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July 2015 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

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July 2015 Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

The last couple months have had a plethora of new graphics card releases and given this I have been quite excited to see what has been worthy enough to replace the current cards in these monthly builds. Last month we saw the introduction of the GTX 980 Ti into the high end $1500 build, which was well worth its inclusion and especially so for those that have already went ahead and purchased this newer card. That’s because this month we have just seen AMD’s newly released R9 FuryX, said to be capable of extreme 4K gaming. However the AMD R9 FuryX just doesn’t quite push through to replace the GTX 980 Ti, so here it will stay included into the $1500 build.

Not all is lost for AMD’s newer graphics cards though. You will see in the $1000 build this month that I have included two graphics cards – the GTX 970 and the newly release AMD R9 390 graphics card. I have left it up to you to decide which you’ll go with as both of these cards perform relatively similar in most situations seen and they are the exact same price.

Where AMD has come through this month though, is with the $600 build. I have included the new AMD R9 380 to replace the previous GTX 960 since it does outperform this previously card slightly. The GTX 960 was released not too long ago and even though more efficient using less power to get its job done, it just doesn’t pull through quite as hard making me drop it out of the $600 build this time around.

I hope you enjoy the gaming pc builds for July 2015 and if you have any questions / comments or other budget considerations please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll start the conversation for this month. Best of luck building!

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July 2015 PC Builds ( $1495 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400 and 1920×1080 & 4K!

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $1495.00
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) $31.24
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK (Black Edition) Motherboard Core i7/i5/i3 LGA1150 Intel Z97 Express ATX RAID Gigabit LAN (Integrated Graphics) $129.99
Graphics Card Zotac GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDMI DVI DisplayPort SLI Ready Graphics Card ZT-90501-10P $649.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) UDIMM Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00/ BLS2CP8G3D1609DS1S00 $94.99
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $44.99
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E120B/AM) $73.59
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $121.10
Computer Case Zalman USA NEO Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case $94.42 Zalman Z11 Neo
Optical Drive Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive IHAS124-14 $18.38

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

The $1500 simply put, is for those want to game with extreme settings and game up to resolutions as high as 4K with ease. This was possible last month with the introduction of the newly release GTX 980 Ti graphics card, which came in at about 20-30% faster then the previously included GTX 980 (non “Ti” card). This month AMD had released a slew of new graphics cards, including the R9 FuryX, which comes liquid cooled and is AMDs new 4K champion card. However, this R9 FuryX performs about 10% less then that of the GTX 980Ti in average frame rates across a range of games (according to pcgamer) .

The processor used again is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is very easily overclocked, if you wanted to bump up the processor to an i7, then please refer to the alternatives table below, however the benefit for a pure gamer will be minimal, however you may see the benefit should you do more then just game (ie. render video, graphics and the such).

I have switched up the motherboard this month to a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK (Black Edition) Motherboard, since the previous MSI board shot up in price for no apparent reason. This Gigabyte board is more then capable of overclocking the included processor quite well, supports multi graphics (SLI & crossfire) and a whole bunch of other features. You can learn more directly on this motherboards specifications webpage on Gigabytes website.

The CPU cooler once again 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 Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX liquid cpu cooler in the upgrade suggestions table below should your budget allow.

As mentioned above, the included graphics card is a GTX 980 Ti. This month we have a  Zotac Geforce GTX 980 Ti graphics card, boasting a whopping 6Gb of memory GDDR5 and accelerated by the NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture. According to pcgamer, this cards performance is about 20-30% faster then the GTX 980 & 50-70% faster then the GTX 970.

We still have an included 16Gb of RAM in the $1500 build, but for July I have switched it up to a slick looking kit of 16GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport. Yet again, RAM has gone down a little further in price, so now is definitely a cost effective time to purchase a 16GB kit of RAM.

The included hard-drive used is the same one I’ve included for a few months now, the Seagate Barracuda 1TB, which is plenty of space for most gamers. Also included is a Samsung 850 EVO 120GB Solid State Drive. The SSD is to be used as your boot drive where you should install your operating system and most used software. That way you can boot everything used the most as efficiently as possible while using the larger Seagate drive to store larger media items and less used software. Likewise, you could skip the Seagate drive all together and get a 240GB SSD should you not need the extra space.

The power supply used again is the EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 Gold Certified power supply, which is a high quality & efficient PSU and I highly recommend it and it should be enough juice to power this beast of a gaming machine.

The PC case is a new release coming in at only about a month old, the Zalman NEO. This is a very nice looking case, albeit only a mid tower (look at the alternatives table for a full tower suggestion), but it comes in with some style and plenty of room for everything included in this build. Thanks to a new “Zalman cooling solution”, this case is optimized for strong cooling while also keeping the noise down. It has brushed aluminum style frontal door and SFX styled top Air Vent gives off dynamic feel, which I feel gives it a type of modern appeal. To learn more please visit zalman.com.

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Gaming PC Keyboards Mice and Monitors – July 2015

July 2015 – Gaming PC Keyboard, Mice and Monitor Suggestions

The following are the best PC gaming mice, keyboard and monitor suggestions for July 2015. This article is written to coincide with the July 2015 $600, $1000 and $1500 builds of the month, where the hardware for the gaming pc itself is suggested, however there are no peripherals included (gaming mice, keyboards & monitors). This article includes these peripheral suggestions for each and in the three separate budget categories of higher end, mid-range and basic peripheral sections. Each month I will update the following peripheral sections if anything needs changing or if there have been any new & notable additions to any of the categories.

For July 2015, the peripherals have stayed pretty much the same with the exception of some of the prices, so keep an eye out for that if you’ve been planning out your PC build over the last few months. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below. Also, if you have any suggestions for some great peripherals that you’ve either tried or heard of, then feel free to let others know in the comments section below as well.

This is not a comprehensive list or meant to always be the best of the best for any particular use, but these are some of the best and new peripheral suggestions separated in their respective “higher end”, “mid-range” &  “basic” (keyboard, mouse or monitor) categories for gaming pc builds. Always keep in mind that as gamers, we play unique games and have a unique playing style, so take that into consideration when investing in your gaming arsenal.

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Higher End Gaming PC Peripherals – July 2015

The “higher end” peripherals are meant to showcase some of the more popular higher end / gaming specific peripheral hardware that one might consider to have the top of the line gaming peripherals. Keep in mind, these are not the most expensive gaming hardware peripherals one can buy, but a collection of the higher quality / more popular hardware for gamers. If you play specific types of games (MMO’S vs high FPS) then you might want to look into specific gaming hardware geared for those games, either way the list below should still be relevant.

The keyboard included again is the Razer BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, with fully programmable keys and 5 additional gaming keys with on the fly macro recording. mechanical keys with distinct tactile feel and fast response and more [learn more at razerzone.com]; this is definitely one of the best overall gaming keyboards for most gaming styles and in addition you can customize it to appeal to your taste through customized chroma backlighting.

The included mouse is the Logitech G502 Proteus Core – a very comfortable all around gaming mouse with 11 large programmable buttons and easily one of the best mice out there, and is a great mouse for playing any time of PC game [learn more at gaming.logitech.com]. This mouse is a definite choice for any variety of gaming / gamers.

There are two monitors included below and each depends on what gaming resolution you might prefer. The first is probably the most popular higher resolution 2560X1440 monitors, the ASUS PG278Q ROG Swift gaming monitor. This a large 27 inch display with a very sharp image, a 144Hz refresh rate (provides super smooth motion performance) a 1ms response time and some additional gaming features (read more at asus.com).

The second monitor is the Acer XB280HK bprz, a large monitor providing smooth gameplay in a 28-inch 4K resolution display. I’ve included this monitor since the $1500 is more then capable or playing gaming at 4K Ultra HD resolutions, which includes the newer GTX 980 Ti graphics card. To learn more about the AcerXB280HK bprz monitor, please visit us.acer.com.

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June 2015 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds – June 2015

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June 2015 Gaming PC Builds of the Month

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

Hello everyone and welcome to the June 2015 edition of the gaming pc builds of the month. For those of you who are planning on building with the more costly $1500 build, then this is the month for you. On the first of June the GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card was released and it is included into the $1500 build this month. To give you an idea of the impact this card has, geforce.com states it as “…[the GTX 980 Ti] delivers unbeatable 4K and virtual reality experience” and according to benchmarks the GTX 980 Ti’s performance is approximately 20-30% faster then the GTX 980.

Looking at the other two builds (the $100 and $600 builds), there haven’t been a ton of changes, but I have switched the components that have switched in cost or included those that have gone down. The $600 build for the second month in a row includes the upgrade to the AMD 8320 processor and is a fantastic budget build capable higher end 1920×1080 resolution gaming. There were a few minor changes in the $1000 build, including the addition of the newly released Antec P70 budget gaming pc case.

If you have any questions with regards to any of the builds, hardware or your specific build configuration, then feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to help you out. Likewise feel free to start a discussion or just say hi. Now…on to the June 2015 gaming pc builds!

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June 2015 PC Builds ( $1490 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400 and 1920×1080 & 4K!

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $1489.88
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) $31.24
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97 GAMING 5 $134.99
Graphics Card *New (GTX 980 Ti – 20-30% faster than the GTX 980) – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Overclocked 6GB GBBR5 PCiE Video Card Graphics Cards GV-N98TD5-6GD-B

 

Alternative Card (GTX 980) –MSI Graphics Cards GTX 980 GAMING 4G

$649.99
RAM Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM – Black (HX316C10FBK2/16) $99.99
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $50.97
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E120B/AM) $67.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $110.99
Computer Case NZXT S340 No Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Case Cases CA-S340W-W1 $69.99
Optical Drive *optional – The NZXT S340 does not have an optical drive bay, so either you install this externally or install your OS / software via USB.Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive IHAS124-14 $18.25

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

Looking for a 4K capable build, or wanting to play literally any game out there maxed out no problem otherwise – then this is the build for you. The $1500 build has a major bump up in potential for the month of June 2015 with the inclusion of the new GTA 980 Ti graphics card – which, according to pcgamer is about 20-30 percent faster then the GTX 980, and 50-70 percent faster then the GTX 970.

The processor used again is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is very easily overclocked and I have paired this with the MSI Z97 GAMING 5 motherboard, which has some nice built in features like a row of voltage detection points to help with the needs of enthusiast overclockers – this motherboard’s overclocking ability is great and one should have no problem pushing the Intel 4690K processor to its limits. The same goes for overclocking the Intel i7 4790K should you decide to go with that from the hardware alternatives section below.

The CPU cooler once again 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 Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX liquid cpu cooler in the upgrade suggestions table below should your budget allow.

The biggest addition this month is the GTX 980 Ti Graphics card. Included is the Gigabyte Geforce GTX 980 Ti graphics card, boasting a whopping 6Gb of memory GDDR5 and accelerated by the NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture. According to pcgamer, this card performace about 20-30% faster then the GTX 980 & 50-70% faster then the GTX 970. Check out the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti announcement video –

We still have an included 16Gb of RAM in the $1500 build, but for June I have switched it up to a slick looking kit of 16GB of Kingston HyperX FURY Black RAM. It’s not any better then the previous kit I’ve included for a few months now, but it’s just cheaper; it just happens to look cooler.

The included hard-drive used is the same one I’ve included for a few months now, the Seagate Barracuda 1TB, which is plenty of space for most gamers. Also included is a Samsung 850 EVO 120GB Solid State Drive – this is a sight downgrade from the previous months faster SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB SSD, but I have made this switch in order to pack in as much power as possible with the GTC 980 Ti.

The power supply used again is the EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 Gold Certified power supply, which is a super high quality & efficient PSU and I highly recommend it and it should be enough juice to power this beast of a gaming machine.

For the case this month I’ve included a newer budget mid tower case – the NZXT S340. I’ve included this case for two reasons; first it’s cheap enough to squeeze everything into the $1500 build on budget and second, I like to showcase notable newer released PC hardware (released end of 2014). The NZXT S340 comes at a lower budget, but definitely has the qualities of a more premium minimalistic case. The case comes in white, black, black / blue and black / red and has the following specifications (to learn more visit nzxt.com):

(Keep in mind that the NZXT S340 doesn’t have an optical drive bay, so if you decide to purchase the included one, you will have to use it externally to install any software you have or just install everything via USB or equivalent)

Drive Bays External 5.25″: 0
Internal 3.5″: 2+1
Internal 2.5″: 2
Cooling System Front: 2x 140/2x120mm
Top: 1x 140/120mm (1 x 120mm FN V2 Fans Included)
Rear: 1x 120mm (1 x 120mm FN V2 Fan Included)
Filters Front (Included)
Bottom Rear(Included)
Radiator Support Front 2 x 140 or 2 x 120mm
Rear 1 x 120mm
Clearance GPU Clearance With Radiator: 334mm
GPU Clearance Without Radiator: 364mm
CPU Cooler: 161mm
Cable Management: Lowest Point – 17mm; Highest Point 168mm
Dimensions 200mm x 445mm x 432mm
Material SECC Steel, ABS Plastic
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
Expansion Slots 7
External Electronics 1 x Audio/Mic
2x USB 3.0
Product Weight 7.05 kg
UPC 15671012111 (White)
15671012128 (Black)
USB 3.0 Ports 2
Warranty 2 Years

 

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Gaming PC Keyboards Mice and Monitors – June 2015

June 2015 – Gaming PC Keyboard, Mice and Monitor Suggestions

The following are the best PC gaming mice, keyboard and monitor suggestions for June 2015. This article is written as an attachment to the June 2015 $600, $1000 and $1500 builds of the month, where the hardware for the gaming pc itself is suggested, however there are no peripherals included. The gaming pc builds included in the monthly pc build article don’t include a mouse, keyboard, monitor or operating system, so this article includes suggestions for each and in the three separate budget categories of higher end, mid-range and basic peripheral sections. Each month I will update the following peripheral sections if anything needs changing or if there have been any new & notable additions to any of the categories.

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

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Higher End Gaming PC Peripherals – June 2015

The “higher end” peripherals are meant to showcase some of the more popular higher end / gaming specific peripheral hardware that one might consider to have the top of the line gaming peripherals. Keep in mind, these are not the most expensive gaming hardware peripherals one can buy, but a collection of the higher quality / more popular hardware for gamers. If you play specific types of games (MMO’S vs high FPS) then you might want to look into specific gaming hardware geared for those games, either way the list below should still be relevant.

The keyboard included again is the Razer BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, with fully programmable keys and 5 additional gaming keys with on the fly macro recording. mechanical keys with distinct tactile feel and fast response and more [learn more at razerzone.com]; this is definitely one of the best overall gaming keyboards. The included mouse is the Logitech G502 Proteus Core – a very comfortable mouse with 11 large programmable buttons and easily one of the best mice out there, and is a great mouse for playing any time of PC game [learn more at gaming.logitech.com].

There are two newly included monitors included below and each depends on what gaming resolution you might prefer. The first is probably the most popular higher resolution 2560X1440 monitors, the ASUS PG278Q ROG Swift gaming monitor. This a large 27 inch display with a very sharp image, a 144Hz refresh rate (provides super smooth motion performance) a 1ms response time and some additional gaming features (read more at asus.com). The second monitor is the Acer XB280HK bprz, a large monitor providing smooth gameplay in a 28-inch 4K resolution display. I’ve included this monitor this month to coincide with the 4K capable June 2015 $1500 gaming pc build, which includes the new GTX 980 Ti graphics card. To learn more about the AcerXB280HK bprz monitor, please visit us.acer.com.

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May 2015 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds – May 2015

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May 2015 Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

Here is the May 2015 update to the Monthly Gaming PC Builds here at Newb Computer Build. Yes I did miss last month (April 2015) and for that I apologize, but there was a lot of engagement in the previous month builds in the comment sections, which was really good to see. It’s always great to see new pc builders as well as novice builders wanting to upgrade come along and ask questions so feel free to do so in the comments section following the article.

It’s a great month for PC builders in any of the $1500, $1000 or $600 budgets in that each are still strong contenders, with a few included upgrades due to significant price decreases, especially RAM costs. The $1500 has seen a few tweaks and comes in comfortable below $1500 this month. The $1000 build has a few upgrades and the $600 has the most significant upgrades with a bump up to the AMD FX 8320 included in its base build this month – this is great news for anyone considering a $600 build this month.

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May 2015 PC Builds ( $1477 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

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

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $1476.53
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) $34.99
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97 GAMING 5 $134.99
Graphics Card Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP Edition 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDMI DVI DisplayPort SLI Ready Graphics Cards ZT-90204-10P $535.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) UDIMM Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00/ BLS2CP8G3D1609DS1S00 $109.00
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $48.64
SSD SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With 10-Year Warranty- SDSSDXPS-240G-G25 $141.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $116.26
Computer Case Corsair Carbide Series 330R Blackout Edition Ultra-Silent Mid-Tower Case Cases CC-9011076-WW $99.99
Optical Drive Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive IHAS124-14 $18.69

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

The $1500 build is definitely the build to get for those wanting to game at resolutions of 1920X1080 up to 2560×1600 maxed out. Furthermore, this build even has the potential of 4K resolutions, and 4K resolutions maxed out with some slight upgrades (see hardware alternatives table below main build).

The processor used is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is very easily overclocked and I have paired this with the MSI Z97 GAMING 5 motherboard, which has dropped in price and comes with some nice built in features like a row of voltage detection points to help with the needs of enthusiast overclockers – this motherboard’s overclocking ability is great and one should have no problem pushing the Intel 4690K processor to its limits.

The CPU cooler once again 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 Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX liquid cpu cooler in the upgrade suggestions table below.

For the graphics card, I have once again chosen to go with the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP Edition, which is simply one of the most affordable GTX 980’s out right now. The GTX 980 is a very capable graphics card and even more so for those who are expecting to game at high resolutions.

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 – this RAM kit is extremely affordable right now coming in at only $109; this is an amazing price for a full 16GB of memory. This RAM kit has gone down in price for the past 4 months as memory has finally become much more affordable versus in the recent past.

The included hard disk hard-drive used is the same one I’ve included for a few months now, the Seagate Barracuda 1TB, which is plenty of space for most gamers, but I have also included the very fast SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB Solid State Drive – this is where you would install your OS and any of your most played games / software in order the maximize boot & load times.

I have gone back to the high quality EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 Gold Certified power supply since it is now priced much better. This is a super high quality & efficient PSU and I highly recommend it.

The case for the $1500 build for May 2015 is the Corsair Carbide Series 330R Blackout Edition. This case is relatively similar in look the last $1500 build and it boasts low noise designed for media rooms, bedrooms, dorm rooms, or any place where performance and silence are essential according to Corsair. Below are some tech. specs for the Corsair Carbide 330R (read more at Corsair.com)

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Gaming PC Keyboards Mice and Monitors – May 2015

May 2015 – Gaming PC Keyboard, Mice and Monitor Suggestions

Welcome to the best gaming pc peripheral suggestions for May 2015. This article is written as an attachment to the May 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 includes suggestions for each and within three separate budget categories. Each month I will update the following peripheral sections if anything needs changing or if there have been any new & notable additions to any of the categories.

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

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Grand Theft Auto V PC Builds

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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

Gaming PC Builds – March 2015

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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

Gaming PC Builds – February 2015

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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

Hardware Link Price Image
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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