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Approximate Purchase Date: End of Month


Budget Range: 800ish (Don't want to go too over)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: BF3, WoW, LoL, Starcraft 2, etc. (Gaming, School, and Web Browsing.)


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


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon, where ever it is cheaper and is a reliable website.


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: None really


Overclocking: Yes! (Especially video card and possibly CPU)


SLI or Crossfire: Down the road MAYBE


Monitor Resolution: 1920-1080


Additional Comments: Read the post below first please
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  1. COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($60)

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($125)

    GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($220)

    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($70)

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K ($220)

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B ($51)

    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($55)

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE LightScribe Support - OEM ($18)

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 ($35)

    $855 total

    Now my questions are this:

    Will I require to buy anything more to get everything to work such as cables. Basically just ordering these parts will the PC work and not require me to buy anything else. I don't want to start building and realize I need something else.

    Second, Should I not get the CPU cooler now and get a better GTX 560ti? Is it possible to get and replace the heatsink at a later date without it being very difficult? Or even should I get a 6950? Also 1gb or 2gb? I'll be playing A LOT of BF3 so is it even worth it to bump down the CPU to a Phenom 955 BE or such and get a GTX 570? I'm really at a lot of options regarding the GPU and I don't want to choose the wrong option.

    Lastly, is there anything I should swap out to get a better price and performance ratio? I know this is a lot of questions but I want to make sure this PC is good to go. Also could anyone recommend a wifi card? I know they are pretty cheap so those don't have to get included in the price.

    I think that pretty much covers it.
  2. No computer expert to take on my wall of questions? I know it is a metric * ton of questions but I want to get the most out of my money. Especially since BF3 is a hardware heavy game.
  3. Best answer
    gamer128 said:
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($60)

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($125)

    GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($220)

    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($70)

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K ($220)

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B ($51)

    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($55)

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE LightScribe Support - OEM ($18)

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 ($35)

    $855 total

    Now my questions are this:

    Will I require to buy anything more to get everything to work such as cables. Basically just ordering these parts will the PC work and not require me to buy anything else. I don't want to start building and realize I need something else.

    Second, Should I not get the CPU cooler now and get a better GTX 560ti? Is it possible to get and replace the heatsink at a later date without it being very difficult? Or even should I get a 6950? Also 1gb or 2gb? I'll be playing A LOT of BF3 so is it even worth it to bump down the CPU to a Phenom 955 BE or such and get a GTX 570? I'm really at a lot of options regarding the GPU and I don't want to choose the wrong option.

    Lastly, is there anything I should swap out to get a better price and performance ratio? I know this is a lot of questions but I want to make sure this PC is good to go. Also could anyone recommend a wifi card? I know they are pretty cheap so those don't have to get included in the price.

    I think that pretty much covers it.


    -You'll need thermal compound to put between the CPU and the heatsink.
    -Definitely get the Hyper 212+ now. If you're going to overclock the GPU, stick with the 560 Ti -- I'd go with this one though.
    -If you do decide to get a 6950, get a 1GB. Nothing these days is using that second gig.
    -Don't bump down to a 955BE -- the price/performance of the i5-2500k can't be beat right now, and it has substantially more overclocking headroom than the Phenom chips.
    -On price/performance, you can probably skim $25-$30 off the case+RAM; look for a good $50 case like the Rosewill Challenger or Antec 300, and look for an 8GB RAM kit with a mail-in rebate (there are a few out there in the $40-$42 range).
  4. Ok cool thanks for replying! I'll keep the components I had lined up. One last thing though, your link to the GTX 560ti you would choose goes to the HIS 6850, not GTX 560ti.
  5. gamer128 said:
    Ok cool thanks for replying! I'll keep the components I had lined up. One last thing though, your link to the GTX 560ti you would choose goes to the HIS 6850, not GTX 560ti.


    d'oh

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604
  6. Best answer selected by gamer128.
  7. I will go with that one. Thanks for answering!
  8. ere's a build that allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI. Just another option to look at.

    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-External-Internal/dp/B000GQMHBI/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1318460177&sr=1-4 $44.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0

    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-Supply/dp/B005A2RJOI/ref=sr_1_7?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1318348408&sr=1-7 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    OCZ ZS Series 750 Watt 80PLUS Bronze Performance ATX Power Supply - OCZ-ZS750W

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E3G3 $124.99 Free Shipping
    ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX $214.99 Free Shipping 10% off your order (max $10) w/ code: HOOT, ends 10/17
    Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1318348336&sr=1-1 $25.96 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Ballistix-Channel-240-Pin-BL2CP25664BA160A/dp/B004TPI42I/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e3 $29.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 4 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM BL2CP25664BA160A

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200-12-Internal-ST31000524AS/dp/B004IZN3YI/ref=sr_1_5?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1318348806&sr=1-5 $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST31000524AS

    http://www.amazon.com/Liteon-iHAS324-DVD-RW-Optical-Drive/dp/B002QGDWLK/ref=pd_sim_e7 $20.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Liteon iHAS324 24X DVD-RW SATA Optical Disk Drive

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    MSI nVidia GeForce GTX560 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card - N560GTX-M2D1GD5

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    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Graphics-Mini-HDMI-SLI-Capable/dp/B004L01QVM/ref=sr_1_15?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1318358499&sr=1-15 $233.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB Graphics Card (1024 MB, GDDR5, PCI-E 2.0 16x, DVI-I x 2, Mini-HDMI, SLI-Capable)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 <---- that same board on newegg

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