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Building Battlefield PC; What's coming out by Oct?

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July 17, 2011 7:16:54 PM

Hi there,

I'm building a PC, ideally for £800-£1000, in order to have the best possible rig for Battlefield 3. The beta starts on September 25th, and the game itself is released a month later.

At the moment, I am thinking along the lines of:

Intel Core i7 2600K
ATI Radeon 6870
8GB of DDR3 RAM
128GB SSD
750w PSU

What components are being released by September or October that I would want to include?
July 17, 2011 8:16:34 PM

Get the 6950 and the i5-2500k is all you need. Also where do you partake in this beta?
July 17, 2011 8:34:08 PM

Cheers for the advice. The beta will apparently available for owners of Medal of Honor, although I am expecting to receive beta access as a journalist.
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July 17, 2011 9:49:28 PM

How does one become an owner of the Medal of Honor?
July 18, 2011 4:05:15 AM

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Get the 6950 and the i5-2500k is all you need. Also where do you partake in this beta?


+1, except that you are talking about the i7-2500k, not i5. Little typo ^^

You'll be sparing 100$ on the cpu and invest it on the AMD 6950 (which can be unlocked to a full featured 6970 for less money).

Btw soon Intel will be rolling out it's new platform: new cpu and new motherboard chipset to go with it so if you are looking to get new hardware in a few months, these new cpu/motherboard will support quad-channel memory, USB3 right out the box (without using another company's USB3 chipset) and PCI-E 3.0 too. So if you can't wait for these techs to get on the shelves, your current rig is top of the line ^^
July 18, 2011 4:10:57 AM

MrBig55 said:


Btw soon Intel will be rolling out it's new platform: new cpu and new motherboard chipset to go with it so if you are looking to get new hardware in a few months, these new cpu/motherboard will support quad-channel memory, USB3 right out the box (without using another company's USB3 chipset) and PCI-E 3.0 too. So if you can't wait for these techs to get on the shelves, your current rig is top of the line ^^


Source? And when will all this be coming out?
July 18, 2011 4:13:23 AM

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+1, except that you are talking about the i7-2500k, not i5. Little typo ^^


Excuse me.. I believe I was correct by saying the i5-2500k. You are thinking of the i7-2600k which is the one that costs $314.99.
This is the one I am talking about: Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge
July 18, 2011 4:35:34 AM

Yeah I looked on the web and seems I did the typo ^^ sorry dude. Was pretty sure every "K" chip was i7... Was wrong indeed.
July 18, 2011 4:40:46 AM

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Source? And when will all this be coming out?


Remember seing the news on tomshardware (or tomsharware pointing to the source) but it's been a few weeks ago. Looking on the web I found this one:

http://www.techpowerup.com/138087/Intel-LGA2011-Socket-...

Using the new 2011 socket it will be in use for the next year or so... Feel free to find better articles on that thread. Anyways either your i5-2500k is excellent for your needs or you wait for the next big thing.

I would wait for it as graphic cards will be even more powerful before upgrading my 5 years old gaming rig I'm writing this thread on. ^^ Buying a new i5 gear would make me feel like I'm building a 2years old rig already... :-(
July 18, 2011 6:42:52 AM

Just wondering about the new Ivy Bridge processors, since most games today are much more GPU limited than CPU limited, does anyone think that new processors will really help much at all? Even now an overclocked i5-2500k won't stop you from playing any game, so how much will 6 hyperthreaded cores really be used?
July 18, 2011 7:19:13 AM

Using a better cpu (or overclocking the actual cpu) does not grant more than a few more frame per seconds. The only way moment you'll see a difference is when you play at the lowest possible resolution (640x480 on XP, 800x600 on Vista/7). the I5-2500K is an overkill for almost any games on the market...
July 19, 2011 8:04:41 PM

What about ivy bridge? Is that going to come out in time, and would it replace any of the components I've got here?
July 19, 2011 8:10:50 PM

i5-2500k, yes

ATI 6950 - With a budget of £1000 id aim higher than this.
Either:
GTX 560Ti (£180 ish)
GTX 570 (£260 ish)
ATI 6970 (£260 ish)

As far as Ivy Bridge goes from what i've heard its coming around March 2012.

i5-2500k is more than enough processing power, for maximising graphics its the GPU you'll want to be aiming higher.
July 20, 2011 6:21:47 PM

Good stuff, cheers. Any new graphics cards coming out before Octoberish?
July 20, 2011 6:24:50 PM

I dont think theres any confirmed release dates as of yet, as far as im aware most new software and hardware is being released towards the end of the first Quarter 2012.

Microsoft plans to release Windows 8 around this time aswell as far as i know.
July 20, 2011 6:28:36 PM

Thanks <3
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