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Strictly BF3 Build - Seeking feedback

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September 28, 2011 5:17:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week - Oct 1


Budget Range: ~$1,200


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Battlefield 3, other games, movies


Parts Not Required: Everything outside the tower


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No




Additional Comments: Looking for final advice on this build, aka will it run BF3 real smooth as that's a main reason why I'm building?

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Intel i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD6970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Giga UD3H mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Earthwatts 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 64GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung 1TB HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G Skill Ripjaws 8GB RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Antec DF-85 Full tower case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 28, 2011 5:46:00 AM

dante sly said:
Approximate Purchase Date: This week - Oct 1


Budget Range: ~$1,200


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Battlefield 3, other games, movies


Parts Not Required: Everything outside the tower


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No




Additional Comments: Looking for final advice on this build, aka will it run BF3 real smooth as that's a main reason why I'm building?

--
Intel i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD6970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Giga UD3H mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Earthwatts 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 64GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung 1TB HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G Skill Ripjaws 8GB RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Antec DF-85 Full tower case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looks solid :) 
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September 28, 2011 5:59:52 AM

According to the game's requirements (and if they are true to their requirements), those specifications you have listed should definitely be able to run the game on it's highest settings.

I'm waiting for BF3 BETA to download now so I can actually test what can and can't play it. I have two GTX470's and if just one can play it adequately at high settings I'm pretty sure your 6970 will blow it out of the water. :) 
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September 28, 2011 10:12:30 AM

You can save some money, by replacing your PSU with something with less watts..Since you won't Crossfire a solid 550-650 unit is more than enough!

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also this case is huge! And costs a lot... You can replace it with this one!

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K57 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Finally, I would get a GTX 570...It's cheaper and better than 6970 ;) 

EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 28, 2011 1:00:36 PM

@Why_Me - Alrighty, sweet!

@joytech - Okay yeah that's what I figured. Also, I fully believe it'll run pretty smoothly as of yesterday. I received the 48 hours advance beta invite, and was playing it last night. I played it on a Core 2 Duo Wolf 3.0, with a single Radeon HD4850, and 4GB Ram... and honestly it's completely playable at that setting. It isn't 100% smooth, and the visuals obviously set to medium at its very max, but nevertheless seemed to be fine if say you really didn't care and just wanted to run around and have fun. So I'd imagine one 470 should be able to play it adequately at just about high. Two 470s should be no problem!

@michxymi - Thanks, I'm going to roll with the suggested PSU you gave. I just want my PSU to be a bit future proof in case I say upgrade video card and CPU once in the next 2-4 years. As far as the case, I just REALLY dig intake fans as well as removable screen filters hence why I chose what I had. Finally for the 570, is it actually better performing? I've honestly heard perfectly split feedback on these two. Actually what drove me to the 6970 is that it was recommended to me that if I were to run two cards, I then would want to look into the 570, otherwise a single card 6970 would be as good if not better suited.

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September 28, 2011 2:08:28 PM

dante sly said:
@Why_Me - Alrighty, sweet!
@michxymi - Thanks, I'm going to roll with the suggested PSU you gave. I just want my PSU to be a bit future proof in case I say upgrade video card and CPU once in the next 2-4 years. As far as the case, I just REALLY dig intake fans as well as removable screen filters hence why I chose what I had. Finally for the 570, is it actually better performing? I've honestly heard perfectly split feedback on these two. Actually what drove me to the 6970 is that it was recommended to me that if I were to run two cards, I then would want to look into the 570, otherwise a single card 6970 would be as good if not better suited.


As long as you are with a single card, this PSU will be more than enough... As for the GTX 570 you can see some results from beta here
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