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The $599 i5 killer!!! --------- BF3 i3 Budget Build

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This is a build for a customer. I am writing this for all those broke students to HELP give them some idea of what it takes. Hopefully this helps someone out there.

I am looking for feedback and technical support from you guys that have more experience than I.

He just wants to play BF3. That is about it. And he has a very limited budget so I had to source parts from several places.

Thanks to all that have helped, this wouldn't be possible with my limited time and knowledge without you.

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QUESTIONS/COMMENTS:


MSi N560GTX OverClocking




PARTS:

Case: $66
COOLER MASTER HAF 912



CPU: $130
Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (why cause we can)



HDD: $70
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0G


MoBo: $110
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155


RAM: $50
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600


GPU: $135
MSI GTX 560 (Thanks to 996gt2 !)

http://www.overclock.net/t/1220439/msi-gtx-560-135/0_100#post_16605283



PSU: $45
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (The Whiner)


DVD: $25
Sony Optiarc DVD Combo Player



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Edited by diabloSUCKS - 3/7/12 at 9:24am
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post #2 of 85
Quote:
Originally Posted by diabloSUCKS View Post

Some good deals today!
We will use New/Used (OCN marketplace & Newegg.com, Amazon.com)
PURPOSE:
To play BF3/SWTOR
BUDGET:
$550
Case:
?
CPU:
i3 ?
HDD:
?
MoBo:
?
RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GPU:
?
PSU:
?
CPU COOLER:
?
DVD: $25
Sony Optiarc DVD Combo Player

For clarity before i start building, the RAM, DVD are not apart of the $550 budget?
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post #3 of 85
are the things filled in already taken out of the budget?

Also, what resolution is this going to be for?
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post #4 of 85
Thread Starter 
1920 x 1080 at max =(

The budget IS including the $50 for the ram and the $25 for dvd so I guess that leave a budget of $500 =(

BF3 just needs to play on minimum and the i3 only has to last a year then we can upgrade to i5/i7 =) Same with GPU we can get away with one now, and upgrade to SLI/Crossfire later.

Thank you guys so much !

I will try my best to help with this one.

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Possibility to go to a micro center nearby?
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post #6 of 85
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Quote:
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Possibility to go to a micro center nearby?


We do not have MC here in SoCal.


If MicroCenter is ANYTHING like Fry's I would avoid it like the plague though.

Does anyone know if it is like Fry's?

50% of all parts at Frys are garbage. The prices are not comparable to online retailers.

The stores are BIG, Dirty, Disorganized, and the Salesmen, oh the salesman are worthless when it comes to their information.
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post #7 of 85
Some of the best prices for these two items:
i3 2100
500GB HDD

As far as Upgrading to an i5-2500K and a better/ second GPU, I wouldn't worry about that yet. Yes, It is nice to plan ahead for it. But your budget doesnt really allow for an expensive Mobo. If I were you, I would just get a H61/67 mobo and upgrade to a nice P67/Z68 mobo when you get a 2500K

For GPUs I would get a 560Ti if possible, but if that is too much, Dont go lower than a 6850 or a normal 560. Your budget should allow for atleast that.

For PSU you can grab a TX650, which would be enough for SLI 560 Ti's. You could even go with a CX430 and upgrade the PSU later as well. This will give you more $$ for a GPU. Since BF3 and SWTOR are very GPU intensive.

No need to grab a cooler for an i3- 2100 tongue.gif

The case is more of a personal preference IMO, what sort of case are you looking for? personally I like the NZXT Source.
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256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
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Acer 28" 4K Corsair AX750 Corsair 800D SWTOR Razer Naga 
AudioOtherOtherOther
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium XSPC RS120 8 x GT AP-15s White Sleeved Cables for Corsair AX750 
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Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3Ghz Asus P5G41T-M LX Plus EVGA GTX 680 2x4 GB 1333Mhz 
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1 sec..Why get an aftermarket cooler with an i3? (unless it's 1156) rolleyes.gif
Ok..Here's something with future upgradability..very small budget you have there..
Have to change out cpu/mobo + get 2nd videocard +cooler later for max performance.
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Why did I list that RAM?Look @ the cpu-z memory tab wink.gif
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great for sandy bridge..meh for AMD..but still OK :thumb.gif:

Link to RAM
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=samsung+ram&hl=en&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1289&bih=843&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=1693932428983254321&sa=X&ei=IBBPT9q1BaL-sQKH5cCyDg&ved=0CIkCEPMCMAU
Edited by Schmuckley - 3/1/12 at 10:14am
 
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post #9 of 85
543

Plus: 560 from the marketplace,

http://www.overclock.net/t/1220439/msi-gtx-560-135

edit: or this 6850 if your an ATI guy

http://www.overclock.net/t/1223092/asus-eah6850#post_16600096

Plus a 750gb HD from the marketplace.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1212786/1x-seagate-barracuda-750gb-7200-12-left-on-noes-o

thats:
$400
$135
$55
$585-$20 MIR
$565

That is amazing bang for your buck.
Edited by Hatchet - 3/1/12 at 9:27am
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Just waiting on the two guys from Marketplace and we will be all set =)

Renaming this thread the the $500 2500 killer!

And yes I know its big difference from $500-$585 but it sounds so much better haha. And of course it wont KILL the 2500 but my point here is that for a lot of students on a small budget it IS entirely possible to build a cheap, UPGRADE-ABLE rig that will give you some joy. Thanks to the fine folks of our community anyways.


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