How To Build A Kick-Ass PC For Battlefield 3, per NVIDIA

NVIDIA has put together a guide to building a PC for Battlefield 3, and as you would expect the “sweet spot” is a rather expensive system. The minimum for ultra, according to them, would be a system with a GTX 580, which is a $500 graphics card. Here’s what they would say you should buy.

GPU — Galaxy 58NLH5HS3PXZ 1536MB GeForce GTX 580
CPU — Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
Motherboard — MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX UEFI BIOS
PSU — Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850 Watt
RAM — G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
HDD — Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive — LG DVD Burner Black Model GH24NS70
CPU Cooler — Thermaltake Frio
Thermal Compound — IC Diamond 24-Carat
Case — Silverstone RV02B-EW Silent Full Tower
Total Price $1355.90

That’s only one possible configuration, though. Head over to their guide for more possibilities. Of course, even this system wouldn’t necessarily be free from horrible problems with the PC version of the game. So yeah.

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1 Comment on How To Build A Kick-Ass PC For Battlefield 3, per NVIDIA


On October 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Could you be more biased with your benchmarks there, Nvidia?

The funny thing is, BF3 is one of those rare examples where even the slightly older mid-range multi-card setups are spanking the out of even the flagship single cards out right now (go look at HardOCP’s recent BF3 benches where dual cards are scaling almost 100%). Sorry to say this, Nvidia, but a single GTX 580 isn’t enough to run BF3 on max settings. Well, unless you’re gaming at a 1440×900 resolution.

And who wants to pay $500 for a video card for a particular game where you have to actually turn the graphical options off to get a managable framerate?

While I generally prefer a single card solution (where you’ll find far more consistent framerate across the board), I have to recommend a dual card setup for the maximum experience in BF3. A pair of Nvidia GTX560s can be had for just under $500. If you want something with even more punch, Crossfire up some AMD HD6950s. Even the cheap 1GB variants tend to do well with BF3, despite having half the VRAM of its bigger sisters.

Despite all predictions, BF3 is managing VRAM memory very well it seems. Probably one of the more scalable games I’ve seen on PC to date.

If you’re building a machine just for BF3, throw everything you can spare dollar-wise into your GPU(s). BF3 is definitely GPU bound. Spending money elsewhere is a waste if maximizing your BF3 experience is your main goal.