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February 25, 2012 7:43:09 PM

Hi, I am looking to build a great computer to play Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty 3, and any future awesome FPS's that come out in the next 5 years or so. Please make recommendations, give advice, and rate my pc build on a 1-10 scale which 10 is the best.

Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case $159.99

ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199.99

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $329.99

Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Design,ATX12V v2.3/ EPS12V,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply $129.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K $329.99

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR $59.99

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $129.99

Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR) $154.99

GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse $19.99

LITE-ON Internal 24x DVD-Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS324-99 $21.99

LOGISYS Computer IC221PWM 92mm Hydro Theta 21 PWM Intel LGA 1156 CPU Cooling $15.99

Corsair CA-9011112-WW Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 USB Gaming Headset $89.99

Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad (RZ07-004901003-​R) $59.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99

All Prices are from Newegg or Amazon.com.

Total Price: $1,772.86

Am I spending too much? Not enough? I don't want to need to upgrade the next round of games that come out, and want a killer system without spending more than $1,800.

Thanks for the comments and any advice.

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February 25, 2012 7:50:02 PM

You don't need 1866MHz RAM. 1333/1600 MHz is ideal. You won't see much benefit. Same with the i7-2600k. Ditch it and spend the difference on a Hyper 212 EVO Cooler and a Radeon 7950. I rate your current system an 8.
February 25, 2012 7:57:59 PM

^+1 C00k13
How about a Cooler Master HAF 922 for the case. You will be saving around $100. I like the single Red LED version. The Blue LED version doesn't look too shabby either.
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February 25, 2012 8:01:15 PM

If your just using a green drive for storage that's fine, but you really should get ssd or better hdd for os and games
memory is overkill, just get 1600mhz 1.5v
cpu cooler doesn't seem compatible and your really want the one azeem40 suggested
so sorry but only four - you could get a much better system for cheaper
February 25, 2012 10:48:33 PM

I'm also planning a build at the moment with Battlefield 3 and the next round of DX11 games as the focus. I started a thread a couple of days ago and have gotten what I feel to be some solid, informed feedback. The questions they answered for me might shed some light on your own build.

Here's the link to the thread:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

Total Cost at Newegg: ~$1650

Tom's rocks for build advice, some seriously knowledgeable people on these forums.
February 25, 2012 11:38:28 PM

A 1000 watt PSU is overkill. Besides, Rosewill is not the best brand. A good 650 watt PSU would be more than adequate for one GPU. Two GPU's - a good 850 - Seasonic, Corsair, XFX.
February 28, 2012 3:37:57 AM

Thanks for the comments so far. I love that someone actually game this project a 1 out of 10, lmao. I have reconsidered thanks to the advice from jsc to pick out...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power Supply $119.99 after rebate.

... instead of the 1000w power supply.

I did consider lowering the memory but I am thinking its just a savings of $10 probably will stay with the faster speed. I am also completely sold on the case I have picked out. Thanks for the comments, keep them coming please.
February 28, 2012 3:57:57 AM

azeem40 said:
You don't need 1866MHz RAM. 1333/1600 MHz is ideal. You won't see much benefit. Same with the i7-2600k. Ditch it and spend the difference on a Hyper 212 EVO Cooler and a Radeon 7950. I rate your current system an 8.



What processor would you recommend then? I am getting the cooler you recommended, thanks.
February 28, 2012 8:24:39 PM

duke979 said:
What processor would you recommend then? I am getting the cooler you recommended, thanks.


They i5 2500K works great with the 212. Keeps it very cool under some pretty heavy OCing.

The only people that need i7's are those who use highly multi-threaded apps such as video encoding and rendering points in space like CAD.
February 29, 2012 2:24:31 AM

How about this instead, made some changes based off some comments here and elsewhere and some additional reading on this site.


Changed- Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Changed- ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS combo deal is $419.98 for both cpu and motherboard.

Changed- Western Digital Caviar Black WD7502AAEX 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $169.99+$7.86shipping

Changed- COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan $139.99 after rebate

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $329.99 after rebate

Changed- CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power Supply $119.99 after rebate

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR $59.99

Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR) $144.99 after rebate +$8.99 shipping

GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse $19.99+$2.99 shipping

LITE-ON Internal 24x DVD-Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS324-99 $21.99+$4.99shipping

Changed- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ $34.99+$3.99shipping

Corsair CA-9011112-WW Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 USB Gaming Headset $89.99

Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad (RZ07-00490100-​R3) $59.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99


How about that? Total now including rebates and shipping fees are $1740.68
February 29, 2012 2:37:58 PM

e56imfg said:
Ivy Bridge and Keplar are coming out shortly. Patience my friend.

Change the case to a CM Storm Trooper
Mobo to a ASUS P8Z68 PRO
RAM to a Corsair 16GB
Get a Crucial M4

Listen to the guys above me and get a Hyper Evo cooler
a 2500K
and that Corsair PSU



That is a pretty awesome case, and it has what I really want dust filters. :o 
March 3, 2012 6:15:02 AM

Thanks for all the advice, I appreciate and am using a lot of it so thanks again. A moderator can lock this topic since I am settled on my build.
March 3, 2012 6:17:23 AM

e56imfg said:
Ivy Bridge and Keplar are coming out shortly. Patience my friend.

Change the case to a CM Storm Trooper
Mobo to a ASUS P8Z68 PRO
RAM to a Corsair 16GB
Get a Crucial M4

Listen to the guys above me and get a Hyper Evo cooler
a 2500K
and that Corsair PSU

I doubt everyone will just wait for it to come out. Some people, like me, don't want to wait to build at a later date.
March 3, 2012 12:03:51 PM

azeem40 said:
I doubt everyone will just wait for it to come out. Some people, like me, don't want to wait to build at a later date.

My 3 day old i3 2120 build agrees with you sir. If you keep waiting, you will never actually build it. Get the best for the money now, and worry about upgrades later. As some wise person on these forums said, "They are always stocking a better product as you just finish checking out."
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