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May 22, 2012 2:18:44 AM

hey there guys. I dont really know much about PCs and would love some help with building a new gaming pc, or even buying a pc which has already been put together. i'm looking to build a pc that can handle games like battlefield 3 and crysis on at least high to ultra settings. i'm also planning on playing a lot of diablo 3. so what do you guys recommend? by the way i do not wish to exceed around $800 but will if needed.


Approximate Purchase Date: in a few weeks

Budget Range: $800-$1000 (don't mind going a bit over)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (diablo 3, battlefield 3)

Parts Not Required: keyboard and mouse (planning on buying a razer mouse and keyboard unless there's something better you guys recommend)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com

Country: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: the best that's out there!
Overclocking: i'd rather not overclock seeing as i'm not too experienced with computers. wouldn't want to break anything or void the warranty either.

SLI or Crossfire: not sure what this means

Monitor Resolution: I do not have a monitor at the moment so need a new one

Additional Comments: a transparent case that shows the inside of the computer with cool lights would be a huge plus but not necessary. if you guys could recommend a great monitor as well with hdmi preferably 24"-30", what ever would have the highest frame rate with a budget of $800-$1000.

thanks again!

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May 22, 2012 3:14:44 AM

Wait... is the monitor and/or OS included in your budget? I'm assuming not. Anyway, here's my suggestion. You can bump the Corsair 400R up the line a bit for the side window (like... 650 or something... 500R might have a window).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1009.66
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-21 23:08 EDT-0400)

This should do really well with most games. Keep in mind this is for overclocking. Overclocking is actually really easy, as long as you're not stupid. It's done through software and the intimidating BIOS (which isn't all that difficult to navigate... really), and as long as you're not stupid and read up a bit on it, you should be fine. If you have any concerns, feel free to post them here!
May 22, 2012 3:34:24 AM

hey thanks for the help. do you think with overclocking, the system could handle diablo 3 or battlefield 3 at highest settings? if not, what upgrades could be made to handle those settings but wouldn't be that much over $1000?
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May 22, 2012 6:50:11 AM

It can. :) 
May 22, 2012 12:23:37 PM

It could handle Diablo 3 at highest settings, and more (without overclocking). BF3 will be playable, but not above 60fps... probably around 40 or so. If you turn down AA a bit, then you'll get above 60fps easy. If you overclock the 7850, you should be fine as well.
May 22, 2012 12:36:13 PM

surprisingly, Diablo 3 doesnt take too much to run. BF3 is the game thats hard to max out.
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