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So my brother wants me to build him a gaming rig. That's basically all he wants to do: game. I was wondering of you guys have any rigs dedicated to gaming and could share some specs so I can get an idea for parts. He wants it to run games like BF3 at high settings, so what type of gpu should a be looking for? And would I have a bottlenecking problem if I went with a powerful gpu and, lets say an i3 processor? I'm also trying to build this for under $600. Appreciate the feedback.
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So my brother wants me to build him a gaming rig. That's basically all he wants to do: game. I was wondering of you guys have any rigs dedicated to gaming and could share some specs so I can get an idea for parts. He wants it to run games like BF3 at high settings, so what type of gpu should a be looking for? And would I have a bottlenecking problem if I went with a powerful gpu and, lets say an i3 processor? I'm also trying to build this for under $600. Appreciate the feedback.
An i3 will be okay, as long as he isn't playing on 64M multiplayer servers, a for $600, you might be able to get BF3 to run on high without AA at 30+ FPS... You might be able to pop in a 7950 in there too and then you will only get low FPS on highly populated servers....

Here is a quick build, I went a little over for a 7950 $600 build! (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Foxconn H61MXV Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.66 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $605.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Edited by Ironman517 - 11/16/12 at 12:40pm
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As long as the i3 is an ivy bridge there should be not bottlenecking. I would recommend a phenom x6 and a 7850 or something like that. I assume he's not going to be oc'ing so there's no point of getting an expensive mobo.

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Originally Posted by Ironman517 View Post

An i3 will be okay, as long as he isn't playing on 64M multiplayer servers, a for $600, you might be able to get BF3 to run on high without AA at 30+ FPS... You might be able to pop in a 7950 in there too....
Here is a quick build, I went a little over for a 7950 $600 build! (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list
CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Foxconn H61MXV Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.66 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $605.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

That looks pretty decent, he can always scale down the videocard slightly to reduce his budget. I was thinking given that the i3-2120 is $110, and the the i3-3220 is $115, he might as well go IVY and get all the improved IPC and reduced power consumption benefits.
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post #5 of 25
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An i3 will be okay, as long as he isn't playing on 64M multiplayer servers, a for $600, you might be able to get BF3 to run on high without AA at 30+ FPS... You might be able to pop in a 7950 in there too and then you will only get low FPS on highly populated servers....
Here is a quick build, I went a little over for a 7950 $600 build! (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list
CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Foxconn H61MXV Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.66 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $605.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Windows excluded

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That looks pretty decent, he can always scale down the videocard slightly to reduce his budget. I was thinking given that the i3-2120 is $110, and the the i3-3220 is $115, he might as well go IVY and get all the improved IPC and reduced power consumption benefits.

Only problem with going for Ivy, is that most motherboards only support it with a bios update, thus making the only suitable motherboard a more expensive H77 or Z77 board. Otherwise he will need a SB CPU to apply the update for ivy.
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post #7 of 25
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Thanks for the fast replies and recommendations. Is there any reason why I shouldn't go with an AMD processor?
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We don't know that yet. Is he going to be doing any parallel tasking, i.e. video capture wtih FRAPS

post #9 of 25
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No he won't be doing any of that. Strictly just games. I was just thinking amd to cut costs.
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No he won't be doing any of that. Strictly just games. I was just thinking amd to cut costs.
An i3 or even G850 will be better and cheaper for games. I personally would stick with SB so you can grab a H61 board with it to reduce costs.
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