Gaming PC Builds – March 2015
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Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:
Welcome to the March 2015 Gaming PC Builds of the month article here at Newb Computer Build. This month bring s a fresh set of new PC cases for each build and features some newly release worthy liquid CPU coolers from Corsair, which have been included in the alternatives sections for the $1500 and $1000 builds.
Overall costs for each of the builds this month have gone done allowing for some more quality hardware in each and one of the major contributing factors is due to the fact that RAM has continued to decrease in price.
For the $1500 build we see a brand new very silent case along with a new PSU to accommodate for the major price increase in the previous one (yes I did say costs have gone down overall, however this piece of hardware was the exception). For anyone who wants to game at extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1440 and even play at higher resolutions than this, then this is the build for you. The $1000 build also includes a newly released case as well as a slight motherboard change, which happens to be priced very well right now. Finally, you won’t find too many changes to the budget $600 build, but it has taken a step up with the inclusion of a very elegantly designed compact micro atx case.
I hope you enjoy and for those who have any questions or just want to say hi, please feel free to leave a comment below. And to those building their very first PC, best of luck!
March 2015 PC Builds ( $1469 )
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400 and 1920×1080
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )
The $1500 build is more then capable of playing any game maxed at resolutions of 1920×1080 and even 2560x 1440 no problem. This build includes to go too main stream gaming processor, the Intel 4690K processor, a GTX 980 graphics card and this month I have included the newer Cooler Master Silencio 652S PC case.
The Intel i5 4690K processor is very easily overclocked and I have once again paired this with the ASUS Z97-A Motherboard - which has five-way optimization for one click total system optimization, M.S SATA Express and more (visit ASUS.com to learn more).
The CPU cooler 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 brand new Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX liquid cpu cooler in the upgrade suggestions table below.
For the graphics card, I chose the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP Edition, which has gone down slightly in price this month making it one of the most affordable GTX 980’s out right now.
The RAM package has stayed the same with the Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (8Gb X 2). 16Gb of memory is more then enough and it will last in a gaming pc build for years to come – and this kit of RAM has again gone down in cost, making RAM finally at a more reasonable cost level than it has been in previous months.
The included hard disk hard-drive used is the same one I’ve included for a few months now, the Seagate Barracuda 1TB. There is also an included Samsung 850 Pro 128GB Solid State Drive. The Samsung 850 PRO is one of the fastest SSD’s out at the moment and it has 550MB/s Read speeds and 470MB/2 Write speeds. You can also opt for the 256 GB version of the Samsung 850 Pro if you scrapped the Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive for pretty much the same price given the saved cost of the Seagate drive.
Due to a huge price bump in the previous EVGA SuperNOVA 750 Watt PSU, I have chosen to instead go with the quality 750 Watt Corsair RM Series PSU. The RM Series PSU’s are very quiet (with a custom fan design and zero RPM fan mode), fully modular (clean cable management) and 80 Plus Gold Rated efficiency (read more at Corsair.com).
I have switched up the case to a Cooler Master Silencio 652S PC case. This case was released only a couple of months ago and provide very silent cooling using Cooler Master’s new Silencio FP 120mm fans which allow for very silent cooling,