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January 23, 2014 11:20:45 PM

hello, I am a PC noob and have always been on a console. this is my first post.. Ever. my roommate and I are building ourselves a gaming rig for when tax return comes in a few weeks well be purchasing the hardware. so far iv come up with this:

2008 cooler master HAF 932 with 1x230mm, 2x200mm, and a 140mm ( already purchased for $50)
Refurbished EVGA GTX 580 1.5GB for $180
AMD FX 6350 six core 3.9ghz Processor
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Socket AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard
Processor and motherboard bundle for $185
Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB DDR3-1866 RAM $85
Kingston HyperX SSD SATA 6.0 $160
also have a 750w 80+ Sliver PSU Free

I plan on eventually getting a closed loop water cooling system and doing heavy overclocking in the future.

we plan on doing heaving gaming, will we be able to play Battlefield 4 on Ultra settings? what limitations can we expect with our systems? any suggestions for upgrades.

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January 23, 2014 11:35:35 PM

What's the brand and model of the free psu?
Where are you buying from? What's your total budget?

-The GTX 580 is out-dated by a lot. You can get a much better and more modern gpu for the price.
-You got a great deal on the case.
-Processor and motherboard bundle seems good. Good price for what you're getting and they are both high quality.
-You might be able to go cheaper on the RAM, but that will only save about $10-15.
-What's the size of the SSD?

If you want to do HEAVY overclocking, don't grab the Asus M5A97 R2.0 motherboard. The 990FX chipset boards are better for more vigorous overclocking.
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January 24, 2014 12:12:30 AM

realchaos said:
What's the brand and model of the free psu?
Where are you buying from? What's your total budget?

-The GTX 580 is out-dated by a lot. You can get a much better and more modern gpu for the price.
-You got a great deal on the case.
-Processor and motherboard bundle seems good. Good price for what you're getting and they are both high quality.
-You might be able to go cheaper on the RAM, but that will only save about $10-15.
-What's the size of the SSD?

If you want to do HEAVY overclocking, don't grab the Asus M5A97 R2.0 motherboard. The 990FX chipset boards are better for more vigorous overclocking.





the PSU is a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 EPS12v with a Nvidia SLI ready sticker. no idea what that means but there it is.
not 100% sure on getting the SSD just yet due to cost but
Kingston HyperX 3K 240 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/240G
Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001
I do have 2 hard drives from my Dell Dimention 5150 with 2 dvd drives. (75 gb and 280 gb)

I am using MircoCenter.com and amazon for my hardware. they seem to have good prices.
the asus mobo is in a bundle for 185, so the mobo is 45 bucks. for 5 extra bucks I could get a ASROCK 970 Extreme4 Socket AM3+ 970 ATX AMD Motherboard for 5 more bucks. but only support DDR3 1333 or ddr3 1866 OC

what video card would you suggest? we wanted to stay under 100 bucks for the GPU but seems that's not going to happen lol. my roommate right stick around 180 but id be willing to go 200 - 250. I also have a screen resolution of 1920×1080 1080p 23' but I have always played games in 1280 × 1024 for better performance.
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January 24, 2014 1:06:05 AM

Playing BF4 on Ultra at 1920x1200 resolution will give you about 28FPS. On high about 43FPS. Based on http://kotaku.com/battlefield-4-benchmarked-is-your-pc-...

Specs are good overall, and in case you still did not buy GPU, you may go for a higher version based on the benchmarks and your price range.
Also, you may want to go for M597A R2.0 EVO Motherboard as it has better overclocking capabilities. :) 

Update: For 200-250$ you can go for R9 270x. It will provide you with playable frame rates of 40+. (Generally, you can't really tell differences after 30FPS) Also after the Mantle update patch for BF4, you are likely to get frame rates of 60+ :D 
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January 24, 2014 7:04:55 PM

Thank you tshrjain for bringing the R9 270x to my attention. I will be going with SAPPHIRE 100364-4GBF4L Radeon R9 270X 4GB GDDR5 Video Card w/BF4 Coupon. hopefully it can be OC'ed, either ways reviews are great and it comes with BF4 which will save $60 bucks. I am very excited for Mantle as well. It should of came out this month if it is not out already.

should the asrock 970 extreme4 am3+ mobo be good for overclocking or at least better than the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Socket AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard? its a bundle for 190 bucks.

I just did a NovaBench for my current PC with a rating of 314, average gaming computer is 850 apparently. my dell dimension 5150 2.8ghz, 4 gb ram, Geforce 8500 512mb is the best PC iv ever owned. I am VERY excited to build my first gaming PC.
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January 25, 2014 12:25:16 PM

Cant really comment on the asrock 970. Never used it. However, been using Asus M5A97 R2.0 EVO MoBo. And its kinda perfect for overclocking (Due to additional power phase). Am running a FX-6300 @ 4.1GHz. Thats all I need for now. Will overclock it to 4.5GHz once Watch Dogs is released. :) 
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