I Just Bought A New PC For Battlefield 3. What About You?

I Just Bought A New PC For Battlefield 3. What About You?

Some people think this year’s big PC releases, particularly the “next gen” Battlefield 3, will spur around $US1 billion in sales of PC hardware.

Having just spent $US1300 on PC hardware, I can see why.

The last all-new PC I bought was in April 2008. There wasn’t a big game on the horizon then or anything, it’s jut my old PC literally died on me, so I needed a new one. From then until now I made just one upgrade, bumping up my graphics card in early 2010.

Lately, though, that hasn’t been good enough. My trusty old 3ghz dual-core, with 4GB RAM and a GTS250 graphics card, just wasn’t cutting through the games of 2011 the way it used to.

Normally, I’m the type of PC gamer to not really give a shit about that. If I can run a game and it doesn’t look like complete arse, that’s good enough for me. I’m usually in games for the games, not the graphics. Sure, I used to be a money-spending member of the Glorious Master Race, but in recent years I like to think I’ve mellowed out a little.

Yet Battlefield 3 has awoken a feeling I haven’t felt since Crysis. That there’s a PC game coming that looks like a serious generational leap, one which looks at the games that have come before it (and the hardware people owned to play it on) and just laughs in their faces.

One which looks so damn good it means the graphics do matter. Which sounds stupid even as I type this out, and yet, not stupid enough to stop the feeling.

So where I had been fairly ho-hum about getting a new PC, content to sit on an ageing machine until, say, Windows 8 was released, I found myself last week shopping for parts, in the market for an all-new PC. One that can run Battlefield 3 on the highest settings I could crank them to.

I don’t regret the purchase yet; the game’s not out, and while I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve had with it on PC, the time I’ve had with doesn’t compare to the full experience.

But I do feel kind of breathless. I just spent over AUD$1000 on a PC that, while it’ll eventually see me through hundreds of games, was purchased with a single title in mind. I hope it’s worth it.

Which leads me to wonder: if I could fall off the wagon for this game, what about you guys? Or what about those who were never on the wagon in the first place? Have you spent big?

For the record, here’s the gist of what I got, with one eye on the future and the other on my back pocket (note PC prices are super-expensive in Australia, hence the $US1000+ figure…I’d assume this is a lot cheaper in the US):

Intel quad-core I7

GeForce GTX560 Ti 1GB




  • I spent over $1000 upgrading my PC the other week, solely for this and Skyrim.

    The GTX580 was too big for my case so I had to buy a new one =(

    • Mate, ‘enthusiasts’ get together to compare and contrast the objects of their obsessions all the time. Car & motorcycle enthusiasts often go for drives/rides together and compare their vehicles (often discussing how much they have spent on them), military enthusiasts get together and share their collections and covet the collections of their peers. Why should gamers be any different? Luke is just giving people of a like mind a forum to share/discuss their interests and maybe even inspire those who ‘listen in’.

      That said, I’ve just dropped about AU$1.7k on mine (i5 2500k, GB gtx580 SOC, 120gb Vertex 3, 8gb Corsair ram, and a Maximus IV Gene Z)

  • CPU, there’s like 15 different quad cores ranging from AU$200 – $AU1200…

    GFX, that card would set you back about $250


    RAM/HDD are minor components and not that costly, standard issue like mouse/keyboard… really.

    You haven’t given us much information to go on. Does that price include peripherals?

  • Same!

    Intel quad-core I7, GTX570, 8 gigs, 23” monitor, logitech keyboard and speaker set…amongst other things

    im a graphic designer so i can claim it on my tax

  • I know that don’t preform as well as intel but you would have saved some money buying a AMD top of range in there new 32nm range is only $150 to one of the smaller of the i7s being over 300

  • 2x MSI Lightning 580’s in SLI

    Asus Maximus IV extreme

    i5 2500k (Not overclocked yet because there is really no need whatsoever)

    8GB RAM

    Monitor is a Dell u2410

  • i7 940 at.3.95 16gb dual ocz vertex 3 ssds in raid 0
    and just got two 6950s unlocked with 6970 shaders at 935/1455 so should be.fine

  • I only spend $145 for a new keyboard

    The TT esport meka G1 unit.

    Very nice keyboard compare to my old logitech G13 keyboard

  • I just put together a completely new system, partially inspired by BF3.

    And with it, I was reacquainted with high end PC gaming: Incredible performance, and random and currently unexplainable daily Blue Screens of Death! YAY!

    • If your blue screen lasts long enough, write down the error code and google it, its normally something very simple to fix.

      • Yeah I’ve been googling and trying to fix it for 2 weeks now – no luck so far. Lots of different error messages – the only thing they have in common is the shade of Blue.

        When it does run, it runs spectacularly though!

  • Just spent close to two grand building a new PC for this release season, specifically with BF3 and some video editing on the side in mind.

    i7 980, 12GB Ram, HD 6970 (space to crossfire, considering it for next year) are the main specs, plus an X58 Ex3 for mobo.

    Next thing on the list is a 120hz screen. I don’t think my poor 60hz LED can cut it anymore.

  • i5 2500k, 8gb ram with a gtx580 and a 120hz screen. Vaguely thinking about SLI. I can eat some mi goreng noodles for a few months, can’t I?

    • 120hz screens are the bomb! Have you got 3D Vision as well? 3D Vision 2 just came out so it might be a good time to look into it.

  • I build my system about 9 months ago purely cause my old one was too out dated.
    i5 2500k at 4.6Ghz, SLI Gtx570, 8G of ram, 27″ LCD, 1000watt PSU.

    The only thing I’ve brought in anticipation of BF3 is a joy stick, so far……..

  • I am sure my comp will be fine.

    i7 870
    6gig ram
    win 64bit
    2 x gtx 460 1tb

    still part of me thinks, upgrade video cards to get every last bit of graphic goodness if I can’t run it max day one.

  • still running 775 but i’ll be fine

    Q9550 overclocked to 3.4ghz
    4gb ram
    Win7 64bit
    24″ 1920×1200 (16:10 master race)

  • ozgameshop still havent shipped the preorder yet so no day 1 play for me. but when it does finally arrive it will be played to death on:

    i5 2500k (stock until needed)
    8 gig 1600mhz ram
    6950 2 gb (unlock when needed)

    now i just need another 2 screens for some eyefinity glory (no more sneaky backstabs)

  • I got preped about a month ago so hopefully this suffices:

    i7 2600K 5GHz
    GTX 580 (maybe eventually SLI)
    8GB 2133MHz RAM
    120Hz Samsung TA950 27″
    Win 7 64 bit (obviously)
    installing on 1T WD Black

  • Pretty awesome that PC gamers are getting a proper version of this. Thinking of joining in next year but wary of the commitment… “Oh noes, my XY123 is now superseded by a XY123a, and my drivers from two weeks ago don’t support this new game, and I need to manually change my sound card to a different setting becaus the rude young man on the Internet said that’s what I needed to do so my game won’t crash”. Etc.

  • Q9450 2.66GHz, 4GB RAM, GTX 560 (just today, upgraded from a 9800GTX). Win 7 x64.
    I can’t believe how much more stable my computer is now. I’m ready to put that GPU through its paces!

  • 486DX66
    4MB ram
    SoundBlaster Gold 16bit
    2x CDRoM
    Windows 3.11
    9600 bps Galaxy modem
    5 1/4 floopy
    14″ 50hz CRT

    totally ready for BF3, btw i just clocked Doom II.

  • Intel i7 – 6 core processor, 120Gb Intel SSD primary, 1x 1Tb for movies, 1x 2Tb for TV shows, music and doco’s, ASUS GTX580 1.5Gb graphics card, 24Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz RAM, Bluray burner, Bluray reader, Sony DVD drive. Antec Two Hundred Case, 3x ASUS 24″ 3D display, Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II speakers, G15 keyboard, Gigabyte GHOST M8000X mouse, Razer Scarab with Fractal 2.0 Textured Surface. Lots of money spent thus far. My rig is worth as much as a decent car.

  • yep ive upgraded just for BF3

    intel i7 2600K @ 4.2 Ghz
    Asus maximus 4 Z68 mobo
    8gb ram
    EVGA 580GTX 3Gb ram
    640Gb velociraptor

    cant wait for BF3!

  • I upgraded for bf3 probably about 2 months ago..

    I5 2500k @ 4.5ghz
    2 x gtx 570s
    8 gig ram
    128gig ssd which 7 and soon to be bf3 will be on
    1 terabyte spin point

    And 3 dell monitors that I can’t recall the model number for, all 22inch 16:10s for a total of 5040. * 1050 resolution.

    And one of those modular CPU water coolers just because I was interested in how well they work for the price (amazingly well, I seriously reccomend one of these if you plan to do over clicking or live in a real hot area)

    A razor mamba I got for cheap. And an old IBM mechanical keyboard.

    All up around 2k au give or take 100 bucks.

    Tri-screen is amazing, I reccomend it to everyone.


    Also I talked my gf into buying not only bf3, but a new pc just to play it with me and my mates..

    (she plays gears of war and dark souls with us currently on Xbox, but we all have pcs for our fps an mmo fixes, and tomorrow she will too)

  • my new rig, though I think i’ll need to sli.
    i5 2310
    gigabyte z68x motherboard
    8gb ram
    msi gtx560 ti hawk
    coolermaster gx 750w psu
    60ssd prime
    wd caviar green 1tb hdd
    logitech g110 keyboard and g500 mouse

  • Yep upgraded and built myself last week.
    i7 2600k
    asus z68 deluxe motherboard
    120gb corsair ssd
    2x 1tb wd black
    8 gb 1866mhz corsair dominator memory
    corsair 600t special edition white case
    asus gtx 580 graphics card
    corsair h80 integrated water cpu cooler

  • Upgraded a few months back, in preparation for this much like yourself.
    Core i7 2600K
    8gig RipJaws 1600
    GTX570 Inno3D
    Corsair HX-650W

  • if I had the money to upgrade, I would upgrade for Skyrim.

    I don’t have the money to upgrade. I don’t know anyone who does, really 😛

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