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Okay, so a little after Christmas, I will starting my first PC build. It will be used for lots of gaming (BF3, Call Of duty, and some RPG's) and a little photo editing.

I have about a 900$ budget. I already have a CD/DVD burner, so no need for that. Can you all suggest anything I could swap out to increase performance without coming to close to the 900$ ceiling? I'm dead set on the i5 2500k and the 6950, though.

So far, the subtotal is $846.93



Thanks!
post #2 of 23
Will you be overclocking? I'd recommend a 1600mhz ram if you are. Your RAM also seems pricy. Get a corsair psu. Your OCZ ones only get 25 amps on both +12v rails, so that's pretty weak.
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50 amp for a 550W is pretty decent. my 750W only has 75W on a single rail
    
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Do you have an operating system?
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Will you be overclocking? I'd recommend a 1600mhz ram if you are. Your RAM also seems pricy. Get a corsair psu. Your OCZ ones only get 25 amps on both +12v rails, so that's pretty weak.
I will probably be overclocking just to see how well I can run BF3. And thanks for the advice. Is there a certain model you recommend?

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Do you have an operating system?
Yes. I get any version of windows I want for free through my school. Hell of a deal!
post #6 of 23
Yes, 1600mhz as that appears to be the sweet spot for Sandy Bridge. I recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231427 You should also get a custom cpu cooler since the stock intel heatsinks aren't very good.
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post #7 of 23
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Yes, 1600mhz as that appears to be the sweet spot for Sandy Bridge. I recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231427 You should also get a custom cpu cooler since the stock intel heatsinks aren't very good.
I have heard pretty good things about the Ripjaws RAM. So I'll just get those. Also, this is the CPU cooler I will be getting from a buddy if mine for free. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065
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Good choice!
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ASUS VS248H-P Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid MX Blue Corsair AX650 Fractal Design Define R4 
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post #9 of 23
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I have decided to go with 8 GB of GSkill Ripjaws RAM as well.

How well will my setup run BF3? Also, I plan on adding another 6950 farther down the road to sort of "future-proof" it.
post #10 of 23
Your GPU would be fine w/o AA and filtering off. If you wanna max everything, I recommend xfire.
    
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