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January 14, 2014 11:19:28 AM

Hi all, I'm looking to build a gaming rig to play Battlefield 4 online.

Requirements:
-Between $600-$800 USD
-Run BF4 at med-high settings with ZERO (video) lag
-I would like to run an SSD card for gaming.
- A quiet case

I have two 24" monitors already, so I would like to utilize those as well, assuming I can with a specific video card? It's been a while since I've read up on hardware so need some help. I'm not picky on brand, Intel or AMD for the processor. I'm just not sure what video card to go with there is an overwhelming amount of options.

Ultimately looking for a good gaming rig, I am doing research now but can definitely use the help. Thanks in advance all!

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January 14, 2014 11:32:02 AM

It's going to be hard to squeeze an SSD in unless you don't need an OS:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $786.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-14 14:28 EST-0500)

This is what I would go with, the little benefit an SSD has for gaming, would be negated by the worse GPU you would be forced to take to stay under budget. This build should perform well, the FX-6300 and R9-270 both overclock well and can provide additional performance. Also with Mantle on the horizon, AMD might end up being the better choice for BF4.
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January 14, 2014 11:44:43 AM

Trans, no OS needed sir! :)  I'll review your recommendations now. Alright, so after your review I'll admit I never bought an AMD. I was always an intel guy, but if it's a good processor I will definitely entertain the idea

Stoarge, I really don't need a TB. I have 4 other computers in my home office here. This one would be just for gaming, would a smaller drive be better/cheaper?

I have an OS, I'll be good there, which will save me $100.

The video cards, I am lost on them as of late. Is this a solid gaming card? I don't want choppy graphics or performance.

Thanks for your help you guys are great.
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January 14, 2014 12:24:51 PM

The 1TB drives are the best bang for the buck, going with a smaller drive might save you $5...

Knowing you don't need an OS means you could upgrade to something like the GTX760, which would be a nice jump in performance and keep you about $50 under your $800 upper end. AMD offers great value, at this budget it is a better choice because it lets you get a better GPU which ultimately is what drives gaming performance.
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January 14, 2014 2:09:29 PM

Transmaniacon said:
The 1TB drives are the best bang for the buck, going with a smaller drive might save you $5...

Knowing you don't need an OS means you could upgrade to something like the GTX760, which would be a nice jump in performance and keep you about $50 under your $800 upper end. AMD offers great value, at this budget it is a better choice because it lets you get a better GPU which ultimately is what drives gaming performance.



Good point, storage is very cheap now a days.

Why a mid tower over a full? Curious

I also need a mouse and headphones for sound but I can get those at newegg or other sites for a good deal.

So this will run BF4 smoothly?
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January 15, 2014 4:19:48 AM

Full towers are huge, I think it looks silly when you have a giant case and nothing in it, but that's just me. If you were looking to have multiple GPUs, lots of storage, or a custom water cooling loop, then full towers are good, but for this build save your money.

This should run BF4 decently, it is a demanding game, but IIRC benchmarks showed this GPU did pretty well.
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