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$1,300 Gaming PC for BF3

Hi all,

Building a new gaming PC for my brother and would appreciate some advice!

Budget: US$1,300
Main uses: Office applications, basic design applications, Gaming (BF3).
Overclocking: None, or automatic.
Date: Buying in the next 4-6 weeks.

Already have:
LG 1080p monitor
Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB (don't necessarily have to use this).

Other info:

He has network storage, so don't need any data redundancy (i.e. open to using RAID0).

I'm based in Hong Kong, so will be getting all my items from a local outlet. However, I'm pretty sure the prices and availability is similar to US sites (newegg etc).

No other preferences. In general it would be great to keep this rig for a while. His current rig is AMD 4000 X2, GA-K8NXP-9 based and is still going fairly strong after 7 years (built in 2004).
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  2. MB: AsRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 - $190 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264
    CPU: Intel i5-2600k - $220 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6970 2gb - $360 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125371
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8gb (2 x 4gb) 1600Mhz cl8 - $55 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445
    SSD: Samsung 830 series 128gb - $230 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147134
    PSU: Corsair TX750 - $130 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
    ODD: Cheapy - $20 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    CASE: Antec 300 Illusion - $70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Total: $1275
    What do you think?



    looks good.change the motherboard to this one-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ALMOST same features at less price.
    i don't challenge samsung quality but iwould recommend this one-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
    cheap,fast and most important thing very reliable.
    get this PSU-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    c u latr.
  3. Quote:
    GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6970 2gb - $360 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125371

    Is that HUGE card going to fit in the 300 without modding it? May be something to look into. 18" case . . . 11" card. Also, I know a 6970 can "RUN" BF3, but at what resolution and gfx settings? Surely not ultra 1080p? An extra ~$150 and 1you can crossfire two 6950s and run BF3 on ultra settings 2560x1600.

    Also, don't really need a 2600k unless you plan on running heavily-threaded workstation applications. 2500k would be fine for gaming and save ~$100, which you could use on a blu-ray player or crossfire 6950s.
  4. Quote:
    CPU: Intel i5-2600k - $220 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072


    sorry typo, that's meant to be 2500k

    Quote:
    Quote :
    GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6970 2gb - $360 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125371

    Is that HUGE card going to fit in the 300 without modding it? May be something to look into. 18" case . . . 1" card. Also, I know a 6970 can "RUN" BF3, but at what resolution and gfx settings? Surely not ultra 1080p? An extra ~$150 and 1you can crossfire two 6950s and run BF3 on ultra settings 2560x1600.

    Also, don't really need a 2600k unless you plan on running heavily-threaded workstation applications. 2500k would be fine for gaming and save ~$100, which you could use on a blu-ray player or crossfire 6950s.


    Totally forgot about length but a reference design 6970 might fit
  5. Thanks for all the recommendations guys. I've spoken to my local supplier, and he's come back with a quotation. Some of these are equivalents, as some of the stuff isn't available. Total is $1,452.

    MB‐SZ68X3G AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 x1 $153.18
    i5‐2500K Intel i5‐2500k (3.3G, 6M Cache, with HD 3000 Graphics, Overclock unlock x1 $226.55
    HD‐695X‐CDFC XFX HD6950 2GB GDDR5 ('Dual Fan ) x2 $476.28
    F312800CL7D8GBXH G.SKILL 4GB*2 DDR3-1600 PC12800- CL7 x1 $186.65
    VTX3‐25SAT3 OCZ Vertex 3 series 128gb SSD x1 $212.39
    CMPSU‐750TXM Corsair Enthusiast Series Modular 750W Power Supply x1 $119.71
    DVD1260I/HK HP 24X DVD‐RW x1 $21.88
    Three Hundred Antec "Three Hundred" Tower Gaming Case ‐ Black x1 $55.35
  6. that much RAM (8 GB) should be 50 dollars, not 190, there is no i5-2600k, only an i7-2600k, that seems really cheep for two 6950's, and you have two ssd's on there. Just want to make sure this guys prices are real, as they seem a bit strange, especially the ram being 4 times too much. Make sure you don't get ripped off.
  7. kai-fei said:
    that much RAM (8 GB) should be 50 dollars, not 190, there is no i5-2600k, only an i7-2600k, that seems really cheep for two 6950's, and you have two ssd's on there. Just want to make sure this guys prices are real, as they seem a bit strange, especially the ram being 4 times too much. Make sure you don't get ripped off.


    Hi Kai-Fei, my mistake, fixed the post now. Didn't have the inline total for the 2 cards, and accidentally put both options for SSD in there.

    Agreed, looking at the price it should be i5 2500k. Think that's just a typo on the quotation. On the RAM, you're right it should only be $105: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231431&Tpk=F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH

    I'll check again with the vendor on that.

    What about general feedback on the setup as a whole?
  8. Looks like that model of GSkill just isn't that cheap here. Would this be a good alternative?

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C7R
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233219

    Can get it here for $96.
  9. get this one-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    they work fine with z68 boards.
  10. hellfire24 said:
    get this one-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    they work fine with z68 boards.


    I think GSkill in general is quite expensive here. Am I OK going for the equivalent Corsair?
  11. ofcourse
  12. Thanks for the advice guys. I've put together my shopping list (HKD and USD below), which is a now over $1,300. Would appreciate some final feedback on this, any way I could shave off a hundred bucks?

    MB: AsRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 HK$1,650.00 $211.54
    CPU: Intel i5-2500k HK$1,760.00 $225.64
    GPU: 2x XFX HD6950 Radeon 2GB GDDR5 HK$3,700.00 $474.36
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 CL7 HK$750.00 $96.15
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 128GB SSD HK$1,650.00 $211.54
    PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 HK$930.00 $119.23
    ODD: DVD-RW HK$170.00 $21.79
    CASE: Antec 300 HK$430.00 $55.13
    Windows 7 Home Prem OEM 64 Bit HK$939.00 $120.38

    Total HK$11,979.00 $1,535.77
  13. get xtreme3 gen3 mobo.you will save some money.
  14. Thought I'd post how I got on. My brother said I could push the budget a little so I kept the config and opted for the i7 2600K. So, it ended up being a $1,600 machine. Thanks for all the help, couldn't have done it without!
  15. all the best :)
    select any best answer to solve the topic...
  16. Best answer selected by kong85.
  17. Done. Weren't any posts that were truly the 'best answer' as a took a bit from all the posts, but picked one anyway!
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