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Budget future proof 600-700$ gaming pc

Hey guys,

I want to build a gaming setup costing just around $600-$700 (USD),and i want it to be future proof.I know with the rate of development of technology,i dont stand a chance...but at least there must be something in the market to last 3-5 years and give good performance.

I primarily need it for Battlefield 3 as my 8500gt and pentium d 925 just bares 10 fps :lol:

It would be great if you would suggest all the parts except monitor,key/mouse,speakers,sound cards etc.

And yes i will be overclocking.No i wont do crossfire/sli.

Any AMD based/Intel(and Nvidia) based PC guidance will be appreciated.

Dont include any software as i already have them ready.And ill mostly be doing games on it.

I would like to have a good cool silent setup.

Add info : Monitor res 1920x1080

Thinking of purchasing before Christmas.

Thanks
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  2. I can get that for less than 30k.

    Could you suggest a AMD build.I dont like shops like flikart etc.
    Guidance from Newegg's shop would be helpfull as in New Delhi we get the same price as in newegg.com.Flipkart an other online stores here are much expensive
  3. Best answer
    Here's an AMD build:

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  4. Best answer selected by cody4721.
  5. I LOVE YOU!

    Damn the mobo you suggested is weet...thanks,imma get this,did a bit of reasearch,i can spend some on x4 965.

    It would be great if you suggested a good cooler,cause i heard amd cpus rum pretty hot.

    I was thinkin to get Cooler master elite 430
    you think its good?

    so as per the build do you think it would last me 3-4 years running games at max/high.

    Thanks man.
  6. Quote:
    so as per the build do you think it would last me 3-4 years running games at max/high.


    Depending on what games you plan to play, maybe, but most likely not.

    I own a 6870 and it is an awesome graphics card, but even now a 6870 Cannot play most newer and many older games at max.

    Seeing how the most recent games are, I would only give 2 years tops for a 6870 to play games at high/max. After that time period I think you will need to either upgrade or settle for medium.
  7. I have a few questions that still bother me.

    If i choose my CPU to the i5 2500k instead if x4 965....how likely will i notice difference in performance(i play fps only) with the 6870.

    And which of these would give me better performance for the buck....gtx 560 ti or 6870.

    Last of all.....will 6870 be able to play BF3 Ultra at 1920x1080 p with 40-50 + fps?

    thanks
  8. cody4721 said:
    I have a few questions that still bother me.

    If i choose my CPU to the i5 2500k instead if x4 965....how likely will i notice difference in performance(i play fps only) with the 6870.

    And which of these would give me better performance for the buck....gtx 560 ti or 6870.

    Last of all.....will 6870 be able to play BF3 Ultra at 1920x1080 p with 40-50 + fps?

    thanks



    1. Depends on how much you plan to overclock. The i5 is a much better overclocker and supposedly it is the "gamers" CPU. Numbers wise, I have no clue.

    2. I have only had hands on experience with the 6870. It is an awesome graphics card for the price, but from for what you want, you would need to get a higher end card (or crossfire).

    3. Not a chance in hell. Read some of the reviews of how intensive BF3 is. A 6870 cannot run BF3 in Ultra with even playable fps.
  9. The 2500K won't fit in your budget. Get the phenom 965 if you can, it will be good but Phenom II X4 Black Edition 980 or 975 will be best & more future proof if you can fit one in your budget. Currently there's no processor in AMD lineup to compete with i5-2500K. To play most new games at max @1920x1080 you need crossfire/sli. Both GTX560Ti & 6870 are good cards, but you will get improvement with GTX560Ti. If you can get two GTX560Ti in SLI, it will be great & you will be able to play 99% new games @ 1920x1080 at ultra with 40+ FPS.
    Cooler master elite 430 is quite nice.
    You can get Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro PWM Quiet AMD CPU Cooler for efficient cooling.
  10. One last thing(s):

    1.Should i wait a few months and save a bit to get the following specs

    a.core i5 2500k
    b.gtx 560 ti
    c.asus p67 mobo
    d.corsair 400r

    2.And should i also wait a bit for the hard drive prices to lower down? by january i can save upto 750$ for the pc.

    im not a rich guy btw....just a kid going to collage ;)
    Thanks so far!
  11. p.s how are cpu's likely to create a difference in gaming?meaning will i5 2500k give more fps than 965?
  12. Here comes the first one :
    http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af113/ujaansona/F120101920.png
    In some games CPU matters.

    2nd :
    http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af113/ujaansona/Metro20331920.png
    In some games they don't. These are GPU limited games.

    3rd :
    http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af113/ujaansona/05_metro.png
    Here single 560Ti performs reasonably well compared to HD6870. 2x560Ti performs much better. Note that AA is off.

    4th : Much anticipated battlefield 3
    http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af113/ujaansona/Performance.png
    6870 is tie with 560Ti!

    Conclusion : A single GTX560Ti equipped with a i5-2500K will perform reasonably well for now, as long as you keep some of the eye candies down e.g. play at maximum with no AA. In most of the cases you'll need to change in game settings a little to achieve playable framerate. If you want to play everything at ultra with 8xAA it will cost you lot more money. Either you can get a GTX570 (but i think it won't fit your budget even if you manage to get $750) or pair up two gtx560ti with SLi later or you can sell it to buy a new one e.g. GTX580/590 when the price drops down. Also some games prefer nvidia, some ATi GPUs.
    Hard drive prices may not come down till the middle of 2012.
    Now, if you go down the i5-2500K+gtx560ti path, you MUST use CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W that I suggested. It will handle your current needs & will be future proof. Don't use 400W PSU. Alternatively you can use SeaSonic S12II 520 - 520W BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094
    But with 520W you can't go SLI or upgrade to gtx590.
  13. Thanks all!
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