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July 10, 2012 6:14:20 AM

Hello, I’ve been thinking of building my own computer for the past weeks. I’ve stalking this forum everyday and I read some other topics budget gaming build. My budget is between 450 to 500 and I really can’t go more than that. I want to able high end games like BF3 and diablo 3 so maximing FPS on ultra is crucial for me.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: 450-500 After rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing, photo editing.

Parts not required: Monitor, mouse, keyboards, speakers, and os

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preferred

Parts Preferences: Not really

Overclocking: Maybe, I never overclock before

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here’s a build I come with after looking through this forum.

CPU & MOBO: 965 Black + AsRock 970 DE3, $130 Microcenter,
Memory: Corsair 4GB $20
Hard Drive: Western Dig. 500GB $80
Power Supply: Rosewill Power Supply 630 $60
Case: Rosewill Case Blackbone $40
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2GB Video Card $126
Optical: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $17

Total: $473
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2012 12:52:19 PM

its not possible to get max settings with that level of hardware. th 550ti from what i know can play ultra at 1080p with many features turned down. even at that level, it will result in unplayable multiplayer environments.

editing isnt going to be very good with a 965 be. id strongly suggest you to save money and then get a new system when you have 800-1000 dollars then the ultra settings are playable

for diablo 3, there isnt much difference between the lowest setting and the highest setting.
July 10, 2012 1:09:12 PM

If you want high settings on bf3, bump up to a GTX560. DICE actually describes it as an optimum card, it will not do ultra though, and you need a quad core cpu for BF3 multiplayer
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July 10, 2012 2:19:09 PM

TheBigTroll said:
its not possible to get max settings with that level of hardware. th 550ti from what i know can play ultra at 1080p with many features turned down. even at that level, it will result in unplayable multiplayer environments.

editing isnt going to be very good with a 965 be. id strongly suggest you to save money and then get a new system when you have 800-1000 dollars then the ultra settings are playable

for diablo 3, there isnt much difference between the lowest setting and the highest setting.


Thanks for the comment. Should I get the XFX Radeon HD 6870 2GB 256-bit for $180 then? Will it able to play atleast max settings without any major hiccups?

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If you want high settings on bf3, bump up to a GTX560. DICE actually describes it as an optimum card, it will not do ultra though, and you need a quad core cpu for BF3 multiplayer


The AMD Phenom II X4 965 is quad core. If you know there are better cpu out there, let me know :wahoo: 
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2012 2:24:47 PM

actually, according to nvidia, you can run bf3 at ultra at 1080p, just that you dont get playable frames on 64 player maps
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2012 2:26:12 PM

get the 6870 if you can. there is one at newegg for 154.99 after mir
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a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2012 2:27:33 PM

ASUS GeForce GTX 560 DC $169.99
After Mail In Rebate: $149.99

the rest looks well enough unless you wanna get "picked apart" . . .
July 10, 2012 3:11:51 PM

TheBigTroll said:
get the 6870 if you can. there is one at newegg for 154.99 after mir


That one is 1GB of memory. There is no huge difference between 2GB and 1GB 6870 right? (I don't know much about memory lol)

At this point, I'm lending toward ASUS GTX 560 DC $150 or 6780 either for $180 or $155. I can't decide and I need to make decision quick so I can get my pc gaming on lol
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a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2012 3:21:15 PM

vpyingyang said:
That one is 1GB of memory. There is no huge difference between 2GB and 1GB 6870 right? (I don't know much about memory lol)


really 1Gb is enough. i rarely go above 750Mbs while playing crysis2. more Vram is usually for SLI or multimonitor set ups.
July 10, 2012 3:34:02 PM

vpyingyang said:
That one is 1GB of memory. There is no huge difference between 2GB and 1GB 6870 right? (I don't know much about memory lol)

At this point, I'm lending toward ASUS GTX 560 DC $150 or 6780 either for $180 or $155. I can't decide and I need to make decision quick so I can get my pc gaming on lol



1 gig of vram in a game like BF3 will limit your ability to Max out AA. A gtx 560 (I have 2) is a good card but it can't deal with ultra in BF3 large MP maps...it does fine for high/med. There is not all that much difference from going to ultra and not worth stressing about at 500 bucks. If you want to CF/SLI so you can go ultra down the road then I would recommend a 2 gig card. DO note that the gtx cards can make use of FXAA that is a from of AA that will work ok with a card that has 1 gig of ram.

IMO the best card to gun for at such a low price point is the gtx 480. I'd save till then. A gtx 480 can hang with the big boys like a 7850 and gtx 570 but runs hot and uses power. Still, it would crush a gtx 560 or 6870.
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2012 3:51:06 PM

theres hardly any difference between 2x aa and 8x aa. you would only notice when you put your face right up to the screen
July 10, 2012 6:02:35 PM

Thank you everyone. I looked at the GTX 460 and it's a very good card based on many reviews. I just bought my all of my parts.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 Quad Core $130 (With MOBO)
MOBO: AsRock 970 DE3 (with CPU)
HDD: Western Digital 500GB $38 Ebay
CPU Cooler: Rosewill RCX-Z300 CPU Cooler $10
Memory: Corsair 4GB DDR3-1333 Memory $20
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 480 $200
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case $40
Power Supply: Rosewill 630W ATX12V $60
Optical: Asus DRW-24B1ST $17

Total: $515 + little tax - little cashback from newegg & tigerdirect :) 

Now it's time to watch videos on how to build computer.
July 10, 2012 6:16:24 PM

Make sure to use standoffs. Try not to work on carpet. Ground yourself by touching the case before and as you work. GL and have fun.
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2012 9:55:42 PM

for the power supply, at least get a rosewell hive 650w. the hive series are actually good
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