Note: Prices are Canadian and shipping not included. Both are within the budget of $700 including OS.
My build has some sacrifices on the PSU and the the HDD but you get a decent GPU and great CPU.
CPU - i5-2500k - $175 - http://computerpartsdrives.com/lightspeed.php/intel-core-i5-i5-2500k-3-30-ghz-processor-socket-h2-lga-1155.html
-- PM at NCIX.com since I haven't a clue what this site is
Mobo - MSI Z77 - $80 After MIR ($90) - http://ncix.com/products/?sku=74287&promoid=1265
RAM - Samsung 8GB - $45 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096
Storage - 1TB Seagate/WD - $70 - http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&promoid=1265
GFX - GTX 550Ti - $90 - http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59501&vpn=01G-P3-1556-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1265
Case - Z9 - $30 After MIR ($40) - http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57909&vpn=Z9&manufacture=ZALMAN%20TECH
Windows - $65 - http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/pd/productID.216644200/flyout.true
There's about $70 after the MIR is back left over for the PSU (50 if you don't wait)
~400-550W should be enough even with some OC'ing (I'm currently running i5-2500k+z68itx mobo+560Ti off 450W so wouldn't worry too much about power)
<- can get this on surprise sales for <$10
This is all assuming the PM for the computerpartsdrives.com worked... if it doesn't then it's 209 for the CPU which'll leave about $33 for a PSU... The 550Ti should play bf3 on medium iirc (had the 550Ti + Q6600 playing bf3 prior).
My Specs btw.
Intel i3-2100 (3.1GHz)
GTX 550 Ti
playing on 1920x1080 resolution, Ultra settings, MSAA Off, AF 16x
Got like 30-45 fps but these fps drops is really annoying me >_<
from the BF3 forums not from me just a quick google. So it should be okay.
The Samsung RAM is apparently a good OC'er as found in these forums btw.
This is more of a CPU centric with future GFX upgrade options at least... In terms of CPU performance you should be set GPU performance could be better... A GPU centric is what I'm looking for now...
Okay so not so budget friendly but obviously I went for a different look....
Please use this thread as reference... http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1038396721
... actually http://www.overclock.net/t/1240186/planning-watercooled-itx-any-smaller-parts-i7-3770k-hd7870 http://www.overclock.net/t/1304272/best-graphic-card-that-will-fit-in-a-sg05
CPU: i3-3225 - $140 - http://ncix.com/products/?sku=75430&promoid=1265
RAM: Samsung 8GB (only kuz they are nice
can replace for cheaper ones though) - $45 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096
HDD: 1TB Seagate (or WD is the same price) - $70 - http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&promoid=1265
Case/PSU: SG05 - $120 -http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71536
Motherboard - ASUS - $61.22 PM Hookbag - PM From http://ncix.com/products/?sku=76051&promoid=1360
- To this price - http://www.hookbag.ca/product/H3C0CMVYQ/
GFX - XFX 7870 - $215 After MIR ($235 before) - http://ncix.com/products/?sku=69829&promoid=1265
Windows: Unfortunately you gotta ditch it ... meaning either legit or not so... IMO if you really need windows and have a SATA hdd from your old pc use that as a temp and buy windows... otherwise drop from the 7870 to the 6870 http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62756&vpn=HD687AZHFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1265
and grab the $65 windows... which'll set you a bit over budget at ~$720.
Based on what I recall these should work ...
Another note... if you slash the PSU from somewhere, grab a 7850 for about $170 and dump the HDD for something cheaper/reusing... you can get the i5+7850 combo (http://forums.redflagdeals.com/me-ne-asus-directcu-ii-radeon-hd-7850-2gb-video-card-169-99-ar-pm-1232537/
).... you might even get a PSU from someone here for cheap. That is also an option if you'd like used parts. For my first build I bought a new processor and board for 1/3rd of the price I'd get from retailers from the classifieds (pure luck) I knew I wouldn't expect warranty though (although it lasted for 3 years before I sold it).Edited by JQuantum - 9/24/12 at 12:43pm