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May 19, 2012 8:59:09 PM

Second system build, first was 4 years ago, looking for a sanity check on this gaming build and any suggestions/potential issues. Looking to run BF3 at the highest settings possible (minus 4xMSAA from what I've read) and I'm trying to plan ahead for a potential second GPU (after 1 or 2 years?) and PCIe 3.0 after a CPU upgrade maybe around the same time, not sure. I've done some overclocking, but am still reading up on other user's experiences.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week, or this weekend if good to go

Budget Range: around $1,500 plus or minus $100 (price/performance dependent) after rebates

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, Creative 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer, hdd's 7200rpm

Here is a newegg wish list: Newegg Wish List

It looks like newegg's prices are ideal for US East Coast, except for the motherboard which has a rebate on tiger direct. I'm not really certain about this mobo either, I'd especially like to here suggestions regarding that.

Here's a quick view of the parts list, see the newegg wish list link above for more details:

Intel Core i5-2500K
BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB (once it becomes available again)
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD1 2.5" 128GB SATA III

SAMSUNG B2430H Glossy Black 24" 5ms Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor

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May 19, 2012 9:01:08 PM

Spend the extra $ and get the EVO version of the Hyper 212.
May 20, 2012 12:26:35 AM

azeem40 said:
Spend the extra $ and get the EVO version of the Hyper 212.


I saw the Evo and couldn't find a convincing argument that it was worth it. The 212+ is $30 minus a $10 rebate, so I figured it was worth saving $15, if anyone knows otherwise I'd shell out the extra money.
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May 20, 2012 1:23:48 AM

It has a better heat contact system that will lower temps quite a bit more than the Plus.
May 20, 2012 1:29:37 AM

Really similar to mine except I am getting the 3570k and ud3h
May 20, 2012 2:52:28 AM

I have the Antec 900, and trust me there are much better cases, in terms of ease of use, cooling, looks ...I'd take a look at the Antec 1100 if I was you , you may like it.
May 20, 2012 3:36:09 AM

ismaeljrp said:
I have the Antec 900, and trust me there are much better cases, in terms of ease of use, cooling, looks ...I'd take a look at the Antec 1100 if I was you , you may like it.


Oh nice, it sounds good, the same price as well, I'll switch to that one, thanks.
May 20, 2012 4:13:50 AM

azeem40 said:
It has a better heat contact system that will lower temps quite a bit more than the Plus.


hyper 212 evo vs hyper 212 +

there are many threads about this

they are practically the same cooling wise only difference is evo lacks grooves and plus has grooves

212 has a different way of putting on the thermal paste because of the grooves

performance wise they are nearly the same

to save money go with 212 over evo if you want more performance then go past evo

Biostar isn't as good of a brand name board ASUS, ASrock, MSI, and Gigabyte are bigger brand names

(biostar<ASrock for budget boards)
May 20, 2012 4:51:00 AM

Why not get the new Ivy Bridge i5-3570k? its better and has new features that would be very useful for your 670gtx
May 20, 2012 12:36:00 PM

boulbox said:
hyper 212 evo vs hyper 212 +

to save money go with 212 over evo if you want more performance then go past evo

Biostar isn't as good of a brand name board ASUS, ASrock, MSI, and Gigabyte are bigger brand names

(biostar<ASrock for budget boards)


I agree I am staying with the 212 plus and have heard the biostar tends to be the lesser board, I also have used Gigabyte and am satisfied, but reviews of boards keep sending me back to that Biostar board, I'll take another look through different boards.
May 20, 2012 12:46:02 PM

armandjordan58 said:
Why not get the new Ivy Bridge i5-3570k? its better and has new features that would be very useful for your 670gtx


I was originally considering an Ivy Bridge, and it sounds like they have temperatures issues beyond poor thermal paste and the internal heat spreader : http://www.overclock.net/t/1258439/ivy-bridge-3770k-hea...

My thought here was that the potential performance increase of pairing of the GTX670 and Ivy Bridge wasn't worth the overclocking issue. I also didn't see a significant performance increase with current titles, so I figured I would wait a bit and upgrade later along with a second GPU and then hopefully take advantage of newer features.

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May 20, 2012 4:36:09 PM
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Proghouse said:
I agree I am staying with the 212 plus and have heard the biostar tends to be the lesser board, I also have used Gigabyte and am satisfied, but reviews of boards keep sending me back to that Biostar board, I'll take another look through different boards.


the reason why GIGAbyte boards got bad reviews is because it did not come to the right preset

if you read some of the reviews they will show you how to fix it

if you want a nice budget board

MSI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASrock: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

these boards are very nice for the ASrock some people gave bad reviews due to not updated bios

ASrock combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

really like 500R very nice case with a white finish
May 20, 2012 8:34:40 PM

boulbox said:
the reason why GIGAbyte boards got bad reviews is because it did not come to the right preset

if you read some of the reviews they will show you how to fix it

if you want a nice budget board.....




Thanks for the board suggestions, I'll read more into the Gigabyte preset fix, I don't think I would go with a micro ATX board though like that GB one, I know there are others though so I'll look into them.

As far as a case I'm not picky, if it has good airflow, cable management, and is sized right I'm good to go - hopefully I'll be set with that Antec 1100.
May 30, 2012 11:00:36 PM

Best answer selected by Proghouse.
May 30, 2012 11:07:00 PM

For reference I ended up going with a MSI Z77A-GD55 for a mobo, and a EVGA GTX670 FTW for a GPU, I'm very satisfied with the build, just running stock right now and Battlefield 3 runs on the maximum settings with a frame rate around 60 +/- 10 fps on 64 player maps during intense action, in my opinion, very playable, could lower MSAA to 2x if really necessary, but I haven't even OC'ed yet, so we shall see.
May 31, 2012 1:20:24 AM

Nice man!
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