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Gaming PC Builds – November 2014

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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

Hardware Link Price Image
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

Hardware Link Price Image
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

Gaming PC Builds – 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

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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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Watch Dogs PC Builds

Introduction:

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Now that the official watch dogs PC requirements have been released, we can start planning a Watch Dogs PC build. The requirements are hefty for the Ultra side of things, however the game is definitely playable by many. The builds below are going to be laid out for individuals wanting to pre-build for the release of Watch Dogs. These builds are based on the official release of hardware requirements for the game release and each are specified to each requirement setting as laid out in the PC requirements below.

Keep in mind that there have been no official benchmarking for this game yet, so the requirements may vary a little, and perhaps may not be so demanding upon the final release of the game on May 27th.

If you would like to order yourself a copy you can do so from Amazon, where the game is also available for pre-order in both the Deluxe and Limited Edition versions.

Watch Dogs PC Build

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Gaming PC Builds of the Month: May 2014

Gaming PC Builds – May 2014

Choose your budget –

May 2014 Gaming PC BuildsIntroduction:

Hello and welcome to the May 2014 edition of the gaming pc builds of the month here at Newb Computer Build. To start off, yes there has been very little going on with regards to any major hardware releases and the past few months, therefore the builds have had little reason for any drastic change. With this in mind I have decided to included a very exciting $2000 build in this months article, so please check that out below. I have also reversed the order of the build this month, so at the top we will be starting with the highest end build ($2000) and move down to the lowest budget build ($600).

The $2000 gaming pc builds for the month of May 2014 is a beast – this is the kind o builds that would chew up anything you throw at it. This builds is one that would be best used with more then one monitor or monitors with high resolutions – which I have included some example in the alternatives section included at the end of the $2000 build section. The build uses a crossfire configuration with a great CPU cooler, 16GB or ram, a fast SSD boot drive and more.

For the rest of the builds ($600, $1000, $1500) the notable changes have been the RAM brands for every build, this was due to price changes. As per usual I have also changed the cases up for every build – I do try to change the cases month to month to showcase any new cases releases as well to profile different case personalities / styles.

So sit back and I hope you enjoy the builds – should you have any questions, comments or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment.

$2000 PC Build

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $2027 ): May 2014

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600

Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 2027
ProcessorIntel i7 4770k Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor (3.5 GHz, 8 MB Cache, Intel HD graphics, BX80646I74770K)Price: $334.98
Cooler

Noctua 6

Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 – RetailPrice: $71.75
Motherboard

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO DDR3 2800 LGA 1150 Motherboard socket for 4th Generation Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium / Celeron Processors

Price: $199.99

Graphics CardXFX R9 290 Graphics Card XFX Black Edition Double D RADEON R9 290 980MHz 4GB DDR5 DP HDMI 2XDVI Graphics Cards R9290AEDBDIn Crossfire (Two of These Graphics Cards)

Price: ($419.89 X2) = $839.78

RAMCrucial Ballistix Sport Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00Price: $129.99
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $59.99
SSD

Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State DrivePrice: $119
Power SupplyCorsair RM Series Corsair RM Series 850 Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply – CP-9020056-NA RM850Price: $139.99
Computer CaseNZXT Phantom Nzxt Technologies Phantom with Green Trim (Green LED) Enthusiast Full Tower Case – Phan-002Gr (Black)

Price: $105.98

Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0B

Price: $21.60

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Gaming PC Builds of the Month: April 2014

Gaming PC Builds – April 2014

Choose your budget –

April 2014 Gaming PC BuildsIntroduction:

Welcome to a quick Gaming PC Builds of the month update – the April 2014 edition. With few releases lately, not much has been added or refreshed with every build – however all builds have been adjusted according to a few minor price changes or the last month.

The $600 build has had a minor graphics card swap since the R7 265 does perform about 14.6% higher then the new GTX 750Ti from last month for the exact same cost. The GTX 750 Ti is still a great choice and does use much less power, however if you are looking for a tiny bit more performance for the same cost then the R7 265 is the better choice.

In the $1000 build you will see a quick case refresh and a quick switch for a different motherboard – the motherboard swap was due to a significant price jump of the previous MSI gaming series board, however the new board is very similar.

Finally, the $1500 build has changed the very least between this months three features builds. The only change was a refresh in the case, and it brings back an older featured Fractal case. This simply means that the $1500 build is still a strong choice for a second month in a row, so if your in the budget for the higher end PC build – go for it.

$600 Gaming PC Build of the Month

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $595 ): April 2014

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

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

 
Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 594.65
Processor

 

AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition

 

Price: $109 Price drop!

Motherboard

 

MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)
 
 
 
 
Price $69 price drop!
Graphics Card

 

Sapphire Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2GB GDDR5 DVI-I / DVI-D / HDMI / DP Dual-X PCI-Express Graphics Card Graphics Cards 11232-00-20G

 
 
 
 
Price: $169.99
RAM

 

Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 XMP Desktop Memory – KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GXPrice: $69.99
Hard Drive

 

WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX

 

Price: $59.99

Power Supply

 

Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS  80 PLUS (CX600)

 

Price: $57.99

Computer Case

 

Rosewill Dual Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case FB-03

 

Price: $29.99

Optical Drive

 

LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0B

 

Price: $19.72

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Budget Gaming PC Builds March 2014 – $600 – $1000 – $1500

Gaming PC Builds – March 2014

Choose your budget –

March 2014 Gaming PC BuildsIntroduction:

Welcome to the new Gaming PC builds for March 2013 – with the $600, $1000 and $1500 builds. If you are here you are either a major PC building geek, wanting to build a new PC or just love to keep in the loop, so read away and remember if you have any questions or comments to leave them in the comment section below.

I did things a tad differently last time around and it has actually been a good two months since I have put out a monthly build article. This is because I did a combined Jan / Feb edition.

To start off – the ultimate determinate of all of the builds still has to do with the wonky price increases with mid range graphics cards. More specifically, with the mid range R9 270 family, which has now been affected along with the other R9 series cards. Nevertheless the builds below have been adjusted to accommodate for any changes and I must say they do kick ass. Also on a positive note, it does seem that RAM has finally decided to come closer to normal pricing. So without any further rambling, let’s get onto the build below

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Five Budget Laptops for Everyday Use – February 2014

The Everyday Laptop

In this article find laptops for  $1900$1500$1000 – $750$250

Five Budget Laptops - Everyday LaptopsThe “everyday laptop” is just that, a general laptop that can pretty much do everything for the everyday person. I know this is quite general, but bare with me. An ‘everyday’ laptop as I am quoting it, is a laptop that can adequately perform regular person things such as all typical office software (light business user / students), watching  media /movies, browsing web related materials and moderate gaming.

By no means do I consider myself an expert when in comes to purchasing the everyday laptop, but recently I have done a ton of research into the matter in order to purchase a few for some employees at my place of work. The ultimate goal for me with these laptops was to choose a laptop to suite…a typical everyday person.

The need was simply this – to purchase a purchase a few laptops within a budget of $1000 or so. The usage for these laptops is quite simple and to be used for simple daily work tasks, such as web browsing, word processing, e-mail, watching video and so forth. There was one caveat however, the idea being that they should be able to last at least a couple of years. What I am going to do in this article is feature five laptops around that budget (below and above).

First, this overview and list is probably not for everyone. In my opinion these are great overall laptops for work, students or everyday use at home. Perhaps you are a gamer, or an avid media enthusiast. If so, then some of these suggestions could be beneficial, but do take them with a grain of salt. You can however, follow the general guidelines below for purchasing a laptop for whatever your use.

Please, I invite anyone that has any discrepancies to let me know via the comments – I would love to provide anyone with any further constructive advice with respect to these laptops on these budgets.

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January & February 2014 Budget Gaming PC Builds ( $600 – $1000 & $1500 )

Gaming PC Builds – Jan. & Feb. 2014

Choose your budget –

January 2014 Gaming PC BuildsIntroduction:

Happy new year and welcome to the first Gaming PC builds for the year of 2014 here at Newb Computer Build. Over the last little while not much has happened except for some major price changes in hardware such as RAM and some major Graphics Cards. This month I have included both the months of January and February since I was quite late getting January’s builds going, so here they both.

A great mention this month is the exciting Consumer Electronics (CES 2014) show that went on earlier in the month that always includes a bunch of cool pc hardware and building gear. For a small example you may see maximumpc’s 10 Coolest Things We Saw at CES 2014.

This month the $600 gaming pc build of the month boasts very much the same power, however we have changed the RAM due to some crazy price fluctuations. As well, we have changed out the previous motherboard that shot up in price as well for an MSI 970-G46.

The $1000 build for January 2014 once again includes the MSI G43 Z87 Gaming Series motherboard as it has previously before and it still includes the primary graphics card as being the GTX 760 since the newer R9 280X graphics card is at some crazy price. As the same goes for every build this month, the $1000 build was also affected by higher RAM prices, although it does use the same 8GB kit as the $600 build. For a case, the $1000 build uses the Gunmetal Phantom 410 mid tower PC.

This month, for the $1500 I have changed things up slightly. I have been able to bump the graphics power up quite significantly by going with an EVGA NVIDIA GTX 780 graphics card. I was able to do this by bumping back the solid state drive capacity, but increasing its quality and speed to a Samsung  EVO 120GB. So we get more speed although a little bit less capacity in our start-up drive. We also have the Raidmax AGUSTA as the pc case of choice this month for the $1500 build.

$600 Gaming PC Build of the Month

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $605 ): January & February 2014

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

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

 
Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 605
Processor 

 

AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOX 

 

(*Lowered Price)Price: $114.29

Motherboard 

 

MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)
 
 
 
Price: $79.99
Graphics Card 

 

Gigabyte R9 270 GDDR5-2GB 2xDVI/HDMI/DP OC Graphics Card (GV-R927OC-2GD)
 
 
 
 
Price: $179.99
RAM 

 

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00 

 

Price: $79.32

Hard Drive 

WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX 

Price: $59.99

Power Supply 

 

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply (RS500-PCARD3-US) 

 

Price: $44.99

Computer Case 

 

Rosewill Dual Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case FB-03 

 

Price: $29.99

Optical Drive 

 

Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE 

 

Price: $20.99

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

This month we have changed out the previous motherboard that shot up in price as well for an MSI 970-G46.The RAM brand was changed to a Crucial Ballistix due to some price fluctuations as all RAM has inherently wen up in price.

The power supply was power supply was changed to a Cooler Master eXtreme 500W PSU that includes the perfect amount of juice we need for this build.

Overall the $600 is a great starting build for any gamer who wants to game on a budget – especially with a Radon R9 270 graphics card that is capable of an average frame rate around 70FPS at resolutions of 1920×1080.

Upgrades / Alternatives for the $600 Gaming PC Build:

The upgrades and alternatives this month include an upgraded eight core AMD FX-8320 processor, a better cooler master elite 430 case, better graphics quality with an EVGA GeForce GTX 760 graphics card or some more head room with a Corsair Series CX series 600W PSU.

These are here to act as hardware suggestions for those who has either a little more to spend or those who would like

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Introducing Isaac’s PC Build – Prelude to the How to Build Your PC Build Video

In this article, myself, Isaac Harsh, will introduce you to me and give you a brief overview of the parts I used in my build. There will be a video on Newb Computer Build on how to build a computer and I will be using my parts. In each category that I put my parts in, I will give you a small guideline to deciding if you need them, or which one to get. Enjoy what you will read and leave any questions in the comment section, I will try to respond to them as quickly as possible.

About Isaac:

Hello everyone, I am Isaac Harsh, and I will be making some videos for Newb Computer Build on how to build a computer. I am almost 17 and a junior in high school. I am a computer fanatic and know a lot about them, if I don’t know something, I will look it up and research to help find you the most unbiased choices/decisions. I am no fan boy of Intel®, AMD, or NVIDIA. I choose parts for performance and support for games that I will play.

The Parts Used:

In these videos, the parts used will be for a gaming build, the first one will be an unboxing of the parts. This article will discuss further about each part, why I chose it, and its performance compared to other parts. The Processor I chose for my build was the Intel® Core i5 4670k. The Motherboard is the MSI® gaming series Z87 chipset, socket 1150. The Graphics card that will be put into the build is the AMD R9 290x, the one I will show in the video is the NVIDIA GTX 580 due to not having enough money at the moment. For storage, I went with a 1tb Western Digital blue and a 250gb Samsung SSD. For memory, I went with 8gb of G-Skill sniper ram. For the power supply, I went with the Corsair RM 750 watt power supply. For the operating system, Windows 8.1 was my choice. I chose the Rosewill Thor V2 case to house all of my components.

Hardware Overview:

Processor:

Intel 4670KI chose this Intel® Core i5 4670k due to it being at a great price and is a great processor for gaming, not like AMD is a bad company. AMD makes great processors for gamers on a budget and they can slash prices because there are no integrated graphics on their FX processors. The other tempting choice for me was the AMD 8320 as it is 8 cores and has great performance because I will be playing mainly Battlefield 4. If you will not be gaming, a nice AMD apu will suite you nice, as they have great onboard graphics and enough processing power for daily use, not including gaming even though you can use them for gaming and do a hybrid crossfire with a compatible graphics card to get more of a performance boost.

Motherboard:

MSI Z87 G45 Gaming SeriesThis motherboard, as Corey recommends mostly in his monthly builds, is amazing. As Corey and I were discussing the other night, we were discussing how much we love this board and why. This board is for 4th gen Intel® processors and is not backwards compatible. There are 3 Gen 3.0 PCI Express slots, one running at x16, or two running at x8 x8, or three running together and x8 x4 x4. Four ram slots that support 8gb in each slot and memory clock speeds up to 3000mhz. Two way NVIDIA sli or three way AMD crossfire supported. It has a nice red and black theme with dragon on a heat sink and dragon heads on the other heat sinks. Use any motherboard you feel like as long as it is compatible and has the features you would like. Form factors vary from; ATX, miniATX, microATX, EATX, and vice versa for ITX motherboards. Another article later on will descried this differences between the different motherboards/sizes.

Graphics Card:

AMD R9 290XThe graphics card that will be put into this build is the AMD R9 290x. As said above, the card in the video will be the NIVIDIA GTX 580. This AMD card runs Battlefield 4 perfectly well above 30 frames per second. The card may get really hot, but the card is made to reach temperatures of 95oC when any game is thrown at it, that is its goal. The cooling on the reference card is good, but loud. If you don’t mind sacrificing sound for a great card than this is the graphics card for you. If you want cool, quiet, and overclocking room, get the NVIDIA GTX 780 ti as it performs better or worse than this card depending on the situation. The two main companies for graphics cards as you can tell are NVIDIA and AMD. Many companies make their own custom coolers for these graphics cards and sell them. A graphics card is not needed if all you will be doing is surfing the web, writing papers, or anything else done in a daily day on computers.

Storage:

Western Digital Blue 1TBSmasung 840 EVO 250GBFor the storage, a 1tb Western Digital Blue hard drive, and a 250gb Samsung SSD. This hard drive is very reliable and is good for daily use as well. This SSD is said to be one of the best SSDs out there and great reliability, I found this for $150 on Amazon during Black Friday and I could not let this deal go as it was too good to be true. If you want a cheaper drive that is still reliable and well for gaming/storage, get the Kingston drives, they are cheaper and are still great drives.

Power Supply:

Corsair RM 750WThe power supply is a Corsair RM 750 watt power supply. If you need to calculate your computers wattage, go to the Thermaltake Power Supply calculator as that is what I use. This power supply had its components handpicked so no noise was created by them. It is super silent and the fan doesn’t even spin up until 40% load and is still quiet. This is a fully modular power supply so cable management is easy to do as you can plug in the cables you need. Not to mention it is backed with a 5 year warranty. Another good power supplies out there are Corsair CX and Corsair HX series.

Ram:

G Skill Sniper 8GBI chose the G-skill Sniper 8gb ram as it is reliable and fast. Nothing much said on ram than that 8gb is plenty for gaming. If you will be making videos, get 16gb. Anymore than 16gb is overkill and a waste of money. 1600mhz is the sweet spot for ram, but you can go higher clock speeds if you really want to. There are many reliable ram companies; Corsair, Kingston, ADATA, and G-Skill.

Case:

Rosewill Thor V2The case is a Rosewill Thor V2. A massive Full tower case with support for 4 230mm fans and comes with 3 of them and a 140mm fan on the back. There is plenty of room for wiring, large graphics cards, and large motherboards. Cases don’t matter so much as their performance doesn’t matter. Chose a case for if it fits all your components first then go for aesthetically pleasing looks or color schemes that match your other computer parts, my scheme is red and black. Some cases have windows so you can show off your sleek and sexy parts, along with lights and some support complicated custom water cooling loops if that is the kind of cooling you want.

Operating System:

Windows 8I can hear you all collectively face palm when you hear this, I used Windows 8.1. Hear me out, Windows 8.1 has more support for Directx 11.1 and 11.2 so more future games will be better compatible. Windows 7 is a great operating system if you don’t want to go the tile way of operating systems. Windows 8 also give a fps boost in Battlefield 4, and since that is what I was going to be playing mostly, it smooth’s frames better. Windows 7 is the other option as it has been around for a while and has no bugs; it is a great choice and doesn’t have as big of a learning curve as Windows 8. It’s all up to what you want to do, as operating systems come in 32bit and 64bit.

Optical Drive:

LG Optical driveThe optical drive in my build is just a plain and simple LG disk drive. Any disk drives works and doesn’t matter which one you use. If you will be using your computer as a media center as well, then pay double a normal disk drive costs and get a blue ray, but for a gamer like me, blue ray is not a feature I need.

 

Final Remarks:

I will not include how to build a pc in this article; it will be in the video. This article would be triple the length if I included how to build a pc, as you read, this article is a brief overview of the parts I am using and about them and a little bit of a guide to what part might suite you best. Happy building everyone, and have a wonderful holiday (the time I am writing this is two weeks before Christmas and holiday break for everyone).

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