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November 5, 2013 6:41:49 AM

Hello,

I am building a new gaming PC, primarily for BF4 MP. I had some ideas in mind, but not really experienced enough, so please advise. Here are the 2 setups I was thinking of:

1.
AMD althon FX 6300 (should I go with an i5 here instead and if so which one?)
CM hyper 212 evo
2x4 GB 1600MHz Kingston HyperX
Please recommend a MB
Sapphire DualX OC r9 270x 2GB
1tb wd caviar black
Seasonic SS-520GB
HAF 912 +

or

2.
i5-4670K
CM hyper 212 evo
2x4 GB 1600MHz Kingston HyperX
Please recommend a MB
Sapphire VaporX OC r9 280x
1tb wd caviar black
Seasonic SS-620GB
HAF 912 +

I understand that there is a significant price difference here so will try to explain. I will practically play only BF4 MP, so looking for something that is as cheap as it can be, but to be able to run on decent settings (I don't really need everything to be maxed out, but want a good experience, high/ultra with good FPS). I will be playing on a single 1080p monitor. I might OC if necessary, but its not a must. (as a sidenote I played BF3 on 2500k (slightly OCd) and 6950 and was pretty happy with how it performed)

So the biggest question here is will the first system run BF4 MP well, and how well? Would you change anything in the first or second one?


Thank you for any commments

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November 5, 2013 6:46:01 AM

Put "W" instead of "GB" at Seasonic SS. Also if you go with the i5-4670k and VaporX OC r9 280x you'll need better PSU.
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November 5, 2013 8:32:50 AM

K4ZN4 >>> What is your budget?

I would recommend you using this site for planning your build together >>> http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1XMkR. The link shows all these components and where you can buy them online!

Altered 2nd Build:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($326.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter) >>> R9 280x will fit in only if you remove a section of your HDD cage as shown here >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPPolEJl8q8
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1021.06

This will allow you to definitely run High perfectly, Ultra on pretty well too. Disclaimer, BF4 is having a fair bit of crashing and driver issues right now - but everything is going to be fixed soon. I'm DEFINITELY buying BF4! Let me remind you that you have chosen a overclocking build with your K-version of the i5 4670.

You can save money by... but switching GPUs will decrease performance, those these are pretty decent too.
- Cheaper GPU cards, maybe the GTX 660/670/760 2GB
- Cheaper RAM (Corsair, GSkill, Samsung, Kingston... they're all pretty decent)

Hope you find this answer suitable!
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November 6, 2013 1:56:36 AM

Thanks for the answers, very informative!

I do not have a min or max budget, I could go with either of the 2 builds, but I dont want to spend more money than I really need to, and have a very specific requirement - play BF4 MP on high-ultra on 1080p with good FPS.

I read very often that Mantle API might bring a great boost for AMD cards, so thinking if I should just wait for that and see if after that R9 270x might suffice (locally I can get the r9 270x for half the price compared to r9 280x, but wouldnt really do CF so just looking into signle card solution).

Also, for the first build, I choose FX 6300 since I saw great results with it on BF4 MP tests, and the price is half of the i5 from second build.

I was hoping for some first person experiences if there are any as well!

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November 8, 2013 12:48:40 AM

a slight change.. I have a chance to get FX 8350 and Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 for 220e in a bundle, this sounds like a great deal to me..

Or does the 4670k justify the price? All over the web I see debates on FX8350 VS 4670k for BF4, with no real winner it seems

Any opinions? I would appreciate any info
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November 8, 2013 8:19:15 AM

Hey K4ZN4, wow thanks that was my first 'best solution'!

I checked out the bundle proposal that you had right there. You didn't put a price for that bundle of 1) FX 8350, 2) Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0, so it would be hard to compare - also I don't know which motherboard you would be interested in if you were going with the i5 4670k.

I think you should always (1) set yourself a budget, then (2) choose your gaming card, then (3) choose your CPU - in that order. And then get on pcpartpicker. Remember your video card is the most important (and a decent PSU and fan system to treat it well)

I don't want to bring up all of that debate that I'm sure you've read tonnes of times online, but here are my thoughts. It's down the personal preference, and it's down to your budget. Personally, I love Intel! People say that the i5 4670k beats out the FX 8350 in gaming. And the FX 8350 beats out the FX 6300 (with right reason, 6300 is $100 cheaper than the 4670k). So you'll just have to find the optimum point.

Benchmarks:
1) FX 8350: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6396/the-vishera-review-a...
2) FX 8350/6300 with Intels: http://www.techspot.com/review/712-arma-3-benchmarks/pa...
3) FX 6300 vs i5 4670k: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/837?vs=699
4) FX 8350 vs i5 4670k: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/697?vs=837
5) FX 8350/6300 vs i5 4670k: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1804822/amd-6300-8...

Also, R9 280x :D  that again, comes down to your budget!
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November 8, 2013 9:34:13 AM

hey linkmichael, thank you again for the effort

I wrote that I would get the bundle for 220 euros, which is a steal considering that where I live it usually would be about 300 euros, and the combination of a decent MB with 4670k would cost even more. I would say that processor wise, if I can get this bundle (its not guaranteed yet), I have made up my mind :) 

Will definitely come back with more questions down the road, trying to inform myself properly before making any decisions

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a b 4 Gaming
November 8, 2013 10:30:42 AM

k4zn4 said:
hey linkmichael, thank you again for the effort

I wrote that I would get the bundle for 220 euros, which is a steal considering that where I live it usually would be about 300 euros, and the combination of a decent MB with 4670k would cost even more. I would say that processor wise, if I can get this bundle (its not guaranteed yet), I have made up my mind :) 

Will definitely come back with more questions down the road, trying to inform myself properly before making any decisions



No problem! That is a steal indeed, 80 euros! Splash it on a nice display card - up to you :) 

All the best!

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