$1000 Gaming Build Retry..

I'll let you know right off the hop: I'm not tech savvy.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within six months

Budget Range: UNDER $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Internet, Watching movies

Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, wherever is cheapest and reliable. :P

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: I don't know enough about them to have a preference.

Overclocking: I Don't fully understand this.

SLI or Crossfire: I Don't fully understand this either.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want a system that is able to run Battlefield 3 with reasonable graphics (High settings if possible,) and a good framerate that doesn't go under 30.
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  1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9G1S

    It comes to just under $1000 after rebates, and it should be fairly simple for you to search the parts on NCIX or newegg.ca. If you find that it goes over your budget, then replace the case with something like the CoolerMaster HAF 912, and you should meet your budget.
  2. Whoa... hold on.

    Overclocking: Pushing your processor farther than the stock settings. Any Intel processor with a "k" after it overclocks well. This is very safe as long as you're not stupid about it, and is done completely through software/BIOS (you don't actually touch the chip)

    SLI/Crossfire: Running two+ GPUs simultaneously... you won't need it atm

    So, building on what Merueth put in... get a CPU cooler. Some good ones like a Zalman should be okay. This is only if you're overclocking. If you're not, tell us! I'd suggest a moderate overclock, though.

    The case I would switch out for a Corsair 400R

    I'd upgrade to a 1TB HDD (still 7200rpm Samsung) because it's only like $20 more

    After that, if you have enough, try to upgrade to a 670 for the GPU.

    Overall, a decent build.
  3. Thanks for the build suggestion. I will probably end up overclockig then. What CPU cooler do you recommend? I was thinking 1TB HDD as well. Would a 670 GPU put me over my budget? I'm unable to check at the moment, sorry.
  4. I would get the CoolerMaster TPC-812. Would still leave you under budget. I can't see a way of getting a 670 in there without going at least a little over and that would involve cutting corners somewhere in either the PSU or case.

    The 7850 is a great card. It has a high OC limit.
  5. Well... a 7870 is an extra $70 or so, and a 670 is an extra $170. If you can fit that in. I'd try for a 7870 if you can't make a 670

    For CPU coolers, I'm not experienced in the ones available in Canada. Ordinarily, Hyper 212 Evo, but those are in... limited... availability and pricing in Canada.
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