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Building a BF3 Gaming Rig, Need Some Recommendations

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February 13, 2013 1:52:01 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Anywhere from today to a couple weeks


Budget Range: $2,000 to $2,500


System Usage from Most to Least Important: BF3, surfing, movies


Are you buying a monitor: Yes, maybe start with (1) 24"-27" 3D, and go for (2) more down the line


Parts to Upgrade: Whole new system


Do you need to buy OS: Yes



Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, whomever, also can send friend into a microcenter


Location: Long Island, NY


Parts Preferences: Intel, Noctua, Nivida


Overclocking: Yes, eventually


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Your Monitor Resolution: Debating between 27" Asus 3D, or ditching 3D, and going with (3) IPS


Additional Comments: Will be in my room, so noise (when not gaming) is an issue. I'll be leaving it on (perhaps start folding@home as my pops has Parkinsons, and I like the idea of my computer helping).


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My business has offered to setup a home office, and they'll most likely be paying for the whole thing...


Here are the parts I've kind of thrown together.....:



Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
DDR3-1600, or 2133? Just have placeholder ram listed for now
Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card x 2
Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case
Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Asus VG278H 120Hz 27.0" Monitor - or go with (3) 24"?

This will be my first complete homebuild, excited for it! But, I admit I don't know nearly as much as most of you guys in terms of hardware/etc. I appreciate any help you can offer!

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February 13, 2013 1:56:56 AM

DDR3-1600. No diff in performance.
Get the Caviar Blue since you already have an SSD.

Does the HAF 932 have USB 3.0?? I would check if not get other cases that have USB 3.0

Monitor depends on what you want.
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February 13, 2013 3:37:06 PM

Hey, thanks for the input... Somehow I managed to double post, other post is below this one.. Anyway, yes the 932 has 3.0. And good idea with the hdd.
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February 13, 2013 3:58:47 PM

cutebeans said:
DDR3-1600. No diff in performance.
Get the Caviar Blue since you already have an SSD.

Does the HAF 932 have USB 3.0?? I would check if not get other cases that have USB 3.0

Monitor depends on what you want.


That doesn't matter - you can always buy a front mounting USB 3.0 bracket for $10 if you really need one.
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February 13, 2013 4:08:50 PM

Best answer selected by seaneboy.
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