Gaming PC Builds – October 2013
Choose your budget –
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $600 ): October 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1000 ): October 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): October 2013
Welcome to the Halloween edition of gaming pc builds here at Newb Computer Build. I debated adding in some sort of spooky vibe to the builds this month, but I digress. The builds have all changed this month major changes to the $600 build, a few hardware swaps in the $1000 build and a couple pieces of newly released hardware in the $1500 build.
The $600 build was lightly inspired by the Q3 Toms Hardware Builder Series $650 this month. I did choose the same less wattage PSU and less featured motherboard, however this did allow me to squeeze in a much more powerful Radeon 7870 graphics card; the last few months of the $600 have proven to get stronger and stronger.
If you are looking for a strong willed mid range gaming pc build this month, then the $1000 build should do the trick. The motherboard has been swapped from the last MSI Gaming Series board used for the last couple of months to an Asus Z87 Plus, which is a very similar board, just more affordable at the moment. Also, Zalman came out with a new tasty Zalman MS800 PC case – Zalman always seems to be able to squeeze in high end featured on a budget.
Corsair has had a few new releases in the last month and a couple of them are included in this months $1500 build. Included is the very new big and sleek Corsair 750D pc case and the very new power supply line, the Corsair RM series of power supplies – which have included monitoring software, are fully modular and very silent with a Zero RPM fan mode.
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $601 ): October 2013
(Game at Smoothly with Medium – High settings at 1920X1080 resolutions)
Gaming PC Build Recipe:All hardware is linked to Amazon.com – You Can also try Amazon.ca (CANADA) • Amazon.co.uk (UK) Newegg.com (US) • Newegg.ca (CANADA) Scorptec.com.au(AUS) pccasegear.com (AUS) to shop for these parts.
|Estimated Price:||$ 601|
||AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOX
|Motherboard||MSI Computer Corp. Socket AM3+ AMD 970 DDR3 SATA3 and USB 3.0 A&GbE ATX Motherboard 970A-G43 Price: $66.99|
|Graphics Card||Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD Price: $199.99 (Major upgrade in graphics)|
|RAM||Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKXPrice: $55.00|
|Power Supply||Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply
|Computer Case||NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (Black)
|Optical Drive||Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive – Bulk – IHAS124-04 (Black)
Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build
Quite a few changes to the $600 build this October 2013. This build has been lightly inspired by the Q3 Toms Hardware Builder Series $650 build this month as I did decide to go with the same lower wattage Antec 450 watt PSU and the same MSI 970A-G43 motherboard. This allowed us to free up some cost and stick in a much more powerful graphics card – the Gigabyte Radeon 7870 2Gb graphics card as seen above. Overall, this would be a very solid purchase for the gamer on a budget as this card will play a ton of games maxed at 1920×1080, with some of the more intense games turned down just a little bit.
We still have the AMD FX 6300 processor which has an unlocked multiplier allowing it to be easily overclocked. 8GB of RAM is plenty for this gaming pc, the 500GB western digital fits in as perfect as usual and the new case for this build this month is the NZXT Source 210 case – which has been used before in the $600 pc buid.
Upgrades / Alternatives for the $600 Gaming PC Build:
Here you will find some hardware alternatives to the hardware already included in the build above. Keep in mind that these are alternatives and are all compatible with the current build. If you want some more suggestions for alternatives or additions to the current build, you just leave a comment below and I will respond back as soon as I can.
These upgrades are some alternatives to the above. If it were me and I had a little extra to spend, I would start with either the AMD FX 8320 processor or the Radeon HD 7950 graphics card. Although, for about $20 more you can get a much more spiffy case or for about only $10 more you could get double the hard drive space in a 1TB western digital blue hard drive.
|Processor Alternative: AMD FX-8320 Eight-Core Processor Black Edition AM3+ FD8320FRHKBOX ($153.61)||Alternative PC Case: NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case, Black 921RB-001-BL ($59.99)|
|Graphics Card Alternative: XFX Double D HD7950 925MHz 3GB DDR5 2XMiniDP HDMI DVI PCI-E Graphics Cards FX795ATDKC ($269.99)||WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX ($64.95)|
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1002 ): October 2013
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions and even High Settings in some games at 2560×1600All hardware is linked to Amazon.com – You Can also try Amazon.ca (CANADA) • Amazon.co.uk (UK) Newegg.com (US) • Newegg.ca (CANADA) Scorptec.com.au(AUS) pccasegear.com (AUS) to shop for these parts.
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )
The $1000 build this month has had a few changes, this includes the inclusion of the ASUS Z87 Plus motherboard, which is very easy to overclock with, good on-board audio and tons of expansion. The change to the Sapphire Radeon 7970 3GB card was to match the price of last month 7970, as that did raise in cost. Lastly, Zalman release a nice new case – the Zalman MS800 Plus. What I like about Zalman is that they always seem to be able to squeeze in pricey features into a affordable budgets. The Zalman case has room for plenty of fans with 4 included, along with a great ventilation system. There is also a cool multifan controller at the top of the case and a PSU dedicated cooling system. To read more on the Zalman MS800 Plus case visit the Zalman MS800 features page for this case.
Along with the changes above we have included the Intel 4670K processor again with 8Gb of Crucial Ballistix RAM and the same XFX 650 Watt PRO power supply.
$1000 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives
The following are additions and or alternatives to pair with the $1000 PC build above; each of the hardware are compatible with the $1000 build. If you have any questions for further additions / hardware alternatives, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
If you have an extra $30 or so, I would highly recommend the purchase of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler, which will give you the adequate cooling needed to efficiently overclock your Intel 4670K processor.
|Add a SSD Boot Drive: Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2= (+ $105.24) –||Upgrade your graphics card: MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770 TF 2GD5/OC ($399)|
|Crossfire with another Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost 3GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11197-03-40G Price:+$309.99||Add a CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1) (Price: $33.24)|
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1506 ): October 2013
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600All hardware is linked to Amazon.com – You Can also try Amazon.ca (CANADA) • Amazon.co.uk (UK) Newegg.com (US) • Newegg.ca (CANADA) Scorptec.com.au(AUS) pccasegear.com (AUS) to shop for these parts.
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )
The $1500 has had a couple of new additions this month and they are primary from Corsairs release of a few new products. Corsair has had a few new releases in the last month – included is the very new big and sleek Corsair 750D pc case and the very new power supply line, the Corsair RM series of power supplies – which have included monitoring software, are fully modular and very silent with a Zero RPM fan mode.
Again I have included the ASUS Maximus VI Hero motherboard. This motherboard is a very friendly overclocking motherboard that has a fantastic detailed BIOS and overall this motherboard is definitely one of the best value motherboard for what you get with it.
Some other features of the ASUS Maximus IV Hero include –
- SupremeFX – Supremacy through discrete-caliber audio
- Sonic Radar – Scan and detect to dominate
- Extreme Engine Digi+ III – Hardcore power delivery with premium components
- GameFirst II + Intel LAN – Put Your Frags First
To learn more visit the ASUS Maximus IV Hero webpage
$1500 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives
The following are additions and or alternatives to pair with the $1500 PC build above; each of the hardware are compatible with the $1500 build. If you have any questions for further additions / hardware alternatives, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Included is a new Haswell i7 4770K for anyone that wants that extra CPU boost. I also include the reccomendation of SLI with another GTX 770. If you feel you are not comfortable with the SLI option, you can always just purchase a single GTX 780 instead and still get great performance! Also, do you want more SSD space, then opt for a 512GB Samsung PRO series solid state drive.
|Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K ($338.98)||
SLI with another –
MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770 TF 2GD5/OC (+$399)
|Get a better single Graphics Cards: Gigabyte GTX780 GDDR5-3GB 2xDVI/HDMI/DP OC Graphics Card GV-N780OC-3GD REV2.0 ($649.99)||
A Larger SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($430.79) – Price drop (~$20)
Concluding October 2013’s Gaming PC Builds:
Thank you for reading another month of the Newb Computer Build Gaming PC Builds of the Month. If you are building this month or have any questions / comments then please feel free to leave them below – we always love to share ideas and converse!
Good luck building 🙂