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May 30, 2011 5:27:28 AM

I have a VA8000BWS ( sitting around in my garage, it is around 5-6 years old and I wonder if I could use this for the gaming rig, if not, I'll gladly buy another one that's better.

I want to make a $1,500 - $2,000 Gaming Rig that can run the upcoming BattleField 3 at maxed settings with frame rates 50+

I have never built a Desktop myself and would like to learn, I have seen videos and read up on other people's posts and articles about building a Desktop, however, I am having trouble finding videos are current and up to date.

I have lots of questions but let's start with should I be buying individual parts or should I look for combo deals on Newegg?

Computer case:
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case ($200)

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ($225)

CPU Fan:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 ($40)

No idea as of yet, I'm comtemplating SLI/Crossfire, I really need advice here.

Maybe 2x EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5? ($500)

Crossfire 2x SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity? (~$550)

Single GTX580? (~$490)

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 ($130)

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model ($95)

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($60)

Optical Drive:
I'll re-salvage my old optical drive

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($180)

Get a 30" flatscreen TV as computer monitor? or a flat screen 24" monitor? I prefer 1080p LED backlit.

No idea... recommendations please

Resalvaging g10 logitech mouse.

Total without GPU, Monitor, and Keyboard = around $1,000 + tax & shipping.

I know this is a lot of questions, but I need some guidance, thank you.

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 30, 2011 5:51:03 AM

depends on its age.

It is has 2+ 120mm fans, probably worth using.
May 30, 2011 6:03:07 AM

It's like 5 years old, should I be looking into newer towers with better airflow and more modular?
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 1, 2011 3:21:07 PM

depends, really. Like I said, anything with multiple 120mm fans is probably fine. something 5 years old, though, probably uses some combination of 80 and 92mm fans, which are too small for modern use.

An good, inexpensive case would be the HEC Blitz Black Steel case, which comes with a front and top 120mm fan. You'd want to add one more fan wuith that model, which will run $4 to $8 for a decent extra fan, though as always, you can pay a fortune for fans if you want.
June 1, 2011 4:16:11 PM

Thanks ScrewySqrl but I have solved this problem in the other section of Systems.
June 3, 2011 7:59:02 PM

I didn't see Windows 7 64 bit on your list. Wasnt sure if you had that yet. You need it if you are planning on that 8gb of RAM.

If you were interested in faster boot times you could check out some SSD's. A smaller one (60G?)as a boot drive to have windows and BattleField 3 installed on. Keep the mechanical for the rest.
I chose the XFX 6950 for the lifetime warranty and it plays Shogun 2 on max everything.
June 21, 2011 6:41:52 AM

I went with two 560 ti superclocked, thanks for everything guys. my system is built.