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May 31, 2012 9:33:14 AM

Hey all.

To start off. I am a complete noob with computers and know very little about building one however it really doesn't look all that difficult and am willing to give it a crack, or I will just buy a prebuilt computer.

I want a PC that will run Battlefield 3 on HIGH settings with a minimum of 60 FPS. If I can achieve this then any other game will run with no worries, as Battlefield 3 seems to be the most advanced game at the moment.
If possible, I don't want to spend more than $800(AU). Can this be done?

Also, I have no idea what parts I need to achieve this, please help.

If I decide that I don't want to build, where can I buy a PC that will run BF3 on HIGH settings at 60+ FPS and how much will it cost?

Is it worth it when coming from PS3? PS3 graphics on this game are crap and the frame rates are choppy, it is rather hard to play and I really want to get the ultimate Battlefield 3 experience.
Thank-you.

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May 31, 2012 10:39:59 AM

It depends massively on what resolution you use also consider the single player just needs a good graphics card and a basic CPU while the multi player needs a good CPU as well. Read this for more info http://www.guru3d.com/article/battlefield-3-vga-and-cpu... you will be able to play it much better than a PS3 with an i3 CPU and a mid range graphics card.
May 31, 2012 11:15:10 AM

+1^ Nice benchmark article

I would have to suggest a higher CPU such as the i5 or above and a mid to high range graphics card.
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May 31, 2012 11:37:41 AM

You won't run high with solid FPS on a dual core i3 and a mid range GPU at least not on large 64 player maps.

This build should even after skimping on some bits it's a little overbudget though.

Intel Core i5 3450 Quad Core 3rd Gen Processor - Socket LGA1155 - 3.1GHz
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010248-Intel_Core_i5_3450...(Turbo_Boos

ASRock H77M Motherboard - Intel H77 Chipset - Socket 1155
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023719-ASRock_H77M_Mother...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3.5" 500GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040460-Seagate_Barracuda_...(

G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2x 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 KIT
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140868-G_Skill_Value_Seri...(2x_4GB)_Dual_Channel_DDR3_KIT_1333MHz_(PC3_10600)_CAS_

OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS650W 650W Power Suppply - ATX12V v2.2 - SLI Ready CrossFire Ready - 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040781-OCZ_ZS_Series_OCZ_...

Gainward GeForce GTX 570 Video Card
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42051087-Gainward_GeForce_G...

Samsung SH-222BB/BEBS Internal 22x DVD Burner
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17040390-Samsung_SH_222BB_B...

BitFenix Merc Alpha ATX Midi Tower Case (ON SPECIAL OFFER)
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011491-BitFenix_Merc_Alph...

TOTAL - $869

I don't know if this is the best aussie site to use (Im a brit) but i looked over a few and this was the best of the ones I saw.



May 31, 2012 12:23:11 PM

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You won't run high with solid FPS on a dual core i3 and a mid range GPU at least not on large 64 player maps.

This build should even after skimping on some bits it's a little overbudget though.

Intel Core i5 3450 Quad Core 3rd Gen Processor - Socket LGA1155 - 3.1GHz
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010248-Intel_Core_i5_3450...(Turbo_Boos

ASRock H77M Motherboard - Intel H77 Chipset - Socket 1155
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023719-ASRock_H77M_Mother...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3.5" 500GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040460-Seagate_Barracuda_...(

G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2x 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 KIT
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140868-G_Skill_Value_Seri...(2x_4GB)_Dual_Channel_DDR3_KIT_1333MHz_(PC3_10600)_CAS_

OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS650W 650W Power Suppply - ATX12V v2.2 - SLI Ready CrossFire Ready - 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040781-OCZ_ZS_Series_OCZ_...

Gainward GeForce GTX 570 Video Card
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42051087-Gainward_GeForce_G...

Samsung SH-222BB/BEBS Internal 22x DVD Burner
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-17040390-Samsung_SH_222BB_B...

BitFenix Merc Alpha ATX Midi Tower Case (ON SPECIAL OFFER)
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011491-BitFenix_Merc_Alph...

TOTAL - $869

I don't know if this is the best aussie site to use (Im a brit) but i looked over a few and this was the best of the ones I saw.


Wow thanks for this man!
Do you think this setup will run 60FPS on HIGH?
May 31, 2012 12:41:28 PM

1920X1080 that should chew through high mostly at 60FPS or more. Ultra setting it may dip a bit but theres almost no visible difference between high and ultra unless you stand still and really look hard at the edges of objects.
May 31, 2012 12:56:41 PM

Quote:
1920X1080 that should chew through high mostly at 60FPS or more. Ultra setting it may dip a bit but theres almost no visible difference between high and ultra unless you stand still and really look hard at the edges of objects.


Yeah I would be more than happy with something that ran the game on High with 60FPS.

I know that resolution is a big factor in how high I can run the graphics, but I don't even have a widescreen monitor yet so I'm not sure what resolution I will end up with.
May 31, 2012 7:00:43 PM

Look at my signature... This computer will run BF3 High at 1920X1080 smoothly.
May 31, 2012 7:06:07 PM

your looking at $1600 to run it on high@60fps solid. you will need a minimum of a 2.6 quad core and something like a 7870 or gtx 670...
you could try a low end dual coe with 4 threads but in reality you need a true quad to run maps like gulf of oman without fps droop.
June 1, 2012 2:12:35 AM

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your looking at $1600 to run it on high@60fps solid. you will need a minimum of a 2.6 quad core and something like a 7870 or gtx 670...
you could try a low end dual coe with 4 threads but in reality you need a true quad to run maps like gulf of oman without fps droop.


How will this cost $1600? I can get an Intel i5 3450 or 2500k for around $250 and a Radeon HD 7850 2GB video card for around $300 or even something good from Nvidia for a little less. That's around $500 there and if you add the price of a decent Motherboard and 8GB or RAM and a Power Supply that's about another $250 there.
My dad has a spare 500GB HDD lying around some where so I already have that and our other computer uses a 23" widescreen that I am free to borrow if I ever want to use it.

I don't see how I can be up for anything over $900, or am I missing something?
June 1, 2012 8:19:35 AM

First of all I would recommend buying the i5 3450 3.1GHZ and not the 2500k, because the i5 2500k at its stock speed is 3.3 and the 0.2 GHZ is no defference in gaming, thats of course if you are not considering CPU OC. The i5 3450 is a little bit cheaper and contains a new technolegy of chips and self cooling.
You are tottaly right about the price issue. You will be able to get a decent computer at 900$ including the 7850 2GB which is awesome for gaming nowdays and the i5 3450.
Do cosider that if you buy i5 2500K and OC it you will need a little bit more expensive motherboard and you will need a matching RAM Speed which in that case will be 1600MHZ. That makes this a little bit more expensive. Its YOUR CALL :) 
June 1, 2012 9:04:07 AM

Hey all.

This will be my very first computer build. I am a noob at this however I have watched some videos and I am confident that I will be able to build my PC when I buy these parts:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($288.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S 69.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($48.47 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Video Card ($257.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Azza CSAZ-1000 ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: CoolMax 700W ATX12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1028.27
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-01 04:59 EDT-0400)

I do not know much about motherboards so can some one please elaborate on the one I have chosen here? The HDD is also subject to change.
Also, the video card is also subject to change. It may end up being a Radeon HD 7850 2GB. Which is better? The GeForce, or the Radeon?

Will the build I have chosen all work together? Will the motherboard I have chosen allow for overclocking? (I probably won't need to with an i7?)
Will this setup run battlefield on HIGH settings at 60 FPS?

Thank-you
June 1, 2012 9:09:08 AM

Quote:
First of all I would recommend buying the i5 3450 3.1GHZ and not the 2500k, because the i5 2500k at its stock speed is 3.3 and the 0.2 GHZ is no defference in gaming, thats of course if you are not considering CPU OC. The i5 3450 is a little bit cheaper and contains a new technolegy of chips and self cooling.
You are tottaly right about the price issue. You will be able to get a decent computer at 900$ including the 7850 2GB which is awesome for gaming nowdays and the i5 3450.
Do cosider that if you buy i5 2500K and OC it you will need a little bit more expensive motherboard and you will need a matching RAM Speed which in that case will be 1600MHZ. That makes this a little bit more expensive. Its YOUR CALL :) 


Thank's for this :) 

I just made a new thread with a build that I wrote up. Basically I am actually going to spend an extra $100 and get an Intel i7 2600k. I know that an i5 will run the game fine, but with an i7 I won't have to upgrade any time soon.
Also for the video card I am tossing up between an Asus GTX 560 and the Radeon 7850.

The Corsair XMS3 8GB RAM I have chosen runs at 1600 so that should be fine, am I right?

As for the motherboard I know little about them and it is subject to change. What is the Asus P8Z68-V LE ATX LGA1155 like? It is one I chose in my build up on pcpartpicker.com randomly out of the list.
June 1, 2012 9:12:07 AM

You'd be alot better gaming sticking with an i5 and getting a high end GPU like a gtx670
June 1, 2012 9:34:44 AM

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I don't think that card will make 60fps high least not steadily. The middling GPU and high end CPU are way out of balance.

You'd be wanting more along these lines

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71245&vpn=02G%2DP4%2D2...
GTX 670

or bit cheaper

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006GQO936/?tag=pcpapi-20
GTX 570

Even if you dropped to an i5 + GTX670 you would be getting vastly better BF3 performance than i7 + GTX560ti


Thanks for the info mate, I am new to this. I am still about 3 months off buying all this so I'm doing all the research now so that I can get it right the first time.

It looks like I can get a GTX 570 for roughly the same price as the 560ti anyway, so I will go with that OR the Radeon 7850 which should be just as good?
So if I went with the i7 + a GTX570 I should be ok to run on HIGH at 60FPS?

My main concern is the motherboard. I want to be sure I have one that is fit for gaming and will work with the CPU and GPU I have chosen.

I may even go with an i5 if you really think it wont make any difference. i7 just sounded better to me.

Again I am a complete noob to this. I don't know how all the parts work and what exactly they do but I am confident that I will be able to put it all together when I have them all.
June 1, 2012 9:52:33 AM

rule of thumb with a gaming system is to buy the best GPU you can afford while still maintaing balance to the CPU then fit the rest of the components in.

So if we changed the i7 2600k to an i5 2500k. Swap the cooler for a coolermaster 212+ or evo (better than the cooler in your list and cheaper)We just saved $100

Add that to your $257 already on the GPU and try to find another $40 you can then afford a GTX670 which will max out anything you throw at it on a single monitor at 1920X1080 for now and a while to come.

The i7 + the 570 would be a good rig but in a gaming sense the cash on the i7 would see a better return if put to a gtx 670 and using an i5 CPU. There's little gain to getting the i7 and to be honest by the time games need an i7 type CPU all our current hardware will probably be useless and out of date anyway.

Only other part you have I'm unsure of is your PSU I don't know that brand. Try to aim for a known mark (xfx, corsair, seasonic, ocz, antec). A decent 650W would be plenty to run either a gtx670 or gtx 570
June 1, 2012 10:09:14 AM

Quote:
rule of thumb with a gaming system is to buy the best GPU you can afford while still maintaing balance to the CPU then fit the rest of the components in.

So if we changed the i7 2600k to an i5 2500k. Swap the cooler for a coolermaster 212+ or evo (better than the cooler in your list and cheaper)We just saved $100

Add that to your $257 already on the GPU and try to find another $40 you can then afford a GTX670 which will max out anything you throw at it on a single monitor at 1920X1080 for now and a while to come.

The i7 + the 570 would be a good rig but in a gaming sense the cash on the i7 would see a better return if put to a gtx 670 and using an i5 CPU. There's little gain to getting the i7 and to be honest by the time games need an i7 type CPU all our current hardware will probably be useless and out of date anyway.

Only other part you have I'm unsure of is your PSU I don't know that brand. Try to aim for a known mark (xfx, corsair, seasonic, ocz, antec). A decent 650W would be plenty to run either a gtx670 or gtx 570


Ok, I will swap to an i5 2500k. There is really no point in getting an i7 if I won't need it and like you said I save about $100. Also a i5 2500k will probably work better with the Z68 Motherboard I have chosen. Yeah I just chose a random CPU cooler, I will take your word for it on this 212+.

GTX670 or Radeon HD 7850? I have heard that Radeon are generally more reliable. Will it make much difference out of the 2?

Yeah I found a better 750W OCZ Power Supply for about the same price, so I will go with that.

Am I on the right track now?
June 1, 2012 10:30:39 AM

Quote:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-670-review,re...

I'd take the GTX670 in the above link you can see why (2nd chart is 1920x1080 @ ultra)

With that motherboard and the 212 cooler you can hit some high overclocks on a 2500k.


Sorry man I don't understand that graph lol.

So the motherboard I have chosen is good and will allow me to overclock? Yeah that 212 cooler is cheap as hell, 29 bucks :) 

Either way the GTX670 and Radeon HD 7850 are the roughly the same price.

here is my re done list:

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: Asus P8Z68-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($256.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Azza CSAZ-1000 ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $881.81
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-01 06:29 EDT-0400)
June 1, 2012 10:34:41 AM

ok basically the gtx670 outperforms the 7970 in that chart in BF3 the 7970 is better than the 7850 so the gtx 670 outperforms the 7850.

The GTX670 is probably the best performance/price card by a fair shot for anyone with that budget.
June 1, 2012 10:41:52 AM

Quote:
ok basically the gtx670 outperforms the 7970 in that chart in BF3 the 7970 is better than the 7850 so the gtx 670 outperforms the 7850.

The GTX670 is probably the best performance/price card by a fair shot for anyone with that budget.


Alright I'll go with it.

So the rest is good and the game should run on high with good frames on a 23" screen?

Is there any other parts I have chosen that I can get better for the same price? Or is my selection definitely good enough?

Thanks
June 1, 2012 10:48:55 AM

Quote:
Thank's for this :) 

I just made a new thread with a build that I wrote up. Basically I am actually going to spend an extra $100 and get an Intel i7 2600k. I know that an i5 will run the game fine, but with an i7 I won't have to upgrade any time soon.
Also for the video card I am tossing up between an Asus GTX 560 and the Radeon 7850.

The Corsair XMS3 8GB RAM I have chosen runs at 1600 so that should be fine, am I right?

As for the motherboard I know little about them and it is subject to change. What is the Asus P8Z68-V LE ATX LGA1155 like? It is one I chose in my build up on pcpartpicker.com randomly out of the list.



Well, in my answer I will assume that you are OverClocking your CPU since its a 'k' version(Those versions are meant to be OverClocked).
The motherboard you chose is great both for your RAM (since its running a 1600MHZ RAM Speed) and your CPU (Wheter you decide to OC or not). Please consider that it is very recommended to buy a nice cooling for your CPU if you decide to OC it.

The 8GB 1600MHz is fantastic in terms of gaming, and multi-tasking at desktop. If you don't know you must have a 64BIT operating system for this RAM Memory or the maximum RAM that will be used is just 3.25 GB. (Take into consideration!).

Now, the graphic card is a very important compenent in gaming computers, I would even say the most important, so you must think wisely before choosing one.
There are 3 versions of the 560.
1. GTX 560
2. GTX 560 Ti
3. GTX 560 Ti 448

But the 7850 is better than every single version, both in manufactorer details (Clock speed, Bandwidth Memory, etc...) and in actual preformence (BF3 benchmarks and so on...). So the choice between this two will be the 7850 (I bought it for myself) . But if you can afford a little more I would recommend the 670. Its a wonderful card that kicks the 7850's a*s. Its pricy but if you can, its worth it, even if it comes instead of a i7 processor, because as I said before Graphic Cards are more important fot gaming than CPUs.

If you would like a full computer recommendation just quate me and comment with your maximum budget and if you wanna OC the CPU/GPU/Both.
Sorry for long comment but hope its helpful :) 
June 1, 2012 10:55:41 AM

Quote:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71245&vpn=02G%2DP4%2D2...

Thats the cheapest 670 i can find.

The 2500k and gtx670 combo will run solid frame rates easily on your screen for a while to come with settings maxed out.


Thanks :) 

Yeah so that's basically an extra $150 so I'm looking at just under 1000 all up.

Well if you ask me that's not too bad for something that will run BF3 maxed out on good frame rates.

If it can do that, then obviously it will run any other game out there as BF3 seems to be the most advanced at the moment & I can always upgrade as I go. This certainly seems like a good setup for starting out.
The only other games I will be playing are MW3 from time to time and star wars old republic.

Thanks for all the help you have given me. I will be getting onto this build as soon as I can though it is probably still a few months away.
June 1, 2012 11:02:18 AM

Quote:
Well, in my answer I will assume that you are OverClocking your CPU since its a 'k' version(Those versions are meant to be OverClocked).
The motherboard you chose is great both for your RAM (since its running a 1600MHZ RAM Speed) and your CPU (Wheter you decide to OC or not). Please consider that it is very recommended to buy a nice cooling for your CPU if you decide to OC it.

The 8GB 1600MHz is fantastic in terms of gaming, and multi-tasking at desktop. If you don't know you must have a 64BIT operating system for this RAM Memory or the maximum RAM that will be used is just 3.25 GB. (Take into consideration!).

Now, the graphic card is a very important compenent in gaming computers, I would even say the most important, so you must think wisely before choosing one.
There are 3 versions of the 560.
1. GTX 560
2. GTX 560 Ti
3. GTX 560 Ti 448

But the 7850 is better than every single version, both in manufactorer details (Clock speed, Bandwidth Memory, etc...) and in actual preformence (BF3 benchmarks and so on...). So the choice between this two will be the 7850 (I bought it for myself) . But if you can afford a little more I would recommend the 670. Its a wonderful card that kicks the 7850's a*s. Its pricy but if you can, its worth it, even if it comes instead of a i7 processor, because as I said before Graphic Cards are more important fot gaming than CPUs.

If you would like a full computer recommendation just quate me and comment with your maximum budget and if you wanna OC the CPU/GPU/Both.
Sorry for long comment but hope its helpful :) 


Don't be sorry, you have been very helpful and it is much appreciated.

Yeah in my other thread I decided on running the GTX670 but if I can't afford it I will just go with the Radeon. Either way I should be able to max out the game on smooth frame rates.

Please see my other thread for my re-thought build.

edit* thread was merged into this one, build is below.
June 1, 2012 11:21:47 AM

This next topics has been merged by Mousemonkey
  • Will this Rig run Battlefield on HIGH settings at 60FPS?
    June 1, 2012 11:22:19 AM

    This topic has been moved from the section Video Games to section Systems by Mousemonkey
    June 1, 2012 11:30:14 AM

    Your other topic is closed now so I will reply here.
    I have seen there that you wanted to go with i7 2400k and the 560Ti.
    It is not recommended for BF3 ULTRA settings because of the graphic card. So I would recommend replacing your i7 2400k with i5 2500k (which are evenly the same when OC theoraticly, I didn't test it on BF3 Benchmark) and since the i5 is cheaper you can buy the 670 which is AWESOME.
    So, if you dont want to exceed your budget go with the i5 2500k (OC it)+ 670, but if you can afford exceeding your budget go with the i7 2400k (OC it)+670, just because the i7 has newer technolagy at his chips and better cooling.
    Did I make myself clear or it was hard to understand? Please comment..
    June 1, 2012 4:44:40 PM

    odedgal67 said:
    Your other topic is closed now so I will reply here.
    I have seen there that you wanted to go with i7 2400k and the 560Ti.
    It is not recommended for BF3 ULTRA settings because of the graphic card. So I would recommend replacing your i7 2400k with i5 2500k (which are evenly the same when OC theoraticly, I didn't test it on BF3 Benchmark) and since the i5 is cheaper you can buy the 670 which is AWESOME.
    So, if you dont want to exceed your budget go with the i5 2500k (OC it)+ 670, but if you can afford exceeding your budget go with the i7 2400k (OC it)+670, just because the i7 has newer technolagy at his chips and better cooling.
    Did I make myself clear or it was hard to understand? Please comment..


    Understood, thank-you.

    Yeah I decided to change to an i5 2500k + GTX670

    For those who didn't see my full spec list, here it is:

    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: Asus P8Z68-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Azza CSAZ-1000 ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1024.83
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-01 13:17 EDT-0400)

    So this should be good for running Battlefield 3 on high at a good frame rate?
    June 1, 2012 4:49:11 PM

    This is with 570.. not 670..... As I said before, that spec won't run BF3 on HIGH because of the graphic card....
    I can make you another offer at the same price with i5 2500 and the 670 but without CPU OC. Would you like to see that?
    June 1, 2012 5:01:53 PM

    I suggest the 7850 because I have a XFX double D 2GB 7850 with 2500K and I was able to play 60+ FPS on BF3. The 7850 was ~$260 @ Newegg.
    June 1, 2012 5:02:36 PM

    True. Just change the graphic card to 670 and it will run like a fat boy running for cake.
    June 1, 2012 5:10:33 PM

    NO NO. He should buy the 670... It preformes much much better than the 7850.
    June 1, 2012 5:15:19 PM

    odedgal67 said:
    This is with 570.. not 670..... As I said before, that spec won't run BF3 on HIGH because of the graphic card....
    I can make you another offer at the same price with i5 2500 and the 670 but without CPU OC. Would you like to see that?


    That was a miss click I honestly meant to select the 670*

    I have fixed it now, sorry about that.

    So everything is good then?

    Will the CPU cooler I have chosen support the i5-2500k if I overclock it? Will overclocking even be necessary?
    June 1, 2012 5:26:43 PM

    you'll max out anything you want to play with that :) 
    June 1, 2012 5:31:03 PM

    +1
    for i5 + 670
    June 1, 2012 5:31:16 PM

    wr6133 said:
    you'll max out anything you want to play with that :) 


    Sweet, I had a guy telling me I should run a Z77 board and a 3570k but I don't see any reason to.

    I think the if 2500k on a Z68 board will do just fine and everyone seems to agree.
    June 1, 2012 5:31:22 PM

    Wait, didnt you say it was in a different currency than US dollars? The Microcenter price doesnt apply unless you walk into their store and buy it, and if you did that you could get a mobo there and save yourself another $50 ue to their bundles specials with Intel CPUs. But you said in AU currency, so those prices wont even really apply to you cause I dont believe Newegg ships internationally.
    June 1, 2012 5:32:19 PM

    tinnitus said:
    +1
    for i5 + 670


    Yeah I'm definitely going to go with this combo :) 
    June 1, 2012 5:34:51 PM

    vrumor said:
    Wait, didnt you say it was in a different currency than US dollars? The Microcenter price doesnt apply unless you walk into their store and buy it, and if you did that you could get a mobo there and save yourself another $50 ue to their bundles specials with Intel CPUs. But you said in AU currency, so those prices wont even really apply to you cause I dont believe Newegg ships internationally.


    I have found the majority of the parts I have listed on ebay for pretty much the same price. Also, we have 2 good computer shops locally and I am 90% sure that I will be able to buy the CPU, GPU, RAM, PCU and HDD from there.
    In fact I'm pretty sure my dad has a spare 500GB HDD lying around some where so I probably won't even need to buy one.
    The Motherboard & case will most likely have to be bought online. I will be surprised if my local shops sell that motherboard.
    June 1, 2012 5:36:05 PM

    Im sure you can, however its the prices that are the concern here. Also if you arent building for a month, why ask now? Prices can and will fluctuate, sometimes wildly between now and then. Just my 2 cents.
    June 1, 2012 5:39:59 PM

    vrumor said:
    Im sure you can, however its the prices that are the concern here. Also if you arent building for a month, why ask now? Prices can and will fluctuate, sometimes wildly between now and then. Just my 2 cents.


    This is my first computer build, I am a complete noob to this and I am doing all the research and gathering all the information now so that I can go and buy everything at once when I save the money.

    See my above reply about the prices.

    Also one of the local shops sells computer parts dirt cheap. We bought a wireless modem from there for $40 that was $180 in every major store. No one knows why but they have been there for about 5 years now so I don't think they are doing anything illegal.

    The pricing won't be an issue. I am sure that I will be able to buy everything for under $1000. If anything, these parts will go down in price. Also there isn't much difference between the US dollar and Australian Dollar at the moment. $1000US = $1030AU.
    June 1, 2012 5:49:45 PM

    Well it isnt a guarantee that the prices will drop. It isnt unheard of or uncommon for supply issues to crop up with stuff, look at HDs last year and this year and 680s which were going for way over MSRP. As for your local shop selling stuff at such a discount, id stay away from anything like that, its either refurbed parts or returns (open box). Research is good, should always do your own and ask for advice when you are about to pull the trigger. New things come out regularly and thats why I asked why youd post at least a month out from purchase. Thats all.
    June 1, 2012 5:51:20 PM

    2500k, z68, gtx 670 = monster of a rig. There is very very little point going past this unless you define gaming as burning cash.

    2500k, z68, HD 7850 = no joke but saves some cash.

    skip the 560ti. the gtx 570 is over priced in my book.
    June 1, 2012 5:57:42 PM

    vrumor said:
    Well it isnt a guarantee that the prices will drop. It isnt unheard of or uncommon for supply issues to crop up with stuff, look at HDs last year and this year and 680s which were going for way over MSRP. As for your local shop selling stuff at such a discount, id stay away from anything like that, its either refurbed parts or returns (open box). Research is good, should always do your own and ask for advice when you are about to pull the trigger. New things come out regularly and thats why I asked why youd post at least a month out from purchase. Thats all.


    Fair enough. Either way the legitimate shops sell these parts for good prices.

    I might even buy a part every few weeks for the next 2 months, leaving the most expensive things to last and hopefully that will fit in with my birthday where I will have some birthday money to play with.

    It should all work out, and it's not like I can't upgrade down the track. I'm not too worried about being slightly out of date, I just want something that will run the game smoothly on close to max graphics. The selection I have is going to flog the crap out of my PS3.
    The main reason that I am building this PC is because I want to get the full Battlefield 3 experience. PS3's 24 player 30FPS shitty graphics just doesn't do it for me.

    battlefield 3, MW3, Star Wars Old Republic & maybe some older Battlefield games are the only games I plan on playing.
    Battlefield 3 is the most advanced and demanding so I used it as a benchmark for what I want, obviously because anything that can run Battlefield 3 well will run any other game out there maxed out.
    June 1, 2012 6:00:02 PM

    loops said:
    2500k, z68, gtx 670 = monster of a rig. There is very very little point going past this unless you define gaming as burning cash.

    2500k, z68, HD 7850 = no joke but saves some cash.

    skip the 560ti. the gtx 570 is over priced in my book.


    Yeah it sounds like I am going to be fine.

    I will like to record gameplay on FRAPS every now and then but only as a hobby. The game should still be able to run on 45FPS with FRAPS running?
    June 1, 2012 6:07:05 PM

    Enjoy your new build when its done :)  Youll get a feeling of accomplishment building your own for the 1st time.
    !