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March 21, 2012 7:51:31 PM

I am going to build a gaming rig mainly for BF3 in about a month I want to stay under $730
Here are the parts i am thinking to get

INTEL CORE I5 2500K PROCCESOR and GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 MOBO FOR $215 COMBO @microcenter
GSKILL RIPJAWS 8GB DDR3-1333MHz-$37 @newegg
AMD RADEON 7850 $260 @newegg
CORSAIR CX600V2 6OOW PSU and Seagate Barracuda 500gb for $145 COMBO @newegg
COOLERMASTER HAF 912-$60 @newegg

PARTS I DONT NEED: Monitor, OS, DVD Drive, Keyboard and Mouse

Questions:
Is this build going to play BF3 on Ultra 1080p without AA?
Is this Power Supply good enough or should I go over my budget and get a Corsair TX650?
Is this build going to last me at least 3 years without changing CPU and does it have room for future upgrades?
How do you guys think about the build so far if you have any additions or changes please tell me them below.

TOTAL: $718

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March 21, 2012 8:09:18 PM

Looks pretty good.

1. Probably, actually hard to say. I think it should be fine w/ AA off.
2. The CX600 V2 revision is fine, the 650TX is just overpriced if you get that you might as well just get the OCZ 750w for $10 more. If you were to switch over to any PSU at all, I'd suggest this Antec 650w.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. Probably yes depending on how the industry progresses.
4. Solid no need to change anything really. Maybe the motherboard I guess to say like a Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 so you can SLI/CF in the future @ 8x/8x
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March 21, 2012 8:13:26 PM

aznshinobi said:
Looks pretty good.

1. Probably, actually hard to say. I think it should be fine w/ AA off.
2. The CX600 V2 revision is fine, the 650TX is just overpriced if you get that you might as well just get the OCZ 750w for $10 more. If you were to switch over to any PSU at all, I'd suggest this Antec 650w.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. Probably yes depending on how the industry progresses.
4. Solid no need to change anything really. Maybe the motherboard I guess to say like a Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 so you can SLI/CF in the future @ 8x/8x


Thank you so much :D  I'm probably not going to go CF or SLI because i dont want to run into any problems with drivers and such. I've always thought its better to just stay with one good card and then upgrade in the future. Oh, and also do you think i should wait for Ivy bridge to release and get the I5 version instead or maybe wait for Kepler and see what Nvidia has to give.
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March 21, 2012 8:18:12 PM

obsama1 said:
I made a build for some else and it fits your needs:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/ [...] r=18940932

The i5 will last for at least 3-5 more years.


When i click on the newegg link it gives me a 403 error code and it says im forbidden to go to the page using the credential i have supplied *confused*
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March 21, 2012 8:31:10 PM

Well I think it'd be better to have the option instead since upgrading by just getting another 7850 will be cheaper and better than just getting a higher tier single card. So just my suggestion.

As for waiting, just get the i5 2500K however you may want to wait to see what Kepler has too offer first if you can wait it out. Heck since you're waiting I guess you might as well wait for Ivy Bridge as well.

The only thing I'd say is unless you're getting the 7870, wait. The 7870 offers a much better Performance/buck ratio as it even beats out the 580 in some benchmark. The 7850 really doesn't improve all that much over the 560 Ti than a person would like.

Conclusion: Get the 7870 and i5 2500K, or wait for Ivy Bridge and see what Kepler has to offer.

Current solution would be to get the 7870 and i5 2500K, waiting would be Ivy Bridge and Kepler's offerings. Ivy will just be a die-shrink at integrated PCI 3.0 but overall not a huge improvement in performance so if you got the i5 2500K you wouldn't be behind in tech at all.

Technology is hard to say how long it will last. The i5 2500K will definitely last at least 2 years, however with the current pace eg. mobile, it's hard to so definitely how long something will last. If games continue to slack by developing for consoles first, expect your PC to last up to even 4 years since the PS4 and Xbox 720 will still have 3 year old tech.
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March 21, 2012 8:31:59 PM

Try this

http://secure . newegg . com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=18940932
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March 21, 2012 8:47:33 PM

aznshinobi said:
Well I think it'd be better to have the option instead since upgrading by just getting another 7850 will be cheaper and better than just getting a higher tier single card. So just my suggestion.

As for waiting, just get the i5 2500K however you may want to wait to see what Kepler has too offer first if you can wait it out. Heck since you're waiting I guess you might as well wait for Ivy Bridge as well.

The only thing I'd say is unless you're getting the 7870, wait. The 7870 offers a much better Performance/buck ratio as it even beats out the 580 in some benchmark. The 7850 really doesn't improve all that much over the 560 Ti than a person would like.

Conclusion: Get the 7870 and i5 2500K, or wait for Ivy Bridge and see what Kepler has to offer.

Current solution would be to get the 7870 and i5 2500K, waiting would be Ivy Bridge and Kepler's offerings. Ivy will just be a die-shrink at integrated PCI 3.0 but overall not a huge improvement in performance so if you got the i5 2500K you wouldn't be behind in tech at all.

Technology is hard to say how long it will last. The i5 2500K will definitely last at least 2 years, however with the current pace eg. mobile, it's hard to so definitely how long something will last. If games continue to slack by developing for consoles first, expect your PC to last up to even 4 years since the PS4 and Xbox 720 will still have 3 year old tech.


I would love to get the 7870 but if i do get it the price of this pc will be ~$100 over my budget. And since im going to wait anyway the worst thing that could happen is that the price of this build will stay the same and kepler will not have anything to suit my budget.
Conclusion: I'm going to wait and see what Kepler has to offer but i will probably stick with the 2500k and not go with ivy bridge. What do you think?
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March 21, 2012 8:54:23 PM

Get a 7850 or 6870. IMHO, the 6870 is better since it's slightly faster and a lot cheaper.
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March 21, 2012 9:01:00 PM

obsama1 said:
Get a 7850 or 6870. IMHO, the 6870 is better since it's slightly faster and a lot cheaper.


By faster do you mean it performs better in games? because the 560ti is better than the 6870 and the 7850 is a little bit better than the 560ti
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March 21, 2012 9:01:18 PM

obsama1 said:
Get a 7850 or 6870. IMHO, the 6870 is better since it's slightly faster and a lot cheaper.

The 7850 is quite a bit better than the 6870.
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March 21, 2012 10:22:42 PM

The 6870 is not even close to touching the 7850's performance, the 560 Ti is.

But yes battoot, just go with the i5 2500K. I'd try to save up for the 7870 though. That or see what Keplers 7850 equivalent has to offer.
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March 21, 2012 11:18:28 PM

battoot said:
I am going to build a gaming rig mainly for BF3 in about a month I want to stay under $730
Here are the parts i am thinking to get

INTEL CORE I5 2500K PROCCESOR and GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 MOBO FOR $215 COMBO @microcenter
GSKILL RIPJAWS 8GB DDR3-1333MHz-$37 @newegg
AMD RADEON 7850 $260 @newegg
CORSAIR CX600V2 6OOW PSU and Seagate Barracuda 500gb for $145 COMBO @newegg
COOLERMASTER HAF 912-$60 @newegg

PARTS I DONT NEED: Monitor, OS, DVD Drive, Keyboard and Mouse

Questions:
Is this build going to play BF3 on Ultra 1080p without AA?
Is this Power Supply good enough or should I go over my budget and get a Corsair TX650?
Is this build going to last me at least 3 years without changing CPU and does it have room for future upgrades?
How do you guys think about the build so far if you have any additions or changes please tell me them below.

TOTAL: $718



Thinking of copying this build. What kind of monitor would you guys recommend? As always bang for buck.
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March 21, 2012 11:25:38 PM

^ As in the forums rules, don't steal threads. Though I don't mind, Mods usually do.

As for the performance @Haliburton, I never said it was a lot better, hence why I said he should go with the 7870 however the benefits of the 7850 is that he gets lower power consumption, higher overclocks, it runs quieter and cooler. But you're right the 560 Ti 448 is similar in performance to the 7850, the 7850 is not a huge improvement over the 6950 but it's definitely better in the ways I said of OC capability, power consumption, temps and sound.
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March 21, 2012 11:32:47 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ As in the forums rules, don't steal threads. Though I don't mind, Mods usually do.

As for the performance @Haliburton, I never said it was a lot better, hence why I said he should go with the 7870 however the benefits of the 7850 is that he gets lower power consumption, higher overclocks, it runs quieter and cooler. But you're right the 560 Ti 448 is similar in performance to the 7850, the 7850 is not a huge improvement over the 6950 but it's definitely better in the ways I said of OC capability, power consumption, temps and sound.



Ahh sorry.
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March 21, 2012 11:33:07 PM

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The monitor choice is highly subjective and personal I suggest testing some out at the stores before you buy. Some good practices to follow include picking one with a low response time and high contrast ratio and you can't go to wrong with a Samsung



Thank you!
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March 22, 2012 12:36:42 AM

aznshinobi said:
The 6870 is not even close to touching the 7850's performance, the 560 Ti is.

But yes battoot, just go with the i5 2500K. I'd try to save up for the 7870 though. That or see what Keplers 7850 equivalent has to offer.


Thanks will do :) 
I know this question is off topic but i am a noob when it comes to monitors and stuff. What does the hz do and what response time for a monitor is still good for gaming. Im thinking about getting a 5ms monitor will that lag my movements while gaming?
Also what cheap 1080p monitor can you reccomend me that is good for gaming
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March 22, 2012 2:24:05 AM

For BF3 get the 7850. Will max it out at 60FPS. If you want to save some dough. get the 6870 which performs worse, but will be more than adequate for BF3.
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March 22, 2012 2:51:24 AM

obsama1 said:
For BF3 get the 7850. Will max it out at 60FPS. If you want to save some dough. get the 6870 which performs worse, but will be more than adequate for BF3.


Are you sure that the AMD Radeon 7850 will max out BF3 on 1080p @60fps. The last time i checked the benchmarks the 7850 can play the campaign at max settings 1080p at only about 40fps and thats CAMPAIGN. I heard multiplayer is much more demanding.
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March 22, 2012 3:17:27 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5625/amd-radeon-hd-7870-g...
According to that, if you decide not to use AA, you should be fine at a steady 50+ FPS. Keep in mind a slight OC to about 4+ghz on your 2500K will probably boost your FPS slightly. Even though CPU doesn't matter a whole lot, the 2500K seems to give gamers a pretty big boost in games.
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March 22, 2012 3:19:23 AM

aznshinobi said:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5625/amd-radeon-hd-7870-g...
According to that, if you decide not to use AA, you should be fine at a steady 50+ FPS. Keep in mind a slight OC to about 4+ghz on your 2500K will probably boost your FPS slightly. Even though CPU doesn't matter a whole lot, the 2500K seems to give gamers a pretty big boost in games.

Thank you so much for your time, You helped me out a lot. I think its time to close the choose you as the best answer :D 
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March 22, 2012 3:19:50 AM

Best answer selected by Battoot.
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March 22, 2012 3:36:34 AM

Haha thanks Battoot, good luck!
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