Building A Gaming PC

Hello everyone,

Im new here and I need advise, I want to build a pc for gaming, especialy Battlefield 3. I want to run it on high settings with around 50 fps.

Approximate Purchase Date: Not sure

-Budget Range: 700-750 Euro, 932 - 999 USD, 595 - 637 Pounds

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Internet

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Screen, I got everything I only need the machine

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Alternate Netherlands. but Newegg can't ship to The Netherlands

Country: The Netherlands, Europe

Parts Preferences: I would like to use Intel CPU Sandy Bridge and Nvidia GPU and a mid tower Antec case

Overclocking: Yes, but I have never done it before. MSI Afterburner?

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, I want to upgrade later with a second videocard.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I don't really care about the case, a black case is good. Needs to stay cool inside
I want a motherboard with SLI options, a big PSU for overclock and maybe a second videocard later.

Some Parts that I have seen:

Case:]N82E16811129098 - Antec One Hundred Black Steel

CPU: - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155

GPU: - MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit

Motherboard: - MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Is 4GB Ram enough or do I need more?
Do you recommend SLI or just a single card?

Should I put it together myself of let someone do it? is it hard?


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  1. 1. 4GB is enough for most mmodern games, but as cheap as ram is, get an 8GB (2x4GB)kit.

    2.I recommend a single card based on the KISS principle (especially on a budget)

    3.By all means Put it together yourself! It is not hard, and there are "how to" videos on Youtube.

    Good Luck! and have fun!
  2. 8GB kits are going for $30, so don't bother with 4gb. Some DDR3-1600 is all you need, if your on a major budget, 1333 will do fine.

    You can get a Z68 for about the same price as a P67, I would recommend that.

    I would recommend a good 750w psu with at least a basic 80+ certification (efficiency) if you plan to overclock and SLI.
    Antec, Seasonic, XFX or Corsair would be my only choices.

    You don't need afterburner, that's for serious enthusiests. You can overclock your cpu through your bios and your gpu through Nvidia/Ati driver software.

    I would recommend Antec 300, especially if you want to overclock and SLI. It's only about $40 in the US, not much more than Antec 100.
  3. Ok so i'll take 8gb RAM but im not sure about the motherboard, It needs to have 2 x pci-e 16x and i only want 8gb ram so 2 slots is enough. I dont really care about USB3.0. Or is it better to buy a simple motherboard with 1xpci-e 16x?
    Also what does the chipsets do? wich is better?

    Do I need extra cooling if I overclock the GPU and CPU?
  4. The Z68 offers more features than P67, it's as simple as that.

    I always prefer 1 single video card, but that's up to you.

    Yes you need extra cooling to overclock the cpu, I'd recommend coolermaster hyper 212+ as a budget awesome cooler.

    Your in Netherlands so I have no idea what you have access to but this is the best budget 2xpci-e board you can find here at Newegg.
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