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January 3, 2014 6:54:27 PM

Ok everyone, I really need help here. I'm wanting to build a computer in a $1200 USD budget for gaming that can play BF4 on Ultra settings and maintain a good 60fps. The kicker is, is that I'm starting up a twitch.tv channel as well, so I'm going to be doing a lot of livestreaming, so I need a build where quality is key. I've never built a computer before, cause I've always been a console gamer, but I'm wanting to expand to PC, and as I stated before, I'm going to be using it to livestream games at the same time, so I need something that's going to be able to stream, and play BF4 on Ultra holding a steady 55-60fps at the same time...my question is, would building be the better way to go, or buying a pre-built computer be best? Also I'm really liking the idea of a 120GB SSD, so factor that in as well. PLEASE HELP!
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January 3, 2014 7:03:37 PM

Do you need a monitor and peripherals, and can you stretch the budget?
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January 3, 2014 7:08:00 PM

a monitor no not really, I've got those covered, and $1200 is really stretching it almost as far as I can...I could possible go MAYBE $100 more, but that would honestly be it.

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January 3, 2014 7:12:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($81.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1244.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 22:11 EST-0500)

That is a simple 770 build I came up with and i'm going to try and see if I can get a 780 in there for under 1300, probably not possible though.
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January 3, 2014 7:18:05 PM

well let me ask you this, cause I could probably make this exception. I was looking at the Gigabyte Geforce GTX 770 4GB cause I've read nothing but great things about it except that it's huge. Would that be better than the 780? Cause if it's as good of a card as I've read, then I can probably squeeze out a tad extra for that extra graphics quality.
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January 3, 2014 7:21:19 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2vfVg you can upgrade to to 780s with this
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January 3, 2014 7:21:36 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.41 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($81.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1265.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 22:20 EST-0500)

No ssd could fetch you this 780.
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January 3, 2014 7:25:15 PM

I really REALLY appreciate all these great answers guys, and I'm definetly going to go one of these routes. Combine1237, same question, would it be better for me to just fork out that little bit extra for the Gigabyte GTX 770 4GB?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 3, 2014 7:29:37 PM

I would save the money for an ssd over the 4gb 770 or just upgrade to a 780 over the 4gb 770 as it may be a great card when you need a lot of memory, but I would say the extra power of a 780 would server you better for battlefield. This is just my personal opinion though. If you really want the 770 windforce 4gb go for it, but you won't see the difference unless you sli really.
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January 3, 2014 7:40:15 PM

I think I'd like to go with the 4GB 770, cause I'd like to SLI eventually, but the one thing I can downgrade cause I know i'll never use that much is the 2TB. I know with the SSD and the 1TB that'll be more than enough space.

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a c 280 4 Gaming
January 3, 2014 7:40:53 PM

If you need an OS, here's my recommendation:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1185.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 22:32 EST-0500)

It uses a GTX 770 2gb and it should be able to max out anything at 1080p. There's no need for the extra 2gb of vram unless you plan to go higher resolution like a triple monitor gaming set-up or 1440p.
The Samsung 840 EVO is cheaper and just as fast as the 840 Pro. The Pro is definitely faster, but you won't notice the difference.
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January 3, 2014 7:47:06 PM

is it one of those things that I've read about where it's only like a split second difference in speed between the 840 and the pro? and I'm wanting to have at least 2 monitors, but I'm not sure if I'd use 3 or not, so I don't know if that extra 2 gigs on the video card would be necessary for 2 monitors or not, so if not then yea I'd gladly go with the 2gb
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a c 280 4 Gaming
January 3, 2014 8:02:15 PM

Yeah the real-life difference between the EVO and Pro are very minimal.
Since you're only using 2 monitors, you're still going to be only using one monitor for gaming, so 2gb vram is plenty.
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January 3, 2014 8:08:56 PM

I build many computers, and with 1200 dollars, You can do alot. I could set you up with a truly ultimate pc with easily 60 fps ultra on Crysis 3 BF4 and when GTA 5 comes out for PC over 60fps. If you are interested msg me or reply, if you have skype we can work out a deal.
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a c 280 4 Gaming
January 3, 2014 8:10:44 PM

All of the builds here can already max out any game at 1080p.
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January 13, 2014 4:49:40 PM

tcline101 said:
Ok everyone, I really need help here. I'm wanting to build a computer in a $1200 USD budget for gaming that can play BF4 on Ultra settings and maintain a good 60fps. The kicker is, is that I'm starting up a twitch.tv channel as well, so I'm going to be doing a lot of livestreaming, so I need a build where quality is key. I've never built a computer before, cause I've always been a console gamer, but I'm wanting to expand to PC, and as I stated before, I'm going to be using it to livestream games at the same time, so I need something that's going to be able to stream, and play BF4 on Ultra holding a steady 55-60fps at the same time...my question is, would building be the better way to go, or buying a pre-built computer be best? Also I'm really liking the idea of a 120GB SSD, so factor that in as well. PLEASE HELP!


Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ($69.99 @ Newegg)
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K LGA1150 (3.4 GHZ turbo boost to 3.8Ghz) ($244.99 @ Newegg)
GPU: Asus GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 RAM @ 6GHZ ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-Deluxe LGA1150 ($279.99 @ Newegg)
HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black 7200RPM 64MB Cache - 5 Year warranty ($89.99 @ Newegg)
SSD: Samsung 840 evo series 128GB SATA III ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX600 ATX 12V (Not Modular) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengance 8GB DDR3 @ 1866 Mhz ($92.99 @ Newegg)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OEM SP1 ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1329.90

This is the best I could do without cheaping out on the HDD and Memory, Decided to go with WD since they have a 5 year warranty and tend to have a lower failure rate than a cheaper seagate HDD and the Memory has heat spreaders since those modules tend to get quite hot. You can always leave off the SSD but you should consider upgrading in the future for better system boot times and just use the 1TB HDD for storage. Keep in mind an SSD is the most noticeable upgrade in a computer.

Good Luck.
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