Help on building a Gaming PC

I'm looking into building a PC for gaming, mostly MMOs like the old republic, but would also like to be able to play Battlefield 3. I'm not to confident in what choices to make on CPU and Graphic cards. i would like to keep my budget around $800 or so. Any recommendations on good CPU and Graphic cards would be great.
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  1. Do you need the OS? Do you plan to overclock? What settings do you prefer? What resolution do you play at?

    If not, here's a nice set-up for you under 800;
    case/hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.812373
    dvd drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
    GPU/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.809030
    CPU/Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.805909

    If you do need OS... probably go with an AMD system... that would require totally different combos.

    This will give you an idea of what AMD/nvidia cards to look into for BF3 performance.:
    AMD: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-8.html
    Nvidia: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-3.html
  2. Here is a better price on the same GPU chip set almost 30 less after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=u1556868t0f0fp67454dd0c0s701&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16814125353
    With that saved money I would consider a 600 watt psu 500 isn't bad but it will limit your future expansions with that card.
  3. ^Good eye, and agreed. However, 6870 is probably a better card for better BF3 performance and future titles. (even though I linked a 6850, if we can cram in a 6870).
  4. I agree I actually have a 6870 and a amd x6 and I run on all settings high 1600x1200 with very sold fps.
  5. ^ that post was in reference to me running battle field 3.
  6. The budget of $800 is that for the complete Pc build or just for the cpu and gpu and how much are you allowing for those two if your budget is for a complete Pc build.

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
    $229.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    If you don't plan on overclocking then you could go for this;

    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400
    $189.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $249.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $229.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $229.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $209.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $121.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $99.99 and a $15 rebate and a $10 promo code makes it $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&cm_sp=Cat_Power_Supplies-_-48_Hr_Sale-_-17-371-049

    This is the current deal at Newegg and if ordered today you would get a really great deal on this power supply.

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
    $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $104.99 and a $15 rebate makes it $89.99

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
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