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[New Build] First 1080p Gaming Rig Advice

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February 1, 2013 12:42:57 AM

I've finally decided to take the plunge into PC gaming, a thought that has been brewing in my mind for a few years or so. It's taking the place of my Playstation 3 and Xbox in the living room; It's not going to be used for anything other than gaming. Well, I may XBMC off it, but I do that on my laptop and it doesn't use much resources.

While I'd be playing quite a few different games, the majority of my time will be spent playing Battlefield 3 and I'd like to play it at Ultra settings and at 1080p and I'd like to play it at a comfortable and steady FPS.

Here's what I've settled on. Do you reckon that I'd be able to meet my needs with this set up? Any suggestions are more than welcome, but I'd like to keep the cost under 1000 dollars. Thanks in advance!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.87 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.74 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $792.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 21:39 EST-0500)
February 1, 2013 12:52:50 AM

I think you would have better luck on something like this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.87 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $909.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 21:52 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 1:05:28 AM

you need a better cpu for BF3 MP, my suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.87 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($273.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $818.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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February 1, 2013 1:20:54 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ALxh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ALxh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ALxh/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.87 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $824.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 22:20 EST-0500)

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February 1, 2013 1:57:45 AM

Thanks for your suggestion guys, but I have a few questions.
There's no doubt that I should go with an i5 Processor, so that's a done deal.

I see that several of you recommended the 7870 over the 660ti that I and other user chose. Would you be so kind as to explain your decision? I'm new the whole scene, and I want to understand as much as possible. Thanks again.
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February 1, 2013 2:07:26 AM

Why limit yourself to 1080p, there is better resolution options available. If you can swing them. Add a SSD drive 128gb or higher. World of difference, use a higher capacity mechanical drive for backup.
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February 1, 2013 2:24:19 AM

660ti is nice, but more in the 260s+ area, for 225 a 7870xt is quite the bargain and will get u most of that performance for less.

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February 1, 2013 4:12:54 AM

Thanks guys. I've updated the build taking into consideration everything you all have said. I was going to go with the 7870XT, but I thought I'd scoot up to the 7950 because it's in the budget. How do you think it looks now?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.44 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $834.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 01:09 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 4:16:31 AM

You won't be needing the z77 extreme 4 if you don't want to crossfire/SLI, it's not recommended with that psu, for a single cards it's more than enough.
You might save a bit with the pro 3, it's also a good board : http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4852/asrock_z77_pro3_i...
The 660 ti is a good option specially the MSI 660 ti PE which overclocks very well : http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power...
It also comes with borderlands 2 in newegg.
But if you want the 7950 it's fine, but i rather get this one : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100352...
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February 1, 2013 1:20:54 PM

looks good,

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/APEY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/APEY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/APEY/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.20 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $850.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 10:20 EST-0500)

if ur not gonna sli or crossfire.

the 660ti is a good option also but id op for a 3gb version tho.

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