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New Gaming PC Build Need Advice (BF3)

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May 14, 2011 8:57:15 PM

I am building a $600 gaming PC. I do not need a hard drive, OS, DVD drive. I have researched parts for a week. I need advice. If there's anything I should change and are the parts compatible.

CPU and Motherboard: i5-2400 with ASUS P8H67-M LX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU: Radeon HD 5850
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaw 4gb (2x2gb)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec 550w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 14, 2011 9:12:21 PM

Please list the part names so we don't have to get carpal tunnel doing the newegg clickfest. :) 

PSU - These are a bit better than the Antecs listed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 9.0 Performance Rating http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

XFX 9.5 performance rating http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

case - $70 Antec 300 Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 14, 2011 10:20:09 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Please list the part names so we don't have to get carpal tunnel doing the newegg clickfest. :) 

PSU - These are a bit better than the Antecs listed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 9.0 Performance Rating http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

XFX 9.5 performance rating http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

case - $70 Antec 300 Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I don't like mail-in rebates and is the 300 better than the lancool?
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May 15, 2011 8:39:37 AM

For the motherboard and processor i'd go for a P8P67 or (if available) a P8Z67 Series motherboard in combination with a K series i5 core processor like 2500K.

P and Z series are unlocked which allows great overclocking potential on K type (also unlocked) processors. H allows use of the built in grapics adapter in the K series core processor, P allows overclocking without support for the graphics and Z allows both + SSD caching for your HDD.
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May 15, 2011 7:49:42 PM

The 912 has very poor airflow. Antec 300 is a far superior choice. The only limitation is that it's restricted to 11" graphics cards.

What roald didn't mention is that the P67 or Z68 boards combined with a 2500k will cost you an additional $100. If overclocking is something you want to put money in then I would definitely recommend it. If not, the 2400 with an H67 combo will get you more bang for your buck.

550W is way more than what you need for a cheap budget build that you don't plan on upgrading. I'm not fluent in PSU brand qualities so I don't want to make any recommendations to a particular model. Look for a 400 - 450W PSU in the $50 range. Personally I'm running an OCZ StealthXStream PSU. It's so quiet that you have to press your ears up against the fan to hear it whirl and it sports a respectable 83% efficiency at full load.
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May 16, 2011 1:58:42 AM

zkevwlu said:
The 912 has very poor airflow. Antec 300 is a far superior choice. The only limitation is that it's restricted to 11" graphics cards.

What roald didn't mention is that the P67 or Z68 boards combined with a 2500k will cost you an additional $100. If overclocking is something you want to put money in then I would definitely recommend it. If not, the 2400 with an H67 combo will get you more bang for your buck.

550W is way more than what you need for a cheap budget build that you don't plan on upgrading. I'm not fluent in PSU brand qualities so I don't want to make any recommendations to a particular model. Look for a 400 - 450W PSU in the $50 range. Personally I'm running an OCZ StealthXStream PSU. It's so quiet that you have to press your ears up against the fan to hear it whirl and it sports a respectable 83% efficiency at full load.


Yes I know it does but it's on sale for $50 and I am going to buy a 200mm fan and some 120mm fans.
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May 16, 2011 12:24:23 PM

Will this support BF3.
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May 16, 2011 12:32:06 PM

System specs arent out yet for BF3, but this can play bad company 2 on High settings
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