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October 20, 2013 5:16:12 AM

I've decided to build a new gaming pc in an old Alienware Predator case I've got lying around, mainly for Battlefield 4.

Over the past couple of weeks I've been doing some research, based on the minimum and recommended specs released by DICE.

I've decided to go down the SLI route, which as lead me down the path of going to ASUS/Intel compatible mobos.

I'm still finalizing the list of products I'm going to get, but I just wanted a few well informed opinions on the gear I've chosen.

I've got a budget of about £700ish.

As I relative NOOB when it comes to Techy pc stuff, please don't hold back any face palm moments:

ASUS Maximus VI
GeForce 760 (Will be adding 660 w/ SLI at later date)
O/S Windows 7
Intel Core i5 2320 processor

Regarding the old alienware, there are some parts on it which I was going to try and salvage, mainly the cooling system, some old CPU fans, the SATA hard drives (which equate to 1TB, as there's two 500gb hardrives on it at the moment), CD drives.

However the main thing I want to salvage is the RAM it's got, it has 4 Corsair CMX512-3200XL, I'm not sure if they each stick had 1gb or 2gb in it. I need to do some more research into this.

However would I be able to use this with the Maximus mobo?

Also, do any of you guys have general opinions on the set up in general? Would this be able to run BF4? Ideally I would like to run it somewhere between high & medium. I don't have the biggest budget in the world so if I can't reach the high settings, I'm not too fussed. I would just like to enjoy the game with a decent frame rates.





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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2013 5:29:35 AM

why do u wan't to specifically go with the Maximus only?
a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2013 5:39:12 AM

That looks like some old memory that will not be compatible with a modern system. Only DDR3 memory will work.

You're spending a lot of money on that motherboard. If you're on a tight budget, I would definitely recommend something cheaper. I would also recommend a newer CPU. The Core i5-2320 is two generations old, and even though Intel haven't made the biggest strides with those two generations, you really ought to get a CPU from the newest generation, or at worst from the one in between.
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October 20, 2013 5:41:46 AM

Just read around and seemed like a good find. The one thing that I want to keep from the Predator case is the 4 USB ports, and i read on the specs sheet that it had loads of front USB ports. Only reason really.

I have been thinking about downgrading the mobo, £170 is more expensive than the graphics card
October 20, 2013 5:44:30 AM

Sakkura said:
That looks like some old memory that will not be compatible with a modern system. Only DDR3 memory will work.

You're spending a lot of money on that motherboard. If you're on a tight budget, I would definitely recommend something cheaper. I would also recommend a newer CPU. The Core i5-2320 is two generations old, and even though Intel haven't made the biggest strides with those two generations, you really ought to get a CPU from the newest generation, or at worst from the one in between.


Noted.

Just from experience are there any decent mobos that could substitute it?

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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2013 6:47:23 AM
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There are plenty of good motherboards you could get instead, some of them quite a lot cheaper.

Here is what I would recommend if you don't want to overclock and intend to do a GTX 760 SLI:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£131.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£105.99 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£198.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£80.01 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
Total: £644.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-20 14:46 BST+0100)

You could take a 4GB version of the GTX 760 instead, if you're going to play at high resolutions (above 1920x1080) it may come in handy. You could also upgrade to a Core i5-4670K, which can be overclocked freely. And then a better CPU cooler would also be advisable.
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