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September 18, 2011 3:02:58 AM

I'd love to get some input on this build. Plan is to hopefully play BF3 on max/high settings. So if there are any possible changes to save money without losing too much performance, any ideas would be appreciated.

Country: Canada
Sites: NCIX with price matching

Approximate Purchase Date: November at the latest

Budget Range: 1500 - 2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, Movies, Internet, Work

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and NVIDIA GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: possible in the future, but 80% No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Case: Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH - D14
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 LGA1155
GPU: MSI N570GTX Power Edition OC GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 770MHZ 1280MB 4.0GHZ
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX Modular
HDD: Western Digital WD Caviar Black 750GB
SDD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600
DVD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X
OS: Windows 7 Home 64bit

Price + taxes (CAD): $1,730.57 + $224.97 Taxes = $1,955.54

Some options i've been thinking, is:
dropping to i5 2500k
changing to cheaper but just as good Motherboard
changer cheaper but just as good Case

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September 18, 2011 3:25:27 AM

I would change the CPU to an i5 2500k.

Change the motherboard to this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And with a $2000 budget i would atleast get a 1tb HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And since you didnt answer the questions to help people give advice, im going to assume you're not going to sly. So that 850w is overkill.

Get a cheaper + modular 650 W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 18, 2011 3:43:04 AM

Yeah, no plan on SLI atm and new to this forum so wasnt sure on the proper format. I'll add the extra info in this post


I edited my first post to help clear anything else up.

And i probably will drop down to i5 2500k, since i don't think i'll need anything more for Gaming, hopefully.
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September 18, 2011 4:14:48 AM

Agree with most above.

I5-2500k
Asrock extreme4 z68 (or extreme3 for cheaper)
Lower psu to a good 650w psu. Pc Power & cooling mk ii silencer is one)
Noctua is too much. Go with cm hyper 212+ for 30usd or nzxt havik for 65usd.

Ps. Yeah case is a bit too much. Check out corsair graphite 600t, nzxt phantom, bitfenix shinobi, lian li first knight, antec 900 or 1200
September 18, 2011 4:25:16 AM

Or, if you're not totally set on intel, just switch to an AMD Motherboard and processor. You'll save 200 bucks right there. Although intel processors do last literally (that was the correct usage) forever, AMD processors last 10 years longer than you need them. You might disagree, but that's how it is.
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