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$500 gaming build, BF3 and SWTOR at best settings within budget.

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January 20, 2012 12:07:44 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: By mid-February at the LATEST. (Using tax returns)

Budget Range: $550 MAX.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: BF3 and SWTOR, daily browsing.

Parts Not Required: KB/M, monitor, OS (Using Vista)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe (Depends how easy it is to overclock, noob builder here)

SLI or Crossfire: No, unless it falls into budget

Monitor Resolution: Will be using my Vizio 32" TV via HDMI
January 20, 2012 12:49:39 AM

I'm sorry to say that with that type of money... I mean you'd be able to build a PC no problem. Will it be gaming oriented?... No not at all. I mean what could you get.

A tri-core AMD Athlon x3 CPU- $80

Cheapest AM3 MoBo you can get- $40

Cheap case, yet decent quality- $50

Cheap RAM- $20

Low-capacity Hard Drive 160gb + Free DVD Burner- $70

Low Wattage 450W PSU- $25

So in all that's... $285. Not including the video card. That leaves about $265 for that video card. Use all of it on that. Grab a GTX 560 ti. That's the best option you have. It really is a great card and will have no problems at all running SWTOR and will be able to run BF3 on Medium-ish settings.
This one is absolutely great. It's Factory OCed much greater than other company's OCed version of this card and it has a custom heat design. Zotac is also a very trustable company and it comes with a free copy of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood- $250
It actually has a $20 off code already, making it $230 and another $30 mail-in rebate. That makes $200, leaving you a nice amount for shipping and left over money.

Wow, I just surprised myself there. I just "built" a system with $500ish that would actually play BF3 and SWTOR... Anyways, hope this helps!

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January 20, 2012 4:37:31 AM

Get an icore 3 2100 instead of the i5, and buy a better graphic card.
January 20, 2012 4:52:03 AM

The PSU that Neutral linked is absolute rubbish. It WILL blow up your PC in just a month. Consider for a Rosewill RG430 or CAPSTONE 80+ Gold.

What settings will you want to play BF3 on?
January 20, 2012 5:21:33 AM

I think i3 + 6850/6870 might be a slightly more balanced system, but the 560 ti does sound tempting :D