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BF3 value build ~$2k

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October 20, 2012 5:37:14 PM

I am a value buyer because i dont buy often, i dont have the time or patience to build my own so i found cyberpower and they seemed to have the best prices for what i want.
my goal is to play BF3 on the highest settings possible for my price point, i use a Vizio 42" 1080P tv for my monitor
for all intensive purposes, im a noob, i have not gamed in years so i need a system to help my lack of skillz in multi player, ive been combing the threads for a week now and have a basic understanding of what i want, but there are details that im missing that im hoping you all can help me with.
i want this system to last a long time, and get the most bang for my buck, if i picked something thats not worth the extra money, or a few ($100 or so) more with get me much better results then thats what i want to do. i also wanting to drop the HDD i have in this old computer into the new one for the data drive or a 3rd drive. i like the idea of a SSD drive to run windows and a game or 2, but again im a noob and have a weeks education... anyway this is what i have so far.

CAS: Azza Fusion 3000 Full-Tower Gaming Case w/ 1x 140mm & 2x 120mm fans, front USB 3.0, HDD Easy Swap, & 360MM liquid cooling ready [+74]
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)
CS_FAN: Default case fans
FA_HDD: None
FAN: CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 360MM w/ Triple Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Silent at 18dBA) [+93]
FLASHMEDIA: None
FREEBIE_MB: GIGABYTE GC-WB300D Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi PCIe Expansion Card [+0]
GLASSES: None
HDD: 120 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 525MB/s Read & 500MB/s Write [+11] (Single Drive)
HDD2: None
IEEE_CARD: None
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard
MEMORY: 64GB (8GBx8) DDR3/1333MHz Quad Channel Memory [+258] (Corsair or Major Brand)
MOTHERBOARD: * (4-Way SLI Support) GIGABYTE X79-UP4 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 3D UEFI Bios, Ultra Durable 5, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 4 Gen3 PCIe x16, 2 PCIe x1 & 1 PCI [-5]
MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: 1,000 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready [+41]
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 3GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+201] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 3GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+299] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO3: None
WNC: None
_PRICE: (+1911)
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ill be purchasing this week, biggest question i have is with the video cards, my thought is that running dual cards is better than getting one uber card, the benchmarks have not been overly helpful with dual setups, or maybe triple?

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October 20, 2012 5:44:57 PM

Thats a solid system
October 21, 2012 2:16:21 AM

NO IT'S NOT!!

A 3820 will perform no better than a 3770, and in most cases a 3570 will perform the same.

No use for 64GB of memory - my advice is 8GB or 16GB if using LGA2011.

Get a better SSD - OCZ Vertex 4 or Samsung 830.

Closed loop cooling is overpriced and underperforms. Use stock cooler unless OCing, in which case get a CM Hyper212 Evo or Noctua NH-D14.

Get an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - newegg gives you 8GB free RAM.

One powerful GPU is always better than two weak ones. Get a 670. If you have a very high-res monitor get a 7970 GHz Edition (or two).

Never get an unbranded PSU; get Antec, Corsair, Enermax,(some) OCZ, PCP&C, (some) Rosewill, SeaSonic, or XFX. 1000W is overkill. Get 850W for two 7970GHz or 750W for two 670s.

October 21, 2012 1:44:45 PM

so one 680 is better than two 660's? (about the same price where im shopping)
i based that choice on the FPS for bf3 and read somewhere that the 2nd card would give a 90% increase.
is there a place i can learn how that works?
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