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August 27, 2011 10:14:50 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend/week


Budget Range: $1000-$1200 After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is preferable


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: No care, I've been out of the loop for too long to know any better.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Eventually


Additional Comments: A copy of Windows is required. I Would like to be able to play BF3 and other taxing games on higher settings, so perhaps one good gpu now and I can SLI another at a later date when I get more money. It's been several years since I've followed anything hardware related so any help is appreciated.

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August 27, 2011 11:00:41 PM

Well with your CPU you definitely want an i5-2500k, theres nothing else that really compares at this budget. I would also get 8GB of 1600Mhz RAM, brand is up to you. If you want to overclock and SLI in future then i would get a board that supports it in at least x8/x8 speed and not x16/x4. With your graphics i would recommend a GTX 560Ti at this budget, the AMD alternative would be an HD 6870 or HD 6950. If you want to SLI in future then i would get a 700W+ PSU. A SSD would be great as a boot drive but only get one if you want fast load speeds, they are quite expensive and don't improve FPS. With your hard drive i would get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. They come very highly recommended because they are fast and cheap. If you need a monitor i would get something at around 22-24'' and below 5ms.

Sorry about the big block of text but i hope it helped.
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August 27, 2011 11:15:24 PM

This board down below has the new PCI-E 3.0 slots for the new generation vid cards due out whenever. It just hit the shelves a few days ago.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

or...

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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

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Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or...

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EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 01G-P3-1460-KR

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

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Gateway FHX2152Lbd Black 21.5" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 1000:1

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp... <----- gtx 560 vs gtx 560ti

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- A better look at that Asrock board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/
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August 28, 2011 1:51:09 AM

Thanks for the replies guys. Ill have to take a look at those links then.
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September 7, 2011 1:41:44 AM

Best answer selected by warwinkle.
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