Description

After spending the past five or so years gaming on Xbox 360, I recently decided that with the 360 lifespan coming to an end it was time to upgrade. With all the uncertainty of the new consoles and a lot of false promises, I decided the time to return to PC gaming was now (last game I legitimately played was the original Counter-Strike). Using the computer I already had, I decided to see what Battlefield 3 would look like (ignoring the frames per second since it was a terribly old GPU). Even with my out of date hardware it was still sexier than Xbox 360. That was all the convincing I needed to make the transition.

Battlefield 4 is only two months away and I wanted to make sure I was prepared. After doing a bit of research on pricing and hardware, I adjusted my budget to around $1,000 post rebates. The CPU and GPU were the only two items that I specifically wanted, with the rest of the parts getting what I felt were good values at the time they were purchased. Below are the prices I paid for my parts:

CPU and Motherboard combo: $333.18 (NewEgg)

CPU Cooler: $42.99 - $25.00 MIR = $17.99 (NewEgg)

Memory: $53.73 (NewEgg)

SSD: $99.99 - $20.00 MIR = $79.99 (TigerDirect)

GPU: $279.44 (NewEgg)

Case: $75.24 - $20.00 MIR = $55.24 (NewEgg)

Case Fan (200mm): $18.26 - $9.00 MIR = $9.26 (NewEgg)

Case Fans (120mm x 3: Kingwin CFR-012LB Red LED): $20.97 - $30.00 MIR = -$9.03 (TigerDirect)

PSU: $69.86 - $20.00 MIR = $49.86 (NewEgg)

Mouse: $21.49 - $5.00 MIR = $16.49 (NewEgg)

Optical, Monitor, Keyboard: N/A - Took from previous build

Total Cost after CA tax & shipping: $886.15

(Note: I did every single mail-in rebate listed, thus I factored that into the total cost.)

EDIT: Did some overclocking on my CPU/GPU. CPU I was able to get 4.5GHz with 1.275 voltage, while the GPU I did a conservative 5% increase up to 1254 core and 3305 memory.

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Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

That's good info. The reason I ended up getting the GTX 760 was because I plan on doing SLI in the coming months and saw reviews about SLI 760 outperforming the Titan.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

GPUBoss is not actualy the best place to coimpare graphics cards. It's nice to give you some idea, but th 760 is superior than the 7870 XT. It's about the sam as the 7950.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to agree although overclocking the 7870xt a little can be just a bit under it, so honestly they're both good cards

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

But you can overclock the 760 too.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually was looking at Tom's Hardware GPU hierarchy. Felt that the 760 was one of the best overall cost/performance in that range.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! I really like the red theme!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I wasn't sure what color I wanted to go with, but once I got the OCZ power supply that already had the red LED fan installed, it made the decision for me. I can't say that I'm mad about it though.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Very well thought out part selection. Good cable management. I bet you are happy with this build and you should be! Should last you well through BF4! BF4 made me spend 1500 bucks on a rig... Crazy how this game is influencing the masses.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, no joke haha. But I rather put the money into a PC that can do so much more than just gaming, than buying a new console. Thanks about the cables! This was my first time trying to keep it organized.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get that extra mouse because you liked that one? If so sorry... The keyboard came with one. Also, would you recommend that mouse?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

The keyboard comes with a wireless mouse and I was just looking for a cheap laser mouse. Don't plan to be a hardcore gamer, so this one does the job perfectly. At the price I got it, I don't think there is a better recommendation for a laser mouse.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, it looks decent. I plan on medium gaming, but I feel like I might downward spiral into the oblivion of pc gaming.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me about it. All the games I disregarded while sticking to consoles, all of a sudden they all seem interesting on PC.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, the xbox one controller will probably be for sale next year so I don't have to worry about controllers.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you should have went with a 7970. Because Battlefield 4 is based on AMD.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think that will make as much as a difference as you think. Whatever advantage AMD cards will have over Nvidia will likely be evened out through drivers eventually.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish there were benchmarks out for BF4 already, would have possibly made a different decision. Planning to run SLI around Christmas time though, should be overkill without breaking the bank.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely sick!! Excellent buys.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I think it turned out pretty well. Not much more I could have asked for.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I will never like that case due to the cheap looking front panel, but nice build other than that.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I get what you mean. Personally, I like the simple look of the front, but I do wish it was steel like the rest of the case.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, how was the case to work in?

I'm basically doing the same thing but won't be starting until later this year when the BF4 recommended specs are released (plus, Birthday and Black Friday in November).

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The case was a lot easier than the previous case I had (Enermax Ostrog). I would say it was a good case to build with, but I don't have much other cases to compare it with.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Just noticed you have a 200mm fan up top. I didn't know that it could support it. I was shopping for a 180mm fan as that is what the holes measured but I guess there is another set that is even farther apart. Can you take a picture of the top with the lid removed?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually doesn't fit the 200mm fan. I had to find 4 random holes that would line up. They're not using the case's designated holes for the fan, but rather just holes used for ventilation.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

that's nice. i cant wait for battlefield four neither

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I read your description after I looked at the parts list total. Great job on your savings!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Luckily I started looking for parts in advance, so it gave me time to take my time and get them at a price I liked.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Does that cpu cooler keep the oc'ed i5's temps down? I was planning on getting it as well

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't pushed it much lately, but I was only getting 50-60C when playing BF3. Usually around mid 30's at idle.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the seidon cooler good for overclocking ?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have much overclocking experience to compare it with, but I was able to get a stable 4.5 GHz with it. I ended up turning it down to 4.3 because I wanted a little less fan/pump noise, but for the price I couldn't have asked for more.