Building a pc With BF3 In Mind

Hello everyone I Was thinking about Building a new computer the most cost effective way i can so it can run the highest setting of the new Game Battlefield 3 with no lag or problems.

So far what i have that's most likely gonna stay is the 850w power supply and the case

Case:http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=2908
Psu:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371009

I figured i could for sure keep the case and the psu since i could save some money without effecting the way the game would be run xD

Specs of my pc at the moment are:

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz 3.00 GHz

Processor cooling fan: http://www.directron.com/rrcchl9u1gp.html

RAM: 4.00 GB (i believe its ddr2)

Windows 7 64-bit Operating System

Mother Board: Asus P5N-T Delux http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5NT_Deluxe/

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gtx_280_us.html

Anyways im not that great at computers so i was wondering if you guys could help me out on what i should get or if i should start over with a new system entirely i am on a budget at the moment but im just looking for some ideas on what i would need to increase or change out.

on a budget of about 1000$
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When my budget was 600 i had a guy reply with this which i was considering but im looking for some other ideas :)
Cool, here is what I would get:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3

CPU: i5 2500K

video card: PNY GTX 560 Ti

Ram: if your current ram isn't DDR3, the G.Skill 2x4GB 1333MHz Sniper set is a good choice.
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I also have a friend that can get me a deal on intel cpu's so i may be able to get a better one even though it could put me over my 1k$ limit xD


Thanks.
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    antec earthwats 650w $56
    GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD6850 1GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card GA-685OC1G $164.99
    you can upgrade thie processor later on to bulldozer. this is about 650 at superbiiz.com so you could probably get a 6950 instead of the 6850
    and you wont need 850w but if you already have it then keep it .
  2. wait instead of the 840 cpu get a 965 black edition
  3. Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.99
    HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
    Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
    RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V 1866Mhz $79.99
    GPU: ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - $469.99
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $59.99
    DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99

    Total : $990

    You can get the EVGA SuperClocked GTX 560Ti for $219.99 which can run BF3 at medium settings at 1920x1080. GTX 580 will run the game in highest settings.
  4. how about this deal?

    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $129.99

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231479
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR1 - $59.99

    ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191
    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK - $184.99 after MIR

    graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134125
    ECS NGTX570-1280PI-F GeForce GTX 570 - $269.99 after MIR

    cpu cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $21.42 after MIR

    total: $886.37 after MIR excluding shipping


    i think i could skip on hdd and odd since your current pc should still have both...
    you can use one gtx 570 first and add another in the future if you have enough money to do so or when you feel that one card is insufficient for your needs...
    to have an ssd in your system is probably shows the significant performance upgrade after graphics card... it won't boost your games fps any further but it will do what a typical hdd do and it will do faster... alot faster...
  5. 008Rohit said:
    You can get the EVGA SuperClocked GTX 560Ti for $219.99 which can run BF3 at medium settings at 1920x1080. GTX 580 will run the game in highest settings.


    Sorry to hi-jack this thread slightly, but where has this information come from? Not questioning its legitimacy, just eager to see where it was obtained :)
  6. ^^

    The game is yet to release so noone can tell exactly what is needed to run it at high/mid settings. But I saw a few game debate members discussing about that game's possible requirements. I have read those and posted that with the help of my common-sense.
  7. Ah ok. Hopefully your wrong and the 560Ti will do better than medium but thanks for such a speedy reply :) Looks like I might have to go SLI sooner than expected O.O
  8. The 560Ti is a strong card and I too couldn't beleive that it can't run the game at highest settings at 1080p when I read it the first time. That was still a speculation and no one can tell you if the 560Ti can handle the game at highest settings or not until the game gets released.
  9. 008Rohit said:
    The 560Ti is a strong card and I too couldn't beleive that it can't run the game at highest settings at 1080p when I read it the first time. That was still a speculation and no one can tell you if the 560Ti can handle the game at highest settings or not until the game gets released.


    Agreed :) Especially after the nice over-clock ability of the 560Ti cards.
  10. phenom90 said:
    how about this deal?

    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $129.99

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231479
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR1 - $59.99

    ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191
    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK - $184.99 after MIR

    graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134125
    ECS NGTX570-1280PI-F GeForce GTX 570 - $269.99 after MIR

    cpu cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $21.42 after MIR

    total: $886.37 after MIR excluding shipping

    i think i could skip on hdd and odd since your current pc should still have both...
    you can use one gtx 570 first and add another in the future if you have enough money to do so or when you feel that one card is insufficient for your needs...
    to have an ssd in your system is probably shows the significant performance upgrade after graphics card... it won't boost your games fps any further but it will do what a typical hdd do and it will do faster... alot faster...

    nice build except get this combo with the superior cpu cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.710631 257$

    get this ram- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platforms-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004CRSM4I/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1314714334&sr=8-6 52$

    and this gpu ecs isnt that great of a brand- http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B004L9LT24/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1314714377&sr=1-4 320$ you can sli these later with that psu.

    Total=974$ before mail in rebates and shipping
    a gtx 570 should be able to max out bf3 but there is always that chance.
  11. I just built a PC for the very same reason: BF3.. well that and to improve SC2 performance.

    Do yourself a favor and try to catch deals on Newegg. They are pretty good about sending out price buster e-mails 2-3 times a week and you can really catch some steals.

    For example, I ended up grabbing an i5 2500 for $185. The 2500k is more powerful, but only if you intend to overclock, which I do not. That decision saved me almost $40.

    Use rebates to your advantage. I built a machine based on the i5 2500, GTX 560 ti, 8 GB of ram, SSD and HDD (had to buy case and OS as well) for under $900 after rebates.

    Here is Newegg's latest: http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail/aug-0-2011/labordaysale30/index-landing.html?nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL083011&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL083011-_-EMC-083011-Index-_-Header-banner-_-AllDeals (hope that works for you, not sure if you have to subscribe or not to view)

    They have a 64 GB SSD for $65 after MIR and a solid deal on an ASUS intel 1155 socket Mobo for $120.

    Good luck
  12. Oh and FWIW.. I am running Bad Company 2 at 60-70 frames with everything on High.

    Hopefully this bodes well for 40-50 frames w/ BF3.
  13. Thanks for all of you're Quick feedback guys i appreciate it :) Just a reminder im just looking for basically the following.
    Processor:Need
    HSF: Need
    Mobo:Need
    RAM: Need
    GPU: Need
    PSU: Dont Need (unless you think youre build needs more power)
    HDD: Dont Need
    DVD: Dont Need
    I do plan on getting a ssd when i get some more cash.

    So far theese are the builds i have to choose from just based on opinion what one do you guys think is the best for just playing games like BF3 Diablo3 (i know their not out yet but based on a estimate what build do you think would out preform the other.

    Build 1 by 09_Breaker

    Processor:AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core Processor 840 (3.2GHz) AM3, Retail HDX840WFBX $99.99
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HDX840WFBX

    Memory: g.skill ripjaws 2x4gb 50$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    Mobo:ASRock 970 EXTREME4 Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ AMD Quad CrossFireX& nVidia SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard MB-970EX4 $109.99
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-970EX4

    GPU: GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD6850 1GB DDR5
    http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-GV-R685OC-1GD/dp/B004F6GJAU

    Build cost $885


    Build 2 By Rohit

    Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $28
    http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6603

    Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V 1866Mhz $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Memory+%28Desktop+Memory%29-_-G.SKILL-_-20231455

    GPU: ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - $470
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121429

    Total : $928


    Build 3 By Phenom90
    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $129.99

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231479
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR1 - $59.99

    SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191
    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK - $184.99 after MIR

    Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134125
    ECS NGTX570-1280PI-F GeForce GTX 570 - $269.99 after MIR

    HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $21.42 after MIR

    Total: $886.37 after MIR excluding shipping


    Build 4 By mjmjpfaff

    CPU/HSF Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.710631&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=r9lj6i5p9xcd
    Intel Core i5-2500K - $257

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $130

    RAM: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platforms-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004CRSM4I/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1314714334&sr=8-6&tag=vglnk-c1001-20
    Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz - $52

    SSd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191
    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK - $185 after MIR

    Graphics Card: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B004L9LT24/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1314714377&sr=1-4&tag=vglnk-c1001-20
    EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD 1280MB GDDR5 - $305 after MIR

    HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $22 after MIR

    Total: $951 after MIR excluding shipping
  14. Well I just posted a similar question... I'm going with

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
    RAM: 4GB or more is fine, make sure it's DDR3, not DDR2
    PSU: No more than $80
    GPU: Radeon 6950, OC
    CPU: 955, OC

    And once you get some more cash upgrade to the new bulldozer processors from AMD (quad-core will cost around $200) and add on another 6950.
  15. @ OP

    Create a new poll with those 4 options.
  16. They used a single gtx 580 to run the 12 minute "fault line" gameplay demo, so I would shoot for that card if running BF3 is your primary concern.
  17. und3adknight said:
    Thanks for all of you're Quick feedback guys i appreciate it :) Just a reminder im just looking for basically the following.
    Processor:Need
    HSF: Need
    Mobo:Need
    RAM: Need
    GPU: Need
    PSU: Dont Need (unless you think youre build needs more power)
    HDD: Dont Need
    DVD: Dont Need
    I do plan on getting a ssd when i get some more cash.

    So far theese are the builds i have to choose from just based on opinion what one do you guys think is the best for just playing games like BF3 Diablo3 (i know their not out yet but based on a estimate what build do you think would out preform the other.

    Build 1 by 09_Breaker

    Processor:AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core Processor 840 (3.2GHz) AM3, Retail HDX840WFBX $99.99
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HDX840WFBX

    Memory: g.skill ripjaws 2x4gb 50$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    Mobo:ASRock 970 EXTREME4 Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ AMD Quad CrossFireX& nVidia SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard MB-970EX4 $109.99
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-970EX4

    GPU: GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD6850 1GB DDR5
    http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-GV-R685OC-1GD/dp/B004F6GJAU

    Build cost $885


    Build 2 By Rohit

    Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $28
    http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6603

    Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V 1866Mhz $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Memory+%28Desktop+Memory%29-_-G.SKILL-_-20231455

    GPU: ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - $470
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121429

    Total : $928


    Build 3 By Phenom90
    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $129.99

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231479
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR1 - $59.99

    SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191
    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK - $184.99 after MIR

    Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134125
    ECS NGTX570-1280PI-F GeForce GTX 570 - $269.99 after MIR

    HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $21.42 after MIR

    Total: $886.37 after MIR excluding shipping


    Build 4 By mjmjpfaff

    CPU/HSF Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.710631&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=r9lj6i5p9xcd
    Intel Core i5-2500K - $257

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $130

    RAM: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platforms-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004CRSM4I/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1314714334&sr=8-6&tag=vglnk-c1001-20
    Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz - $52

    SSd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191
    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK - $185 after MIR

    Graphics Card: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B004L9LT24/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1314714377&sr=1-4&tag=vglnk-c1001-20
    EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD 1280MB GDDR5 - $305 after MIR

    HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $22 after MIR

    Total: $951 after MIR excluding shipping

    i dont think i posted 2 hsf's. :D
  18. Lol it was hard work copy pasting i got one too many options, ill make a poll with thees options unless someone wants to add something else
  19. is the poll up yet . whats it called
  20. going the gtx 570 is the best way for both money and performance... you can add second gtx 570 for sli for less money... or sell it and upgrade to kepler next year when it is released...
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