The time is drawing close. About two months ago I realized that my laptop is no longer up to the task of playing BF3, or any other game for that matter. The past couple of months have been rather difficult for me, as I consider gaming to be an important hobby of mine and my primary stress release. Due to the interplay of several real life family and financial occurrences I've held off on building the prophesied brand new desktop, and fortunately it appears the time to order the parts and build is drawing near (for real this time).

Thanks to you wonderful tech-heads in the Hardware forum, I've decided to definitely go with an Intel based build. Here's what the end build should look like. By all means, any further suggestions are very welcome.

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores 1.25GB Video Card ($257.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Sniper ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $994.32
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-04 14:35 EDT-0400)
Additionally, thanks to some connections back home I've been able to obtain a pair of 15k RPM 73GB SCSI hard drives that would have been scrapped otherwise, as well as a PCI SCSI controller and the necessary cable. I'm planning to tie these two drives together in a RAID 0 array specifically for video recording, and I'll be purchasing a licence of Playclaw once I have the machine built and working.

In supplement to some video recording, I'm considering doing a series of AAR blogs once I'm back in the game. I need to see what my writing style will best lend itself to, but something will come down the pipeline soon enough ;)

In my opinion I've been away from the game for too long. It's been very frustrating to carry the title and responsibility of being a Battlefield admin while at the same time being unable to participate in the game and community I'm responsible to. Fortunately an end is in sight, I just need to wait I tiny bit longer.