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December 10, 2012 8:33:57 AM

Hi everyone, I'm obviously new to building PC's and I've done some research, looked around and I'm looking for a gaming PC within the $1000-$1300 range but preferably in the middle somewhere.

Here's what I've come up with:

PSU: Corsair TX-650 V2 650W ATX Power $112.00

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w Transparent 12cm $35.00

HDD: Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache $73.00

Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite Mid Tower Case NO PSU $95.00

RAM: G SKill 8G(2x4G)DDR3 1866Mhz PC3-14900(GS-F3-1866C9D-8GAB) $53.00

Mobo: Asrock Z77-EXTREME4 Z77/4 x DDR3/2 x PCI-E3.0/4 x SATA3/6 x USB3.0/HDM $134.00

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K LGA1155 CPU 3.4Ghz 6Mb Cache Ivy Bridge $228.00

GPU: Gigabyte GF GTX 670 OC EDITION PCI-E 3.0 2GB 256-bit DDR5 $419.00


Total: $1149.00

This is from the Australia website: http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=2

So if you guys could take a look at that build, give me some notice if anything is blatantly wrong with it such as compatibility issues with parts OR if you have suggestions for better parts or a better build for pricing, etc. I hope to be able to run games such as BF3 maxed at 60fps and if I need to spend a little more money to do that then I'm willing to.

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December 10, 2012 10:51:37 AM
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Looks good, but there is no performance gain with 1866Mhz over 1600Mhz. Plus it can be a pain to get your motherboard to recognize it as so. Get 1600 & save some cash.

But everything else seems fine. No incompatibility issues as far I can see. The PSU might be a little redundant, but you'll need those extra watts for when you are overclocking. Seems fine to me.

And you aren't going to play BF3 maxed out with 16x AA on ultra. If I'm correct, it takes two GTX 680's in SLI to do that. But your 670 can still pull some massive frames without all that AA on.
December 10, 2012 11:57:10 AM

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December 10, 2012 12:45:33 PM

The build looks good. Only a few conversational items below, but nothing really needs changed.

- I would agree with the above concerning the 1600 vs 1866MHz RAM. In an Intel build you really aren't going to get any more performance out of it. However, if you are doing some heavy overclocking it could be helpful to allow for the timing your RAM ends up being. If the difference between 1600 and 1866MHz RAM is only a few dollars, I'd stick with it.

- The power supply is a bit overkill, but depending on how much you are overclocking, it's not a bad thing. With your budget, I would keep it and have the flexibility for future use. Just a thought, I really wouldn't change it.

- As far as BF3, I run a GTX680 that I typically run with +100Mhz CPU and +200Mhz vRAM. This runs BF3 on Ultra with ALL settings cranked up at 1920x1080. The GTX670 has the ability to run close to the same speeds as the GTX680. I would expect it to run Ultra settings with most other settings cranked up as well. You may need to forgo the AntiAliasing Deffered setting, but you will never know it's on or off anyway. Stick with AntiAliasing Post.
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