A new build to last 2-4 years with minor upgrades! input plz!

My budget: $1500
My needs: ~60fps with Ultra settings on BF3 & FC3 with 1080p resolution
Hopes: to be able to get about this performance on upcoming FPS games for 2-4 years by SLI'ing and OC'ing my CPU..


Input appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($91.94 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1287.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 19:49 EST-0500)

    Add a blue ray player if you think you need it lol. The 670 4gb is probably worth it over the 660 ti. IDK if the difference is worth $200.... you can decide :P.
  2. Your on the right track for future proofing your rig, with occasional upgrades rather than a massive initial investment.
    Two points I can see that might be an issue later.
    That 660Ti has a 192bit memory bus, right now that might not be a large issue, but who knows how games will develop later on. Might want to pick the HD7950, which has a 384bit memory bus and more VRAM.
    One way to future proof a rig is to get an overkill case. That way you can support larger motherboards, custom water loops, more drives/bays and such without having to change the case.

    And some general improvements.

    Lower Profile RAM thats a bit cheaper.
    G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v.

    Higher capacity HDD for the same price.
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $85
  3. the OP has a really great build,

    btw are you sure getting Western Digital RE4 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    99% ppl will just buy regular 7200rpm drive, highest capacity at cheapest price
  4. The 670 will be better in games to come because of the 256bit bus, and 4gb vram. The reason he doesn't want the 7950 (even though its value is incredible for the price) is because he is playing BF3.
  5. Great build overall. The 4GB card is overkill for a single monitor. With that said I would go for a 7970 or a 670 over the 660ti.
  6. Also, don't get the motherboard recommended by pcpartpicker, microcenter usually has a deal in store if you buy for example an amd processor you get 40 off a motherboard, which leaves more cash for other upgrades.
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