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March 21, 2012 9:59:51 AM

Hey guys,

could I please get some advice on my build, im hoping on being able to run BF3 1920x1200 on ultra settings.

Mobo - P8P67 Pro
CPU - Intel i5-2500k (hopefully overclocked to 4Ghz)
RAM - 8GB G.Skill 1600Mhz
GPU - Powercolor HD 6970
Cooling - Hyper 212 Evo + 120mm exhaust fan + 200mm top fan
Case - Haf 912 Plus
PSU - OCZ 650w Z series
SSD - 128MB Crucial M4
HDD - 2x 500GB Western Digital Black (Sata 3)

I have a budget of just under £1000, and have estimated this at costing me around £900, was just wondering if there is anything you would change/improve.

Thanks in advance!

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March 21, 2012 10:47:14 AM

Would like a bit of advice before I start purchasing parts, please somebody!
March 21, 2012 11:12:18 AM

Instead of 2 500GB hardrives, try one smaller SSD ( I have one of these and it suits me fine for a boot drive) and one of your original drives. Keep your games and OS on the SSD and your data on the HDD. Even if the 2 500s were in RAID 0 or 01/10 the SSD boot drive+ HDD data drive is a better option for a performance minded budget. Also, you can install non-critical programs onto the data drive and keep the things you need quick access to on the SSD.
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March 21, 2012 11:22:15 AM

I recommend an i7- 2600k + LGA 1155 with only 2 SLI.s should be around 150 USD. and you will get much better performance than i5.
March 21, 2012 11:26:12 AM

thanks for the advice on hard drives Rishiswaz, I think i'll get a smaller SSD and a 1TB Data drive instead of 2 500gb.

Axtenar; from what I've read, people are saying that the 2600k is more for video rendering and an unnecessary upgrade over 2500k for pure gaming. Also the p8p67 pro supports SLi / Xfire running at x8 x8, which, again from what i've read is only about 3% different than 16x 16x.
March 21, 2012 11:27:40 AM

axtenar said:
I recommend an i7- 2600k + LGA 1155 with only 2 SLI.s should be around 150 USD. and you will get much better performance than i5.

For gaming 2500K will do more than fine, spending more wouldn't be necessary for a tight sub 1k budget
March 21, 2012 11:29:28 AM

Would you say that the p8p67 pro is a good motherboard for the money?
March 21, 2012 11:32:34 AM

z68 Asus or Asrock are popular.
March 21, 2012 11:35:15 AM

2500K is perfect for gaming ...not sure about 6970? why don't you wait till kepler is out it will for sure cause prices to a mean time you can experience the horrors of intel's integrated graphics :D 
March 21, 2012 11:36:18 AM

yeah...also Z68 board not the P one
March 21, 2012 11:40:39 AM

I like Asrock or Gigabyte over Asus but that because I have received a lot of Asus parts DOA