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November 12, 2011 8:59:40 PM

First time builder here, I found this app on facebook not sure if you all can see what i have picked out so far. https://www.computing.net/tomsbuilder/9111
If you can't I will link what I do have, and suggestions / replacements are very appreciated. So far just the Case and CPU are sort of what i want. Trying to stay in the 1000$ ish range if possible. For gaming - I really want to play BF3 on highest settings possible / and SC2.

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November 12, 2011 10:33:52 PM

Hi! I can see only 3 items on the "wishlist" and those are the CM HAF case, intel i5 2500k, and a Corsair gaming PSU. I'm assuming you aren't needing an OS, monitor, etc. so this is what I would recommend for you:


CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k $215
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: GTX 570 $320 ($290 w/ rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68M-D2H $105 ($95 w/ rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Nine Hundred $100 ($90 w/ rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL $41
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink+Fan: STOCK

DVD-ROM: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1018 w/o rebate, $978 w/ rebate

Explanation: The Intel CPU is one of the best for gaming, so it is a must have. The graphics card was chosen because of the decent price and ability to play BF3 on ultra settings with a 1920x1080 monitor at a 49.25FPS, as for the motherboard, it was chosen because of its 2 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and its decent price (I've always said the motherboard doesn't have to be expensive, since it is a "docking station" for all the other components of the PC). The PSU is from a reliable company, and is extremely well priced. I apologize for not getting the CM HAF 932, but with it you would be around $50-$70 above the $1000 range. The hard drive is 1TB, which is more than sufficient for storage needs, although the HDD prices have gone up. 8GB of RAM from G.SKILL, a great company. If you want to OC, then you can buy a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ Heatsink and fan ($28 on NewEgg). And last but not least...a Samsung dvd burner, to play BF with.
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November 12, 2011 11:20:15 PM

I was looking at everything you listed, and I was also browsing cyber power. I came across this - http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Mega_Special_II/ is this better than what you have listed? I know the graphics card on your build is a little bit higher, but the cyber power one has an i7.
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November 12, 2011 11:49:56 PM

i7 does nothing for gaming.

i5-2500k is king!

In games, always focus on better GPU.
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November 13, 2011 1:36:03 AM

Andreanna said:
I was looking at everything you listed, and I was also browsing cyber power. I came across this - http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Mega_Special_II/ is this better than what you have listed? I know the graphics card on your build is a little bit higher, but the cyber power one has an i7.


Ok let's clear some facts up. The i7 2600k has 4 cores, and 200Mhz higher clock speed, and the ability to hyperthread. The i5 2500k has: 4 cores, and 200Mhz lower clock speed and no hyperthreading. You are probably saying "wow, i7 is the way to go then!" but in reality, games don't use more than 2 cores, and the most modern titles rarely use more than 2 cores, so you still have 2 extra cores waiting on standby (and 6 threads doing nothing in the i7). As for the clock speed, there is a reason why it's the 2500k, it means you can over clock it and the stock fan can easily withstand 200 Mhz overclocking from the i5. The i7's only use is for workstation computers doing massive calculations (such as 3d CAD, and movie making).

As for GPU, check this out:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...
^ FPS for Battlefield 3 (6850)
As you can see, the 6850 gets a feasibly 41FPS on 1920x1080 on high settings.
Now check this out:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...
^ FPS for Battlefield 3 (GTX570)
As you can see, at 1920x1080, the game is running smoothly at 62 FPS.
The change between the i7 and i5 will give NO NOTICEABLE FPS INCREASE WHATSOEVER. So, buy the i5 instead.

Last but not least: Don't ever have a company assemble a computer for you, you'll save A LOT more money by building your own. In fact, I built a computer with similar parts (even went up to a 6870 and i5) and I built it for only $700. I plan to add 4 more GB of RAM, which will make my computer cost around $730...still $200 cheaper than cyberpower

EDIT: "Built" a computer via CyberPower with specs as close as mine, Cost: $1005. My system cost: ~$750
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