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April 21, 2012 1:38:41 AM

Hey,

This is my first computer build and i am looking to get a decent gaming rig with a price range of $900 to $1300, running BF3 at high-ultra graphics at 1080p. I already have a monitor, keyboard and mouse. So far this is a list of what I am thinking of getting :

Case - Cooler Master RC-692
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU - SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Motherboard- Asus p8z77
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU - intel core i7-2600k sandy bridge
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU - SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Fan - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Any suggestions as to what I should invest less/more money in, or even changing the parts up altogether? I am looking at the stats on newegg because the website is less laggy than ncix, (I will buy locally from ncix). Note that as a first time builder, I most likely will not overclock it (most likely will in the future).

Thank you for any help you may be able to give me.

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April 21, 2012 1:50:39 AM

Gilbertz said:
Hey,

This is my first computer build and i am looking to get a decent gaming rig with a price range of $900 to $1300, running BF3 at high-ultra graphics at 1080p. So far this is a list of what I am thinking of getting :

Case - Cooler Master RC-692
PSU - SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold
Motherboard- Asus p8z77
CPU - intel core i7-2600k sandy bridge
RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
GPU - SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870
Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb 7200rpm
Fan - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212

The motherboard has 4x240 pin ram slots, 1 @x4 PCI express port, a SATA 6gb port and 4 3gb SATA PORT

Any suggestions as to what I should invest less/more money in, or even changing the parts up altogether?

Thanks,


I like it.

However if you are only using this for gaming you can drop the CPU down to a I5 2500K or even 2400 if you don't plan to overclock. I would then upgrade the GPU to a AMD 7870 or better.

Try this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 21, 2012 1:52:07 AM

Thanks! I will take that into account! Thanks as well for the quick reply.
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April 21, 2012 1:53:28 AM

Gilbertz said:
Thanks! I will take that into account! Thanks as well for the quick reply.


No problem! :bounce: 
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April 21, 2012 2:02:32 AM

Change the CPU to an i5-2500k. Mobo to an ASRock Extreme4 Z77.

Now.. your GPU would never max out BF3. Not even close! You'd need at least a 7850... I'd prefer a 7870. However, a GTX 680 would be great. Here is what I would personally suggest:

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Again, this is interchangeable with the i5-3570k, we'll see how it does
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
How much are you going to overclock? Liquid cooling may be... excessive
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Alternatively, you can get the Extreme6
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Maybe 16GB if you're editing a lot of video. 1600 should be fast enough. This is 1.5v, CAS9, as well.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($125.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Also interchangeable with whatever you would like
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($547.86 @ Newegg)
MSI Twin Frozr II OC is a great manufacturer.... seriously, if you get a different GPU (and this is the best there is), at least make sure it's MSI Twin Frozr II OC or Hawk
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Eh... you could go with a Corsair 400R or something like that. I just love this case because it looks so sexy. Seriously... check it out. However, if you want a Corsair or something, that's fine. I can recommend one. Alternative color schemes are available, although this looks pretty B.A., don't you think?
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 950W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Great deal on a great, silver rated PSU. Not modular, though. 950W is above and beyond what you need. I'm sure you could stay with their 750W version, but this one is cheaper (due to a newegg deal) and also will insure you to have adequate power for a future SLI setup if you wish.
Total: $1301.66
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-20 21:41 EDT-0400)

That'll max out ANY game.
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April 21, 2012 2:07:53 AM

Awesome! Thanks!
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April 21, 2012 2:09:29 AM

And for a cheaper build what would you suggest?
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April 21, 2012 2:10:11 AM

Cheaper? Switch out the 680 for an MSI Twin Frozr II OC 7870 to save like $200 :) 
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April 21, 2012 3:29:59 AM

Drop the case down to a haf 912, drop the CPU cooler 212, drop down to an 2500k, then

a) better GPU w/ at least 1.5 ram on it GTX
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b) SSD
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April 21, 2012 4:09:02 AM

Ya, you should grab a 120GB SSD.
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April 21, 2012 12:17:25 PM

Oops... forgot about the case on that build. Drop the case down to a 400R on the build I suggested... it's not as sexy, but it's got great cable management and cooling. Also, an SSD would be difficult to fit on this budget, and keep in mind it'll only load stuff faster. It'll be like $150ish extra.

Keep in mind that loops was talking about the OP's original build (I think... right?), not mine. There is no better GPU out there ;) 
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