A friend of mine is trying to build a bf3 rig for around $2500-$3000.he needs help from me and i need help from all of you.Good help is always appreciated.Thnx in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: in a month

Budget Range: $2500-$3000 or +500 if needed

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily Gaming, home use,hd video conversion,

Parts Not Required: All needed including keyboard,mouse(no speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg,Tigerdirect or anything good

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences:a high performance cpu cooler,high end gpu,8 gb ram,nice looking full tower cool case with high air flow,plz suggest full hd monitor

Overclocking: Yes(will probably go 4.2~4.7 ghz)

SLI or Crossfire: if possible

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080(plz suggest full hd monitor)
sorry to be late.as i said it is going to be build for my friend not me.my rig is a bit out dated.specs -
CM HAF 932
i7 920 @4.0ghz
thermaltake frio dual fan heatsink
asus sabertooth x58
g.skill ripjaws x 8 gb 1333
WD caviar black 1 tb x2 raid 0(no ssd)
Rosewill bronze series 1000w psu
ASUS VE276Q Black 27" 1920X1080 monitor
Radeon hd 5870 2gb eyefinity version in crossfire
is antec dark fleet a good case? i think so.
i think a more powerful cooler such as thermaltake frio OCK will serve better for 4+ghz.i consider asus and gigabyte as best mobo manufacturer
thnx for reply
plz help.


that ASrock board is currently really good it is one of the few boards to sport PCI-E 3.0 lanes, the Dark Fleet seems to have some great reviews, and yeah if your friend wants to do some serious overclocking then he should go for a better cooler.

thats a good budget build but i wanted something least possibly messy with high performance under or a few more with budget.
heres what i found-
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LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
($89.99 each)

Acer S273HLbmii Black 27" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design w/Speaker

MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...

NVIDIA Gift - BATMAN Arkham City Game Coupon

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS ...

RAZER Black Wired BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

RAZER DeathAdder Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM

2xCrucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
($249.99 each)
Subtotal: $3,015.73

i am going to set ssds and hdds in raid 0 to get crazy speeds for my main games.
i am going to overclock upto 4.5~5.0 ghz.do i need watercooling? for this
if so i think self contained kits such as h80 or antec kulher will be fine. need your suggestion.
i am stuck between antec 1200v3 and HAF X.which one is better?
i dont think it is right time to spend $1k on gtx 580 sli bcoz till 2012 new gfx will arrive.
msi lightning series is extrmely reliable,fast and overclockable using msi afterburner.
monitor is good with LED backlight.
other things look good.any suggestions /changes are acceptable.
by the way i am also gonna buy cbr 1000rr fireblade on 25 dec. i cant wait.


Aug 1, 2011
Processor : i7 2600K - $315 (Better than i5 2500K for Video Transcoding)
Motherboard : ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 - $280
RAM : 2 x (CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866) - $170
Graphics Card : ASUS ENGTX590/3DIS/3GD5 GeForce GTX 590 (Fermi) 3072MB 768-bit GDDR5 - $750
Monitor : SAMSUNG S27A350H ToC Rose Black 27" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor - $400
Storage : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm - $60
SSD : Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $400
Optical Drive : ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS - OEM - $80
Power Supply : CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W - $280
Case : COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $180
Keyboard and Mouse - $50

Total : $2865 after rebates

Did I miss anything?

This should blow any game out and throw 'em outta the window and everyone will just keep looking at it. :p


Aug 1, 2011

Here in India, the prices of keyboard and mouse are too low.

I got a decent Keyboard for 6$ and an optical mouse for 3$. :p I game with those. No problems yet.