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November 3, 2012 4:33:51 AM

I'm going to build a computer soon, and need to go with cheapest build that can play games like Battlefield 3 to medium to high settings. $350 is already pushing it but I could go to 400 maybe. This is a very low budget build and I don't care if I go with AMD or Intel. Trusting you guys could help me with the right call on that part. I already have the OS, Keyboard, mouse, DVD drive, monitor, and possibly a case. I have an old HP workstation I could use if I have to. All of this will be off newegg. Is this possible or will I have to invest more on this? I keep trying to find the parts off the site but I don't want to screw anything up, so I'm asking people who are more experienced than me. Thank you :D D

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November 3, 2012 4:40:40 AM

Get a new case. My advice is to get a 7870 for $200 and the cheapest 1155 i5 you can find on newegg. Do this, put together a build, and I will evaluate it...
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November 3, 2012 4:43:51 AM

What resolution are you playing at?
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November 3, 2012 4:49:22 AM

I would say that if you are playing at 1080p go with a 7850 1GB which will probably bust through nearly any game at near max settings. But it you just want med to high settings in BF3 then go for a GTX 650ti. It performs similar to a GTX 560, but probably for cheaper and better power consumption. You will probably be able to play BF3 at high to ultra on that card under 1080p. If you go for the GTX 650ti or the 7850 1GB you could easily get a good core i5. It is usually a good idea to go with a motherboard with a very good rating.
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November 3, 2012 4:53:28 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7750 2GB Video Card ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $298.95
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $5.99
Total: $264.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

the CPU and motherboard are on New Egg for a few bucks more. this will get you a decent frame rate at both 1680x1050 (45-55) and 1920x1080 (38-49) with medium settings.

now this is assuming you are playing single player, multi player would need an i3 at least with an i5 being much more desirable.
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November 3, 2012 11:03:25 AM

Could he use maybe a FX4300?
Use that and a 7770 and he should be gold
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November 5, 2012 12:15:57 AM

sorry for not replying. have been busy XD
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November 5, 2012 12:16:02 AM

Anonymous said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7750 2GB Video Card ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $298.95
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $5.99
Total: $264.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

the CPU and motherboard are on New Egg for a few bucks more. this will get you a decent frame rate at both 1680x1050 (45-55) and 1920x1080 (38-49) with medium settings.

now this is assuming you are playing single player, multi player would need an i3 at least with an i5 being much more desirable.



So with 8gb of ram and a 2gb video card i can't even play ultra?
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November 5, 2012 12:24:06 AM

dubstepguy45 said:
So with 8gb of ram and a 2gb video card i can't even play ultra?

the in game settings are cpu and gpu dependant not so much about ram (to an extent).

BF3 is very dependent on the graphics card; if you are looking for ultra settings that would be a 7950 or gtx 670. gtx 660 or 7870 for high settings.
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November 5, 2012 1:01:10 AM

Ok thanks. But those cards aren't in the budget. Is the 7750 the best card card for this particular budget? Is there another one you think I should go with in this price range?
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November 5, 2012 1:47:05 AM

No, you could fit a GTX 560ti into your budget. You'd play on high settings with really good framerates, i.e 45+, or 60+ at 720p, which is really good for this budget. The GTX 560ti is the best card for under $100 right now, thanks to a mail in rebate.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/myXJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/myXJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/myXJ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($93.30 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($35.83 @ NCIX US)
Total: $379.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 5, 2012 6:00:45 AM

dubstepguy45 said:
Ok thanks. But those cards aren't in the budget. Is the 7750 the best card card for this particular budget? Is there another one you think I should go with in this price range?

then up the build with an i3 and 7850
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $414.95
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $7.56
Total: $382.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


though that 560ti that sonicers suggested is a very good price for that card, just behind the 7850 in performance:

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November 6, 2012 8:21:16 PM

Guys how am I suppose to buy a if its at $380 already?
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November 6, 2012 11:58:28 PM

dubstepguy45 said:
Guys how am I suppose to buy a if its at $380 already?

well i thought the budget was $350-$400

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($112.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $362.95
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Total: $327.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



better?
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