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Max BF3, Crysis under $800?

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July 30, 2012 3:23:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within the month

Budget Range: no more than 800$ after rebates, shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, gaming, gaming......... school work. Running icenhancer 2.1 at max would be a huge plus, but not necessary

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Shipping only, can't pickup :( 

Location: Chicago, USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: In the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: quietness not an issue, neither is size. will probably attempt cpu/gpu overclocking in the future, won't fiddle w/ the ram

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop has an onboard gts 360m, and its served me well, but it's getting quite old now.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 3:59:39 PM

you wont max out either game with 800 dollars espically bf3. overclocking is kinda out of the queston at this budget

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a c 287 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 4:14:24 PM

TheBigTroll said:
you wont max out either game with 800 dollars espically bf3. overclocking is kinda out of the queston at this budget


True - but you could pay a little bit more and get a Radeon 7850 - it will get some pretty good frame rates at the price. Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($267.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $817.35
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 12:15 EDT-0400)
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July 30, 2012 4:18:16 PM

Yeah you could do this budget build in my sig. I dont play BF3 but supposedly you can get med, maybe some high settings.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 4:19:13 PM

It would be possible if he went with an AMD CPU and mobo. He could put the extra cash towards the GPU. It won't have an amazing upgrade path or anything, but it'll run games on ultra at comfortable frames.
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July 30, 2012 4:20:56 PM

g-unit1111 said:
True - but you could pay a little bit more and get a Radeon 7850 - it will get some pretty good frame rates at the price. Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($267.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $817.35
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 12:15 EDT-0400)


He needs the OS too, which is another $100 some dollars. The only way he can pull this off is with an i3 $50 mobo, cheap cheap cheap everything, then the best GPU he can afford when all is said and done.
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July 30, 2012 4:22:54 PM

G-unit, couldnt he build the budget rig i created? If you take out the 550 ti and add the OS it should still come to about $500, which would leave him $300 for a great GPU?

maybe $250 for a GPU and get a better PSU to support the GPU.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 5:18:20 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
G-unit, couldnt he build the budget rig i created? If you take out the 550 ti and add the OS it should still come to about $500, which would leave him $300 for a great GPU?

maybe $250 for a GPU and get a better PSU to support the GPU.


I think that would be better than paying $300 for a GPU and then getting an inferior PSU.
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July 30, 2012 5:32:45 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies! If I pushed the budget up to $900 (really, really pushing it tho), would it be possible? My main aim is to be able to run BF3 at max (minimal AA if need be), as well as the icenhancer 2.1 mod for gta 4. I really don't have a preference between AMD and Intel, as long as it gets the job done and will continue to max games for 3-4 years.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 5:35:24 PM

ieatnubs said:
Thanks everyone for your replies! If I pushed the budget up to $900 (really, really pushing it tho), would it be possible? My main aim is to be able to run BF3 at max (minimal AA if need be), as well as the icenhancer 2.1 mod for gta 4. I really don't have a preference between AMD and Intel, as long as it gets the job done and will continue to max games for 3-4 years.


If you push the budget to $900 you could get the system I listed and have room for OS. The Radeon 7850 is an excellent bang for buck GPU and it will get far better frame rates than a 560TI will.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 5:41:27 PM

That is a big of an exaggeration there g-unit. They will be better, but not FAR better.
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July 30, 2012 5:44:27 PM

g-unit best-answered, thanks for the help everyone!
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July 30, 2012 5:44:52 PM

Best answer selected by ieatnubs.
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