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June 5, 2012 7:23:52 PM

I am building a computer, primarily for gaming.I have already chosen most of the parts, and it would be great if I could get a compatibility check. I am looking to play Battlefield 3 on ultra (highest settings across the board), so any suggestions on what could be improved are much appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: This month
Budget Range: 1000-1300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: High intensity gaming (BF3 on ultra)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: Whatever works best
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1900x1200/ 1080p (may be hooked up to a TV through HDMI)
Additional Comments: Most powerful rig that will not require upgrading for a few years.

So far, I have chosen:
CPU Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

Hard Drive Western: Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card

Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case

Power Supply: Antec 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit)

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June 5, 2012 7:33:11 PM
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June 5, 2012 8:07:02 PM

Its good,but could be much better.
CPU: i7 3570k($240)
Motherboard: Asrock z77 extreme 4 ATX motherboard($125)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600($47)
GPU: EVGA GTX 670($400)
HD: Western Digital Cavier Black 1tb($120)
SSD: Crucial M4 128gb($125)
Case: Antec 900($100)
PSU: NZXT 750w Modular($120)
Optical drive: ASUS 24x($19)
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO($35)
OS: Windows 7 Home premium 64bit OEM($100)

Total= $1431
Sorry I'm going a little over budget,but it is definately worth it.

The motherboard you chose before is not a great choice. You can't overclock with it,and it does not support IB out of the box. The one I chose is great! It supports crossfire down the road,so definately future proof.

You also may have noticed you went fro m an i7 to an i5. The key difference in these two CPU's is that i7 has hyper threading. If you're gaming,it won't make a difference. In multithreaded applications you will see a bit of a boost though.
The i5 3570k is unlocked,so you can overclock the snot out of it with the 212 evo cooler. You should be able to get around 4.5Ghz with it.
It also has full support for pci 3.0. So your graphics card will get a boost.

You also now have an ssd. This thing will make your pc run sooooooo fast and will also help your games. You're going to want to load you're OS+games on this drive and everything else on the HD.
Trust me...You will thank me down the road!

I also bumped our ram from 1333 to 1600

Battlefield will run awesome on this and any other game!

Good luck with your build!

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June 5, 2012 8:24:58 PM
June 5, 2012 8:57:38 PM

Proximon said:
And then some:

From Anandtech review of a standard 670:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5818/46437.png


From the TH review:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-rev...

http://media.bestofmicro.com/T/F/336723/original/battlefield%201920.png



And note that I included an overclocked version of the card from EVGA.


Perfect! But do you think it would be worth it to upgrade to the 680 or 690? Just to get a bit more mileage out of this build. I would hate to have to buy a new card in a few months.
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June 5, 2012 9:44:47 PM

You will always have to upgrade eventually. I think the GTX 670 is a good mix of value and performance. Think of it as a longevity/price ratio. The extra performance from the 680 will not result in significant increases in longevity.

A 4GB card MIGHT do so though... hard to say. I would only recommend it for higher resolutions though:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 5, 2012 9:57:50 PM

Best answer selected by aktennisswag.
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