- this is a budget build, remove the cooler and spend that cash on a good brand psu or motherboard. Unless you buy the cpu oem, you are on a budget and could get better basic components before expanding outword
- Try getting the newest generation of gpu that is out that you can afford. The new amd radeons will save you power and money. This will help out your wallet and your power supply in the long run. Check out http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - the best bang for your buck.
With that card you should be able to run the game on high, so it should look great. Also the PSU brand is decent, but I would not consider it elite.
The only reason why I was gonna go for the card I have selected is because it's nice and cheap (kinda) and there's a rebate haha! I saw people people playing BF3 on ultra high with it too, it seemed to run well D:
the card you picked is good, just trying to pick one that will save you money in the long run + last longer. If you want though, there are 7770s for $120. They are less powerful but very good energy efficiency.
Xion's are crap cases. Go with the NZXT Source 210 or Gamma Classic Series. They're only about 7 bucks more than the Xion and infinitely better.
Also, there is only one part in a PC that you must never, ever, ever skimp on. And that's the Power supply. Why? Because a bad power supply can fry any or all of your important, expensive components leaving an honest person no recourse.
Skimp elsewhere (like the RAM; you can make do with a single 4GB stick until you save enough to buy a second while still playing games) or the CPU heatsink (stock cooler works well enough on that i3 and you can always buy a different one later).
My advice: stick to things in tier 3 or above on this chart , don't buy a Xion case (they're worthless when it comes to airflow), and pick parts accordingly.
Alrighty, I've made a few changes to the setup thanks to all of you
All I can say is that the PSU talk REALLY got me thinking, lol!
if you are going to play BF3 multiplayer you need to get a quad core. multiplayer puts a huge load on the cpu and it will use the extra cores a quad core can offer. as amazingly fast as the i3's are, BF3 multiplayer will put a hurting on them. either bump up to an i5 sandy or ivy if you can afford it or jump to a AMD fx4100 or x4 965BE - these aren't as fast as the intel dual cores in most games, but in BF3 MP you will appreciate them.
Yeah, the rig your building just isn't suited for sli/crossfire. It's not that big of a deal anyways unless you plan to upgrade again soon. I personally found that going single card is much better, no annoying issues that come with it. The best you could do when you upgrade is sell your old card and get a dual gpu card if you want allot of power. Although you would have to upgrade your PSU for that.