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I5 2500k BF3 build

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June 6, 2011 4:14:09 AM

This build is exclusively for battlefield 3, I am pretty set on the processor and the noctua for cooling. But other than that, im really just looking for suggestions to make this build perfect.
I really don't know who to go with on the psu or mobo.

Approximate Purchase Date: June 15 (cruise to alaska till the 14th and my paycheck comes in this friday, ill get around to buying everything the 15th)
Budget Range: $1500 USD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Battlefield 3, Photoshop, Notepad
Parts Not Required: Mouse -Logitech G500
Keyboard -Das Keyboard w/ browns
Monitor - Samsung 24” at 1920x1080
OS -Windows 7 Home Premium
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and/or
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: whatever is the best
Overclocking: 4ghz for the processor and call it a day.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, would like the ability to go sli or crossfire probably a year down the road..
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 24”
List I came up with (make changes as you please, im no genius here) :
Case (don't care about looks, just good airflow and features, under $100, )– Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower -

CPU – Intel Core i5 2500k $225 -

MOBO – not sure, a good name brand and the ability to SLI another 580 in at a later date. also the ability to add a tv turner card somewhere in between two video cards.

COOLER ( I want the best air cooling possible) – Noctua NH-D14 $90 -

GPU (powerful single card setup for now, and will add one when I need more power) - MSI Lightning GTX 580 $525-

HD - Samsung Spinpoint F3, 32mb cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $65 -

RAM - Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $95 -

PSU – (iv read GTX 580 SLI needs 850watts, id prefer at least 900watts, hearing about seasonics new lineup in september made me cry, i can't wait that long lol)

DVD - Cheapo twenty dolla

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June 6, 2011 4:32:18 AM

It is really hard to recommend a build for BF3 considering both it doesn't come out for sometime and it will be using a new DICE engine. As for motherboards I would recommend the ASRock Fatality I would also consider looking at GSkill Sniper or Ripjaw X ram Also I see you do not have a case listed in your price list and I wonder why?
June 6, 2011 4:33:39 AM

not bad. There's 2 glaring issues.
The first is that massive cooler. Why do you want such a freaking huge cooler of only going to 4GHz? You could OC to 4.0 on stock cooling! I would get something like the Scythe Mudgen 2100 or the Hyper 212+.

The next thing is the 580. that is a VERY powerful card. I mean, VERY. I would suggest getting something a tiny bit more tame, like a 570 or 6970. Both are substantially less money and will max near any game at 1080p.

For a mobo I suggest the Asus P8P67PRO, or the Gigabyte P67 UD4. The ASRock Extreme4 P67 is also excellent.

For PSU, I'm not sure what the best 1000w psu out there is, so i'll leave that to the other members.

I really would look at that 580, and, definitely change the CPU cooler if only going to 4.0
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June 6, 2011 6:33:47 AM

the reason for building this now is my good ole trusty x2 4200 has finally stopped working. I simply have waited as long as possible with this. i still have to go play crysis and all of the games i missed over the last two years, so getting it now will keep me entertained until bf3 arrives. and knowing the devs were using a gtx 580 in the demo makes me want it that much more.

the case should be listed in the price as well, the way i worded it tho is i am considering pretty much any case under $100

thanks so much for the quick replies, ill have one more chance to read this tomorrow before i leave for vacation. and then as soon as i get back, ill hop on here and do some final reading and im pulling the trigger on what seems right given the opinions found here.
June 6, 2011 6:50:17 AM

Under $100 cases with good ventilation:
CoolerMaster CM690 II Advanced $90
CoolerMaster HAF 922 $100
CoolerMaster HAF 912 $60
CoolerMaster Storm Scout $90
Antec 300 Illusion $70
Antec 900 $100
Zalman Z9 Plus $70
Rosewill Gear X3 $70
Rosewill Armor $90
Above $100 (Savings from switching 2600k to 2500k)
Silverstone Raven $190
Corsair Graphite 600T $160
NZXT Tempest Evo $110
There are also other higher end (>$100) Corsair, Lian Li, Silverstone, CoolerMaster cases you could check out. Hope I made the morning read lengthy.

June 6, 2011 7:12:52 AM

If you have that much cash, go for a i7-2600k

x1 COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Model:RC-692-KKN2 Advanced)

1x GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Model:GA-Z68X-UD4-B3)

1x COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply (Model:RS750-ACAAE3-US)

1x Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K (Model:BX80623I72600K)

1x CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M2A1600C8 (Model:CMZ4GX3M2A1600C8)

1x Corsair Force Series CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT-A 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Model:CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT-A)

1x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Model:ST31000524AS)

Msi Gtx 580 Twin frozr (keeps it cool and not too big)

Cooler (H50 Liquid cooler) = O/C up to 5ghz

Total cost= $1455
(SSD included)