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The Basics

Introduction

If you have been visiting PC Perspective at all over the last week there is no doubt you have seen a lot of discussion about the currently running Battlefield 3 beta.  We posted an article looking at performance of several different GPUs in the game and then followed it up with a look at older cards like the GeForce 9800 GT.  We did a live stream of some PC Perspective staff playing BF3 with readers and fans, showed off and tested the locked Caspian Border map and even looked at multi-GPU scaling performance.  It was a lot of testing and a lot of time, but now that we have completed it, we are ready to summarize our findings in a piece that many have been clamoring for - a Battlefield 3 system build guide.

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The purpose of this article is simple: gather our many hours or testing and research and present the results in a way that simply says "here is the hardware we recommend."  It is a the exact same philosophy that makes our PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard so successful as it gives the reader all the information they need, all in one place.

Continue reading our guide for building a system for Battlefield 3!!

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Digital Storm
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A performance beast

Digital Storm continues to push boundaries as a boutique system builder, this time with a six-core Intel Core i7-980X overclocked to 4.4 GHz and a pair of GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB graphics cards in SLI to make up one of the fastest PCs we have ever tested here. Does the price warrant the performance though?

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Matsonic
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Shifting into gear

System reviews are interesting in that anyone can put some PC components in a case and call it a gaming rig. The real issue is not just the hardware specs but how the company presents itself and how it supports customers before, during and after the purchase process. Having a 6-core processor overclocked to 4.5 GHz and a pair of GTX 480s never hurts though.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: VIA
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VIA is always into tiny things

VIA Technologies provided us with a sample of their new V1100 pico-ITX DIY computer and we came away pretty impressed with what the tiny little machine could provide. If you think you could use a Nano-powered SFF device, check out our video review in here!

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Puget Systems
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Puget Returns with a quiet option

Puget Systems is back with a gaming PC that is rated under 20db - and if you don't know how quiet that actually is...your breathing is probably louder. They are able to accomplish this with mostly off-the-shelf parts and careful selection of components. Stop in and learn by example on how quiet computing can be done!

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Puget Systems
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The Puget Systems Experience

Puget Systems is a custom system builder based in the Washington area that promises a combination of the top PC components available with customer service oriented around keeping the user involved through parts selection, ordering, construction, testing and beyond delivery. Of course, it doesn't hurt that you can get a 4.0 GHz 6-core processor and water cooled GTX 480s.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: General
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It's time to DIY

As a holiday gift to myself, I decided to upgrade my own personal machine this Thanksgiving holiday and thought it would be a good idea to record the physical construction process to share with our readers.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Dell
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Windows 7 and Touchscreen are here

Right before Windows 7 hits the streets this week, we take a look at a Dell Studio One touchscreen PC that implements the improved touch capabilities included with the new operating system. The Dell system is a 19-in wide screen multi-touch capable all-in-one computer that uses an Intel Pentium CPU (yes that name continues) and an NVIDIA ION chipset. Come see if this PC will make you yearn for a monitor with fingerprints on it.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Smooth Creations
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A Sweet System

Even though Smooth Creations is a new to the boutique system builders game, they have started developing a name for creating incredibly artistic designs, as well impressively performing ones. Today we are taking a quick preview look at an all AMD-based system that uses a Phenom II processor and HD 4870 GPUs.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: CompuLab
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Unboxing and Preview

A pleasant surprise on this Tuesday afternoon, a package arrived on my doorstep from Israel. Perplexed by its origin I ripped open the bag to find a brand-spanking-new fit-PC2 nettop computer in my hands. This little guy has been getting a lot of attention recently for its incredibly small size (fits inside the area of DVD almost) and interesting hardware configuration.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Apple
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Another win for NVIDIA with Apple

The MacWorld Expo starts this week and once again rumors are swirling about potential new products being announced at the show. We have some exclusive information on the new iMacs and Mac Mini that will be announced as well as the potential for a new 28" iMac model and a new Mac Pro machine.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: AVADirect
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Introduction and Specifications

AVADirect is a relatively unknown system builder in the boutique world and is a small company that has a lot to offer. For a much lower price than you can get comparatively fast Alienware or Voodoo systems, AVADirect can build you a top-of-the-line gaming PC for a reasonable cost while also offering the tech support that many gamers really want.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Alienware
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Introduction and Specifications

Alienware is the most well known name in the world of boutique system builders and they have a wide following of users consider the size of pre-built enthusiast PCs. Today we are looking a new Area-51 system configuration that sports some impressively fast components including a QX9770, VelociRaptor drives and CrossFire X graphics cards.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: HP
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The Voodoo and HP Merger

The combination of HP and Voodoo PC has its first fruits in the form of the very sexy Blackbird 002 gaming PC. With what might be the best designed case we have seen and some industry-standard hardware that is upgradeable, the Blackbird might be the best boutique PC yet.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Digital Storm
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Introduction and Specifications

Digital Storm sent us a complete system that features a liquid cooled and overclocked QX6850 Intel processor, two RAID arrays and of course three 8800 Ultras configured for 3-Way SLI. Sure it's expensive, but that doesn't make it any less impressive as a boutique system!

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Apple
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Introduction and Specifications

The Apple TV claims to be able to bridge the gap between all that media being stored on your computer and move it to your high definition television. Can it survive without support for HD video though?

Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Alienware
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Introduction and Specifications

Alienware shows us what a top-of-the-line gaming system is supposed to look like. With a quad-core CPU and the latest NVIDIA SLI graphics, does the Area 51 7500 meet a picky gamer's expectations?

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: General
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Time for a Change

We recently upgraded the server powering the PC Perspective Forums with a new dual Opteron solution with help from our friends at Tyan, Corsair, Western Digital and Newegg! Come see what is powering our community!

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Alienware
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Introduction to System Reviews

Alienware's Aurora 7500 line, featuring the AMD Athlon FX-62 processor and an NVIDIA 7950 GX2 graphics card, is a screamer in games and just about everything else!

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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A Little Hidden Surprise

At E3 this week we were able to find a little surprise at the NVIDIA booth. A new XPS-branded system with a Core Architecture processor and new Quad SLI cards are shoved into a brand new case design.