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My brother wanted a PC able to run Battlefield 4 at recommended specs. This runs War Thunder on Max setting with all FX turned up at over 60FPS if I had vsync turned off, got a 5900 rating in 1080 for Catzilla. Case is great little case for size and cooling needs of a gaming GPU. Graphics card like most Power Color cards is a bit loud under load verses my gaming PC MSI 660 Ti OC edition. But I was working on a fixed budget. I would have loved to throw in at least a 32GB cache drive but ran up against that budget and SSD prices have jumped around a bit as was RAM. The RAM is actually Team Vulcan 8GB set 1600MHz 9CAS in a horrible orange but the price was right. He is running only single monitor 1050 resolution so I think this will be great little gaming PC for him.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

I probably would have gone for a 6300 and AM3+, but this should do fine in most games.

  • 74 months ago
  • 5 points

I wanted him to have the ability to upgrade to i5 or xeon 4 core/8 thread later which has much better performance than any AMD could.

  • 74 months ago
  • 5 points

Intel definitely has the better upgrade path!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I was gonna suggest going the AMD route as well. This is still an OK build though.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The boards for AMD in the 75 dollar range were not impressing me with the options and quality they were built with.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough. As you mentioned, you can always upgrade to an i5 or i7 later with the motherboard you have.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

BTW, how's the cable management for that case you have? I've been thinking of doing a micro-ATX gaming build with that case

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Its doable but tight, but for 30 bucks the other cases had none at all. There is no opening at the top of the case to go behind on the CPU power plug so that is one thing I didn't like.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

After viewing the first picture, I was hoping you were building the PC in the fish tank rather than the actual case. Extreme water cooling, FTW.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be an interesting build using a tank that size.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Fill it with oil after you put it in.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

that would be 40 gallons of oil, lol

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

/win

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Great, efficient build. I cant believe people are actually lamenting you for going i3 over a 6300. The whole point of the 6300 is it's cheaper than the i3, but you got it for the same price of the 6300. That's a no-brainer considering the upgrade path.

Also love the GFX card choice and power supply choice. That 500b PSU is great value, according to the review Tom's hardware did.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.

  • 74 months ago
  • -1 points

sorry but i still would have picked the 6300... even with the upgrade paths you will be paying alot to be upgrading to another intel... but nice build :)

  • 74 months ago
  • -3 points

It's going to have a rough time running BF4. If you changed the CPU to a FX 6300, which is the same price, changed the motherboard, and upgraded the video card to a 7950 (some are less than $200) you would have a great performing PC

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

BF4 recommend specs is 6 "core" AMD and 4 core Intel see below 3240 is rated benchmark wise on par with FX6300 and 7870 non XT the XT model has pretty much same GPU chip as the 7950 just 2GB instead of 3GB of VRAM.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2013/09/battlefield4.png

i3 rates cheaper and on par/better in single thread benches or only slightly behind the FX6300 and has a much stronger CPU upgrade list. http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/352/AMD_FX-Series_FX-6300_vs_Intel_Core_i3_i3-3240.html

He will not be running this on a 2560x1440 screen but a 1650x1050.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

so in other other words, get rekt m8.