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October 24, 2011 4:42:50 AM

I want to get a new PC for gaming and I would like it to play games such as BF3, Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City in high/ultra settings.

I'm a new PC builder so i'm unsure about this stuff.

My budget is around $2000. Iv'e chosen some parts and I don't know if this'll work or what, but here goes:

Case: Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 Advance Full Tower Case - ATX, Black, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - $130

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 (rev. 1.0) - Motherboard - ATX - Socket AM3+ - AMD 970 - USB 3.0, FireWire - Gigabit Ethernet - HD Audio (8-channel) - $123

HDD: Seagate ST33000651AS Barracuda XT Hard Drive - 3TB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 64MB - $200

SSD: OCZ Technology OCZSSD2-2VTX80G Vertex 2 Solid State Drive - 80GB, 2.5", SATA II, 3Gbps, 3.5" Desktop Adapter Bracket Included - $120

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850AX AX850 Power Supply - ATX, Modular, 850 Watt, 80+ Gold Certified, 120mm Ultra-Quiet Fan - $200

CPU: AMD HDE00ZFBGRBOX Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Processor - Six Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3MB L2 Cache, 3.30GHz, Socket AM3, 125W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail - $190

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler - 140x140x25mm, i5, i7, 775, AM2 - $80

RAM/Memory: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - 1600MHz, 2x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered - $60

Video Card: Sapphire 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Video Card - 2GB, DDR5, PCI-Express 2.1 (x16), HDMI, Dual DVI, DisplayPort, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, CrossFireX Ready - $250

DVD/Bluray writer: HP BD340I 12X Blu-Ray Disc Writer - SATA , BD-R 12X, BD-RE 2X, DVD±R 16X, DVD±R DL 8X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 24X, Lightscribe, Black - $130


Your help is greatly appreciated!

P.S. i also need help with a monitor, i chose this one for the time being:

Samsung S24A350H 24" Class Widescreen LED HD Monitor - 1080p, 1920x1080, 60Hz, 2ms, HDMI, DVI, VGA
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October 24, 2011 5:00:14 AM

Looks pretty good except I have never been a fan of Power Color cards. For AMD chips I prefer Sapphire, and for Nvidia chips XFX. Just superior build quality from what I have seen.

You might also wish to check out Corsair Force 3 SSDs. They are running some pretty good deals.

I also prefer the less expensive Coolermaster cases like the 200 or 300. Not as fancy, but work just as well.

Although not the least expensive, Hp sells a really nice 25" monitor. Model 2511x. Samsung is usually good as well. In general you at least want to view a monitor in person and then seek the best deal. The one your eyes like is the one you buy regardless of price or brand.
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October 24, 2011 5:11:43 AM

tlmck said:
Looks pretty good except I have never been a fan of Power Color cards. For AMD chips I prefer Sapphire, and for Nvidia chips XFX. Just superior build quality from what I have seen.

You might also wish to check out Corsair Force 3 SSDs. They are running some pretty good deals.

I also prefer the less expensive Coolermaster cases like the 200 or 300. Not as fancy, but work just as well.

Although not the least expensive, Hp sells a really nice 25" monitor. Model 2511x. Samsung is usually good as well. In general you at least want to view a monitor in person and then seek the best deal. The one your eyes like is the one you buy regardless of price or brand.

Aight, thanks! i chose powercolor because of the ability to unlock it, but i guess ill just get another video card and crossfire it.
and i cant find that HP monitor u say because im buying my items on tiger direct (i live in australia and they have cheap items and S&H)
TY for your feedback, appreciate it!
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October 24, 2011 5:17:57 AM

I am using the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 motherboard in my primary gaming build at the moment and I have to say it is a breeze to install, it's built like a tank, and it's a great overclocker. I was able to get my 1090T stable at 4GHz with a single bump on the voltage, and I'll bet I can reach 4.8 - 5GHz stable with enough effort.

I went with the Phenom II X6 1090T instead of the 1100T, but at this point in time you could easily just go with the AMD FX 6100 Zambezi hex-core for the same price as the 1100T.

I am also not a huge fan of the Power Cooler Radeon cards, and prefer Sapphire, though this build uses a Zotac (same company as Sapphire) GeForce GTX 460 1GB OC'd to 825/1650/2000, and it eats through everything. I can max BF3 @ 60FPS, and I'm positive it will be the same for Arkham City and Skyrim, so your selection should do you just fine.
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October 24, 2011 6:33:32 AM

AL3ZAY said:
I am using the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 motherboard in my primary gaming build at the moment and I have to say it is a breeze to install, it's built like a tank, and it's a great overclocker. I was able to get my 1090T stable at 4GHz with a single bump on the voltage, and I'll bet I can reach 4.8 - 5GHz stable with enough effort.

I went with the Phenom II X6 1090T instead of the 1100T, but at this point in time you could easily just go with the AMD FX 6100 Zambezi hex-core for the same price as the 1100T.

I am also not a huge fan of the Power Cooler Radeon cards, and prefer Sapphire, though this build uses a Zotac (same company as Sapphire) GeForce GTX 460 1GB OC'd to 825/1650/2000, and it eats through everything. I can max BF3 @ 60FPS, and I'm positive it will be the same for Arkham City and Skyrim, so your selection should do you just fine.

Thanks man! i was worried that this stuff wasnt compatible with eachother or something (newbie PC builder)
so yeah i changed to a sapphire 6950 and maybe ill get the zambezi thing
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October 25, 2011 2:37:13 AM

Anubis_Andro said:
Aight, thanks! i chose powercolor because of the ability to unlock it, but i guess ill just get another video card and crossfire it.
and i cant find that HP monitor u say because im buying my items on tiger direct (i live in australia and they have cheap items and S&H)
TY for your feedback, appreciate it!


Good to know. Hopefully Tiger Direct is better in Australia than in the US. At first they appear to have cheap prices, but it is usually on older tech that can be had for less elsewhere. Plus, they sell a lot of other stuff that is really not fit for consumption. At any rate, good luck.
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October 25, 2011 4:32:23 AM

Anubis_Andro said:
I want to get a new PC for gaming and I would like it to play games such as BF3, Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City in high/ultra settings.

I'm a new PC builder so i'm unsure about this stuff.

My budget is around $2000. Iv'e chosen some parts and I don't know if this'll work or what, but here goes:

Case: Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 Advance Full Tower Case - ATX, Black, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - $130

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 (rev. 1.0) - Motherboard - ATX - Socket AM3+ - AMD 970 - USB 3.0, FireWire - Gigabit Ethernet - HD Audio (8-channel) - $123

HDD: Seagate ST33000651AS Barracuda XT Hard Drive - 3TB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 64MB - $200

SSD: OCZ Technology OCZSSD2-2VTX80G Vertex 2 Solid State Drive - 80GB, 2.5", SATA II, 3Gbps, 3.5" Desktop Adapter Bracket Included - $120

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850AX AX850 Power Supply - ATX, Modular, 850 Watt, 80+ Gold Certified, 120mm Ultra-Quiet Fan - $200

CPU: AMD HDE00ZFBGRBOX Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Processor - Six Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3MB L2 Cache, 3.30GHz, Socket AM3, 125W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail - $190

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler - 140x140x25mm, i5, i7, 775, AM2 - $80

RAM/Memory: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - 1600MHz, 2x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered - $60

Video Card: Sapphire 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Video Card - 2GB, DDR5, PCI-Express 2.1 (x16), HDMI, Dual DVI, DisplayPort, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, CrossFireX Ready - $250

DVD/Bluray writer: HP BD340I 12X Blu-Ray Disc Writer - SATA , BD-R 12X, BD-RE 2X, DVD±R 16X, DVD±R DL 8X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 24X, Lightscribe, Black - $130


Your help is greatly appreciated!

P.S. i also need help with a monitor, i chose this one for the time being:

Samsung S24A350H 24" Class Widescreen LED HD Monitor - 1080p, 1920x1080, 60Hz, 2ms, HDMI, DVI, VGA

lots of waste in that build. fill this out please- http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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