Advice for BF3 build

Hey everyone,
I'm looking to make a system to mainly handle BF3 at a decent framerate (currently running it around 30-35fps on my first build with a Radeon HD 4800), and among other things like photo processing etc.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: At most, 700-800 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, photo work

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Win7 64-bit, OCZ 650W PSU, AMD Phenom II X4 970 CPU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Parts Preferences: Looking for an AMD setup with my current 970, preferably in a well ventilated mid tower due to space constraints

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Acer H213H 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a nice looking case : )

I have the following parts up for consideration:
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

One of the Radeon HD 6950 cards, mixed reviews about most of them

COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply
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  1. If you dont mind the lack of vram than go with the gigabyte 3 fan oc version. The cooler on this card is SUPERB so i would suggest this graphics card. The ram and case is also a decent choice although i do not like the design of the case. and the mobo is nice other than the fans that when they get old get noisy.
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  2. Why are you getting a 990FX motherboard if you don't plan to OC or crossfire? Don't waste money Save money!

    The most you need is this! $85 Asrock 970 AM3+ Motherboard.

    I know case depends on the person but get this Cooler Master Storm Scout. it looks cool.
  3. Value case with USB III in front panel

    NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim

    AM3+ high quality motherboard from Asrock with 8x / 8x Crossfire support, native USB & SATA III & eSATA III, support for up to 140W TDP CPUs and all solid cap. For 90$ it's for sure the way to go ;)

    ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    8GB of high speed RAM

    Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT51264RF160A

    6950 2GB

    SAPPHIRE 100312-3L Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    And last the best SSD in the market

    SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA128B/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) w/ Norton Ghost 15

    SUM 644 without Rebate
  4. I have the 990FX Sabertooth, and I like it, but cutebeans is right, if you aren't going to OC, it is way too extravagant.
    I initially got the Corsair Vengeance, but could not get it to run at DDR3-1600 (although admittedly I did not make a lot of effort). I have read of others having that issue too. Anyway, I replaced it with some low voltage G.Skill Sniper DDR3-1600, and it runs at that speed no sweat.
    Coolermaster is on my personal "Do Not Buy" list for being a dishonest company (some of their PSUs have liar labels or claim protection circuits they lack, all according to competent technical reviews at HardwareSecrets). I will not do business with them; fortunately they have competitors who offer similar or superior products, such as Rosewill cases and Xigmatek CPU coolers.
  5. Thanks for the suggestions everyone. True, I had that the Sabertooth there mainly for the bells and whistles, in the case I decide to OC or crossfire in the future.

    That is a really sweet motherboard!

    I also had an issue with their case for my first build. The front panel USB ports were DoA and it was a hassle working it out.
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