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October 12, 2011 11:39:28 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: (3-4 weeks)


Budget Range: (debateable, depends on what i use from currint PC)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, gaming and more gaming, news fps games and Iracing)


Parts Not Required: (my reuse current case and power supply. but might keep current PC together and put it out in workshop)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Newegg, tigerdirect or whatever is cheapest)


Country of Origin (gool ol' USA)


Parts Preferences: (Prefer asus boards and amd cpu, but not stuck on them.)


Overclocking: No, Dont have a ton of spare time, and will use my time to game and not testing/messing with pc settings


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080, fairly new samsung 24 in monitor)


Need a new PC that will play bf3 and mw3 flawlessly. built my current pc in august of 07 (amd athlon 64fx62 or something like that an asus m2ne sli with 2 9600gt video cards) Its outdated and barely plays black ops.
would like to not "overkill" high priced stuff i dont need (I.E. 6 core instead of 4 core or 12 gigs or ram instead of 8 if it wont really help me any in gaming applications?) so that i can get as good of graphics cards as i can get.
would like to go water cooled due to using a wood stove in our home and high ambient temps.
so would like to get a ssd hard drive for windows 7. Dont care about bells and whistles such as lighting/led in or on the case and stuff like that, so a plain jane case is fine as long as everything is good, airflow wise.
there is so much stuff to choose from i dont really know where to begin. buddy of mine just built on with an asus m4a89td pro and an amd phenom II x6 1100t with dual ati 5870's and he seems to be really happy.
cant think of much else except i wont to do it for as reasonable price as possible.
October 13, 2011 1:39:47 AM

I would wait for new series if you want the best of the best, because the best right now is the GTx 590, and will be replaced by a 600 series soon. But it alone is massive overkill. A GTX 580 (~500$) will run BF3 maxed out with a 1920x1080 res, so i think it will completely munch on the tumor of life that is MW3. So i would build around that, unless you need to save more money, then i suggest an AMD 6970, or 6950 (and flash it with bios to a 6970)

Thats my graphics card suggestion lol. 8 gigs will be fine, and when it comes to processor, i5 2500k is very good for gaming. Get a motherboard that matches the 1155 socket.

I have two 6850's and they run great ;D just thought i would show that off ;P

Ill come up with a list later, or someone else could probably give you a better one

October 13, 2011 2:58:08 AM

Really need some kind of budget.
General $1000 build
i5 2500k $220

p67 motherboard $100
hyper 212+ $30
8gb ram $50
550watt psu (antec, corsair, seasonic 80+ cert) $50-70
GPU 560,560ti, 6950 $200-260
HDD 7200 rpm 1tb $80
antec 300 illusion case $70
OEM DVD burner $20
windows 7 $100
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2011 3:59:43 AM

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

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...

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $179.99 and free shipping which is key for such a large item , I have the same case and there is a lot of room inside. You can even mount a radiator and a pump for water cooling inside.

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $184.99 and free shipping.

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

G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBSR1 $109.99 at this price why not.
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 (SSDn $203.99 and free shipping. For the OS.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $489.99 and a $20 rebate. Evga has a 90 day step up program so if you really got an itch for the new release (600 series) you can trade it in and get the new one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $59.99 and free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model GH22LP21 LightScribe Support - OEM $22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now if your budget was say $1600 then here you go .
a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2011 4:11:25 AM

ariscov said:
I would wait for new series if you want the best of the best, because the best right now is the GTx 590, and will be replaced by a 600 series soon. But it alone is massive overkill. A GTX 580 (~500$) will run BF3 maxed out with a 1920x1080 res, so i think it will completely munch on the tumor of life that is MW3. So i would build around that, unless you need to save more money, then i suggest an AMD 6970, or 6950 (and flash it with bios to a 6970)

Thats my graphics card suggestion lol. 8 gigs will be fine, and when it comes to processor, i5 2500k is very good for gaming. Get a motherboard that matches the 1155 socket.

I have two 6850's and they run great ;D just thought i would show that off ;P

Ill come up with a list later, or someone else could probably give you a better one



Actually the best right now is;ASUS MARS II/2DIS/3GD5 GeForce GTX 580 x2 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit x2 GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
It has two 580 gpu's unlike the 590 which does not and is underclocked to 630mhz to boot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 13, 2011 10:45:11 AM

inzone said:
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 and free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $179.99 and free shipping which is key for such a large item , I have the same case and there is a lot of room inside. You can even mount a radiator and a pump for water cooling inside.

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $184.99 and free shipping.

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

G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBSR1 $109.99 at this price why not.
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 (SSDn $203.99 and free shipping. For the OS.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $489.99 and a $20 rebate. Evga has a 90 day step up program so if you really got an itch for the new release (600 series) you can trade it in and get the new one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $59.99 and free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model GH22LP21 LightScribe Support - OEM $22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now if your budget was say $1600 then here you go .


This build ^
Minus that graphics, and get this one

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

two fans, generally better when you wanna SLI. and hes also right, about the mars II, but its still 1500$ lol
a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2011 12:42:02 PM

16GB RAM....HAF X.....stop wasting money!

October 13, 2011 6:11:45 PM

well 16 isnt needed, but again, when we get a budget, we can decide what he needs and what he would want
October 13, 2011 8:42:08 PM

budget is "adjustable, but i had in mind $1000-$1200, what is the biggest/best video card/cards i could run with my current corsiar 750 PSU. i have a spare brand new 600 or 650 to put back in my old system if i can reuse this 750 in my new build. i also considered using my old case for this new build and buying a cheap case to put all the other parts into, to move that PC out to the shop.
i saw the asrock board was a "toms hardware bust buy" on new egg. but asrock is something ive never heard of.
I also dont know what the difference is in running a really bad ass $500 card or a couple of cheaper cards in sli/xfire?
October 13, 2011 10:03:52 PM

bssford460 said:
budget is "adjustable, but i had in mind $1000-$1200, what is the biggest/best video card/cards i could run with my current corsiar 750 PSU. i have a spare brand new 600 or 650 to put back in my old system if i can reuse this 750 in my new build. i also considered using my old case for this new build and buying a cheap case to put all the other parts into, to move that PC out to the shop.
i saw the asrock board was a "toms hardware bust buy" on new egg. but asrock is something ive never heard of.
I also dont know what the difference is in running a really bad ass $500 card or a couple of cheaper cards in sli/xfire?


ASRock is fantastic, cheaper cards in SLI will not run as smooth as a single card, google microstuttering (i dont seem to have an issue with it with 2 SLI IceQ OC 6850's (360$), but its very common) and 750 will be fine, but do you happen to know if its 80+ certified? if so, then most definitly it will be fine.
October 13, 2011 10:25:19 PM

when you say 80+ certified, do you mean where it says on the back of the box.
"80%+ energy efficiency at 20%, 50%and 100% load condition?"
i'm cheap i'll admit to it, and i just have such a hard time justifying 500 buck on a video card. but i also know that in my last build the one thing i regretted was my choice in video cards. i first had a 8600, it crapped out and i got a 9600 replacement, and eventually got a 2nd one. makes me wish i had just nutted up and bought one good video card in the beginning, but like i said, its hard to drop $500 on a card. but i also dont want to get bf3 and/or mw3 and be disappointing in my frame rates/gameplay
a b B Homebuilt system
October 14, 2011 10:58:34 AM

ariscov said:
well 16 isnt needed, but again, when we get a budget, we can decide what he needs and what he would want


No "gaming" build NEEDS 16GB of RAM. No gaming build will even utilize more than 4GB of RAM currently since games are designed for 32-bit OS in mind = 3GB RAM.

Even if budget allows for 16GB RAM - the money would be better spend elsewhere.
October 14, 2011 8:31:07 PM

what is the best but least expensive gpu that i can get that will still play bf3 very effectively, anticpating getting a second card 6-8 months or a year from now from now?
and i think i am going to reuse my old case, and get a desktop case to put my current system in, it wont be used for gaming, just internet browsing and playing mp3's steaming music and stuff out in the workshop. will a desktop case keep it cool enough? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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