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
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Acer H213H 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I would like a nice looking case : )
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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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.