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August 1, 2012 10:38:22 PM

Hi, I wan't a build that can play BF3, Skyrim, Crysis at Max settings with at least 60+ fps.

So far this is my build, my current budget is $1500.


i5-3570k. $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 680 $500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Ares 8gb (2X4gb) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster 212 EVO. $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AsRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard. $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM. $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case: $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-Corsair-_-11139010

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W Power Supply: $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner: $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 1, 2012 10:58:36 PM

Looks good!

I'm gonna recommend you make a couple changes. First off, the gtx 680 isn't much more powerful than a gtx 670. You'd be better off to get a gtx 670 and put that extra $100 elsewhere.

I also suggest you get a more reliable SSD. Something like the Crucial m4 would be awesome.

You may even want to upgrade that Seagate drive to a Western Digital HDD. They're typically more reliable than seagate. They also come with a 5 year warranty.

I'd also suggest you invest in a modular PSU. Something like the Corsair HX750 would suffice.

Everything else looks like solid choices. Hope this helps; good luck!
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August 1, 2012 11:12:31 PM

1st: id get a gtx 670 as mentioned before. they perform very closely to a 680 and is 100 dollars cheaper. (honestly, a 670 is kinda overkill for 1080p). i would suggest getting a asus gtx670 top edition (new batch will arrive in mid-august), a gigabyte gtx670, or a msi gtx670 power edition (only 670 out there right now that you can overvolt using afterburner)

2:for the motherboard, id definitly get something more high end like a gigabyte z77x-ud5h to suit the build a tad better. it can also control the speed of 3pin fans

3:i have no problem with seagate having a 1 year warranty. its not worth 80 dollars for 4 more years of warranty on the WD side


heres the cheapest prices for everything that i would recommend

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dCml
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August 2, 2012 2:45:23 AM

DeusAres said:
Looks good!

I'm gonna recommend you make a couple changes. First off, the gtx 680 isn't much more powerful than a gtx 670. You'd be better off to get a gtx 670 and put that extra $100 elsewhere.

I also suggest you get a more reliable SSD. Something like the Crucial m4 would be awesome.

You may even want to upgrade that Seagate drive to a Western Digital HDD. They're typically more reliable than seagate. They also come with a 5 year warranty.

I'd also suggest you invest in a modular PSU. Something like the Corsair HX750 would suffice.

Everything else looks like solid choices. Hope this helps; good luck!


The Samsung 830 is on sale for $99 at Newegg and it gets the same and/or better performance than the M4 does. The Plextor M3 is a good choice but those will run you a bit more.
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August 2, 2012 2:49:02 AM

g-unit1111 said:
The Samsung 830 is on sale for $99 at Newegg and it gets the same and/or better performance than the M4 does. The Plextor M3 is a good choice but those will run you a bit more.


+1^

That would be an excellent choice as well. Love the Samsung drives. Highly reliable and really fast.
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August 2, 2012 2:52:38 AM

Best answer selected by TheBattalion.
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August 2, 2012 3:14:52 AM

g-unit1111 said:
The Samsung 830 is on sale for $99 at Newegg and it gets the same and/or better performance than the M4 does. The Plextor M3 is a good choice but those will run you a bit more.
+1 the 830 is actually a wee bit better than M4 i would of bought the Samsung 830 but it was over priced when i was in the market for SSD.
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August 2, 2012 3:16:24 AM

DeusAres said:
+1^

That would be an excellent choice as well. Love the Samsung drives. Highly reliable and really fast.


I just bought one, I'm finally getting rid of an unreliable Intel drive. :bounce: 

Although I'll most likely reuse it in another system. :lol: 
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August 2, 2012 3:43:58 AM

TheBigTroll said:
are you sure that its just a wee bit better?

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/425?vs=533
not sure just what i remember reading somewhere what does that link go to? I am chicken to click on links i don't know :lol:  EDIT- NVM oh i see what your meaning now ahahaha i stand corrected
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August 2, 2012 3:48:27 AM

Before you buy anything I would recommend putting your build on pcpartpicker.com It will show you all sites that sell those products and which ones are cheapest. Because even though Newegg is usually great with prices but you can find a lot of parts for cheaper.
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August 2, 2012 11:21:08 AM

+1 on pcpartpicker

they dont always have the cheapest prices since they arent like to the hour accurate but they do list generally good prices
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August 2, 2012 5:08:14 PM

You also have to careful with pcpartpicker for bugs. I was browsing some cases and came across one of my favorites for $42.98 plus free shipping on pcpartpicker. I got all excited and clicked on the link to NCIX, and the price was actually $99.99. -_-
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August 2, 2012 5:22:23 PM

DeusAres said:
You also have to careful with pcpartpicker for bugs. I was browsing some cases and came across one of my favorites for $42.98 plus free shipping on pcpartpicker. I got all excited and clicked on the link to NCIX, and the price was actually $99.99. -_-


Yeah I also noticed a lot of video cards - especially Sapphire - aren't in stock at a lot of places. :heink: 
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August 2, 2012 5:50:57 PM

and how g-unit gets messed up with the ram section....:D 
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