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So a friend wants to get into PC gaming and after seeing my build he knew he could trust me with building him a gaming rig. Supposedly already having everything besides the actual computer, I've been given a budget of $650 to build him something that can play BF3 @medium-high setting @ 1080p. I've decided to go Intel for this and everything besides the GPU will have to be new or refurbished. The GPU can be something like a 5870 that can be bought used here for $180.

I already decided on a $20 DVD drive and $50 case so that leaves you guys with $580 for the CPU, GPU, Mobo, RAM, PSU, and HDD.
Edited by CrazzyRussian - 1/29/12 at 5:22pm
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So a friend wants to get into PC gaming and after seeing my build he knew he could trust me with building him a gaming rig. Supposedly already having everything besides the actual computer, I've been given a budget of $650 to build him something that can play BF3 @medium-high setting @ 1080p. I've decided to go Intel for this and everything besides the GPU will have to be new or refurbished. The GPU can be something like a 5870 that can be bought used here for $180.
I already decided on a $20 DVD drive and $50 case so that leaves you guys with $580 for the CPU, GPU, Mobo, RAM, PSU, and HDD.

CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 - $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 550 Ti - $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125410

Mobo: ASRock H67M - $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157233

HDD: 1TB Seagate 7200 RPM - $135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048

In place of the 550 Ti you could probably nab a GTX 470 used or something here.
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CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 - $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 550 Ti - $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125410
Mobo: ASRock H67M - $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157233
HDD: 1TB Seagate 7200 RPM - $135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048
In place of the 550 Ti you could probably nab a GTX 470 used or something here.

Will the i3 be enough for BF3 high settings gameplay? Even with todays extremely low ram prices, I still don't think 8Gb of RAM is needed. He wouldn't need a 1Tb HDD. I told him about the hard drive crisis and he agreed to go with 500Gb. Wouldn't the 620w be a little too overkill? Sorry I'm just making suggestions that could save some cash that could go towards better parts like a better CPU and GPU.
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CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 - $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 550 Ti - $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125410
Mobo: ASRock H67M - $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157233
HDD: 1TB Seagate 7200 RPM - $135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048
In place of the 550 Ti you could probably nab a GTX 470 used or something here.

Will the i3 be enough for BF3 high settings gameplay? Even with todays extremely low ram prices, I still don't think 8Gb of RAM is needed. He wouldn't need a 1Tb HDD. I told him about the hard drive crisis and he agreed to go with 500Gb. Wouldn't the 620w be a little too overkill? Sorry I'm just making suggestions that could save some cash that could go towards better parts like a better CPU and GPU.

Weirdly enough, 8GB of ram improves the performance in BF3.
Also, I'm a little unsure if an i3 will be able to run BF3 at those settings. The price difference between a 500GB and a 1TB drive is minimal..
620W wouldn't really be overkill tbh

I think you should spend a little more on the motherboard, and hopefully get one with P67 or Z68 chipset. Just to be future proof for IB wink.gif

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Weirdly enough, 8GB of ram improves the performance in BF3.
Also, I'm a little unsure if an i3 will be able to run BF3 at those settings. The price difference between a 500GB and a 1TB drive is minimal..
620W wouldn't really be overkill tbh
I think you should spend a little more on the motherboard, and hopefully get one with P67 or Z68 chipset. Just to be future proof for IB wink.gif
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In a situation where you get the leftover money from building a rig that meets the buyers expectations, the difference in price no matter how small is still a difference.
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I went with a 1TB drive because, well, 500GB drives don't cost all that much less but they're 1/2 the space. I went with an Antec 620W because it is a quality unit with a very good warranty. The PSU is never something you should go cheap on -- it powers your whole system.

I honestly would recommend an AMD system at this price point. You can get a better platform and better multithreaded CPU performance for roughly the same amount of money. But this is in the Intel forum, and so I chose what we can afford. An i5 2300 or better is simply out of our budget unless we make some serious cuts elsewhere. If you're willing to make some cuts for the sake of pure speed, I suggest:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2300 - $185 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115076

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 550 Ti - $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125410

Mobo: ASRock H61M-VS - $54 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241

HDD: 500GB Hitachi HDD - $80 ($70 if you order by tomorrow with promo code) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048

If you want my AMD alternative, with which you can probably pocket more cash, let me know. I do this *all the time*. How do you think I can afford my own stuff? smile.gif
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Buy the new Alienware X51 I think its called. Pretty nice rig for the price

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I've talked too **** about Alienware desktops to convince my friend to get one now tongue.gif

And yeah sure, I'd go AMD. As long as the CPU won't be a bottleneck for something like an HD 6950
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I went with a 1TB drive because, well, 500GB drives don't cost all that much less but they're 1/2 the space. I went with an Antec 620W because it is a quality unit with a very good warranty. The PSU is never something you should go cheap on -- it powers your whole system.
I honestly would recommend an AMD system at this price point. You can get a better platform and better multithreaded CPU performance for roughly the same amount of money. But this is in the Intel forum, and so I chose what we can afford. An i5 2300 or better is simply out of our budget unless we make some serious cuts elsewhere. If you're willing to make some cuts for the sake of pure speed, I suggest:
CPU: Intel Core i5 2300 - $185 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115076
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 550 Ti - $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125410
Mobo: ASRock H61M-VS - $54 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241
HDD: 500GB Hitachi HDD - $80 ($70 if you order by tomorrow with promo code) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048
If you want my AMD alternative, with which you can probably pocket more cash, let me know. I do this *all the time*. How do you think I can afford my own stuff? smile.gif

i pretty much agree with most of this build. i'm sure its implied anytime you go with a budget build, u have to make sacrifices. whether that is in future-proofing or cpu or cpu speed, storage etc.

i think that paying a bit more for 8gb vs 4gb, and paying a bit less for storage is logical. $75 is about as good a deal as u can get for a reliable ~600w PSU, so not much wiggle room there. tons of choices for good $50 cases. so it comes down to i5 and lesser card, or i3 and better card. I would personally opt for the better gpu, but thats just my opinion. either one would work, maybe ask him what he'd prefer.
 
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Wouldn't a quality 500w be enough for the build?

PSU Silverstone 500w $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256061
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