I need help with getting a gaming PC

I didn't know what category to put this in, but hopefully people will read it anyway. I've been looking on ibuypower.com, and I really don't know what I'm doing when I'm choosing the internal parts. The problem is, when someone that knows what they're doing helps me, it ends up being like 1,300 USD, when a commentator I know paid $800 for his, and it runs BF3 on high-ultra. Any help?
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  1. Companies like Cyberpower and Ibuypower charge you something like 20% extra for every part you choose. That's why it is cheaper to build it yourself.
  2. Always better to gather and assemble the PC yourself. If you pick it up you minus postage (remember a PC can be up to 20kg), the service cost of putting it together, and just the general mark-up that pre-built systems come with. Also when you build it yourself you have the freedom to pick any part you want and find cheaper prices anywhere, and after that much research you know the components off the top of your head, much more familiar with the machine.

    Plus its amazing when you hit the power button and it all works, gives you free reign to scream "Its Alive!" and cackle like a mad person ( or is that just me?).
  3. Hitting up the CyberpoweredPC site a suitable BF3 system is $869 w/o monitor or shipping
    for BF3 you need a quad core CPU and at least a GTX 560 to play at 1080p in 64 multi-player on Ultra.
    You might get by with a i3 2120 Dual core but you could experience some framing on certain maps.


    CyberPower H61 Configurator (NO MONITOR) $869.00 × Qty Total: $869.00
    CAS: Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ front USB 3.0
    CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
    CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [+96]
    FAN: Intel LGA1156 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink [-20]
    FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
    HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
    KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
    MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+8] (Corsair or Major Brand)
    MOTHERBOARD: Biostar H61MH Intel H61 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ Onboard Video, HDMI, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB 2.0, SATA-II, 1 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [B3 Stepping]
    MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
    POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready [+26]
    VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+166] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
    Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

    you could do better building your own.

    this is about equivelent of the cyberpower one, better components the CPU is clocked slightly lower, but is still very capable.

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151244

    NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811146075

    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181

    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video
    Item #: N82E16814130661
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817371016

    CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML4GX3M2A1600C9
    Item #: N82E16820233187

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116986
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

    Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500
    Item #: N82E16819116505

    BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Item #: N82E16813138352
    $792.91 +$ 6.77 shipping and $30 in MIR final price = 769.68

    if you need a monitor (23" 1920 x 1080 5ms) $139 and free shipping


    suggested upgrade:
    Replace the GTX 560 with a HD7850 GPU $244.99 free shipping and a $20 MIR (raises overall price by $58.23 to a total @827.91
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