[!] Building a Gaming PC


I want to have a new gaming PC. Right now, i have a normal Dell laptop at the moment and i can play normal fps games like black ops. But i would like to play BF3. and i was thinking it was the time to have an upgrade. I would like to set up a new gaming pc. If anyone can help, it would be great!


Approximate Purchase Date: December

Budget Range: Around $1,000 or more. Gotta see first.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3), Video Editing.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, anything.

Country: I am in Thailand at the moment.

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Good Cooling System, I want it to be able to play BF3 smoothly, and i am happy :)


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    You are pretty lucky that BF3 isn't CPU intensive and decent CPU can rival that of a i5-2500k

    Phenom II x 4 955 $125

    Asrock 970 AM3+ Motherboard $85

    G.skill Ripjaws 8gb $45

    NZXT Elite 210 $50 ( Don't let it fool ya, it's a great case)

    Corsair CX600 $70

    MSI GTX570 $345

    Seagate Barracuda $110

    LG Burner $21

    Hyper 212 Evo $35


    This would have no problems playing BF3 Smoothly. Then again, alot of people would come barging in here and say why you get AMD at $1k build. :( BF3 isn't CPU hungry guys. A Phenom has the same performance with i5-2500k in this game. :)

    EDIT: Make sure you use combos. I know for a fact that the Corsair CX600 has a combo with the G.skill Ripjaws and it lessens the price by $20.

    The GTX 570 may have a combo but not sure.
  2. Can i upgrade the CPU to be like Intel i3 or i5?

    Oh btw, i already have 8 GB rams on my un-used desktop. Which still works fine.
  3. Sure you can! =( *AMD fan sad*

    z68 extreme3 gen3

    Just swap the AMD CPU n mobo and you're fine.
    What is your RAM? It might be DDR2 or something.
  4. Oh that's cool. Which one do you think it's better for my uses? AMD or Intel?

    It's 2 x 4GB Kingston DDR3. It's fine.
  5. Of course, it's Intel i5-2500k. It's the best right now. I just wanted to save you $100 since BF3 doesn't much CPU power.

    If you plan to OC you might want to get a HYPER 212 EVO.
  6. I am quite newbs. What do you mean by overclock? I have been wondering for awhile. :D
  7. A very old overclocking guide by tom's hardware.,15.html

    LOL EDIT: that guide is so old and too much techy. I can't believe that OC was thought to be immoral.
  8. Yes, Overclock. Can i have a summary? You can make it abit more than $1000, No problem.
  9. It's already pretty good though. The only thing I can suggest is going up the GTX 580 but it's not worth the price anymore and you'd have to buy a higher wattage psu. The 570 should be the most anyone should go for. IMO.

    Overclocking is just you change the settings in the CPU and it will go faster in super layman's term. just look at the wiki for a better understanding.
  10. Alright. So these set up can run BF3 smoothly?

    Thanks for you great help.
  11. Yep!
  12. Best answer selected by seaarmy.
  13. I can't make a case for an AMD build over $800.

    Considerations regarding the above build .....

    -both the HD and MoBo have chinsy 2 year warrantees.

    -The 560-448 which is a 560/570 hybrid comes out in 9 days....same price as current 560

    -The XFX Core Edition 650 is a much better and cheaper PSU then the CX series. For another $20, you could power a SLI/CF build with the 850 watt version.

    OC Guides for SB

    Idiots Guide to OC'ing SB :)
  14. Ahhh, Interesting. I am going to have alook at it. :)
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