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Cheap Pc gaming Specs for Battlefield 3

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April 19, 2012 7:32:03 AM

so i have a budget of about $300 AUD. here are the specs im getting from MSY

Mobo: ASUS P8H61-M-LX DDR3 Intel 1155pin = $55

CPU: Intel Core i5-2320 3.0Ghz 1155pin Boxed CPU = $179

RAM: dunno yet should be $21

PSU: SHAW Viper-1000 Gaming PSU = $37

Case 3DAURORA 570

GPU: GT 430 (i am going to upgrade it to GTX 560 when i have money)

are these settings good for about 300 bucks? should i get a little bit better Mobo? or PSU?


thanks
April 19, 2012 8:08:26 AM

is that a 1000W psu? if it is it going to be rubbish. I know you are on a budget, but this will cause you trouble. the GT430 will not play bf3 well, you might be better to wait until you can afford a bit more.
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April 19, 2012 8:19:27 AM

13thmonkey said:
is that a 1000W psu? if it is it going to be rubbish. I know you are on a budget, but this will cause you trouble. the GT430 will not play bf3 well, you might be better to wait until you can afford a bit more.



thought this psu was crap, yeah im not going to play bf3 until i get my gtx 560 so i might play like bc2 or some other games until i get it. i wanted to upgrade first then get the gpu later. my pc i have now is rubbish.
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April 19, 2012 8:25:56 AM

That 430 will struggle to play almost anything .... its not a gaming card. You really would be best served waiting till the budget allows you to get a better GPU. Spend more on the PSU too get a known name, its all good saving money till it blows and takes the mobo out with it.

I would either wait and save a bit more to rectify those issues or build an AMD phenom II based rig allowing for a better GPU
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April 19, 2012 8:43:22 AM

wr6133 said:
That 430 will struggle to play almost anything .... its not a gaming card. You really would be best served waiting till the budget allows you to get a better GPU. Spend more on the PSU too get a known name, its all good saving money till it blows and takes the mobo out with it.

I would either wait and save a bit more to rectify those issues or build an AMD phenom II based rig allowing for a better GPU


whats a good psu for around 60 - 70 bucks? i use to play tons of games, but i stopped for a bit for school and so its a good time to upgrade since i dont play much, i will once i get the gtx 560 so im not in a rush to buy the gtx very quickly. is the motherboard good? as long as the motherboard works with the gtx and the i5 im all good.
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April 19, 2012 8:46:11 AM

can you link the preferred oz websites so I can look up PSU's for you?

The mobo is ok, its not great it lacks the better SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0
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April 19, 2012 8:50:37 AM

wr6133 said:
can you link the preferred oz websites so I can look up PSU's for you?

The mobo is ok, its not great it lacks the better SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0




http://msy.com.au/ there's the website ive got a hard drive which is 931 gb so i might need a bit better mobo? im not too good at this stuff :p 
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April 19, 2012 8:52:34 AM

you don't have any bits lying around do you? case perhaps, psu maybe?
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April 19, 2012 8:54:22 AM

Corsair CX600 for 88 bucks cheapest good brand there and plenty to run a 560
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April 19, 2012 8:54:51 AM

13thmonkey said:
you don't have any bits lying around do you? case perhaps, psu maybe?



yeah, yeah i got case, the psu i have now is a RealPower 550w im just going to take eveything out and replace it with the stuff im going to buy
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April 19, 2012 8:59:59 AM

so don't bother buying a PSU if your current is ok, have you got a model number for yours? The cheapest way to get gaming is to add a good gpu to the existing setup, providing its not too old.
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April 19, 2012 9:00:48 AM

wr6133 said:
or if you dont mind other shops i found this

http://www.megabuy.com.au/xfx-550w-xfx-core-edition-psu...

XFX use seasonic PSU's so thats decent and a little cheaper



hmm, i suppose its good maybe if the PSU i have now would work? its a RealPower 550w to what i can see it looks the same as that one
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April 19, 2012 9:04:20 AM

13thmonkey said:
so don't bother buying a PSU if your current is ok, have you got a model number for yours? The cheapest way to get gaming is to add a good gpu to the existing setup, providing its not too old.



the product no: RS-550-ACLY thats what i can see on it
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April 19, 2012 9:10:00 AM

keep it thats $80 saved for other parts :) . Hang on to your current case as well and divert that cash to the GPU, if it is a dog of a case you can always replace it later
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April 19, 2012 9:11:30 AM

wr6133 said:
keep it thats $80 saved for other parts :) . Hang on to your current case as well and divert that cash to the GPU, if it is a dog of a case you can always replace it later



Thanks! you saved me about 80 bucks :D  ive got a 3DAURORA 570 case so it should be good.
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April 19, 2012 9:13:32 AM

Wr, what do you think about putting a cheap ass sandy pentium into the mix, to be replaced at a later date.

OP what else do you currently have.

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April 19, 2012 9:29:39 AM

I like your idea 13thmonkey

getting a cheaper pentium would allow a much better mobo which would last longer till upgrade needed. There are some basic Z68's on that website for $86 they have USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s. Add a Pentium G620 for $63. leaves enough for a GPU

Then save for a 2500k, the pentium may not be the best thing since sliced bread but you would have the basis then for a very good system with a 2500k and cooler added at a later date you should stay gaming for a while then.
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April 19, 2012 9:41:16 AM

wr6133 said:
I like your idea 13thmonkey

getting a cheaper pentium would allow a much better mobo which would last longer till upgrade needed. There are some basic Z68's on that website for $86 they have USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s. Add a Pentium G620 for $63. leaves enough for a GPU

Then save for a 2500k, the pentium may not be the best thing since sliced bread but you would have the basis then for a very good system with a 2500k and cooler added at a later date you should stay gaming for a while then.


so buy

Mobo: AsRock Z68M-USB3 Intel Z68 USB3.0 DDR3 = $86

CPU: Intel BOX80623G620 G620 2.6Ghz 1155pin Boxed CPU = $63

GPU: GTX 560 = $172

RAM what type?

= $321
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April 19, 2012 9:43:12 AM

but will i get 30+ fps in bf3?
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April 19, 2012 9:54:30 AM

You would have to turn some settings down in multiplayer to get get higher FPS but you would have to have done that too with the original i5 and a 440. I think this way is better as you can then save up for a 2500k which is the top dog of gaming CPU's. Married with the z68 board and the 560 you would then have a really solid gaming machine thats highly overclockable so should last you a fair while longer than the i5 you originally intended.

For the RAM try for 8GB Gskill. Its a decent brand. You can game on 4GB but when I play BF3 I do see my usage sometimes go over 4GB up to around 5/5.5
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April 19, 2012 10:04:32 AM

wr6133 said:
You would have to turn some settings down in multiplayer to get get higher FPS but you would have to have done that too with the original i5 and a 440. I think this way is better as you can then save up for a 2500k which is the top dog of gaming CPU's. Married with the z68 board and the 560 you would then have a really solid gaming machine thats highly overclockable so should last you a fair while longer than the i5 you originally intended.

For the RAM try for 8GB Gskill. Its a decent brand. You can game on 4GB but when I play BF3 I do see my usage sometimes go over 4GB up to around 5/5.5



okay thanks wr6133 and 13thmonkey for your help. yeah i should have enough money for the 2500k in about a month and a half as long as this setup can run multiplayer on like low or something with 30+ fps then im good :)  but yeah ill still get the 2500k worth it. plus i dont like AMD cause there way behind intel cpus

thanks guys
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April 19, 2012 3:08:57 PM

Sorry just got back from interview, yep that all looks good to me, don't expect too much from the 620, but the 560 will see you good at 1680x1050. can you see a Z77 mobo in that price range?
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April 19, 2012 3:21:02 PM

The g620 uses the same socket as the i3-i7, so you can upgrage later if you want. The G620 is built on the sandybridge.
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April 19, 2012 3:30:00 PM

thats why we suggested the 620, I was just trying to set expectations that its not a monster processor, but will do the job.
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April 22, 2012 6:43:14 AM

okay, i just bought my GTX 560 from MSY, my dad said i shouldnt get a g620 since im getting a i5 but i said if i get the g620 and then the i5 i can give my brother the g620, but i dont know if hes motherboard can. its a p35-ds3r, im also giving him my gt 430 so if you guys need more specs ill get on his comp and ill try to get some info.
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April 22, 2012 8:02:22 AM

the p35 will not take the G620
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April 22, 2012 8:03:35 AM

you might find that your current system + new card is not too bad.

let us know what you find
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April 22, 2012 11:18:40 AM

bc2 runs 2x as faster the multiplayer i couldnt play at all, now i get maybe 25 - 35 fps. im getting 100 bucks this saturday, i dont know if i should get bf3 or keep it until i can get the i5, motherboard and ram etc, but ill have enough on 1st of june? my birthday is on 18th of june should i wait till then or buy bf3?

thanks
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April 22, 2012 11:25:13 AM

wait, it might be on sale between now and then.
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April 30, 2012 9:55:08 AM

bought bf3 other day for 50 bucks works great! the singleplayer has bearly any lag about 35+ fps but multi gets about 20+ some servers are like 35 fps. i want to OC My cpu now, i know it wont do much but if it will give me 5 - 10 fps boost then yeah i know Minecraft will work better if i OC it
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