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September 5, 2011 10:56:00 PM

Building a PC for gaming. Specifically BF3. Have been perusing other people's builds and suggestions on the site and reading newegg reviews. Heres what I've put together:

Case: Antec 900
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme4
CPU: Intel i5-2500k
RAM: Corsair DDR3 1600 16GB (Prob be fine with 8gb? but theres a combo for $15 off with the mobo and ram seems cheap atm.)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560
PSU: OCZ 850W Gold (On sale for $100 after MIR)
HSF: Cooler Master 212+
SSD: Intel 40gb
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB ($25 off with the i5)

Budget is 1200-1500, but still need to get peripherals.

Any suggestions on compatibility/swapping for better value/available deals?

Thanks

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September 5, 2011 11:00:30 PM

good build, i would personally go with an nvidia GTX 570 / intel i5-2400 (to stay within budget) set up, or just go for the GTX 570 upgrade if financially viable.
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September 6, 2011 12:08:31 AM

Hmm might upgrade to that and forgo some gaming accessories til later. Thanks for the suggestion.
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September 6, 2011 1:10:13 AM

16GB of RAM is overkill for gaming, and you can get 8GB of decent quality RAM for < 40$.

I agree with dirtyferret as well, go for a GTX 570 / 580.

Also, there is practically no reason to have 3TB of hd space, I would trade it for a (much cheaper) .5-1TB drive.

Finally, if you can spare the money, try getting at least an 80GB SSD so you can place many of your games/applications on the SSD.
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September 6, 2011 1:36:29 AM

Any suggestions on compatibility/swapping for better value/available deals?

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Your Power Supply is too much

Get this and save 50 bucks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your memory is too much, you only need 4gb to play a game and some make assurances with 8gb. 16gb is just a waste. Get this instead.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428

I'd get this mobo just to be cheap , personally i feel there is no big difference with this and the extreme4. save $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get a samsung spinpoint 1tb. Unless you have 2tbs of pictures worth of yourself, there is no reason for getting 3tb even WITH a $25 off. Harddrive prices are always going down. By the time you max your 1tb, prices would have gotten down by a bit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 6, 2011 1:40:52 AM

dirtyferret said:
good build, i would personally go with an nvidia GTX 570 / intel i5-2400 (to stay within budget) set up, or just go for the GTX 570 upgrade if financially viable.


Wuuhh? Sacrifice the i5-2500k for more GPU?

Just get this video card, A 560Ti. It's kinda near the performance of a 570. Much better than the 560.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 6, 2011 3:39:54 AM

ervinelim said:
Wuuhh? Sacrifice the i5-2500k for more GPU?

Just get this video card, A 560Ti. It's kinda near the performance of a 570. Much better than the 560.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


that's right. you would see no difference in gaming since both CPUs would bottleneck the nvidia GTX560. the i5-2400 / gtx 570 would give you better performance, if you lack the intelligence to see that then that is your noobish issue.

I have a GTX560ti and it's closer to the gtx560 then it is the GTX570, so you are wrong there also.


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September 6, 2011 4:02:52 AM

Since we're just giving out 1 example

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4344/nvidias-geforce-gtx-...

How would an i5-2500k bottleneck a 560Ti?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/313657-33-will-2500-b...

Check it. If you lack the intelligence to see that then that is your noobish issue. Also, I really don't get the logic in your reasoning IF the i5-2500k bottlenecks a 560ti then why would you suggest a WEAKER CPU i5-2400 with a STRONGER GPU GTX570. I know bottleneck sounds cool for you but you shouldn't just throw it and throw that without checking the facts.

Anyway, the 560ti is still better than the 560.
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September 6, 2011 6:02:36 AM

Upgraded to a gtx 570.
Swapped the power supply.
Got 8 gigs of ram.
Went with the 1 TB drive.
Sprung for a 80gb solid state.

Thanks for the advice everyone.
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September 6, 2011 6:35:05 AM

Best answer selected by Mattchew.
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September 6, 2011 6:37:15 AM

will 2500 bottleneck a 580?
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