newegg.

Anything here overkill? Anything I can trim the fat back on? (I'm thinking the 2TB harddrive can be lowered to 1TB or 500GB, and just get an external hard drive for photos/graphic design work).

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
HIS IceQ X H687QN1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I72600
Yes, you can trim the hard drive to a smaller size if you want to, but I'd recommend just keeping it if you do photos and graphics design work.

HyperX is not 1.5v operational voltage AFAIK, I'd recommend using something else that does.

I'd recommend i7-3770 (non-k) if budget can be stretched, otherwise, that i7 will work fine for you.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
I was so set on getting what you suggested for me but im a worry wart and mmo-champion just came out with a new build that i have to ask you if you see anything better for me in there

by the way you are amazing for helping people out like this :)
G.Skill will work.

Daggor:
Sure, link the build.
Thanks!

Are there any spots that I can cut some corners on? (I'm OK with subpar, as long as it runs...right now I'm at about 15 FPS, so anything more than that on WoW is fine.)

I'm going to check out the discount links shortly (from home, at work right now) but it's still about $300-$500 more than I was looking/able to spend.
If you want to save that much, you have to cut down on:

hard disk
SSD
graphics card

I'd recommend getting a cheaper hard drive (or even none at all and just use an external drive to save everything) and a lower-end graphics card (IE) Radeon 6770). Even then, it won't come close to saving $300.

Then next thing you can do is to cut down on SSD, but I'd strongly recommend keeping it.

You could also lower i7 into i5, if you don't mind waiting few more seconds for your professional programs to work.
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2804-Armored-Druid-Forms-Scarlet-Halls-Video-MoP-Quest-Voiceovers-Setup-of-the-Month

its near the bottom, Narwhal sounds closest to $1500

again i'm just a worrywart and the build you suggested sounds good to a person who doesn't know much of anything about building computers, like me. Just seeing if you notice anything from there that would be better
Well, it does cost more because it comes with more powerful graphics card and power supply, but it ignores what the user needs.

For example, i5-3570k is completely unnecessary if you would never overclock your CPU, same with expensive ASUS motherboard. The 7850 is a nice card, but if you are going to spend that much money on a 7850, you could get a customized 7850 which performs a lot better for just a little more, specifically, this card:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7850_PCS_Plus/33.html

While having more wattage for a power supply is always nice, unless you want to run SLi / very powerful graphics card, going beyond 500W is not necessary.

Otherwise, build is very similar to what I suggest.
Antec One Mid-Tower Case
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX / SLI, HDMI
GSKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-10666 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 4GB)
Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA III w/ 64MB Cache
Gigabyte GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC 1GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI
Intel Core™ i5-3570K Processor, 3.40GHz w/ 6MB Cache
Bitfenix Spectre 120mm Fan, All Black x2
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
LG SuperMulti 24x DVD Writer, SATA, Black, OEM
Antec EarthWatts 500W Power Supply

So using the guide this is what I came up with for $1100 and my budget is $1200 (it will be close with shipping) Are there any crappy parts on this rig or is it good to go?
No crappy parts, they all look great. I assume you intend to overclock your CPU? If you aren't actually planning to, I'd consider downgrading the CPU and motherboard, and consider buying an SSD.
Yeah I want to overclock it to 4ghz sooner rather then later but yeah a ssd is in my immediate plans in the coming months thanks for the quick response
Do note that if you will get an SSD later, you have to take the effort of having to reinstall everything as you can't just move what you have on the hard disk onto the SSD
Thanks for the heads up I'll keep things lite til I get the ssd
Alright, Im back. With a new build from newegg... going to be just ordering the parts and building it myself.

Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

HDD(2): (REFURBISHED) Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Video Card: XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

A couple of notes:
-the video card and power supply are a combo deal, and the processor and the motherboard are a combo deal.
-the western digital HDD's are refurbished
-windows 7 home premium OS
-BUILD COSTS a little bit over $1000.
-the case was free

thoughts?
Kalgan..do you think build 2 will run D3/LoL/WoW?

Because that's about all im interested in.
Titanrage:

Yes, Build 2 can easily run these games.

Brommander:

I can't really recommend MK II as they are based on old Sirtec base, not that they are that terrible, but certainly not the same level of quality as MK III (which is based on Seasonic).

I'd avoid refurbished hard drives, as they are mechanical, and thus, has a definite finite life.

If you won't overclock, as noted in my guide, save $ and go with a B75 motherboard.
would you suggest taking out the 2 refurbished HDDs for a TB HDD and a SSD?

moreover, on HDDs, will literally any 1 TB HDD do? because I see the start off at around $70... or would that be too cheap? (if paired with an SSD)
Yeah.

Literally any 1TB will do, as a data drive, speed is not critical. I would recommend those Seagate 5900RPM drives.
Alright, one last wall of specs.

Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000

Motherboard: BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

SSD: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

How's that look? Was able to upgrade video card to the 560 Ti with money saved!

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