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February 26, 2012 7:51:39 AM

Hey first time builder and poster here. Been scouring the net for about a week to find the best parts for my particular gaming habit. I'm an avid 360 gamer trying to make the jump to PC. Planning FAR ahead, about christmas time when it's all said and done. Typical games would be Battlefield 3 on medium to high settings, Mass Effect 3 on highest, Witcher series, Bioshock etc. I've seen a lot of threads like these and my parts seem pretty typical, however I'm just doing a last minute check for cohesiveness and functionality with people more experience than I am.

Cooler Master HAF 932/$140
Intel core I5 2500k 6M Cache, 3.30 GHz/$225
AMD radeon 6970 2gb/$350
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/$160
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600/$80
Enthusiast series Modular Tx850M/$170
Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb HDD/$150

I guess I'm mostly concerned about the PSU wattage, overclocking potential, overhead, and future proofing. Budget is pretty flexible from $1200-$1400. Advice would be greatly appreciated.

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February 26, 2012 8:18:28 AM

If you're looking to be able to do crossfire with another 6970 down the road that PSU should be good. Its overkill for one card but i assume thslats the point since you mention future proofing. if your in the US though newegg has it much cheaper. note that a LOT of the cables are permanently attached though, so "modular" is pushing it.

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681713902...

you can also pick up a gold certified corsair professional 850W for 155 right now thats much more mofular. if you trust the rebate.

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681713901...
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February 26, 2012 8:22:47 AM

littlejohnll said:
Hey first time builder and poster here. Been scouring the net for about a week to find the best parts for my particular gaming habit. I'm an avid 360 gamer trying to make the jump to PC. Typical games would be Battlefield 3 on medium to high settings, Mass Effect 3 on highest, Witcher series, Bioshock etc. I've seen a lot of threads like these and my parts seem pretty typical, however I'm just doing a last minute check for cohesiveness and functionality with people more experience than I am.

Cooler Master HAF 932/$140
Intel core I5 2500k 6M Cache, 3.30 GHz/$225
AMD radeon 6970 2gb/$350
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/$160
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600/$80
Enthusiast series Modular Tx850M/$170
Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb HDD/$150

I guess I'm mostly concerned about the PSU wattage, overclocking potential, overhead, and future proofing. Budget is pretty flexible from $1200-$1400. Advice would be greatly appreciated.



those specs are fine for high to ultra in bf3 depending on resolution, i have a 6950 and running ultra in bf3at 1680x1050 on my 22" monitor, in all other games u mentioned u will be able to max them out. i recently got a friend who only played ps3 into a similar setup only a 570 and he now say bf3 gives him eye cancer when he looks at bf3 ps3 gfx compared to pc. give mass affect 3, give it a miss it looks absolutely sh!t house compared to bf3, i just downloaded the free demo and graphics were such an obvious port from xbox, it looks terrible particular when u run i pissed myself laughing i hadnt seen such bad physics on a pc game in years. i would say ur power supply is overkill unless you plan to crossfire i would drop to about a 600-650 watt aslong it is a decent brand. get an aftermarket cpu cooler with the money u save dropping down in power supply size, eg a coolermaster hyper 212 they are only like 30bucks and well worth it if you want a quiet computer or overclock in future
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February 26, 2012 8:35:25 AM

littlejohnll said:
Hey first time builder and poster here. Been scouring the net for about a week to find the best parts for my particular gaming habit. I'm an avid 360 gamer trying to make the jump to PC. Planning FAR ahead, about christmas time when it's all said and done. Typical games would be Battlefield 3 on medium to high settings, Mass Effect 3 on highest, Witcher series, Bioshock etc. I've seen a lot of threads like these and my parts seem pretty typical, however I'm just doing a last minute check for cohesiveness and functionality with people more experience than I am.

Cooler Master HAF 932/$140
Intel core I5 2500k 6M Cache, 3.30 GHz/$225
AMD radeon 6970 2gb/$350
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/$160
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600/$80
Enthusiast series Modular Tx850M/$170
Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb HDD/$150

I guess I'm mostly concerned about the PSU wattage, overclocking potential, overhead, and future proofing. Budget is pretty flexible from $1200-$1400. Advice would be greatly appreciated.


With one 6970, 1080p with full AA on BF3/Witcher 2 the system is going to struggle a lot. Two 6970's not so much, it will run fine. At 1366 by 768 those can run any game maxed out.

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February 26, 2012 8:36:17 AM

This is how i see your build with that budget.
MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : I5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : XFX Radeon HD 7950 Core Edition 3GB 384-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD : Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $1,376.90 without rebates.
If you don't Crossfire change the PSU with Corsair 650W is more than enough http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I choosed an SSD for a better booth time for OS.
7950 is much better than 6970 in the same budget.
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February 26, 2012 1:37:27 PM

Thanks for all the advice everyone, especially the ones on replacement. Saved me a pretty penny.
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February 26, 2012 1:59:34 PM

Two thumbs up; a third if I had an extra.
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February 26, 2012 2:20:33 PM

Ten months ahead is a very long time to plan ahead in this game,
I would advise you to revise things when you have the money ready, just to take advantage of any boosts you can get then,
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