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June 24, 2013 1:33:27 PM

Can you all review my first-time PC build and let me know if you have any questions, comments, thoughts, or concerns? I mostly plan on playing BF3 and BF4 and hope to play with a decent frame rate but don't expect to have huge numbers - this is meant to be a budget build. And I don't plan on overclocking anything and don't necessarily have to play on "ultra" settings to enjoy. Here's what I'm thinking:

Case: Rosewill Challenger
PSU: Seasonic Bronze 520W
Motherboard: ASRock Z77
CPU: Intel i5 3470 (do I need an aftermarket cooler if not overclocking?)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB
SSD: Samsung 840 120GB (for OS and games)
HDD: WD Black 500GB
GPU: EVGA 650 Ti Boost or EVGA 660 Superclocked (any suggestions?)

I'm just looking to make the switch from PS3 and be a decent Battlefield player - I don't want to spend a lot of extra money to only get a small return.
Thanks in advance!!

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June 24, 2013 1:47:36 PM

CooperLily21 said:
Can you all review my first-time PC build and let me know if you have any questions, comments, thoughts, or concerns? I mostly plan on playing BF3 and BF4 and hope to play with a decent frame rate but don't expect to have huge numbers - this is meant to be a budget build. And I don't plan on overclocking anything and don't necessarily have to play on "ultra" settings to enjoy. Here's what I'm thinking:

Case: Rosewill Challenger
Power: Seasonic Bronze 520W
Motherboard: ASRock Z77
CPU: Intel i5 3470 (do I need an aftermarket cooler if not overclocking?)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB
SSD: Samsung 840 120GB (for OS and games)
HDD: WD Black 500GB
GPU: EVGA 650 Ti Boost or EVGA 660 Superclocked (any suggestions?)

I'm just looking to make the switch from PS3 and be a decent Battlefield player - I don't want to spend a lot of extra money to only get a small return.
Thanks in advance!!


no you dont need a aftermarket if not OC, what about your PSU and get a 1TB caviar blue its the same price and wait till tomorrow the 760 is being launched
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June 24, 2013 1:54:44 PM

RaisingTheBarHD said:
no you dont need a aftermarket if not OC, what about your PSU and get a 1TB caviar blue its the same price and wait till tomorrow the 760 is being launched


Thanks for the advice! So WD Blue will be just as good for a gaming PC as WD Black? If so, I'm happy to save the money! Any idea what the price point for the 760 will be???
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June 25, 2013 5:55:38 AM

CooperLily21 said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
no you dont need a aftermarket if not OC, what about your PSU and get a 1TB caviar blue its the same price and wait till tomorrow the 760 is being launched


Thanks for the advice! So WD Blue will be just as good for a gaming PC as WD Black? If so, I'm happy to save the money! Any idea what the price point for the 760 will be???


well a wd black will be better but a lot louder and a wd blue is a happy medium between the green and black its what i use and i like it. i would guess a 760 to be around $250
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