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March 16, 2012 9:03:04 PM

Hello, My name is Kelton, and i need some help building a really nice computer, running Battlefield 3 on ultra setting, that kinda computer.
I've got a $2,000 dollar budget, not a cent over, and my friends all tell me buying Pre-built is a rip off. So i need help building one. Please help.

*update*
I've picked out some stuff on Newegg.com, haven't bought anything, just trying to narrow down the parts i need, suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated.

Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5

Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support

Graphics Card:XFX FX-797A-TNBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH

Processor: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

DVD Drive: SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

The screen, which I already have is a 23" and the Resolution is set at 1920 x 1080. don't know if that matters.

Just thoughts, I don't want to overclock, I want max life span as possible. Like i said, I'm new to this stuff, so i apologize if the item choices seem... stupid.
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March 16, 2012 9:15:19 PM

For gaming purposes, concentrate your funds toward the GPU - the current Radeon HD 79xx series are nice as are the GTX 5xx series. One of either should be enough for now, you can always SLI or Xfire later (when BF5 comes out). Spend some time researching your case - everyone has a different preference of look make sure the case has adequate ventilation.
I like to spend time in the 'new build' section, seeing what others are building and also seeing what kind of feed-back they are getting to their proposals.
Good luck, enjoy
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March 16, 2012 9:21:34 PM

C12Friedman said:
For gaming purposes, concentrate your funds toward the GPU - the current Radeon HD 79xx series are nice as are the GTX 5xx series. One of either should be enough for now, you can always SLI or Xfire later (when BF5 comes out). Spend some time researching your case - everyone has a different preference of look make sure the case has adequate ventilation.
I like to spend time in the 'new build' section, seeing what others are building and also seeing what kind of feed-back they are getting to their proposals.
Good luck, enjoy

Thanks a bunch, this is the first time I've done this, so I'm doing some research. I don't have this kinda money lying around, I've been saving up and I don't want to waste it, or make the mistake of not making the computer powerful enough.

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March 16, 2012 9:28:41 PM

For the CPU you probably want the i5-2500k
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

"CPUs priced over $225 offer rapidly diminishing returns when it comes to game performance. As such, we have a hard time recommending anything more expensive than the Core i5-2500K, especially since this multiplier-unlocked processor can be overclocked to great effect if more performance is desired. Even at stock clocks, it meets or beats the $1000 Core i7-990X Extreme Edition when it comes to gaming."

i5-2500k is only 180$ at micro center
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Battlefield 3 is a GPU intensive game. A good portion of your budget should be spent on a good graphics card
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...

"Any reasonably-modern processor is going to be held back by graphics long before hamstringing performance itself. "

HD 7970 is a very good graphics card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Playing on 1920 x 1080 at ultra settings, you get average of 70+ fps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIE0LuCxXyk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZwUm058Sr4

Also, you want a high quality power supply (corsair, antec, seasonic, ocz). Do NOT buy a cheap power supply
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322966-28-list-recomm...
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March 16, 2012 10:04:49 PM

At the entry level, pre built pc's are hard to beat for value.
But, I think your friends are correct in that you will get better value if you plan a build for yourself.
You get to pick your parts. You still get the manufacturer's warranty.
Any doa part can be quickly returned.
And... The satisfaction is priceless!

There are some online video's and articles on how to build a pc. Look for newer ones.
It is not hard for the inexperienced. It helps if you have a friend who has done it before though.

The selection of compatible and balanced parts takes some judgement if you have a budget.
With your budget, you can do very well.
A good start by the previous two posters.

If your timeframe is not urgent, it will pay you to do this research in the coming month.
There are new graphics cards due out soon.

SSD prices are dropping, and I urge you to include one in your build.

the 22nm ivy bridge Intel cpu's are due in april, and the 3570K will be a better buy than the current gming king, the 2500K

Try downloading the manuals for a motherboard and case. Read them from cover to cover and a lot of questions will be answered.

A big up front choice is your monitor. A 1080P(1920 x 1080) 24" monitor is probably what you want with your budget. They are not too expensive.

There are larger, higher resolution monitors that are 27" and 2560 x 1440 for $700 which are really nice. A great monitor will not go obsolete, with your budget, consider one if you can.
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March 17, 2012 1:26:34 AM

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