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January 15, 2013 1:14:29 AM

Hey guys, I'm wondering if you could give me any any build ideas for me. My budget is $520 and I play modern FPS like BF3. I also play the Valve series as well. My resolution I want to play on is 1920x1080 with medium and high settings, please include a disc drive in your builds too. Thanks :bounce: 
January 15, 2013 1:24:01 AM

Also, I don't care if its Intel or AMD
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January 15, 2013 1:32:50 AM

Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.75 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $504.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 22:20 EST-0500)

I included the Z75 motherboard because it allows for huge upgrades in the future. You can easily drop in an i5 3570k once you acquire the cash. It also has a single PCIe 3.0 slot which will come in handy for future upgrades.

This build should allow you to play on fairly high settings (some even at ultra). You may take a performance hit in larger 64 man servers due to the duel core processor; however, you'll easily be able to play on high settings at comfortable framerates. You may even be able to play on ultra. It just depends on the number of players and other various factors. You will be able to play Valve games without any hiccups. They aren't that intensive, but my God, they are still fun and highly entertaining. Love me some portal and TF2 (as well as others). :) 

If you want to spend a little extra, you can get a 1tb version of the HDD I recommended for $10 more. It's definitely worth it if you store lots of files and play tons of games.

If you want another case option, I would recommend the NZXT Source 210. It's a great budget case and only a few dollars more than the one I recommended above.

NZXT Source 210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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January 15, 2013 1:36:30 AM

He doesn't need a drive, drop that and spend more on the HDD, CPU, or GPU. For HDD as already said, get 1tb if you need it. I don't think there are many choices at that price point, also the 7850 is great but you can sometimes get a 7870 for around $10-$20 more. Highly recommend that build.
EDIT: I read he doesn't need a drive, but he does. You can still try to squeeze in a little more money and get a 7870 if possible, or a GTX 660.
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January 15, 2013 1:42:30 AM

Thanks Deus, I have a hard and stressful time finding builds to do. You saved me a night, thanks for the help. Respect.
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January 15, 2013 1:49:27 AM

completelyrandomname said:
He doesn't need a drive, drop that and spend more on the HDD, CPU, or GPU. For HDD as already said, get 1tb if you need it. I don't think there are many choices at that price point, also the 7850 is great but you can sometimes get a 7870 for around $10-$20 more. Highly recommend that build.

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Hey guys, I'm wondering if you could give me any any build ideas for me. My budget is $520 and I play modern FPS like BF3. I also play the Valve series as well. My resolution I want to play on is 1920x1080 with medium and high settings, please include a disc drive in your builds too.


He clearly states he needs a dvd drive.

@OP If you want an AMD option, try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.75 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $519.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 22:41 EST-0500)

This includes a quad core AMD CPU and is definitely worth considering, especially for BF3 multiplayer. If you go with the Intel build, I suggest you go with the same model HD 7850 I suggested in the AMD build. It's better than the XFX in terms of performance, cooling, and overclock-ability. Here's a link to it just in case you're not exactly sure which one or if I'm not being clear enough... :) 

MSI R7850 Twin Frozr OC
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007MLSGHE/?tag=pcpapi-20

These are both beasty builds for the money and will easily allow you to meet and exceed your goals. I'm quite certain you can get ultra settings on both of these builds. You can turn some settings such as motion blur off to help increase performance. No need for it anyways; I don't much care for it.

Anywho, I hope this helps. Once again, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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January 15, 2013 1:57:03 AM

completelyrandomname said:
Yes, sorry I edited that one a while after I posted.

It's all good. We're humans; we make mistakes. :sol: 
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January 15, 2013 2:11:24 AM

I'll think I'll get the AMD option. I like Intel just as much as the next guy but I like the components of the AMD option better.
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January 15, 2013 2:18:37 AM

Also, I calculated up the AMD build and its was $566. It's not a big deal but it said it was only $519.
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January 15, 2013 3:00:26 AM

My apologies. It depends on what vendors you buy from. Some places charge more than others. Also, mail in rebates are counted in the total I gave you.

NCIX is pretty good vendor to buy from. I would get my parts there. They offer free shipping on most products, and I have also been told that they will price match other online vendors.

Also, the AMD build is solid. You don't have to get Intel to get a worthy gaming rig. AMD is a fine performer.
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January 15, 2013 9:53:05 AM

Okay, I knew my price had something to do with rebates.
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January 15, 2013 2:47:49 PM

So many people knock amd, but I like the amd here bc of the quad core vs the dual core pentium. Despite what everyone says I picked up a bulldozer fx 8120. Overclocked to 4ghz it seems beastly to me, especially running stock voltage. If the build didn't include it, you may consider an aftermarket cooler. I personally have the cooler master v6 gt. if you are on a budget though, look at the hyper 212. I helped install one before and they seem easier to mount than my v6 gt and dropped the temps close to 20 degrees on a fx6100 the person had.
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January 15, 2013 3:23:25 PM

squeezed in a stronger CPU and kept the 7850. If you can afford $525, the 2gb 7850 is only $15 more.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US) Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)

Total: $510.38 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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