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First Build - Battlefield 4 Ready for $950?

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September 4, 2013 8:00:54 PM

Hi everyone!

With BF4 rolling around, I am planning to jump into my first PC build. Used to do a reasonable amount of PC gaming, but then college / work got in the way. I'd appreciate if the community can critique the below build. While budget is not really an issue, ideally what I'd like is a cost-effective balanced PC that can run high-end games on good (no need for ultra at all) settings and will be good to go for the next 3-4 years. I don't tinker with PCs too much and do not see myself OC'ing. This will also basically serve as a home office computer on the side (mostly excel / powerpoint).

1. CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
2. MOBO - ASUS Z77-A LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
3. GPU - MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
4. Memory - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
5. Storage - SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
6. Storage - Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
7. Power supply - Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC
8. Case - Rosewill REDBONE U3 Black SECC Steel USB 3.0, eSATA, 3x 120mm Fans Mid Tower Computer Case
Total (all Newegg): $908

Are there any parts that are obviously incompatible? Also what I'd like to avoid is any one item (e.g. memory) acting as a bottleneck to extract top-performance for any other item on the list (e.g. video card). So are there any critical items on the list that will obviously act as a bottleneck in relationship to the rest of the system? Most importantly... does the price I am paying make sense relative to the performance I will get (BF4 @ good settings?)

Thanks everyone!
September 4, 2013 8:17:00 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($148.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($203.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $996.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 23:12 EDT-0400)

7950 should at least hold its own @1080p and allows you to add in an extra GPU in the future.
Has a better CPU in terms of quality
Case is preference, i like this one a lot and is really cheap right now
Caviar Blue is all you really need
SSDs perform similar to each other, just get the one with quality/good warranty and lower price
September 4, 2013 11:25:15 PM

boulbox said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($148.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($203.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $996.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 23:12 EDT-0400)

7950 should at least hold its own @1080p and allows you to add in an extra GPU in the future.
Has a better CPU in terms of quality
Case is preference, i like this one a lot and is really cheap right now
Caviar Blue is all you really need
SSDs perform similar to each other, just get the one with quality/good warranty and lower price


Thanks! I've mixed and matched based on your suggestions above - does the below look better? One issue I'm not sure of is the PSU... I can't find the one you suggested on Newegg, will the one I listed work?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1AazN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1AazN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1AazN/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1062.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 02:21 EDT-0400)
September 4, 2013 11:55:49 PM

Go with my build.(give or take the GPU)
the ram in your build costs a lot more and can block the way of the CPU cooler.

Keep the PSU on my build or get the 750W Seasonic from newegg that is $5 cheaper than the 620W(really recommend keeping the XFX it is gold rated and is fully modular)

Get 1TB instead, around the same price for double the space.

The GB motherboard is cheaper and has the same stuff with great quality(and being quite bias as i had many MSI motherboards fail on me, heard they got better but i learned my lessons to stick with ASUS(quite pricey for how much you get but is quality) Gigabyte(gives many features for a cheap price and has good quality, have not had 1 fail on me yet) and ASrock(recently used them(Asrock extreme4 z77 and pro3) and they are pretty good for being a smaller motherboard company. This time around(z87) they have not been as great, as Gigabyte and ASUS put a lot of features into their boards)
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