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September 5, 2012 8:58:00 AM

This is my first post on my first forum so I don't know if I should introduce myself.

Diesel technician. Baytown texas .

I don't have a pc and want to build a gaming rig. After a few weeks staring at my phones tiny screen I think I have came up with a good
Starter build I will try to stick to template that was suggested. I have some experience with pc gaming . Played a lot of bf2 .tf2 and I have appx 20 games on my steam account but my pc crashed and I was given an xbox360 so I've been a console gamer for the past 3 years

Ok now to my build plan .....btw I am a FPS online player .bf3 mainly

Eta for build: october
Budget: $1600 w/wo monitor
Parts: asus maximus v gene microATX,
i5 3570k ,
galaxy geforce 660 ti 3gb 192bit,
thermaltake clp0554 sleeve cpu cooler
Fractal design define xl black pearl
Gskill ripjaws red 8g (2x4)
Azza psaz 850w modular 80+platinum
Sorry if its sloppy format. I'm on my phone....just looking for opions and I'm under budget so I will be able to swap parts out for better ones if I get some feedback suggesting so. I have 1900 to spend but I need desk and monitor. Was thinking of trying to triple monitor with some cheap 20 in monitors but decided 300 dollars may be better spent on a nice 27 in monitor .yes the case is overkill for my board.
a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2012 9:24:46 AM

Don't get the Maximus V. Go for ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or Gbyte Z77 UD3.

660 Ti 3 GB is bad value for money. Go for 7950 if you want 3 GB or the normal 660 Ti.

Not sure about the CPU cooler, check reviews :p 

Love the case, in fact I own one. Have a look at the Define R4 too, it's the newest.

PSU sounds iffy.
September 5, 2012 9:43:16 AM

eh, I personally wouldn't go with the 660 ti in any form, due to its crippled memory bus. It will seriously throttle the card when you try to implement MSAA or even FXAA, especially if you go with that 27" monitor. Do you want to spend 300$ on a card that can't support anti-aliasing?

Here is a review showing this limitation:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...


I agree about the power supply, I'd personally go with a seasonic/corsair myself. Anyone have any more information on it?

Go with the 7850 or above, or the GTX 670/680 for a hundred dollars more.
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September 5, 2012 9:49:05 AM

Psu had no reviews.new at newegg I guess
Will look into the boards you suggested.was also considering the sabertoothh z77
I will prob go with the msi 660 ti 2g
Cpu cooler has ok reviews.its the look of it I like,even though you won't see it lol
Crucial m4 128g ssd I left off list
Want to triple monitor later and I am under the assumption that more mem on vid card is better for that
September 5, 2012 4:07:12 PM

If your considering gaming on 3 monitors, (especially big 27" ones) then you might want to think about crossfire/SLI
a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2012 5:18:57 PM

If your going to play FPS like BF3 then it doesn't get any better than doing it on a 120Hz monitor. Especially seeing how BF3 loves SLI. This build down below allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI. It also includes Windows 7 (combo'd w/motherboard), a factory over clocked GTX 670, and a 128GB SSD. That case includes an LED on/off switch.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Comp... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified Modular ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $199.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Pro... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $33.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-So... $19.98 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk... $66.91 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDP-128... $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $399.99
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC

Total: $1,247.20 *not including rebates


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $379.99
SAMSUNG S23A700D Black 23" 2ms HDMI Widescreen 3D Capable LED-Backlit LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 1000:1


*** alternate vid card that combo's with the cpu to save some $$$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $519.98 save: $20.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power... <----- review w/benchmarks of that MSI GTX 660 ti

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power... <----- review w/benchmarks of that MSI GTX 670
a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2012 5:29:32 PM

Here my suggestion i left the case out as that is Personal Preference pretty much as long as the case one is looking at as long as it has good air flow and cable management options which that case does so it's fine if you like it enough to pay that price so be it

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1253.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-05 13:27 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2012 5:41:57 PM

Actually i just read your post again i made not a good recommendation for BF3 a 670 would be better
a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2012 5:55:59 PM

I think the MSI Power Edition/OC at $400 with a free copy of Borderlands 2 is the way to go right now. The MSI Twin Frozr IV cooler seems well calibrated to maintain consistently high turbo boosts. The alternate would be the Asus DirectCU due it being the quietest,while many non-reference cards add an improved cooler, few have a factory heavily modified PCB, with an efficient VRM design to produce low temperatures, improved voltage regulation circuitry, much better CHiL controller , specially binned chips and voltage control and monitoring support that you won't find on most other non-reference cards. Those are some of the reasons you'll see it get a 10.0 rating at techpowerup, something no other card has ever attained. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670... problem is it's hard to find.


Here's other roundups of 670's:

http://www.gpureview.com/gpureviews-gtx-670-overclockin...
http://hothardware.com/Reviews/GeForce-GTX-680-RoundUp-...
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