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Good budget system for Battlefield 3 BF3

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December 10, 2011 6:18:26 AM

Hey guys,

I'm planning on a new build for BF3 and other shooters.

Here are my chosen components as of now:

Asus nVidia GTX560 1GB $195.00
1 x G.SKILL DDR3 4GB (2X2GB) PC-12800/1600 F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ Ram $31.90
1 x ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Intel Mainboard - LGA 1155 $139.00
1 x Intel CPU Core i5-2310 - LGA 1155 $169.00
1 x Cooler Master Storm Enforcer $103.40
1 x XFX ProSeries 650W Core Edition $111.10

Sub-Total: $749.40
Discount: $0.00
State Based Rate (Shipping to Queensland ): $36.00
GST included (10%): $68.13
Freight Insurance: $7.49
Total: $792.89

Let me know what you guys think
Really excited:) 

Thanks
December 10, 2011 3:46:36 PM

If you can afford it, go for the 560Ti.

Same goes with getting 8GB of memory, 2x4GB kits should be pretty cheap.

Otherwise looks good. Since you don't seem to have intentions to OC the mobo will do fine.
December 10, 2011 3:59:28 PM

Save $64 on the case with this steal, Antec Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spend $15 of it on more RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spend the remaining $50 on the 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30 more will get ya a factory OC's 560 Ti that OC's to over 1000Mhz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The MoBo's 2 year warranty scares me....this will be $50 more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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December 10, 2011 4:05:51 PM

EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I can see from the parts that you selected that you must have a low budget amount but this card was just released by Nvidia and it is the 448 cores version of the 560Ti. A regular 560Ti will have 384 processor cores and this one has a total of 64 more and that would mean a lot better performance in BF3. This is just a thought and it maybe that it is out of your price range but if you did have room in your budget it would be a great addition. In the event it is not within reach for you then you could consider a regular 560Ti and that would be only about $20 to $25 over what you listed for ths 560.
December 10, 2011 4:09:44 PM

I may be mistaken but I think he is from Australia, so doubt he will get those sales :) 
December 10, 2011 4:09:58 PM

Although prices in Australia are different from here , I just noticed the reference to the shipping to Queensland.
December 10, 2011 4:35:46 PM

inzone said:
Although prices in Australia are different from here , I just noticed the reference to the shipping to Queensland.


On the other hand if he can find similar deals and has the money to spend locally, still good choices :) 
December 10, 2011 8:58:10 PM

I think I might wait until after christmas when the prices go back down then I'll probably be able to afford better hardware...
BTW, which is better for gaming, 4GB @1600mhz or 8GB@1333mhz.
December 10, 2011 9:06:47 PM

Really small difference between the two to begin with. If your game can use all the memory 8GB will be better, but go with the 1600Mhz 4GB is enough. And besides you can always add more later.
December 10, 2011 9:08:26 PM

rvilkman said:
If you can afford it, go for the 560Ti.

Same goes with getting 8GB of memory, 2x4GB kits should be pretty cheap.

Otherwise looks good. Since you don't seem to have intentions to OC the mobo will do fine.


I forgot to mention, I was intending to OC the gpu a fair bit. Is the mobo and gpu not a good choice for OCing?
December 10, 2011 9:18:40 PM

You can't really overclock the i5-2310, you need to get the i5-2500k if you want to overclock it.
And then grab an aftermarket HSF for cooling, like Cooler Master 212+/EVO which would be good enough for 4.5Ghz on the CPU.

As for the motherboard, you probably won't be able to get more than 4.4GHz or so from the CPU because of lack of cooling on some of the components on the mobo.
So if you do get an i5 2500k you might consider: Asus P8Z68-V Gen3 series, MSI Z68A-GD65 Gen3 or a Gigabyte Z68 Gen3 mobo. OR then Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
all probably about $50 more than the one you have listed. They all are however better overclockers and you should be able to get 4.8GHz:ish on those.

As for the GPU generally you want a card with a good heatsink like there is on Asus DirectCU II or MSI's TwinFrozrII/III.
The stock cooling is not really up to par for big overclocks. The motherboard shouldn't really affect the OC of the GPU.

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