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Old August 29, 2011, 09:14 PM
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So as the title states I am looking to build a new computer for BF3. I have about ~$1000 to spend. I am not counting a new monitor/mice/keyboard/case into this $1000 price point, so just the components themselves.

So far I got 2x Corsair XMS CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit. They were on a pretty damn good sale so I bought them. They are not included in the $1000 either.

I am guessing i5 2500K, but besides that I am completely lost. Could you guys advise?
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Old August 29, 2011, 09:47 PM
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yup,2500k with your choice of board

go for a 912 as far as case goes

6950 2gb for gpu

maybe a small ssd for os with our without caching to your mechanical drive(z68 chipsetted board)

look for a nice sammy 24 incher. you should be able to fit the bill for 1k easily.

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Old August 29, 2011, 10:01 PM
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Any advice on the mobo? I already got monitors so I am fine with those
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Old August 29, 2011, 10:19 PM
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well,what do you like? asus? giga? msi? first and last have rma faciities in toronto. giga is in the states last i checkered.

you can go anywhere from 100-200 dollars for the mobo,depending on what features you need and what kind of overclocks,if any,
you would like. the asus pro is popular. ud3/4 from giga as well. try to score in the z68 chipset family.

the only thing which might not be the clearest answer right now,aside from the cpu with your multithreaded apps(hint bulldozer 8 cores)

, is the gpu. since new stuff is about to hit.

or so they always say :p
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Old August 29, 2011, 10:44 PM
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Yeah, I was reading about the new releases of the Bulldozers and the graphics cards. But then I also read to actually get a hold of one will be until late November. My thoughts right now, if I wait 4 months chances are in 4 months the newer updated ones will also be coming, and I'll be stuck in the same scenario as before.

And wont the Bulldozer need a different mobo, and overall cost more?
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Old August 29, 2011, 10:52 PM
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Bulldozer is expected to cost nearly the same as the sandy bridge i5 and i7s, so about 200-300$. The thing is that no one really knows how well or poorly they will perform. Some motherboard on the market are supposed to be compatible with bulldozer I think they are the AM3+ (please correct if i'm wrong)

For 1000$ I would do something like
2500k - 200$
Asus mobo - 150$
gtx570 - 250$
PSU - 80$
120gb SSD - 200$
2tb HDD - 80$
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Old August 29, 2011, 10:53 PM
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8 core dozer(forgot about the ghz) around 2500k price. multithreading wise,like rendering and such i'll put my money on them vs the i5 for sure.

va the we'll have to see.

gaming?(where per thread per ghz performance counts a lot for the first few cores ) im not sure,before reading a proper review.


also there was talk of the cpu load balancing smartly or such so that could play a big factor or two..if memory serves well(today :p)

anyway,right now the 2500k is king. if you told me you would render and such as well, 2600 or wait for dozer.

and as far as board goes, looks like intel has learned from amd to charge less for good boards, more liek in the 100 dollar range or so.

before a 100-150 dollar amd board for intel was like 200+ lol.
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Old August 30, 2011, 12:03 AM
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It will just be used for gaming/movies. I am going to wait at least until September because of all the MIR expire in 2 days... Maybe AMD will make my life easier and announce something...

Anyways, so I was looking at some of the mobos. And I want the choice of SLI/Crossfire just in case. So that removes the Asus Pro if I read correctly on newegg.

Besides that is there anything I should really look for in the mobo? Why only Z68, P67 seems fine for me considering I will be running dedicated graphics and if I do decide to use an SSD (which I am unsure of at the moment) I would have a small one just for the operating system.

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Old August 30, 2011, 10:08 AM
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yes,look for how much componentry is found on the pcb. nothing much? no good for oc.

lots lots and some more? should be ok.

and do try z68. just in case

and the second line in me last post should read : 'vs the i7 we'll have to see.'
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Old August 30, 2011, 05:02 PM
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look at my thread i was able to make a pretty solid buildup at just over 1000$ no monitor.

2500k
asus p8z68-v pro
corsair a70 cooler
gskill 1600mhz 8gb ram
asus 6950 2gb reference
2tb hitachi deskstar 7300k
60gb patriot pyro ssd
coolermaster 690 advanced with 2 extra fans

pretty happy all in all.
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