Gaming PC Builds – July 2015
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- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): July 2015
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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!
July 2015 PC Builds ( $1495 )
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400 and 1920×1080 & 4K!
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.