Looking to build a good Battlefield 1 gaming PC? We’ve played the closed alpha and run it through AMD’s brand new RX 480 to bring you the benchmarks you’re looking for.
Do You Need to Upgrade for Battlefield 1?
If you already have a rig that will play Battlefield 4, it’s likely that it will play Battlefield 1. While the campaign mode has bigger and more open environments than previous Battlefield installments, EA Dice is still using the Frostbite engine.
Still, Battlefield gamers like myself like to push graphical settings to the max. That’s fairly easy in 1080p with the RX 480. So, the goal of this PC is to achieve higher than 60 FPS in 1080p or around 60 FPS in 1440p. This is to accommodate the great new gaming monitors that have come out in the last couple years that make use of those extra frames or incorporate technologies like AMD’s FreeSync.
$1,000 Budget Battlefield 1 Gaming PC
Contents at a Glance
We’re setting the budget of this build at around $1,000 to accommodate most gamers budget. This gives us plenty of wiggle room for good parts while maintaining solid performance in the RX 480. If you get through this build and prefer a different version of it, also be sure to check out our PC builds from $200 to $2500 and this list of the best budget graphics cards for Battlefield 1.
I’m a big fan of the space-saving Mini-ITX form factor. While you certainly don’t have to use a Mini-Itx case here we wanted something that would keep a low profile but still looks amazing. You get that in Fractal’s Design Define Nano S. If you’ve used Fractal’s solid and quiet larger cases, the Define Nano S feels a lot like the bigger versions of those cases but in a more compact version. As I’ve been a fan of those for quite a while, this was a natural fit.
Despite its compact size, I had no problem fitting all of my hardware. Cable management was simpler than I expected as well with a fairly large area in the back of the case.
For those who are wondering, we also used CableMod cables in order to set the cables to the colors that we wanted while shortening them to the perfect length for the ITX case. The purple, black, and white scheme looks stellar.
For this build, we went with the Intel i5-7600k and overclocked it to 4.9GHz. In all of the testing we did, the RX 480 didn’t go over 69°C when I was playing Battlefield 1 and it went to just around 60% utilization. As Battlefield games typically have heavy CPU usage I was glad to see that this one had no issues at all. Certainly moving forward, you’d be fine for any resolution of the game you wanted to play.
For motherboard, I went with the EVGA Stinger Z-170 Mini Itx motherboard. I’d like to say that all was fine with this motherboard, but in the end, I did have a few concerns and you might want to decide on something different.
Particularly the shroud that covers the Rear I/O looks attractive but, at the bottom, comes into contact with the PCI slot. So, I actually ended up removing some of the metal in order to make all of this work. Otherwise, the GPU would have been hitting right into the shroud.
One other issue I had was with the front panel USB and audio which were located near the rear I/O of the motherboard making it a nightmare to connect.
For power supply, I picked up the EVGA SuperNova 550 G2 gold rated PSU. This particular PSU would make it on our tier one list of power supplies for the money.
Sticking with the theme I picked up 16GB of DDR4 Crucial Sport memory at 2400Mhz. As I showed in my post on the best DDR4 memory for the money it’s one of the better values out there as well. In addition, it looks great with our build’s color scheme.
RX 480 Graphics Card and Benchmarks
As was mentioned in the title, we went with the new RX 480 from AMD. I’ve compared the RX 480 vs the GTX 970 in the past so I had a good idea of what to expect. Still, I wanted to use the Battlefield Alpha and Beta to do some additional in-game testing.
Battlefield 1 Ultra Settings 4x MSAA 64 Player Conquest
Before I continue with the benchmarks, I want to mention that these frame rates should continue to improve as we move out of the alpha, get updated drivers, and DirectX 12 support.
1440p: 58 FPS
1080p: 76 FPS
In addition to Battlefield 1 I decided to retest some games that I had done in the past with the RX 480 to see what we’d find. I did find a small increase in performance compared to what I had a couple weeks ago. All of these games are maxed and do not include anti-aliasing or NVIDIA GameWorks.
|Game||1440p (Maxed no AA, GameWorks)||1080p (Maxed no AA, GameWorks)|
|GTAV||72 FPS||99 FPS|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||53||72|
|Tom Clancy's The Division||41||58|
|Gears of War||69||98|
As you can see the RX 480 really does everything you’d want it to in 1080p while doing most of what you’d want in 1440p. 1440p games can, of course, be adjusted down a bit for additional frames. Be sure to watch the video below or comment if you have any additional questions on the build. Also be sure to check out 4 more builds for Battlefield 1.