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New to PC Building. Will this rig work well?


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#1 slayerfanx55

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 01:25 PM

Hey, I'm looking into building a good PC so that I can play Skyrim, ARMA III, and BF3 on the highest settings 1080p Monitor. I'm not a graphics noob, but I'm tired of playing splinter cell or COD:4 with lag.(Yeah. like splinter cell from 2002. -.-) I need an upgrade. Originally I was thinking of not spending much more than $800 but what I've picked out Comes out to about $960 Maybe I chose something that I don't really need, also any compatibility issues let me know please. I don't really have a budget, but I'd like to spend around $800. I'll spend more if necessary, as I will not be buying everything at once. I'm 17 and only have a part time job lol.

Here's what I have so far:

CPU Will this be able to run BF3, Most games can't fully take advantage of the Quad core processor, but I'd like to have one for future games.
-Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506&Tpk=N82E16819116506

CASE I'm dead set on this case. It looks badass, it's spacious, and hundreds of reviews say it has amazing cooling.
-COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213

Video Card This I'm not too sure about. I might need a better one to ensure maximum settings. Again I'm not too sure.
-EVGA 01G-P3-1466-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) DS SSC 1GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130685

RAM- 8 gigs should be enough right?
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Motherboard Z77s are what I keep getting recommended.
-GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544

HDD This should do for now. I also have a 500GB external.
-Western Digital AV-GP WD3200AUDX 320GB IntelliPower 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236079

Power Supply Idk, this I just picked because it looks cool. I have no idea if it's too much or too little for this set up.
-KINGWIN Lazer Gold Series LZG-700 700W ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121077


I also read that I need a thermal compound? and does the case come with a DVD drive or do I need that as well.

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:39 PM

You also need an operating system and DVD drive, which the case doesn't come with. You'll probably not be able to stay under $800, certainly not with the settings you with to use. Here's an idea...

Case: Antec Three Hundred - This is a fairly standard case, no frills. $54

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 - This is a basic board, but does come with USB 3.0 and SATA 6. $94

GPU: DIAMOND 7870PE52G Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB - This is a high-end GPU, but isn't an enthusiast grade model like the Radeon 7900 series is. It's a bit more powerful than a GTX 560. $279

PSU: ENERMAX NAXN 82+ ENP650AWT B 650W - This isn't modular, but is a quality unit. $79

CPU: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz - This is roughly equal to the 2500K. With games, there isn't much difference between these CPU's as the GPU does most of the work. Ivy Bridge is pretty much just a refined version of Sandy Bridge. $159

RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB - This is a single 8GB stick of DDR3-1600 RAM. $55

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB - This should be enough space. $109

ODD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - A simple drive is all you need. $17

Aftermarket CPU Heatsink and Fan (OPTIONAL): XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 - You don't really need this, but it is much quieter than the one included with the CPU. $50

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - You can get this, or, wait until October 26 for Windows 8. If you need the PC now, you can use the Windows 8 Release Preview and get upgrade pricing of $39 as it says here. $99

Grand Total: $952 (Before rebates, shipping, and includes pricing for Windows 7, doesn't include the aftermarket cooler)

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