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My circa £600 AMD/ATI BF3 build. Any advice helpful

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September 22, 2011 8:27:57 PM

I'm building a budget build hopefully able to cope with BF3 at medium to high settings @ 1360 x768 with minimal AA and AF. Guessing will roughly achieve this between 30 - 60 FPS.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 975 Black Edition - £114

CPU Cooler : Akasa AK-CCX-4002HP Venom CPU Cooler -£40

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 AMD 990X (Socket AM3+) DDR3 -£95

RAM: G.Skill RipJawsX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-17000C9 2133MHz Dual Channel Kit - £60

GPU :HIS ATI Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 - £125

HDD: 2 x Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 32MB Cache in RAID 0 - £84

Optical Drive: Already have one - £0

Case : Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - £52

PSU: Antec TruePower New Modular 650W '80 Plus Bronze' £65


Total: £635


The thought behind this is that if the need arises i can slot an 8 core bulldozer in, add another 4GB RAM and crossfire another 6850 onto the system at some point in the future whilst still being able to perform now.

In the meantime I will be running as above whilst overclocking the CPU slightly to somewhere just over the 4GHz range.

Due to the resolution I will be playing at i think medium/ high settings could be attainable with this setup due to the resolution and minimal AA/AF, although it's just an educated guess as the game isn't out yet.

I think this is a well balanced PC for the price and appreciate any advice or changes that you think should be made to this build before i purchase.

Thanks,

mc_conor














September 22, 2011 9:44:14 PM

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+To... £46.04 inc. VAT
Antec 300 Three Hundred Gaming Midi Tower Case - Black

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie... £58.99 inc. VAT
650W OCZ ZS Series ATX2.2 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/... £101.99 inc. VAT
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/processor... £167.99 inc vat
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 2500K 3.30GHz Socket LGA1155 - Retail.

http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill-8gb-2x4gb-ddr3-160... £39.99 inc. vat
G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/harddrive... £40.98 inc vat
Samsung Spin Point F3 SATAII 1TB 32MB Cache Hard Drive <8.9ms 7200rpm - OEM

http://www.ebuyer.com/176026-liteon-ihas124-19-24x-dvd-... £13.98 inc. vat
LiteOn iHAS124-19 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black with Nero Essentials

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/atiradeon... £129.98 inc vat
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe

Total: $599.94 inc. vat
September 22, 2011 10:10:01 PM

Cheers thanks very much Why_me didn't realise i could stretch to a 2500k on that budget. Should check other webistes for better prices more often.
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