Gaming PC Builds – August 2015
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Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:
Welcome everyone to the August 2015 edition of the Newb Computer Build Gaming PC Builds of the Month. You will find three separate budget builds below including a $1500, $1000 and $600 build. Each of the builds are flexible and can accommodate varying budgets should yours be less or more. Should you have any questions do feel free to ask below.
The August gaming pc builds of the month are going to be highly reflective of July’s builds with the near releases of Intel’s Skylake CPUs (specifically the Intel i5 6600K and i7 6700K) there hasn’t been too many notable hardware releases or price changes. The Skylake CPUs are now available for pre-order and you will be able to officially purchase / receive them near the end of August if you so liked. With the Skylake cpu releases come new motherboard releases that support its Z170 chipset and LGA1151 socket. As well, these motherboards will support DDR4 RAM and some more new features – this being the most exciting part of this release.
That being said, if you are looking to purchase a gaming pc build throughout August, these $1000 & $1500 builds currently use the Intel i5 4690K processor, which in benchmarks hasn’t so far shown too much of a difference in gaming performance between that and the new Intel i5 6600K. This would also mean if you have purchased a build using an Intel 4690K, this upgrade probably would not be worth it.
Enjoy thes gaming pc builds of the month for August 2015 and should you have any questions, comments or simply want to say hi, feel free to leave your comments below.
August 2015 PC Builds ( $1506 )
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400 and 1920×1080 & 4K!
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )
If you are wanting to game with extreme settings and game up to resolutions as high as 4K with ease, then this is the build for you. Last month we saw the release of the GTX 980 Ti graphics card, which came in at about 20-30% faster then the previously included GTX 980 (non “Ti” card). The $1500 build is solid this month with a bump up in the SSD storage to 250GB and the newer Silverstone Tek KL05B-Q pc case well worth its cost.
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 included again the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK (Black Edition) motherboard. 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 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card, boasting a whopping 6Gb of memory GDDR5 and accelerated by the NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture. This card is phenomenal and was a newly released card last month. I have found that these cards have been selling quick, so if this particular GTX 980 Ti is unavailable or spikes up in cost, search for a similar GTX 980 Ti that is in the price range of $650 – $660 as this is the cost it should be selling at; this card will perform amazingly.
We still have an included 16Gb of RAM in the $1500 build, for August we have a kit of 16GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport. 16GB kits of RAM has gone down a little further in price, so now is definitely a cost effective time to purchase a 16GB kit of RAM as its the cheapest its ever been at the moment.
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 250GB Solid State Drive – This is a bump up from the previous months 120GB version of this SSD. 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.
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 $1500 builds PC case this month is a newer released Silverstone Kublai KL05B-Q case that came out in June 2015. This is a solid case well worth its cost, with tons of space, easy to keep clean and foam padding to keep things quiet. This Silverstone case has the following features as noted by Silverstonetek.com:
- Interference-free design for mounting 240mm or 280mm radiator
- Highly flexible storage accommodation of up to 8 or 11 drives*
- Quick access filters for easy cleaning
- Motherboard back plate opening for quick CPU cooler assembly
- Mesh front panel intake maximizes airflow with side window for viewing system innards (KL05-W)
- Front-side intake vents with foam padded side panels to minimize noise (KL05-Q)
- All black painted interior for stylish look
- *Requires purchase of additional drive cage