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I5-2500 and GTX 560 Ti enough for BF3?

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January 27, 2012 3:30:17 PM

Sup guys,

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!

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January 27, 2012 3:40:19 PM

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.
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January 27, 2012 3:43:49 PM

Yes to the 2400 or 2500 with no K
It should play BF3 well

Because you are using a TV you should enable Vsync in the driver
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January 27, 2012 4:17:39 PM

With games today the main component is the video card and you don't necessarily need an i5-2500k ro i5-2500 you could go with something like these parts;

Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52310
$184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$209.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These two components would be the base of your build that could look something like this;

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
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January 28, 2012 2:00:11 AM

Thanks for the feedback guys! I appreciate it. And as for the budget of 700, Ive got my ways to make it work =)
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