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February 14, 2012 4:13:19 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 week

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage: Gaming, school work

Parts Not Required : Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com

Country: US

Overclocking: I'm looking into it so probably.

SLI : yeah

Monitor Resolution: Not sure yet


This is my first build so I am not sure if everything will work together I've been doing some research and this is what I have came up with so far, any suggestion or anything would be a great help :) 


Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-800 800W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 14, 2012 4:55:58 AM

What are you going to do for ram as well as an operating system?
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February 14, 2012 5:05:30 AM

I would suggest going with a 1333 ram and a lower profile on it as well get a goot heat sink for your cpu if you plan to over clock.

The 1333 ram as it will void your intel cpu warranty on anything higher. A low profile so the after market cooler you will need to over clock will fit well and easier.

And the new heat sink so you can better overclock to keep your system cool as stock heat sinks that come with the cpus do not generally over clock well.
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February 14, 2012 5:08:14 AM

zolton33 said:
I would suggest going with a 1333 ram and a lower profile on it as well get a goot heat sink for your cpu if you plan to over clock.

The 1333 ram as it will void your intel cpu warranty on anything higher. A low profile so the after market cooler you will need to over clock will fit well and easier.

And the new heat sink so you can better overclock to keep your system cool as stock heat sinks that come with the cpus do not generally over clock well.


Okay are there any heat sink's that you would recommend i haven't looked into them really?

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February 14, 2012 5:34:13 AM

Lol then you should be golden i like that review as it allows you to scale it to your budget and leave out alot of guess work lol.
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February 14, 2012 9:20:53 AM

here's a killer $1500 rig-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it's under $1500,and powerful enough to max out anygame at the moment.you have a good looking case,lightning fast gpu more than enough for 1080p.7970 can be adjusted but it's a kinda wastage and overkill for 1080p.overclock 7950 ;) 
$99 high quality psu with enough wattage to run crossfire.quality mobo with pci-e 3.0.blazing fast SSD and good cooler.this machine is going to be epic lollllllllll!!!!
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February 14, 2012 11:47:43 AM

another suggestions... take a look...

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2500K - $230

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $122

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - $50

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CAFA70 - $25 after MIR

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $125

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition - $125 after MIR

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $450

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Carbide Series 300R - $70 after MIR


total: $1216 after MIR excluding shipping...

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February 14, 2012 1:49:21 PM

^good but my views are-
good mobo but not Asus quality.
Heatsink is expensive and loud.
400R and 500R are good but 300R doesn't seem much impressive.912 is better.
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February 14, 2012 2:29:15 PM

I haven't really looked at the Radeon video cards how does the 7950 compare to a gtx 560 ti 448 cores?
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February 14, 2012 2:53:21 PM

roughly 30~40% faster.
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February 14, 2012 3:47:23 PM

hellfire24 said:
roughly 30~40% faster.


It's quite a bit more expensive also would getting a 560 now and then another one when later be good?
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February 15, 2012 9:18:45 AM

nope.... i would get a hd 7950 over two gtx 560ti in any day....
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February 15, 2012 3:06:24 PM

If it helps at all -

I was running BF3 on low settings with 2 x SLI: Nvidia GTS 250s

I recently upgraded to a single GTX 560. It's killer. If you are gonna SLI, you could probably get 2 x 540's or lower and we perfectly fine.

(Yeah, not a fan of Radeon's) Nothing against them, I just had a bad experience with one dying from overheat and never went back. (Maybe i'll look into radeon's in the future)

Good luck, it's a fun but frustrating hobby.

- 0bi
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February 15, 2012 3:46:26 PM

running BF3 on max is not the only point.you have to think about upgrades and new tech too.560 Sli is roughly 25~30% more than a single gtx 580 or almost equal to a 7970.but cons-
no upgrades
more power
some games don't support SLi
more heat etc.
7970 is a better option.
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