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hi,

I want to build a gaming rig for Battlefield 3 and other FPS games. I know a bit about computers but not too much, that's why I need pro advice from u awesome people. My budget is 1700 but if it can be cheaper that would be nice. I wont be overclocking anything, n this is only for gaming, surfing net listening to music n watching movies. I will also be using Wireless for internet so I'll need a wireless card which can connect to newer to older router/modem.

I plan to buy my parts from Umart because it's the closest place to my area n I like to buy computer things from a physical Store not online.

I have a rough Rig in mind but feel free to correct my whole rig n post it as a comment thanks.

This is my rough build:

CPU:Intel Core i5 2500K Processor LGA1155 3.3GHz CPU

Cooler: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H60 High-performance CPU Cooler

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA1155 Z68 DDR3/1333 PCI-Ex16 SATA2 SATA3 USB3.0 RAID GLAN CrossFire SLI AT

Ram: 2x Kingston 4GB(2 X 2GB) DDR3-1333MHZ (total 8GB)

Hard Drive: 2x Seagate SATAIII 1TB 7200RPM 32mb Cache (Total 2TB)

Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX560 GOC 1G DDR5 PCI-E2.0 DualLink DVI Mini HDMI

DVD Drive: 2x LG H22NS70 SATA 22X+- Super Multi DVDR Black with Software

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG PCI Gaming 5.1 Channel Dolby soundcard Built-in Headphone AMP,GX

internet wireless card: Generic W322P Wireless N PCI Adapter

Power Supply: CoolerMaster 700W Silent Pro w Modular

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM(Microsoft OEM Terms&condition apply)
post #2 of 11
I would probably change the Power Supply to the Seasonic x650. If you buy it today on newegg, there's a coupon. $30 off. EMCYTZT638.

Edit: Just saw you like B&M Stores... That'll cost you a bit more money, but that's all good.

Seasonic, Silverstone, Corsair... All better PSU's than CM imo. I would look for one of those. Your call though. I imagine the Coolermaster will do the job.

The rest all looks solid enough. You should get a boot drive SSD though. The speed difference really is significantly noticeable. The 64gb M4 is decent.

I would also opt for 1600mhz ram. It wont be any more expensive really. Not much difference in performance, but why get less when you can get more for about the same price?
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whats a boot drive?
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Originally Posted by chingawest View Post
hi,

I want to build a gaming rig for Battlefield 3 and other FPS games. I know a bit about computers but not too much, that's why I need pro advice from u awesome people. My budget is 1700 but if it can be cheaper that would be nice. I wont be overclocking anything, n this is only for gaming, surfing net listening to music n watching movies. I will also be using Wireless for internet so I'll need a wireless card which can connect to newer to older router/modem.

I plan to buy my parts from Umart because it's the closest place to my area n I like to buy computer things from a physical Store not online.

I have a rough Rig in mind but feel free to correct my whole rig n post it as a comment thanks.

This is my rough build:

CPU:Intel Core i5 2500K Processor LGA1155 3.3GHz CPU

Cooler: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H60 High-performance CPU Cooler

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA1155 Z68 DDR3/1333 PCI-Ex16 SATA2 SATA3 USB3.0 RAID GLAN CrossFire SLI AT

Ram: 2x Kingston 4GB(2 X 2GB) DDR3-1333MHZ (total 8GB)

Hard Drive: 2x Seagate SATAIII 1TB 7200RPM 32mb Cache (Total 2TB)

Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX560 GOC 1G DDR5 PCI-E2.0 DualLink DVI Mini HDMI

DVD Drive: 2x LG H22NS70 SATA 22X+- Super Multi DVDR Black with Software

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG PCI Gaming 5.1 Channel Dolby soundcard Built-in Headphone AMP,GX

internet wireless card: Generic W322P Wireless N PCI Adapter

Power Supply: CoolerMaster 700W Silent Pro w Modular

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM(Microsoft OEM Terms&condition apply)
The Samsung F3's are very reliable drives, and they come in 500gb and 1tb varieties. Any reason why you've gone for 2x DVD drives?


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whats a boot drive?
A hard drive where you put Windows 7 and your top applications. It makes everything faster .


EDIT: Yep I found it necessary to quote the whole first post heh
 
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post #5 of 11
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The Samsung F3's are very reliable drives, and they come in 500gb and 1tb varieties. Any reason why you've gone for 2x DVD drives?
lol i just thought having 2x dvd drives would be useful from time to time that's all.


Well here is my more refined spec which I included things u both told me to add.

Can u guys help me to double check this new spec to see if everything is compatible? N about the hard disk. What is the difference between SATA 2 n SATA 3? Is my motherboard able to handle 1600MHz? The board says 1333 so I followed it n found 2 Rams which uses 1333 MHz. Also will this computer be loud? Like cpu fan etc.

Oh n I still need a case lol. What do u guys suggest?


Revised Rig Specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Processor LGA115 3.3GHz

Cooler: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H60 High-performance CPU Cooler

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-ZA68A-D3H-B3 LGA1155 Z68 DDR3/1333 PCI-Ex16 SATA 2 SATA3 USB3.0 RAID GLAN CrossFire SLI AT

Ram: 2x Kingston 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 HyperX (8GB Total)

Hard Disk: 2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA2 7200RPM 32M (2T Total)

Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX560 GOC 1G DDR5 PCI-E2.0 DualLink DVI Mini HDMI

DVDRW: LG H22NS70 SATA22X+- Super Multi DVDR Black with Software

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG PCI Gaming 5.1 Channel Dolby soundcard Built-in Headphone AMP, GX

Network Card: Generic W322P Wireless N PCI Adapter

Power Supply: Corsair HX-650 ATX Power Supply, 120mm fan

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM
Edited by chingawest - 8/1/11 at 6:35am
post #6 of 11
Go for H80 it will keep your overclocked 2500k run cool
post #7 of 11
Honestly, you stated that you wont overclock so I wouldnt recommend buying any cooler at all.

You can always buy coolers and fans once you decide to try overclocking.

That is, unless the sound of the stock fans would be that much of a problem for you.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by chingawest View Post
lol i just thought having 2x dvd drives would be useful from time to time that's all.


Well here is my more refined spec which I included things u both told me to add.

Can u guys help me to double check this new spec to see if everything is compatible? N about the hard disk. What is the difference between SATA 2 n SATA 3? Is my motherboard able to handle 1600MHz? The board says 1333 so I followed it n found 2 Rams which uses 1333 MHz. Also will this computer be loud? Like cpu fan etc.

Oh n I still need a case lol. What do u guys suggest?


Revised Rig Specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Processor LGA115 3.3GHz

Cooler: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H60 High-performance CPU Cooler

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-ZA68A-D3H-B3 LGA1155 Z68 DDR3/1333 PCI-Ex16 SATA 2 SATA3 USB3.0 RAID GLAN CrossFire SLI AT

Ram: 2x Kingston 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 HyperX (8GB Total)

Hard Disk: 2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA2 7200RPM 32M (2T Total)

Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX560 GOC 1G DDR5 PCI-E2.0 DualLink DVI Mini HDMI

DVDRW: LG H22NS70 SATA22X+- Super Multi DVDR Black with Software

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG PCI Gaming 5.1 Channel Dolby soundcard Built-in Headphone AMP, GX

Network Card: Generic W322P Wireless N PCI Adapter

Power Supply: Corsair HX-650 ATX Power Supply, 120mm fan

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM

If you want 8 gb of RAM, i'd get 2 sticks of 4gb, so you have another 2 slots open for future upgrades rather than filling up all your ram slots. Heres some hypers for the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104173

Why do you need two 1tb Hard drives? You setting up a raid configuration?

Also I'd look into a SSD to install windows on and save your games/media to your 1tb HDD. Maybe this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148357
post #9 of 11
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oh the two 1tb hard drives is just so i have more space to store stuff that's all. Like photos, movies etc
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For $1700 dollars and an i5 cpu. You should be looking at a gtx 570 + 300 dollar ssd, or at gtx 580 and a 150 ssd not a 560 with no ssd.

For the best performance to $ ratio at least. 1tb hdd is enough, the prices on these things are always dropping. So if you ever run out of space on that 1tb grab another. I'd look at another hdd though the 750gb are some what cheaper right now than 1tbs $/gb wise I was able to get a caviar black for like $65.

Your sound card probably not needed, onboard 7.1 audio is good enough for gaming and most music. Probably want to upgrade your motherboard.

Overclocking on these new sandybridge cpu + an asus motherboard is literraly 1 click of a button no messing with values or anything, you can if you want but I get a stable 4.4ghz with the easymode overclock without changing a since value and checking stability.
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