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Builds for a $1200 to $1500 gaming system?

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March 25, 2014 10:43:06 AM

Hey guys,

I'm relatively new at this and I've looked at custom PC builders but even I know they're way overpriced.

The main purpose of this computer is to be able to run the most recent blockbuster games as well as the ones in the near future. I would hope to be able to run Battlefield 4 pretty smoothly (if not on the best settings).

If the $1200 - $1500 budget is not enough, the max I'd go up to is $1700.

Also, I'm located in the US.

UPDATE: OS included in budget. No monitor.

Thanks a lot!
a b 4 Gaming
March 25, 2014 10:50:54 AM

can play any game at 1080p 60+fps.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_RD 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital WD SE 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($135.59 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Aerocool Xpredator X3 Devil Red ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1183.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-25 13:50 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 25, 2014 10:54:43 AM

Do you need a monitor or OS in your build?
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a c 276 4 Gaming
March 25, 2014 11:07:21 AM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($349.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($121.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($114.62 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.27 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1337.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-25 14:06 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 25, 2014 11:17:16 AM

Here you go, this will absolutely hammer anything at 1080p. The 780 will allow you to play BF4 with ultra settings (everything maxed except for the resolution scale) at 60fps on any size map. Also the RAM is only 1600Mhz but it is a CAS latency of 7 which will be faster than 1866C9. You could also drop the 1TB HDD and upgrade to a 250GB SSD if you don't think you will need that large of a storage drive. Also the case is pretty much up to you, although I suggested a super solid one that fits your budget nicely.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.02 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($508.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Micro Center)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1434.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-25 14:16 EDT-0400)
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