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Hello everyone! I need some help with a PC build. My budget is roughly $800, but I would REALLY like to minimize this to as low as possible. My goal is to run BF3 on high to ultra. My monitor's native resolution is 1920x1080 so I would like to run the games on that. I am hoping to build the system around a GTX 580, which is pretty much half my budget right there. I don't mind buying second hand, so eBay is going to be my friend. I was thinking AMD Phenom Black X4, but then I hear I could easily overclock an X2 to a quad core. The thing is that the ONLY part that is worth taking from my current computer is my Western Digital 1TB HD. I need everything! Case, PSU, MOBO, GPU, RAM... whatever you can think of. I have never overclocked before, but I have the balls to lol. So here are my compressed needs/ wants: MoBo (preferably with USB 3.0), quad core CPU, case, PSU, and RAM for roughly $300. Lower if possible! It doesn't seem too fathomable to build my whole computer for $700 though. I'm just hoping AMD Phenom Black X4s should drop with the release of the new Bulldozer. I'm restrained due to this being a Christmas budget (I'm 15 lay off). Trying to find someone to sell a brand new, unopened Tritton AX Pro headset to so I can have some more wiggle room. Anyways, please help!
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You should go with the phenom II x4. Hyper 212+ for a cooler and a decent am3 mobo with at least 125w max tdp and at least 8+1 phase vrm with sinks on the mosfets. Corsair tx series for a PSU as they have lots of current. Case is not super important as long as it gets good flow. And for ram at least 8GB brand is not important as 90% of them use hynix chips anyway.
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i7-3930k C1 4.6GHz @1.344v Sabertooth X79 2x EVGA GTX 560 Ti SC SLI 900/2106 Dominator 1866 16GB 9-10-9-27 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB 'Cuda 320GB XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 push/pull + Alphacool UT60 ... Win 7 Pro x64 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Asus VE198D 19" Samsung 920NW 19" Samsung 906BW 19" Logitech G510s 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX850M Carbide 400R Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Corsair MM200 
AudioOther
Bose Music Monitor Nuforce Icon HDP 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1090T BE Sabertooth 990FX Radeon HD 5770 1GB Corsair Veangence Blue 
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WD Caviar Black 1TB  Lite ON 16x DVD-R/RW ThermalRight Silver Arrow Windows 7 Professional 64 bit 
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Syncmaster 921BW 19" & Syncmaster 965 19" and S... Apple aluminum wired keyboard Corsair TX650 Silverstone TJ05 with window and thermal contro... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3930k C1 4.6GHz @1.344v Sabertooth X79 2x EVGA GTX 560 Ti SC SLI 900/2106 Dominator 1866 16GB 9-10-9-27 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB 'Cuda 320GB XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 push/pull + Alphacool UT60 ... Win 7 Pro x64 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Asus VE198D 19" Samsung 920NW 19" Samsung 906BW 19" Logitech G510s 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX850M Carbide 400R Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Corsair MM200 
AudioOther
Bose Music Monitor Nuforce Icon HDP 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1090T BE Sabertooth 990FX Radeon HD 5770 1GB Corsair Veangence Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Caviar Black 1TB  Lite ON 16x DVD-R/RW ThermalRight Silver Arrow Windows 7 Professional 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Syncmaster 921BW 19" & Syncmaster 965 19" and S... Apple aluminum wired keyboard Corsair TX650 Silverstone TJ05 with window and thermal contro... 
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logitech mx air None Monsoon MM-700 
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CPU
i5 2500Khttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 $219.99
Motherboard
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157265 $154.99
RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB 2x DDR3 1600http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428 $49.99
Graphics card
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr IIhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565 $244.99
PSU
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650Whttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139020 $94.99
69.99 after mail-in rebate card
HDD
NA
CASE
HAF 912http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119233 $59.99
Cooler
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065 $26.00

$850.94

Quote:
My goal is to run BF3 on high to ultra.
Might get medium - high.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/22/11 at 3:50pm
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500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
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post #4 of 7
For the cpu, there is only one option: Intel core i5 2500k.

It's everywhere on these forums. I have one, and im pretty sure that most of the other people in this thread will have one. Its popular because for the price, nothing comes close in performance. Its also highly overclockable (and its an easy platform to overclock), and any chips that are only even marginally faster are almost twice the price.
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4ghz Asus P8P67 pro Gigabyte GTX780 12GB Corsair RAM (2/3 vengance, 1/3 XMS3) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
500gb Spinpoint f3 Samsung 840 EVO 120gb Seagate 7200.14 2tb Samsung dvd+-rw 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 ultimate x64 LG 24MP55 x2 LG 32LD450 
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none Xonar DG and logitech X-540 Beyer DT770 PRO 
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AMD A6-4455m 2.1ghz Dual Covered in tea stains Radeon 7500G 6GB 
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SSD soon None Inadequate Win7 of course 
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It's awful A bit meh, Bodged hinge repair (Nut and bolt through back ... 
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Celeron M 360 1.4ghz Packard bell easynote (lynx banias) Intel 855gm 768mb 
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Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4ghz Asus P8P67 pro Gigabyte GTX780 12GB Corsair RAM (2/3 vengance, 1/3 XMS3) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
500gb Spinpoint f3 Samsung 840 EVO 120gb Seagate 7200.14 2tb Samsung dvd+-rw 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 ultimate x64 LG 24MP55 x2 LG 32LD450 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell thing. Corsair TX650 Coolermaster cm690 Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
none Xonar DG and logitech X-540 Beyer DT770 PRO 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-4455m 2.1ghz Dual Covered in tea stains Radeon 7500G 6GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SSD soon None Inadequate Win7 of course 
MonitorKeyboardCase
It's awful A bit meh, Bodged hinge repair (Nut and bolt through back ... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Celeron M 360 1.4ghz Packard bell easynote (lynx banias) Intel 855gm 768mb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
50gb seagate Cd dvd combi XP sp3 15 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
one with buttons Brick It has one It has leds 
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my lap or the chair 
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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
i5 really that good? I have no preference between AMD and Intel, the only thing I see is price. I will get the i5 if the performance outdoes the Phenom Black by a lot. Also, is there a cheaper graphics card that is pretty much up to par with the GTX 580? I just really want to get good graphics out of the game.
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Originally Posted by tstrick16 View Post
i5 really that good? I have no preference between AMD and Intel, the only thing I see is price. I will get the i5 if the performance outdoes the Phenom Black by a lot. Also, is there a cheaper graphics card that is pretty much up to par with the GTX 580? I just really want to get good graphics out of the game.
The i5 has matched the bulldozer in some benches.
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500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
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post #7 of 7
The 2500k is the best choice, you'll regret getting an AMD CPU.
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i5 2500k @ 4.8 GHZ 1.33v  ASUS P8P67 PRO 3.0 Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7950 1000/1575 1.149v 12 GB Kingston DDR3 1600 MHZ 
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Kingston 96GB SSD  Caviar Green 1TB storage  Plextor PX-L890 SA 24x DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14 
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Windows 7 Professional 64 bit IPS Dell Ultrasharp U2412M 24" Logitech G110 Corsair AX1200  
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston 96GB SSD  Caviar Green 1TB storage  Plextor PX-L890 SA 24x DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit IPS Dell Ultrasharp U2412M 24" Logitech G110 Corsair AX1200  
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Cooler Master HAF X Razer Deathadder Razer Goliathus Asus Xonar DG 
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