Budget (Range): $475-$525 Shipped and including rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and LAN Party Host.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon, although if something else is much cheaper, Ill go for that.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: No (No overclockable Intel in price range)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Haven't found mobo that supports 2 PCIe at 16x in price range)
Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Games that I'm planning on running: Dirt3, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, newest COD/Battlefield games. I would like to run the lastest games at high-max graphics setting.
I don't need a HDD, DVD drive or wireless card.
Here is what I have come up with: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lrgZ
With Newegg combo deals, I can get the price down to about $500. Also, the GPU comes with Dirt3, which I was going to buy anyway, and so it would be cheaper to buy the Radeon HD 6870 with Dirt3 for free than the Radeon HD 6850 and then also buy Dirt3.
What do you guys think about those components? Any changes you would make?
If I needed easy access USB 3.0, I would defiantly consider the Antec but I don't have any USB 3.0 devices. I do, however, have an eSATA external Harddrive. Plus it would cost quite a bit more for the Antec.
What FPS would this run Battlefield 3 at Max settings?
Would an equivalent Nvidia run better at the same price?
Intel Core i5-3570K [bundled with motherboard for savings]
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 [bundled with CPU for savings]
Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2x4GB) [comes free with motherboard]
HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply
I know the PSU is a bit overkill, but it was only $5 more than the 500w one, and had better reviews. It will be able to handle any upgrades I throw at it like OC and Crossfire.
All for just under $600. It should be quite a bit faster than the i3 I was thinking about, and I can overclock it later on.