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Old 09-12-2011, 07:14 PM   #26
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A little expensive, and not a desktop, but I would kill to be on BF3 with this bad boy upon release.

http://www.engadget.com/photos/razer-blade-0/#4396101
BF3 would run like **** on that.

There is no substitute for a desktop GPU.


Just do it yourself, dude. It won't take but a few hours and you will learn a bunch along the way. Don't forget to factor in a copy of windows in your budget... I always forget.
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A little expensive, and not a desktop, but I would kill to be on BF3 with this bad boy upon release.

http://www.engadget.com/photos/razer-blade-0/#4396101
As nifty as that is, I want a desktop.

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Whitford, if you can assemble an ikea table, you can assemble your own computer. Just get a static strip to go around your wrist and ground it, everything else is actually surprisingly easy. Plus you'll feel like a badass and save some dough.

Since you aren't going full nerd on it, don't bother with anything but air cooling, it should be fine. Don't bother with overclocking either. It's just a good way to void your warranty for a tiny performance bump and most likely burn up your hardware.
Thanks, super-ru.

I definitely wasn't planning on overclocking, nor using anything but air cooling. Since I'm a beginner, and will most likely be building it myself, I'll stay away from liquid for now.

I just want impressive performance. I don't want a rig that will be completely obsolete in 6 months.
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By the way, BF3 is essentially my benchmark at this point. I want to be able to play that game on HIGH settings, if not max.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:18 PM   #29
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By the way, BF3 is essentially my benchmark at this point. I want to be able to play that game on HIGH settings, if not max.
Just so you know the next gen video cards and intel's ivy bridge come out after christmas. If you can wait, it might be worth it... might be.
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Thanks for the encouragement.
Sure. It really is easy these days, nearly everything is keyed and standardized and you don't have to worry much about any kind of resource conflicts or anything.

The toughest part is getting the heat sink on the processor right.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:19 PM   #31
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Just so you know the next gen video cards and intel's ivy bridge come out after christmas. If you can wait, it might be worth it... might be.
Oh yeah? Hmmm, also good to know.

What is the Ivy Bridge?

Thanks.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:20 PM   #32
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I just spent $1800 at Microcenter and had them build me one while I picked out components, and couldn't be happier with it. There's a Microcenter at Orange County/Tustin wherever that's at and they're having a sweet 20% discount sale on parts.

http://www.microcenter.com/index.html

And I hate to go against the tide here but building a computer is gonna take you 5 hours. And it could very well be 5 hours of frustration.

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Old 09-12-2011, 07:21 PM   #33
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Oh yeah? Hmmm, also good to know.

What is the Ivy Bridge?

Thanks.
Just the next gen corei series. It's just smaller and faster. There aren't really too many details on the next gen vid cards from nvidia and ati, though.
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I just spent $1800 at Microcenter and had them build me one while I picked out components, and couldn't be happier with it. There's a Microcenter at Orange County/Tustin wherever that's at and they're having a sweet 20% discount sale on parts.

http://www.microcenter.com/index.html
Oh I didn't realize they would do that for you there. Was the high price tag because you built a serious performer, or because they built it for you?
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:23 PM   #35
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Personally, the next gen AMD chips are due very soon. I would just wait for that because Ivy Bridge is a long time away.

To be honest, the next gen AMD chips, Bulldozer, will be MORE than enough to play any game for years. Get a decent motherboard, GFX, power supply and you are set.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:24 PM   #36
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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
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This computer will make you giggle on BF3 64 player maps as you dog fight someone in 1900x1200 resolution on ultra graphics.

(I assume you have a monitor :X)
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$20.99


Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX/XL-ATX, come with Four Fans-1x Front Red LED 230mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147053
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$149.99
$129.99


EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Item #: N82E16814130621
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$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
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NVIDIA Gift - BATMAN Arkham City Game Coupon
Item #: N82E16800999283
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-$49.99 Saving
$49.99
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CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$119.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233143
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$114.99
$104.99


ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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$209.99


Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
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Total: $1,285

This computer will make you giggle on BF3 64 player maps as you dog fight someone in 1900x1200 resolution on ultra graphics.

(I assume you have a monitor :X)
Oof, now you're talking. And no, no monitor as of yet.
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Oof, now you're talking. And no, no monitor as of yet.
Alright well we can make a few adjustments for a decent monitor. Give me a second.
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Whitford. Can you wait a couple weeks? See what AMD does with their new chips and how it affects prices. The rumor, yes just rumor, is that the new Bulldozer chips will be a much better performer than the current Sandy Bridge Intel chips.

Might be worth just waiting a tad longer.

Personally I prefer a ATI video card over nVidia due to power consumption and heat.
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Oh I didn't realize they would do that for you there. Was the high price tag because you built a serious performer, or because they built it for you?
Serious performer, all the top end (and unnecessary for BF3 ) parts. It was 80 for the build and 40 for a windows install and guarantee. You can probably skip the windows install but I was just lazy and impatient.
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Alright well we can make a few adjustments for a decent monitor. Give me a second.
Thanks man.

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Whitford. Can you wait a couple weeks? See what AMD does with their new chips and how it affects prices. The rumor, yes just rumor, is that the new Bulldozer chips will be a much better performer than the current Sandy Bridge Intel chips.

Might be worth just waiting a tad longer.

Personally I prefer a ATI video card over nVidia due to power consumption and heat.
Absolutely, I'm in no rush.

I just want to be ready for The Old Republic when it comes out, even though that probably won't require serious firepower.
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I really recommend this computer site. Everything and anything you wish to know will be found here. They do all the benchmarking reviews and are all very friendly.

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/

Check it out. While you are at it you can ask them to also build you a computer in one of the sub forums.
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I really recommend this computer site. Everything and anything you wish to know will be found here. They do all the benchmarking reviews and are all very friendly.

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/

Check it out. While you are at it you can ask them to also build you a computer in one of the sub forums.
Thanks!
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:43 PM   #44
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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
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Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$20.99


Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX/XL-ATX, come with Four Fans-1x Front Red LED 230mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147053
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$149.99
$129.99


EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Item #: N82E16814130621
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$329.99
1

NVIDIA Gift - BATMAN Arkham City Game Coupon
Item #: N82E16800999283
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$49.99 Saving
$49.99
$0.00


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$119.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233143
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$114.99
$104.99


ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813131730
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$209.99


Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Item #: N82E16819115070
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$314.99


COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
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Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$1.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$59.99
$58.99

Total: $1,285

This computer will make you giggle on BF3 64 player maps as you dog fight someone in 1900x1200 resolution on ultra graphics.

(I assume you have a monitor :X)

nice, almost identical to my list!! Newegg for the win!!
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Here is a good all around build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883229221

Building a pc is a breeze as everyone stated. Just RTFM and take your time. The most tedious part is updating.

Newegg.com and tigerdirect.com are great part sources. You can also get a good Asus screen for 130ish.

Check out anandtech.com and tomshardware.com as they have great resources.

A great all around build would be based around a ATI 6850 and core i5. Bulldozer (AMD) is around the corner an if anything it will affect pricing.

Word of advice is research your butt off. Your Computer is only as fast as your slowest part.
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Here is a good all around build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883229221

Building a pc is a breeze as everyone stated. Just RTFM and take your time. The most tedious part is updating.

Newegg.com and tigerdirect.com are great part sources. You can also get a good Asus screen for 130ish.

Check out anandtech.com and tomshardware.com as they have great resources.

A great all around build would be based around a ATI 6850 and core i5. Bulldozer (AMD) is around the corner an if anything it will affect pricing.

Word of advice is research your butt off. Your Computer is only as fast as your slowest part.
Thanks so much for the input.
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Toms hardware does a system builder every couple months and they even break it into multiple budget ranges:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...a-pc,2969.html

Sharkyextreme has one for August:

http://www.sharkyextreme.com/guides/...le.php/3939161
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...a-pc,2969.html
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