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First Gaming Build $600-$750

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December 30, 2011 11:33:49 PM

I'm hoping to run BF3 with as high of setting as possible. Of course I'd like to keep the cost low; at first my limit was $600 but I realized that isn't going to happen.

I picked out these components, I'm asking to see if these are the best for the pries (if I can get better prices on similar components please let me know):

CPU: $100 ($120 - $20 GC)
AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz Quad Core AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: $100
GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: $44-$9 off
8 GB G.SKILL 2x4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $105
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $75
Antec 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $70
Cooler Master
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: $235 (265-MIR)
XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 31, 2011 1:29:53 AM

The i3-2100 is going to outperform the FX-4100. It's up to you, though.

I have an MSI Twin Frozr II 2GB 6950 on a Z68 motherboard with an i5-2500K (nothing is overclocked). I use a 1600x900 monitor. I get an average of about 45fps and a minimum around 35fps in BF3 on ultra settings, so I guess that's about what you should expect from your build. If you're gaming at a higher resolution you won't be able to use ultra. I know some people think that a low of 35fps is too low but I honestly can't tell the difference.

Now all that being said - you're not going to do any better than a 6950 on your budget.
December 31, 2011 1:40:12 AM

Also, a 1GB 6950 is going to perform the same as a 2GB 6950 (the 1GB card actually performs marginally better in some instances). If you end up getting the MIR then your XFX card is a good deal, but that's a coin flip at best. If you want to lower your initial costs then the Gigabyte 1GB 6950 with a factory overclock is one of the best cards you can get for $240 (free shipping and the free game included).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can also save a little money on your case if you want with the Rosewill Challenger or NZXT Gamma
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The HAF 912 is a good one, though.

You can get away with a smaller power supply to save some money, too. The following Seasonic unit is one of the best available for $60+$6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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