These were linked to me on another forum. The only thing I'm not sure about is the motherboard.. it bothers me that it has 0 reviews as I usually am only tempted to buy things that are highly rated by alot of people
Does anyone know another mother board that is as good or maybe slightly better that would be compatible with the other items I've linked/have (Can be slightly higher in price if need be)? Would you recommend anything different from what I've linked?
Also these seem to be on par or better than your recommendations. Do you think I would be able to run a game like BF3 on max settings and a good FPS with this setup? After all, that is my purpose for upgrading.. to be able to max upcoming high end graphic games.
600 after rebates b4 shipping but you probably will need an OS because your cd probably didn't come with an os. and you need a dvd burner if you don't already have one. (Note you probably could downgrade on some of the parts)
That all looks ok except for the CPU and motherboard, that CPU isn't really for gaming. You would get like twice the performance for a little bit more out of an i5-2500k. Since you already have that GTX 460 SE though, i would consider getting a cheaper CPU if favour of a graphics upgrade because the recommended spec for BF3 is a GTX 460 and the SE is a crippled version of it. I would go with:
Would this be a good setup and are the parts even compatable with each other? Any recommendation for improvements? I didn't like the reviews for the PSU that was in the combo that's why I kept mine. If you know of one that's higher reviewed by more people and better please let me know.
I can always scalp up money for another video card afterwards but I don't think I want to sacrifice the quality of the rest of the machine just so I can buy another card sooner.
As for budget its not really set in stone, I'm just not wanting to spend a whole lot more if I really don't need to.
Edit: Oops accidently linked the PSU from the combo. Fix'd it.
I appreciate the help in this thread and have been thinking that since the BF3 requirements are official yet, I'll maybe save up til closer to release that way I may have a bigger budget plus newer things might be released and prices might change. Maybe with and idea of the specs of BF3 I'll have a better idea of what future gaming will require and I might be able to build a system that will last without the need of too many future upgrades for awhile.
The i5-2500k is an excellent CPU and im not saying the Phenom II x4 965 is better im just saying that i doubt a GTX 460 SE will max BF3 and spending the whole budget on everything but graphics seems silly to me when the whole point is to play games.
you probably are right about b3 max settings since he had a video card I was going to use that but my build gave him room to upgrade. We don't know the system reqs because the ones gamestop posted are unconfirmed or fake.
I tend to feel that a processor will get more life than a video card. and video cards seem to be a lot easier to replace. A 260 se probably could run it on medium settings at least. I think at some point you may have to decide if you want to replace the graphics card in a bit or your processor in a bit.
I feel that a 460 se 4th of july specials had these at 70 after rebates, now the off brand is 100 might just be cash down the drain, 4th of july specials had these at 70 after rebates. Now a gtx 460 is about the same price. If I am going to suggest a 100+ graphics card in a build I feel that it should be upgradeable like getting a second one for a decent price. Palit cheapest for 100 after rebates are they any good?.
To jmsellars1 I may have been a little defensive but I felt that it needed to be said that a 2500k is a good cpu for gaming.
I stick with my previous build and upgrade gpu when you can. I would suggest a 900 board in an AMD chipset which would run about the price of a 2500k.