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November 2, 2011 10:51:02 AM

So, I created a $1250 gaming build awhile ago and decided that I have a little larger budget. My approx. purchase date is Christmastime - Early Q1. I will eventually SLI or Crossfire depending on my setup. I will be using a monitor that is 1920 x 1200, and I plan to upgrade to 2 more monitors of the same make and model. I will be overclocking both the CPU and the GPU. Games I will be playing are BF3, Wow, and Crysis 2. Here is the setup:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k

Motherboard: Asrock Exreme3 Gen3

GPU:AMD Radeon HD 6970 or Nvidia GTX 570

PSU: Corsair HX 850

RAM: Gskill Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB)

Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D

Heatsink: Zalman CNPS9900 Max Blue LED

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

SDD: Corsair Force GT 120 GB

There's my build, leave you interesting or creative responses in the thread please. If there are any broken links, post it and I will put out a new link.

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November 2, 2011 1:36:57 PM

Good luck getting the Spinpoint F3. It is sold out on newegg and tigerdirect and will not likely be in stock anytime soon because of the floods in Thailand where the drives are made. You can get one from a third party vendor on Amazon but they are extortionately expensive.
The Seagate Barracuda 1 tb 7200 rpm is just as good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It is expensive on newegg but is only $75 on amazon. You should buy a hard drive as soon as possible because prices have already skyrocketed and supplies will keep falling. This is likely to continue into mid next year so do not wait.
November 2, 2011 1:45:38 PM

Look again roblaw42. I was trying to make a build yesterday with the samsung as well and saw that it was out but then this morning BOOM

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

I personally have the OCZ V3 and love it. Have had it for almost a year now and no problems (make sure and read up on how to properly setup SSD for windows 7)

I think your RAM should be ok but the Zalman is a beast and a lower profile RAM MAY be a better option. I have a Prolimetech and my ocz ripjaw just barely squeezed in.

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November 2, 2011 2:44:31 PM

I would go with the 6970 over the 570 only because it has more VRAM, and if you go with a 3 monitor setup you will need it. Unfortunately, AMD cards don't run very good maxed out in BF3, so I would not recommend them over Nvidia. If it's within your budget I would advise you go for a GTX 580 instead, and specifically the 3GB version if you are serious about using 3 monitors and SLI later.
November 2, 2011 7:15:51 PM

To make room for the MSI N580GTX Lightning i would have to remove my SSD completely, and wait. and then would I be bottlenecking anything with the 580, but it is so overpriced for the performance difference.
November 2, 2011 7:18:57 PM

Oh and that MSI was the only one I could find with 3 gigs of vram and good OCing capabilities pre - water-cooling. Are there any others that the forum would recommend?
November 2, 2011 7:40:21 PM

Thanks gmcizzle, but I've used MSI in the past and i am really fond of their products, so despite the extra, i really like the twin frozr 3
a b 4 Gaming
November 2, 2011 8:27:53 PM

I don't remember the 6900-series failing in BF3, post linky?
a c 246 4 Gaming
November 2, 2011 11:03:06 PM

For the price, these would be much better choices for CPU cooler:

- Noctua NH-U9B - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Corsair A70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- EVGA M020 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Thermalright U120 Extreme - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And for the SSD, I'd recommend a Crucial M4 or an Intel 510 any day of the week.
November 3, 2011 12:32:26 AM

Oh and yes I would also like to see a benchmark where the 6970 fails in BF3. And on ultra of course it is going to fail, no reasonably priced gpu is going to perform that well on 1920 x 1080, and I am sorry, When I started this thread I made a mistake, I actually have a 1920 x 1080 monitor, I must have typed it wrong.
November 3, 2011 1:08:06 AM

gmcizzle, You just did it. There was a reason I put a nvidia vs AMD option up there, and it wasn't to see which was better, I have been researching this for awhile and found the the gtx570 wins most of the time. You were the first person to give me a straight answer with proof, and there has been no flaming at all. This means I stay with tomshardware. :)  but seriously, should I upgrade the motherboard to have a future of 3 way sli, or would upgrading the 570 for that long just be prolonging death?
November 3, 2011 1:25:04 AM

Hehe, you could go with 3 way sli 570's eventually but the scaling from 2 to 3 GPUs will be much less than 1 to 2.
November 3, 2011 6:41:43 AM

You should definitely get an SSD (go for a $110 crucial M4 64g if your budget is low in that area). An SSD is probably going to make the biggest difference in your system per dollar (much bigger noticeable difference than a $400 to $500 graphics card). If you are going to spend 100% of the time in game, then maybe not, otherwise, get the SSD.

Edit: I mean the difference from a $400 graphics card to a $500 graphics card, not the whole thing just to clarify that. Obviously the graphics card is going to have the largest impact overall with respect to gaming.
a b 4 Gaming
November 3, 2011 6:45:34 AM

But the SSD is only good for programs that require a lot of loading (OS, RPGs, etc). If you dont have the funds for a SSD dont worry about it and put the money towards GPUs
November 3, 2011 8:05:46 AM

Yeah, it's not going to make a big difference gaming (if at all) but it will make a huge difference for everything else and if you're building a $1500 computer, there's no reason not to spend 100 bucks on a drive that will make everything you load instant/near instant. Of course, it's just an opinion and in mine, it's 100 very well spent.
a b 4 Gaming
November 3, 2011 8:08:20 AM

rcfant89 said:
Yeah, it's not going to make a big difference gaming (if at all) but it will make a huge difference for everything else and if you're building a $1500 computer, there's no reason not to spend 100 bucks on a drive that will make everything you load instant/near instant. Of course, it's just an opinion and in mine, it's 100 very well spent.


I feel ya I play games that load a lot so I would get one as well
November 3, 2011 10:57:33 AM

FinneousPJ said:
Hm, OK. I'd like to point out in the very next graph the 570 loses to both 6950 and 6970 :lol: 


Yeah because of its 2gb VRAM, but both their FPS are too low anyway.
a b 4 Gaming
November 3, 2011 12:05:58 PM

Which is why it should be better for the OPs supposed three monitor setup, dontja think?
November 3, 2011 12:15:26 PM

His current setup is 1920x1200 and eventually to a 3 monitor setup. At 1920x1200 a 570 is definitely better for BF3 than a 6970. Yes, a 6970 2gb CF setup will be better than a 570 SLI setup though at a higher res such as 2560x1600. So he can either get a 6970 now and get worse performance until he gets a second, or get a 570 and get better performance until he SLI's. It's a lose lose situation unfortunately.
November 3, 2011 2:23:44 PM

? I would lose if I did a triple monitor 570 SLI? and wouldn't the 6970s make it a lose win vs the win lose of a 570? (single -> SLI)
November 3, 2011 2:29:06 PM

To be fair, the 6970s are fine as long as you disable MSAA. Without MSAA you might notice some slight jaggies but not too bad.
a b 4 Gaming
November 3, 2011 2:45:41 PM

FYI I'm playing BF3 on a 1920 x 1200 screen with a 6950, not maxed but awesomely handsome and smooth :D 
November 5, 2011 1:48:59 AM

Sorry I havent been able to get back to you guys, I have been on a crew regatta away from home. I think I am just going to go with a MSI Gtx 580 twin frozr 2.
November 5, 2011 10:29:34 AM

Sorry I havent been able to get back to you guys, I have been on a crew regatta away from home. I think I am just going to go with a MSI Gtx 580 twin frozr 2.
November 5, 2011 7:56:23 PM

I agree, just get a 580. I am not a big fan of the 650D. I would get a 600T and with the money saved you canget a H100.
November 6, 2011 4:10:51 PM

Updated Build List:
CPU: Intel i5 2500k

Motherboard: Asrock Exreme3 Gen3

GPU: ASUS GTX 580

PSU: Corsair HX 850

RAM: Gskill Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB)

Case: Corsair Graphite 600T White

Heatsink: Corsair H100

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

Ill post links to any of the products in question.
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