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Post Date: 2011-06-07

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    Posted: 07 Jun 2011 at 8:22am
I have been checking out DSO for at least a month or two and have been playing around with configurations for a gaming PC, with my mind set on Battlefield 3. Of course I will be playing already released games and the soon upcoming Duke Nukem Forever =).

Budget is set at $1,500. I was seriously thinking of getting the ODE Level 1 system, until I just realized the video card is a GTX 560, not a GTX 560 Ti. Being as hard headed as I am, I do want the GTX 560 Ti lol.

I do have a monitor, it's a Samsung Syncmaster 2233. The highest resolution for it seems to be 1920x1080.

So here's my configuration. Any input is welcome. Let me know if the CPU cooling and power supply is sufficient enough, or if I should drop it down to the cheaper choices. I don't plan to SLI in the future.

Also, should I do a Video Boost and/or OS Boost? I don't see much configurations utilizing any of those two. Pros/Cons of selecting them?

Thank you in advance everybody out there =]

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Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - HAF 922
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.30GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 (Intel P67 Chipset) (New B3 Revision) (Does Not Support SLI)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (500GB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (16MB Cache) (Model: Blue Edition)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB (Includes PhysX) (EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-KR)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Corsair A70 Dual 120mm Fans High Performance Cooler
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty


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Edited by anjuice360 - 07 Jun 2011 at 8:23am
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  Quote ironmb Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2011 at 8:49am

I think the build looks very good. That 560 Ti averages about 47 FPS on BFBC2. So you should be set.. now i dont know how good it will perform on BF3. Save up for an SSD and then put your OS/games/apps on it.. and you'll have a pretty solid performing desktop.

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Thanks! I'll think of SSD in the future.
Gamefront posted system requirements for Battlefield 3, but their source is iffy. http://www.gamefront.com/battlefield-3-system-requirements/
I'll just wait until Wednesday and hopefully they reveal the requirements live in this stream http://live-event.ea.com/e3/chat/battlefield
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  Quote ironmb Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2011 at 9:05am

I'd like to correct myself, the 560 Ti averages 47 fps with full details with 4xAA. So if you were turn off AA, you'd probably average 60+ easily.

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Oh thanks ironmb! I'll probably just be playing on 2xAA.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2011 at 3:42pm
Don't just consider today's performance, concider the performance 2 years from now, go with 2600K and if you can go with stage one oc do so.

gpu boost here is low and you won't notice it.

os boost makes no difference.

Ask DS specifically for this fan to be added to the side, so you endup with 3 x 200mm fans:

haf 200mm non led fan

for your res and other games at your res, 570 is choice.

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Thanks DST4ME. I'll see if I can push the budget farther.
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My pleasure and good luck
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  Quote anjuice360 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2011 at 1:43am
Thanks Smile

Let's say I can go for the GTX 570 but not the 2600k, would that be ok?
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2011 at 1:55am
No, the cpu is the brain of your pc, you can upgrade gpu easily down the road, cpu may not be that easy for you, nor would you want to go from a 2500k to a 2600k in 2 years.

go with 2600k, upgrade gpu in 2 years or so.

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Ok thanks for the advice AwesomeI'll keep that in mind!
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