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Hi guys, im looking into building a gaming PC for the first time and have around a 700 dollar budget, I have been doing some research and seeing that you have to make sure the components you buy are compatible with each other, I tired posting on the Newegg forums but got no help. You guys seem to have an awesome community around here and I was wondering if any of you have a good PC build for 700$. Its not extremely important but if I could order everything from the same place (like Newegg) it would be really nice. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated! Thanks! biggrin.gif

I also need windows 7 :/
Edited by AndrewJ - 3/9/12 at 9:47pm
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Do you have a microcenter close by? It might save you some money I am pretty sure they price match with newegg. What resolution do you plan on running bf3 at ? I'd probably suggest starting out with a i5 2500k if you plan to overclock with the rig. Probably a radeon 6950 2gb version of course. Their are a couple budget builds floating around in the intel general build forums maybe check them out and see what is recommened, and adjust to you budget i'll see what I can do in the morning and when others know about what resolution you plan running etc they wil post as well.
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Do you have a microcenter close by? It might save you some money I am pretty sure they price match with newegg. What resolution do you plan on running bf3 at ? I'd probably suggest starting out with a i5 2500k if you plan to overclock with the rig. Probably a radeon 6950 2gb version of course. Their are a couple budget builds floating around in the intel general build forums maybe check them out and see what is recommened, and adjust to you budget i'll see what I can do in the morning and when others know about what resolution you plan running etc they wil post as well.
thats not possible in a 700$ build buddy try it for your self and OP wants the OS in there too so out of question for a 2500k and a 6950 2GB
OP you need a RIG for 600$ basically if you want the OS in there i would suggest you a AMd build or if you have no overclocking in mind then a i3 2120 or something like that smile.gif
Are you going to overclock the Rig ????? have you done it before ???
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Do you have a microcenter close by? It might save you some money I am pretty sure they price match with newegg. What resolution do you plan on running bf3 at ? I'd probably suggest starting out with a i5 2500k if you plan to overclock with the rig. Probably a radeon 6950 2gb version of course. Their are a couple budget builds floating around in the intel general build forums maybe check them out and see what is recommened, and adjust to you budget i'll see what I can do in the morning and when others know about what resolution you plan running etc they wil post as well.
thats not possible in a 700$ build buddy try it for your self and OP wants the OS in there too so out of question for a 2500k and a 6950 2GB
OP you need a RIG for 600$ basically if you want the OS in there i would suggest you a AMd build or if you have no overclocking in mind then a i3 2120 or something like that smile.gif
Are you going to overclock the Rig ????? have you done it before ???
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The recommended GPU for BF3 is a 6950 or a 560ti. I think you're going to have to raise your budget or lower your expectations. You could always browse used as well.
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thats not possible in a 700$ build buddy try it for your self and OP wants the OS in there too so out of question for a 2500k and a 6950 2GB
OP you need a RIG for 600$ basically if you want the OS in there i would suggest you a AMd build or if you have no overclocking in mind then a i3 2120 or something like that smile.gif
Are you going to overclock the Rig ????? have you done it before ???

I cant say that I have any experience with overclocking, thanks for the replies guys!
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The recommended GPU for BF3 is a 6950 or a 560ti. I think you're going to have to raise your budget or lower your expectations. You could always browse used as well.

Ah dang, I was hoping to be able to get a good BF3 capable build, I can get this laptop used for 600 dollars. Does it look capleable of running bf3? I saw some youtube videos of the Radeon HD 5870 running it ok. (Running on Low, Medium wont bother me, not looking to run BF on ultra with 60 FPS).
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it's more like a $600 budget for the cp since you need an OS. But it's doable. I just built a PC that maxes out Skyrim and will test BF3. I think I spent like $450. However, I got used GPU and Hard Drive. I would suggest you get those to parts used here in the market place since it helps a lot with that budget.

A 560 Overclocked will run BF3 High/Ultra until Vram limit kicks in if you crank up AA.
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If you have access to Micro Center then this build is easy (assuming you already have OS):

i5 2500K - $179.99 + tax @ Micro Center or nearby Fry's price match
Biostar TZ68A+ - $59.99 + tax ($50 off as a bundle with CPU) @ Micro Center or nearby Fry's price match
Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600 - $39.99 shipped on Amazon
EVGA GTX 480 - $209.99 on Newegg or $219.99 on Tiger right now (see online deals section)
Corsair CX600 - $59.99 shipped on Amazon
NZXT Source 220 case - $54.99 shipped on Newegg (not counting the $10 rebate)

That should leave you around $70-80 left for HDD out of the $700 budget. If MC store isn't within your reach, then that $70-80 will end up covering the regular price for CPU + motherboard, which means you'll have to extend your budget a bit for the HDD. This list is, in fact, part of the $800 rig I'm building for a friend, and with that budget I'm able to include a 64GB Crucial M4 + some used 500-640GB HDD off of eBay.
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