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Friend wanted a build for less than 1k that will run BF3 and in the future BF4- don't think hes worried about 100% maxing them out- and he doesn't care for overclocking etc... just wants a stable machine w/ a good future.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=26555207

I suppose I could get a lot of this at microcenter for cheaper- might even check that out tonight, newegg just tends to be easier to browse quickly.

Thanks for the opinions!
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I would definitely check out Microcenter to see what kind of deals you can get on a mobo/CPU combo. You should be able to upgrade him to a Z77/3570k and still save some cash. This is what I put together based upon his budget and giving him a little more power.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $918.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 19:11 EST-0500)

Definitely go for a stronger GPU than a 560, since it's going to be already behind on the current technology curve. Went for a better PSU as well, and a better HDD. Samsung Wonder ram because it's extremely good ram, and pretty cheap currently.

560 vs 7870 benchmark for comparison on the GPU. He'll definitely want a 7870 to be able to play BF4 at good settings. Maybe he could even push up to a Gigabyte 7950 for even more future-proofing.
Edited by Shiromar - 1/24/13 at 4:11pm
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If you are just keeping it under $1k get a 660TI and grab an SSD unless you don't think he could do the file management.
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I find this day in age a SSD is a must for Windows OS even if its just a 64-128gb to get rid of windows overhead making the 2nd Drive which would be a standard HD would run a lot faster. Not to mention boots times and loads times of whatever is on the SSD is almost instant
    
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I find this day in age a SSD is a must for Windows OS even if its just a 64-128gb to get rid of windows overhead making the 2nd Drive which would be a standard HD would run a lot faster. Not to mention boots times and loads times of whatever is on the SSD is almost instant

True, but for someone who's not even willing to overclock, I find it hard to believe that he'd want to spend money on something that's not technically going to net him any performance while gaming. I would never go back to running without a SSD, but for someone who isn't interested in getting the most out of their system, he's probably fine with a regular HDD. I also doubt he'd want to spend the time to manage the SSD and set it up. Then again, I may be just making generalizations that aren't true based on the fact he's not interested in OCing at all.
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Thanks everyone (especially that first reply that was great) I think i am going to hunt the prices a bit more- MC def has some better numbers.

Also- I just picked the 560 cause it looked good enough- I 've never gone to AMD but perhaps it's worth it for once smile.gif looks that way.
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True, but for someone who's not even willing to overclock, I find it hard to believe that he'd want to spend money on something that's not technically going to net him any performance while gaming. I would never go back to running without a SSD, but for someone who isn't interested in getting the most out of their system, he's probably fine with a regular HDD. I also doubt he'd want to spend the time to manage the SSD and set it up. Then again, I may be just making generalizations that aren't true based on the fact he's not interested in OCing at all.

This is my thought exactly, I've had a good deal of tweaking to get my M4 working dead on- id rather not give that trouble to him- PLUS for it to make sense (installing games you frequent on the SSD) hes going to have learn all that... which Isn't much- but for the average user might be.

A simple 1tb drive works i think just fine, this thing is gonna be a 100x faster than the crap he has now anyway.
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post #7 of 15
Don't get the TR2 600W, it has dual 12V rails (about half of the 12V power is on one, and a little less than half on the other).
Get the Rosewill Green 630W, its cheaper and will provide more power for your friend's rig. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200
Also, get the Corsair Carbde 200R, it has more room and is easier to work with. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018
For the GPU, get a GTX 660, because Nvidia's GPUs seem to work better in Battlefield 3 (than AMD GPUs).
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For a $1000 why are you not fitting in a 3570k and a Z77 board? ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is $124 after rebate @Newegg, 3570k is $229.99 @ Newegg. That still gives you almost $650 to figure out the rest. You can grab a used (Like New) 7870 off of Amazon.com for $205. Leaving you with $450 for the rest. Samsung Low Volt 32nm (Magic Ram) is $40 for 8GB, it's 1600MHz Ram and overclocks to 1866 or 2133MHz. Now you're at $400 basically. A 650W Rosewill Capstone is $90. Now you're at $300. Throw in the Antec case you wanted, now you're at $240. Take off another $40 for a CM Hyper 212 Evo. Leaving you with $200. Throw in the 1TB Seagate Barracuda, the LG DVD Burner, and the Windows 8 OS and you're at your budget.

Now you can overclock the CPU to 4.4/4.5GHz no problem. Maximizing performance in all area. You have a quality MOBO with a lot of features.. You aren't bottlenecked by 1333MHz ram (and can overclock the ram if you want to). You have a decently nice GPU. A solid PSU. All of that still within budget.

Opt for an SSD at a later date, or stretch the budget a little more and grab a 180GB Intel 330 Series off of Amazon.com for $130 (again used but basically brand new, just open box)
post #9 of 15
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I'm just concerned im over doing it- this guy doesn't "do" computers like me or you [guys, ocn] ... I think he would get just as much entertainment out of a 600-700 dollar machine as he would a 1k... hes not going to see or notice the difference if BF takes 20 seconds longer to load ... hes used to a crap Xbox 360... even the crappiest modern gaming pc is going to blow his mind...

Just don't wanna rip a friend off haha...
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I'm just concerned im over doing it- this guy doesn't "do" computers like me or you [guys, ocn] ... I think he would get just as much entertainment out of a 600-700 dollar machine as he would a 1k... hes not going to see or notice the difference if BF takes 20 seconds longer to load ... hes used to a crap Xbox 360... even the crappiest modern gaming pc is going to blow his mind...

Just don't wanna rip a friend off haha...

If he's spending a $1000 then go with the build above. If he only wants to spend $600-700 then figure something else out. You'd be ripping him off if you didn't get the most for his money. If you want to convert people to PC Gaming, you need to do them justice with the money they are spending. Otherwise there computer will be outdated in a year or two, and won't be able to play modern titles. Then they will abandon the build altogether and go back to consoles. Basically just throwing away money.
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