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: newegg.com, 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
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
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.