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August 12, 2013 1:38:13 AM

My friend wants a $700 pc that can run bf3, and bf4 (Estimates, since it didnt come out yet) at medium at 30+ fps. I went to ncix to try my hand at it, and this is what i came up with.

CPU: AMD A8-5600k APU Quad Core processor.
Cpu Cooler: Stock
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35
DDR3 RAM: Corair 4gb DDR3 2x2gb
Video Cards: AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GHZ 1 GB 4.5GhZ GDDR5
Power Supply: CoolerMaster I500 ATX 12V Active PFC 80PLUS power supply
Dvd Writer: Samsung SH-224DB
Hard Drives: Western digital Variar Blue 1tb

Monitors, mice, os, etc he already has. However, there might be other things i need to build a computer, if so please tell me.

Is purchasing all this enough to run Battlefield 3, and perhaps 4 on a medium setting at a good frame rate? or will he need extra components? Is there something better for the same price?
Please tell me if there is anything I can do to make it better. Thanks in advance.
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August 12, 2013 1:44:47 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($168.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $683.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 04:43 EDT-0400)

This would be a way better system
Better card, better cpu and still in price range, you also get a coller here
Hope this helps
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August 12, 2013 1:45:14 AM

hey buddy ! you can get much better parts for 700$

that GPU & CPU are weak for decent games !!

can you please tell me where do you live so i can help you with your build ?!
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August 12, 2013 1:52:10 AM

Kurifox said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($168.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $683.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 04:43 EDT-0400)

This would be a way better system
Better card, better cpu and still in price range, you also get a coller here
Hope this helps


Thank you. Is there anything else i would need to pick up with that build? And just out of curiosity, would the build i made be able to handle bf3.
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August 12, 2013 1:54:02 AM

KareemGT said:
hey buddy ! you can get much better parts for 700$

that GPU & CPU are weak for decent games !!

can you please tell me where do you live so i can help you with your build ?!

Canada BC. So the taxes are quite high here.
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August 12, 2013 1:56:36 AM

dude , you can't get better than this for this price :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.30 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $706.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 04:54 EDT-0400)

You can play all games @ Ultra settings with good FPS and no lag !!

and it's a good Future proof since that CPU is 8 cores and can be easily overclocked

and that HD 7950 is really powerful for gaming and it can be overclocked in the future to get more performance !

i have an HD 7870 which is weaker than the HD 7950 and i can play battlefield 3 on Ultra with 70 FPS !
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August 12, 2013 2:02:52 AM

KareemGT said:
dude , you can't get better than this for this price :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.30 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $706.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 04:54 EDT-0400)

You can play all games @ Ultra settings with good FPS and no lag !!

and it's a good Future proof since that CPU is 8 cores and can be easily overclocked

and that HD 7950 is really powerful for gaming and it can be overclocked in the future to get more performance !

i have an HD 7870 which is weaker than the HD 7950 and i can play battlefield 3 on Ultra with 70 FPS !


Wow thats amazing, thank you. But is there anyway to reduce the price on something l like the mother board or cooler? The taxes in canada are around 13%, making that purchase a 780 dollar one. Thank you for the help.
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August 12, 2013 2:06:51 AM

I'd say you can do much better than that with the budget. Try this.

Intel Core i5 3350 - $170 will stomp any AMD in gaming.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093H8NBY/ref=as_li_q...

MSI B75A-G43 - $75
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00863R2K4/ref=as_li_q...

Kingston HyperX Blue 8GB - $60
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057Q4ADU/ref=as_li_q...

Sapphire HD7870 OC - $185
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A2J4ROE/ref=as_li_q...

WD Caviar Blue 1TB - $60
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088PUEPK/ref=as_li_q...

Silverstone Strider 500W - $50
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034XRDUU/ref=as_li_q...

NZXT Source 210 - $40 a bit plain, but I love this case. You can get a windowed version for $10 more.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005869A7K/ref=as_li_q...

DVD R/W - $20
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YIG9AQ/ref=as_li_q...


That's $660.
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August 12, 2013 2:07:24 AM

Weijin22 said:
KareemGT said:
dude , you can't get better than this for this price :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.30 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $706.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 04:54 EDT-0400)

You can play all games @ Ultra settings with good FPS and no lag !!

and it's a good Future proof since that CPU is 8 cores and can be easily overclocked

and that HD 7950 is really powerful for gaming and it can be overclocked in the future to get more performance !

i have an HD 7870 which is weaker than the HD 7950 and i can play battlefield 3 on Ultra with 70 FPS !


Wow thats amazing, thank you. But is there anyway to reduce the price on something l like the mother board or cooler? The taxes in canada are around 13%, making that purchase a 780 dollar one. Thank you for the help.


ya there is a way , by choosing lower end motherboard , but you will not be able to overclock that CPU in the future !
tell me if you still want to reduce the price ! i will try my best :) 
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August 12, 2013 2:14:31 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($66.27 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $688.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 05:12 EDT-0400)

this is if you are not planing to overclock the CPU because that Motherboard is low End motherboard but you will get the same performance if you are not planing to overclock !
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August 12, 2013 2:15:14 AM

KareemGT said:
Weijin22 said:
KareemGT said:
dude , you can't get better than this for this price :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.30 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $706.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 04:54 EDT-0400)

You can play all games @ Ultra settings with good FPS and no lag !!

and it's a good Future proof since that CPU is 8 cores and can be easily overclocked

and that HD 7950 is really powerful for gaming and it can be overclocked in the future to get more performance !

i have an HD 7870 which is weaker than the HD 7950 and i can play battlefield 3 on Ultra with 70 FPS !


Wow thats amazing, thank you. But is there anyway to reduce the price on something l like the mother board or cooler? The taxes in canada are around 13%, making that purchase a 780 dollar one. Thank you for the help.


ya there is a way , by choosing lower end motherboard , but you will not be able to overclock that CPU in the future !
tell me if you still want to reduce the price ! i will try my best :) 


Yes i am afraid i would have to. My friend only has a limited budget of 700 dollars, including tax. Which really limits him to a 619 dollar desktop at most. Sorry for the trouble.
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August 12, 2013 2:16:38 AM

Zero_ said:
I'd say you can do much better than that with the budget. Try this.

Intel Core i5 3350 - $170 will stomp any AMD in gaming.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093H8NBY/ref=as_li_q...

MSI B75A-G43 - $75
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00863R2K4/ref=as_li_q...

Kingston HyperX Blue 8GB - $60
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057Q4ADU/ref=as_li_q...

Sapphire HD7870 OC - $185
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A2J4ROE/ref=as_li_q...

WD Caviar Blue 1TB - $60
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088PUEPK/ref=as_li_q...

Silverstone Strider 500W - $50
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034XRDUU/ref=as_li_q...

NZXT Source 210 - $40 a bit plain, but I love this case. You can get a windowed version for $10 more.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005869A7K/ref=as_li_q...

DVD R/W - $20
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YIG9AQ/ref=as_li_q...


That's $660.


he lives in canada ! ( higher prices )
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a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2013 2:24:40 AM

well , you still can play latest games on max settings with good FPS , but it would be less future proof due to this CPU

however , it's not bad , it's good for gaming and powerful for multi tasking !

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.96 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $625.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 05:23 EDT-0400)

Just an Extra 5 dollars :)  ! ( tell me if you want to reduce the prices more than this :D  )
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August 12, 2013 2:27:48 AM

KareemGT said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($66.27 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $688.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 05:12 EDT-0400)

this is if you are not planing to overclock the CPU because that Motherboard is low End motherboard but you will get the same performance if you are not planing to overclock !


KareemGT said:
well , you still can play latest games on max settings with good FPS , but it would be less future proof due to this CPU

however , it's not bad , it's good for gaming and powerful for multi tasking !

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.96 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $625.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 05:23 EDT-0400)

Just an Extra 5 dollars :)  ! ( tell me if you want to reduce the prices more than this :D  )


Wow thank you so much for helping. That is perfect.
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August 12, 2013 3:06:52 AM

Weijin22 said:
KareemGT said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($66.27 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $688.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 05:12 EDT-0400)

this is if you are not planing to overclock the CPU because that Motherboard is low End motherboard but you will get the same performance if you are not planing to overclock !


KareemGT said:
well , you still can play latest games on max settings with good FPS , but it would be less future proof due to this CPU

however , it's not bad , it's good for gaming and powerful for multi tasking !

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.96 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $625.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 05:23 EDT-0400)

Just an Extra 5 dollars :)  ! ( tell me if you want to reduce the prices more than this :D  )


Wow thank you so much for helping. That is perfect.


you'r welcome :)  .
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