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

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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-overclock,3159.html

    Worst case scenario you have to scrounge up about $250 more dollars for Windows 7 and a good monitor.
  4. 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)
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  6. 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
    Model #:S210-001
    Item #:N82E16811146075
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $39.99 $39.99


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    ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Model #:970 EXTREME3
    Item #:N82E16813157280
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $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

    ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
    Model #:EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5
    Item #:N82E16814121419
    Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Mail in Rebate Card

    $149.99 $149.99


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    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Model #:CMPSU-600CXV2
    Item #:N82E16817139028
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Mail in Rebate Card

    $79.99 -$10.00 Instant $69.99


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    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    Model #:HDZ965FBGMBOX
    Item #:N82E16819103727
    Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    In Stock

    $119.99 $119.99


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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

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    Model #:F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    Item #:N82E16820231277
    Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $29.99 $29.99


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

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:WD2500AAKX
    Item #:N82E16822136771
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $74.99 -$5.00 Instant $69.99


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    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM
    Model #:SH-222BB/BEBE
    Item #:N82E16827151244
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $16.99 $16.99
    Subtotal: $581.92
    you would still need os monitor and keyboard and mouse
  7. 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.
  8. 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=)
  9. 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!!
  10. 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;
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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)
  14. 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=)
  15. UVB076 said:
    Linux.


    lol this made me laugh
  16. BTW BF3 runs better on FX-4100 than on i3-2120.
  17. 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.
  18. 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-i3-2100-gaming-benchmark,3136-3.html
  19. 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.
  20. 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)
  21. 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.
  22. True, but an I3-2100 does the same as an Fx-4100
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-4100-core-i3-2100-gaming-benchmark,3136-3.html

    All yours and mine show is that Battlefield III is not effected by the processor.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. http://www.techspot.com/review/458-battlefield-3-performance/page7.html
    Now for multiplayer benchmarks, as Going Hunting is not a intensive mission at all (spam x or z or whatever it was, mission over pretty much)
  26. I hope im not too late here but you could try getting a gtx 480 it will work much better in Bf3 and it costs only $20 more the the 560ti.

    Gtx 480 at new egg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Even if it is stable, it is hard to recommend it because it uses so much more power than the 7870, and it does not perform as well. For a look at how they compare in BF3,
    7870: 65 fps
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012-vga-gpgpu/13-Battlefield-3-DirectX-11-B-Performance,2968.html
    480:n 40 fps
    http://www.techspot.com/review/448-battlefield-3-beta-performance/page5.html
    (yes it's beta, but close enough. I could not find any benchmarks for 480 in BF3)
  30. 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
  31. but it's CLOSER to a true quad core. And it's OC-able.
  32. 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
  33. And stock FX-4100 beats i3 in actual multiplayer BF3
  34. 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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