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My new $1000 build for Battlefield 3 and Skyrim

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October 27, 2011 5:37:12 AM

Hi!
First off, thank you for taking the time to look at my build ^.^

Anyway, I was originally going to go with this build: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-cpu-ssd,3...
I asked in another post if this was ok, and I got some suggestions to change it up a bit. So I've changed it and this is the new one!

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682022619...

Graphics: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB (I was going to go with the 750gb, but just decided to throw in the extra $10 for a whole Tb)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681713902...

So, that's it, links and all!!
I was expecting it to come out to over 1k, but it's actually just $975.86 with shipping.
Do you have any suggestions to improve it? I'd like to keep the price around 1k though.
Do you think it can max out Battlefield 3 and Skyrim?

Thanks a lot!! :D 
a b B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2011 8:48:05 AM

Are you planning to OC? If not, you can drop the expensive Z68 board and the aftermarket cooler. The stock cooler should be plenty good. And a H67/61 board should be more than good enough.

Otherwise, the build looks stellar. One thing though, whether it's maxes out games like BF3 will depend on your monitor resolution as well.
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October 27, 2011 11:22:51 AM

calguyhunk said:
Are you planning to OC? If not, you can drop the expensive Z68 board and the aftermarket cooler. The stock cooler should be plenty good. And a H67/61 board should be more than good enough.

Otherwise, the build looks stellar. One thing though, whether it's maxes out games like BF3 will depend on your monitor resolution as well.


If u won't going to OC at all, and going to get H67/61, there's no meaning in getting a 2500k, stick with a regular 2500.
IMO, get a P67 or a Z68 mobo, but stick with the stock fan. Never hurts to spend a couple bucks more to "leave the OC door opened"
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 27, 2011 12:57:55 PM

^ +1

Even if you dont know how to OC, you can learn or maybe you have a friend that could. I would look at a better case though, say an Antec 300 or a Cooler Master 922. A little more cash, but worth it as they are very reliable and give great cooling performance. If you are going to buy an aftermarket fan though, go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ EVO. Its an extra $10, but worth the costs if you are going to OC.

If you arent OC'ing, a plan P67 (lower end) and the plain 2500 is fine, like said above, with no aftermarket cooling.

If you plan to add another GTX560Ti in the future, i would suggext jumping to an HX750 from Corsair for some extra headroom.
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October 27, 2011 1:40:57 PM

That's a good setup. The 560 Ti should give you no problems with BF3. I agree about the case. Antec 300 is only $10 more and its always the recommended case at that price point. The HAF 912 or 922 are great as well. Or this one at the same price:

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

IMO, stick with the 2500K, even if you don't plan to OC. With the P67/Z68 boards, you can easiliy hit 4.2-4.5 GHz by using turbo mode (ie click of a buttom). The ASUS P8P67 has that feature and I'm sure the other brands have it too. This was my first OC and it was easy as pie. A good budget cooler is the CM Hyper 212+ at ~$25 and does the job. My idle temps are 30C and max 60C during a stress test.

I'm guessing you have a monitor?
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November 5, 2011 7:28:47 AM

Get the Cooler Master HAF 922 for the case and a 6950 for the vid card and get the p67 version of the mobo(you only need the z68 if you have a ssd or use integrated graphics)
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November 6, 2011 1:23:39 AM

Hey, sorry for not being active for almost two weeks '~'
I went up north to visit my grandparents and because of the snow, we lost power and my flight was delayed for a couple of days. Anyway, I should have the revisions up by tomorrow night! I just wanted to let you know I'm not dead :p 
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2011 1:37:58 AM

Maybe this combo on newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

You would get a stronger power supply and also the ASUS GTX560ti DirectCUII which would most likely run cooler and quieter than a reference card. The PC case also would probably be a little better also.

The price is $996 however I don't think that includes $40 of rebates so the actual net price may be more like $956. However this combo lacks a DVD drive so stack another $20 on to that.

The shipping is around $13 USD (at least for me).
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November 8, 2011 1:54:27 AM

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel core i5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2x4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA Superclocked GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: RAIDMAX Atlas ATX-295WB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Changes:
CPU: Changed from i5 2500k to i5 2500
PSU: Upped it from 650W to 750W (for SLI later on)
Took out the aftermarket CPU cooler
Case: I'm ok with the current one, but I'll just decide that later on.

Motherboard: I'm not really sure which to get. I really don't need all the extra feature of the z68, so I'll go with either the H67 or P67. I'm not going to overclock (if I do, it'll be minor) and I'm not going to use the on board gpu.

Second: What do you think of the build rwayne posted?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Is it better than mine?

Thanks!
--Hayden
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2011 12:39:52 PM

For a non OC'er, that build is way too much. Get your i5-2500, H67 board and use the money saved to get a GTX 570 if you want to.

PS: Try to re-use your old HDD if you can or just get a SSD. A 120/128GB disk ain't gonna cost you a whole lot more. I cannot believe that 1TB drives have more than doubled in prices over the last month. $150? Seriously? :ouch:  :ouch:  :ouch: 

Somebody help those Thais with disaster management, will ya?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 9, 2011 11:28:36 PM

Well, the HDD situation looks like it could move well into next summer so I don't blame him for wanting one now, however I am going to get the 500GB version of that HDD and it only rose $30 compared to a $110 increase for the 1TB version. Thailand sucks man.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2011 11:40:07 AM

Quote:
Thailand sucks man.
It's the floods that suck. Not so much Thailand, I don't think. People are suffering over there with so much death & destruction. It' s just an inconvenience for us. But an existential crisis for them.
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November 10, 2011 12:21:13 PM

Get the ASUS 560 Ti or MSI they both have better cooling than EVGA
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November 14, 2011 7:39:40 AM

Motherboard:BIOSTAR TP67XE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I narrowed it down between the Biostar and these two:
MSI P67A-GD65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I chose the Biostar just because it was cheaper than the other two and it got some good reviews.

HDD:
I realized that I don't need 1tb at all. I don't know what I was thinking when I put there in there :/ 
WD Caviar Black 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There is a 750GB hdd for the same price, but I decided to go for the 500GB because of the 6.0GB/s.

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 14, 2011 9:58:22 AM

Biostar is a low quality brand.Go with the MSI or Gigabyte one.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 10:01:35 AM

CPU: $215 Intel Core i5-2500K

Board: $130 GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 or stick with the Asrock if you need a gen3 board. Get Gigabyte/MSI/Asus instead of Biostar/Zotac etc. at this price point if you can.

RAM: $45 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB

HDD: $120 OCZ 120GB Vertex Plus - Get a bigger mechanical drive once the price cools down a bit.

ODD: $18 SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA with LightScribe Support

GPU: $350 EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570

PSU: $60 SILVERSTONE Strider Essential 600W

Case: $40 COOLER MASTER Elite 430

HSF: $25 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

Total: $1005 after rebates.
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November 14, 2011 10:09:52 AM

Get this sound card in addition to calguyhunk's build:

Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme ($50)
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 10:22:21 AM

Forget the soundcard, onboard sound is perfectly good for gaming.

Personally I would stick with i5 2500k as the price difference is tiny and the OCability is great.

As you will not do much OCing I would get a P67 board, it easily allows OCing over 4ghz and that is more than enough.

I would get the Hyper 212+ cooler, but then I always buy an aftermarket cooler even without OC because they are more quiet.

In time I would definitely OC this build simply because it is so easy to do, change the multiplier in the Bios to make the speed to 3.8-4ghz and that s all you have to do, the Hyper will keep it cool enough without issue.

Don't bother with an HDD that is 6.0 if you can get bigger at 3.0 - an HDD is way too slow to make use of the faster interface so it is money for nothing

Don't bother with an SSD unless you really have the spare cash, they are nice to have, but they are an indulgence, faster load times are nice but meaningless performance wise for your game - especially when such money could be used on a better GPU
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November 17, 2011 2:46:14 AM

calguyhunk said:
CPU: $215 Intel Core i5-2500K

Board: $130 GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 or stick with the Asrock if you need a gen3 board. Get Gigabyte/MSI/Asus instead of Biostar/Zotac etc. at this price point if you can.

RAM: $45 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB

HDD: $120 OCZ 120GB Vertex Plus - Get a bigger mechanical drive once the price cools down a bit.

ODD: $18 SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA with LightScribe Support

GPU: $350 EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570

PSU: $60 SILVERSTONE Strider Essential 600W

Case: $40 COOLER MASTER Elite 430

HSF: $25 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

Total: $1005 after rebates.

Wow. Even after all the revisions to my build, I really like this mostly for the gtx570! This is just awesome.
Quick question: I don't know how to determine this, but for Battlefield3, is 1080 the max resolution for max settings? (and still have it run well)
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November 17, 2011 12:23:40 PM

Newest version looks good to me. The max resolution on bf3 is whatever your monitor can support, i'm sure it has a 19:10 display setting
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November 17, 2011 1:38:32 PM

asteldian said:
Forget the soundcard, onboard sound is perfectly good for gaming.

Personally I would stick with i5 2500k as the price difference is tiny and the OCability is great.

As you will not do much OCing I would get a P67 board, it easily allows OCing over 4ghz and that is more than enough.

I would get the Hyper 212+ cooler, but then I always buy an aftermarket cooler even without OC because they are more quiet.

In time I would definitely OC this build simply because it is so easy to do, change the multiplier in the Bios to make the speed to 3.8-4ghz and that s all you have to do, the Hyper will keep it cool enough without issue.

Don't bother with an HDD that is 6.0 if you can get bigger at 3.0 - an HDD is way too slow to make use of the faster interface so it is money for nothing

Don't bother with an SSD unless you really have the spare cash, they are nice to have, but they are an indulgence, faster load times are nice but meaningless performance wise for your game - especially when such money could be used on a better GPU

absolutely he is 100% correct in all points
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November 17, 2011 10:31:16 PM

helpy said:
absolutely he is 100% correct in all points

He is, but just in general, I'm still on the edge about starting out with an SSD instead of an HDD. If it's cheaper than I think I'll go with it though.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 18, 2011 6:58:33 AM

I will add that on principle, simply because of the crazy amount an HDD costs right now, I myself would also look to get an SSD - While they are an indulgence usually not worth sacrificing other parts for, getting a 64gb SSD instead of paying the same for a 500gb HDD (which usually costs peanuts) to me would be very tempting - I could actually survive on 64gb for some time as ultimately the OS plus whatever MMO I play is all the space I really need. Then when HDD are a decent price again I would pick one up
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 18, 2011 7:38:40 AM

^ Actually, the 120GB SSD in my link costs just 20 odd more than a 500GB mechanical drive and as you have pointed out, unless you're a total media junkie, that should be plenty good for several months till the prices get back to reasonable levels.

LOL! I was the one who always thought a SSD is not worth it to save a few seconds off of your boot time. Now I am the one going 'round singing paeans to them :p 
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November 20, 2011 6:04:15 PM

Thank you to all who responded! Even after all the revisions to my original build, I think that calguyhunk's build is the best! Thanks so much!
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November 20, 2011 6:04:42 PM

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 21, 2011 5:36:59 AM

That's pretty much gonna be one kicka$$ gaming rig. Cheers :) 
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December 4, 2011 4:06:56 AM

So, I ordered everything off of Newegg, but I ordered the SSD off Tigerdirect.
Changes:
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fans: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've put everything except for the fans together. I didn't have enough screws for the fans so I just waited to put them both on. I'm also going to wait until next weekend to connect everything together. Here are the pictures so far: http://hayden1911.imgur.com/all/

Thank you all for being such a huge help in all of this!!
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December 4, 2011 4:07:03 AM

So, I ordered everything off of Newegg, but I ordered the SSD off Tigerdirect.
Changes:
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fans: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've put everything except for the fans together. I didn't have enough screws for the fans so I just waited to put them both on. I'm also going to wait until next weekend to connect everything together. Here are the pictures so far: http://hayden1911.imgur.com/all/

Thank you all for being such a huge help in all of this!!
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 5, 2011 3:47:07 AM

Nice double post, dude :lol: 

BTW, your pics are "Not publicly available" :pfff:  Either enable that option or post the pics on this thread and give me a heads up :) 
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December 5, 2011 9:58:53 AM

Sorry about the double post :p  when I tried posting, it said "site not available" and it must have reposted when I refreshed the page.
Pics are now publicly available. XD
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 5, 2011 12:35:54 PM

Niceeee :)  Build it yourself, or got someone to do it for you?
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December 5, 2011 5:59:57 PM

calguyhunk said:
Niceeee :)  Build it yourself, or got someone to do it for you?

I built it all by myself! The only help was the internet :D 
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