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Hey guys, I lurk these forums every now and again for some random tidbits of info on new cpus, mobos, ect.. but this time I need to post!

I recently (on a spur of the moment.. moment) preordered Battlefield 3 because I thought it looked awesome. Problem is my computer, it's a little out of date.

I was thinking of wiping it completely and reinstalling windows because its been sluggish recently until I started looking into some i5 builds.
What I'm looking to do is take whatever I can salvage from my old PC and put in this new one, but upgrade it enough that itll run BF3 solid. I am on a budget (500ish..?) and I have an old copy of Windows 7 Student OEM that I really hope I'd be able to get up and running on the new one.

Old build is as follows:

Case:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115029
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128050
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153042
HD1: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136012
HD2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136074
GFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130071

and thats really the main components, a random DVD drive and such I left out.
It was a pretty awesome build for back in 2007 and was my 2nd computer I ever built at the time.

My main concerns are if the PSU I have now will support an i5/550x combo, and if my hard drives would need upgrading (the 10k rpm one is my main drive, but its sata 3gb/s), and if there will be any problems with space in the Antec 900.

Ill most likely be upgrading CPU, mobo, ram, gfx, and if needed a psu, and I've been researching lately and this is what I came up with:

CPU/GFX combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.749603
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128502
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428


I know the combo only saves 13 dollars, but I am definitely going for a i5 2500k and I was planning on getting that card anyway so why not do a combo deal?
The mobo is a tossup, is there a huge difference in the z68 and the p67 boards? I know there's an ASrock or w/e for $150 thats a p67 that everyone's been humping, but I don't know which i should go for.

Any any comments or suggestions are always welcome guys.
Thanks much!


EDIT/UPDATE:
Incase you dont want to travel through the whole thread:
CPU: i5 2500k http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=579...l&promoid=1208
MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271
RAM: G.SKILL 8GB (2x4gb) Sniper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231416
GFX: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150530
PSU: Antec EA-750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371051
HD: SAMSUNG F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
Heatsink: CORSAIR CAFA50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835181012
And Windows 7 Home. Getting Dirt3, a 4gb sd card for free, and theres $65 in MIR's. Total right now is $950.73 before tax. I dont need a case
Edited by fork! - 10/24/11 at 3:55pm
post #2 of 37
You would basically be set with what you have chosen, I would definitely choose the 550ti over the 8800 tho!
Edit: I saw 550ti but read 560ti lol. my mistake.
Edited by FlamingMidget - 10/20/11 at 7:17pm
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There is a Z68 asrock for $124 thats been getting alot of praise also
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Ehh, I know the 550Ti is in a combo deal, but is there any other card available besides that and the 8800?

550Ti gives less performance than a 460 768mb.

Go buy a i5 2500k from NCIX-US for $189.99 and then get a GTX460 1GB or a 6850/6870 with the money you save.

LINK TO i5: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=579...l&promoid=1208

You'll probably also need an aftermarket cooler on that i5 2500k if you're going to overclock.
This is best price for performance as of right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=corsair%20a70

2 fans, $23AR, beats 212+ and some others.
Edited by GuardianDuo - 10/20/11 at 6:51pm
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You shiuld get a 500GB HDD. Some of them are pretty cheap. The Samsumg Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm is $60
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get a gtx 460 its cheap and will run bc3 no problem
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FyreBurn View Post
The Samsumg Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm is $60
Drops down to $50 every now and then. An even more rare occurrence is the Samsung F4 2TB 5400rpm (slower rpm, but bigger platters) at $50/$60.
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The PSU might work, but seems a tad weak. Most 600w PSU's have 45-55A on the 12v rail(s), but yours only amounts to 38A, if Newegg pics are to be trusted. You can check this thread to find a good PSU within your budget, all are proved to be quality built, and some are even real deals, like the Rosewill Green Series 630w. If you're looking to use a single video card, that one will be enough.

RAM is awesome for the price. Don't change it.

Mobo seems to be good, but you can spend a bit more and get a couple more features, better power phases for CPU and a less Fugly theme (IMHO)

A GTS 550 Ti is not such a great card, at least alone. My 450's, which aren't that far from it performance-wise, in single mode, cannot run BF3 with 30 fps's unless i kick FOW, AA and use Medium/High settings. I'd go with a GTX 460 1 GB/GTX 560 Ti if you want BF3 in at least High details, 2x AA and no FOV. I don't recommend non-TI 560's as they give almost same performance as the 460, but they're $30 or more expensive. Just FYI, my SLI GTS 450 setup is better than a single 460, but worse than a 560 Ti on most games @ 1080p with high/ultra resolutions, so yeah.

Your HDD's would be fine, and SATA II/III does not matter with mechanical HDD's (they cannot even saturate a SATA I port, much less a SATA II/III). If you want to upgrade tho, there is the Samsung SpinPoint F3, but you would not see much of an upgrade from your Raptor. If you want a large data disk, then the SpinPoint F4's are great for the price. For now, i'd stay away from buying an HDD tho, they have been climbing a lot in price (especially WD HDD's) thanks to flooding issues. Hell, even Samsung HDD's have been climbing in prices (they're even matching my local store prices )

Also, do you plan to OC the CPU? If you do, you might wanna consider adding a cheap aftermarket cooler, like the mighty Cooler Master 212+. If you do not plan to OC, save yourself money and buy a non-K CPU, like the i5-2300.
Edited by Starbomba - 10/20/11 at 7:25pm
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I'd go for a GTX 560 TI. I've played the beta on PC on one of my builds with a 2500k and a single GTX 560 ti and I was able to run it at very nice framerates on 1080p. I wish I had actually recorded what frames I was running at but I was having too much fun with the game. All I remember was that the game ran almost flawlessly at high settings.

The video card seems to be the most important thing right now since you're looking to play this game with at least decent/playable frames. The 550 is considered to be a fairly low-end card, I wouldn't recommend it. You're better off going with a previous generation GTX 460.
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good call on the video cards, I'll keep a searchin'.
Thanks for the input so far guys
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