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May 18, 2013 5:52:49 PM

I want to build a Gaming PC for my brother. he wants to play Battlefield 3 and in the future Battlefield 4 on, if possible, high/ultra settings. Would an AMD be more sufficient for the amount of money or Intel? If possible can you guys suggest AMD builds and Intel builds. Thanks you guys for your help.

Also some guy offered to sell him a Alienware X51 for 450 dollars with these specs. Would you guys buy the Alienware or just build for 600 dollars?

ALIENWARE SPECS
Intel Core i3-2120
4gb DDR3
1TB Sata 7200 RPM
GeForce GT 545
May 18, 2013 5:59:00 PM

is $600 including monitor/keyboard/mouse/OS?
a c 302 4 Gaming
May 18, 2013 5:59:03 PM

Build something definitely.
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May 18, 2013 6:02:40 PM

@caydn12 No monitor keyboard, OS, mouse is needed. Just the build. He will use his HDMI TV. @tinyvoices. Hey. You helped me with a past build I did for myself.
a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2013 6:05:29 PM

astaccz said:
@caydn12 No monitor keyboard, OS, mouse is needed. Just the build. He will use his HDMI TV. @tinyvoices. Hey. You helped me with a past build I did for myself.


If you have $600 to spend sans peripherals/OS, that deal is a terrible idea. You can get a mid-range computer for that much, if you buy carefully.

Edit: Wait, do you need both OS and mouse, or just mouse? It doesn't change my recommendation (that's a really bad deal), but it saves me an extra response before starting my design.
May 18, 2013 6:16:22 PM

Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
@caydn12 No monitor keyboard, OS, mouse is needed. Just the build. He will use his HDMI TV. @tinyvoices. Hey. You helped me with a past build I did for myself.


If you have $600 to spend sans peripherals/OS, that deal is a terrible idea. You can get a mid-range computer for that much, if you buy carefully.

Edit: Wait, do you need both OS and mouse, or just mouse? It doesn't change my recommendation (that's a really bad deal), but it saves me an extra response before starting my design.


I see. Neither are needed. OS, Monitor, and all Peripherals he has already.

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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2013 6:25:03 PM
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astaccz said:
Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
@caydn12 No monitor keyboard, OS, mouse is needed. Just the build. He will use his HDMI TV. @tinyvoices. Hey. You helped me with a past build I did for myself.


If you have $600 to spend sans peripherals/OS, that deal is a terrible idea. You can get a mid-range computer for that much, if you buy carefully.

Edit: Wait, do you need both OS and mouse, or just mouse? It doesn't change my recommendation (that's a really bad deal), but it saves me an extra response before starting my design.


I see. Neither are needed. OS, Monitor, and all Peripherals he has already.


Excellent. I'll get to work.

Edit: Slightly over budget, but pretty damn good. I can reduce cost if needed, however:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($191.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $627.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-18 21:32 EDT-0400)
May 18, 2013 6:47:40 PM

Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
@caydn12 No monitor keyboard, OS, mouse is needed. Just the build. He will use his HDMI TV. @tinyvoices. Hey. You helped me with a past build I did for myself.


If you have $600 to spend sans peripherals/OS, that deal is a terrible idea. You can get a mid-range computer for that much, if you buy carefully.

Edit: Wait, do you need both OS and mouse, or just mouse? It doesn't change my recommendation (that's a really bad deal), but it saves me an extra response before starting my design.


I see. Neither are needed. OS, Monitor, and all Peripherals he has already.


Excellent. I'll get to work.

Edit: Slightly over budget, but pretty damn good. I can reduce cost if needed, however:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($191.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $627.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-18 21:32 EDT-0400)


Looks good to me. And this is sure to play BF3 on High settings? Also just out of curiosity, what are your thoughts on AMD vs Intel?
a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2013 6:52:45 PM

astaccz said:
Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
@caydn12 No monitor keyboard, OS, mouse is needed. Just the build. He will use his HDMI TV. @tinyvoices. Hey. You helped me with a past build I did for myself.


If you have $600 to spend sans peripherals/OS, that deal is a terrible idea. You can get a mid-range computer for that much, if you buy carefully.

Edit: Wait, do you need both OS and mouse, or just mouse? It doesn't change my recommendation (that's a really bad deal), but it saves me an extra response before starting my design.


I see. Neither are needed. OS, Monitor, and all Peripherals he has already.


Excellent. I'll get to work.

Edit: Slightly over budget, but pretty damn good. I can reduce cost if needed, however:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($191.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $627.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-18 21:32 EDT-0400)


Looks good to me. And this is sure to play BF3 on High settings? Also just out of curiosity, what are your thoughts on AMD vs Intel?


I can't find a benchmark for that particular card, but the 660 should be able to handle it. I doubt it could max it, however.
I prefer Intel, at present. That said, AMD is quite competitive at lower price ranges.
May 18, 2013 6:57:59 PM

Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
@caydn12 No monitor keyboard, OS, mouse is needed. Just the build. He will use his HDMI TV. @tinyvoices. Hey. You helped me with a past build I did for myself.


If you have $600 to spend sans peripherals/OS, that deal is a terrible idea. You can get a mid-range computer for that much, if you buy carefully.

Edit: Wait, do you need both OS and mouse, or just mouse? It doesn't change my recommendation (that's a really bad deal), but it saves me an extra response before starting my design.


I see. Neither are needed. OS, Monitor, and all Peripherals he has already.


Excellent. I'll get to work.

Edit: Slightly over budget, but pretty damn good. I can reduce cost if needed, however:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($191.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $627.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-18 21:32 EDT-0400)


Looks good to me. And this is sure to play BF3 on High settings? Also just out of curiosity, what are your thoughts on AMD vs Intel?


I can't find a benchmark for that particular card, but the 660 should be able to handle it. I doubt it could max it, however.
I prefer Intel, at present. That said, AMD is quite competitive at lower price ranges.


I see. Thanks alot man for the build. you guys here on these forums are helpful. I appreciate it.
a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2013 6:59:44 PM

astaccz said:
Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
Jack Revenant said:
astaccz said:
@caydn12 No monitor keyboard, OS, mouse is needed. Just the build. He will use his HDMI TV. @tinyvoices. Hey. You helped me with a past build I did for myself.


If you have $600 to spend sans peripherals/OS, that deal is a terrible idea. You can get a mid-range computer for that much, if you buy carefully.

Edit: Wait, do you need both OS and mouse, or just mouse? It doesn't change my recommendation (that's a really bad deal), but it saves me an extra response before starting my design.


I see. Neither are needed. OS, Monitor, and all Peripherals he has already.


Excellent. I'll get to work.

Edit: Slightly over budget, but pretty damn good. I can reduce cost if needed, however:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($191.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $627.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-18 21:32 EDT-0400)


Looks good to me. And this is sure to play BF3 on High settings? Also just out of curiosity, what are your thoughts on AMD vs Intel?


I can't find a benchmark for that particular card, but the 660 should be able to handle it. I doubt it could max it, however.
I prefer Intel, at present. That said, AMD is quite competitive at lower price ranges.


I see. Thanks alot man for the build. you guys here on these forums are helpful. I appreciate it.


My pleasure, mate. Happy gaming!
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