So after sifting through "Can my comp run bf3 on ultra," etc. threads for a couple hours I've decided to make my own... I don't need to run it on ultra, but high settings would be preferred obviously. I play other games but BF3 will be the most demanding.
Anyway, here we go:
Approximate Purchase Date: hopefully before bf3 comes out... (10/25 I think)
Budget Range: ~700 or less... anything under or around 650 is the best though
System Usage: gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com but anything is okay if it's cheaper/trusted
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences: I'm leaning towards AMD for the obvious difference in price
Originally I had picked out the AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor + HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity combo for a savings of $16
but after reading more I thought that the savings of going with the AMD 955 and 560ti would probably outweigh the loss of performance. (The 955 and 560ti is about $35 cheaper total than the 970 and hd 6950, and I've read that the 560ti is pretty much the same as the hd 6950.) Is that price difference worth it or will I regret it? How important is that extra 1gb with the hd 6950?
Also, I don't know if that motherboard will disappoint me... I probably won't be overclocking, but what do you guys think? It has pretty good reviews and I'm happy with the price right now, but I might be willing to spend more on a motherboard if I can be convinced to do so.
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
DVD Burner $18
Now I'll be really lucky if the price goes down for the AMD cpus while the 955 is still in that combo deal... but for some reason I doubt that will happen. Actually I'll be lucky if any of these prices stay the same because I'm pretty satisfied with the build now but won't be ordering for another week or two.
Thanks for all the help... any comments on this potentially final build are appreciated!
Yea I've been debating 560ti vs 6950 for a while. I've read that review but on newegg almost all of the 560tis are cheaper than the 6950s before rebate, and most of the 560tis have pretty big rebates + free batman while the 6950s have pretty small rebates. Still trying to decide.