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Battlefield 3/ skyrim best build for the price?

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November 20, 2011 2:34:42 AM

hello, im wanting to build a gaming computer for a decent price, and was wondering what would be some of the best priced computer builds that can play battlefield 3 and skryim @1080p at the highest settings.
November 20, 2011 2:37:33 AM

Illest said:
hello, im wanting to build a gaming computer for a decent price, and was wondering what would be some of the best priced computer builds that can play battlefield 3 and skryim @1080p at the highest settings.


Just to give you a point of reference I spent $1000 on my new build 3 weeks ago and i can run both games highest settings with anti-aliasing at 1920x1080 resolution. Not sure if it's the best value just for those games specifically. Specs are in sig.
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November 20, 2011 2:41:36 AM

i dont think thats the best value, a lot of other forums are saying how you can buy a good gaming computer for like 650
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November 20, 2011 3:05:09 AM

Illest said:
i dont think thats the best value, a lot of other forums are saying how you can buy a good gaming computer for like 650


for $650 you can build a decent gaming computer, but you are looking to run bf3 at highest settings(skyrim doesn't take much). I have some headroom performance-wise but a $650 build isn't enough to run bf3 on highest unless you skimp out on everything except for the GPU. Even then I'm not sure if you could run BF3 on highest because it takes quite a beast of a computer to run.

Here are some suggestions on parts:

GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (max everything with HBAO on and 4xmsaa in bf3)

or

2 gtx460's, similar performance to a 570

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




CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Mobo:

really your choice but here's a suggestion

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

I got the micro to save a few extra bucks since i won't be using more than 2 pci-e slots and the x8 bandwidth doesn't effect performance as of now.





RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6GB should be more than enough though if you want to save a few bucks

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you're planning on a single card build, 650w should be sufficient

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November 20, 2011 3:07:47 AM

Just that is already around $800 and then you still need a case, hdd, optical drive etc.
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November 20, 2011 3:25:09 AM

i already have and a screen, but on max settings could an i5 2500k with a hd 6950 and 6gb if ram with a z68 work and thats only about 630
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November 20, 2011 3:42:35 AM

I guess it would depend on what you think is "playable". at Ultra in bf3 you'd probably get on average 30-35 fps. In multiplayer this might not be enough. even the best single card gpu's don't really get much over 60 fps in bf3 since it's extremely graphically intensive.
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November 20, 2011 3:47:17 AM

The cheapest option for highest settings in battlefield 3 at a comfortable framerate would probably be 2 GTX 460's or 2 6850's. A 560ti would get you about the same performance as the 6950, but that's if you're ok with 30 fps average on highest settings no AA
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November 20, 2011 4:15:10 AM

Even the article that Tom's did basically concluded that if you want to run BF3 on ultra with everything maxed you need a crossfire or SLI setup a single card simply doesn't cut it. LINK
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November 20, 2011 5:10:50 AM

I could answer that question with a $100 build, a $1500 build and a $2000+ build. It onvolves knowing what performance you happy with and what ya budget is
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November 21, 2011 1:03:58 AM

PROBABLY $800-900
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