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Budget is $700-750 possibly $800


My friend is a war vet and he's been on consoles for a while with BC2 however, he wants back on PC with the new BBC3. What would be comparable to a Intel i5 2500k/Nvidia 560Ti setup (is that enough for lower res and higher setting BBC3 play)

Which CPU/MOBO/GPU ?

I'll likely be going with;

-Antec 300 Illusion($65)
-Antec 550w truepower($65) or corsair 650tx($100)
-4gb 1600mhz Gskill ($40)
-Samsung F3 1TB ($60)
Total: $230-$270

$480 Remaining for CPU/MOBO/GPU !!! AHHHH Help

Thanks in advance !
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Wait one month and the 4 and six core BD CPUs will be out. If you can't wait till then, go for the 955 BE and the six core BE thuban's.
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post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by ismet View Post
Wait one month and the 4 and six core BD CPUs will be out. If you can't wait till then, go for the 955 BE and the six core BE thuban's.
I 2nd that!!!!

Everything else looks great! But depending one what you want to do with getting something now or waitin for the BD to release, you might want to change somethings. But that just depends on prices and reqs of the new BD.
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Originally Posted by epitek View Post
Budget is $700-750 possibly $800


My friend is a war vet and he's been on consoles for a while with BC2 however, he wants back on PC with the new BBC3. What would be comparable to a Intel i5 2500k/Nvidia 560Ti setup (is that enough for lower res and higher setting BBC3 play)

Which CPU/MOBO/GPU ?

I'll likely be going with;

-Antec 300 Illusion($65)
-Antec 550w truepower($65) or corsair 650tx($100)
-4gb 1600mhz Gskill ($40)
-Samsung F3 1TB ($60)
Total: $230-$270

$480 Remaining for CPU/MOBO/GPU !!! AHHHH Help

Thanks in advance !
Is your friend an OCer? I'm doubting it as you're building it for him. I'd suggest:

CPU: Phenom II 840 $105
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-880GM-USB3 $90
RAM: This 4gb kit $26
GPU: MSI 5770 $140
HDD: WD WD3200AAKX $40
CASE: NZXT Gamma $36
PSU: Seasonic 430w $70

That's a good base system. Bump up the specs accordingly. I'd stick with a x4 as he's gaming, not much of a need for x6
Edited by BlackVenom - 8/18/11 at 2:45pm
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post #5 of 19
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Is your friend an OCer? I'm doubting it as you're building it for him. I'd suggest:

CPU: Phenom II 840 $105
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-880GM-USB3 $90
RAM: This 4gb kit $26
GPU: HIS 5670 $75
HDD: WD WD3200AAKX $40
CASE: NZXT Gamma $36
PSU:

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If I'm not mistaken he asked for something similar to i5 2500k-gtx 560Ti, not something against an i3 and a gts 250
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by BlackVenom View Post
Is your friend an OCer? I'm doubting it as you're building it for him. I'd suggest:

CPU: Phenom II 840 $105
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-880GM-USB3 $90
RAM: This 4gb kit $26
GPU: HIS 5670 $75
HDD: WD WD3200AAKX $40
CASE: NZXT Gamma $36
PSU:

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Really? You would suggest a HD5670 to play BF3?

OP, do you have access to a microcenter/fry's? That would make the board + cpu cheaper, and you could get him a nice mid-level GPU.

[edit] I see you are near a microcenter, get him this:



That leaves you with roughly ~200 for a quality midlevel GPU. I'd go for a hd6870, they seem to be around ~180 on newegg, and should be able to handle BF3 nicely paired with the i5.

another edit: comparison hd6870 vs gtx 560ti

so that deal I suggested would give him very close performance to a i5 2500k + 560ti. You may be able to find a 6950 around ~200 after some rebates, which should beat a 560ti in most cases.
Edited by anubis1127 - 8/18/11 at 3:02pm
post #7 of 19

My friend went to Microcenter today.. They had no 2500k's. Be sure to call ahead unlike my buddy. Incase you did go to one to buy parts.

Anyways,

Over the Antec 300 any day of the week.

I'd get atleast a Radeon 6850 for BF3
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Ram is so cheap lately with all the sales. If you don't get 8gigs of ram then your dumb imho.
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My friend went to Microcenter today.. They had no 2500k's. Be sure to call ahead unlike my buddy. Incase you did go to one to buy parts.

Anyways, NZXT M59 Over the Antec 300 any day of the week.

I'd get atleast a Radeon 6850 for BF3
^yep get that case

I just built a computer(sig rig) and it was a awesome case to work with. Cable management is pretty good, build quality is solid, and with the lights off and the blue LED's on the case lit up it looks pretty awesome.
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A Phenom doesn't really cut it for BF3, much less an Athlon with 2 MB of L2....
    
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