Star Wars Battlefront Gaming PC Build With Radeon R9 380X
AMD has been offering free copies of Star Wars Battlefront to new buyers of Radeon Fury graphics cards since mid-November 2015 and will continue to do so through the end of this month. But with the recent release of the Radeon R9 380X, the company believes they’ve got a compelling solution for mainstream PC gamers that can’t necessarily swing a higher-end GPU and expensive processor to go with it.
AMD boasts that its Radeon R9 380X, when paired to a similarly mainstream FX-8370 processor, can run Star Wars Battlefront at 1080P, with Ultra-Level details, at 60 frames per second. Pair the setup with a fast FreeSync-compatible display, and should the action dip somewhat below 60 FPS, or above that mark, the experience should remain smooth and stutter or tear free.
Interestingly enough, AMD asked us to put its claims to the test, and since we love to build custom PCs more than just about anything else, we decided to have some fun and took them up on the offer.
You can check all of the parts we used in the build video posted above. AMD sent over an FX-8370 processor, Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 380X, and an MSI 990FXA Gaming motherboard. And we had an AMD Radeon R7 SSD already on hand. But you can’t build a gaming rig with just a CPU, GPU, SSD, and mobo, so we enlisted some help from Corsair for the rest of the parts and came up with an awesome system, that looks a little like a Storm Trooper from the right angle. :)
The full breakdown of parts in the system includes:
- AMD FX-8370 8-Core Processor
- MSI 990FXA Gaming Motherboard
- Sapphire Radeon R9 380X Graphic Card
- Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2800 Memory Kit
- Corsair RM850X Modular Power Supply
- Corsair H80i GT Liquid Cooler
- Corsair Graphite 760T Windowed Case (White)
- Corsair VOID RGB Headset
- Corsair M65 RGB Gaming Mouse
- AOC 24” G2460PF FreeSync Monitor
If you take a look at the images and check out the video, you’ll see the parts all went together well and we ended up with a darn good looking system. The Corsair 760T is an excellent enthusiast case to work with. Not only does it look good, but its internals are designed very well and can accommodate a wide range of hardware – from massive water coolers, to oversized graphics cards. The mainstream AMD components we used for the build were right at home in the 760T.
The all-important question, however, is whether or not the system was capable of hitting 60 FPS at 1080P with Ultra settings in Star Wars Battlefront? Well, the answer is yes. Though, when the actions gets a little heavy, the framerate did dip lower than 50 fps at a few points. With the AOC FreeSync monitor connected to the system, though, there were virtually no stutters or tearing and the overall experience was very good.
We tend to lust after the latest and greatest high-end hardware as enthusiasts, and probably always will. But if you’re thinking about building a gaming PC, especially if Star Wars Battlefront is on your must-play list, the right mainstream hardware should be up to the task and AMD has a potent combination here.