First Build. Computer To Run BF3

Approximate Purchase Date: I'm hoping within the next week, I don't have a real dead line just the sooner the better.

Budget Range: $1,600. At the most $2000.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music, movies, surfing the internet.

Are you buying a monitor: No.

Parts to Upgrade: Not reusing any parts from my old computer.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, unless the parts are cheaper on a different website.

Location: Orland Park (Suburb of Chicago), Illinois, United States.

Parts Preferences: No real preference, I don't know much about part brands. I want to be able to run Battlefield 3 on Ultra though.

Overclocking: Preferably not. Though I've never done it so I'm not sure what it does or how to do it.

SLI or Crossfire: The same as above.

Your Monitor Resolution: I have two monitors. One of them is 1920x1080, I'm not sure about the other one.


Additional Comments: If someone could explain to me what overclocking and SLI does that'd be awesome.

I haven't chosen a motherboard yet, this seems to me to be the only part that I haven't seen a definite answer on what's good and what's bad.

In the future I plan to have a two monitor setup, is that possible to do with two different resolution monitors?

I want to run Battlefield 3 on Ultra, but I'm not looking for super smooth 60 FPS if I don't have to, if I can get that within my budget range it would be awesome, but 45 FPS is enough for me.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I wanted to build a new computer for a while so I could run Battlefield 3 and have a computer that would last me a while without needing to do another upgrade. My computer has been on its last leg for a while and stopped working the other day, I'm not sure what on it died because it had a lot of problems, and I don't see a point in trying to fix it because everything is proprietary.

Parts List:

Optical Drive: PLEXTOR 24X Internal DVD Super Multi Drive

Case: Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case

HDD: Western Digital 1.5 TB Internal Hard Drive

GPU: GTX 670


RAM: 2x 4GB Patriot Division 2 DDR3/1600

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

SDD: OCZ Vertex 4 128 GB

Thank you guys for the help,
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  1. Wasting $ getting Ultimate. Home users have no need for the features it offers. Save yourself the $. Get the GTX 670 at your budget.

    A cheaper and more reliable SSD, the Vertex 4

    A better CPU Cooler, the Hyper 212 EVO

    If you're not CF/SLIng, get an Antec NEO ECO 520W.
  2. I dont see a mobo, go with the Asrock z77 Extreme4
    + vs evo is not noticible to the human eye, and wont effect his overclock in the end.
    520w is kinda low isnt it? I thought 600-750w for sli/xfire?

    Edit: Yeah you should definately have enough of a budget for the GTX 670.
  3. It has better heat pipes contact, so yes, it will make a difference.

    He said "Overclocking: Preferably not. Though I've never done it so I'm not sure what it does or how to do it.

    SLI or Crossfire: The same as above. "
  4. True the base plate is made to be better, but the difference is only 1c-4c if that. The benchmarks will not be noticable, and its more to put to the GTX 670. Especially if he isnt overclocking. My 212+ is able to get up to 4.7, I cant imagine the OP going over 4.0-4.4
  5. Not to mention the EVO is 3dB quieter. Every 3 dB equals heightening of sound levels.
  6. I'm guessing for the OS change it to the home premium?

    Also, What are the differences between Nvidia and AMD?

    I've seen the Asrock motherboard suggested on another build, so I will probably end up going with that.

    Will the cheaper power supply effect how fast the PC runs? Or will it be about the same?

    Also, does the GTX 670 support two monitors?
  7. Yes.

    NVIDIA has now taken AMD's crown in power consumption and heat. AMD is still good in the mid-range, like the 6870, 6950, and 7850.

    It will not make a difference. 520W is just right for one 670.

    The GTX 670 supports 3 monitors.
  8. In the future if I wanted to add in another video card what else would I have to change?
  9. I also just edited the original post to update the build. Are there any smaller cases I could use or would it be better to just stick with the full tower?
  10. has a pretty good pre ivy bridge build

    and spend some extra bucks on the gtx 670 you will definitely be able to run BF3 on ultra without a problem. but a gtx 560 can still run BF3 very sexy.

    and invest in a 750w if you ever want to future proof and upgrade parts man, dont gimp out on your psu.
  11. Is there any difference between the Corsair TX750 I was originally going to use and the PSU in that guide?
  12. Here's something to take a look at. For a single card build (no option to add a second card later on in SLI) then have a look at this set up. $59.99
    SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $79.99
    ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470 $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
    GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $104.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive $187.89 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-240G-G25

    ***For the option to add another one of those cards later on in SLI then change out the board and psu with this down below. $139.99 - $119.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCNCGJ38, ends 8/6
    ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $119.99
    SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
  13. Inb4gunit.
    Yeah, he doesn't like B75, but the above build is solid.
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