I am going to be building a gaming pc for a friend. He does light gaming right now, along with general surfing of the internet and school work, but may get more and more into gaming in the future, and would like his pc to be ready to run games like battlefield 3 high and crysis 3 high (if possible). The budget is $800, $850 at the most, as he has $900 and I am getting paid $50 for building it for him. Not included in the budget is a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. He would prefer a copy of Windows 7 as his os. He won't be doing any overclocking, so he shouldn't need any extravagant cpu coolers for this build. He has no preference on the cpu and graphics card brands, as long as they perform well for what he is going to be doing. Any ideas for what to put in this build?
At $850... he won't be playing crisis 3 on high. That game is a beast on both cpus and gpus, and built to utilize as many cores as you've got... which means you're gonna have to go with big number of cores and overclocked
The best i could do for you is go with a 6300, and a 7950... that will get you close. here is a build.
Personally i'd take this over the tom's hardware $800 build... as overclocked into the mid 4s, that cpu will stomp on the one they used. That said if your friend isn't going to overclock, the Tom's build will probably serve him better.