Gaming PC Builds – December 2014
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- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): December 2014
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1000 ): December 2014
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $600 ): December 2014
- Gaming PC Peripheral Considerations (Keyboards, Mice & Monitors): December 2014
Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:
Welcome to the final month of gaming pc builds for the year 2014. It’s been an exciting year and gaming pc’s keep getting stronger, faster and more impressive all the time – hence why I do these monthly gaming pc builds here at Newb Computer Build. To that, I would also like to thank all of the amazing readers who stop by to read through the articles and to the new builders who are stopping by for the first time by wishing you a Happy Holidays and New Year as you go through the rest of this month.
Here at the beginning of December, it looks like hardware prices have finally started to simmer down and actually stabilize a little. In the previous couple of months the prices of the new graphics cards were volatile and even RAM prices were much higher then usual, but this seems to not be the case at the moment. Also, I have included a third peripherals option sections this time – The “Mid-Range Peripherals” section has been added to further capture your options within three categories of hardware, so also check that out at the bottom of the article.
The $1500 saw a price drop overall, which enabled the inclusion of a liquid cpu cooler this month. Along with that, the graphics card was switched to the current most affordable GTX 970, the SSD has faster write times for the same price and the new case is a nice, sleek Full Tower Phantek Entho Pro.
In the $1000 seems to be a slightly downgraded $1500 build and even more so this month. This is because the $1000 build includes the same PC Case the Phanktek Enthoo Pro, however without the side window making it more affordable. This build also includes a G1 Series EVGA Power supply versus the G2. The $1000 build though, is a highly performing machine using the combination of the Intel 4690K processor and its GTX 970 graphics card.
For our most affordable build, the $600 build, we were able to include a better pc case this month, which upgrades the appeal of the $600 that much more. The Cooler Master N200 micro atx case was included with the extra cost space this month since the AD FX6300 processor seems to keep getting cheaper at an all time $89 low right now. The final change in the $600 build was the switch tot he Gigabyte R9 280 graphics card.
I hope you enjoy this months builds and please feel free to leave a comment or questions in the comments section below the article.
December 2014 PC Builds ( $1517 )
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400, 1920×1080