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System Builder Marathon, Q2 2014: A Balanced High-End Build

Results: Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 employs the same 200-FPS limit as its predecessor. That performance ceiling diminishes the value of ultra-high-end graphics configurations, since they slam into it and cease benefiting from powerful GPUs. Then again, DICE correctly suggests frame rates this high do little for your actual experience. Instead, it's better to focus our analysis on the most relevant resolutions.

My newest build slightly outpaces Don's $1600 effort from last quarter. The older $2400 PC, which I armed with two GeForce GTX 780s, requires more taxing quality settings to show off the worth of its hardware.

The $2400 PC I built last quarter starts to shine as I switch on the Ultra quality preset in Battlefield 4. Both $1600 PCs are roughly matched, even though they employ dissimilar graphics architectures.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.