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December 20, 2011 9:14:18 PM

Help please,BF3 has been out for awhile and tryin to build a new pc for this and skyrim.I've read till my eyeballs are bleeding I had a system picked out but then read that the AMD fx's sucked and the way to go is Intell, is this true?

Approximate Purchase Date: tonight or tommorrow just like to get it here by next week

Budget Range:$900-1000 but like to keep it as low as I can

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming,web

Parts Not Required: I have a ATI Radeon 6950 2 gb dirt 3 edition card and a 27"led 1080p monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: North America

Parts Preferences: No Preferences just as long as it plays BF3 with no problems

Overclocking: Not now but maybe down the road

SLI or Crossfire: Not now but maybe down the road

Monitor Resolution:maxed

Additional Comments: I like to use a cooler master haf 922 case.like I said I had picked out a fx-8150 on a asus sabertooth mobo till I did some reading around.

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December 20, 2011 11:01:15 PM

You really shouldn't use an AMD CPU with BF3 or at least use an AMD Phenom II instead of an FX CPU because FX will bottleneck your FPS significantly at high settings.

That and the Intel i5-2500k is both cheaper and faster than the FX 8150, so it will cost less to give you more.
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December 21, 2011 12:04:31 AM

blazorthon said:
You really shouldn't use an AMD CPU with BF3 or at least use an AMD Phenom II instead of an FX CPU because FX will bottleneck your FPS significantly at high settings.

That and the Intel i5-2500k is both cheaper and faster than the FX 8150, so it will cost less to give you more.


Thanks for replying well i'm guesssing the I5 2500k but what mobo to use and one other thing is it best to go with the I7?
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December 21, 2011 12:08:44 AM

longreach said:
Thanks for replying well i'm guesssing the I5 2500k but what mobo to use and one other thing is it best to go with the I7?


For gaming? No. i7 has hyperthreading, which is completely useless in terms of anything other than rendering, video editing, and other such purposes. Save money, get the i5.

Unless you do video editing and rendering. In which case, highly recommended.
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December 21, 2011 12:19:10 AM

yea, dont bother with an i7, waste of a hundred bucks for gaming, you could even probably go with an i3 CPU for gaming, they are only dual core but they pack a punch, from tests they can outgame even phenom2 x6 CPUs. and for any sandybridge (i5, i3, i7, etc) you need an LGA 1155 mobo, probably a p67 or z68 if you are going to use a video card anyway, and z68 is expencive but you can use ivy and i think the gen after that in er too if you ever feel the need.
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December 21, 2011 12:30:57 AM

Remember to save room for the hard drive, you can spend $130 on a 1TB one nowadays.
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December 21, 2011 12:32:20 AM

Here's a build you'll be pleased with built around a Haf 922 from newegg that will allow overclocking and xfire. Since we came in a little under budget you may want to swap the power supply for something that will handle 2x 6950s out of the gate (I chose the Antec in the build because it is a good power supply on sale today).

This thread (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/298816-28-2500k-dual-...) went for a Corsair HX850 power supply for a 2500K and dual 6950s (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Hope you love your new computer and have a blast with BF3 and Skyrim!

Subtotal: $854.89 before $35.00 MIR(s)

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197
-$15.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$119.99
$104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371031
-$35.00 Instant
$99.99
$64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
$12.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233202
-$5.00 Instant
$44.99
$39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible
Item #: N82E16835233081
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157264
-$10.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$384.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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December 21, 2011 12:49:00 AM

Since you want to play BF3 the i3 would be too slow. Your best bet would be the i5-2500k because it doesn't bottleneck the game. Anything faster will not improve performance for that reason.

Pair it with a P67 or Z68 motherboard.

EDIT: I'll recommend the above build due to my failure to find problems with it, +1 to phensen.
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December 21, 2011 1:32:52 AM

I would like to say thank you all for you're help here is what I went with.What you all think?


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Item #: N82E16811119197

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ... Item #: N82E16817139022

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM Item #: N82E16835100007

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9 Item #: N82E16820233202

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... Item #: N82E16819115072

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM Item #: N82E16832116986

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ... Item #: N82E16835103099

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Item #: N82E16820227725

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AL/RSBS LightScribe Support

Total= 886.89
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December 21, 2011 2:46:53 AM

That looks good to me.
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December 21, 2011 3:02:08 AM

Best answer selected by longreach.
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