Description

I played Battlefield 3 on a work computer and wanted to play it at home. I tried to play it on my 4 year old laptop, but it didn't like that very much. So I decided to build a computer capable of playing BF3 on Ultra settings at 1920x1080.

This computer meets this goal- the framerate stays in the 70s mostly, though it does dip down to 55 every once in a while. I don't anticipate needing to upgrade this computer anytime soon (and indeed, that was my goal), certainly not for the next four years.

Comments

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have exact temperatures for the GPU and CPU, but at idle they stay at about room temperature. I haven't checked their temp under load, but considering that the fans don't seem to go anywhere near their max speed (so far as I can hear), I think it's fair to assume that the system is kept fairly cool

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks pretty good. But why Windows 7 Professional instead of home premium? Also, why 16gb of 1600mhz ram? There's less than 1/5th of an FPS difference between 1333mhz and 1600mhz ram and you won't be needing 16gb ram, and when you do need it it'll be way cheaper than buying it all now.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Win 7 Professional because I needed the XP mode to be sure that I could use all of my legacy programs.

As for the RAM, I got the 1600 MHz because it had fins and looked cool and was only a few dollars more than other RAM at the time, so I figured it was worth it, and it does look pretty badass. As for 16 GB, my goal with this computer was to just get the specs to a point that I won't even think about upgrading for a few years, and with the RAM intensive stuff I plan on doing (video editing, 3d Modeling, CAD) jumping up to 16 GB just made sense

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Sometimes 16GB is necessary. I've seen Photoshop use 10GB.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I highly doubt that. If anything, video rendering will eat up 16gb, but not Photoshop. Sometimes a program uses ram just because it can, even if it won't really help performance that much, and having less RAM doesn't really make a difference.

  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

You're right, as I can run PS on a system with 3GB with no issues. But you're also right about the video rendering thing. I was just throwing out an example. But if his primary purpose is gaming then yes 16GB is definitely overkill.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the Razer keyboard, alot of people have said that its good for typing but not gaming or its good for both and stuff like that.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

I've had no problems with the Razer Keyboard for gaming. Granted, I haven't used many other gaming keyboards, so I'm not really the person to ask. But yeah, it is great for typing; I can type much faster with it, and overall it's just more comfortable because there's less force that you have to apply to the keys to get them to activate

UPDATE: I liked it so much I got one for my work computer as well! Now my coworkers hate me because of the clickety clackety noise of a mechanical keyboard!