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Introduction: Building a PC for GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V has now been released and you can read the official Rockstar Newswire post to read the official release statement from Rockstar and you can visit the official GTAV for PC website to learn more about the game itself. GTAV for PC is capable of running at 4K resolutions or higher and at frame rates of 60 FPS. Below you will see the minimum and recommended specifications for the game (as seen in this Rockstar.com post). Using the recommended requirements as outlined by Rockstar themselves, and real world specs, we have compiled the builds below that will play GTAV for PC at resolutions of 1920×1080 to 4K.

Below we have two builds – one that will be based on a higher than Rockstar’s recommended hardware specifications to play GTAV (basic GTAV build) and one that will max out the game no matter what (max settings GTAV build).

The goal here is to put together a couple of builds that will be the best spent cash on hardware to get the highest playable and maxed out settings on GTAV for PC per dollar spent on hardware. Check out the builds below and best of luck building your GTA V PC build.

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March 2015 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

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March 2015 Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

Welcome to the March 2015 Gaming PC Builds of the month article here at Newb Computer Build. This month bring s a fresh set of new PC cases for each build and features some newly release worthy liquid CPU coolers from Corsair, which have been included in the alternatives sections for the $1500 and $1000 builds.

Overall costs for each of the builds this month have gone done allowing for some more quality hardware in each and one of the major contributing factors is due to the fact that RAM has continued to decrease in price.

For the $1500 build we see a brand new very silent case along with a new PSU to accommodate for the major price increase in the previous one (yes I did say costs have gone down overall, however this piece of hardware was the exception). For anyone who wants to game at extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1440 and even play at higher resolutions than this, then this is the build for you. The $1000 build also includes a newly released case as well as a slight motherboard change, which happens to be priced very well right now. Finally, you won’t find too many changes to the budget $600 build, but it has taken a step up with the inclusion of a very elegantly designed compact micro atx case.

I hope you enjoy and for those who have any questions or just want to say hi, please feel free to leave a comment below. And to those building their very first PC, best of luck!

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March 2015 PC Builds ( $1469 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400 and 1920×1080

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $1469.57
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $238.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $34.99
Motherboard ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A $154.68
Graphics Card Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP Edition 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDMI DVI DisplayPort SLI Ready Graphics Cards ZT-90204-10P $533.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00 $115.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $52.25
SSD Samsung 850 Pro 128GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE128BW) $99.99
Power Supply Corsair RM Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply – CP-9020055-NA RM750 $99.99
Computer Case Cooler Master Silencio 652S – Silent Mid Tower Computer Case SIL-652-KKN2 $119.99
Optical Drive Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive IHAS124-14 $18.99

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

The $1500 build is more then capable of playing any game maxed at resolutions of 1920×1080 and even 2560x 1440 no problem. This build includes to go too main stream gaming processor, the Intel 4690K processor, a GTX 980 graphics card and this month I have included the newer Cooler Master Silencio 652S PC case.

The Intel i5 4690K processor is very easily overclocked and I have once again paired this with the ASUS Z97-A Motherboard – which has five-way optimization for one click total system optimization, M.S SATA Express and more (visit ASUS.com to learn more).

The CPU cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler, which is a worthy investment to take full advantage of the unlocked multiplier on the Intel 4690K processor, allowing an easy overclock. If you want to install a liquid CPU cooler instead, then I have also included the brand new Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX liquid cpu cooler in the upgrade suggestions table below.

For the graphics card, I chose the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP Edition, which has gone down slightly in price this month making it one of the most affordable GTX 980’s out right now.

The RAM package has stayed the same with the Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (8Gb X 2). 16Gb of memory is more then enough and it will last in a gaming pc build for years to come – and this kit of RAM has again gone down in cost, making RAM finally at a more reasonable cost level than it has been in previous months.

The included hard disk hard-drive used is the same one I’ve included for a few months now, the Seagate Barracuda 1TB. There is also an included Samsung 850 Pro 128GB Solid State Drive. The Samsung 850 PRO is one of the fastest SSD’s out at the moment and it  has 550MB/s Read speeds and 470MB/2 Write speeds. You can also opt for the 256 GB version of the Samsung 850 Pro if you scrapped the Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive for pretty much the same price given the saved cost of the Seagate drive.

Due to a huge price bump in the previous EVGA SuperNOVA 750 Watt PSU, I have chosen to instead go with the quality 750 Watt Corsair RM Series PSU. The RM Series PSU’s are very quiet (with a custom fan design and zero RPM fan mode), fully modular (clean cable management) and 80 Plus Gold Rated efficiency (read more at Corsair.com).

I have switched up the case to a Cooler Master Silencio 652S PC case. This case was released only a couple of months ago and provide very silent cooling using Cooler Master’s new Silencio FP 120mm fans which allow for very silent cooling,

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Gaming PC Keyboards Mice and Monitors – March 2015

March 2015 – Gaming PC Keyboard, Mice and Monitor Suggestions

Welcome to the peripheral suggestions for March 2015. This article is written as an aside and attachment to the March 2015 $600, $1000 and $1500 builds of the month. The gaming pc builds included in the monthly pc build article don’t include a mouse, keyboard, monitor or operating system, so this article is to serve those who ware wanting suggestions for the “complete package”, so to say.

This is not a comprehensive list or meant to be the best of the best, but these are some of the best in the respective “higher end”, “mid-range” &  “basic” peripheral (keyboard, mouse or monitor) categories for gaming specific builds.

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Gaming PC Keyboards Mice and Monitors – February 2015

February 2015 – Gaming PC Keyboard, Mice and Monitor Suggestions

Welcome to the peripheral suggestions for February 2015. This article is written as an aside to the February 2015 $600, $1000 and $1500 builds of the month. Those PC builds include the hardware you need to setup up the base PC, but over and above that if you don’t already own a keyboard, mouse and monitor, then your build would be useless. Furthermore, you will also need an operating system to run as the backbone to seamlessly run your hardware with your software / games, so there are also suggestions for OS’s included below.

By all means this is not a comprehensive list or meant to be the best of the best, but they are some of the best in the respective “higher end”, “mid-range” &  “basic” peripheral (keyboard, mouse or monitor) categories for gaming specific builds.

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The February 2015 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

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February 2015 Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

Welcome everyone to the February 2015 edition of the gaming pc builds of the month here are Newb Computer Build. I’m going to do an honest introduction here and simply state that these builds have, for the most part not changed at all since last month. Over the course of the last month prices have been stable with new hardware releases having minimal impact.

One note worthy hardware release was the GeForce GTX 960, which has a similar performance to the Radeon R9 280. For everyone that has been checking in on these monthly updates may notice that the Radeon R9 280 has been used  for a few months now with the $600 PC build – so naturally I was excited to be able to include the new GTX 960 this in that build, but to my dismay it just wan’t worth it. You can read more about why in the $600 build below.

Also, I want to note that RAM prices across the board have gone down in price significantly this month, which is great news for any PC builder this month.

Other then that, each build is just as solid as it was last month, where some hardware switched simply to save a few bucks, so read on and start the process into researching for your new builds. As always, if you have any questions please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond when I have a chance; conversation is more then welcome!

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February 2015 PC Builds ( $1489 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400, 1920×1080

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $1489.39
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $238.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $36.99
Motherboard ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A $144.99
Graphics Card Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP Edition 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDMI DVI DisplayPort SLI Ready Graphics Cards ZT-90204-10P $549.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00 $125.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $52.25
SSD Samsung 850 Pro 128GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE128BW) $109.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $111.22
Computer Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis with Window Cases PH-ES614P_BK $99.99
Optical Drive Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive – Bulk – IHAS124-04 (Black) $18.99

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

The $1500 build is more then capable of playing any game maxed, 1920×1080 resolutions and even easily up to resolutions of 2560x 1440 no problem. This build has stood strong for three months performance wise staying with the Intel 4690K processor, GTX 980 graphics card and I’ve even kept the case the same with the Phanteks Entho Pro Full Tower PC case. There has simply been no reason to change any of these with nothing better coming to market as of late.

The included processor is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is fully unlocked and very easily overclockable. The included ASUS Z97-A Motherboard has replaced the previous MSI Z97 Gaming 5 board to accommodate price increases, however this board is just as capable minus a few features.

The CPU cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler, which is a worthy investment to take full advantage of the unlocked multiplier on the Intel 4690K processor, allowing an easy overclock.

For the graphics card, I chose the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP Edition, which is priced at exactly what the GTX 980 should be priced at right now and it has gotten great reviews and it is priced just perfectly when compared to similar cards.

Our RAM package has stayed the same with the Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (8Gb X 2). 16Gb of memory is more then enough and it will last in a gaming pc build for years to come – also note that RAM has gone down in price significantly this month, which is just awesome.

The included hard disk hard-drive used is the same one I’ve included for a few months now, the Seagate Barracuda 1TB. There is also an included Samsung 850 Pro 128GB Solid State Drive. For the same price as the Samsung 840 PRO that has 550MB/s Read speeds and 470MB/2 Write speeds. You can also opt for the 256 GB version of the Samsung 850 Pro if you scrapped the Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive for pretty much the same price given the saved cost of the Seagate drive.

The power supply unit included is an EVGA SuperNOVA 750 Watt PSU. This is a feature packed quality built PSU that is fully modular Gold Certified PSU (with up to 90% efficiency). So this PSU will perform quietly and use less energy while also looking pretty good – in my opinion one of the best PSU buys in the 750Watt range these days. And on the plus side, this power supply dropped back down in price making it a fantastic purchase right now.

The full tower case included for the second month in a row is the Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower chassis. The one featured in the table above is a nice sleek looking one that does include the attractive side window, as there is also a non windowed version available for a little less. There have been no notable full tower PC case releases since last months article, so I thought it be best to include this very well values full towered case again.

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The January 2015 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

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January 2015 Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the January 2015 gaming pc builds of the month. I’m now going into the fourth full year of doing these monthly articles, which is just crazy to think about if you ask me, and I would like to thank everyone who tunes in monthly and to those coming here to learn and build for the first time.

Starting off January hardware prices seems to have gone up overall, but this is most likely due to post holiday inflation and all of the exciting things going on right now such as the 2015 International CES – Consumer Electronic Show where so many exciting things in the world tech and in pc hardware are announced every year. However, each build has been changed to accommodate for any price fluctuations and none of their performance have been affected in their respective budgets of $1500, $1000 and $600.

Along with the three main builds, there is also an included gaming pc peripherals section located at the very end of this article, which I urge anyone who needs a new mouse, keyboard or monitor to check out and also there is an operating systems section for those of you who need that as well.

I hope you enjoy this months builds and please feel free to leave a comment or question in the comments section below the article.

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January 2015 PC Builds ( $1500 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400, 1920×1080

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Estimated Price: $1499.89
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $238.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $34.99
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97 GAMING 5 $144.99
Graphics Card Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP Edition 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDMI DVI DisplayPort SLI Ready Graphics Cards ZT-90204-10P $549.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00 $139.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $54.00
SSD Samsung 850 Pro 128GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE128BW) $103.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $112.99
Computer Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis without Window Cases PH-ES614PC $98.46
Optical Drive Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive – Bulk – IHAS124-04 (Black) $18.77

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

There have been zero changes to overall performance of the $1500 build this month, however we have had to cut back on some of the hardware from December’s build to accommodate for price changes. Last month we saw a ton of price decreases in overall hardware costs, however with the new year price have caught up again.

The included processor is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is fully unlocked and very easily overclockable. Using the included MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard, you can easily overclock the 4690K and especially if you use the included OC Genie option on the motherboard (or you can manually do it). The MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard can overclock the processor and ram quite easily and comes with an array of features that can be read directly on MSI’s Website.

I have switched back to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler, down from last months upgrade to the Corsair Liquid H100i cooler, however this is due to costs, since that cooler is about $70 more.

For the graphics card, I chose the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP Edition, which is priced at exactly what the GTX 980 should be priced at right now and it has gotten great reviews and it is priced just perfectly when compared to similar cards.

Our RAM package has stayed the same with the Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (8Gb X 2). 16Gb of memory is more then enough and it will last in a gaming pc build for years to come.

The included hard disk hard-drive used is the same one I’ve included for a few months now, the Seagate Barracuda 1TB. There is also an included Samsung 850 Pro 128GB Solid State Drive. For the same price as the Samsung 840 PRO that has 550MB/s Read speeds and 470MB/2 Write speeds. You can also opt for the 256 GB version of the Samsung 850 Pro if you scrapped the Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive for pretty much the same price given the saved cost of the Seagate drive. Likewise, you could get a 250GB regular Samsung 850 250GB SSD for $132; it all depends on how much space you have and how much you have to put towards your storage.

The power supply unit included is an EVGA SuperNOVA 750 Watt PSU. This is a feature packed quality built PSU that is fully modular Gold Certified PSU (with up to 90% efficiency). So this PSU will perform quietly and use less energy while also looking pretty good – in my opinion one of the best PSU buys in the 750Watt range these days. And on the plus side, this power supply dropped back down in price making it a fantastic purchase right now.

The full tower case included for the second month in a row is the Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower chassis. The one featured in the table above is a nice sleek looking one version without the side window, as there is also a windows version available. So far there have been no notable new PC case releases since last months article, so I thought it be best to include this very well values full towered case again.

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The December 2014 Gaming PC Builds of the Month

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December 2014 Gaming PC Builds of the Month

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

Welcome to the final month of gaming pc builds for the year 2014. It’s been an exciting year and gaming pc’s keep getting stronger, faster and more impressive all the time – hence why I do these monthly gaming pc builds here at Newb Computer Build. To that, I would also like to thank all of the amazing readers who stop by to read through the articles and to the new builders who are stopping by for the first time by wishing you a Happy Holidays and New Year as you go through the rest of this month.

Here at the beginning of December, it looks like hardware prices have finally started to simmer down and actually stabilize a little. In the previous couple of months the prices of the new graphics cards were volatile and even RAM prices were much higher then usual, but this seems to not be the case at the moment. Also, I have included a third peripherals option sections this time – The “Mid-Range Peripherals” section has been added to further capture your options within three categories of hardware, so also check that out at the bottom of the article.

The $1500 saw a price drop overall, which enabled the inclusion of a liquid cpu cooler this month. Along with that, the graphics card was switched to the current most affordable GTX 970, the SSD has faster write times for the same price and the new case is a nice, sleek Full Tower Phantek Entho Pro.

In the $1000 seems to be a slightly downgraded $1500 build and even more so this month. This is because the $1000 build includes the same PC Case the Phanktek Enthoo Pro, however without the side window making it more affordable. This build also includes a G1 Series EVGA Power supply versus the G2. The $1000 build though, is a highly performing machine using the combination of the Intel 4690K processor and its GTX 970 graphics card.

For our most affordable build, the $600 build, we were able to include a better pc case this month, which upgrades the appeal of the $600 that much more. The Cooler Master N200 micro atx case was included with the extra cost space this month since the AD FX6300 processor seems to keep getting cheaper at an all time $89 low right now. The final change in the $600 build was the switch tot he Gigabyte R9 280 graphics card.

I hope you enjoy this months builds and please feel free to leave a comment or questions in the comments section below the article.

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December 2014 PC Builds ( $1517 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400, 1920×1080

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Estimated Price: $1517
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $209.99
Cooler Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i $99.99
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97 GAMING 5 $144.99
Graphics Card EVGA EVGA GTX980 Superclocked ACX 2.0 4GB GDDR5 256bit, DVI-I, DP x 3, HDMI, SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 04G-P4-2983-KR $549.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00 (*Down $13) $124.99 ($20 cheaper)
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $49.99
SSD Samsung 850 Pro 128GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE128BW) $96.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $123.00
Computer Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis PH-ES614P_WT White $99.99
Optical Drive LG Electronics Internal Super Multi Drive Optical Drives GH24NSC0B $17.99

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The November 2014 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

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November 2014 Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

Welcome to the November 2014 edition of the Gaming PC Builds of the month here at Newb Computer Build. Last month we had the introduction of Nvidia’s new line of graphics cards with the only downside being the popularity of these cards, which has resulted in volatile price changes and unpredictable supplies. They are back again and without any regrets. The GTX 980 and GTX 970 are in the $1500 and $1000 respectfully and with good reason; these are fantastic cards and are worthy purchases. Check out the three builds below and bath in their glory.

I have had a few or so individuals over the course of these articles mention there are no operating systems (or peripherals) included in any of the gaming pc builds. So this November I have decided to include some suggestions at the end of this article of both some gaming pc peripheral suggestions as well as some OS options. If you are going to purchase an operating system you may need to budget for another $90 or so if you decide to go with a Windows OS and perhaps even more so if you still need some extra PC peripherals.

If you want some peripheral considerations for these November 2014 Gaming PC Builds, then please check out the newly included peripheral category tables at the end of the article for a couple of suggestions. By no means are these suggestions comprehensive or the only options I’m wanting to suggest, but they are there to either fulfill a quick option for yourself or to get you started in your decision making. You will see included in the peripheral suggestions table a “higher end” & “basic” peripheral suggestion for a mouse, keyboard and monitor setup.

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November 2014 PC Builds ( $1490 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400, 1920×1080

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Estimated Price: $1490
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $229.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $33.03
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97 GAMING 5 $146.99
Graphics Card EVGA EVGA GTX980 Superclocked ACX 2.0 4GB GDDR5 256bit, DVI-I, DP x 3, HDMI, SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 04G-P4-2983-KR


ALTERNATIVE GRAPHICS CARD: GTX 780Ti –

PNY GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB CC Graphics Cards VCGGTX780T3XPB-CC ($429)

*Note: The GTX 780Ti has been discontinued since the release of the GTX 780, and thus has been discounted heavily, so if you can purchase it for much less then $550 (as the GTX 780 is) then it may be a worthy purchase saving you some cash.

$569.99(*Might be able to find a GTX 980 for $550)
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00 (*Down $13) $144.29
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $53.95
SSD Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive (*Down $10) $91.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $114.99
Computer Case NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Case – White $89.99
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS 24X SATA DVD±RW Internal Drive $14.99

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The October 2014 – Gaming PC Builds of the Month

Gaming PC Builds – October 2014

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October 2014 Gaming PC Builds of the Month

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

October 2014 has been a great month for the three ($600, $1000 & $1500) builds included in the monthly gaming pc builds of the month here at Newb Computer Build. All of the builds have been revamped in one way or another and the major reason is due to NVIDIA’s recent release of their GTX 970 & 980 graphics cards, which provide a huge performance boost for the builds you’ll find below.

The builds you will find below include a budget $600, $1000 and $1500 build. These builds are capable of gaming on extreme settings of 2560×1600 (even on multi monitor setups), 1920×1080 and medium to high settings at 1920×1080 respectfully in most games as the builds get higher in cost. If you have a different budget in mind, there is an included hardware alternatives table located below each build’s writeup below, or you can always leave a comment in the comments section and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

If you are in the market for a brand new budget gaming pc build, then fret no further and read on below for the October 2014 gaming pc builds of the month. Do remember that these builds are not constrained purely to their respective budgets and that they are flexible depending on your gaming hardware needs, price changes and personal preference.

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October 2014 PC Builds ( $1506 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600, 1920×1080

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Estimated Price: $ 1506
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $235.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $34.41
Motherboard ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A $139.99
Graphics Card Zotac Zotac GeForce GTX 980 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDMI DVI DisplayPort SLI Ready Graphics Card ZT-90201-10P Graphics Cards ZT-90201-10P $549.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00 $157.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $53.99
SSD Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive $104.00
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $112.99
Computer Case Corsair Vengeance Series Artic White C70 Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011019-WW) $98.99
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0B $17.99

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Gaming PC Builds of the Month: September 2014

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September 2014 Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

Welcome one and all to the September 2014 gaming pc builds of the month. The builds you will find below include a budget $600, $1000 and $1500 build that are capable of gaming on extreme settings of 2560×1600, 1920×1080 and medium to high settings at 1920×1080 respectfully in most games as the builds get higher in cost. If you have a different budget in mind, there is also an included hardware alternatives table located below each build’s writeup below, or you can always leave a lovely comment in the comments section.

Since last month there has been little in hardware releases in the gaming pc hardware world within the last month, but prices have shifted around. There is however one release worth noting in that Samsung did release another high end contender Solid State Drive to its current line of SSD’s – the Samsung 850 PRO. I note this because I do believe if you can splurge a little, an SSD is a great purchase; especially a higher end SSD.  The Samsung 850 PRO has been quoted to being one of the best internal drives on the market…not necessarily for the cost though. That being said, this card is not included in any of the builds, but if you do have a hefty budget, then it may be a worthwhile consideration.

If you are in the market for a brand new budget gaming pc build, then fret no further and read on below for the September 2014 gaming pc builds of the month. Do remember that these builds are not constrained purely to their respective budgets and that they are flexible depending on your gaming hardware needs, price changes and personal preference.

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September 2014 PC Builds ( $1494 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600, 1920×1080 and

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $ 1494
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $234.67
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $31.87
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97 GAMING 5 $146.99
Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 DUAL DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express BF4 Edition Graphics Card (21226-00-53G) $519.99
RAM Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB Kit (2×8 GB Modules) 1600MHz 240-pin DDR3 Non-ECC CL10 Desktop Memory KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G $149.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $53.99
SSD Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive $104.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $112.99
Computer Case NZXT Technologies PHANTOM 530 BLACK Computer Cabinet (CA-PH530-B1) – Black $120.65
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0B $17.99

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Budget Gaming PC Builds July & August 2014 – $600 – $1000 – $1500

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Gaming PC Builds – July & August 2014

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Introduction:

Welcome to the July & August 2014 edition of the gaming pc builds over here at Newb Computer Build. Summer time fun has gotten in the way of a prompt July build article, so I have combined both of the months of July & August in to this particular build article.

Devil’s Canyon has now been rolled out and you will see the new Intel 4690K processor featured in the both $1500 and $1000 builds. You will also notice in those two builds, that the graphics cards were pumped up to give you even better gaming performance. You may also notice the the builds this month are a tad MSI crazy, however this is only because, MSI has priced their GAMING 5 motherboard and each builds respective graphics cards perfectly this month.

Each build has qualities that each budget oriented individual can respect so I urge you to take a look at each one of them and decide which you think you belong. If you have any questions with regards to these builds or one that you are trying to customize for yourself, please leave a comment below and I will try to respond as soon as I can.

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July & August 2014 PC Builds ( $1514 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600

Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 1514
Processor 

Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690KPrice: $238.99
Cooler 

Cooler Master Seidon 120M – PC CPU Liquid Water Cooling System, All-In-One Kit with 120mm Radiator and FanPrice: $64.99
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97 GAMING 5Price: $146.99
Graphics Card MSI Computer Corp. AMD Radeon R9 290X Gaming OC 4GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R9 290X GAMING 4GPrice: $479.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00Price: $144.99
Hard Drive 

Western Digital 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive, Black, WD1003FZEXPrice: $74.50
SSD Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive 

Price: $116.64

Power Supply 

EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR 

Price: $109.99

Computer Case 

Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 High Airflow ATX Cube Case CC-9011030-WW – Black 

Price: $119

Optical Drive 

LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0B 

Price: $17.99

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June 2014 Gaming PC Builds of the Month

Gaming PC Builds – June 2014

Jump to a specific budget build –

June 2014 Gaming PC BuildsIntroduction:

We have some exciting changes to the builds this month depending on your budget. The $1500 build has had the most in overall changes with a new graphics card, motherboard, hard drive and a newly released pc case. With the release of the new Z97 chipsets, I decided to include a new motherboard to accommodate the Intel 4670K’s in both the $1500 build and the $1000 build, so if you have been waiting for the Z97 releases or want to taste a newly release line of motherboards now is your chance.

For the $600 build there is bump up in graphics card power with an included R9 270 graphics card and there was some space in the budget to finally include a stylish / more appealing pc case.

If you are new to the monthly builds then I welcome you and should you have any questions, comments or suggestions, then please feel free to leave a comment below this article and start a conversation.

 

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June 2014 PC Builds ( $1480 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600

Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 1480
Processor Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache – BX80646I54670KPrice: $234.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)Price: $32.69
Motherboard ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-APrice: $151.65
Graphics Card ASUS Direct CU II Thermal Design with Direct-GPU Contact 10mm Copper Heat Pipe Graphics Card GTX780-DC2OC-3GD5Price: $488.79
RAMCrucial Ballistix Sport Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00Price: $139.99
Hard Drive Western Digital 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive, Black, WD1003FZEXPrice: $79.24
SSD Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State DrivePrice: $109.99
Power Supply Corsair RM Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply – CP-9020055-NA RM750Price: $122.99
Computer Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro F Full Tower Chassis with Window Cases PH-ES614PPrice: $99.99
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0BPrice: $15.99

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

For $1500 you can have one killer gaming pc – included is an Intel 4670K, easily overclock able and a GTX 780 graphics card. This build will pound any game you throw at it (dependent on resolution).

New for this month is the inclusion of a new Z97 chipset motherboard, specifically the Asus Z97-A motherboard. Is it a huge benefit over the previous z87’s? Well not entirely, but it does offer SATA-E or SATA Express, which did turn out to be not such a big deal or rather a letdown. However, this is a futureproof board (not that that matters too much in a mobo) and is priced right with a load of features – check them out on the official ASUS product page for the ASUS Z97-A motherboard.

For  graphics card we have an Asus GTX 780, a powerful card that is priced very good right now. Due to some wiggle room in the budget this month, the hard drive has been switched from a 1TB Western Digital Blue to a 1TB Western Digital Black – this should increase load times slightly on your main drive. There is an included Samsung PRO 128GB SSD, so this does offer a quick boot drive solution, however if you want to put more on to your SSD another option would be too get rid of the Western Digital Black and simply upgrade to a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB or higher SSD.

The PC case chosen is a new very well priced Full Tower case, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro – which includes a ton of features and for only $99, a rare find for this cost for a new Full Tower case.

Phantek Enthoo Pro Features (From: http://www.phanteks.com )

Enthoo Pro includes 1 x 200mm fan in front and 1 x 140mm fan in the rear. Ability to upgrade to additional fans is possible. All fans included are Phanteks’ new redesigned and better performing SP series fans. Budget friendly case, Phanteks’ Enthoo Pro, unleash unlimited possibilities.

Appearance:
-Brushed plastic with an aluminum appearance
-Stealth interior: hidden PSU / hidden HDD

Cooling:
-Extreme cooling capacity
– 2 included Phanteks’ premium fans
– The PWM hub makes it possible to control all the connected fans (also 3-pin fans) with PWM function through 1 PWM connector and create a better cable management.
– Extensive water cooling support. Provides up to 4 different installation areas for slim and thick radiators varying from single to triple (120mm and 140mm form factors). Clearance for push-pull fan configurations.
– Innovative liquid cooling mounting systems: radiator brackets for easy installation

Functionality:
– Closed HDD panel strengthens the chassis’ rigidity, even when both HDD cages are removed.
– Removable Drop-n-Lock SSD bracket that can be installed on 2 different locations. (1 bracket incl.)
– Removable dust filters for easy maintenance.
– Pre-installed cable management tools behind the motherboard tray that can be fastened and released.
– 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack
The rest of the hardware we have that was included in the previous month is 16Gb of Crucial Ballistix DDR3 RAM, a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler, a 750 Watt Corsair RM series  power supply and an LG optical drive.

$1500 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives

If you have a little extra to spend on the $1500 build, then below are a few suggestions. If you want to dedicate more storage space solely to your SSD, then perhaps a larger 512GB Samsung PRO SDD is a worthy upgrade – you could even skip on the Western Digital Black hard drive above and dedicate some cash for a bigger SSD (like the Samsung 840 PRO 256GB or 512GB versions).

We also have an Intel 4770K i7 for those who want to use their PC for functionality besides gaming or want to optimize their builds for recent games like Watch Dogs. You could also pump some extra cash into more graphics power by either going with a single card like EVGA geForce 780 Ti or by doing SLI with another ASUS GTX 780.

Also, please *note that if you do decide to SLI with another GTX 780 3GB graphics card, you might want to also upgrade the power supply unit to 850W (ie. Corsair RM 850 Watt)

Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K ($334.98) – Ideal for anyone who does video / graphics work etc. on top of gaming
SLI with another –
ASUS Direct CU II Thermal Design with Direct-GPU Contact 10mm Copper Heat Pipe Graphics Card GTX780-DC2OC-3GD5 (+$488.79)
Get a better single Graphics Cards: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, 3GB, 3072MB,GDDR5 384bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (03G-P4-2881-KR) Graphics Cards 03G-P4-2881-KR ($699.95) –
A Larger SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($394.72)


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June 2014 PC Builds ( $997 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions and even High Settings in some games at 2560×1600

Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 997
Processor Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache – BX80646I54670KPrice: $234.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)Price: $32.69
MotherboardASUS Z97-A ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-APrice: $151.65
Graphics Card

EVGA GeForce GTX760 w/EVGA ACX Cooler 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2763-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2763-KRPrice: $249.95
RAM41BpS+fINEL._SL110_ Kingston KHX16C9B1RK2/8X HyperX Red 8GB (4GB 512M x 64-Bit x 2 pcs.) DDR3-1600 CL9 240-Pin DIMM KitPrice: $69.99
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $58.99
SSD *none – check the additions / alternatives section below for options!
Power Supply XFX PRO650W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 650 Energy Star Certified Power SupplyPrice: $81.24
Computer CaseCooler Master HAF XB EVO Cooler Master HAF XB EVO (HAF XB Rev. 2) – High Air Flow Cube Style ATX Computer Case with Removable Drive Cages and Dual 120mm XtraFlo FansPrice: $99.36
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0BPrice: $15.99

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )

For the $1000 build for June 2014, I have made a few changes. There is a new motherboard included this month – and you may have noticed it is the same as included in the $1500 build, a new Z97 motherboard socketed – Asus Z97-A motherboard. This board was included in Toms Hardware’s “Intel Z97 Express: Five Enthusiast Motherboards, $120 To $160” and is currently priced well compared to it’s competitors.

For a case this month, I have decided to re-feature a cooler master HAF XB EVO case. This is a very unique case in that it is a cube shaped high air flow ATX pc case. I have always had a fascination with this case since you don’t see too much of its test bench type designs in many of main stream pc cases, and it does it very well. Likewise, for the exact same price you could also go with the same case as in the $1500 build if you want to try a brand new Full Tower PC case with tons of room with the Phantek Enthoo Pro.

Following suite with last months $1000 build, I include an Intel 4670K i5 processor, an EVGA GTX 760 graphics card, a Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler, 8Gb of Kingston HyperX Red RAM, a 1TB Western Digital Blue Hard drive, an XFX 650 Watt PRO power supply and an LG optical drive.

$1000 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives

Below are some hardware additions should you have some extra cash and want to upgrade a specific piece to the above build.

For those of you that do some serious gaming or are considering gaming at higher then 1080p resolutions then you might want to consider bumping up your graphics cards with either an upgrade to a single XFX Radeon R9 280X or better yet getting a second EVGA GeForce GTX 760 and SLI’ing your cards.

Since there is no SSD included in the base $1000 build I do suggest you highly considering one if you funds allow. The Samsung 840 PRO series is a great high quality SSD and 128GB is a perfect starting point to use is as your boot drive with some of your most used apps / games. For those that simply want more space for large sums of media etc. you could consider getting a 2TB drive (doubling your space) with the Seagate Barracuda 2TB drive.

Also, please *note that if you do decide to SLI with another GeForce GTX 760 graphics card, you may want to also upgrade the power supply unit to 850W (ie. Corsair RM 850 Watt) – Just to be safe – although you could probably get away with the included 750 Watts; up to you!


$600 Gaming PC Build of the Month

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $596 ): June 2014

(Game at Smoothly with Medium – High settings at 1920X1080 resolutions)

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

 
Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 596.42
Processor AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black EditionPrice: $118.49
Motherboard
MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)
 
 
 
 
Price $69.99
Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/DP Dual-X with Boost and OC Version PCI-Express Graphics Cards 11220-00-20G
 
 
 
Price: $159.99
RAM41BpS+fINEL._SL110_ Kingston KHX16C9B1RK2/8X HyperX Red 8GB (4GB 512M x 64-Bit x 2 pcs.) DDR3-1600 CL9 240-Pin DIMM KitPrice: $69.99
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $58.99
Power Supply Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX600)Price: $62.99
Computer Case Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z No PS Mid Tower Gaming Case (Black)
Price: $39.68
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0BPrice: $15.99

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

We have a couple of great revisions to the $600 gaming pc build for June. Included is a Sapphire Radeon R9 270 graphics card, replacing the previous R7 265 for roughly the same cost. Also, this month left some room in the budget for a better more stylish, Thermaltake V3 Black Edition PC case – This should add a little more appeal and style to the $600 build.

Along with those newer upgrades included again is the AMD FX 6300 processors (easily overclockable), the MSI 970A-G46 motherboard, 8GB of Kingston HyperX Red RAM, 1Tb Western Digital Blue hard drive, a 600W Corsair Builder series power supply and an LG optical drive.

Upgrades / Alternatives for the $600 Gaming PC Build:

These upgrades and alternatives below are for anyone who might have some extra spending cash or want some ideas for future upgrades.

The upgrades and alternatives this month include an upgraded eight core AMD FX-8320 processor, which this month is not too much more costly then the AMD fx 6300, so it could be a definite consideration. Likewise you could also bump the graphics card up to a MSI GTX 760 for more juice while gaming.  You could consider also spending some ore cash and style the build up a little more with an NZXT Phantom 410 White Mid Tower case or even speeding up boot and software loading times with an affordable Crucial M500 120GB solid state drive.

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