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Hello All,

I am looking to build a new computer, mainly to be able to play battlefield 3 when it comes out. My problem is I am on a $700 budget from the wife.

I have spec'd out everything from newegg which seems to be the best I can come up with, but I wanted to get some opinions before I actually went through with anything. I will need a new monitor and Windows, so there is almost 200 right off the bat. That doesnt leave me much room to play around with, so this is what I came up with, tell me what you think...

Approximate Purchase Date: End of this month
Budget Range: 700 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: No Preference
Overclocking: Probably not, but always possible
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, but always possible
Monitor Resolution: New Monitor needed

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM - 18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ... - 49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

Hanns-G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254023

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - 164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply - 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148027

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - 35.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX - 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
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  1. If u could spare like a $100 u can get a AM3+ motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
  2. The motherboard was one of my concerns. If I were to upgrade that, could I downgrade something else?

    I really want to have a decent video card, is the Radeon HD 6850 the bottom of the 'decent' cards or could I go down a little there?
  3. greight01 said:
    The motherboard was one of my concerns. If I were to upgrade that, could I downgrade something else?

    I really want to have a decent video card, is the Radeon HD 6850 the bottom of the 'decent' cards or could I go down a little there?


    Unfortunately, nothing (in my opinion). You already have the best budget parts (at least in terms of quad core and being able to handle something like battlefield). Although I personally can't say if you can go lower than a 6850 for Battlefield 3 like you mentioned, I do agree on upgrading the motherboard seeing as it'll be responsible for being "future-proof" as well as still being able to upgrade the other parts later.
  4. Theone bad thing about computers u can blow hundreds in a matter of minutes lol
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