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?
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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.
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.