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September 4, 2011 10:51:27 PM

I'm building a rig to play Battlefield 3 and I need some help. I already have a case, psu and hard drive. I need advice on what cpu, ram, motherboard and video card to get. I have around $700 to spend on the 4 parts. I have a 32" in 720p lcd tv and I want to be able to play at about 60 fps. I'm planning on buying the parts at the end of the month. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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September 4, 2011 11:20:53 PM

First of all, I'm going to assume you want 60 fps at max settings. Second of all, you dont need to go that high on bf3 as the game is going to be set to run at 30 fps. Third, well here's your parts :p 

CPU: Intel-Core i5-2500k @3.3GHz-$219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: Corsair 2x4GB DDR3-$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO-$179.99
http://www.amazon.com/P8P67-PRO-REV-3-0-Motherboard/dp/...
GPU: GeForce GTX 560Ti-$234.99 ($204.99 with mail-in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total price: $715
Total price with rebate: $685

This pretty much keeps within your budget, and should run the game fine on max settings as long as your PSU is 650W or higher. I'd say, about 50 fps without the anti-aliasing. But then and again theres no use for it on high resolutions. Hope this helped!
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September 5, 2011 3:00:03 AM

BF3 is ganna use more than and/or closer to 1GB, It'll pass the 800MB usage as i calculated it to be and at high/max setting, it'll pass 1GB so 2GB is needed...
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September 5, 2011 12:56:32 PM

DNA41093 said:
I'm building a rig to play Battlefield 3 and I need some help. I already have a case, psu and hard drive. I need advice on what cpu, ram, motherboard and video card to get. I have around $700 to spend on the 4 parts. I have a 32" in 720p lcd tv and I want to be able to play at about 60 fps. I'm planning on buying the parts at the end of the month. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.


I would not feel comfortable recommending a graphics card without knowing exactly what PSU it is you have bought.

Do not forget that you need an OS too.
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September 5, 2011 3:27:44 PM

nadim615 said:
First of all, I'm going to assume you want 60 fps at max settings. Second of all, you dont need to go that high on bf3 as the game is going to be set to run at 30 fps. Third, well here's your parts :p 

CPU: Intel-Core i5-2500k @3.3GHz-$219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: Corsair 2x4GB DDR3-$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO-$179.99
http://www.amazon.com/P8P67-PRO-REV-3-0-Motherboard/dp/...
GPU: GeForce GTX 560Ti-$234.99 ($204.99 with mail-in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total price: $715
Total price with rebate: $685

This pretty much keeps within your budget, and should run the game fine on max settings as long as your PSU is 650W or higher. I'd say, about 50 fps without the anti-aliasing. But then and again theres no use for it on high resolutions. Hope this helped!


Fairly solid build, id have recommended the same myself. However you dont need a 650w PSU. 500w is enough for a single card, 750w+ for SLI.

Hopefully you have bought yourself a decent 80PLUS rated PSU ?

Recommended brands include: Corsair, XFX, SeaSonic, Enermax, Antec. OCZ and CoolerMaster have SOME good products and some a little more questionable.
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September 5, 2011 3:56:57 PM

lothdk said:
I would not feel comfortable recommending a graphics card without knowing exactly what PSU it is you have bought.

I was going to ask the same question.
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September 5, 2011 4:01:09 PM

AdrianPerry said:
Fairly solid build, id have recommended the same myself. However you dont need a 650w PSU. 500w is enough for a single card, 750w+ for SLI.

Hopefully you have bought yourself a decent 80PLUS rated PSU ?

Recommended brands include: Corsair, XFX, SeaSonic, Enermax, Antec. OCZ and CoolerMaster have SOME good products and some a little more questionable.



I thought that the 560Ti was reccomended to have a 650w or higher PSU.... Or at least thats what I heard :p  I just didnt want him to *** up his game due to a low PSU :p 
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September 5, 2011 4:33:26 PM

nadim615 said:
I thought that the 560Ti was reccomended to have a 650w or higher PSU.... Or at least thats what I heard :p  I just didnt want him to *** up his game due to a low PSU :p 


Nope 500w.



GeForce GTX 560 Ti
On your average system the card requires you to have a 500 Watt power supply unit.

GeForce GTX 560 Ti in 2-way SLI
A second card requires you to add another ~175 Watts. You need a 700+ Watt power supply unit if you use it in a high-end system (800+ to a KiloWatt is recommended if you plan on any overclocking).

Measured power consumption: (of Gigabytes SOC 560Ti)
Advertised TDP = 170W
System in IDLE = 181W
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 351W
Difference (GPU load) = 170 W
Add average IDLE wattage ~ 25W
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 195 Watts
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September 5, 2011 5:05:36 PM

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If you plan on overclocking the 560 though you will want more headroom.

Also when you overclock the cpu that draws more power too so yeah :/ 



Thats true, so I guess 650w or above will be good :D 
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September 5, 2011 5:10:13 PM

The 560/ti is seriously over kill for 720p, but oh well if you have the money it is a good card. Maybe down the road upgrade to full 1080p ;) 
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September 5, 2011 5:26:17 PM

zooted said:
The 560/ti is seriously over kill for 720p, but oh well if you have the money it is a good card. Maybe down the road upgrade to full 1080p ;) 


In all fairness, its hardly "overkill". Its pretty good but:

Metro 2033 - 27fps http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-re...
Battlefield Bad Company 2 - 54fps http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-re...
Crysis Warhead 55fps - http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-re...

With 60 fps being optimal - it benches nicely, but by no means "overkill"
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September 5, 2011 5:30:45 PM

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Especially for BF3 lol...


Yeah im worried ill have to rush out and grab a second card for BF3 :p  Waiting untill its release though before dumping another £200 into my build.
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September 5, 2011 5:35:07 PM

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Same here for me and my Twin Frozr III 6950, hopefully I can play at decent settings with my minor oc so I don't have to spend another $280 lol and I can let them drop in price before I pick another up lol..


Couldn't agree more :) 

I find it fairly hard to believe 560Ti wont max it out, or at least near maxed (medium tessellation and x4 AA or something). Not too long left to wait to find out :) 

Might be able to pick up a nice cheap deal over christmas and add a second card then :) 
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September 5, 2011 6:04:25 PM

Ah well I think I'm gonna do ok with my GTX570, just gonna turn off my anti-aliasing
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