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$500 pc that can run BF3 and Minecraft lol

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February 28, 2012 11:22:11 PM

$500, i already have a monitor atleast want to run battlefield 3 alright and minecraft maxed out posibly
February 28, 2012 11:23:40 PM

guerrero said:
$500, i already have a monitor atleast want to run battlefield 3 alright and minecraft maxed out posibly

or cheaper then $500!!!!!
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February 28, 2012 11:24:26 PM

any preference? how about your country? if you want to sli or not? can you please be specific so i can start swinging left and right although for now i'll go look at newegg and see what i can come up with,
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February 28, 2012 11:25:59 PM

Tavo_Nova said:
any preference? how about your country? if you want to sli or not? can you please be specific so i can start swinging left and right although for now i'll go look at newegg and see what i can come up with,

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA *___* lol
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February 28, 2012 11:29:56 PM

ok i'll swipe out some stuff at newegg, we should be able to build something decent at 500$ but don't get your hopes up for 1920x1080 with ultra high resolution ^_^

going to edit this, give me some moment
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February 29, 2012 12:34:01 AM

got both for intel and amd? got a budget build for both,
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February 29, 2012 12:42:18 AM

Check my sig.

I tried BF3 SP on a HD5770 and managed to stay above 30 fps with a High/Ultra mix at 1080p and Ultra with no AA at 1600x900. So yea, it can run BF3 alright if you dial a few settings down.
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February 29, 2012 12:58:18 AM

my phonon x4 955BE with a radeon hd 6950 runs BF3 very nicely at 1080p. playable rates at ultra, though i usually dumb a few minor settings down to get very good rates.
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February 29, 2012 1:13:44 AM

109.99$
amd fx4100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

59.99$
ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

84.99$
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

129.99$>119.99$ after rebate
SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

25.99$
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

82.99$>62.99$ after 20$ mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

493.93$ before rebate>463.93$ after rebate

or you can get a seperate Chassis and PSU with this below

47.99$>37.99$ after rebate
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

59.99$>49.99$ after rebate
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total of new setup

Before Rebate: 518.93$
After Rebate: 488.93$

this should be able to play BF3 in as nice playable FPS but if you are to streth the resolution to 1920x1080p (30-40 fps) then i suggest setting things to low/medium, but im sure it is playable at 1440x900 or something close to that resolution at high/medium (playable fps of 30-45)

about those fps numbers i put above they are not 100% sure need to double check it,
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February 29, 2012 1:28:25 AM

Tavo, looks like a pretty good build for under $500. 6790's are only a few $$ more and have 256 bit bus and higher clocks. OP will probably need an OS. They never seem to understand this.
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February 29, 2012 1:47:59 AM

Tavo_Nova said:
109.99$
amd fx4100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

59.99$
ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

84.99$
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

129.99$>119.99$ after rebate
SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

25.99$
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

82.99$>62.99$ after 20$ mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

493.93$ before rebate>463.93$ after rebate

or you can get a seperate Chassis and PSU with this below

47.99$>37.99$ after rebate
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

59.99$>49.99$ after rebate
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total of new setup

Before Rebate: 518.93$
After Rebate: 488.93$

this should be able to play BF3 in as nice playable FPS but if you are to streth the resolution to 1920x1080p (30-40 fps) then i suggest setting things to low/medium, but im sure it is playable at 1440x900 or something close to that resolution at high/medium (playable fps of 30-45)

about those fps numbers i put above they are not 100% sure need to double check it,

How about you change a few things...

i3 2100
ASRock H61M
WD Blue
7750
Corsair 4GB
NZXT 210
Rosewill 430w
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February 29, 2012 1:57:02 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... - $129.98
Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623G850
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $54.99
ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $22.99
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $49.99
NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $16.99
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $84.99
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $139.99 - $10MIR
HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Total: $499.92 - $10MIR
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February 29, 2012 1:58:59 AM

Let me know what you choose cause I have a friend looking for a cheap pc that can run bf3
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February 29, 2012 2:12:40 AM

e56imfg said:
How about you change a few things...

i3 2100
ASRock H61M
WD Blue
7750
Corsair 4GB
NZXT 210
Rosewill 430w




i3 is good but theres really nothing to upgrade after that, its better to keep the amd build and then go buy some decent i5 system after a while when he gets cash,

IMO it's better to get a cheap budget 4 core gaming pc then just buy a whole new pc when he gets like 800$ and buy off some i5 best band for buck system when that time comes or maybe i7 don't know what happens in the next 3-5 years.

i do like the 7750 its awesome, have couple of them for test, it could also lessen the price a bit and add more, for rosewill sorry i never use any other brand for psu besides seasonic, corsair, xfx, silverstone

not sure about that, but yes the wd blue is good too, and nzxt case are awesome, but well TS has to choose, if i were to be asked, i love nzxt,thermaltake,cooler master,silverstone chassis,
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February 29, 2012 2:20:28 AM

Tavo_Nova said:
i3 is good but theres really nothing to upgrade after that, its better to keep the amd build and then go buy some decent i5 system after a while when he gets cash,

IMO it's better to get a cheap budget 4 core gaming pc then just buy a whole new pc when he gets like 800$ and buy off some i5 best band for buck system when that time comes or maybe i7 don't know what happens in the next 3-5 years.

i do like the 7750 its awesome, have couple of them for test, it could also lessen the price a bit and add more, for rosewill sorry i never use any other brand for psu besides seasonic, corsair, xfx, silverstone

not sure about that, but yes the wd blue is good too, and nzxt case are awesome, but well TS has to choose, if i were to be asked, i love nzxt,thermaltake,cooler master,silverstone chassis,

There's nothing to upgrade after AMD dude. 1155 can hold Ivy Bridge in the future while the AM3+ stuff is long gone. What's he going to do with AMD in the next 3-5 years, get a new PC?

Rosewill is a very nice PSU brand. Many of it's PSUs are mentioned in this recommended PSU list.

Cases are mostly personal preference.
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February 29, 2012 2:28:08 AM

yeah but with an i3 build upgrading it is useless, just my honest opinion, its better to buy a whole new pc if you will be buying an ivy or i5 2500k or so, since its not nice to keep stuff lying around and not being used, of course he can sell them but it won't be in a nice price either way, of course about case yes its personal preference true,

well for rosewill never really know i've heard and seen it and have some friends use it but i always stick to seasonic and the upper brands, but i'll try to look more into rosewill and buy some of their products for test they might be amazing compared to what the majority of people say
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February 29, 2012 2:35:47 AM

Tavo_Nova said:
yeah but with an i3 build upgrading it is useless, just my honest opinion, its better to buy a whole new pc if you will be buying an ivy or i5 2500k or so, since its not nice to keep stuff lying around and not being used, of course he can sell them but it won't be in a nice price either way, of course about case yes its personal preference true,

well for rosewill never really know i've heard and seen it and have some friends use it but i always stick to seasonic and the upper brands, but i'll try to look more into rosewill and buy some of their products for test they might be amazing compared to what the majority of people say

The i3 defeats every AMD CPU in almost every benchmark. There's a lot of benchies on the web here's a few:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
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February 29, 2012 2:37:48 AM

e56imfg said:
There's nothing to upgrade after AMD dude. 1155 can hold Ivy Bridge in the future while the AM3+ stuff is long gone. What's he going to do with AMD in the next 3-5 years, get a new PC?

1155 will hold a maximum of 1 new generation (IB) and from what we've seen from AMD in the past, AM3+ it will probably support atleast 3 future generations of CPU's.

I may be wrong, but I haven't seen any solid proof saying AM3+ will be killed off, which will be very un-AMD like.
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February 29, 2012 2:40:47 AM

As a general rule of thumb, rosewill is bottom of the barrel, they have some good models but they are far and few.

And I second the I3 build.
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February 29, 2012 2:42:19 AM

Zero_ said:
1155 will hold a maximum of 1 new generation (IB) and from what we've seen from AMD in the past, AM3+ it will probably support atleast 3 future generations of CPU's.

I may be wrong, but I haven't seen any solid proof saying AM3+ will be killed off, which will be very un-AMD like.

A few months back, AMD had stated they would quit the Intel vs AMD battle and focus on APUs.
Their new upcoming CPU-APU code-named Piledriver will have a socket of it's own- FM2. There is a big discussion thread about this in the CPU section, I recommend you have a look.

AMD isn't coming back to the AM3+ socket anymore, they are done with the high-end CPU market.
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February 29, 2012 2:44:12 AM

well for sure we know that amd won't be killed off right now but they did say they would be putting some budget cpu or something the like, ts can choose between an i3 build and an amd fx-4100 build, but i do suggest that if you want to get those sweet lovely ivy bridge/sandy go get a whole new pc when building one, so you and your friend can play lan or something, its what i did before until it became a habit of building pc
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February 29, 2012 2:44:28 AM

e56imfg said:
A few months back, AMD had stated they would quit the Intel vs AMD battle and focus on APUs.
Their new upcoming CPU-APU code-named Piledriver will have a socket of it's own- FM2. There is a big discussion thread about this in the CPU section, I recommend you have a look.

AMD isn't coming back to the AM3+ socket anymore, they are done with the high-end CPU market.



I thought there wording was "will not compete" I take that as they are going to pump out cpus just at there own pace and performance levels?

But I'm not sure :3
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February 29, 2012 2:46:29 AM

So you get an Intel 2nd gen core processor and buy a cheap $69 MB which has NO upgrade path. Can't o/c, no room to SLI, 2 RAM slots. At least it has 2 USB 3.0 ports. The MB on the 4100 can at least do X-fire... BTW, the 4100 o/c's and has 4 cores and is cheaper than an I3-2100.
In this case the game goes to AMD.
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February 29, 2012 2:49:18 AM

mouse24 said:
I thought there wording was "will not compete" I take that as they are going to pump out cpus just at there own pace and performance levels?

But I'm not sure :3

If you're not sure, go to the discussion thread about Piledriver. They are sure going to compete with Intel in the mobile market, just not the high-end CPU market.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/316983-28-piledriver-...

In summary, Piledriver is an "enhanced Bulldozer" with a robust IGP for extreme budget users. It will have a 10 to 30% increase CPU wise and have a huge gain in IGP terms. But as all the enthusiasts know, the IGP is completely useless with a discrete GPU.
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February 29, 2012 3:00:55 AM

OP, are there any questions on this list you haven't answered already?: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

If you want a good PC for $500, you need to bite on deals as they come up. The Corsair CX430 V2 can handle up to a 6870 on graphics. It's on Newegg right now for $16. BUY IT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now we need awesome deals/combos on:
CPU:
Mobo:
Graphics:
RAM:
HDD:
Case:
OS: Are you a college student?

Are there any items you can reuse from a previous build or you're willing to get used--especially a Hard Drive?

You already missed the $23 Corsair 1600CL9 RAM earlier today. But I'll skim through the current Newegg email promotion. Make sure to get on Newegg.com and NCIX's email lists. You should buy parts from AWESOME deals only over the course of the next couple weeks.

Honestly, I'd go for integrated graphics and play Minecraft and TF2 for the next month. Then when the 7800 series and Kepler drop, buy a 6870 for $100 (after rebate?). If you can't wait, then just buy the best 6870 you see on sale.

Do you have a Micro Center nearby? If you can get an i3-2100 w/ H61 mobo for $99 that's the way to go. They have that on sale sometimes.
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February 29, 2012 3:12:20 AM

DelroyMonjo said:
So you get an Intel 2nd gen core processor and buy a cheap $69 MB which has NO upgrade path. Can't o/c, no room to SLI, 2 RAM slots. At least it has 2 USB 3.0 ports. The MB on the 4100 can at least do X-fire... BTW, the 4100 o/c's and has 4 cores and is cheaper than an I3-2100.
In this case the game goes to AMD.

Even when the 4100 is OCed, the i3 still out performs it. The AM3+ has no upgrade options and the 1155 does- Ivy Bridge.
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February 29, 2012 3:13:51 AM

dalauder said:
OP, are there any questions on this list you haven't answered already?: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

If you want a good PC for $500, you need to bite on deals as they come up. The Corsair CX430 V2 can handle up to a 6870 on graphics. It's on Newegg right now for $16. BUY IT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now we need awesome deals/combos on:
CPU:
Mobo:
Graphics:
RAM:
HDD:
Case:
OS: Are you a college student?

Are there any items you can reuse from a previous build or you're willing to get used--especially a Hard Drive?

You already missed the $23 Corsair 1600CL9 RAM earlier today. But I'll skim through the current Newegg email promotion. Make sure to get on Newegg.com and NCIX's email lists. You should buy parts from AWESOME deals only over the course of the next couple weeks.

Honestly, I'd go for integrated graphics and play Minecraft and TF2 for the next month. Then when the 7800 series and Kepler drop, buy a 6870 for $100 (after rebate?). If you can't wait, then just buy the best 6870 you see on sale.

Do you have a Micro Center nearby? If you can get an i3-2100 w/ H61 mobo for $99 that's the way to go. They have that on sale sometimes.

I use to have a CX430, but I failed to read the reviews saying that it makes a very loud, whining noise. If you can handle that, then go for it.
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February 29, 2012 3:15:31 AM

On a side note...HDDs are so expensive now, I have to mention the alternative of something like a $130 Crucial M4 128GB instead of an $85 HDD. Look on slickdeals.net daily for an HDD deal.
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February 29, 2012 3:20:26 AM

e56imfg said:
I use to have a CX430, but I failed to read the reviews saying that it makes a very loud, whining noise. If you can handle that, then go for it.
I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to do that. If it does, you should RMA it. Mine is quiet.

As far as cases, someone mentioned the Thermaltake V3 earlier. The V3 and V4 are the best consistently cheap cases out there. Occasionally, other great cases (with USB 3.0) pop up in that price range. The Thermaltake V9 was recently around $45 or so.
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February 29, 2012 3:39:34 AM

I'd still take the V3 or V4 for cheaper over the Fractal.
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February 29, 2012 3:48:29 AM

I got a Rosewill GEAR X3 for $40 a few weeks ago, no shipping. The 3 fans are almost worth the price, they're really quiet. And the LED front fan surprised me whin I found out it had a really nice Milky Way arms effect. But it's a good idea to check out the Daily deals and the E-letter ads. All kinds of cheap deals.
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February 29, 2012 3:48:58 AM

dalauder said:
I'd still take the V3 or V4 for cheaper over the Fractal.


Ah me to man, the haf 912 is also great but more pricey... Personally I don't really like the look of the fractal much at all.
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February 29, 2012 6:05:28 PM

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