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October 15, 2011 10:58:23 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP as Battlefield 3 releases in under 2 weeks

Budget Range: 700-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly gaming, some video/audio streaming

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter, amazon. Open to new sites if reliable

Country of Origin: North America

Parts Preferences: Planned on AMD processor, gigabyte motherboard, radeon graphics card. Open to suggestions/changes

Overclocking: Haven't before but would love to start

SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire as dual Radeon's may be in the future picture

Monitor Resolution: atleast 1680x1050, preferably as high as possible

Additional Comments: need to run BATTLEFIELD 3 flawless, also want to run The Old Republic on highest settings once it is out, as well as other games. I am going to post the parts i've looked at, but if you see something incompatible or am offering an improvement, feel free to post. This will be my first build, need all the help/advice i can get

Here are the parts i've looked at and prefer. Like i said am open to improvements and suggestions;

Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055QYKQO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

AMD CPU HDZ955FBGMBOX Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz AM3 125W Retail
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TQYUAE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003N8GVUY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

XFX AMD Radeon HD 6850 775M 1 GB DDR5 Graphics Card HD685XZNFC

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047ZH7FU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=AZ8ZZL30AH7DI

if anybody sees anything that should be changed, feel free to post. Need everything else necessary that i haven't posted. Also, should i go with a large or mid range case? Not sure if an extra $60 is worth the room or not. Thanks for the advice

Forgot to add: I do have an 850 watt power supply that I found affordable. Plan on holding that for a while for future builds

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October 15, 2011 11:01:31 PM

what brand is the power supply? also, what settings do you want to run bf3 on?
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October 15, 2011 11:07:08 PM

May I recommend going with a Radeon 6950/6970. One of those cards would be more beneficial for running games on high settings. ( I believe a 6950 or higher is recommended for Battlefield 3, someone please correct me if I'm wrong.)
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October 15, 2011 11:17:20 PM

XcS Dead Deer said:
Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 Series Modular 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply RS850-AMBAJ3-US
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RWJGC2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I want to run BF3 on the highest settings possible, preferably 1920 x 180. 1280 x 720 would be the lowest i'd like to run it on

well, an hd 6850 won't come very close to that. the best choice would be to get an intel/nvidia build, so here's a decent option.

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

2x EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:$1,434.91

This should be able to play bf3 at high, if not maxed. You don't have an ssd, but you don't really need one to get good fps in bf3.
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October 15, 2011 11:52:02 PM

My question is: is it worth the extra $100 for the intel i5 processor over the amd black 955 i posted? If the advantages aren't quite worth $100, i probably would run the AMD setup. I figured i'd need a better gpu than the one i posted, it was just a starting point

Also, sorry for this newbish question, but how much advantage does one get out of an ssd?
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October 15, 2011 11:57:30 PM

XcS Dead Deer said:
My question is: is it worth the extra $100 for the intel i5 processor over the amd black 955 i posted? If the advantages aren't quite worth $100, i probably would run the AMD setup. I figured i'd need a better gpu than the one i posted, it was just a starting point

Also, sorry for this newbish question, but how much advantage does one get out of an ssd?

it's definitely worth the $100. Just look at some benchmarks, and the i5 owns everything that amd has, including bulldozer(except for a few,non-gaming tasks).

ssd' just give you really fast load times, but the price/gigabyte is really high, and it won't affect the frames per second that you get at all.
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October 15, 2011 11:59:29 PM

The i5-2500k is probably the best gaming processor price for performance wise. Definitely worth the extra benjamin.
As for the ssd, if you make it your drive to install your OS, your computer will startup and shutdown much quicker compared to an hdd. For BF3, you'll most likely see faster loader times, and less slow down.
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October 16, 2011 12:01:08 AM

XcS Dead Deer said:
My question is: is it worth the extra $100 for the intel i5 processor over the amd black 955 i posted? If the advantages aren't quite worth $100, i probably would run the AMD setup. I figured i'd need a better gpu than the one i posted, it was just a starting point

Also, sorry for this newbish question, but how much advantage does one get out of an ssd?



Its definitely NOT worth paying a $100 more for a processor when the limitation in your system will be the graphics card .

It would help if you had given us a budget
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October 16, 2011 12:03:06 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Its definitely NOT worth paying a $100 more for a processor when the limitation in your system will be the graphics card .

It would help if you had given us a budget

his budget is 700-1500, but I think with that budget, the i5 would be useful.
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October 16, 2011 12:12:39 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Its definitely NOT worth paying a $100 more for a processor when the limitation in your system will be the graphics card .

It would help if you had given us a budget


I listed my budget as 700-1500. If it's actually WORTH the extra $100, i will go with it. If there's not a very noticeable difference, i'd rather go the cost efficient route.
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October 16, 2011 12:41:37 AM

In general the i5 2500 is a stronger processor , but this tends to make very little difference in graphically intense games at higher resolutions .

These benchmarks from the BF3 beta are interesting
http://www.techspot.com/review/448-battlefield-3-beta-p...

Overclocking the top end intel 2600k makes barely any difference
and even the midrange desktop AMD A8-3850 produces the same fps as the intel 2500K


A clear sign that the game is limited by the graphics system , and cpu power is a secondary concern

At lower resolutions the intel sandy bridge will produce higher FPS , but this is largely wasted anyway because monitors only refresh at 60Hz which is 60 fps .
It doesnt matter whether you feed the monitor with 100 fps , or 60 fps , or even 200 fps ....all you can ever see on the monitor is 60
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October 16, 2011 12:51:30 AM

The i5 2500k and a GTX 560 ti would be the cheapest options I would recommend if you want to play Battlefield 3 on ultra settings at 1080p. If you overclock the 560ti, you should get 40+ frames a second with everything on ultra. The game isn't out yet, this is just assumptions based on the beta.
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October 16, 2011 12:53:15 AM

Outlander_04 said:
In general the i5 2500 is a stronger processor , but this tends to make very little difference in graphically intense games at higher resolutions .

These benchmarks from the BF3 beta are interesting
http://www.techspot.com/review/448-battlefield-3-beta-p...

Overclocking the top end intel 2600k makes barely any difference
and even the midrange desktop AMD A8-3850 produces the same fps as the intel 2500K


A clear sign that the game is limited by the graphics system , and cpu power is a secondary concern

At lower resolutions the intel sandy bridge will produce higher FPS , but this is largely wasted anyway because monitors only refresh at 60Hz which is 60 fps .
It doesnt matter whether you feed the monitor with 100 fps , or 60 fps , or even 200 fps ....all you can ever see on the monitor is 60


Interesting... The only thing is, with future games and such coming out that will probably be pretty demanding hardware wise, I should probably go the Intel route, as a lot of benchmarks show intel running higher speeds. Hmph, looks like I gotta do a little more research...
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October 16, 2011 12:57:02 AM

XcS Dead Deer said:
Interesting... The only thing is, with future games and such coming out that will probably be pretty demanding hardware wise, I should probably go the Intel route, as a lot of benchmarks show intel running higher speeds. Hmph, looks like I gotta do a little more research...


I've never been impressed with the performance of AMD cpu's. They are generally cheaper but I guess that's for a good reason :p  Even the just released AMD Bulldozer series cannot beat Sandy Bridge on average for game performance.
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October 16, 2011 12:58:25 AM

ares640 said:
I've never been impressed with the performance of AMD cpu's. They are generally cheaper but I guess that's for a good reason :p  Even the just released AMD Bulldozer series cannot beat Sandy Bridge on average for game performance.

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October 16, 2011 1:07:32 AM

for people debating about going AMD or intel, I have a phenom ii 955 and 2 5850s in crossfire and i can easily max BF3, i play at 1280 * 1020 on my monitor and 1080p on my tv.
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October 16, 2011 1:12:26 AM

XcS Dead Deer said:
Interesting... The only thing is, with future games and such coming out that will probably be pretty demanding hardware wise, I should probably go the Intel route, as a lot of benchmarks show intel running higher speeds. Hmph, looks like I gotta do a little more research...


The Phenom and A8 core design is 4 years old and still no game can put them under 100% stress .

By the time any game can , IF IT EVER CAN , then you will be needing a hell of a lot more of an upgrade than just a cpu


The way to design a gaming computer is to start with the monitor and its resolution
then work out what graphics card you need to get playable fps
then cpu and RAM

If you have the money to spend on the Intel then go for it . But IMO the same $100 spent on a better graphics card is a MUCH smarter buy .

And as for those that say AMD cpu's have never been good for gaming ........ You must have alzheimers or be very young . Not that many years ago 1800 MHz Athlons were killing intel pentiums so badly that intel started paying people to use their processors with cash kick backs that eventually saw them fined and subject to lawsuits for unfair trade practice. Ultimately it cost them several billion dollars in the US and EU...... which might explain why they over charge so much now
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October 16, 2011 1:36:29 AM

Hm. Well, i'll probably go with the setup morgoth posted, i'm just gonna do a little price searching. I may end up getting a 2nd monitor at a later date, i haven't decided yet. It's not a necessity and can be done without. THanks all for the advice and replies
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October 16, 2011 1:39:58 AM

For other ideas, search the forum for other $1500 builds.....we see about 4 - 6 posted each day.

Case - $ 155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - $15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 220 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313179...
CPU - $ 205 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 205 - Gigabyte GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 205 - Same
HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - 120 GB Vertex 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Game Free Batman incl w/ GFX Card
Keyboard - $ 100 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - Existing - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - Existing - ASUS VH246H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I went $44 over ya budget but ya get that back if ya drop the Blue Ray.

The twin 560's get 11 fps less than twin 570's outta the box in Guru3D's gaming test suite... but the 560's have plenty more OC headroom.
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October 16, 2011 2:58:31 AM

Thanks man, i'll check out some of those prices too. Like that case as well. Already got the monitor and mouse, will buy a cheaper keyboard, and will probably stay with one graphics card right now and cut out the SSD. College funds while working at a Radioshack doesn't exactly make me a millionaire >.< haha

Also, Not to sound like the complete noob I am, but are all screws and everything included? Or will I need to pick some up from Lowes?
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October 16, 2011 3:34:43 AM

If you decide to build Intel the I5-2500k is on sale at ncix, for 189.99 no MIR required.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...

I just bought one 2 days ago.

I only think microcenter has sold them for cheaper. The I5's were on sale last week and they sold out pretty quick. So you probably have to jump on this deal, I sure did.

In terms of screws being included, i assume you are talking about screws for mobos, yes they typically are included with the case.
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October 16, 2011 3:42:03 AM

thesnappyfingers said:
If you decide to build Intel the I5-2500k is on sale at ncix, for 189.99 no MIR required.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...

I just bought one 2 days ago.

I only think microcenter has sold them for cheaper. The I5's were on sale last week and they sold out pretty quick. So you probably have to jump on this deal, I sure did.

In terms of screws being included, i assume you are talking about screws for mobos, yes they typically are included with the case.


Thanks for the deal, i'll be sure to get it that cheap lol. Also, would I be better getting the Corsair h50 as opposed to the schythe scm-3000 heat pipe? I'm not sure i like the size of that thing lol
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October 16, 2011 3:51:56 AM

I dont really know too much about water cooling, however there is also an corsair a70 from ncix for 29.99, you can google "corsair a70 reviews", but it is a good air cooler.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=53612&vpn=CAFA70&manuf...

It is also avalible at newegg for 22.99 after a MIR, it is 42.99 regular. (i would opt for the ncix deal as mir are a pain sometimes)

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

There is also a 1000 watt (which may be a little overkill) for 109.99 after 30.00 MIR.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=44873&vpn=OCZZ1000M&ma...

You might just want to scroll through this web page, as it is NCIX's colossal deal

http://us.ncix.com/promo/?webid=USColossalSale2011

I don't know if that is a good psu, I just find the deals, I am sure there are more knowledgeable peeps that can state whether or not the psu is a good one.
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October 16, 2011 3:57:30 AM

thesnappyfingers said:
I dont really know too much about water cooling, however there is also an corsair a70 from ncix for 29.99, you can google "corsair a70 reviews", but it is a good air cooler.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=53612&vpn=CAFA70&manuf...

It is also avalible at newegg for 22.99 after a MIR, it is 42.99 regular. (i would opt for the ncix deal as mir are a pain sometimes)

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

There is also a 1000 watt (which may be a little overkill) for 109.99 after 30.00 MIR.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=44873&vpn=OCZZ1000M&ma...

You might just want to scroll through this web page, as it is NCIX's colossal deal

http://us.ncix.com/promo/?webid=USColossalSale2011

I don't know if that is a good psu, I just find the deals, I am sure there are more knowledgeable peeps that can state whether or not the psu is a good one.


You got a box of coupons to go with those deals? haha. Also, would I be better off with this Motherboard for the I5? That third PCIE x 16 attracts me a lot

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P8Z68-Deluxe-6Gbps-Motherboards/dp/B0053HCOMM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1318737289&sr=8-3-fkmr0
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October 16, 2011 4:13:14 AM

I would just buy the asrock extreme 3 gen 3 board that was recommended morgoth, and save 120.00, it doesn't seem that there are too many differences which would warrant the additional cost.

Don't take that advice as gold, as there may be a nuance that highly differentiates the two boards that I am unaware of.

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October 16, 2011 4:16:51 AM

well, after reading reviews people seem to have problems with the bios on the motherboard i posted. The asrock extreme 3 gen 3 will hold up well though? $125 seems to be a bit cheap for a motherboard, so that's kinda why i'm skeptic lol
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October 16, 2011 4:21:15 AM

Well here you can buy the extreme 4 version of the board if you prefer to spend more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---- extreme 4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----extreme 3

I really don't like the look of the board you selected (looks is an awful way to pick components) however, the extreme 3 and 4 are well received boards, and they are typically always recommended for builds. Plus they look pretty awesome.
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October 16, 2011 5:39:48 PM

ok, so this is the setup i do believe i'm going with. Anybody have any further suggestions? If i dont get a response in about 2 hours i'll start placing orders.

case: Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087

motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

cpu: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1339

memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

gpu:GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Cardhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363

hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drivehttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

disc drive:ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEMhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

corsair dual fan: Corsair Cooling Air Series A70 HIGH-PERFORMANCE DUAL-FAN CPU Cooler LGA1155 LGA1156 LGA1366 AM2 AM3 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=53612&vpn=CAFA70&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1339

psu:OCZ Z-SERIES 1000W 80+ Gold Certified 24PIN ATX 83A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 135mm Fan http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=44873&vpn=OCZZ1000M&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1339




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October 16, 2011 7:43:24 PM

Don't get a OCZ power supply, and you absolutely do not need 1000 watts. If you are only going to run 1 graphics card then 650 watts is the maximum you will ever need. If you want to SLI, then 750 or 850 watts depending on how much overclocking room you want.

Corsair and SeaSonic are the top makers of power supplies (SeaSonic makes the ones for Corsair).

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

That one is only 80+ bronze and is not modular, but is the cheapest one I would recommend.


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

This is a likely one of the best 650 watt power supplies you will find. 80+ gold and fully modular.


The choice is up to you, I would go with the Corsair TX650 V2 really.
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October 16, 2011 7:50:01 PM

XcS Dead Deer said:
ok, so this is the setup i do believe i'm going with. Anybody have any further suggestions? If i dont get a response in about 2 hours i'll start placing orders.

case: Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087

motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

cpu: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1339

memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

gpu:GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Cardhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363

hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drivehttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

disc drive:ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEMhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

corsair dual fan: Corsair Cooling Air Series A70 HIGH-PERFORMANCE DUAL-FAN CPU Cooler LGA1155 LGA1156 LGA1366 AM2 AM3 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=53612&vpn=CAFA70&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1339

psu:OCZ Z-SERIES 1000W 80+ Gold Certified 24PIN ATX 83A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 135mm Fan http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=44873&vpn=OCZZ1000M&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1339

you might want to consider a cooler amster hyper 212+ evo cpu cooler instead of the corsair cooler.

Also, you definitely don't need 1000w for 560ti sli. Get 750w instead, or maybe 850w if you really want to be safe with any oc'ing you do.
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October 16, 2011 7:50:45 PM

ares640 said:
Don't get a OCZ power supply, and you absolutely do not need 1000 watts. If you are only going to run 1 graphics card then 650 watts is the maximum you will ever need. If you want to SLI, then 750 or 850 watts depending on how much overclocking room you want.

Corsair and SeaSonic are the top makers of power supplies (SeaSonic makes the ones for Corsair).

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

That one is only 80+ bronze and is not modular, but is the cheapest one I would recommend.


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

This is a likely one of the best 650 watt power supplies you will find. 80+ gold and fully modular.


The choice is up to you, I would go with the Corsair TX650 V2 really.

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October 16, 2011 8:01:00 PM

Ok, i plan on overclocking the cpu after i get it built and running. I haven't overclocked before, but i've seen reviews of people using the i5 sandy with the extreme 3 gen 3 saying they can overclock to the 4.2-4.8 range. Would 650 watts be enough for that type of overclocking, as well as overclocking the 560? Or should I go with a 750?
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October 16, 2011 8:04:42 PM

XcS Dead Deer said:
Ok, i plan on overclocking the cpu after i get it built and running. I haven't overclocked before, but i've seen reviews of people using the i5 sandy with the extreme 3 gen 3 saying they can overclock to the 4.2-4.8 range. Would 650 watts be enough for that type of overclocking, as well as overclocking the 560? Or should I go with a 750?

650w should be fine, but get 750w to be safe. but if you plan to sli in the future, get 750w or 850w
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October 16, 2011 9:36:33 PM

Ok, i'll go with a 750w. Will also swap out for a cooler amster hyper 212+. Any other suggestions, or is the build ready to go?
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October 17, 2011 12:50:25 AM

the a70 beats the hyper 212+ in thermal testing, according to maximumpc, but only by a slight margin (5ish Celsius) under load, so ultimately it is your choice.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/corsair_coolin...

Here are benches from tweak tom, the a70 ranks near the top.
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3568/corsair_air_serie...

I truly think that the a70 is a better cooler, however the 212+ is pretty popular, and reliable, it is also quieter than the a70.
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October 17, 2011 8:24:39 PM

I planned on going for the 212+, but under the compatibility it lists

All Intel Socket 775/1156/1366 CPU
Intel Core™ i7 Extreme
Intel Core™ i7
Intel Core™ 2 Extreme
Intel Core™ 2 Quad
Intel Core™ 2 Duo
Intel Pentium
Intel Celeron


No i5 Sandy....is that a major problem, or can that be worked with?
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October 17, 2011 8:44:54 PM

i just upgraded my pc from AMD 955 to i5 2500k and the performance in games just sky rocketed !
where i used to get 15-20 FPS now i get 60+ easily on ultra settings..
Also i am using a hyper 212 Plus myself on a 1155 mobo and it fits just fine under 1156 settings.
hope that helps lemme know if you need any more details :) 
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October 17, 2011 9:15:54 PM

All right, just wondered. It wasn't listed so I figured i'd ask just in case
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October 17, 2011 9:46:13 PM

morgoth780 said:
well, an hd 6850 won't come very close to that. the best choice would be to get an intel/nvidia build, so here's a decent option.

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

2x EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:$1,434.91

This should be able to play bf3 at high, if not maxed. You don't have an ssd, but you don't really need one to get good fps in bf3.



NCIX Has I5 2500ks at 189.99 free shipping until the 19th (US and Canadian stores)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...
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