I'm looking to jump back into the PC gaming world and want to have something built to handle Battlefield 3 (who doesn't right?). I haven't paid much attention to the technology for some time and feel overwhelmed.
I built this rig on cyberpower. The specs say this can run Starcraft 2 on Ultra settings with 95+ fps.
I think you could build if for around $750. The X6 is overkill for gaming and the X4 will peform just as well. Overclock either to roughly 4.0Ghz with an aftermarket CPU cooler and you are in business...
If you're not comfortable building your own system than I'd say just get the cyberpower, while it may be cheaper to build a system hardware wise Windows is a pretty expensive software so it offsets the cost. Also check your local craigslist and see if you can spot any deals there. I usually just buy used systems at low prices and upgrade as I need to
Okay so i don't want to sound like an advertisement, but i bought my last rig prebuilt from here. I must have sent like 45 emails discussing price vs performance and what would be best for me. I guarantee they will be cheaper.
Also imho the quad core will do fine in regards to gaming. Gaming hasnt done much if anything to utilize 6 cores. ++ to sadams04 on the OC idea. a stable OC to 4GHz would help a lot. also if you get a 6950 you could flash the bios to a 6970 if your daring.