Recording top of the end games

Hello, i want to become a youtuber and make it my job, i know it will be very hard but dream jobs are always very hard to get but hey, i was wondering what kind of computer specs would i need to record a game with fraps, the game being very intense like battlefeild 3 at maximum quality, i am lookings to build my own desktop and these are the parts i have so far, money isnt that big a problem.

these are the list of items i want to get and it will only cost me $850, at the websites i found at

AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz

AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5

Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply

Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid-Tower Computer Case

Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD AMD 990X/SB950, DDR3 2133 MHz (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 2.0, CrossFireX Ready

Corsair Vengeance LP CML16GX3M2A1600C10 16GB Memory Module Kit - DDR3, 2 x 8GB, 1600MHz, DIMM, XMP Ready, 1.5V

Toshiba HDKPC03 DT01ACA100 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 RPM, SATA, 3.5"

Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AR-R1 R4 Series Case Fan - 120mm, Long Sleeve Bearing, 4 Red LEDs, 2000RPM, 69.69CFM, 19dBA, 12VDC

Cooler Master R4-LUS-07AR-GP MegaFlow Case Fan - 200mm, Red LED

the last 2 are fans but gotta make sure they are suitable

i would love advice if you know about it, i am pretty much a novice and got all these items from just asking friends and a lot of reading, thanks for reading.

If you dont mind try keep it simple as my brain cant comprehend mass computer knowledge :D
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  1. for 850 usd, you would want intel build for better performance
  2. Intel build for $850 could you tell me some other pieces of hardware i could get that fits that price i wouldn't mind going to 1000 but that's as far as ill go really

    i would go search my self but i've been doing it for 3 hours and since i'm a bit of a novice it will take me another 3 to understand it again, so a few suggestions would be greatly appreiciated
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $629.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 00:00 EST-0500)

    this is base build, you can save your money, or spend the rest for SSD, cooler, sound card etc
  4. ^ and it comes with sweet micro atx size case :D
  5. my friend said that the specs for mine are better, and isn't Intel meant to be a lot more expensive compared to AMD, also are you sure this could record with fraps or other forms of recording devices for a game like battlefield 3 or borderlands 2 or even crisis 3

    i know i'm asking lots of questions but since its my first time i want to be 100% sure on what i want and that it will be for the reason i want it :~D
  6. i downt want to ruin it, go with your friend's advices then :)
  7. okay thanks for the advice man i appreciate it anyway
  8. PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $840.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 01:51 EST-0500)
  9. The build AMD Radeon gave you will beat most amd builds in gaming and its only 630$..the above one has an ssd and overclockable cpu..
  10. but is it better then the one i posted at the start? this will help my youtube career and i want to make sure i get the right one and not waste my money ^^
  11. I'll pick nix327's build.
  12. from those rigs, nix327's rig is better
    i am sure that AMD Radeon too can put a great rig in your budget :)
    i downt want to ruin it, go with your friend's advices then :)

    let me ;)

    and both rigs are better than your initial rig :)

    also try msi afterburner to record videos as it is much feature riched than fraps and it is freeware, it also support audio recording to max of your hardware's support

    also video recoding will stress your hdd too much (write to drive at over 50MBps (400mbps) for loseless 480p video @60 fps)
    so i would recomend a seperate hdd like wd caviar black or velociraptor or hdds in raid for recording
    or you can buy 32GB ram (it will not cost much) and can use 24GB as ram drive using some softwares like ramdisk or primo ram disk etc softwares
  13. so a seperate hdd for recording so it does not stress my normal hdd and will it record stuff that is 1080p or at least 720p

    also what is the difference between SSD and HDD
  14. ssd are nand flash based memory while hdd are based on manetic rotating disc for storing data
    ssd are 10x faster than hdd but costs more than hdd, but ssd does not like to do much write operations it can degrade their performance

    so do not use ssd in case of heavy write usage/work

    western digital caviar black is sufficiant for lossless 720p @60 fps and 1080p@30fps
    though you can use compressed method (in msi afterburner) which will not stress the hdd drive by much
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