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May 22, 2012 6:14:33 PM

Ok guys I kind of failed on giving the right info on the last thread I posted about everything I needed to build a pc. I am a complete noob when it comes to computers so I need help to know what to buy. I need a pc that can run BATTLEFIELD 3 smoothly. I already have a MONITOR,KEYBOARD, and MOUSE. I also have extra money for the OS so please ignore those parts. I think these are the items I need and would be very grateful it you guys could give me a list of the best parts I can get with $600. If i missed any parts i would need to complete the pc please list them also.

Parts I think I need:
CPU
Motherboard
Memory
Hard Drive
Video Card
Case
Power Supply
Optical drive

I wish i could do it myself guys but i really know nothing and would most likely mess something up. If any of you guys take the time to put together a list it would be gratefully appreciated=)

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May 22, 2012 6:28:45 PM

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I also have extra money for the OS so please ignore those parts.

Translation: I'm going to pirate Windows.

Eh, I don't care, do what you're going to do. Don't have time to put together a list for you right now, but I can tell you that you're not going to be maxing out BF3 with a $600 rig. You can get it totally playable at lower settings, but I just want to be sure you know that $600 is not going to buy you much in terms of a gaming rig.
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May 22, 2012 6:41:06 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 160GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.21 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 371 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $543.13
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-22 14:40 EDT-0400)

$623 before rebates. The HDD is kinda small but we're already over budget.
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May 22, 2012 6:58:48 PM

newegg: BF3 at med/high no AA

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May 22, 2012 6:59:41 PM

CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill RANGER-M Dual Fans MicroATX 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W 49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X 14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 22, 2012 7:10:02 PM
May 22, 2012 7:12:23 PM

willard said:
Quote:
I also have extra money for the OS so please ignore those parts.

Translation: I'm going to pirate Windows.

Eh, I don't care, do what you're going to do. Don't have time to put together a list for you right now, but I can tell you that you're not going to be maxing out BF3 with a $600 rig. You can get it totally playable at lower settings, but I just want to be sure you know that $600 is not going to buy you much in terms of a gaming rig.


"I'm going to pirate Windows." made me lol
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May 22, 2012 7:12:37 PM

I'd go with loops' build.
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May 22, 2012 7:16:25 PM

willze7 said:
I'd go with loops' build.


You hurt my feelings
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May 22, 2012 7:25:14 PM

guerrero said:
You hurt my feelings

Sorry yours didn't show up until after I typed my message. In fact I may even prefer yours since the 6870 is a bit better (and cheaper) than the 560.
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May 22, 2012 7:25:47 PM

mine is better machine :??: 

i3 + 6870 vs fx4100 + 6950

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May 22, 2012 7:32:16 PM

tinnitus said:
mine is better machine :??: 

i3 + 6870 vs fx4100 + 6950

..


a pentium g620 is better then the fx4100
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May 22, 2012 7:33:27 PM

the 6950 is just a bit better, but the i3 outmatches the 4100 anytime
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May 22, 2012 7:54:10 PM

i like the i3 2100 but dunno how it works on bf3 multiplayer, mp needs more than 2 cores.
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May 22, 2012 8:20:24 PM

For $600 the best value for gaming is to get the CPU to GPU ratio correct. Spending too much on the CPU leaves less for the graphics. There is an optimal ratio.

AMD is not in the running for CPU's here. Read the benchmarks.

I've built 100+ systems, but still, be nice and don't flame me if I make a mistake. Here we go starting with the THREE CORE COMPONENTS, the motherboard, CPU, and graphics:

*prices are AFTER MIR discounts:

Motherboard: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=66936&vpn=GA-Z68AP-D3&...
(full ATX, Sata 6gb/s. I saw LGA1155 for cheaper but not with the feature set)
- $80

CPU: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59192&vpn=BX80623I3212...
*Please note the following benchmark. Not being bottlenecked by a lower-performing CPU is critical for your build: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
-$123

Graphics card: (google the benchmarks. slightly faster than HD6870/GTX560Ti. Worth the difference in price IMO)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- $200 (after MIR)
DDR3 RAM: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=60640&vpn=996995&manuf...
(2x4GB 1600MHz. 8GB is optimal IMO for a gaming build. Not even worth the debate for $20 difference.)
- $44

Hard drive: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=64505&vpn=0F13180&manu...
(1TB drive!!)
- $68

PC CASE: (not I have a full ATX motherboard listed).
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC-912-KKN1&...
*or SIMILAR case. Seems like a nice case. I also like the Antec ONE.
**front and top-rear 120mm case fan included (if speed choice, use lowest).
- $55

Power Supply: (or similar quality PSU)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=53331&vpn=OCZ750FTY&ma...
- $65 (after MIR. Note the DATES carefully for rebates)



CD/DVD burners: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=45244&vpn=IHAS124-04&m...
- $17 (on sale)

TOTAL: $632

MY BUILD COMMENTS:
- I could have shave a few dollars here and there to hit $600 but that was just too hard. I think the CPU and Graphics I chose have the best gaming performance for a $600 system build. I didn't want to spend less and get a micro-ATX board with less slots or features. 8GB of DDR3 1600MHz for $42 isn't worth debating.

Definitely double check everything, pay attention to MIR dates, look for better deals and absolutely factor in SHIPPING COSTS etc to determine the absolute total cost.

Any questions, feel free to ask.

OTHER:
1) NOT included in price but recommended anyway->
CPU Heatsink (quieter than stock even when just idling):
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=41337&vpn=RR-B10-212P-...
- $23

2) Diablo 3 will hit 120FPS with this build easily (1920x1080, MAX quality). I'd VSYNC to 60FPS though.

3) If in doubt on CPU, Graphics, look at benchmarks.

4) look for CD/DVD burner firmware update and apply

5) Motherboard: apply BIOS update if needed

6) RAM: run MEMTEST quick, then overnight at least once (www.memtest.org OR www.ultimatebootcd.com ; ultimatebootcd has not only memtest but lots of other cool stuff so get it)

7) Hard drive:
- If only this drive, partition in TWO (can resize later, first partition at 250GB maybe depending on number of games etc)
- Backup IMAGE:recommend occasional backup of the Windows C-drive partition to a second drive if possible (maybe an old drive?). Recommend the free version of Acronis True Image. Free version at Western Digital or Seagate (must have one of those drives internal or USB).





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May 22, 2012 8:24:41 PM

Windows 8:
You could get the Windows 8 64-bit Release Preview in JUNE and run that until it expires (or buy the OEM for about $100 when released and add your code).
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May 22, 2012 8:34:50 PM

*This is the review you want to read (linked to conclusion):
- summary is the i3-2100/1155 system just can't be beat for budget gaming.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-4100-core-i3-210...

quote:
"With that established, though, getting in the door with an LGA 1155-based platform costs about the same and yields a more consistently-good experience."
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I am not really a fan of amd but your on a really tight budget so this would do the trick when you can afford it later down the road buy a aftermarket cpu cooler and overclock anyway,good luck! ;) 
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I am not really a fan of amd but your on a really tight budget so this would do the trick when you can afford it later down the road buy a aftermarket cpu cooler and overclock anyway,good luck! ;) 





i3 is better then the 965
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May 22, 2012 10:12:07 PM

guerrero said:
i3 is better then the 965
Agreed ;)  hes on a tight budget though :lol:  and the 965 will do fine. :D 
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May 22, 2012 10:13:20 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Agreed ;)  hes on a tight budget though :lol: 


but with the build i suggested hell me fine with high settings but he didnt say what res
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May 22, 2012 10:14:05 PM

It is about balance here. For 600 you should be aiming for high settings w/o AA.
BF3 will stress any rig listed here. Most of the rigs cut some corners.

bigcyco1 :

4 gigs in BF3 64 player map?
AMD < i3

tinnitus :

AMD , i3
Hard drive = small

guerrero:
4 gigs of ram?

photonboy:
Nice build but over 600.

loops:
gtx 560 OC vs 6950
i3 vs i52400

FinneousPJ
4 gigs
small hard drive

Any build under an i5 with a gtx 480 or 7850 is going to stuggle to Max out bf3 in a large MP map with 64 ppl doing all kinds of things. You would need to up your budget to around at least 800 to get closer max settings. B3 max AA is just brutal and wil challange a gtx 570 and 7850.

I have run a q9300 + gts 250/ q9300 + gtx 560/ i5k gtx 560 solo and in sli in BF3.

Each rig played the game:

low-med setting no AA @ 30ish fps; med-high no AA @ 30-40 fps; 50-64 fps Untra no AA/fxaa)

Med settings were meh; high were not bad; ultra is lovely but not worth making an umbalnaced rig short on hard drive/ram/mobo/cpu.

That is my .02
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May 22, 2012 10:15:40 PM

loops said:
It is about balance here. For 600 you should be aiming for high settings w/o AA.
BF3 will stress any rig listed here. Most of the rigs cut some corners.

bigcyco1 :

4 gigs in BF3 64 player map?
AMD < i3

tinnitus :

AMD , i3
Hard drive = small

guerrero:
4 gigs of ram?

photonboy:
Nice build but over 600.

loops:
gtx 560 OC vs 6950
i3 vs i52400

FinneousPJ
4 gigs
small hard drive

Any build under an i5 with a gtx 480 or 7850 is going to stuggle to Max out bf3 in a large MP map with 64 ppl doing all kinds of things. You would need to up your budget to around at least 800 to get closer max settings. B3 max AA is just brutal and wil challange a gtx 570 and 7850.

I have run a q9300 + gts 250/ q9300 + gtx 560/ i5k gtx 560 solo and in sli in BF3.

Each rig played the game:

low-med setting no AA @ 30ish fps; med-high no AA @ 30-40 fps; 50-64 fps Untra no AA/fxaa)

Med settings were meh; high were not bad; ultra is lovely but not worth making an umbalnaced rig short on hard drive/ram/mobo/cpu.

That is my .02


lol yes 4 gigs of ram just add two of them or some faster ram
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May 22, 2012 10:20:19 PM

guerrero said:
but with the build i suggested hell me fine with high settings but he didnt say what res
your build use a Micro ATX and cost more than mine and your not taking in account he might not want to mess with rebate stuff
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May 22, 2012 10:21:14 PM

My proposed build has 8 GB and an i5, please read more carefully.
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May 22, 2012 10:23:30 PM

I vote for FinneousPJ's build screw mine I was busy playing Minecraft lol
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May 22, 2012 10:25:30 PM

loops said:
It is about balance here. For 600 you should be aiming for high settings w/o AA.
BF3 will stress any rig listed here. Most of the rigs cut some corners.

bigcyco1 :

4 gigs in BF3 64 player map?
AMD < i3

tinnitus :

AMD , i3
Hard drive = small

guerrero:
4 gigs of ram?

photonboy:
Nice build but over 600.

loops:
gtx 560 OC vs 6950
i3 vs i52400

FinneousPJ
4 gigs
small hard drive

Any build under an i5 with a gtx 480 or 7850 is going to stuggle to Max out bf3 in a large MP map with 64 ppl doing all kinds of things. You would need to up your budget to around at least 800 to get closer max settings. B3 max AA is just brutal and wil challange a gtx 570 and 7850.

I have run a q9300 + gts 250/ q9300 + gtx 560/ i5k gtx 560 solo and in sli in BF3.

Each rig played the game:

low-med setting no AA @ 30ish fps; med-high no AA @ 30-40 fps; 50-64 fps Untra no AA/fxaa)

Med settings were meh; high were not bad; ultra is lovely but not worth making an umbalnaced rig short on hard drive/ram/mobo/cpu.

That is my .02
Agree with you but for 600 bucks you get what you pay for in order to build a decent mid range gaming rig 600 just won't cut it imo so we all did what we could with the little amount of money. ;) 
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May 22, 2012 10:28:41 PM

Yeah common 600 bucks your not gonna have a machine that would run it on ultra
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May 22, 2012 10:51:20 PM

Heh I wish the OP would check back right about now.
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May 22, 2012 10:52:08 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Heh I wish the OP would check back right about now.


lol theres like 5 different builds
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May 22, 2012 11:07:21 PM

FinneousPJ said:
My proposed build has 8 GB and an i5, please read more carefully.


my bad, just making a point is all. Your rig works, given the price on hard drives it is more than viable to just add as you need when price comes down. But still, a corner was cut. We all did it or we went over budget. You also went with cheaper PSU to get to the price point, but the rig still works.
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May 22, 2012 11:12:47 PM

That's what I though deciding to go with the HDD ;) 
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May 23, 2012 2:26:23 AM

Best answer selected by Tyharrell.
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May 23, 2012 2:35:03 AM

You guys are are great! very fast answers and alot of great discussion. It will be hard to figure out what is actually the best set up out of all you guys. Will make my choice on thursday or friday. Thats when I will be ordering all of my parts. It you guys would like add a reply to this on who's setup you think is best so far. Thanks alot guys and keep your opinions coming:) 
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May 23, 2012 5:14:19 AM

Your pick for best is correct.

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May 23, 2012 5:35:40 AM

guerrero said:
a pentium g620 is better then the fx4100



a pentium 620 with a massive $500 graphics card can make higher frame rates at low resolution ........this is not proof that its better .
At resolutions people play at the FX 4100 matches the i3 2100 . Since its cheaper you get more money to spend on a graphics card and you get better motherboard features and an upgrade path and the option to overclock and spank the i3 in games .
You also get better performance in most applications with the FX 4100

Gaming builds dont get much if any benefit from more than 4 gig of RAM . Build using 2 x2 gig kit

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May 23, 2012 5:38:56 AM

loops said:
Your pick for best is correct.


What do you mean correct? What are the right and wrong? This isn't a multiple choice question lol
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May 23, 2012 3:55:59 PM

..and how does i3 21xx on bf3 with 64 players?
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May 23, 2012 3:59:53 PM

Outlander_04 said:
a pentium 620 with a massive $500 graphics card can make higher frame rates at low resolution ........this is not proof that its better .
At resolutions people play at the FX 4100 matches the i3 2100 . Since its cheaper you get more money to spend on a graphics card and you get better motherboard features and an upgrade path and the option to overclock and spank the i3 in games .
You also get better performance in most applications with the FX 4100

Gaming builds dont get much if any benefit from more than 4 gig of RAM . Build using 2 x2 gig kit


This is a "Pc to run Battlefield 3". You need more than 4 gigs in a large outdoor map MP. Single player or indoor map not so much. Upgrade path? go as far as you like AMD wise but on the other side of such a path you got a 2500k and up.

The fx 4100 is a functional cpu and not a "mistake" to buy, it is fine cpu and for a rig that will do more than just gaming it takes on more appeal.
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May 23, 2012 5:02:38 PM

So a fx 4100 would be better for multiplayer?
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May 23, 2012 5:53:10 PM

guerrero said:
So a fx 4100 would be better for multiplayer?


From what I gather they are about the same when paired with a 6850 level gpu but the option to move up on the i3 (i.e. i5) is what tips the balance for the i3.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-4100-core-i3-210...

It appears hard to bench Multi player BF3, tho.
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May 23, 2012 7:04:18 PM

my fx4100 works fine on bf3 mp, even on 64 players servers
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May 23, 2012 9:56:02 PM

guerrero said:
So a fx 4100 would be better for multiplayer?


an FX 4100 would be better than an intel i3

but if you can fit it in your budget then the intel i5 is better again
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May 23, 2012 10:00:40 PM

loops said:
This is a "Pc to run Battlefield 3". You need more than 4 gigs in a large outdoor map MP. Single player or indoor map not so much. Upgrade path? go as far as you like AMD wise but on the other side of such a path you got a 2500k and up.

The fx 4100 is a functional cpu and not a "mistake" to buy, it is fine cpu and for a rig that will do more than just gaming it takes on more appeal.


Unless you have a 64 bit copy of Battlefield 3 its NEVER going to use more than 3.3 gig of RAM . EVER .

An application will run into the exact same RAM address limitation as an operating system , and the copy of BF3 you or the OP will use is 32 bit .

Start the game , set it to run in a window , open task manager and check RAM usage .
Gamers dont get any benefit from more than 4 gig of RAM
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May 23, 2012 10:10:09 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Unless you have a 64 bit copy of Battlefield 3 its NEVER going to use more than 3.3 gig of RAM . EVER .

An application will run into the exact same RAM address limitation as an operating system , and the copy of BF3 you or the OP will use is 32 bit .

Start the game , set it to run in a window , open task manager and check RAM usage .
Gamers dont get any benefit from more than 4 gig of RAM


I get smooth gameplay when I upgraded from 4gb to 8gb, before that I have a lot of stutter, I was thinking it was caused by the crossfire setup, but after adding 4gb more it dissapears.
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May 23, 2012 10:16:38 PM

tinnitus said:
I get smooth gameplay when I upgraded from 4gb to 8gb, before that I have a lot of stutter, I was thinking it was caused by the crossfire setup, but after adding 4gb more it dissapears.


Start the game , set it to run in a window , open task manager and check RAM usage .
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