Sep 17, 2012
Hello everyone! Basically as the title suggests, i'm looking to build a gaming rig that can run Bf3 on ultra at least 60fps. This will be my first build, and since I lack sufficient knowledge of hardware compatibility, your guidance would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking at spending around 1200-1300 for the entire system.

Budget Range:1200-1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing BF3 and other games highest quality

Parts Not Required: keyboard, and mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: States

Parts Preferences: i5-2500k, 1080p resolution monito

Overclocking: preferable

SLI or Crossfire: yes

Monitor Resolution: 1080p



No reason to purchase 2500K on a $1400 budget.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1318.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-17 18:01 EDT-0400)

The difference will be more than enough to get a nice monitor without going over too muc, I don't really suggest that as it's a lot of personal preference.
This build allows you to add a second one of those cards later on for a dual card set up which is good seeing how BF3 was coded to take advantage of SLI/Crossfire. There isn't any reviews on that board yet for the fact it was just released less than a week ago. $90.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA $152.98 save: $8.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $215.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K $32.42 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $60.96 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25) $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software $91.05 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack $134.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

Total: $881.16*not including shipping & rebates $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 Windforce OC 2048MB GDDR5 256-bit PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Graphics Card

or... $309.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $299.99
MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition Graphics Card with Triple Overvoltage and Enhanced PWM Design (N660TI PE 2GD5/OC)

or... $329.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $314.99
MSI AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7950 TWIN FROZR 3GD5/OC

or... $259.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $244.99
MSI Radeon HD7870, 2GB GDDR5, Mini DisplayPortx2, DVI-I, HDMI, PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC

or... $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD <----- another look at that case <----- another look at that monitor <----- another look at that Asrock board $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW <---- another look at that case

You have a board meant for dual cards yet a psu that will only run a single one of those cards and not two.

You have an 850w psu meant to push two of those cards yet a board that is mean to run a single card set up. That board runs dual cards @ x4 instead of the normal x8.


Aug 18, 2012

Thank you buddy! i will fix that right away.


Dec 31, 2011
i5 3570k
asus/giga/msi/asrock mobo that can do dual cards
gtx 670 or 7870 whichever you can get cheaper(get 1 now and add 1 later)
g.skill 8gb ripjaws x/ares or the corsair one whichever you can get cheaper at 1600mhz cl9
nice corsair case
intel 330 120gb ssd (so far its reliable i got a couple of these and works wonder)
samsung f3 1tb
seasonic 600-700W 80plus bronze/gold or go with
corsair hx600/700 80plus silver or their TX600/700 80plus bronze

samsung/lg/asus/dell 1920x1080 23" monitor with at least 5ms gtg or lower
win 7 home premium 64 bit

then to save money try buy a aftermarket cooler next time once you give your pc some few months stretch.


Sep 17, 2012
Thanks for the quick responses. Quick question, I forgot to mention bf3, and maybe GW2 would be included in my budged. If I decide to go with the i5-2500k, will it bottleneck the gtx 660ti, Radeon HD 7970 or 7950? Also, which one of these cards would be the better choice in your opinion?

Forget the 2500K. You don't want that with a Z77 board, you want a 3570K. Also I edited that post up above and added the GTX 660 as another option like that factory over clocked Gigabyte card I posted. 670 > 7950 > 660 ti> 7870 > 660 although it also depends on what game your playing at the time. Those cards all hang together neck and neck but again some excel at certain games.


Sep 17, 2012
You guys are the SHIIIIITTT! If I wanted to say bring the total cost of all components plus bf3 ($60) too around $1300, what would be the best place to cut corners. For the record, luckily I can acquire Windows 7 through my university for free.

If you go with the 300R and not the 400R that cuts $11 off that build I posted...which btw that 300R is at the bottom of that build post along with a link to the Corsair site so you can get a better look at that case. Other than that though I can't see any corners to cut other than your choice of video card.,3297.html <---- this review has some benchmarks to check out that include a few of those cards I posted up above. Check out the gaming benches on that link for sure. Best to do some googling on reviews to see what card to go for depending on the games you play and of course what your budget will allow without gutting that build. You want a "balanced build". <----- here's another good review with benches to check out. Mind you all these reviews are done with cards that have referenced cooling and they don't over clock near as well as the cards with non reference cooling. All the cards I posted up above have non reference cooling...and that's what you want. A good cooling system for your card can be a big plus.



Yeah that would be one place to cut corners. Another place would be storage - if you don't need the SSD right away you can drop that for a 7200 RPM hard drive and save quite a bit of money, and if you don't really need to overclock you can drop the CPU from the 3570K to the 3450.