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Battlefield 3 and Skyrim Ultra Settings?

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February 3, 2013 2:58:49 PM

Hey everyone, i really need advice on a build under or around $1000. I would like to run Battlefield 3 and Skyrim on Ultra settings, skyrim with graphical mods. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
February 3, 2013 3:34:58 PM

Something like this would do great for those games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.12 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $933.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 12:37 EST-0500)
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February 3, 2013 5:04:45 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1-2 months

Budget Range: not over 1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important:max settings gaming, school work, surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: none

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: VA, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel proc., no pref for video card

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Just need a under 1000 for skyrim and bf3

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: this is my first gaming pc
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February 3, 2013 5:08:07 PM

and thanks for the list, but the video card is out of stock, do you think it will be in by 1-3 months from now?
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February 3, 2013 5:46:28 PM

The build suggested is great, but remember that nVidia's GTX 660ti performs about the same or better in some tests, but at the same time worse in others. It mostly depends on your resolution, so what resolution will you be playing on, and what refresh rate?
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February 3, 2013 5:53:09 PM

ok thanks..i will be playing at 1920x1080. if i said i would not be buying a monitor i made a mistake, i am looking for a good one right now, so i do not know what the refresh rate will be, but i do know that it will be 1920x1080. i heard that in order to play bf3 at that res i need a 670. is that true? i would be happy to go with the 660 if it gives me 60 fps at that res.
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February 3, 2013 6:03:50 PM

granthomas99 said:
ok thanks..i will be playing at 1920x1080. if i said i would not be buying a monitor i made a mistake, i am looking for a good one right now, so i do not know what the refresh rate will be, but i do know that it will be 1920x1080. i heard that in order to play bf3 at that res i need a 670. is that true? i would be happy to go with the 660 if it gives me 60 fps at that res.

No, you don't need to go that high with a graphics card. The Radeon HD 7870GHz Edition is really only better in AMD optimized games, like Crysis and Metro 2033, and at higher resolutions. The GTX 660ti will get you 60+ FPS in Battlefield 3 and Skyrim, and has plenty of VRAM for mods and textures. The only thing is that its about $15 USD more expensive than a Radeon HD 7870Ghz Edition.

This site gives very good comparisons between graphics cards: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/372

With the build that @tenaciousk suggested, you have some left over money to spend on a good GTX 660ti, like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't get me wrong, a Radeon HD 7870GHz Edition will definitely fulfill your request for 60 FPS on MAX at 1920x1080, but for a little more at that resolution, you can get better.

The GTX 660ti and GTX 670 both use the same GPU chip (GK104, both with the same theoretical compute power, 1344 CUDA cores, etc.). The only difference is the memory bus. The GTX 660ti has a smaller 192-bit bus, while the GTX 670 has a 256-bit bus. This only significantly affects game performance at resolutions higher than 1920x1080. At 1920x1080, the difference is around a 3-5 frame difference, and with a small overclock on the memory, this can be avoided.
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February 3, 2013 6:27:53 PM

ok thanks alot @locomoco321 and everyone else who answered.
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February 3, 2013 6:27:55 PM

Best answer selected by granthomas99.
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February 3, 2013 6:32:11 PM

granthomas99 said:
ok thanks alot @locomoco321 and everyone else who answered.

No problem, and if any more question arise, PM me or open a new thread, and I'll be happy to help. Good luck with your build!
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