First PC Build - Advice Needed

I'm looking for advice in my first PC build, specifically how it will run in upcoming titles including Battlefield 3. I will be using a 1680x1050 monitor @ 60Hz refresh rate, and am interested in a build capable of running BF3 maxed @ 4xAA and 8xAF (I may only use 2xAA and 4xAF depending on how the monitor displays it)

My basis for the build originates from striker410's suggestion:

The changes I made are that I randomly chose a Gigabyte Z68 Motherboard off Newegg, since the hyperlinked offer had ended and I had no way of knowing which type he suggested, along with swapping the XFX 6870 for a GTX 560Ti from Nvidia, to countervent the soft shadowing issues that come up in some games.

Current build




DVD Drive:

Hard Drive:

Graphics Card:

Power Supply:


Total: $864.92 CAN

I'm basically unsure of how well this pc will perform overall, specifically how well the mid-size tower will cool the parts and if the motherboard I randomly selected is more than I needed. I'm also unsure of whether the Overclocked GPU is overkill and whether the power supply will supply enough power or not

Thanks for your assistance :)
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  1. All looks good to me, i think you would benefit from 8GB RAM but you can always upgrade in future. i5-2500k/GTX 560Ti should easily handle BF3 at 1680x1050, easily in a good way though. I wouldn't call it overkill.

    One other thing, with overclocking and SLI i personally would be more comfortable with 750W. Maybe i'm captain overkill because 650W would probably be fine, i'm just saying that's what i would do.
  2. Yeah, you can get 8 GBs of 1600 MHz, CAS 8, 1.5 Volt RAM for $70. You might as well.

    Also, I want to second jmsellars; If you plan to SLI in the future, go for a 750 Watt power supply.

    The 560 Ti should handle BF3 at 1680x1050. This demo was run on a single 580.
  3. ^Agree to both of the above.

    The HAF 912 is a great case and will cool very well.

    Also, check out the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3. It's a good board and is only $130 in the US.
  4. Lol, I didn't notice I had only 4GB ram until it was mentioned

    I swapped the 4GB ripjaws for this model:

    Along with replacing the Gigabyte board with the ASRock suggested by boiler1990:
  5. Edit: I figured out that the motherboard Striker410 was referencing to was this one:

    I read some Newegg reviews on the Gigabyte parts and apparantly the motherboard and overclocked GPU both have reliability and quality issues. Can anyone enlighten me on this?
  6. I think Gigabyte are pretty reputable, i wouldn't worry too much about the problems of just a few guys. I cannot speak from experience though, i usually go with ASRock.
  7. My gigabyte board is pretty good. I haven't bothered to OC yet, but I've had no problems with it, and the expansion slot layout is rather efficient (I have acquired a decent number of expansion cards).

    I like ASRock's pricing on the Extreme3 Gen3 board, because it can do SLI and has a good look, but it's only $130 for the Z68 model :)

    There chances of finding stability/quality issues increases when you OC anything. Not every board is guaranteed to be stable at X GHz or whatnot.
  8. Alright, so the current build changes consists of the ASRock board suggested by boiler1990 and the 8GB RAM, along with the following:




    The hard drive was changed due to quality issues with Seagate, and the CPU and GPU were downgraded since I decided against overclocking, along with dozens of reports of the SOC GPU's having a high failure rate.
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