Gaming PC Builds – October 2015
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- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): October 2015
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1000 ): October 2015
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $600 ): October 2015
- Gaming PC Peripheral Considerations (Keyboards, Mice & Monitors): October 2015
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Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:
If you’re looking build a PC that’s affordable and capable of playing any game out there, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out any of the three October 2015 gaming pc builds below in the three budget categories of $600, $1000 and $1500. Depending on what games you plan on playing or how much you have to spend on a PC will ultimately determine which build is best for you. And just in case it’s somewhere in between there is a table of hardware alternatives below each of the builds or you can ask in the comments section.
The October 2015 builds have been polished more from last months inclusion of the new Skylake processors in the $1500 and $1000 builds and the $600 build is just as strong as its been. The included processor in the top two builds is the brand new Intel i5 6600K and this month I’ve switched the motherboards to showcase some of the better reviewed and features included per dollar spent on each motherboard, both are great choices.
Learn more about which build would best suit yourself by reading through the overview descriptor below each build taking into consideration at what resolution your monitor will be, what games you’ll be playing, at what settings you want to play those games at and then how much you actually have to spend on your gaming pc build.
October 2015 PC Builds ( $1488 )
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400 and 1920×1080 & 4K!
|Processor||Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K)||$270|
|Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)||$30.74|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX DDR4 Motherboards GA-Z170X-Gaming 3||$156.49|
|Graphics Card||PNY GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Graphics Cards VCGGTX980T6XPB-CG||$649.99|
|RAM||Kingston HyperX FURY Black 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM Desktop Memory (HX421C14FBK2/16)||$99.99|
|Hard Drive||*No HDD Included – Optional. See Alternatives Section.||–|
|SSD||Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)||$95.37|
|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||$116.50|
|Computer Case||NZXT S340 Mid Tower Case CA-S340W-W1 (White)||$69.99|
|Optical Drive||No optical drive – The NZXT S340 doesn’t support one.||–|
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )
This build is for those that pretty much want to play any game maxed, without worrying about much else. With the combination of the included Intel i5 6600K processor and the PNY GTX 980Ti graphics card you’ll be able to knock the socks off of any game from 1080p to 1440p resolutions without any difficulty while maintaining high fps. and you’ll even have little difficulty at 4K should you have a monitor to support it.
The included CPU is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler will help you overclock the 6600K cpu no problems once to ever. Moreover though, you need a cpu cooler since the Skylake processors don;t some with any stock cooler once so ever, so why not get one of the highest rated air coolers, especially considering its cost.
The graphics card included is a PNY GeForce GTX 980Ti, one of the best single cards out to date and is more then capable of maxing out any game 1080p + up to 4K resolutions no problem at all. The GTX 980Ti is much easier to come across now, and it’s actually lowered in price by about $20 over the past couple of months.
The new skylake processors require one of the new Z170 chipset motherboards. The included motherboard is the Gigabyte Intel Z170 GA-Z170X-Gaming 3, supporting DDr4, SLI and Crossfire, USB 3.1 and more including (Read more at Gigabyte.com):
- Supports 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor
- Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- Intel® USB 3.1 with USB Type-C™- the world’s next Universal connector
- 3-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIe Slots
- Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connectors with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe & SATA SSD support)
- 3 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
- 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
- Killer™ E2200 and Intel® Gaming Networks
- High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
- APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
- GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology
As per usual I have included a kit of 16Gb of RAM, but with the new skylake cpu / z170 chipset motherboard combo, we can now include DDR4 memory instead of DDR3. Included is 16GB (two 8GB sticks) of Kingston HyperX FURY Black 2133MHz, plenty of memory for this gaming pc build.
I have no longer included an HDD and have opted just for a Solid State Drive “SSD”, which will perform much better helping with those load / boot times and reading speeds. The included SSD is the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB which will give you enough space for your OS and to store numerous games / software. If you find you will need more storage you can always add in a separate HDD such at that included in the Alternatives section below, or opt for an SSD with more storage.
The power supply used for many months is the highly rated EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 Gold Certified power supply, which is a high quality & efficient PSU and I highly recommend it and it should be more then enough for the $1500 build.
The gaming PC case included is the White NZXT S340, a sleek minimalistic mid tower case made of steel. It has great cable management, and a very simple interior layout. If you want to have a closer look and learn more, please visit nzxt.com.
Do keep in mind that the NZXT S340 doesn’t have room or support an optical drive, so if you need one you can still purchase one and simply connect to your motherboard and then close your case up when you don’t need it, or buy an external one.