Building A PC For Battlefield 3 - writes: So DICE have had no quarms admitting that the PC version of the upcoming Battlefield 3 is the bee's knees. You want to experience it on the lead platform, however when you look in the corner and see your dusty white box of shame your heart sinks a little. You want to upgrade but you don't know where to start. Well that's okay because we have you covered. Check out our three builds below that will service all your Battlefield 3 needs.

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toaster2513d ago

Awful.. SB i3's run circles around the Phenom II X6. There is not a reason to get an AMD platform for gaming.

* Those i7 2600 are locked, and a cheaper 2500K with a modest overclock will outperform a 2600 any day.

* The picture of the case for "The Overkill Build" isn't what is listed....

*A 560 Ti would be better than a 6950, about the same performance but nVidia has more features like Physx, CUDA, 3D Vision, the consumer will just get more value from nVidia than AMD cards.

*$1000 is a not "budget", I could put together a $600 that would play BF3 easily.

Newtype2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

560ti is actually better than the 6870....not the 6950. The 570 outdoes the 6950. The 6950 usually comes with more VRAM so it will outperform the 560ti in higher resolutions.

Also, the big problem with ATi/AMD cards is the driver support. Hardware is great, but the driver updates suck making their cards lack proper optimization.

Edit: @below, when they bought out ATi.

malol2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

yay :D
I have a 560ti
anyway i upgraded my windows from 32 to 64
so now i have

intel i5 650 @3.20GHZ
nVidia 560ti factory overclocked @950
windows home basic 64bit
and a 4GB ram

hope i can run this game with high or mid settings

toaster2513d ago

Yeh my mistake regarding the graphics card, I wasn't paying attention. Still, I'd suggest nVidia over AMD. You can get a 570 for ~$300 if you look in the right places.

@ malol

You'll be able to play it fine dude, your system is up to snuff. That i5 is a bit old but I'm sure it won't be a problem.

malol2513d ago

i know dude
but i didn't have enough money to buy any other CPU back then

so it'll have to do for now

stevenhiggster2513d ago


You'll be fine with that, there were people in the alpha with much lesser systems than that and it ran fine.

Crazyglues2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

Well I don't know about all that but I just installed the latest drivers for my 6870 the Catalyst Control Center.. 11.7

and ever since then my Graphics card is running lovely.. it handles whatever I throw at it..

Crysis 2 Maxed Out all ultra high setting, just beasting...

intel i7 2600k @ 4.4GHZ
ATI 6870 not even overclocked @880 -it already runs everything
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
and 8 GB ram

My PC is just waiting to eat this game up.. also going to get it on PS3, too many friends that I play with going to be on there, so going to have to pick this up twice..


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caseh2513d ago

Wow, I been out of the loop with regards to building PCs for years now, I just make do with a laptop and use consoles for games. Since when did AMD do GFX cards? Or was that a typo?

steve30x2513d ago

AMD Bought ATI a few years ago. ATI graphics cards arent as good as they used to be since AMD bought the company. I used to buy ATI Graphics cards only until they were bought out by AMD.

I am just waiting for the day ATI graphics cards match Nvidia or are better than NVidia. Ive had an ATI 4870 and it was no match for the GTX280 I bought three weeks later.

jaosobno2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

Yeah, AMD bought ATI, primarily because they wanted them for their Fusion chips (APUs). Turns out it was a great decision :)

Seriously, all this talk of PC gaming made me decide to pass on next gen consoles (and basically ignore my PS3) and assemble a new PC. I'm waiting for AMD Bulldozer/Southern Islands to hit the store shelves and it will be something like this:

- AMD Southern Islands GPU (7970). Was interested in nVidia Kepler, however those are not to be expected until 2012. Moreover, AMD will introduce GCN arhitecture in 79xx series while Kepler looks like just a die shrink from Fermi
- AMD Bulldozer FX-6100 (or Core i5 2500K if AMD fails in benchmarks). FX-8150 is a bit too expensive for me.
- 8 GB RAM
- 600W Corsair GS series PSU
- some Asus/Gigabyte MBO (nothing too expensive)

TABSF2513d ago

@ jaosobno

Sounds like one epic rig in the making, I'm also hoping bulldozer is good. will bring Intel prices down fast if it was.

Bulldozer and Southern Islands all within a 3 month window. AMD is really punching for the stars.

No doubt Intel will dominate in 2012 with Ivy Bridge.
Nvidia is going to be the unknown in 2012 though, Kepler looks good on paper but so did Fermi and we all know how that turned out.

Rumours last November was that Nvidia was going to do a 28nm die shrink of Fermi before Kepler.
Just wait and see I guess.

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TABSF2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

i3 is an outrageous statement from you.
Of course in single-threaded programs the i3 would beat any AMD CPU on the market.
However as we have seen, most games support Dual-Quad cores with some scaling higher. BF3 is a multi-threaded game like most these days.

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - 1100T destroys i3 in multi-threaded applications.
Sandy Bridge architecture is far superior to Thuban but not enough for a DualCore to out beat a HexCore

* I agree with getting a 2500k, better price to performance plus huge overclocking headroom
* I agree that getting a Nvidia card open more technologies, however a HD 6950 is better than 560 Ti plus it can be unlocked to a HD 6970.
* I agree that these components seem overpriced, looks like someone has not done their research properly.

1100T should cost about the same as a 2500K, I would get the 2500k.
The cases look cheap to me, rather get one of the following:
* Silverstone Temjin TJ07B
* Antec 300
* Corsair 600T (That Thermaltake SpinQ VT looks like a cheap copy)

@ caseh ATi branding has bee, Was ATi Radeon HD, now AMD Radeon HD.

bumnut and peowpeow are correct, Quad or higher with a Dual its pants even at 1024 by 768 medium quality.

bumnut2513d ago

Doesn't BF3 recommend a quad core? that would make an i3 redundant straight away.

RankFTW2513d ago

6950 cannot be unlocked to 6970 anymore, only the original v1 could and that's been out of production for a long time now.

peowpeow2513d ago

Didn't the recent benchmark show the i3 (and older dual cores) at 20-30 fps with a gtx 580 compared to any quad core (50+)

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Semir2513d ago

My AMD machine is going to destroy BF3.

- Phenom II X3 720 BE (clocked 3.5 Ghz)
- Sapphire 6970 (v2) 2Gb DDR5
- 8Gb DDR3 RAM

Intel is overpriced.

steve30x2513d ago

My Intel machine will destroy your machine in the game.

-Intel core I5 760 @ 3.6GHZ
-8GB DDR3 1600MHZ ram
-Nvidia GTX580

Gran Touring2513d ago

... I just plan on playing the game

-Intel core2 quad q9550 @ 3.4 ghz
-6 gb DDR3 RAM @ 1333 MHz
-EVGA GTX 560ti SC edition

Resistance2513d ago

You should get another 580 like i did xD

RankFTW2513d ago

My machine will destroy your machine and his machine in this game.

-Intel core I5 2500K @ 4.8GHZ
-8GB DDR3 @ 1700MHZ
-SLI MSI 580 GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition @ 1000/5000

steve30x2512d ago (Edited 2512d ago )

@ rankftw : I plan on buying a Z68 motherboard with a 2500K myself too. Also I dont see a need for GTX580's in SLI unless you have a dual monitor. I havent played any games that are less than two years old that this GTX 580 owns. Im going to throw in a 40GB SSD for the intel smart response.

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tepkisiz2513d ago

I am afraid you are heavily CPU-limited with that setup. It isnt wise to couple a 6970 with a tri-core AMD. Look here:

Motorola2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

Uh..Phenom II X3 destroying BF3? Even overclocked, I dont think so... the i5 2500k will probably destroy it more. And intel is not overpriced, their processors are great.

RyuStrife2513d ago

This is what I would build for a high-range computer:

Asus P8Z68 Deluxe - $250
i7 2600K - $315
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $60
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600 - $60
CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 - $181 ($171 with rebate)
MSI TI HAWK 560 ti SLI - $540
ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II - $500 ($470 with rebate)
NZXT HAVIK-140 CPU Cooler - $73 (Not a fan of liquid cooling)
LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive 22X - $24

Case: It's your choice how you want it. Just make sure it fits all of this.

But: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout - $80
Prices are from newegg

SLI Build total: $1583
580 build total: $1543 Both at original price no rebate.

I would add blu-ray but it's not necessary.

Voila! I can now play BF3 at Max Settings 1080p

limewax2513d ago

That's one expensive game! I'm building a PC myself but not for BF3, for lots of games (BF3 included) and more importantly a rig that can handle modern SDK's.

Your build ideas are sort of similar to mine aside from the graphics cards. Making a cut back on that department initially, then shelling out for the 590 when its a bit more affordable

Doc-Holliday2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

The 590 is a great concept but unfortunately it is a poorly designed card with high failure rates. Its so bad in fact that Nvidia disabled overclocking the card with the latest drivers.

I suggest sticking with a 580 which is a phenomenal card and maybe adding another in sli down the road when they drop in price.

580s are great overclockers too, so you can close the gap quite a bit between a 580 and 590 with reference cooling. And it is fast enough for any game right now anyway

limewax2513d ago

Really? Thanks for the heads up, I will have to look into that. Least the 580 has a 3Gb model available too

Doc-Holliday2513d ago

No problem, yeah the 3gb model is awesome if you are into multi-screen gaming or 2560x1600 res. very expensive though.

I own an evga 580 1.5gb. its a great card, i was planning on going sli but i honestly dont need it right now. i recommend evga: lifetime warranty and step up program.

tepkisiz2513d ago

These machines are all waste of money!

You dont need a 1000$ computer for BF3. An old 3 Ghz quadcore with 4 Gb Ram and an OCed GTX 460/6850 would be enough to play the game with all eyecandy.

starchild2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

Funny enough I just built my brother a rig for a bit over $600 with an overclocked hd 6850, 4GB of RAM, and a Phenom II X4.

He hopes to get decent performance on Battlefield 3 and other upcoming games.

I told him that it will run the majority of games at highest settings and the most demanding games at decent settings.

Considering that a computer does a lot more in our lives than just play games I don't think $635 is that much money to spend.

I don't think it is a waste to spend more, though. Some people want the smoothest performance possible on all games and it's worth the extra money to them. I'm kind of in between. I don't have to have the top of the line, but I like to go above the midrange.

tepkisiz2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

I am talking for BF3. I recently upgraded to an i5 2500k @4 Ghz myself but I am also doing modelling/rendering on my machine. I have been using a Q6600 @3.2 ghz for 3 years and guess how my FPS in games changed: VERY LITTLE.

That CPU is overkill for gaming except for one or two PC-exclusives like Arma 2. I'd say wait for next generation of consoles to upgrade from a quad core.

Doc-Holliday2513d ago

LOL tepkisiz good luck getting more than 20 fps with that video card. unless you are running sub-720p

Fishy Fingers2513d ago

i5 2500k, 4-8gb ram and GTX570.

Something alone those lines would be fine, throw in a little ocerclocking maybe. Complete build £8-900 and no more upgrades for a few years at least.

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