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System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: System Value Compared

Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3

At all resolutions other than 2560x1600, the $2,000 PC hits Battlefield 3's 200 FPS ceiling. Then, its performance is more than cut in half. We're not looking forward to what that situation is going to mean in the value assessment.

Though not intentional, the game's Medium quality preset appears perfectly designed to favor a single high-end GeForce graphics card, which dips in under the cap, but still serves up great playability across the board.

Battlefield 3’s Ultra preset proves the $2,000 machine’s graphics prowess, while, at the same time, showing the $500 PC's adequacy.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.