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FIRST TIME BUILDER: $1000 Gaming PC for Battlefield 3

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May 27, 2012 8:44:50 AM

I am a first time PC builder so I would really appreciate any and all feedback. I am trying to build my first gaming computer for around $1,000. Please let me know if the following parts are compatible and whether or not there are better/cheaper alternatives.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Questions I would like answered:

1) Are these parts compatible? i.e. Will all the parts fit in the case?
2) Are there better parts for the same price?
3) Can this computer be overclocked?
4) Can this computer play Battlefield 3?
5) Can this computer function with photo and video editing programs? (I am a communication major)

Thank you very much in advance for your input. I really appreciate any help I can get.
May 27, 2012 8:57:21 AM

1) They will fit. But Why are you buying a p67? Why not a z77? I bought one to future proof my system. Make sure your Mobo can overclock (but I'm sure all pro 3s can)

2)depends on whether you live near MicroCenter

3)It is a 2500K ...K means you can overclock. As far as the GPU, you could buy this model for a little more. and it seems pre overclocked.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4)It will play BF3. With a 570 you will get fps over 60. Thats very acceptable on 1920x1080 High Quality. (I get 60fps with 560 Ti OC)

5)You got RipJaws so it'll handle multitasking/editing fine. Plus your overclocking it. Only problem....why Comm major?

Have you thought about Dell monitors? Read reviews before buying monitor.
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May 27, 2012 9:00:41 AM

oops. Forgot one thing. Your power supply is kinda low. You should get over 500W. Plenty of good Power Supplies. With a 570 I'm sure you'd be safe at 550W, but 450W seems too low.
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May 27, 2012 4:05:50 PM

recommend getting a ivy bridge chip because they are faster clock for clock and more power friendly

recommend getting something new such as gtx 670 because they perform uch better

get a z77 board such as asrock extreme4

throw in a hyper212 evo for beter cooling

get a 550-650w psu. a good one is the ocz zt550-650w psu. they are at a good price and are fully modular

a slightly better monitor is a asus ve247h

this might go over your budget but it isnt by that much
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May 27, 2012 9:20:28 PM

Thanks for your input. I changed the power supply to 600W and swapped the motherboard for a Z68 model. Here's my updated parts list:

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM

CD-ROM/DVD-ROM: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard


Are these all still compatible?
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May 27, 2012 9:27:28 PM

Get an XFX 550W PSU and change the GPU to a Radeon 7850 and OC it.
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May 27, 2012 9:43:39 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-201 Wired Standard Keyboard ($5.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Rosewill RM-C2P Wired Optical Mouse ($7.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1089.78

Just a bit over budget, but this system will perform very well.
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May 27, 2012 11:46:22 PM

I appreciate your input. My only problem is that all my components need to come from Newegg, also some of the reviews of the parts on your proposed system aren't that great. I will definitely go for the cheaper keyboard and mouse that you suggested. I am still debating on which monitor I'm going to buy.

What do you think of the following parts and their compatibility?

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM

CD-ROM/DVD-ROM: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
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May 27, 2012 11:48:51 PM

get the antec 302. it has usb3 and has MUCH better cabling
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May 28, 2012 12:55:26 AM

Thanks for your suggestion, I'll definitely get that case
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May 29, 2012 12:48:12 AM

just to mention to you. xfx psus are also great becuase they are made by seasonic=king of power supplies
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