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Threw a list together for a new PC, any suggestions?

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August 22, 2011 12:05:14 AM

Hey guys, looking to build a new rig. Looking to play Battlefield 3 and other upcoming games on best settings, etc.

My current build (around five years old) can't manage 20+ fps on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on lowest settings, so yeah, it's time to upgrade!

Here's my rough list, what do you guys think? Thanks! :) 

CASE :

Thermaltake Armor A90 Black Steel / Plastic Gaming ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case VL98521W2U w/ 850W W0319RU Modular Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811133177
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD:

MSI 990FXA-GD80 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU:

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX
Item #: N82E16819103913
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GPU:

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ...
Item #: N82E16814130620
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM:

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
Item #: N82E16820233196
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Didn't include HDD, CD-RW, etc.

Thanks again!

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August 22, 2011 12:19:20 AM

just a few notes: a 5-year old PC, the HDD and/or DVD drive may be IDE, which means you must replace them if they are.

2) Don't bother with an AMD 6-core for gaming. Its outperformed by intel quad cores, and Bulldozer is due out next month. If you must go AMD, get a Bulldozer-ready motherboard (970/990) and a Phenom II X4 or even Athlon II X3/X4 and buy a Bulldozer to replace it when it comes out.

3) 850W is probly overkill for a single 570. a single 570 will run excellently on a 620-650W PSU. the Antec Hard Core Gamer 620W is $70. Consider a different case like the excellent Rosewill Challenger or a HAF 912.

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August 22, 2011 3:14:44 AM

Thank you so much for the advice! I changed up the list. I reduced the power supply size and switched over to an Intel CPU / Mobo, along with a case-switch.


Here it is :


PSU : COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817171052
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CASE :

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MOTHERBOARD :

ASUS P8P67 EVO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131704
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU :

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GPU :

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ...
Item #: N82E16814130620
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM :

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
Item #: N82E16820233196
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


What do you think?
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August 22, 2011 2:37:57 PM

very solid.

you might want to add a heavier-duty heat sink (like a Thermaltake Frio) to push the easy overclock of the 2500K a few 100MHz higher.

also, the Corsair GX mmodels don't have as good a rep as the HX/TX/CX models

I'd suggest the XFX 650W model or the Antec Hard Core Gamer 620W model as better choices.
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August 22, 2011 11:27:07 PM

Sounds good, I'll give that a shot. Thank you so much for your feedback!
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August 22, 2011 11:27:19 PM

Best answer selected by jbawks.
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