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New PC Build -- Need opinions about chosen parts!!

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June 20, 2012 10:59:44 PM

I'm currently planning on building a new computer and I've chosen a few parts based off of reviews and experiences from other people online. I just want to know if the parts I chose are all compatible with each other and if they are good products.

My main uses for this computer will probably be for gaming, especially BF3. I want to be able to run bf3 on high/ultra at pretty high fps on high and decent fps on ultra. I'm most likely going to be running the game on high though.

Also if you guys could recommend any parts that provide the same performance but run a bit cheaper, that would be great too. I also need to choose a 1080p monitor and a mouse. Recommendations appreciated!

Thanks

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aq0P
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aq0P/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aq0P/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.96 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Silverstone 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000BR Wired Slim Keyboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Total: $1280.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
June 24, 2012 5:07:36 PM

Looks good, and you will get a lot more responses and suggestions if this is posted in the "New Builds" section.
June 28, 2012 4:23:48 AM

Trust me, with these specs, you'll most likely dominate BF3, even on ultra. Nice job!
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June 28, 2012 5:33:28 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
*you can probably get away with a 2500k of either the i7 or i5.
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
*useless unless you plan to overclock. even then, aircooling is cheaper and better unless you get a serious wc setup.
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
*just dont forget to check compatabilities.
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
*sounds fine.
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
*sounds fine, for faster bootups you can use the money saved on a cooler for a small 60-80gb boot ssd drive.
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
*cannot go wrong with evga. i buy exclusively evga.
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.96 @ Mwave)
*just make sure it has plenty of 120mm fan slots.
Power Supply: Silverstone 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
*check the review ratings. personally i'd bump it up to 650 or 700w just to make sure i had plenty of headroom. you never know what you may hook up in the future.
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($52.99 @ Newegg)
*no comment.
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
*no comment.
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000BR Wired Slim Keyboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
*you are paying $120 for a rosewill keyboard? if it is not a mechanical keyboard then you might want to rethink this.
Total: $1280.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

mice:

razer deathadder
logitech g9, g500, their office lineup of mice

monitors:

from dell, viewsonic, asus, acer. if i remember correctly the popular model was the 2311 (but dont quote me on this).
July 6, 2012 3:41:39 PM

I agree with ssddx's comment on the keyboard. You should try Corsair's keyboard if you are planning on spending that much money on a keyboard. Its meant for FPS but it'll do well across the board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You should definitely save money on the cooler and use the extra dough to buy a GTX 670 instead of the 570. I recommend Cooler Master's Hyper 212 Evo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I recommend Asus's Direct CUII GTX 670 but pretty much any card in this range is a good choice and will last you for many years to come.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here are some good options for monitors (if you can afford them :kaola:  )

Asus PA238Q ~$280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Dell UltraSharp U2412M ~$320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Series 8 S27A850D ~$849 (a little pricey imo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Dell UltraSharp U2711 ~$750 (my favorite of the bunch!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would go with a laser mouse over one with optical. I like the Logitech G9X but I would search around the web to see what design suits you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else looks good to me.
July 10, 2012 7:11:15 AM

I would get a EVGA GTX 670 FTW as it actually performs better than a reference GTX 680 in most games out the box. Also, the EVGA GTX 670 FTW uses the GTX 680 PCB and it's reference cooler, it also helps that it has 8 phase VRM vs the 4 that reference GTX 670's have and 6 that the SC version have (EVGA SC). Another major plus is that if you ever want to dip these cards underwater, the GTX 680 blocks would fit perfectly as the PCB on these cards are the same. The 670 FTW is practically a GTX 680 with a SMX cluster disabled like all other 670's except that the reference 670's use a shorter PCB. The 670 FTW also can handle a larger power load of about 145% vs even reference 680's being lower. it's only $400 on Newegg after $10 rebate, $30 cheaper than the ASUS the above poster recommended when it's just as fast but a little warmer (Not much though, about 7 degree C difference in full load and unlike the ASUS, will shoot the warm air out the rear of the case while the ASUS shoots it back into the case). I plan to buy another in a few months to SLI as my old G X58 can handle both on true x16 lanes and my 560 Ti on the 4x lane for PhysX.

My 2GB 670 FTW handles all games I throw at it with all the bells and whistles turned on @ 1080p on my 40" Sony Bravia TV. I also used a spare GTX 560 Ti I had from my previous GPU set up for PhysX and makes a big difference in PhysX intensive games like Batman AC and Metro 2033. I can play BF3 on Ultra w/max AA and such with 50+ FPS average with my aging 920 OC'ed to 3.6GHZ (Note that BF3 does not use PhysX so the 560 Ti does not make a difference in this game, this is just purely on the 670 FTW).

I would go with the Cooler Master 212 EVO, it keeps my temps pretty cool and the money you save could go towards the 670 FTW.


I'm on an aging i7 920 OC'ed to 3.6GHZ for the best stability reasons as I only have 1333 Corsair ram atm. I say this card destroys my old GTX 560 Ti SLI set up as I don't have micro stuttering like before and it outperforms them too while using the same amount of power as a single GTX 560 Ti. I'm about to sell the other 560 Ti soon since I only need one for PhysX. I will be upgrading my CPU soon as a friend of mine is going to be upgrading his rig soon and will sell me his i7 990X and 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 ram for $200. Bottlenecking won't be much of an issue either by the time I SLI the 670's and give my current set up more life before I really upgrade, just not too impressed with SB-E and X79 when my aging system can still hold it's own against today's systems.

These are my specs atm

i7 920 OC'ed to 3.6GHZ w/ Cooler Master 212 EVO cooler
EVGA GTX 670 FTW stock clocks for now, will OC soon.
PNY XLR8 GTX 560 Ti set as PhysX
MSI X58 Pro-E motherboard
Corsair XMS3 Triple Channel 1333 RAM 6GB kit (2GB per stick)
Cougar GX 1050W v.2 PSU
Cougar Evolution tower w/ 4 extra 120mm fans
Crucial M4 256GB SSD - Primary/OS (Win 7 Ultimate x64)
WD Caviar 250GB for storage
LG Blu Ray burner
Samsung DVD burner
40" Sony Bravia 1080p HDTV


Trust me, you won't be disappointed with the EVGA GTX 670 FTW when it shames the people that bought the reference 680's. (Unless OC'd, but even so, this card is good at OC and is about 3-5% slower than a reference GTX 680 OC'ed, still one heck of a bargain vs paying $100 more for the cheapest GTX 680's, lol)
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