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August 14, 2013 2:21:36 AM

Hi guys,

I want to build a gaming PC, preferably one that can play BF3 (and other less intensive games like TF2 and the like) at high with solid FPS. My budget is about $550 AUD, maybe can push to $600 AUD. This is my first PC, and I'm a building noob, so please don't hesitate to correct my build if I am wrong!

The build I was thinking of:

CPU: Intel i3 3240 ($145)
GPU: HIS Radeon HD7850 2GB ($189)
PSU: Corsair CX-500 Power Supply ($85)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 Pro3-M Motherboard ($72)
Case: Silverstone Redline RL-01 ($55)

Total - $546

The RAM, HDD and DVD/CD reader I already have from my old PC.

Thanks!

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August 14, 2013 3:09:52 AM

i3's are dual core, that one you selected being dual core. Don't get it. But the big problem is it's a big struggle to be able to get a BF3 ready system for such a low budget (no offense).

You're either going to have to stretch your budget or bring your requirements down
PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1rOTp
Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1rOTp/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1rOTp/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card ($179.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Thermaltake VN900A1W2N (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($125.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $678.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-14 20:09 EST+1000)

I'm assuming it's 4Gb RAM, otherwise you're going to have to get 64 bit Windows
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a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2013 3:25:49 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($105.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($185.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: Case: Silverstone Redline RL-01 ($55.00)
Total: $565.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-14 20:25 EST+1000)
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August 14, 2013 3:57:26 AM

aatje92 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($105.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($185.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Other: Case: Silverstone Redline RL-01 ($55.00)
Total: $565.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-14 20:25 EST+1000)


I can't find the AMD Athlon CPU that you mentioned in any online stores in AUS. Would that be a superior choice over Intel i3? I don't plan to do any overclocking by the way, just put the CPU in and go.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2013 4:46:10 AM

Yes it would be a superior choice, how about a phenom II 965 be can you find that>?
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