After tinkering around with old computers, doin some dr. frankenstien stuff, i've decided to build a computer from scratch. I've been looking around and ive seent that the I5-2500 has been doing pretty well with all sorts of builds, and the GTX 560 Ti as well. So im wondering if the combination of the two are gonna be enough to play BF3 at 1080p. It doesnt have to be super ultra settings, but good enough to beat a PS3 at least. Since I am going to play on an HD TV I want to take advantage of its capability. I know there are other components to think about as well but for now im just wondering about the CPU and GPU. I dont want to overclock, so i can save a few bucks getting just the 2500 and not the k series. Im also on a 600-700 budget. I also work at Best Buy (yeah...i know..) So cost of some parts will be cheaper. Any feedback is great, thanks guys!
I have an i5-2500K and a 560Ti (stock OC to 950MHz on the core) and I can play BF3 @ 1920x1080 (standard 1080 resolution) on mostly high settings (can't run all of the anti-aliasing features, etc) and it looks great.
I don't think you'll have much of an issue with that on your TV, other than that you may need to OC since it does give a significant performance boost.
My concern is how are you going to fit that on a 600-700 budget, since the CPU is ~$200 and the GPU is ~$250.
The total for this build would be $860.91 which is over your budget but since you work at Best Buy you should be able to get these parts cheaper with your employee discount or also since Best Buy sells prebuilt you could get a compareable build also at a discount and use this list as a guide as to what you want in the Pc. Either way you should have a good Pc able to play BF3 at med to high settings for a great price.