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Need help/advice for first custom rig build.

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February 1, 2013 6:08:17 PM

Budget Range: $1500 Max (including shipping & Handling, tax)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing, general use

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com - US only

Parts Preferences: AMD and/or Intel

Overclocking:No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 23” monitor

Additional Comments: Looking to run Battlefield 3 on high with 60+ fps in hot zones ( atleast not dip below 32 fps). I'd like to stick with a decent price/performance ratio. SSD that can hold windows 7 and battlefield 3, so it's gotta be a good size one. Already own a 1.5TB HDD, monitor, KB/M. No water cooling please, good airflow ( possibly with the option to add more fans later if need be).
If you can build a rig that will run BF3 on High with 60+ fps for under the budget. ( say $500 less, please do so, because then I can save what's left for upgrades or extras in the future.)
You don't have to tap out the budget, I will be using pcpartpicker my self with different style builds but would like some help from people that have built custom rigs before and know the best price/performance ratio.

If there is any thing else you need to know just let me know.

~jjg2013

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February 1, 2013 6:15:32 PM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.84 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1399.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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February 1, 2013 6:22:03 PM

djangoringo said:
My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.84 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1399.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Seems like a good build. Will look at it in depth, do mid towers give room for upgrades down the road(a year or more)? I am going to check reviews on Outlet PC and Microcenter as I've never heard, nor bought anything from them.
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February 1, 2013 6:32:18 PM
February 1, 2013 6:37:46 PM

djangoringo said:
My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.84 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1399.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


+1 to this build Its perfect
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February 3, 2013 5:31:13 AM

Hello everyone, Thanks for the builds.

So my budget has gone up about $500 due to finding someone to buy my now collecting dust rig.

Any ways I did some looking around and came up with a rig that I think works good.

Only problem is finding a reliable PSU with 30% more power than I need, I may sli my gpu down the road. Other than that let me know what you think, if there is anything you think I should change either for a better price or performance let me know. It's a little over my original budget but the KB/M and monitor are being bought by family as a later bday present.
I'd like to stick with a Full Tower case since they seem to come with better air flow, I am willing to change out the current one but would like to have at least 5 fans ( options to add 1 or 2 more down the road).

Will this run BF3 on high, 60+ fps (50 fps min)? Won't turn on the MSAA and all that other x2-16 crap.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower Case ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1510.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 02:17 EST-0500)
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February 4, 2013 1:33:14 AM

Get a single ssd with 128GB, i'd get the plextor it's cheap, going with two 64GB ssds for 80$ each is a terrible idea.
The xfx psu is as reliable as it gets, if you're planning to add another one i'd get the xfx, it's made by seasonic, and 850W is overkill, but it's at 103$ after mir, and it's modular.
If it's just for a single card, i'd get this : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-m12i...

That case is terribly expensive, the phantom offers everything you'll need.
Spend in a better cooler, like the noctua nh-d14, the hyper 212 plus is for budget builds.
Get the wd caviar blue 1TB, it's cheaper, reliability and performance is the same.
The 7970 ghz edition is better, but if you prefer nvidia, get the 670 gtx, but a better one like the gigabyte windforce 3x, msi pe, asus dcii or evga signature 2.
Make sure that you'll need the bluray drive, otherwise it's just a waste, and get a dvd drive.
Get a led monitor : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vh238h
That keyboard is terrible expensive, get a mechanical gaming keyboard : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-keyboard-sgk...


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February 4, 2013 10:37:35 AM

besides games. what other apps will u run?

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