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$750 budget BF3 Build, 1920x1080

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June 11, 2012 1:40:52 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: maybe around October (birthday) or if the budget is low enough the end of July

Budget Range: $500-$750 possibly $800 if it's worth it. $800 before rebates/ $750 after rebates. Budget includes tax&shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming,surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (HP2511x), Speakers (I use a headset)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com,tigerdirect.com, or amazon. com (all parts preferably from the same place, unless it improves budget.
Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: Good quality parts. Fine with either AMD or NVIDIA GPU's, and AMD or Intel CPU's
Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: In the future, if budget allows

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

OC: In the future

Additional Comments:My budget goes to a minimum of $600 at the end of June, I can probably work or do chores to make the rest of the money. Birthday is in October so it should bump up to around $800ish then. I'd prefer if I could get it sooner instead of waiting, and if I could keep it as close to $600 as possible. I'd like to get as close to Ultra as I can in BF3.

I was looking into buying this computer:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but I'm not sure if the 6850 is near adequate for my needs.

Thanks for the help guys. This will only be my second post, (a re-do of my first one :p  ) So far, the community has been great.
June 11, 2012 11:50:38 AM

It might be worth considering going for an Ivy Bridge i5-3570K and using the onboard graphics until October then use that whole $200 to buy a good graphics card. The HD 4000 graphics should be fine for low settings on BF3 then a $200 graphics card should play it on ultra really.
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June 11, 2012 2:50:39 PM

Here's a build suggestion that keeps it around your budget. Have a look . :

Motherboard & HDD: $160 -Biostar TZ77B & Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB(Cheap motherboard, allows overclocking , for your needs, with ample storage)

PSU & RAM: $75- Corsair CX500 & Corsair Vengeance 4GB ( 500 watt PSU is more than enough for your needs, unless you plan to add another GPU, RAM is a single 4GB kit to accomodate in the budget)

CPU & Optical Drive: $223- i5-2500K & Samsung(It's not the latest CPU from Intel but it's a great overclocker)

GPU: $250- Sapphire Radeon 7850(a powerful GPU for gaming needs, even in multimonitor setup)

Case: $55- Antec 300 Black(It's not bad , but you can choose whatever case you like)

Total(Excluding Rebates): 763 USD

Rebates: $20

That should do it.
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June 11, 2012 3:03:05 PM

guys going to need an OS too, windows 7 home is going to run an extra $100 unless he has a install disk and a dead computer that had it laying around >.>
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June 11, 2012 3:38:04 PM

mcopinger said:
guys going to need an OS too, windows 7 home is going to run an extra $100 unless he has a install disk and a dead computer that had it laying around >.>

My current laptop is running Windows 7, and I'm planning on getting rid of it after I get my new desktop. It came with the OS in it already, so I don't think I'm going to be able to transfer it. Or can I?
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June 11, 2012 3:39:23 PM

z_4 said:
Here's a build suggestion that keeps it around your budget. Have a look . :

Motherboard & HDD: $160 -Biostar TZ77B & Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB(Cheap motherboard, allows overclocking , for your needs, with ample storage)

PSU & RAM: $75- Corsair CX500 & Corsair Vengeance 4GB ( 500 watt PSU is more than enough for your needs, unless you plan to add another GPU, RAM is a single 4GB kit to accomodate in the budget)

CPU & Optical Drive: $223- i5-2500K & Samsung(It's not the latest CPU from Intel but it's a great overclocker)

GPU: $250- Sapphire Radeon 7850(a powerful GPU for gaming needs, even in multimonitor setup)

Case: $55- Antec 300 Black(It's not bad , but you can choose whatever case you like)

Total(Excluding Rebates): 763 USD

Rebates: $20

That should do it.


I do like this build, but I'll need an OS. Can I go cheaper on the processor? Such as a phenom II x4 965?
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June 11, 2012 3:58:47 PM

DylanBott said:
I do like this build, but I'll need an OS. Can I go cheaper on the processor? Such as a phenom II x4 965?


Get Windows 7 from here $30 cheap: http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/microsoft-windows-7-...

Lower the cost by getting a cheaper case like : Apex TX381 worth $32. Save $20.

This will make the build slightly over $800(around $810). But should be good without making much compromises(other than the case).

Although budget constraints would make you look towards AMD CPU, but keep in mind that Intel CPUs are better than AMD especially in gaming.

If you can sacrifice overclocking. Have a look at this combos :
$193- i5 2400 & Samsung


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June 11, 2012 4:02:50 PM

DylanBott said:
My current laptop is running Windows 7, and I'm planning on getting rid of it after I get my new desktop. It came with the OS in it already, so I don't think I'm going to be able to transfer it. Or can I?

Nope, laptops come with OEM copies that can't be transferred.
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June 11, 2012 5:43:37 PM

Not all laptops come with OEM copies, mine came with a retail copy for some reason. It's rare but it happens.
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June 18, 2012 7:54:26 PM

Best answer selected by DylanBott.
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