My new build for BF3/Tribes:Ascend/SC2 (Under $1k)

gogetta

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Just ordered my new gaming PC

Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK - $99
Mobo: MSI P67A-G45 - $125 ($105 after rebate)
CPU: Intel i5 2500 - $185 (Didn't go with 2500k, not an overclocker and found great price on 2500)
Heatsink: CoolerMaster 212 - $27
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60 GB - $95 ($70 after rebate)
HDD: Western Digital 640 GB 7200 RPM - $65
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600mhz - $57
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked - $250 ($230 after rebate)
DVD Drive: Asus - $20
Network adapter: generic USB network adapter - $25
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $85

Grand Total after rebates: $970

How did I do?

BF3 Beta can't get here soon enough!

 

008Rohit

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Seems like just fine to me. :)
This build should (probably) play BF3 at high details with no issues.

However, I'm curious to know the reason why you thought that you need a CM 212 as you can't overclock your processor!?
 
Pretty good. My thoughts are below...

CPU - If you aren't going to overclock, the i5-2400 will game the same as the i5-2500. Not sure where you found the i5-2500 for $185, but if they have a similar deal on the i5-2400 you can shave a few $ off...

HDD - Scratch the WD 640GB. The Samsung F3 1TB is a fast and reliable drive. Since you have the SSD for a boot / OS drive the F3 is great as a storage / apps drive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

MEM - I am assuming the Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600mhz memory you listed is CL9. For a few $ more you can get into CL8 memory (lower latency) which will perform better.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233185

GPU - The GTX 560 Ti is a good card. On the same performance level is the HD 6950 which comes in at $210 after rebate. Something to consider...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523


 

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I do a lot of office PC builds at work and I hate dealing with the stock CPU fans and those finicky twist screws and the CM 212 was pretty cheap.
 

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Thanks for the comments!

- I grabbed the i5 2500 off of a newegg e-mail promo and I think it ended up being almost identical to the i5 2400 price wise.

- I actually almost bought the Samsung, ended up just going with WD because I've used them before and I know they are solid.

- Didn't know that about the memory.. good to know!

- I definitely wanted to stick with NVIDIA as far as a GPU. They seemed to edge out most Radeon competitors in benchmarks.