So for the past years of my life, I've been using Xbox 360 primarily for gaming. Two years ago, I purchased a laptop for gaming without any knowledge on computers or gaming computers and how bad of a deal it is to go for a laptop for gaming. I purchased a computer with a 6770m and a 2630qm for $1250. This past computer could run BF3 on low, 720p at 20-35 FPS, DayZ on 600p at 10-25 frames. So this time around, I made sure that I got it right and got all the best components for gaming and everything else I could want at a do-able price point! This computer is awesome (Will put benchmarks at bottom), I have been saving my pennies for this for quite some time and when the R9 series came out I decided it was time! I will go on to benchmarks and why I chose each part now.
CPU: Fantastic CPU for gaming purposes, was going to go with a 4770k but given that this computer is almost strictly for gaming, I decided to just stick with the lower tier model and I can upgrade to a 5770k in the future when it comes out!
CPU Fan: Great cooler and dead silent, can get a decent overclock but I have not touched the CPU's clock speeds so far and will most likely just push a very minor overclock
Motherboard: This is a really good motherboard, comes with Audio Boost and Killer LAN which decreases your ping in games by a couple but I only went with this board for 3 reasons. It's at a great price point, it matches with my MSI 280x, and it can support crossfire (Will talk about that in a bit)
RAM: Not much to say about this, will probably upgrade to 16GB in the future (Made this computer to be very expandable), Corsair is a good RAM company and I heard that this was the best 1600 speed kit you can pick up.
HDD: Chose this because it can fit mass storage at a good price point. This thing costs the same as a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black but it has 2TB, more storage than I could ever need but I will be getting a 512GB SSD around Christmas time.
GPU: This card does everything that I could want it to. I play for performance over graphics but with this card, I can have both. I get a constant over 120FPS on BF3 at Medium settings and an average of 90 on Ultra. I bought an 850w power supply so that I can crossfire this in the future.
NOTE: On the 280x page it says you need at least 1000w for crossfire? I purchased all the rest of the components before the GPU came out so I did not know this, will 850w be enough to crossfire with minor overclocks because PC partpicker estimates only 750w?
PSU: Great, fully modular power supply and it's 80 PLUS gold. Stays silent and gets the job done well.
Case: I can not stress enough how much I love this case. Has a very sleek understated look which is what I like. Has noise dampening foam so even after hours of gaming, this computer is dead silent unless I literally press my ear up against it and you can still barely hear it
Optical Drive: Not a whole lot to say, just bought for OS install
Windows 8: I originally purchased windows 7 as that is what I'm used to but I heard some complaints of people saying they were getting horrible performance in BF4 with Windows 7 and that Windows 8 fixed the problem, I built this computer for BF4 and DayZ so I returned Windows 7 and got Windows 8, apparently the performance issues have since been fixed but I don't mind at all. I think Windows 8 is very sleek and the metro UI is helpful in SOME senarios, it also seems to have faster loading times than Windows 7, this is just my opinion but I would recommend this over Windows 7 for someone building a computer
Monitor: Great monitor, was going to go with the BenQ 120Hz monitor because of the Black Equalizer but the price tag on this monitor beat it out. As a person used to 17 inch displays, this was very refreshing for me. Great widescreen monitor and I would recommend it to anyone going for higher than 60Hz refresh rates. Doesn't have the greatest of viewing angles but it is a TN panel, the factory lighting effects are also bad but can be easily changed.
Wireless Card: Fast internet, not much else to say
Mouse: Great looking and performing mouse. Razer Synapse is a very nice program and the two side buttons are extremely useful.
Speakers: Do not know exact model name as I bought them from a friend who was moving away, they have fantastic audio quality and the bass is great for explosions, gunshots and music of course.
Just for convenience all these benchmarks will be on max settings and AVERAGE FPS, if you have a question about a certain game at a certain graphic setting, just ask in the comments.
Natural Selection 2: 100 | BF3: 90 | Rising Storm: Capped at 60, never drops below | Bad Company 2: 144 | Euro Truck Simulator (I play some weird games): 200 | Chivalry Medieval Warfare: Capped at 60, never drops below | Planet Side 2: Very demanding game, averages 70 but drops down to about 45 in some intensive combat situations | ARMA 3: 60 | DayZ: 45 (In Elektro/Cherno) 60 and above everywhere else
If you have any questions or comments/suggestions I will happily answer them in the comments!
NOTE: Deducting 2 stars on case because it came with a DOA USB port, still have 7 more and I didn't want to take apart the entire build to send it back, wait for it to come back and then rebuild it.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$219.99||Amazon|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$26.92||OutletPC|
|Motherboard||MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150||$123.68||SuperBiiz|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$75.98||OutletPC|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$76.72||OutletPC|
|Video Card||MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR||$273.98||SuperBiiz|
|Case||Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower||$114.99||Directron|
|Power Supply||XFX 850W ATX12V / EPS12V||$114.99||NCIX US|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$16.98||OutletPC|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||$110.00|
|Monitor||Asus VG248QE 24.0"||$251.33||Amazon|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1||$24.99||Newegg|
|Mouse||Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical||$46.15||Amazon|
|Custom||Razer Goliathus Mouse Pad (Speed Edition)||$24.99|
|Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|