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January 26, 2012 6:29:38 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $1000 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming right now I play BF3

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS windows 7 64bit.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I really only know about new egg but am willing to give other sites a try.

Country: NYC

Parts Preferences: I do like AMD but I am open to something else

Overclocking: Eh never really looked into it and I dont have to much time to mess with it.

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what this is.

Monitor Resolution:1920x1200

Additional Comments: Nothing to look to fancy just like to have it vented as much as possible.

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January 26, 2012 6:43:28 PM

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 ~ $110
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core ~ $210

Graphics Card x2: DIAMOND Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit ~$175
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ~ $47
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" ~ $160
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze ~ $90
DVD Burner: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner ~ $16
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower ~ $55

Crossfire is when you have 2 AMD graphics cards working together.
this particular settup should be able to push 60+ frames near constantly. and last a long time before needing to upgrade!

total: ~ $1038

the HDD is on sale today!
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January 26, 2012 6:56:17 PM

For $80 more he can get the 6970. Since OCing is easy, for $20 more he can get the i5-2500k.
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January 26, 2012 6:57:45 PM

Brakelessss said:
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $1000 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming right now I play BF3

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS windows 7 64bit.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I really only know about new egg but am willing to give other sites a try.

Country: NYC

Parts Preferences: I do like AMD but I am open to something else

Overclocking: Eh never really looked into it and I dont have to much time to mess with it.

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what this is.

Monitor Resolution:1920x1200

Additional Comments: Nothing to look to fancy just like to have it vented as much as possible.


Case- HAF 912 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Good case,good airflow.

Motherboard-Asrock Extreme3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-PCI 3.0 and it's cheap.

GPU-GTX 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Single cards are better than SLI/Crossfire cards(and SLI you can upgrade later).*I would wait for the next gen GPU's*

CPU-i5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Better than most AMD CPU's(All arguably).

RAM-Kingston 8GB(2x4GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Good ram...and it is made by kingston.

HDD-HITACHI Dekstar http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I am not to comprehensive in HDD's(I would wait for the prices to drop).

CD/DVD Drive-Lite On 24x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Agian I am not to comprehensive in it.

Total-$936.93
Hope I helped.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2012 6:57:55 PM

I'm sure everyone here will agree when I say don't go AMD for a gaming build over $500 or so, Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture is just superior for games.

SLI/Crossfire is multiple graphics cards. This is only really worth it for super high budgets or super high resolutions in my opinion. The reason being that despite the good value it will normally run very hot and very loud and consume far more power.

Here's what I'd go for in your position:

Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB - $39.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 - $109.99
HIS HD 6970 2GB - $324.99
Coolermaster Elite 430 - $49.99
Seasonic S12II 520W - $59.99
ASUS DVD Burner - $18.99 - $18.99

Total - $793.93 before $40 of rebates.

Now you'll notice that I left out the storage drive. This is because there are a few options. If you can live with ~120GB of storage I would go with this

Crucial M4 128GB - $184.99

If you can't live with the small amount of storage space I would either grab a smaller 500GB drive and save some cash or get that Caviar Black drive or a Spinpoint F3 or something.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $159.99
WD Caviar Black 1TB - $159.99

EDIT: Hah, everyone beat me to it.

One thing I would keep in mind though is that games are starting to use more than 1GB of VRAM, I would get a card with 2GB if you want it to last a while.
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January 26, 2012 6:58:42 PM

go get what sadam wrote above, and add another 6950 2gb for crossfire, it helpincrease fps and other stuff
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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2012 7:04:16 PM

@OP - You see the pattern developing here... If you are open to CF / SLI then the Z68 motherboard is the route to go with multiple high speed PCIe slots. If you want the simplicity of a single graphics card, then an H61 / H67 motherboard is a good opiton. Don't put too much stock in the PCIe 2.0 vs PCIe 3.0 debate. Either will perform the exact same... Also, the i5-2400 and i5-2500 will game the same. The 100MHz speed difference won't be noticed so save a little cash and go with the i5-2400.
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January 26, 2012 7:22:05 PM

if your not overclocking i agree go with the 2400. i would get a board that will support crossfire because game are gonna get harder to play in the coming years and your going to want to be able to upgrade. either start with a 6870 or a 6950 as these will both do you well and are exceptionally good for the price especially for the price. with that in mind if you dont want to spend more money down the road get a 650 or 750W PSU if you are going to xfire the 6870 or 6950 accordingly in the future. other than that since your not overclocking at all the other parts are up to personal preference and price.
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January 26, 2012 7:30:38 PM

Don't cheap out on the case, it's the part that will last the longest and is holding everything together. I can personally recemmend the coolermaster storm sniper. Tons of room, works with SSDs, and has great build quality. There is a reason it is still $120 on newegg, it's good. Also sale on AMD procs right now. $150 bucks lands you a 3.7ghz quad core processor with $10 off with promo code. Another 80 - 120 for a good mobo.
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January 26, 2012 8:41:34 PM

Lets revise your parts list.
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 ~ $110 great mobo for the money. Has all the latest features. no need for a more expensive board if your not overclocking.
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 ~ $190 best CPU for price and not overclocking
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit ~ $240
should run everything beautifully. No need to get the 2gb version because the 6950 starts to run out of steam after 1080p.
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ~ $45 good and plenty of ram
Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper ~ $130 lots of space and good price
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache ~ $160 on sale for $140!
PSU: RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W ~ $65 Dont want to get a crappy PSU for stability.

Total ~ $940
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January 26, 2012 8:51:14 PM

also the 6950 runs BF3 better than a comparable 560 ti 448 core. should do ultra with 30fps average meaning its playable at ultra but i would drop it down to high since ultra was really only made for enthusiast with dual graphics solutions.
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January 26, 2012 9:41:28 PM

Thats a good list and at a great price, nice work. Anyway we could get a better PSU thought. I'm not entirely sold on the raidmax, have had problems w/them before.
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January 26, 2012 10:36:27 PM

the reviews on them are really solid. very few people were dissatisfied.
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January 27, 2012 12:47:40 AM

I guess I just have bad luck on PSUs. Have had one burn and smoke on me.
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