Budget Gaming Rig

Approximate Purchase Date: Asap.

Budget Range: $600-700 AUD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, for BF3 mainly.

Parts Not Required: All peripherals and software, a monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://pccasegear.com/

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Not fussed. Looking for best bang for buck.

Overclocking: Maybe, not initially though. Possibly in the future to keep up with newer games etc.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Most likely 1920x1080 but could be 1920x1200.

Additional Comments: Prefers a small case, so it fits with his desk.

Obviously would like it as future proof as possible, but the most important thing is the budget. $725 is probably the absolute max.

And it is mainly to max out (or run as smoothly as possible for the budget) BF3 on (mostlikely) 1920x1080, but client would also like it to run most of the current games, just in case.

So far I've come up with this.

CPU: AMD P2 x4 955 Black edition - $119

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-880GMA-USB3 - $119

Ram: Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 - $45

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $59

Optic drive - $29

GPU: MSI Radeon HD6870 1GB - $209

PSU: Corsair CX-500 Power Supply - $85

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 335 Case - $45

Total - $710

How's that? Is it compatible? Am I getting good value for my money?

Please note, this is simply what I've put together with my limited knowledge. Feel free to modify this list completely if you wish. Like I noted before, I'm looking for best value for my money.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. It will work, just don't place the video card and the HDD on the same level or they might not fit.

    Maybe switch HDD to Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $6 more for speed and reliability.

    Possibly you could spend and extra $40 if you can afford it and get an AM3+ MB that supports SLI / Crossfire to keep the door open so to speak.

    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-D3 $159.99

    Then it might also be worth it to put enough juice on the PSU to be able to run 6870's in Crossfire.

    XFX Core Pro650W $119.99 will be enough.
    Possibly a Corsair TX750W $149.99, but the XFX 650 should be enough.

    But then all the things I listed go over your budget, so if you can dig up the money for them great. If not I think you will still be quite happy with how the machine performs.
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