Approximate Purchase Date: Feb 2012/ March 2012
Budget Range: (800-1000) Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies
Parts Not Required: monitor.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: Intel i5k for max gaming. However, I'm open to AMD suggestions for budget as well.
Overclocking: Maybe (future)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - I'd rather not but again if it will help stay within my budget I'm open for suggestions
Monitor Resolution: 24 in' 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I want to be capable of play BF3 on max settings.
If anyone is aware of compatiblity issues I'm missing that would be great to know. Also, if anyone can see where I might be able to cut some corners and save money to get my build below $900 I would really appreciate it. Like I said, I would like to play BF3 on the highest settings for my budget of $800- $1000. I feel most concerned about my GPU, I don't know whether to go with a 2Gig card for future crossfire or 2x 1Gig crossfire setup for BF3. I'm up for any suggestions. Thanks for the help!
Pretty good selection of components, but horrible choice for PSU.
What you should do here is drop the expensive peripherals (keyboard/mouse) for now as they're not essential to the build and invest the difference in getting a better PSU - one that's certified and rated, something like this:
But I think you could get away with leveling down your Graphics card if ur budget was real tight. I play BF3 on a 5770 (not on ultra obviously). Even so, 24" at 1920x1080 isn't that crazy. But hey, if I had the money, I'd totally go with the higher end GPU.
I'd definitely agree with cutting the keyboard.
One other suggestion based on personal preference: I use the g500 mouse - it also has that dual scroll feature. My gripe with that is that even in the regular scroll mode it's really sensitive, so my middle button (when I press down on the scroll button) often will register a scrolling movement at the same time. I had my Grenades registered to that button and I found it difficult to time the throws because it would catch the button press (more so in COD4), then switch to a scroll (and change weapon). If you're building a strictly gaming PC I might suggest looking into a mouse without that dual mode hyper-scroll. Don't get me wrong, I love my g5 -I use the DPI switch all the time in BF3, I also love the hyperscroll for when I'm not gaming and have to go through large data sets or files - even web pages. Of course, your key-bindings will also determine if this affects your playing style - I suppose you could always unbind the scroll.
Personally, not a fan of MoBo vendors who offer less than an industry standard 3 year warranty
Can't make a case for the 6970 .....76870 yes, 6970 no.
Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI: