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October 8, 2011 2:57:51 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-cpu-sli-s... seems to be a performance PC ok but I really want a gaming PC. I like http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... as a case and I know how to assemble the parts. I want to run BF3 at max and beyond. I know that GTX580 is the newest and top NVidea so I am not sure if Dueling those will make it better or not. I am a NVidea over Radeon but if I have to use the one over the other I will. so in the end any and all advice will help as I would like to build a great gaming PC for close to 2K 100-200 over at most.

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Amn Jnice CSS
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October 8, 2011 3:21:20 AM

That would be a waste of money though.

Your best bet would be a $1000 to $1500 build.

CPU i5-2500k
MOBO: Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 z68 motherboard
Ram :G.skill ripjaws 2x4gb dual channel 8gb
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint
GPU : GTX 580
PSU: Corsair CX600w
Case : Haf 912, HAf 922, Haf 932, or HAF X ( your choice btw) I just like hafs :) 
Optical Drive : Samsung, Sony, LG 24x

Optional SSD : M4 Crucial 64 or 128gb.
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October 8, 2011 3:23:25 AM

with the i5 (Why and i5?) do I need a heat sink?
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October 8, 2011 3:46:15 AM

The i7-2600k does not add any significant boost to gaming. :)  Google it up.

When the time comes you need to overclock then you'd want a heat sink.

But at stock, you won't need much as long as your place is cool but if you want just get the Hyper 212+ or evo
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October 8, 2011 3:47:37 AM

i5 is just as good as the i7 in gaming situations. they are practically the same cpu except the i5 is 100$ less. and you should get a heatsink if you intend to oc which i strongly suggest you do.

What resolution will you be playing at. fill this in- http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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October 8, 2011 3:48:54 AM

So I can run al games including BF3 max and be fine? also will I benifit more from getting a bigger SSD for games and launching them and my OS from there and keeping at 1TB sata for other files?
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October 8, 2011 3:49:53 AM

everyone benefits from a bigger ssd it= an overall faster system
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a b 4 Gaming
October 8, 2011 3:50:25 AM

There won't be a performance boost with SSD in games if that's what you are saying. Load times are quicker and such but that's all.
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October 8, 2011 3:52:43 AM

OK so with the case HAF X and all above including SSD I can run BF3 max settings?

For under $2K
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a b 4 Gaming
October 8, 2011 3:54:25 AM

Huh? Casing is just where you put things in, An SSD makes your system faster, games load faster but it doesn't help in performance.

Since BF3 is in beta, we can't be sure. Although, you can run BF3 at ultra with that setting.
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October 8, 2011 3:56:43 AM

OK well looks like a good setup. Since I am still new and will learn more as I start working twords my A+ cert for my job. off topic anyways my question is why was the PC I linked not good for gaming?

I am just trying to learn why things are applicable where and so on.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 8, 2011 4:01:20 AM

It's good for gaming but you won't need that much power to play BF3 and because parts get cheaper as time goes by, it's a waste of money.
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October 8, 2011 4:01:38 AM

The single most important component in gaming is your video card. Right now two GTX 580's in SLI with a i5-2500k cpu and 8gb of ram with a 120gb SSD would be the core of a great gaming rig and you would max out any game . It will take me a few minutes and I will list the components for you.
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October 8, 2011 4:05:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 Months

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com; Tiggerdirect.com "Buisness account discount"

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I like intell only because that's something I am used. I AM a NVidea fan at heart.

Overclocking: If I need to

SLI or Crossfire: What?

Monitor Resolution: 1680X1050

Additional Comments: I like BLUE LED's they give me a Nerdgasm. and Windows would be great. BF3 at MAX is a must.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 8, 2011 4:10:56 AM

You would easily max the game with a single GTX 580 with that res .:) 

Wait, what? 2 months? Omg lol, there will be new CPUs out by that time and new graphic cards. Ask again in 1month and 3 weeks :) . The parts I recommended would surely change.
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October 8, 2011 4:12:15 AM

cutebeans said:
You would easily max the game with a single GTX 580 with that res .:) 

Thank you
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a b 4 Gaming
October 8, 2011 4:14:35 AM

Remember to ask again a week before you buy though. :o  tghe 580 might not be the best choice at the price.
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October 8, 2011 4:18:54 AM

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October 8, 2011 4:20:20 AM

cutebeans said:
Remember to ask again a week before you buy though. :o  tghe 580 might not be the best choice at the price.

Yea right now I am putting about 300-400 every 2 weeks twords, 15 Dec 11 I should be set to buy.
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October 8, 2011 4:30:14 AM

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan $159.99 and a $20 rebate.

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

Antec CP-1000 1000W Continuous ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply Exclusively for - Twelve Hundred(1200)/P183/P193/DF-85 $149.99

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

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $219.99

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

ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99

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

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C7R $109.99

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

EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $499.99 and a $20 rebate.

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

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $209.99

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

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99

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

This would be a powerful gaming rig able to max out any game for the next few years , and of course this is just a list I put together you can fiddle with it and get it to where you are happy with it. The total as listed is 2098.92. There is no monitor listed so if you need one then you would add to that total.

ASUS MT276HE Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 ASCR 50000:1 $299.99 and a $30 rebate.

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

This one is on sale this weekend .
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October 8, 2011 4:37:07 AM

that psu wont even fit in the haf 932. it only fits in sa few antec cases.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 8, 2011 4:49:36 AM

He's gonna buy in two months. There's no point suggesting since it's surely gonna change in those 2 months.
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October 8, 2011 5:29:18 AM

inzone said:
Ok so; Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $129.99

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

Better?

Ill be sure to ask you guys again when it comes close. thank you for the information thus far I will be sure to keep these parts in mind.
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