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Gaming PC Build ~$700-$800 Buying Soon What Do You Think?

Hi Everyone!

I was wondering what you thought of this build. I am planning to buy this week. I will be using the PC as of right now for mostly older strategy/RTS games like Civilization and Total War and for work(mostly just multiple instances of excel and many browser tabs open). What do you think?

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($78.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 240 2GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($11.99 @ B&H)
Case: Sentey CS1-1410 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
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: $766.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-27 23:49 EST-0500)

I know the Video Card will be a bottleneck, but since I wouldn't be doing too much intense FPS gaming in the near future its always possible to upgrade this in the future if I wanted to. That being said, how do you think this setup would handle BF4? (Just want to gauge the potential)

Thanks in advance!
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  1. I would drop the ssd, get 1600 9 latency ram, slightly better motherboard, and better gpu.
  2. The videocard is a little weak for gaming. I would drop the SSD entirely and use all of that money for a Videocard if you plan on playing any games.
  3. buy ram of atleast 1600mhz and cx series psu have bad reputation bcoz of bad capacitors in them. Try seasonic psu and about gpu did u consider R9 ?
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sph6cjJeRdI

    here is a great review on the card :)
  5. Lol great review! I understand that the card isn't great. The games I would be playing I can run on my 2.5 year old $500 work computer albeit they bog down eventually which is why I haven't played in awhile. Perhaps I could just save $70 and use the integrated graphics for awhile until I need to upgrade.

    I am really set on the SSD. The idea of near instant load times excites me.

    This is the new build I came up with to improve the ram and mobo. Mobo had good reviews on newegg.

    PU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($67.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.32 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.95 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 240 2GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($11.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Sentey CS1-1410 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($73.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $832.82
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-28 00:49 EST-0500)
  6. That videocard is such a bottleneck that it pains me to look at that system. Even drop the SSD to a 120GB and get a better videocard.
  7. SSD wont b helping u in gaming. Gaming needs a good Gpu and urs a little weak
    If u want ssd try low capacity 1 and use that money to buy a good gpu
  8. Best answer
    Here is a slightly more balanced build than the last one proposed, and it still contains fairly decent components.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.95 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.94 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($80 @ NEWEGG)
    Total: $821.05
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-28 01:53 EST-0500)

    Go to newegg and get the os, it will save you 20 usd with this promo code EMCPWHF46
    Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416776

    So you could get upgrades for the same price as your old build.
  9. Hey Thanks for the heads up Combine! I think I will go with that build. Thanks for all your help.

    Alec, your comment was hilarious. Luckily Combine helped me out a bit on the videocard front.

    I'm just using this to gauge how the build stacks up, but what sort of performance do you think this rig would get in BF4?
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