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August 15, 2013 9:05:54 PM

Hello, After seeing how amazing and wonderful Battlefield 4 looks, I've decided its time to finally build a PC and step away from consoles. Basically I'm starting from scratch and with limited knowledge, So that's why I'm asking for your help. I would like to run Battlefield 4 at high settings at around 60fps (if that's possible) for roughly $800 I can do more if you guys think it's necessary, but i have extra money for the peripherals, If you could list your build in PC parts picker that would be extremely helpful, Thanks.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: End of September

Budget Range: $800 i could do more if its worth it

System Usage : Gaming, BF4, and other games of that caliber, Music, Videos

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Location: Miami, FL

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Probably

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080 or 1920*1200 at max.

Additional Comments: I'm not a huge fan of windows 8, But i think 8.1 will fix that.

Thanks in advance for all your help. If you need anything else from me just let me know.

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August 15, 2013 9:24:49 PM

This should be a good build. It is a slight bit above your budget, but I think that it is worth it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1sva2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1sva2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1sva2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone Redline Series RL04B ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $814.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-16 00:22 EDT-0400)
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August 15, 2013 9:27:44 PM

I really can't recommend Intel in a $800 build. You're looking at an i3 that will struggle with BF4 because of its 2 cores. If you put an i5 you will lose some serious GPU power that you could have with the FX 6300. Obviously its your build, your choice. Here's an AMD build that I put together: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/212u
AMD is working on BF4 are with likely be pretty optimized for it. Again your choice, but I cannot recommend an i3 for gaming, especially with BF4. An i5 will give you a bad GPU as well( maybe a 7770). Anyways I hope this helps, feel free to ask any questions you may have!
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August 15, 2013 9:30:27 PM

Seladon said:
This should be a good build. It is a slight bit above your budget, but I think that it is worth it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1sva2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1sva2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1sva2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone Redline Series RL04B ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $814.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-16 00:22 EDT-0400)


Don't get an OCZ PSU, its not a very reputed PSU.
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August 15, 2013 9:30:34 PM

Seladon said:
This should be a good build. It is a slight bit above your budget, but I think that it is worth it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1sva2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1sva2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1sva2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone Redline Series RL04B ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $814.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-16 00:22 EDT-0400)


That PSU is junk. Get a unit from antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
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August 15, 2013 9:36:45 PM

Really really hard to have a $800 PC that includes an OS and Monitor that could run BF4 Max @ 1080p.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1svmg this is the best I can think of so far, that includes a HD7970 Ghz Ed, a 750W 80+ Gold Rated PSU that will allow for future Crossfire and an FX6300 that allows for OC. You cannot have an Intel build which allows for OC that would play BF4 at sensible settings @ 1080p because Intel OC CPU starts at ~$220 for current generations. If you can pull ~$900, I highly recommend the GTX770 over the HD7970(this comes with 3 games as of now).
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August 15, 2013 9:44:01 PM

vinhn said:
Really really hard to have a $800 PC that includes an OS and Monitor that could run BF4 Max @ 1080p.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1svmg this is the best I can think of so far, that includes a HD7970 Ghz Ed, a 750W 80+ Gold Rated PSU that will allow for future Crossfire and an FX6300 that allows for OC. You cannot have an Intel build which allows for OC that would play BF4 at sensible settings @ 1080p because Intel OC CPU starts at ~$220 for current generations. If you can pull ~$900, I highly recommend the GTX770 over the HD7970(this comes with 3 games as of now).


This is a very good build, the PSU is probably too expensive though and the motherboard is a bit cheap. I'd go for the PSU included in my build(XFX) and a 990 chipset. But its very good anyways.
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August 15, 2013 10:02:37 PM

vinhn said:
Really really hard to have a $800 PC that includes an OS and Monitor that could run BF4 Max @ 1080p.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1svmg this is the best I can think of so far, that includes a HD7970 Ghz Ed, a 750W 80+ Gold Rated PSU that will allow for future Crossfire and an FX6300 that allows for OC. You cannot have an Intel build which allows for OC that would play BF4 at sensible settings @ 1080p because Intel OC CPU starts at ~$220 for current generations. If you can pull ~$900, I highly recommend the GTX770 over the HD7970(this comes with 3 games as of now).


well i didnt know i was able to fit a 7970 ghz in a 800$ budget. I think you are confused though because i dont need a monitor in the 800$ as you said in the first sentence in this reply, anyways thanks that build looks really good!
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August 15, 2013 10:08:44 PM

kirilmatthew said:
vinhn said:
Really really hard to have a $800 PC that includes an OS and Monitor that could run BF4 Max @ 1080p.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1svmg this is the best I can think of so far, that includes a HD7970 Ghz Ed, a 750W 80+ Gold Rated PSU that will allow for future Crossfire and an FX6300 that allows for OC. You cannot have an Intel build which allows for OC that would play BF4 at sensible settings @ 1080p because Intel OC CPU starts at ~$220 for current generations. If you can pull ~$900, I highly recommend the GTX770 over the HD7970(this comes with 3 games as of now).


You do know the psu he recommended is the same price as the one you recommended? Just saying so should i got with the 750w just in case i go crossfire? Or is xfx better than EVGA?

This is a very good build, the PSU is probably too expensive though and the motherboard is a bit cheap. I'd go for the PSU included in my build(XFX) and a 990 chipset. But its very good anyways.


You do know the psu he recommended is the same price as the one you recommended? Just saying so should i got with the 750w just in case i go crossfire? Or is xfx better than EVGA?

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August 15, 2013 10:10:33 PM

XFX is MILES better than EVGA. XFX is actually made by seasonic. light-years better quality than EVGA.
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August 15, 2013 10:12:12 PM

tiny voices said:
XFX is MILES better than EVGA. XFX is actually made by seasonic. light-years better quality than EVGA.


Thanks a lot man :) 
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