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May 18, 2014 3:22:52 AM

Will I be able to play BF4/Arma 3 on medium or high settings at 1080p with decent framerates?
Here is the build:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Tamoose/saved/4Iwh

Many thanks,
Tom :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 3:32:46 AM

If you can get another 25 quid, get this:

-Better case (white as I guess that's what you want)
-Higher quality PSU
-Stronger GPU

I have the same CPU and GPU combo, and I can play BF4 on very high settings at 60 FPS.

If you aren't planning to upgrade to 16 GB RAM at some point, you could get a 2x4 GB kit instead. Up to you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£76.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.43 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£44.44 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£34.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card (£143.94 @ CCL Computers)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.08 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£49.00 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter (£7.91 @ Aria PC)
Keyboard: SHARKOON Skiller Wired Gaming Keyboard (£16.01 @ Aria PC)
Mouse: Zalman ZM-M500WL Wireless Optical Mouse (£11.92 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £541.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 11:31 BST+0100)
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May 18, 2014 3:41:58 AM

Graphiicz said:
If you can get another 25 quid, get this:

-Better case (white as I guess that's what you want)
-Higher quality PSU
-Stronger GPU

I have the same CPU and GPU combo, and I can play BF4 on very high settings at 60 FPS.

If you aren't planning to upgrade to 16 GB RAM at some point, you could get a 2x4 GB kit instead. Up to you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£76.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.43 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£44.44 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£34.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card (£143.94 @ CCL Computers)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.08 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£49.00 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter (£7.91 @ Aria PC)
Keyboard: SHARKOON Skiller Wired Gaming Keyboard (£16.01 @ Aria PC)
Mouse: Zalman ZM-M500WL Wireless Optical Mouse (£11.92 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £541.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 11:31 BST+0100)


Is the stock cooling on the case good as it is included with just two fans? The only reason for the 1 x 8GB kit it was cheaper, would i be better off with the 2 x 4GB?
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May 18, 2014 4:21:59 AM

Thats not a bad build at all you have their. only things you want to look at changing is the (1x8gb) or ram to (2x4gb) unless your upgrading in the near future and if you could id try put some more cash towards a gpu, maybe look at the gtx760 there great cards for their price.
Also the cpu you have their is great. i used to have one myself and they overclock so easily and are so stable too. i was running mine a 4ghz no probs.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 4:36:33 AM

TomDuncan said:
Graphiicz said:
If you can get another 25 quid, get this:

-Better case (white as I guess that's what you want)
-Higher quality PSU
-Stronger GPU

I have the same CPU and GPU combo, and I can play BF4 on very high settings at 60 FPS.

If you aren't planning to upgrade to 16 GB RAM at some point, you could get a 2x4 GB kit instead. Up to you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£76.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.43 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£44.44 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£34.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card (£143.94 @ CCL Computers)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.64 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.08 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£49.00 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter (£7.91 @ Aria PC)
Keyboard: SHARKOON Skiller Wired Gaming Keyboard (£16.01 @ Aria PC)
Mouse: Zalman ZM-M500WL Wireless Optical Mouse (£11.92 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £541.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 11:31 BST+0100)


Is the stock cooling on the case good as it is included with just two fans? The only reason for the 1 x 8GB kit it was cheaper, would i be better off with the 2 x 4GB?


Yes the case runs very cool. 2 x 4 GB allows you to use a dual-channel RAM configuration. Theoretically this is more efficient but the real world different is relatively small. Arguably not worth the extra ~£10 you have to spend at the moment.

But up to you. If you have the money then go for it.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 4:41:18 AM

You can get a R9 270
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-r9270acn...

Essentially it will be the same since a R9 270 is a slightly lower binned R9 270X. Once overclocked, it can perform the same as a 270X. The difference between the two is worth the cost of the cheapest 270 and the cheapest 270X.
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