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Mid-Semi High End Gaming Rig Advice

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November 18, 2011 9:35:08 PM

This seems to be the site for my PC building questions. I am in the process of deciding on the hardware that I'll be needing to buy for a good gaming rig. seems to be the preferred site for parts, I'll be looking to spend approximately $1000-$1500 maybe more if required (mouse, key-bored, monitors not included).

I would like this computer to be able to run an Eyefinity set up with three 22' monitors, while being able to play the below games on Maxed out or nearly maxed settings, while achieving good fps.

Some games include:

CoD: MW3
Battle Field 3
GTA 4 (and hopefully 5 when the time comes)
Crysis 2


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November 19, 2011 12:58:10 AM

So, let's focus on 1 monitor first, and the actual build since eyefinity maxed out settings will never work with a $1500 budget not including all the basic parts of a computer.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k $225

Graphics: 2 x EVGA 01G-P3-1560-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (SLI) $440

MoBo: BIOSTAR TZ68A+ $110

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 $100

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout $70

HDD: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 500GB $100

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB $40

Heatsink+Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $26

DVD-ROM: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer $19

Monitor: Acer G215HV 22" $120

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $100

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard $51

Mouse: Logitech M705 $38

Total: $1439

Explanation: The i5 2500k is one of the best CPUs for gaming, it is only surpassed by the i7 2600k (also the extreme 6 core CPUs, but they're $1000 just for the CPU themselves). There is 2 560Ti's in SLI, which performs better than a single gtx 580. The BioStar Motherboard allows for SLI, but if you want to get a more respectable brand then you can go with this. The PSU is from Antec, a highly respectable company, and the 750W PSU should be enough to power the 2 560ti's . The Case is a CM scout, looks cool and has good ratings. The HDD is only 500GB because of the high prices for HDD's due to the flood, once the HDD prices drop, you can go and buy another 1TB drive. The RAM was chosen because it was cheap and from a reliable company, unless you're overclocking the RAM, you won't need heatspreaders. The CM Hyper 212+ will allow you to Overclock your CPU to around ~4.0 and run stable. The monitor is 22" and from Acer, if you wish, you can buy another monitor for the 2 cards. The OS is obvious, 64 bit to support the 8 GB of RAM.