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Gaming Rig for BF3. Final check!!

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October 4, 2011 10:02:16 AM

Building this new system for the first time and just wanted to make sure everything was compatible and okay for playing games at the max settings!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 months

Budget Range: 2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3, MW, basically FPS games), Watching Blu-ray movies, Streaming/Surfing net.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or any other websites would be fine actually.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes, trying to OC CPU to 4.5ghz. Only CPU as of now.

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not, but would like to leave that option open if it doesn't cost too much.

Monitor Resolution:e.g.: 1920 x 1080

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Currently thinking of :

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seems like the best choice for gaming.

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

Sufficient to OC to 4.5ghz?

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Really liking the auto-overclock feature.

GPU: EVGA DS Superclocked 015-P3-1587-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...\
OR
MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sure which to get, could help with some advice to solve this dilemma.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is this RAM okay? or is there a need to go for CL7 or CL8 rams.

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heard it was pretty good. Planning to put OS & Games!

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheap and good. From what I heard.

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Solid PSU from reviews. Sufficient for the rig?/

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just too sexy to resist. Heard it has good cooling too.

DVD: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just chose the first one that came up on search.

So that's it for the rig!

Monitor I'm thinking of getting is the
ViewSonic VX2753mh-LED Black 27" 1ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 DC 30,000,000:1, (1,200:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
ViewSonic VX2453mh-LED Black 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 DC 30,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or any advice from the experts here??

Thanks in advance! Welcome any suggestions advice, anything!

October 4, 2011 10:36:57 AM

Hmm, good idea. Any advice on wether the PSU is sufficient? :) 
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October 4, 2011 10:39:42 AM

The PSU is more than ample for a single video card. If you are going to SLI in the future, I might bump it up to 800W though.
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October 4, 2011 10:40:24 AM

As you said you would like to leave the potion open for Sli so up the PSu if there is enough space in your budget. Nothing lower that 850W for 580 Sli. Best would be a 1000W PSU, but a decent make like Antec, Corsair or Seasonic.
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October 4, 2011 10:44:52 AM

PSU is sufficient for non-sli and it is corsair, can't go wrong with that.
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October 4, 2011 10:59:59 AM

Okay thanks, will most probably keep the PSU.
Anyone to help clarify questions on the RAM and GPU?
1. GPU which one to choose!
2. CL9 RAMS enough? or CL7/CL8 better?
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October 4, 2011 11:02:15 AM

For the GPU, either one is fine. Whichever is less expensive.
For the ram, CL9 is fine. No need to pay for tighter timings.
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October 4, 2011 11:24:12 AM

Great choice of parts!
GPU: I would recommend the msi 580gtx, and do not run it sli as of yet, single will be completely comfortable at max settings for BF3.
SSD: If you wanted to go for the 120g range i would strongly recommend http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The reading/writing speeds is a massive difference and is the similar in price.
RAM: For a little extra you could grab some higher quality memory that offers great latency http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Go with the 27inch screen - great for your blu-rays and makes gaming better in my opinion.
Everything else looks awesome!


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October 4, 2011 2:00:52 PM

That is a really good build. I wanted badly to get the P8Z68 but got the P8P67 to not break my budget lol. I haven't used the OC feature yet, but that is a main reason why I went ASUS for the MB. Check out the G.Skill Sniper Series. They are low profile and a lot cheaper.

As for the GPU, I think you will be fine. I am running an EVGA GTX 560 Ti and I'm running the beta flawlessly. I haven't even explored the OC features yet. Whether to go MSI or EVGA is personal choice. I went with EVGA because of the reviews and they have better warranty.

Hope that helps! FYI I'm not an expert -- just sharing my first build experience. :-P
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October 4, 2011 2:14:34 PM

So I should be changing

SSD: Corsair Force 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

right? anyone seconds this? :) 

@hc-gamer, the links to the RAM you provided are for triple channel, I think the p8z68 is only dual channel

Thanks so much guys, really helping me out a lot.
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