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Pc build that will run battlefield 3. $600 budget.

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May 21, 2012 10:25:01 PM

Ok, I am a complete noob when it comes to pc's i have never build one or played games on them. I just sold my xbox 360 and got some cash together to do this. All i wont is a good pc that will run battlefield 3 smoothly. I would do all the research myself if i new were to start. I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me everything i will need. The price can be a little over $600 but i wont to stay in that range. Remember i am starting from nothing so i literally need everything from the box to all the components.

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May 21, 2012 10:38:23 PM

Good luck. With that budget needing a monitor, operating system and all the hardware. You may be able to run it, but itll be on very low settings and maybe not even run that smoothly. Thats too much to research for someone who has done none on their own.
May 21, 2012 10:55:35 PM

vrumor said:
Good luck. With that budget needing a monitor, operating system and all the hardware. You may be able to run it, but itll be on very low settings and maybe not even run that smoothly. Thats too much to research for someone who has done none on their own.


Ditto with vrumor. The monitor and OS alone would rack up around $200-$250, which would leave about $400 or less for hardware. From what I hear, Battlefield 3 happens to be one of the most graphically demanding games out there as well.

As for finding the info you need, here is a good place to start: http://www.tomshardware.com/...1364.html

If you don't object, try to get a used monitor from an acquaintance or friend (or you can use the tv that your Xbox 360 used to connect to). Windows OS is cheaper for college students, so if you aren't in college try asking someone who is and see if their major offers more discounts on it. For parts, techbargains.com is a great place to check out and sign up for newegg's promotional email. If you get an OS and monitor for free, it lets you put more money into getting parts.
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May 21, 2012 11:34:27 PM

Sad to say but everything mentioned previously is true. Starting from scratch is rough because of the need of a monitor and OS, which will leave you less than $400 for your actual hardware. Do what was recommended, like investigating the chance of using your TV as a monitor and getting the OS from your college's tech department (assuming you're in college of course). After that, a ~$600 gaming build is very possible. You could use this as a kind of spring board for your build...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-ove...

Worst case scenario you have to scrounge up about $250 more dollars for Windows 7 and a good monitor.
May 21, 2012 11:58:31 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8Dvb

Try and save another 100 bucks.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.27 @ Compuvest)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.79 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($108.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RIKB-11002 Wired Slim Keyboard ($6.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Kensington K72356US Wired Optical Mouse ($4.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $696.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-21 20:05 EDT-0400)
May 22, 2012 12:01:23 AM

Linux.
May 22, 2012 12:04:53 AM

Well it's not possible to build a gaming computer with the os monitor keyboard and mouse for 600 or less you could build the computer without the monitor and keyboard and mouse i try and this is cheapest i came up with

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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$39.99 $39.99


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$94.99 -$10.00 Instant $84.99


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ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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you would still need os monitor and keyboard and mouse
May 22, 2012 12:10:00 AM

bigcyco1, for that price you could get a cheap h61, and an I3-2100. It will give you much better performance. Everything else is good.
May 22, 2012 5:48:33 PM

Tyharrell said:
Ok, I am a complete noob when it comes to pc's i have never build one or played games on them. I just sold my xbox 360 and got some cash together to do this. All i wont is a good pc that will run battlefield 3 smoothly. I would do all the research myself if i new were to start. I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me everything i will need. The price can be a little over $600 but i wont to stay in that range. Remember i am starting from nothing so i literally need everything from the box to all the components.



Sorry guys i failed to mention that I do have a monitor and I do have extra money for the OS. I just wont to know all the parts i should buy with $600 not including the monitor and the OS. Sorry i didnt think to mention that and thanks for all your guys feedback keep the ideas coming=)
May 22, 2012 5:53:11 PM

rocknrollz said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8Dvb

Try and save another 100 bucks.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.27 @ Compuvest)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.79 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($108.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RIKB-11002 Wired Slim Keyboard ($6.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Kensington K72356US Wired Optical Mouse ($4.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $696.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-21 20:05 EDT-0400)




Hey man great job putting that stuff together do you think you could take out the price of the monitor and the OS and mabye upgrade some of the parts you picked for me. I forgot to mention I do have a monitor and Extra money for the OS. Thx alot man!!
May 23, 2012 12:20:32 AM

This is what I managed to come up for you...

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8Hc4

One note is that those 7770 are supposed to overclock like absolute champs, so you should be able to get some great performance out of it while still barely sipping on energy.

Keep in mind is too look at the price BEFORE rebates, because there's a decent chance you'll forget, misplace it, etc;
May 23, 2012 2:38:55 AM

Guys I forgot to mention that you do not need to include a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or OS. I have extra money for all of that.
May 23, 2012 7:45:04 PM

May be a little late but,

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($133.59 @ Mac Connection)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.46 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $601.99
May 23, 2012 7:57:17 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Performs on par with Sandy Bridge quad core in BF3.

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
SATA 3.0, and this board has fairly good review too.

Memory: Mushkin Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
8GB of RAM, memory clocks really don't make much of a difference.

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
It's a hard drive, what more can I say?

Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($192.55 @ Newegg)
A pretty powerful card that comes with BF3, so that's like a $60 saving.

Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
This seems like a pretty good case.

Power Supply: Rosewill 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.00 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: You can pay like $20 for something you will only ever use to install your OS, so if you want to, go get some generic ODD.
Total: $577.50
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-23 15:58 EDT-0400)
May 24, 2012 4:54:27 PM

Thanks man and know its not to late. Im ordering either today or tomorrow. Im going to choose between your build or this other guys on another forum i posted. Thanks alot for your time=)
May 24, 2012 6:40:15 PM

UVB076 said:
Linux.


lol this made me laugh
June 1, 2012 10:12:13 PM

BTW BF3 runs better on FX-4100 than on i3-2120.
June 1, 2012 10:23:51 PM

That is true, actually. BF3 is breaking all sorts of boundaries. It is one of the few games that use more than 1GB vRAM at 1080p and one of the few that uses more than 2 cores, so the FX 4100 will run it better.
June 2, 2012 2:50:53 PM

azeem40 said:
That is true, actually. BF3 is breaking all sorts of boundaries. It is one of the few games that use more than 1GB vRAM at 1080p and one of the few that uses more than 2 cores, so the FX 4100 will run it better.


Dont forget the i3 has 4 logical cores

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-4100-core-i3-210...
June 5, 2012 8:37:26 PM

But the FX-4100 or Phenom II 965 BE have actual 4 cores. The FX-4100 performs around on par with the i5-2500K in BF3.
June 5, 2012 10:17:15 PM

Where did you see this benchmark? Also, is that on low or high graphics settings. (low graphics settings are a better measure because it is less graphics intensive that way)
June 6, 2012 12:05:26 PM

The benchmarks i provided are from toms on a variety of resolutions and presets. Also, the 4100 gets destroyed by a 2500k, they arent even in the same world.

And the difference between multiple real cores vs logical is usually under 10% which the i3 makes up for more IPC. Also, dont forget that the bulldozer is actually two "modules" which are two cores with two integer cores. Not a true dual core in the normal sense.
June 11, 2012 12:03:37 AM

UVB076 said:
But the FX-4100 or Phenom II 965 BE have actual 4 cores. The FX-4100 performs around on par with the i5-2500K in BF3.

The FX-4100 does not have 4 cores. What it has is an embarrassingly slow decoder, high cache latency, and 2 useless integer "pipelines" that can only execute a handful of commands.
June 12, 2012 12:09:19 PM

Vettedude said:
The FX-4100 does not have 4 cores. What it has is an embarrassingly slow decoder, high cache latency, and 2 useless integer "pipelines" that can only execute a handful of commands.


completely true. this is why an i3 can compete and even beat it. the 2500k will even beat the 8150 i believe
June 21, 2012 3:37:48 AM

The main problems with the 480 are that is it suffers from high heat and it neadspower. For $20 more than the 560 ti, I would get a 7870. It´s performance will be similar, but it uses half the power and gets much less hot in the processes.
June 26, 2012 12:04:37 AM

My brother has a EVGA GTX480 and tbh, it's not really as bad as you think. It's a bit loud and hot, but as long as it's stable, it doesn't really matter. Just make sure that your PSU has 8-pin connectors.
June 27, 2012 4:56:07 PM

UVB076 said:
But the FX-4100 or Phenom II 965 BE have actual 4 cores. The FX-4100 performs around on par with the i5-2500K in BF3.



FX-4100 isnt a true quad core
June 27, 2012 11:11:36 PM

but it's CLOSER to a true quad core. And it's OC-able.
June 28, 2012 12:13:00 AM

UVB076 said:
but it's CLOSER to a true quad core. And it's OC-able.


Ive heard it has to be OCed to over 4GHz to beat an i3 :o 
June 28, 2012 1:55:44 PM

And stock FX-4100 beats i3 in actual multiplayer BF3
June 29, 2012 12:15:02 AM

UVB076 said:
And stock FX-4100 beats i3 in actual multiplayer BF3



You got that right :D  I never thought of that lol
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