Need EXPERIENCED opinions on my build, any judgments are wanted!

hey, this is my first pc build, ive looked around the web alot and i have ended up with this build: i want this to be able to run bf4 on high at a playable fps, any words of wisdom help a ton!!!!!!,  thank you,

OK. ... here's the low-down

build 1 .........  meh

  1. the Apex case is kinda cheap and flimsy ... 
  2. I have never heard of Team Vulcan ram before and have data to form an opinion.
  3. and the Asrock mobo is IMO 'meh' when compared to the Gigabyte mobo in build 2.
  4. PSU is larger than you need
  5. R9 270 GPU is kinda meh
  6. has no CPU cooler


build 2 ......... decent build ......... with these recommended changes

  • XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX PSU ................ $20 cheaper and same quality ... if not better.

  • Asus Radeon R9 280 3GB DirectCU II GPU   .........   Much better performance than the R9 270 and only $18 more

  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM  CPU Cooler   ....  $30

 Changing the PSU and GPU saves $2 and the CM 212 Evo cooler is recommended for a longer CPU / mobo lifespans.

Make these three changes and it rocks for a budget build.


Both should perform similarly.

The second one has a motherboard with a newer chipset, but since you don't have an aftermarket cooler both should work just fine as the builds you have aren't really optimized for overclocking or anything too complex.

The N200 is a smaller case, but still a good one.

I don't really know how to say this.  They're basically the same build, and will perform the same.


I have heard that Team Vulcan(as well as Team Elite) are popular in China.  Noone really tests/uses the stuff here in the US, though.

The R9 270 can be a bit bland, but if you can stretch slightly to one of the Sapphire Toxic 270x models then I'd highly recommend it. I've used one in a budget rig and it has performed far beyond expectations. It's been phenomenal for me and is still very affordable.

R9 270Xs are just higher clocked R9 270s...

Hey Sambo ... you lost the case on the saved build.

Make sure and take pics and post when your done building your rig.


i didnt know if the case was any good, i looked it up and it appeared to be very small, can you recommend a good mid tower case, also a good mother board?

I did not notice the mobo was gone too ... my bad  ... getting sleepy ... I liked the Cooler Master case ... and the Gigabyte mobo.  It's past my bed time ... I don't remember the model #s.   Just put the ones you had back in or I could find you something if you want.

Affordable case is affordable. Logan Approved.

Excellent mobo

how is my power supplie watts, enough? or too much?


Estimated power usage is ... 399w  which is well under the ideal 80% usage of available capacity. With a little extra to add another hard drive or SSD in the future.

Sambo  ... how does this look?

Total                  :$599.06

  • AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
  • Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard
  • Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
  • Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Asus Radeon R9 280 3GB DirectCU II Video Card
  • Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case
  • XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
  • Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer

This rig will game quite well. May want to add an SSD in the future ... it will make it even quicker.

I added an optical drive ... if you don't want it ... just ignore it or delete it.
Let me know if you have any questions or want to change anything.

when you say it will game quite well, how good is that?

Something a little different. OC hard with just a few clicks.

hey, i want my computer to be able to run bf4 on high at a playable fps, can it do that or do i need to change things? i want to make my computer worth the time, effort, and money please reply

First of all, we don't know what resolution you'll be playing at.  Lower resolutions = easier to crank up settings.

At 1920x1080, I'd expect this build to be able to run BF4 a little bit lower than ultra/maxed out settings.  High should be doable, as the graphics card is pretty strong in this build.

Keep in mind that this is a $700 build, which isn't really a budget that allocates for bleeding edge hardware.