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Looking to build for around $1200-1500

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September 21, 2012 6:20:36 AM

I'm looking to be able to play battlefield 3 on high consistantly and future games on high settings

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I decide on the parts

Budget Range: $1200-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Location: Tulsa, Ok

Parts Preferences: I think I'd prefer Nividia to ATI

Overclocking:Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:No

Your Monitor Resolution:Looking for a pretty decent one

Additional Comments: I'm not really sure what case I want

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have a 4 year-old computer that I can't upgrade because the old mobo


http://www.pcpartpicker.com/p/i5hx

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September 21, 2012 6:28:39 AM

Not a bad start but could definitely use some tweaking. I kind of question that case choice - I'm not too familiar with that brand.

For that kind of budget I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($133.79 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1401.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 02:28 EDT-0400)
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September 21, 2012 7:29:36 AM

Is the extra $100 for the 670 going to be worth it? I've heard great things about the 660 ti and figured it'd be pretty decent.
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September 21, 2012 8:39:34 AM

Tekknogun said:
Is the extra $100 for the 670 going to be worth it? I've heard great things about the 660 ti and figured it'd be pretty decent.

if you can get a MSI 660 ti power edition. but if not the 660 ti is a great card by itself and its definitely a great choice.
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September 21, 2012 9:16:48 AM

I noticed no monitor. change your mind on needing one?

Also, the 660 ti is a great card, just a bit better on average than the 7870. It's a great value, but for future games it will lag behind the 670. But if you really aren't concern with having to play ultra in crysis 3 then no biggie, 660 TI is a great value and you can SLI another later if you really want that 670 performance on later games.

+1 on G's build
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September 21, 2012 3:48:41 PM

Surgeking said:
I noticed no monitor. change your mind on needing one?



I'm still planning on getting one. I haven't decided if I want to wait until I find one on sale.
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September 21, 2012 4:24:35 PM

Tekknogun said:
Is the extra $100 for the 670 going to be worth it? I've heard great things about the 660 ti and figured it'd be pretty decent.


That's debatable. The 7870 GHz edition will get you slightly better frame rates than the 660TI will for less money, the 7950 is a bit better for not that much more if you want to stick around that price range.
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September 21, 2012 4:26:46 PM

g-unit's build looks really good. just make sure the memory cards you get are low-profile. it makes it a pain if they aren't if you use the 212
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September 21, 2012 4:47:52 PM

Best answer selected by Tekknogun.
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