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 Even with my out of date hardware it was still sexier than Xbox 360.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.