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Build a BF4 Ultra Setting $800 Gaming PC in 2014

Updated on January 30, 2014
With a hardware parts list that includes AMD's all new R9 280X this gaming PC easily handles Battlefield 4 on ultra settings.
With a hardware parts list that includes AMD's all new R9 280X this gaming PC easily handles Battlefield 4 on ultra settings.

Whether you're wanting a good BF4 gaming PC for ultra settings or just for playing in general making your GPU and CPU a priority is key to your overall performance. This is especially true when you have a budget of $800 to spend in order to reach 60FPS on ultra 1080p settings in Battlefield 4.

As someone who not only builds computers on a regular basis, but also keeps 10 updated builds on his website and YouTube channel I'm forced to know what's available on the market at any given time in order to give a decent recommendation.

In this post I'll take you through each component, give you my thoughts, and ultimately a list of parts for an $800 build that is focused on performance for Battlefield 4.

Why You Should Focus on Battlefield 4 Specific Benchmarks:

For many gamers Battlefield 4 is the most graphically intense game they'll play in 2013 and 2014. Focusing on the game that requires the most will allow you to not only get good gameplay on that title, but also others which are less demanding.

At around $150 the FX 8320 is a great value gaming CPU for the money. With it's 8 cores it won't reach peak capacity or have a negative effect in BF4 when compared to more expensive AMD or Intel processors.
At around $150 the FX 8320 is a great value gaming CPU for the money. With it's 8 cores it won't reach peak capacity or have a negative effect in BF4 when compared to more expensive AMD or Intel processors.

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Intel or AMD Gaming PC Under $200

As far as general gaming is concerned the best performance you'll get in the under $200 price range is the i5-4430. Certainly spending around $20 more on the i5-4670k will yield even more desirable results for overclockers.

That being said Battlefield 4 is a game that can take advantage of a lot of cores and a CPU like the FX 8320 or 8350 is definitely desirable here and does a solid job of handling the game.

Intel i7 and i5 Vs. AMD Fx 8320 and FX 8350

In Techspot's most recent article they proved that having a CPU like the 8320 will have very little affect even vs. a higher-end i7.

Also, if you go with the 8320 you can go with the cheaper AM3+ socket motherboards. This will ultimately allow you to get more features for the same amount of money that you'd spend vs. the newer socket 1150 motherboards required for Haswell.

In addition, going with the FX-8320 we save an additional $30 vs. the i5-4430 which we can then allocate towards our graphics card.

The R9 280X is the processor to own right now for Battlefield 4. With better optimization and the Mantle release in December we're expecting 60FPS in ultra even with 4xAA turned on.
The R9 280X is the processor to own right now for Battlefield 4. With better optimization and the Mantle release in December we're expecting 60FPS in ultra even with 4xAA turned on.
5 stars for the R9 280X

Best Battlefield Graphics Card for Under $300

With our current pace we're setting aside around 60% of our overall budget to the CPU and graphics card.

This gives us right around $300 for our graphics card or just enough money to afford the R9 280x.

BF4 Benchmarks for the 280X and GTX 770 in 1080p

Recent benchmarks from Tom's Hardware show us that the 280X gives us slightly better performance than the pricier GTX 770.

In addition we can see that with this graphics card we'll achieve 54 FPS on Ultra Settings. Keep in mind that this is an average so you may see spikes well in excess of this or slightly below.

Tone down the AA setting and you'll get a solid 60FPS on ultra settings in 1080p.

If you'd rather keep 4xAA, then you also have the option of adjusting some of the textures to high.

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This faster 2133MHz ram is just about the same price of other modules we've seen it's price range.
This faster 2133MHz ram is just about the same price of other modules we've seen it's price range.

Inexpensive, but Fast Gaming Ram

For this rig you're going to want at least 8GB of ram. In the past many made the case, including myself, that ram above 1333MHz didn't really improve performance that much.

Enter Battlefield 4 and Corsair:

After running a test with Battlefield 4 Corsair determined that high speed ram was indeed affecting performance.

What's this mean to you?

Ultimately, the performance boosts you'll gain won't make or break your system; however, if you can find faster ram for just about the same money as typical ram and a motherboard that supports it, then it's definitely worth future-proofing your machine.

We were able to find this in the G. Skill model number F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL.

GSKILL Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2133Mhz Desktop RAM Memory
GSKILL Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2133Mhz Desktop RAM Memory

This is the ram that you want at this price point. It's fast and reliable.

 

A Good Gaming Motherboard for Under $100

Since we're going with the Socket AM3+ FX 8320 we'll need a compatible motherboard. With a budget of $100 I like the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3. This particular motherboard has the speed compatibility for the ram we purchased and plenty of features for whatever you need.

Power Supply Options and Going with 80 Plus

For a power supply I recommend you go with something that has at least 500 watts and if possible 600. You'll want to get something that's 80 plus for energy efficiency over the long-run.

If cable management is an issue, then go with something modular.

Looking at this month a good option would be the Corsair CX 600 or Zalman ZM-600 based upon which you can find for cheaper.

A Close-up look at the NZXT Guardian 921 RB.
A Close-up look at the NZXT Guardian 921 RB.

A Good Gaming Case Around $50

There's a lot of cheap gaming cases that do a good job of housing all your parts. In the under $50 category there's the Cooler Master Elite 430 and NZXT Source 210.

At around $60 you should consider the HAF 912 or the NZXT Guardian 921 RB. We're going with the 921 RB because it comes with 3 120mm fans and simply looks great, but the HAF 912 has the easier cable management system overall.

Final Thoughts and Summary

Included with this build is a 1TB hard drive from Western Digital and an optional Asus DVD drive. Reusing your hard drive may allow you to have even more money to allocate to your CPU or solid state drive.

On the other hand, we didn't include a DVD drive with this build. With most games going digital it seemed unnecessary. If you need one, then consider reusing one of these as well.

© 2013 Brandon Hart

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      Solomon 2 years ago

      Exactly what Western digital hard drive?

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      Brandon Hart 3 years ago from The Game

      Check out Tom's GTX 780 TI benchmarks for info on how this would do on Crysis 3. They run that as well as BF4 and other games.

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      JACKSON 3 years ago

      Would crysis 3 have similar performance?

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