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Sub 900 dollar gaming pc

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April 12, 2012 8:41:06 PM

Hi tomshardware community, I would like to begin by saying this is my first time on this website with an account, first thread, so try not to hassle me too much. I have read multiple threads on this website, I really like this community, intelligent people knowing what they talk about and helpful benchmark threads. I want to get into pc gaming because my favorite game is battlefield 3 and I love the idea of modding RPG's like Fallout and maybe skyrim. I am tired of consoles, and want to enjoy PC gaming!
Here is a rundown of what I am aiming at, trying to build a system to run battlefield 3 at 1080p @ medium-high settings, and get around 40fps.

Approximate Purchase Date: within next 4 months

Budget Range: 700-900 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, tigerdirect

Country: United States? I don't know I just copied the template, I'm a newbie

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU, Radeon Graphics cards, Corsair PSU units

Overclocking: Not sure, yes If I have to

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, max resolution supported by screen...

Additional Comments: low profile case, save money where needed, most intensive game for this rig will probably be battlefield 3, will be getting parts through local pc shop orders, they'll probably use newegg or tigerdirect, not sure.

Thanks for reading, give me some feedback here, I am also aiming at using a amd phenom 2 x4 955

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April 12, 2012 8:44:45 PM

This is my first PC build, so I am not aiming for watercooling.
April 12, 2012 8:47:16 PM

I think a radeon hd 6870 would be good for this build. Should I buy parts all at once, or one at a time.
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April 14, 2012 2:34:07 PM

but it all at once
April 14, 2012 2:39:05 PM

I would take a look at

Intel Core i5 2400
ASRock Z68 Pro 3
8 gig ram
Radeon HD 6870
1 TB HD, Seagate Barracuda is good.
An optical drive (cheap), 450 W pSU should be enough, and find a nice 60-70$ case. That should put you in the ballpark
April 14, 2012 4:18:03 PM

Get an H61 motherboard it is cheaper and will not make a difference for overclocking. If you can go to a microcenter it is worth it because they have really good deals. Because of this I will post 2 of most parts. If there are 2 the top is from microcenter

500 gig hard drive

8 gigs ram

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April 14, 2012 6:54:44 PM

Check out my $650 build here:
Just change the 6870 to the 7850 (+$90)
Buy it from Amazon, meaning, have Amazon be the distributor. They sell it for only $250
April 15, 2012 3:28:52 PM

Thanks I like aznshinobi's suggestion, and I think I will take the 2400 route since my budget range would better match it. I'm not sure if it's worth it going for the 8gb ram, I'll probably combine the 2400 with the radeon 6870 to get best budget/performance ratio, thanks everyone.
April 15, 2012 4:30:50 PM

8 Gigs of ram is worth it because it is pretty cheap and gives you better expansion.
April 15, 2012 5:54:51 PM


Just go 8GB. Price is so close you might as well.
April 27, 2012 11:50:23 PM

Best answer selected by metalheadpcjunkie.