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Approximate Purchase Date: Before 12/20/2011

Budget Range: $1100-$1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(swtor,bf3,skyrim), surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and nvidia GPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I've taken the TH Enthusiasts $1000 build and mix and matched parts from the BF3 build in MaxPC magazine. Parts list below would love some advice/input, Thank you!


Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730

2x GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130571

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283

Optical: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
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  1. Seems like a good build. I looked t everything and saw no issues. Did you look for combo deals?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.763151
  2. Proximon said:
    Seems like a good build. I looked t everything and saw no issues. Did you look for combo deals?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.763151



    Thanks for the reply Proximon. I actually thought I had chosen that exact combo but now that you bring it up and I'm looking at my newegg wishlist it is actually separated out. I'll have to see if i can fix that before I order. Thanks again!
  3. You will want to look at 560 TI and 6950 prices when the time comes though.
  4. Proximon said:
    You will want to look at 560 TI and 6950 prices when the time comes though.


    I'm logged into newegg and have everything in the cart as I type but I'll hold off for a little bit lol....do you mean to look at those cards and run 2 560 TI's and or 2 6950's? Or will one of either of those cards out perform the 2 460's
  5. theres no reason you shouldnt be able to fit in atleast two 560tis.

    i just dont like recommending people getting 2 lower end card sli because now you have no room for an upgrade from two low end cards. maybe consider a 570 now and another later?
  6. cbrunnem said:
    theres no reason you shouldnt be able to fit in atleast two 560tis.

    i just dont like recommending people getting 2 lower end card sli because now you have no room for an upgrade from two low end cards. maybe consider a 570 now and another later?



    Thanks cb, I only have the 2 460's in the build because I tried to combine what I liked from the Toms Hardware 1k build and the maxpc BF3 build trying to keep my build under $1400. If i go with 2 560ti's im going to have a little explaining to do with the wife and even more if I come back next month and ask for another card :pfff: . I don't think space is going to be an issue with the mobo and case I have but if I'm wrong let me know. I'm not opposed to having one card, I'm not dead set on SLI I just thought it would be cool.
  7. beast rabban said:
    Thanks cb, I only have the 2 460's in the build because I tried to combine what I liked from the Toms Hardware 1k build and the maxpc BF3 build trying to keep my build under $1400. If i go with 2 560ti's im going to have a little explaining to do with the wife and even more if I come back next month and ask for another card :pfff: . I don't think space is going to be an issue with the mobo and case I have but if I'm wrong let me know. I'm not opposed to having one card, I'm not dead set on SLI I just thought it would be cool.


    just saying that two 460's are slow compared to new 5xx series cards and when you buy 2 you leave no options for an upgrade so your shooting yourself in the foot.

    i would spend MY money on ATLEAST a single 560ti if not 2 560ti's ideal a single 570 with another in the future. if you wanted you could fit 570s in for under 1400.
  8. You said your purchase date was before 12/20, so I thought it was not yet.

    A pair of GTX 460s, heavily overclocked, is not a bad purchase for that price.

    However, if I were buying right now and wanted an up-front bang for the buck that needed to last me for a while because the wife isn't going to go for more in a couple months? I would do it differently.

    I would get a single 6970 for the same price. Here is a comparison in BF3 MP, showing how it does as well as a GTX 580
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/11/22/battlefield_3_multiplayer_performance_iq_review/3

    I would get this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102957
    Actually less than you would pay for the two GTX 460s.

    That get's you 2GB of GPU memory also, as opposed to 1GB with GTX 460 SLI.
  9. Proximon and cbrunnem,
    Thank you both for your suggestions, it was much appreciated. I got the MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card and may get another later on.

    Once again Thanks!
  10. beast rabban said:
    Proximon and cbrunnem,
    Thank you both for your suggestions, it was much appreciated. I got the MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card and may get another later on.

    Once again Thanks!


    good decision. that should play everything at 1080p you throw at it
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