Another $2000 Battlefield 3 build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: $2000 - slightly higher than this is ok

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3), Downloading

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Not needed:

Speakers
Headset
OS

Country: US

Parts Preferences:

Fast SSD (120GB maybe?)
Very good GFX card...Starting out with 1 graphics card, might eventually get a 2nd card
Very Large slower drive to store extra data
Monitor needed - 24" to 27"
Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT?

Overclocking: No

Cooling: No liquid cooling

SLI or Crossfire: Possible in the future

Monitor Resolution: Pretty high

Additional Comments:

Motherboard LGA 2011 just came out, but it is probably too early, or unnecessary, to get it?
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  1. Are you going for a single or surround monitor setup?

    -1 on the TT Level 10 GT. It's a HUGE case with a lot of unneeded space and a price you can afford not to pay, spend the money on something else.

    SSD: Crucial M4 128GB

    Video Card: MSI Lightning GeForce GTX 580 Twin Frozr III for single monitor setup, ASUS Radeon HD 6970 for 3-screen setup.

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB 7200RPM 64MB cache

    Monitor: 27" Samsung P2770HD (Single monitor setup), 3x ASUS VE247H 23.6" (Multi-monitor setup) --- Both are 1920x1080

    CPU: Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz (3.7Ghz Turbo Boost)

    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14

    Case: I have problems with cases myself. Find yourself a good, cheap, but well reviewed and well liked case to suits you. The Level 10 GT is just overkill.

    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB or Corsair Vengeance 8GB (whatever your preference is)

    MoBo: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155

    I would wait on the LGA2011, seeing as the market is still fresh for it.
  2. Totally awesome suggestions...

    1x 6970 (comes with free copy of BF3 :D )
    $400
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102956

    i5-2500K
    $215
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    SSD Hard Drive (128GB)
    $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    16GB (4x4) 2133Mhz G.Skill
    $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231473

    ASRock Z68 Extreme Motherboard
    $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    1kW Modular Power Supply
    $180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182239

    Cooler Master HAF Adv
    $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    Nocturna CPU Fan
    $87
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    27" Samsung Black Rose
    $300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001392

    TOTAL: $1827

    I know I left off a few things (case fans, keyboard, etc).
    But this is what I have so far.

    Do you see any problems/incompatibilites yet?
  3. Why 2133 ram? Why not just 1600?
  4. jbenton said:
    Totally awesome suggestions...

    1x 6970 (comes with free copy of BF3 :D )
    $400
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102956

    i5-2500K
    $215
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    SSD Hard Drive (128GB)
    $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    16GB (4x4) 2133Mhz G.Skill
    $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231473

    ASRock Z68 Extreme Motherboard
    $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    1kW Modular Power Supply
    $180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182239

    Cooler Master HAF Adv
    $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    Nocturna CPU Fan
    $87
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    27" Samsung Black Rose
    $300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001392

    TOTAL: $1827

    I know I left off a few things (case fans, keyboard, etc).
    But this is what I have so far.

    Do you see any problems/incompatibilites yet?


    $400 for a 6970 is high, even if it does include BF3. Also, $170 for RAM is totally unnecessary, get 2x 4gb now and another set if you need more way down the road. Spending $50 on RAM and putting the extra $100 into a GTX 580 is a much better option. 5ms monitors are not gaming monitors, you want a 2ms one, here are some option:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236123
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236103

    If you want a 120hz refresh rate monitor, which is very good for gaming and 3D ready, and don't have to have > 23" then go with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236104
  5. @geekapproved
    I read somewhere that faster RAM freq = better performance. Might be only barely (unnoticeably) better, if at all. I will recompute for 1600RAM

    @gmcizzle
    Good ideas. I was thinking of eventually adding a 2nd GFX card, but in the meantime, a 580 will give me super performance by itself. I will recompute for one of the monitors you suggested.


    Thank you all for your invaluable feedback!!!!
  6. It looks like I can do this build, and I still have some money left over. (current subtotal is at $1800).

    1x EVGA 580 GTX 1.5GB DDR5
    $490
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-587

    i5-2500K 3.3GHz
    $215
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    SSD Hard Drive (128GB)
    $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    8GB (2x4GB) 1600 G.Skill
    $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231459

    ASRock Z68 Extreme Motherboard
    $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    1kW Modular Power Supply
    $180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182239

    Cooler Master HAF Adv
    $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    Nocturna CPU Fan
    $87
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    Asus 25" 2ms Monitor (the 23" 120Hz is still under consideration)
    $260
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236123

    Total $1817

    I will wait a few months before buying a $430 3TB HD, so I won't include that here.

    The main purpose of the system from the start was gaming.

    I might do a little bit of Photoshop work on the side.
    I might also do a little bit of game-screen-movie capturing using FRAPS or GameCam while playing BF3.

    With these considerations in mind, (esp. the video capturing/recording while gaming), should I add something else to the system? More RAM maybe?
  7. I would go with a Corsair PSU personally, something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034&Tpk=corsair%201050w if you wanted to SLI your 580 down the road.

    Everything else looks good, although you are paying a high premium on the memory for lower timings, which won't make much difference in gaming. You could get 8gb of RAM for $45 but if you want the better timings then stick with those.
  8. jbenton said:
    It looks like I can do this build, and I still have some money left over. (current subtotal is at $1800).

    Nocturna CPU Fan
    $87
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018


    I was told this is a good CPU fan... Corsair A70... and it's on sale... $24 free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
  9. If you wanted to get the price closer to $2000 change your PSU to: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028
    It's more of a 1000w from what I've heard and will handle 2x 580's just fine. There's also a longer warranty for what that's worth.
  10. Thinking about switching to use this monitor instead:

    Asus 27" LED 2ms Monitor
    $330
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236103
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