Battlefield 4 Budget Build Performance

Introduction

Battlefield 4 Budget Builds

 

Introduction

The performance of PCs has now progressed to the extent that gamers no longer need to spend masses of money on systems in order to get a fluidly playable experience. With the release of APUs and other budget solutions from AMD, along with affordable graphics cards which offer stunning performance, PCs can now be much more of a competitor to consoles than ever before. We aim to build a system able to tackle the latest games such as Battlefield 4 whilst on a small budget.

We've specced up two systems which we think will be a good choice for users wanting to play the latest games on a tight budget. Our list below shows the first budget system which we put together - an AMD based system with good quality, reliable components which don't cost a fortune. The parts are shown below:

ProcessorAMD Athlon 760K
MotherboardMSI A88XM-E35
RAMCrucial Ballistix Sport XT
Graphics CardGigabyte Windforce R9 270
SSDSamsung 840 120GB Evo Basic
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Blue
Power SupplyCorsair CX500m
CPU CoolerCM Hyper 212 Evo
CaseCoolermaster N200

 

Our second budget system is based around an Intel Pentium G3220. This comes in a little bit cheaper than the AMD system above making it more suited for this budget gaming system. Our full specification list is below:

ProcessorIntel Pentium G3220
MotherboardAsus H81M-E
RAMKingston 1600MHz HyperX
Graphics CardPowercolor R9 270
SSDKingston V300 120GB
Hard DriveSeagate 1TB Barracuda
Power SupplyCorsair VS430
CPU CoolerTitan Universal CPU Cooler
CaseCoolermaster Elite 311

 

Once we've added an operating system to the cost, we expect both of these systems to be around £500/550. For that sort of money you'd be able to buy one of the latest consoles plus a couple of games. However, since we all know games on PCs can be far cheaper than hard copies of console games, in the longer run we do expect these PCs to prove to be cheaper gaming machines.

Today, we're going to be reviewing the Intel based system, to show you just how much performance you can expect from a system such as this.

We are aware that not everyone has the time or confidence to put a system together themselves. Therefore, we approached PC Specialist and used their system building tool for the Intel rig we will be testing. It comes with an OS installed, ready to install your games on but most importantly a warranty.

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12-02-2014, 06:58:08

tinytomlogan
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How much do you need to spend to get a decent gaming rig? With the help of PCSpecialist, we've put together a great rig for an impressive price.


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12-02-2014, 07:40:57

barnsley
My steam box/LAN box was going to be an itx system for around the same price and its amazing how much more expensive the ITX AMD motherboards are. I had to really scale down the graphics (to a 650ti) and get a tiny SSD in order to stay in budget. All the good motherboards cost more than the cpu :l. Thats the issue with cheap OCable cpus I guess :s. In the end I also had to settle with this as a build. It was an easy sell though .

Interesting how surprisingly good the pentiums are at gaming. I really was expecting it to struggle alot more than it did. I wouldn't want a pentium for games like Star Citizen though.

12-02-2014, 08:03:16

ShaunB-91
Going to show my brother in law this before he gets a console, nothing wrong with a console but he's turning what was once a powerful rig of a Core 2 Duo, Asus P5B Deluxe, 8GB RAM and a 4850 into a bit of a NAS as his NAS box is broke, and will get a console as well.

Keep telling him to join these forums and look at some of the smaller builds.

Edit: Okay there is something not right if my rig is only doing 20fps with Arkham Origins!

12-02-2014, 08:48:37

Conchubair
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
My steam box/LAN box was going to be an itx system for around the same price and its amazing how much more expensive the ITX AMD motherboards are. I had to really scale down the graphics (to a 650ti) and get a tiny SSD in order to stay in budget. All the good motherboards cost more than the cpu :l. Thats the issue with cheap OCable cpus I guess :s. In the end I also had to settle with this as a build. It was an easy sell though .

Interesting how surprisingly good the pentiums are at gaming. I really was expecting it to struggle alot more than it did. I wouldn't want a pentium for games like Star Citizen though.

Going to be building a rig something like what you have there.. Just want to ask though how well does it overclock? I know lottery and all that, just is there much to be gained in performance?

Also I just love philips site. Its awesome for getting,thecheapest kit out there

12-02-2014, 08:55:16

barnsley
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Originally Posted by Conchubair View Post
Going to be building a rig something like what you have there.. Just want to ask though how well does it overclock? I know lottery and all that, just is there much to be gained in performance?
The chip can OC quite well. The perfomance boost is quite nice although not many motherboards can really support high OCs. Normally if the motherboard costs more than the 750k it'll do fine :P. At least that kinda feels the case with Athlons. I just left mine at stock as it has a chance to get quite warm quite easily. The CPU cooler isn't designed for OCing so that was a limiting factor. TBH the cooler was more than adequate, its just a better bet to get something like a hyper 212/seidon120v if you want to get some high OCs in.

Excellent little chip though, got more grunt then a 4300 (in my experience) and has better single core performance then other AMD chips, especially Bulldozer.

12-02-2014, 09:27:26

Conchubair
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
I just left mine at stock as it has a chance to get quite warm quite easily. The CPU cooler isn't designed for OCing so that was a limiting factor. TBH the cooler was more than adequate, its just a better bet to get something like a hyper 212/seidon120v if you want to get some high OCs in.

Excellent little chip though, got more grunt then a 4300 (in my experience) and has better single core performance then other AMD chips, especially Bulldozer.
Was going to be my first foray into the world of the custom loop, so I think cooling should be ok.. Unless I chicken out at the amount of money and get a CLC

12-02-2014, 11:01:26

Kiwiandapple
Yeah, awesome. Great to see this - most of my friends think they have to spend insane amount of money to get a good gaming pc. Because most of them look at pre builds and think they have to buy a €1000 rig to be able to play at decent settings. While those machines often dont perform much better then this little rig we got here.

Cheers for posting some benchmarks for this budget.

21-02-2014, 12:58:45

kirel
awesome little budget build, i did a little build for my sons, these runs a A10 5800k with 8 gig of ddr3 corsair ram, does have a 270 in there aswell, and runs bf3 and bf4 nicely, and now mantle is out even more so. cant fault little builds they surprise the best of us

21-02-2014, 13:53:15

Squidlorock
Nice, it's cool to see some budget builds with how well they can perform. I quite like the look of out of the two, the amd with the a88x mobo, a r9 270 and a 760k (and the hyper evo for a little oc) with even the option to upgrade it to a possible (if released) Steamroller Athlon.
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