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chuanwai
21-09-2011, 04:05 PM
Hey, so recently looked at the requirements for the upcoming bf3 game, and was comparing it with my computer discovered i could barely meet the minimum specs. I have no idea about the new processor out atm and what's good value for money, im looking at spending roughly 600~ on upgrading my current one i will be needing processor,mb and ram. I have the rest sorted, looked into this http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=648/ID=13536/SID=119636837/productdetails.html anyone have any advice on anyone better? p.s i don't need overclocking features.

Cheers.

Speedy Gonzales
21-09-2011, 04:10 PM
If you could save another 120 you could get this (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=15603)

dugimodo
21-09-2011, 04:33 PM
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=15523
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14245
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14263

Comes to a little over $600 but they have combo deals that would reduce it slightly, other sites have cheaper RAM that could save you some money also.
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA27268 for example.

I would reccomend an i5 over an i3 for a better long term build, i3 is great but quad core is becoming the norm and game writers will likely take advantage of that at some point.
Any Z68 or P67 board from a good brand should do the Job. ( I like Asus )

pctek
21-09-2011, 04:36 PM
Hey, so recently looked at the requirements for the upcoming bf3 game, and was comparing it with my computer discovered i could barely meet the minimum specs.


How about the most importnat requirement of all - the GPU? That's what currently?

chuanwai
21-09-2011, 04:39 PM
How about the most importnat requirement of all - the GPU? That's what currently?
Im running a 6950 atm which should be sufficient from what i understand

chuanwai
22-09-2011, 07:10 PM
Much difference between the ASUS P8Z68-M PRO and the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO ?

Speedy Gonzales
22-09-2011, 07:31 PM
Looks like the M is uATX - MATX? The V is ATX. And the M also has displayport (as well as HDMI/VGA/DVI). The V doesnt have displayport. But the V has bluetooth the M doesnt

The V (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68V_PRO/#specifications) and the M (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68M_PRO/#specifications)

pctek
22-09-2011, 07:54 PM
Im running a 6950 atm which should be sufficient from what i understand
oh yes, very nice. Nothing to worry about there.

chuanwai
22-09-2011, 08:38 PM
Looks like the M is uATX - MATX? The V is ATX. And the M also has displayport (as well as HDMI/VGA/DVI). The V doesnt have displayport. But the V has bluetooth the M doesnt

The V (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68V_PRO/#specifications) and the M (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68M_PRO/#specifications)
So bluetooth is probably the main diff? im probably going for the M pro cause its so much cheaper

Speedy Gonzales
22-09-2011, 08:40 PM
And displayport

chuanwai
22-09-2011, 08:42 PM
And displayport
Is there a disadvantage in getting m-atx's?

Speedy Gonzales
22-09-2011, 08:59 PM
No but if you get an MATX case, things may get a bit tight. Depending on what you install in the case.

dugimodo
23-09-2011, 07:14 AM
Actually weirdly enough the mATX boards are often more featured as well as cheaper, the only advantage to full ATX is generally more PCIE slots etc.
If the board has everythinhg you need then there is no disadvantage. For SLI etc ATX is the way to go usually.

pctek
23-09-2011, 11:01 AM
Is there a disadvantage in getting m-atx's?

Not really, less RAM slots.
Matx cases? Avoid, nasty cramped things, horrible cable management, nasty to fit things into.

chuanwai
23-09-2011, 06:46 PM
Actually weirdly enough the mATX boards are often more featured as well as cheaper, the only advantage to full ATX is generally more PCIE slots etc.
If the board has everythinhg you need then there is no disadvantage. For SLI etc ATX is the way to go usually.
I plan to go cross fire later on, if there a speed diff in the two boards when i go cross fire?

icow
23-09-2011, 08:36 PM
I haven't looked specifically at the boards you are talking about but chances are if there is a cheap mATX board with sli/crossfire it will have have one slot at 16x (or 8 when in sli iirc) and one a 4x whereas a full sized ATX board is more likely to offer you 2 or more full or high speed pci-e slots.