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Budget build for GTA4 & BF3

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October 11, 2012 5:57:25 AM

Hi all,

Looking to put my first build together, and I'm on a budget. Looking to play GTA4 and BF3 with near console visuals.

Hoping to purchase by the end of the year. I have the monitor, DVD drive and HDD already.

I've come up with the following parts list. Would this get the quality I'm after? :-

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/jZNF
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£64.14 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£19.15 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card (£117.09 @ Amazon UK)
Case: XClio Touch 320 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £394.67

If not, I've put together this second list :-

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/jZLV
CPU: Intel Core i5-2320 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£133.75 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£75.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£19.15 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card (£117.09 @ Amazon UK)
Case: XClio Touch 320 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £475.28

I'm looking to stay under £500 if possible, and I'd be glad of any advice. Many thanks.

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October 11, 2012 6:17:26 AM

Do you also have an os (aka windows)? I do not see one included in either build and you do not mention that you have one.
October 11, 2012 6:32:33 AM

I'm guessing you have a hard drive already and a OS.

You also don't need a Z75 board for that i5-2320. You could go with a cheaper H67 or H77 and beef up the processor to something bigger or put the money somewhere else.

The rest looks great. If you aren't overclocking (which you would only be doing on the first one) the stock fan will work fine.

Keep the aftermarket fan for the first one though.

The i5 build is going to run the games better, but I can't help but love the 955BE for being so awesome :) 
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October 11, 2012 6:32:49 AM

Sorry, yes, I have Windows 7 Ultimate.
October 11, 2012 6:54:56 AM

On the i5 setup, I downgraded the motherboard and added more RAM :-

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/jZWH
CPU: Intel Core i5-2320 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£133.75 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£62.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£40.25 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card (£117.09 @ Amazon UK)
Case: XClio Touch 320 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £484.37

Any better?

Still keen to know if the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black setup will run GTA4 and BF3 as required, as I don't want to spend more than I need to if possible.

Thanks.
October 11, 2012 7:11:28 AM

How did this end up being more than the first one?

You don't need the cooler.

The 955 would run it yes.
October 11, 2012 7:32:20 AM

I like the AMD build. You can just use the extra money you used to get the i5 and invest it on a better GPU.

Also, if you're gonna go Phenom, might as well get the 965 BE.
October 11, 2012 8:09:19 AM

Thanks for all the feedback! Based on the above, I upped the RAM and processor, picked a better card, and dropped the fan. I've pretty much decided on :-

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/k04M
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£70.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£25.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card (£182.52 @ Amazon UK)
Case: XClio Touch 320 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £446.90

If anyone can think of any issues, I'd be glad to know. Thanks again!
October 11, 2012 8:11:15 AM

That's a really expensive card for a 560. May as well go for the 6870 for the same performance and save yourself like 40 Euros (my American keyboard doesnt have the Euro symbol:)  )
October 11, 2012 8:38:36 AM

Great tip thanks. Brought down the cost a huge amount!

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/k094
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£70.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£25.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card (£118.42 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: XClio Touch 320 ATX Mid Tower Case (£35.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.66 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £382.80 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

As I have £20 to play with (to take it up to £400), where would that best be spent? I was thinking maybe a nicer case?
October 11, 2012 8:45:02 AM

bd528 said:
As I have £20 to play with (to take it up to £400), where would that best be spent? I was thinking maybe a nicer case?


Food. :) 
October 11, 2012 12:05:09 PM

You'll want the CPU cooler when you overclock the Phenom.
October 11, 2012 12:46:17 PM

excella1221 said:
You'll want the CPU cooler when you overclock the Phenom.

Thanks, I'll bear that in mind.
October 11, 2012 1:44:52 PM

everything looks good but can you cut down the cost somewhere and put in a HD7850 or something? With the 7850 you will be able top turn up more settings on BF3
October 11, 2012 2:27:50 PM

jaideep1337 said:
everything looks good but can you cut down the cost somewhere and put in a HD7850 or something? With the 7850 you will be able top turn up more settings on BF3

Might be an option, but that would push the cost up by another £50+. Will have to do some research on whether the benefits are worth the cost. Thanks for the tip though.
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