My build for BF3 need some opinions

Western Digital 2000GB (2TB) Intellipower Serial ATA-III-600 HDD w. 64MB Cache (WD20EARX) Caviar Green

OCZ 120GB 3.5" Solid State Disk, MLC, SATA-II (OCZSSD3-2VTX120G) Vertex 2 Series
• Read 285MB/s, Write 250MB/s

Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core CPU (3.30GHz - 3.70GHz Turbo, 850-1100MHz GPU) - LGA1155, 1333MHz, 5.0 GT/s DMI, 6MB Cache, 32nm, 95W

ASUS GeForce GTX560 - 1GB GDDR5 - (925MHz, 4200MHz)
• 256-bit, 2xDVI, 1xMini-HDMI, PCI-Ex16 v2.0, Fansink - DCII TOP Edition


Antec Nine Hundred Two (v3) Midi-Tower Gaming Case - NO PSU, Black
• 1xUSB3.0, 2xUSB2.0, 1xHD-Audio, 1x200mm Blue TriCool LED Fan, 3x120mm Fan, ATX


Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 RAM - 9-9-9-24 - Vengeance Series

Samsung SH-B123A Blu-ray Combo Drive - SATA, Retail
• 12xBD-R, 6xBD-RE, 4xBD-RE DL, 16xDVD+R, 8xDVD+RW

Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard
• LGA1155, Z68 (B3 Stepping), 4xDDR3-2133, 2xPCI-Ex16 v3.0, 2xSATA-III, 4xSATA-II, 1xeSATA-II, RAID, 1xGigLAN, 8Chl-HD, USB3.0, VGA, DVI, HDMI, ATX


Samsung S23A300B LCD Monitor - Black
• 23"LED, Widescreen, 5ms, 1920x1080, 1000:1, 250cd/m2, VGA, DVI

FSP 600W Aurum Series - ATX 12V v2.3, EPS 12V v2.92, 120mm Fan, 80PLUS Gold Certified
• 6x SATA, 3x PCI-E 6+2-pin
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  1. haha I haven't built a PC in 5 years. I have forgotten how much there is to try and take into account. So any help would be much appreciated
  2. Everything looks good for BF3. Most people would also get an aftermarket cooler, just for the peace of mind that their cpu will stay cool. Something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  3. W1LL1S said:
    Western Digital 2000GB (2TB) Intellipower Serial ATA-III-600 HDD w. 64MB Cache (WD20EARX) Caviar Green

    OCZ 120GB 3.5" Solid State Disk, MLC, SATA-II (OCZSSD3-2VTX120G) Vertex 2 Series
    • Read 285MB/s, Write 250MB/s

    Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core CPU (3.30GHz - 3.70GHz Turbo, 850-1100MHz GPU) - LGA1155, 1333MHz, 5.0 GT/s DMI, 6MB Cache, 32nm, 95W

    ASUS GeForce GTX560 - 1GB GDDR5 - (925MHz, 4200MHz)
    • 256-bit, 2xDVI, 1xMini-HDMI, PCI-Ex16 v2.0, Fansink - DCII TOP Edition


    Antec Nine Hundred Two (v3) Midi-Tower Gaming Case - NO PSU, Black
    • 1xUSB3.0, 2xUSB2.0, 1xHD-Audio, 1x200mm Blue TriCool LED Fan, 3x120mm Fan, ATX


    Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 RAM - 9-9-9-24 - Vengeance Series

    Samsung SH-B123A Blu-ray Combo Drive - SATA, Retail
    • 12xBD-R, 6xBD-RE, 4xBD-RE DL, 16xDVD+R, 8xDVD+RW

    Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard
    • LGA1155, Z68 (B3 Stepping), 4xDDR3-2133, 2xPCI-Ex16 v3.0, 2xSATA-III, 4xSATA-II, 1xeSATA-II, RAID, 1xGigLAN, 8Chl-HD, USB3.0, VGA, DVI, HDMI, ATX


    Samsung S23A300B LCD Monitor - Black
    • 23"LED, Widescreen, 5ms, 1920x1080, 1000:1, 250cd/m2, VGA, DVI

    FSP 600W Aurum Series - ATX 12V v2.3, EPS 12V v2.92, 120mm Fan, 80PLUS Gold Certified
    • 6x SATA, 3x PCI-E 6+2-pin

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice <----- I have never heard of that brand of psu, the gtx 560 is a sub par card, and without knowing your budget it's hard to say much. That build looks like it's more for watching movies than playing BF3 at that resolution. With that set up your going to be struggling in the FPS department.
  4. roughly AU$1500. that came out at just over that. So i guess upping it to a gtx 570 but ill have to make concessions somewhere else....
  5. for that price, you can do a lot better than a single 560.

    consider this hard drive:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    this SSD (though it's sold out at newegg right now):
    Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

    skip the blu-ray drive:
    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $19
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    and consider this case:
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    if you cut back on those items, which I highly recommend, you should certainly be able to look into a GTX570, or even consider what I'm planning on doing: two GTX560ti's in SLI
  6. HD - Green = Slow. Id suggest a spinpoint F3, WD Black or seagate 7200.12 at 1TB

    SSD - Vertex 3 is twice as fast for about $15 more
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

    RAM - Make sure its low profile, w/o the tall heat sinks
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    MoBo - Can't concur because of the chinsy warranty
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

    Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

    GFX Card - Nuthin else even comes close on bang for the buck .... superb car w/ overclocking headroom up the gazoo .....Note that when paired it comes up just short of the 570 and beats the 6970. I usually can get twin 560's factory OC'd into my $1500 builds but not in Aussie dollars .... newegg links for info only.

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $ 210.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.44 - $ 0.56
    $ 260.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.54 - $ 0.69
    $ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
    $ 360.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.68 - $ 0.87
    $ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
    $ 320.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.61 - $ 0.73
    $ 480.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.78 - $ 1.01
    $ 725.00 6990 (762/903) $ 0.95 - $ 1.61
    $ 750.00 590 (881/982) $ 0.85 - $ 1.53

    Cant comment on the PSU.

    You'll see here that the GTX 560, not even the TI is the "recommended" card .... minimum is an 8800

    http://www.enterbf3.com/information/538-minimum-requirements/

    You will also note that here, the 560 Ti when overclocked beat the 570 when overclocked. A bad sample in the review might have contributed but the 560 easily OC's to over 1000MHz the 570's, if ya search the web, have had issues with VRM circuitra

    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx560ti/4.htm
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_gtx570_review/
  7. why would you buy a caviar green? get the blue or black editions.
  8. I appreciate all the advice its been very helpful.
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