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Hey Guys,

Not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but I couldn't find a place that I thought was more suitable. I'm making a new computer build. It has been a while, since I didn't have enough time to build my own comp last time I purchased a new system. This time, however, I'd like to make a computer that is well suited to play BF3 at its finest without costing me an arm and a leg. I do not plan to overclock.

You guys have historically been great about making excellent recommendations, and you've been a lot better than I at identifying good combo packages on Newegg. Thank you for all of your help in the past, and a preemptive thanks for helping me again.

Here are my thoughts so far:

CPU - $215
Core i5-3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115233

Motherboard - $177
MSI Z77A-GD65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130643

Graphics card - $500
EVGA GeForce GTX 680
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768

PSU - $165
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

RAM - $45
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Sound card - $100
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102041

Case - $59
COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-119-233&SortField=1&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

Optical drive - $90
Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129067
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post #2 of 16
MY feedback :

1 - Sound card - i would drop the sound card , and use the money for something else .
2 - This is only a personal preference , but i would choose a different brand for motherboard . Lately i had bad experience with MSI motherboards .Probably for you a motherboatrd in the 150$ range is enough . Again personal preference
3 - Buy a regular optical drive . One like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136246
4 - Not a big fan of that type of case either

If you go for a cheaper motherboard , drop the sound card and downgrade your optical drive you have around 160$ extra plus 59$ from the case that is around 210$


Upgrade parts :

Mobo : Buy an Asrock extrreme3 or 4 they go around 130
Optical drive : the one from the above link should be ok
Case : Corsair 400r or a fractal Design Arc Midi


These would be my choices
post #3 of 16
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Thanks for the excellent advice. Can you please explain why you prefer the other cases? Thank you!
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post #4 of 16
Well is just personal preference .
Personally i like simple looking cases .
I owned a Fractal Design Arc Midi and loved everything about it . I don't like Cooler Master lines on cases , especially the front side .
post #5 of 16
I would get gtx 670 instead. Here is a review. There is only 1-3 fps difference and save $90.
Edited by TilTheEndOfTime - 9/3/12 at 6:15pm
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post #6 of 16
OP the PSU is overkill unless you want go SLI in future. and the sound card is unnecessary unless you are a sound professional. motherboards have very high quality onboard sound.

My suggestions

1. Seasonic 650w modular PSU with 5 year warranty .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095

2. Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB . one of the best SSDs. Using the SSD for the OS and games makes the system so much more responsive and games load super fast. keep the HDD for other apps and data storage like movies, songs etc.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163

3. Since you don't want to overclock get a factory overclocked GTX 680. better perf out of the box.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130779

4. Also the ANTEC 302 at same price is a better design with a 120mm rear fan and 140mm top fan. also looks better. very spacious and tool-less 5.25 inch bays.

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp/B006TVQTHW
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post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Such great advice guys! Youve saved me hundreds of bucks and made my system better.
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What's the 850W PSU for ? SLI?

Unless you PLAN to SLI the rig, just get a well made unit around 500W. A GTX680 running full tilt with an i5 running full tilt with the rest of the machine will be ~300W, so a well made 450W unit is fine, up to 600W is justifiable as "overhead" IMO.

Unless there is a feature you need on the expensive motherboard, there is nothing performance wise to gain by going with such a fancy motherboard for a non-OCed setup. If it's not going to be SLI'd in the future, then there are lots of boards around $100 that will be great for this build. There are a handful of boards under $150 that would be more appropriate (value wise) for a non-OC but SLI config.

No reason to pay the premium for the "K" model CPU unless you are OCing.

For a 2x4GB RAM kit, the samsung 1.35V kits are around the same price, and arguably going to be the better quality choice. (they have so much stinkin headroom to play with, you can run em at all sorts of timings/speeds well better than their rated spec)

I don't see any hard drives in the build. Plans? SSD? move up to 1TB/platter density HDs?

Sounds cards... hmmm... Skip em unless they are providing you with a particular feature you need for some productivity issue. Onboard sound on most MOBOs these days is remarkably good.

I'll throw you some combo special ideas when I have a better picture of the intended long term of the system, budget, drives, etc.
Edited by mdocod - 9/6/12 at 12:21am
     
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Rosewill is not one of the better PSU brands. Seasonic, Corsair, ANTEC are some of the better brands. get the seasonic M12II 650 . 53A on the +12v rail . the rosewill has only 54A on the +12v rail even though its rated 750w. the amps on the +12v rail is what matters most. because the latest CPU, GPUs all draw from the +12v rails. the seasonic 650w can easily run two GTX 680 cards. this PSU has four 8 pin (6+2) PCI-E power connectors. enough connectors for two GTX 680s.

the seasonic has a 15% discount till sep 10th so that brings the cost to USD 90. it has a 5 year warranty. this one too is a modular PSU. seasonic has a better reputation and is one of the best PSU manufacturers. at the same cost with similar specs and a better warranty there is no reason to get the rosewill.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151106
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