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January 11, 2012 8:08:44 PM

I want to build a gaming PC because my current PC sucks. It is an HP a6700y (dont be jealous of my GPU, Geforce 6150se)
i would like this PC to run Arma 2 and 3 on high settings. Other games like BAttlefield 3 would be nice to play on high to ultra too.
Please giv advise because i do not know how this stuff works. i know only the basic componets ( CPU,GPU,Mobo ect.)

Approximate Purchase Date: Summer of 2012

Budget Range: $850 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General > Gaming > Photos
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS ( my OS is Windows Vista i most likely wil upgrade to 7 or 8 when it comes out.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: processor above 3.0 ghz quad core or better

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: N/A

Additional Comments: Preferred GPU GTX 560 ti or GTX 570

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January 29, 2012 7:15:45 PM

My Rig:
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX
GPU: Gigabyte Ultra Durable VGA Series Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz quad
RAM: Corsair Vengence 8GB (2 X 4GB)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
PSU: Corsair CX500 v2
Case: NZXT M59 w/ extra fans
All parts were purchases off of newegg

This will cost you around $850. I sort of wanted a brand name machine that's why the performance components are either Corsair or Gigabyte but if that's not important go for a cheaper MOBO, GPU, and PSU. In my opinion I think that the Radeon HD 6850 in CrossfireX perform better than a Nvidia GTX 570 and with the motherboard I have I'm not at a lose of PCI x16 slots. In a price comparison the cheapest Radeon HD 6850 is less than half of a Nvidia GTX 570. You may think that a 500Watt PSU is not enough, but it's works great for me. I have yet to have a problem with any of my parts and it plays almost everything I give it on high to ultra settings.
Hope this helped.

a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2012 8:17:30 PM

Come back in 5 months and we'll help. Any parts list we make now is just a waste of time.
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January 30, 2012 2:13:17 AM

i5 2400 $150
Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 $122
GTX 570 Gigbayte $345
Kingston HyoerX $40
Case Elite 430 $45
HDD $70
PSU $70

Total: $842

Wait for Ivy Bridge. Then ask again
January 30, 2012 5:33:55 AM

Hi DRubsam103,
Grab this beast:- :pt1cable: 

CPU -> Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard -> ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)

Memory -> Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive -> Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card -> XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB ($152.55 @ Newegg)

Case -> NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply -> Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)

DVD Writer -> SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner ($17 @ Newegg)

Total: $842.79

(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-01-29 10:42 EST-0500)

50 dollars over budget but i think worth it- if you ever want to crossfire your going to need a more powerful powersupply though. Like 650 to 700 watts-possible this one ? OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply like 20 dollars more after rebate then the 500 watt power supply

January 30, 2012 6:51:00 PM

I think i am going to wait for Ivy Bridge.
And for my GPU i was looking at a gtx 570. Do you you guys know of any GPU that can perform the same as a 570?
January 31, 2012 5:59:21 AM

drubsam103 said:
I think i am going to wait for Ivy Bridge.
And for my GPU i was looking at a gtx 570. Do you you guys know of any GPU that can perform the same as a 570?

+1 ;) 

Wait for nvidia 6series it also come.

a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2012 6:11:58 AM

The 6970 performs like the 570 and is cheaper.