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SUPER NOOB: looking for build help for bf3

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October 13, 2011 7:15:04 PM

I need to buy everything for a comp for bf3 for under $1000. This is what i am considering. I would like to know if there is any flaws in this build or if there are minor changes i could do to improve, i not i'll go ahead and put the order in. I am also looking to overclock the i5 a little bit.

Thanks a lot guys! :D 


Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

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


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified,Single 12V Rail,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, ...

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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

This all comes to $900 including windows 7 Home Premium.

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October 13, 2011 8:01:11 PM

That case isn't great at this budget and I think you would want a better motherboard and PSU with a build like that.

Case - That one is good value but I would get something better like a CM Storm Scout or something.

PSU - I would go with a better quality PSU like a Seasonic or Corsair or something. Get 500W if you intend to stick with one GPU or ~650 for two.

Mobo - You can't overclock or SLI on that board which renders the i5-2500k and the 700W PSU a bit pointless.
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October 13, 2011 8:15:36 PM

I'd go for something like this:

i5-2500k
8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1333Mhz
ASRock Z68 Pro3
Gigabyte GTX 560Ti
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Crucial M4 64GB
Corsair CX-500 500W
Coolermaster Storm Scout
Samsung DVD Burner
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Total: $1028.90

A touch over the budget but I wanted to cram the SSD in there, I think you would appreciate it. If you disagree though, take it out by all means, it's your build :) 

EDIT: Haha that was full of typos.
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October 13, 2011 8:20:00 PM

The memory that you have selected is rated at 1.65v; with the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors you want to use memory that is rate at 1.5v ±5%. Here is some memory that you can use that fits your needs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

Also you want to select a P67 and Z68 board as they are the only chipset that will allow you to overclock the unlocked processors like the Intel Core i5-2500K.

I agree with jmsellars1 about the PSU Rosewill are not rated very well. OCZ, Antec, Corsair, and SeaSonic are where you want to be looking for a good PSU.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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October 13, 2011 8:21:15 PM

+1 to jmsellars build.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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October 13, 2011 8:30:51 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Elite-Window-RC-430... $39.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN1)

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-BP550-Plus-ATX12V-Modular/d... $64.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec BP550 Plus 550W ATX12V V2.2 Modular Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-LGA1155-Z68-Motherboard-PR... $104.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASRock LGA1155/ Intel Z68/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&V&GbE/ ATX Motherboard, Z68 PRO3

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ/ref=ox_sc_a... $219.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5-2500K Processor 3.3GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

http://www.amazon.com/Hyper-Tx-Intel-amd-Support/dp/B00... $19.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Hyper Tx 3 Intel/amd Support

http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Ballistix-Channel-240-Pin... $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-Interna... $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-Dri... $20.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Liteon iHAS324 24X DVD-RW SATA Optical Disk Drive

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Graphics-Mini-HDMI-S... $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.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $889.86
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October 13, 2011 10:06:00 PM

OH so many decisions!! I like both builds and don't know which one to pick lol

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I'm going to meditate on this thread for a few hours now.
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October 13, 2011 10:25:08 PM

Theyre both pretty similar, he just dropped the SSD and opted for a cheaper case and 4GB RAM in favour of a CPU cooler and a $140 saving.
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October 13, 2011 10:28:10 PM

Best answer selected by olsonpg.
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