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November 22, 2013 2:09:47 PM

Hi guys

Wanting to buy a good spec gaming PC to run BF4 on as high settings as possible whilst maintaining 60 frames. I'm not going to be using the computer for much else other than gaming as I have a lap top for work related things so getting the best possible performance in game is my only priority.

I've never built a PC before have I'm not sure about the compatibility of the components or whether there are better parts to group together for better performance?

I'd really appreciate any feedback/recommendations.

I'm looking to spend £1500< and that includes all my peripherals.

Here's the what I've put together so far:
CPU: Intel Core i5 4670K Quad Core Retail CPU
RAM: Crucial 8GB (2x 4GB) Ballistix Tactical Memory
GPU: Sapphire Dual-X AMD Radeon R9 280X OC 3GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
SSD: Kingston Technology 120GB Solid State Drive 2.5-inch V300 SATA 3 with Adapter
HDD: Samsung/Seagate 1TB 2.5 inch 5400RPM SATA II Hard Disk Drive
PSU: XFX PRO750W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 750 Energy Star Certified Power Supply
FAN: Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler
MOBO: MSI Z87-GD65-GAMING ATX Motherboard

I'm not sure what case to get either as I'm not sure about space requirements or which cases have the best cooling.

Thanks in advance
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November 22, 2013 2:50:43 PM

Nothing really wrong with this. If you're not maintaining 60fps on ultra settings, you'll be really close ( 1080 i presume? )

You don't need that pig of PSU. A good 550W - 600W will do, unless you want to XFire in the future. I'd save money there and put it into a 256GB SSD.

For a case, my personal favorite right now is the Raven 3 ( RV03. ) It's a bit different to what you're used to, but the 90* rotation lets it run VERY cool.
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November 22, 2013 3:11:57 PM

Firstly, thanks a lot for your reply, that case looks awesome by the way!

As for PSUs, could you recommend a good one?

The one I'd planned for was £72 and I'm not sure what brands to go for or how much I skim off that price whilst maintaining quality.



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November 22, 2013 3:47:19 PM

The SeaSonic SSR-550RM runs around £75. It's a gold cert PSU so it's more efficient and it has two 8-pin PCIe cables to power even the most power hungry GPUs.

The XFX P1-650X-XXB9 is 650W and has four 8-pin cables so you could run two heavy draw GPUs if you wanted. It's around £70. Or you could go with the little brother, P1-550S-XXB9 for around £50. It's 550W and has one 6-pin and one 8-pin connector. That means dual-GPU's isn't an option, but you say cash and it's enough to run all but the beefiest GPUs.

Look for PSUs made by Antec, be quiet!, FSP Group, PC Power & Cooling, SeaSonic, Siverstone, and XFX. Check the PCIe connections and find one that has at least an 8-pin ( often 6+2-pin, ) and one 6-pin connector.
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