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$1500 budget, want to play BF3 & Arma 3 on MAX, possible?

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September 12, 2012 4:55:18 PM

Hey guys I am running a 7 year old x2 64 AMD, with 4 gigs of, I don't even know what 833 I think, and a 5770 radeon, or was it nvidia... I don't remember 5770. Its been a good computer, but I'm at the point now where the newer games are unplayable at all settings.


So I was recommended to this site by a friend who said the guys here really know what they're talking about. I would like to spend 1500 or less, but I can spend up to 2500 if I really need to I just don't want to spend that much on a computer. So is it possible to have a rig that can run games such as BF3 and the upcoming Arma 3 on MAX settings with great FPS. And if it is possible what components would such a rig consist of?

Thanks alot guys for helping out a guy who knows just enough to be dangerous.
September 12, 2012 5:08:39 PM

Sorry, I just saw this little list of things to post with a question, so here it is.


1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc
Gaming (BF3, Arma 2/3, GW2), minor video editing, web browsing, watching youtube in 1080p quality.


2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
1500, Can make it to 2500 but I really don't want to explain to the GF why I'm spending that much on a computer, and I live in Los Angeles, CA


4) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model.
None.


5) Will you be overclocking?
If need be.


6) What is the max resolution of your monitor? What size is it?
1920x1080 52" Plasma"


7) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
As soon as I get a good build. I have the money on hand, just don't know what to buy.


8) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? USB 3.0? SATA 6Gb/s? eSATA? Onboard video (as a backup or main GPU)? UEFI? etc.
Umm..... I don't really know, I just want to shoot people on max settings with good fps..


9) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? Is it 32bit or 64bit?
Yes, 64-bit W7 Home Premium.
September 12, 2012 5:12:05 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHES212-08 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1489.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 13:13 EDT-0400)
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September 12, 2012 5:18:06 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHES212-08 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1489.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 13:13 EDT-0400)


I second this one, very nice!
September 12, 2012 5:25:39 PM

Thanks for super fast response! Is that rig needing any overclocking? or is overclocking compatible?
September 12, 2012 5:30:14 PM

Kazansky22 said:
Thanks for super fast response! Is that rig needing any overclocking? or is overclocking compatible?


Yep, you can leave it and it's great but if you overclock it's awesome! I'm a huge fan of the 3570k and with the cooler he's selected is the best air cooler on the market.
September 12, 2012 6:16:46 PM

Kazansky22 said:
Thanks for super fast response! Is that rig needing any overclocking? or is overclocking compatible?


That rig is setup to take your CPU beyond 4.5GHz. Plus the case I picked out has room for a three fan liquid radiator (not that H100 crap) and you can take your CPU even further. :sol: 
September 12, 2012 6:57:31 PM

Oh, sorry. Still I might personally go for the 7970, which is closer to the 680.
September 12, 2012 7:01:06 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Oh, sorry. Still I might personally go for the 7970, which is closer to the 680.


They're both good cards, either one would work.
September 12, 2012 8:23:00 PM

g-unit1111's build looks very nice. I would just swap out the GTX 670 with a non-reference GTX 670 (the EVGA version uses the reference design = higher temps, more noise).

Get the Gigabyte, ASUS or MSI Power Edition version of the card.

You'll max out every game @ 1080p with that setup in the next years. Good luck!
September 12, 2012 9:07:24 PM

ok I'll go for that one, I hear that the 7970 is pretty awesome
September 12, 2012 9:34:14 PM

Both have their + and -.

Nvidia performs better in some games, AMD better in other games.
You'll be extremely happy with both cards.
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