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September 2013’s Budget Gaming PC Builds ( $600 – $1000 & $1500 )

Gaming PC Builds – September 2013

Choose your budget –

September-2013-Gaming-PC-Builds-of-the-monthIntroduction:

September has arrived and it is a perfect time (as is any) to build that perfect new Gaming PC. As per-usual, provided are the three sweet budget ranges of $600, $1000 and $1500 to provide a good array of budgets to a wide range of gamers. Since the builds last month, there have been minimal hardware releases, but there have definitely been some price changes. This could perhaps be due to the time of year being the beginning of fall here in North America, but then again I am just speculating as I have noticed this trend this time of the year before.

Overall, the $600 gaming PC build this month has had the last changes and is still a strong contender for a budget build here at Newb Computer Build. The main differences in hardware in the $600 build were the change in RAM and for the first time in a long time the power supply unit. Both of the hardware changes were due to price changes, with a slight improvement in the power supply.

The $1000 build has had some definite improvements due to price drops in the some of the main components. The most notable upgrade was the inclusion of a Radeon 7970 graphics card. This was due to its own price drops this month and the price drop in our MSI Gaming G45 motherboard, making this a perfect fit. I have also included the new NZXT Black Steel H230 PC case.

Finally, the $1500 builds hardware took some twists and turns ass well. Again I have included the beloved Cooler Master HAF XB PC case. And secondly, the previous ASRock Extreme 6 motherboard shot up in cost no longer making it price worthy buy, and I was able to squeeze in one of the best Z87  motherboards out there right now, the ASUS Maximus VI Hero.

So if you are yearning to build a solid gaming PC build this month, wait no further, lay back and enjoy reading through the builds.

$600 Gaming PC Build of the MonthMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $602 ): September 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.
 
Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 602
Processor

 

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

 

Price: $109.99 (price drop!)

Motherboard

 

ASRock MB-970EX4 Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ AMD Quad CrossFireX& nVidia SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
 
 
Price: $99.99
Graphics Card

 PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card AX7850 2GBD5-DH
 
Price: $159.99
RAM

 

Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 XMP Desktop Memory – KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX

 

Price: $66.65

Hard Drive

 

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX

 

Price: $55.00

Power Supply

 

XFX ATX 550 Power Supply – P1550SXXB9

 

Price: $61.24

Computer Case

 

Apex Computer Technology PC-389-C 10bay ATX Tower No Psu USB / Hd PC389C

 

Price: $29.99

Optical Drive

Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE

 

Price: $19.91

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

A very similar $600 build to last month. We have the AMD FX 6300, which has an unlocked ratio multiplier to allow for some easy overclocking. For any Intel advocates out there you can also go with an equivalent build using the Intel i3 3240 , however in my opinion you would be limiting yourself and missing out on the overclocking capabilities and the six cores that would benefit threaded applications.

The graphics card is a nice Radeon 7850 2GB Power Color card that will provide damn good performance for a budget build. The RAM has changed to a package of 8GB of Kingston HyperX Blu and this was changed from the previous Corsair bundle due to its price increases. The power supply was changed for the first time in a long long time to a quality XFX 550 Watt PSU and again this is due to a price increase in our Corsair 500 watt we used.

As with last month we had the same AsRock MB-970EX motherboard. The most notable aspect of this motherboard is the fact that you can SLI / CrossFire – not to shabby for a budget board or anyone who would be interested in doing so in the future.

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.

Very similar to last months alternatives. We have an upgrade in processor for about $150 to an AMD FX 8320 Eight Core processor. I have also included the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked graphics card for those that might have a little more then the quoted $600 gaming pc budget. If I were in the situation where I had a little more then $600 and I was looking for what to put in this build, I would first look at the graphics cards, then the processor before going for the hard drive or case upgrade.

Processor Alternative: AMD FX-8320 Eight-Core Processor Black Edition AM3+ FD8320FRHKBOX ($153.61)
Alternative PC Case: Inwin Development ATX In Win Gamer Chassis Computer Cases ($59.99)
CROSSFIRE w/ Another: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card AX7850 2GBD5-DH ($159.99) WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX ($64.99)

$1000 Gaming PC Build - Newb Computer Build

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1001 ): September 2013

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions and even High Settings in some games at 2560×1600

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.
 
Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 1001
Processor

 

Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache – BX80646I54670K

 

Price: $229

Cooler *none – as it pushes this build over budget, however I would recommend the Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler – especially before you start overclocking the Intel 4670K processor.
Motherboard

 

MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87-G45 GAMING

 

Price: $139.99 (price drop!)

Graphics Card

 

XFX AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2Mini DisplayPorts PCI-Express Graphics Cards FX797ATDJC;FX-797A-TDJC

 

Price:$309.99

RAM

 

Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2×4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

 

Price: $73.98

Hard Drive

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

 

Price: $64.99

SSD *none – check the additions / alternatives section below for options!
Power Supply

Corsair Enthusiast Series CP-9020039-NA650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power SupplyPrice: $89.78
Computer Case

NZXT CA-H230I-B1 Black Steel H230 ATX Mid Tower Black Interior / Computer Case

 

Price: $72.62

Optical Drive

 

Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE

 

Price: $19.91

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )

It has definitely been a good month for the $1000 build. We do again have the MSI ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Z87-G45 GAMING series motherboard paired with the Intel 4670K processor. Due to some price changes and maneuvering I have managed to squeeze in a 3GB XFX Radeon HD  7970 graphics card for $309.99 – making it a great buy right now.

I have switched the RAM to a package of Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB again, due to price changes and I have kept the rest of the hardware the same except for the PC case.

The new case chosen was the new NZXT Black Steele H230. I do love to choose new cases and this seemed like a great choice for this month – not that there were many case releases anyhow, but this did get good reviews. The case comes in either the shown black steel as well it also comes in white. The H230 is following the modern trend of following the minimalistic appeal most cases are portraying these days, and as I am a fan I do love the simplistic look. The case boasts all the usual in most new cases like tool-free design, USB 3.0 and removable HD cages. However, the most important of all of the features I would say is the noise absorbing internal padding making this a relatively quiet case. Did I mention it’s also only $72?

$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.

Add a SSD Boot Drive: Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2= (+ $99 – price drop!) – 
Upgrade your graphics card: MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770 TF 2GD5/OC ($400)
SLI with another XFX AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2Mini DisplayPorts PCI-Express Graphics Cards FX797ATDJC;FX-797A-TDJC Price:+$309.99 Add a CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1) (Price: $35.80)

$1500 Gaming PC Build - Newb Computer BuildMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $1502 ): September 2013

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600

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.
 
Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 1502
Processor

 

Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache – BX80646I54670K

 

Price: $229.99

Cooler

 

 

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

 

Price: $35.80

Motherboard

 

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard

 

Price: $199.99

Graphics Card

 

MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770 TF 2GD5/OC

 

Price: $399.99

RAM

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP8G3D1609DS1S00

 

Price: $119.27

Hard Drive

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

 

Price: $64.99

SSD

Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW

 

Price: $222.95

Power Supply

 

XFX PRO750W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 750 Energy Star Certified Power Supply – P1750SNLB9

 

Price: $109.99

Computer Case

Cooler Master HAF XB – High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Mid Tower Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support

 

Price: $99.99

Optical Drive

Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE

 

Price: $19.91

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

There are only a few changes to this months $1500 build with the first minor one being the change back to the infamous Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler. A fantastic cooler and definitely a need when overclocking the Intel 4670K processor.

The second minor change is the change to the Cooler Master HAF XB high air flow PC case. I have included this in a previous build and it is definitely a unique case that has been all the rage. This case does have a ton of value for what you get.

Lastly, the biggest change to the $15000 build is the switch / addition of 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 anoter GTX 770, which would make your gaming pc superior to all. Also, we have a liquid CPU cooler for anyone that may prefer this (it is compatible with the Haswell socket size) and a larger  512GB Samsung PRO SSD for anyone that wants more dedicated solid state drive space.

Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K ($339.99)
SLI with another –
MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770 TF 2GD5/OC (+$399)
Get a better single Graphics Cards: EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready (03G-P4-2784-KR) ($659.99)
A Larger SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($451.82)


Concluding September 2013’s Gaming PC Builds:

Thank you for tuning in this month to read through the three monthly builds featured here at Newb Computer Build. This month we saw a minor updates with hardware changes that happen purely due to price changes, however it seemed to have worked in our favor. The $600 build got a slightly better PSU, the $1000 build a better graphics card and the $1500 build a solid new motherboard.

As usual, you may leave any questions you may have related to your builds or simply leave a quick hello in the comments below, thank you!

September 2013’s Gaming PC Hardware Overview Video:



29 Responses to “September 2013’s Budget Gaming PC Builds ( $600 – $1000 & $1500 )”

  1. Rahul Ghosh

    Hi,
    I have a few questions. First and foremost can the 1000 dollar PC run battlefiled and latest games in max settings with AA 2x or something like that. I know it can’t at AA 16x. I mainly need to PC to play the latest games at decently high settings to get a feel for the next gen graphics without having to go for ultra high in everything and get a clean look. Also I am planning to add AOC i2757fh monitor.

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    • Corey

      Hello Rahul,

      The $1000 build should do AA 2x just fine in BF4 and that is with the AOC i2757fh you mentioned. Furthermore, you can check the updated builds for a tad more of a boost (December 2013’s build) as it uses better graphics cards.

      Reply
  2. kesh

    Hi all…
    I’m going to try and build a gaming computer under $1200
    I live in Australia so the prices vary
    the specs are posted below, also i can put a pcpartpicker link down below

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($264.00 @ CPL Online)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($195.00 @ CPL Online)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.00 @ CPL Online)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.00 @ PLE Computers)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ CPL Online)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($105.00 @ PLE Computers)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Total: $1106.00

    Am looking to run bf4 on medium settings at 60+fps
    Also i am wanting it for high codec video rendering
    Regards, kesh

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  3. Luke

    Hey Corey,

    I’m returning with another case question. Although this time it’s a comparison.

    You may have heard that Corsair – launched/released? – the Obsidian 750D with an MSRP of $159.
    The Phantom 630 is around the same price.

    Which one do you think is the better option? I don’t think there is a lot different between the two except for size. I really like the look of both so I don’t mind one over the other.

    I could probably make a decision myself, I simply want to hear what you have to say!

    PS: I actually do admire the 750D’s large window over the 630’s.

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    • Corey

      Hey Luke,

      Actually I was looking into the 750D last month, however it wasn’t officially being sold when I looked, so I couldn’t include it. I would go with the 750D as it is very affordable compared to other Corsair enthusiast cases and considering the last release, the 900D is about $330. Go for it! I’m in the mist of writing the next article, so perhaps we’ll see it? ;)

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      • Luke

        Cool! Excited for this month as these will be the builds I will actually use for my PC!
        Because I live in Canada, prices vary quite a bit with the parts you choose. If you’ve ever heard of pcpartpicker.com it would be awesome if you included it as part of your articles. You simply choose all the parts and based on what country you choose, it compares the price from several retailers, adds tax and shipping and also takes off any money available to save from rebates. It would be much easier for me and anyone not in the US to see how much everything will cost since we simply need to go to the link of the build and change country.

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        • Corey

          Hey, very cool this is the month! I can definitely help you choose your hardware on the Canadian PCPartPicker, however the only reason I don’t include links from there is simply due to referring traffic to a site that would in turn convert any traffic I have into their advertising fees. This wouldn’t be good for me as this is what keeps my site afloat and gives me the time to write these articles month to month. That being said, I absolutely don’t mind helping you out as an avid reader and contributor.

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          • Luke

            Hey,
            I understand completely, don’t worry about it! Just a suggestion.
            I can do it.
            Thanks for the reply anyhow.

            Reply
  4. miguel

    Thanks man i really did like that you are doing this and luke man i really do like you helped me

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        • Corey

          Hello Michael,

          What are your goals with a $4000 PC? In my opinion if its simply for gaming, you definitely don’t have to spend that much, unless you have very specific requirements.

          Reply
          • Michael

            well its for gaming but my requirement to destroy any game that is tossed at me and be able to render vids fast and quick

            Reply
            • The Deuce

              You don’t need nearly that much power to destroy any game, even at maximum settings and high resolution, for years to come – unless you’re planning to do something ridiculously demanding, like simultaneously power three 2560×1600 monitors in a panoramic view at maximum settings and 80+ FPS. Even then, I think you could do it for less than that.

              I guess if you really wanted to spend that much though, you could start by blowing $2000 on a couple of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121724

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              • Corey

                I agree. And if you do want to spend that 4 grand you might as well make it worth it. Start with two of those GTX Titans in SLI that The Deuce linked above. For a processor go with an Intel I7 3930K processor (about $570) and then add an ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 motherboard for $320 – This would leave you at about $2890 into the build. Then you can probably mix and match any of the hardware you find here. I would put 16GB RAM, choose whichever size of HD you need right now (perhaps even add the Samsung PRO 512GB SSD) and perhaps a Corsair H100i Liquid CPu cooler. That should get you relatively close to your $4000.

  5. The Deuce

    Darn, looks like nearly every component (except the GPU) has gone up in price on the $1000 PC since the beginning of September!

    Reply
    • Corey

      Yeah what da ef haha. Well what comes up must come down! I have no idea why the i5 4670 is $240 now, definitely wait until that drops (along with the other hardware).

      Reply
  6. miguel

    man i really do like what youre doing and its my bday in 3 days and im making shure i get the best pc for 1700 so what can you upgrade on this build to make it beast i have a youtube channel im going start so pleaz help me if possible i can upgrade the price but man plz help me thanks you if you respond

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    • Luke

      Hey Miguel,

      Not Corey responding (although I’m sure he can give some input) but you should look into the Additions/Alternatives for the $1500 build, although you can’t add much and not go over $1700.
      So, my suggestion is this:
      – Use the $1000 build.
      ->Change graphics card to GTX 780 ($650) — New total= $1350
      ->Add SSD boot drive mentioned in $1000 build alternatives ($100) — New Total= $1450
      ->Add a Cooler Master 212 Hyper EVO ($35) — New Total= $1485
      ->Change CPU to i7 4770k ($339) — New Total= $1595
      ->Use $1500 build’s mobo instead ($200) — New Total= $1655
      ->User $1500 build’s power supply ($110) — New Total= $1675

      But keep everything not mentioned/changed in the $1000 build the same.

      Hope I helped!

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          • miguel

            Well this is for you and Corey this is my part list im hoping this pc will just do everything Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i, OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom, Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory, NZXT ca-ph410-g1 Phantom 410 Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Case Gunmetal with Black Trim, Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW, WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX, MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770, ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard,Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache sorry for the long list Luke and corey i know its long but plz tell me if this will work all together and run all games on high performence with no lag

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            • Luke

              Yes Miguel,

              All those parts are compatible. Don’t forget that you will need to buy an Operating System, Mouse, Keyboard and Monitor, as well as a WIFI Network Card if you are expecting to connect via WIFI. Sometimes overlooked when buying a computer.

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              • miguel

                bro i got gaming everything also a asus monitor im ready but thnks are you on youtube ill sub your so helpful

              • Corey

                Happy birthday miguel and thanks Luke for your valuable input, you are quite helpful!

                Your last build posted will be perfectly compatible, however the one thing I liked about Luke’s was the inclusion of the i7. And especially so since you mentioned doing YouTube stuff / and or video work. In that case I would assume an i7 would further benefit rendering, recording etc. Just food for thought though.

                Whichever you with though, good luck building!

  7. Luke

    This months’ builds are fantastic!

    Considering the fact that I will be actually purchasing/building my PC soon… once I buy all the parts in on of your builds first that is.

    My interest lies in the $1500 build, and I have been waiting for this months for the past 2 weeks in excitement! But the one thing that I was looking forward to let me down, the case. I understand you didn’t have the budget to squeeze the extra 30-50 for a different case.

    So Corey, do you think you can give a suggestion for a case $150 or under? Last month’s was nice, but maybe you know of another case. I’ve been lead to the Cooler Master Elite 332 or the NZXT Phantom (which is a beautiful case).
    I’m a little picky I guess when it comes to cases… I prefer window, but depending on the case it’s NOT a requirement. I’m not throwing away potential performance/cooling just for a window I might glance into every so often. I really don’t care for the USB ports, at least 2 USB 3.0 front OR back. I don’t like LAN boxes, hence the reason I’m asking your opinion on a substitute case. I would prefer Full tower for space, but I don’t really mind mid tower.

    Good luck! And thank you so much for any help!

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    • Corey

      Hey Luke,

      Thanks for the comment and like I always say the case does ultimately boil down to preference! I do also love the NZXT Phantom and not so much the Cooler Master Elite 332 – based purely on looks. On the note of the Phantom and Windows have you heard of the new NZXT Phantom 630 with a Window is coming out (however the Full Tower 630 is about $169 ). The other mid tower Phantoms do have a small window though and are really affordable now in their many many different colour choices. And the best bang for your buck out of any case I choose, especially in full tower size I think would be the Full Tower Phantom PHAN-001 as it is around $100 and is huge.

      A new case with side windows out now or really soon is the Bit Fenix Ronin (about $99) – http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/ronin – which I think looks like a good buy

      A couple of other option are –

      You could go old school with one of the most successful cases ever the Cooler Master HAF 932 (Huge Full Tower case, USB 3, side window) and it is actually on sale now for $132 on Newegg (reg is around $169)

      The Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 is one of my favourite looking affordable Full Towers (side window and nice colours) and it goes for $139
      Alternatively the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I is a good one as well for $115

      Another affordable good Full Tower with a window is the InWin GRONE which is priced around $125 and looks pretty slick.

      Hopefully that gives you a list to roll around with :)

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      • Luke

        Hey Corey,

        You gave me a reply more than perfect, with great suggestions of beautiful cases.
        I’m going to have to go with the ginormous NZXT Phantom 630. Beautiful, spacious and too big to fit under my desk… I’ll have to improvise.
        Thanks for taking your time to do these builds every month, and thanks again for your awesome reply.

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