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Complete noob needs a gaming pc under 950$ for battlefield 3

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September 25, 2011 8:00:37 AM

I'm a complete noob at building pcs so I thought I'd come here to know which parts I should get.I was going to get a pc from cyberpower but I decided to just ask here for the best parts and buy them all from ncix and use the 50$ assemble option.

Anyways I'd like a pc that could run bf3 at high to maybe max settings? (if that's even possible at this budget)and have no problem rendering hd videos that's no more than 950$ and doesn't compromise quality or reliability because of the price.

Thank you

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September 26, 2011 2:50:40 AM

I would suggest doing some research yourself. Try and learn what brands and models are the best then put a build list together yourself and post it. Nobody wants to do all the work for you, but they will help critique it for you and make it better.
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September 26, 2011 3:00:06 AM

il put some suggestions

i5 2500k
560 ti/ 6950 1gb
p67 motherboard
650w corsair or other quality brand psu
failry cheap & good case (antec 300)
4gb ddr3 ram is fine, but if you have enough upgrade to 8gb ddr3 1600mhz
500gb 7200rpm hdd
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September 26, 2011 3:01:12 AM

what kind of parts do you need? do you need a monitor/os/mouse/keyboard? Give us more information to work with and maybe one of us can just lay a nice build that fulfills ur gaming needs
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September 26, 2011 6:57:20 AM

Good decision. This is a great place to ask for new build PC advise. I built my first PC ever for Battlefield 3 also and this forum helped greatly. First of all Battlefield is going to take a very powerful PC to max out at graphical settings. Second building your own PC will save you a lot of money. Cyberpower will charge you the installation plus they will greatly overcharge per PC component. And it very easy to build the PC, just plug in the parts, all on YouTube to feel comfortable what u are doing. The gaming PC I built would cost @ $2500 if I were to purchase pre-made, I only paid $1350 for ENTIRE PC.

My build


-CPU- i5 2500k OC @ 4.4GHz
-Cooler- CM Hyper 212
-Motherboard- Asus-Z68-Pro
-RAM- G.Skill DDR3 1600 CL8 1.5v
-GPU-EVGA GTX 590 Classified (factory Overclocked)
-Samsung F4 2tb HDD (will buy SSD soon)
-PSU-Corsair 1050 watt Professional Series http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Case-Cooler Master HAF X

The trick is it took me @ a month to find the cheapest price on each component. Best deal I got was for the EVGA GTX 590 for only $510 but I got really lucky on that one.

You could save even more money by getting smaller GPU and PSU to fit the needs of your own GPU ( mine is larger to be able to power an additional GPU in future). If u can't get lucky on a 590 as I did 2 GTX 570 sli is very powerful for the price. And you could downgrade to a P67 motherboard will save money also. U will learn overclocking your system is the best way to get the most performance for the least money. Start looking for sales.
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September 26, 2011 4:24:39 PM

This is my build, it's about the same price range

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $130

GFX Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $195

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60 X 2

Optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $20

Motherboard (out of stock, but a good starting place): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100

I got my RAM from Canada-only companies, so I'll just find and suggest a few from Newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100

Might be a lot for RAM for you, but this has a good CAS latency, 8 gigs which is probably more than you'll ever need for gaming, and it's frequency is solid.

That brings the total to about $725, say $100 for an OS, and you've got an extra $125 to upgrade your CPU and/or Graphics card. If you'll be rendering video a decent amount, I would reccoemend going for the phenom II X6. I'd reccomend this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $170
And with the remaining cash, you can upgrade your graphics card to something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $280

Personally I would prefer the AMd card (the HD 6950), but you can take your pick. I hope this helps!
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September 26, 2011 5:33:41 PM

Case: Antec 300 - $54.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $179.99
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $29.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 7200 RPM - $54.99
RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB RAM 1600MHz - $54.99
Optical: Lite-On 24X DVD Burner - $20.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $179.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99
Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech MK520 - $52.99

Total: $1088

Monitor: Acer S231H 23.6" HD Monitor - $149.99

Total w/ monitor: $1188

It should be noted that this build comes out to $937 - OS, keyboard/mouse, and monitor.
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September 26, 2011 5:51:37 PM

Hauptmann1941 said:
I would suggest doing some research yourself. Try and learn what brands and models are the best then put a build list together yourself and post it. Nobody wants to do all the work for you, but they will help critique it for you and make it better.


Are you sure you're in the right forum? This is one of the friendliest place to ask for build advice and the regulars here are really eager to help.
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October 4, 2011 10:18:31 AM

Swolern said:
Nice economy rig. I dought u will be able to play BF3 on ultra with it though.

Did you even bother to read the description? That's good for BF3 Ultra 1080p at 45fps. Not everyone needs 200fps to enjoy games you know.
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