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August 2013’s $600 – $1000 & $1500 Budget Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds – August 2013

Choose your budget –

Build a Gaming PC August 2013Introduction:

We are well into August, so let me introduce to you the fully updated Gaming PC Builds of the Month for August 2013. This month we are well within our budget ranges of $600, $1000 and $1500 with each one of them on or below the budget mark while keeping the quality and performance of every piece of hardware.

The $600 pc build this month is for those of you on a tight budget, but focuses purely on performance. Slimming the fat on any hardware that can withstand a trim without sacrificing overall performance, this is generally the motto of the lowest budget build as we strive to juice every bit of gaming performance we can for our dollar. This month includes the same six core AMD FX 6300 processor along with an upgraded 2GB PowerColor Radeon 7850 graphics card. I have also finally swapped the motherboard to an AsRock MB 970EX4 board that actually allows you SLI / Crossfire; a very nice feature in a budget board.

In the $1000 build we again include the Intel Haswell 4670K processor and the superb MSI ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Z87-G45 GAMING series motherboard. The most notable change is the inclusion of the GTX 760, which performs slightly better and is more affordable then the previous Radeon 7950 graphics card. Finally to store all of the hardware goodness, I have included the sleek & minimalistic Corsair 330R pc case.

The last but definitely not least $1500 build also includes the Intel Haswell 4670K processor and is paired with a very efficient Noctura NH-U14S after market cooler to allow for superb overclocking. Overall, this build should be a very efficient cooling machine; especially when we house everything in the new Corsair Carbide 540 pc case, which is a high air flow dual chambered case. Finally I have added in the highly rated, full featured AsRock Z87 Extreme6 motherboard – which comes in at a very tasty price now.

$600 Gaming PC Build of the MonthMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $600 ): August 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: $ 600
Processor AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOXPrice: $127
Motherboard
ASRock MB-970EX4 Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ AMD Quad CrossFireX& nVidia SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
 
 
Price: $89.99
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

 

Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9BPrice: $64.99
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKXPrice: $55.06
Power Supply Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX500)Price: $49.99
Computer Case

Apex Computer Technology PC-389-C 10bay ATX Tower No Psu USB / Hd PC389CPrice: $29.99
Optical Drive

Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBEPrice: $20.11

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

I would recommend this build for anyone who has a serious budget to consider. $600 is a really affordable budget for a gaming pc and it is capable of playing a lot of games at high settings 1920×1080 and higher end games on medium settings at those resolutions. This build focuses purely on performance by focusing costs more on the processor and graphics card while slimming costs in the lesser important hardware (ie. the case). Although, if you have a style preference and a little extra cash you can always spend a little more in these areas if you liked.

We have upped the graphics card to a Radeon 7850 2GB Power Color card this month. This is a slight upgrade at a much more affordable cost, which is good!

Since the price of the previous motherboard went up significantly, I decided to go with this nice 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 ($144.99) – Price reduced from last month
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 ($62.99)

$1000 Gaming PC Build - Newb Computer Build

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $967 ): August 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: $ 967
Processor Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache – BX80646I54670KPrice: $219
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 GAMINGPrice: $154.99
Graphics Card

EVGA GeForce GTX760 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2761-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2761-KRPrice:$249.99
RAM Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9BPrice: $64.99
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $62.99
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: $104.99
Computer Case

 

Corsair Carbide Series 330R Quiet Mid-Tower Computer Case CC-9011024-WW – BlackPrice: $89.99
Optical Drive

 

Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBEPrice: $20.11

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )

Here is another month where I have been able to include the new Intel Haswell 4670K processor with the superb MSI ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Z87-G45 GAMING series motherboard. The most notable change is the inclusion of the GTX 760, which performs slightly better and is more affordable then the previous Radeon 7950 graphics card. Finally to store all of the hardware goodness, I have included the sleek & minimalistic Corsair 330R pc case.

To learn more about the feature rich MSI Gaming Series Z87-G45 motherboard please visit MSI’s Z87 G45 Gaming Motherboard Page that describes some of the board notable features:

  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Audio Boost: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World’s 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices
  • Total Fan Control: Optimize All Fan Speed As You Wish
  • Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds

You can also watch their marketing video for the G65 motherboard, but just for the sake of laughing at the over enthusiastic host John.

“This really got my juices flowing…this is exciting”

$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= (+ $107.03) – 
Upgrade your graphics card: MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770 TF 2GD5/OC ($400)
SLI with another EVGA GeForce GTX760 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2761-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2761-KR Price:+$249.99 Add a CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1) (Price: $32.70)

$1500 Gaming PC Build - Newb Computer BuildMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $1498 ): August 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: $ 1498
Processor Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache – BX80646I54670KPrice: $219.99
Cooler Noctua NH-U14S for Intel LGA 2011,1156,1155, 1150 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/3+,FM1/2 Sockets, U Type, 6 Heatpipe,140mm CPU Cooler CoolingPrice: $79.95
Motherboard

ASRock Z87 Extreme 6 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel MotherboardPrice: $189.99
Graphics Card MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770 TF 2GD5/OCPrice: $399.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP8G3D1609DS1S00Price: $119.99
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX Price: $65.26
SSD

Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BWPrice: $229.99
Power Supply

XFX PRO750W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 750 Energy Star Certified Power Supply – P1750SNLB9Price: $99.99
Computer Case

Build a PC with a Corsair Carbide 540 PC Case

Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 High Airflow ATX Cube Case CC-9011030-WW – BlackPrice: $139.99
Optical Drive

Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBEPrice: $20.11

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

The $1500 build also includes the Intel Haswell 4670K processor and is paired with a very efficient Noctura NH-U14S after market cooler to allow for superb overclocking. I chose the Noctura NH-U14S after reading one of Toms Hardware’s latest articles on Nine Big Coolers for Intel’s Haswell  CPUs, Reviewed where the Noctura came out on top.

Overall, this build should be a very efficient cooling machine; especially when we house everything in the new Corsair Carbide 540 pc case, which is a high air flow dual chambered case. The Carbide 540 is a relatively new case that takes a different approach then most of the cases currently out there.

I must say that I am happy that Cooler Master decided to release a unique ATX sized case. One other notable inclusion with this Corsair case is that it does include a generous 2 year warranty…not that cases malfunction to often. If you are into a case with newer style and great cooling then this is a great choice.

Finally I have added in the highly rated, full featured AsRock Z87 Extreme6 motherboard – which comes in at a very tasty price now. Another Toms Hardware review you can refer to is the Five Z87 Motherboards Under $220, Reviewed where the Z87 AsRock Extreme 6 got the “Approved” stamp. A great motherboard for overclocking and features, you can’t go wrong with the AsRock Extreme 6.

Some notable features for the Extreme6 include ( asrock.com Z87 Extreme 6 )-

  • A-Style : Home Cloud, Purity Sound™, HDMI-In
  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
  • Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power, 12 Power Phase Design, Dual-Stack MOSFET
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2933+(OC)
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 x mini-PCIe
  • Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, 3-Way CrossFireX, CrossFireX
  • Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI and SLI
  • Multi VGA Output Options : DVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort
  • Intel® Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • 10 x SATA3, 1 x eSATA, 8 x USB 3.0, 7 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel with 2.5″ HDD/SSD Rack, 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
  • Supports A-Tuning, XFast 555, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key

$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 ($329.99)
SLI with another –
MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770 TF 2GD5/OC (+$399)
Get a liquid CPU cooler: Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i ($99.99)
A Larger SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($449.99) ($30 cheaper then last month!)


Concluding August 2013’s Gaming PC Builds:

I am quite happy with the builds overall this month and I am happy to see that they all reside comfortably in their respective budget zones or under. What this means is that you can now purchase all of the amazing hardware from before plus include some fantastic upgrades for a lower cost.

Some individuals have messaged me lately with some improvements I can make to some of my articles, of which I am very open to receiving. If you have any ideas as to how I can improve the builds articles, please let me know. I know I can include other budget ranges, however I do feel that these are the most popular and reflective of most builders (as I do try to include upgrade suggestions). If you have any suggestions, comments, or anything to ask or say, please leave a comment!

And thank you to any and all of the loyal individuals who have kept coming back month to month to enjoy some juicy gaming pc goodness, it has been very encouraging!

August 2013’s Gaming PC Hardware Overview Video:

42 Responses to “August 2013’s $600 – $1000 & $1500 Budget Gaming PC Builds”

  1. Archie Given

    Hey, I am a fairly gamer and decided that my old HP laptop wasnt gonna work for my gaming. Anyways I was looking at your 1000$ build, non of it makes much sense to me, but I have a few questions, can i connect to wifi wireless or do i need a cord? The main game i play is World of Tanks, will I be able to play this game on maxed with still good fps or will it only support this game on normal? and final question, do you have a video on how to actually build the computer because I will have no idea at all how all the stuff goes in?

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    • Corey

      Hello Archie,

      To answer your first question – some builds do have wifi, which would have to be included on the motherboard. The MSI g45 motherboard does not have onboard wifi, but no fear, wifi can be easily added with either a pci wireless card or a wifi usb stick. Either of those would work. (Example PCI wireless card – or example wifi usb stick)

      Yes the $1000 build will play “World of Tanks” maxed out for sure at 1080p no problem (assuming your monitor has this resolution). I have read using the GTX 760 graphics card you can expect 50fps in World of Tanks maxed out – so this would be no problem.

      I don’t personally have a video, however an individual recently did a video for me on how he built his first pc and he let me use in on my youtube channel. He did a pretty good job at doing it too – you may view his video here

      You may also ask me any questions along the way! Keep in touch and let me know what you go with and how it goes :)

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  2. keith

    I built the $600 build with recommended changes. HD case and CPU. I hooked it up to my #tv turned it on and it ran. . . .but there was no post or BIOS. The fans and lights all ran but that’s it. I followed every step. What’s going on?

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  3. Corey

    Hello CanadianSpartan,

    Both of those builds will indeed support multiple monitor usage for MicroSofts flight sims and can have up to four concurrent displays.

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  4. CanadianSpartan

    hi there, I was wonder if the $1000 build or even the $1500 build would be able to support multiple monitor use with programs like standard Microsoft flight sims.
    btw im a newbie to the pc world and found this guide very helpful
    thx!!!

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  5. Mitchell

    Hey Corey,

    I’m building a computer for a non gamer. I was just wondering if you could check over my build to see if you have any suggestions. It is based heavily off of your $600 build, but I switched out the mother board so it would have onboard video and got rid of the video card. I changed the hard drive for more space and efficiency. I also swapped out the cx500 psu with a cx500m. these two seemed similar, with the only noticeable difference being that the cx500m is modular (which will be useful because I wont be using pci power cords). What I would like to make sure is that my cpu is compatable with the mobo (it has the right socket, but some mobos say they support fx, but this doesnt). Anyway, here is the parts list:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zVkf
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zVkf/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zVkf/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.73 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
    Total: $512.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 13:32 EDT-0400)

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    • Corey

      Hello Mitchell,

      Thank you for the comment and I’m sorry for a late response as I was just on a two week vacation out of country.

      Everything in your build is definitely compatible and good job on compromising some of the hardware. Seems like a very affordable and tight fit build going with the Micro ATX sized hardware. You are right in that the AsRock motherboard you chose is good as is supports AM3+ sockets. The FX merely is a marketing term symbolizing that all the FX microprocessors are unlocked and easily overclockable.

      Let me know how the build goes and best of luck!

      Reply
  6. Sord Smasher

    Do I need to get anything else to connect to the internet or do the motherboards have built-in Ethernet ports? I’m switching from ps3 and am using the $1000 build foe battlefield 4

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    • Luke

      Hey SWORD SMASHER,

      Yes, ALL motherboards have built in Ethernet Ports and newer ones have the newest build of Internet (Wireless AC) which is extremely fast. But your router will have to be compatible with the same WIFI, which it isn’t unless you’ve purchased a separate router. If you need to use WIFI and not Wired Ethernet, you need to either purchase a motherboard with WIFI built in or a Network Card.

      Reply
  7. Feral Ghoul

    For the $1000 build, which variation of the psu is needed? Amazon shows options of 650W, 750W, and 850W. It also shows a choice between Modular, Enthusiast, and TX series styles. This will be my first build, and the newb is strong with this one.

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    • Corey

      Hey!

      The one included in the $1000 build is the Corsair 650M TX series (650 = 650 Watts, M = Modular & TX = Enthusiast Series). Modular generally refers to being able to get rid of excess cords that are not used etc. However keep in mind this is a “semi modular” PSU, so only some of the cables are detachable which may leave you with some unused which is perfectly fine. You can also use the exact same PSU used in the $1500 build as they are around the same price – there will be no benefit to using one over the other though in the $1000 build.

      The newb won’t be strong for too much longer ;)

      Reply
  8. bulvox

    hi. i cant get evga graphic card in my country for the $1000 build. can you suggest some other alternative for it ?

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  9. Brandon

    Would it be better for the 1000 dollar build to upgrade to the dual graphics card (sli) or just get the single one that you mentioned in your possible upgrades section?

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    • Corey

      Hey Brandon,

      I would go with the single card upgrade – The GTX 770. This will save you $100 and perform quite similarly. It also does this with one card not two and allows for the potential to SLI in the future with another GTX 770 if newer generation games need the extra juice.

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      • Brandon

        is the 1000 dollar build going to be able to support a 32″ lcd tv at high or ultra setting?

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        • Brandon

          also would all the parts for the 1000 build be compatible with the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Intel Motherboard? for 30 bucks it seems like a great upgrade.

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        • Corey

          Missed the TV question, yep it will 100% support a 32inch TV as it would be the resolution in question that would effect performance. The TV is probably 1080×1920?

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  10. Rob

    Hello! Thank you very much for the guide! I am actually looking in to building the $1k build. This is going to be my first PC build so I am definitely a noob when it comes to this. I am going to use http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139015 for the case though. Will I need additional fans in the case to keep everything cool? I hear a lot of talk about fans and keeping everything cool whenever I look in to building a PC. Thank you so much for your time and effort! It is very much appreciated.

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    • Corey

      Hello Rob,

      You are very welcome for the guide and congrats on settling with the 1k build.

      Nice looking case. You don’t have to buy more fans and I wouldn’t right off the bat either. That case already comes with three 120mm fans, which should be plenty. If you find the build gets hot later on, then you also always have the option to add some fans whenever (as the case does support up to 7 more!).

      Let me know if you have anymore questions.

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  11. Aliaksandra

    I have always been wondering, does it even make sense to build a low-end gaming computer?
    How is it better than just buying a pre-build and upgrading a graphics card?
    Seems like less work plus the warranty from the manufacturer.
    What are your thoughts?

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    • Corey

      My thoughts are to build. I wouldn’t think that buying a pre-build and upgrading the graphics card would be too cost efficient? (I would need examples though). Generally, each piece of hardware can also come with a manufacturer warranty.And my overall opinion is that its just plain fun to build, and will most likely always be much more cost efficient.

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    • Corey

      Not necessarily. And I say this because computer hardware is a strange beast in terms of its shelf life and pricing. Most likely what will happen is that some of the hardware will be slowly phased out and new hardware will replace it. So in a year, the $1500 won’t go down to $1000 per say, but it will be replaced with entirely new hardware.

      Although another way of looking at it is that you might at that time be able to buy equivalently performing hardware for less.

      Hopefully that somewhat answers your question.

      Reply
  12. Jonathan

    Hi there, I was wondering what would be bettter for gaming, a second graphics card or a stronger processor?

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    • flipins

      Graphics cards are mainly what run games, so if your motherboard has SI or x-fire capable that would work best.

      Reply
  13. Dion

    Why is so difficult to release an update list using high end amd builds? Enough of the cheap solutions for AMD. Something between $1200-$1600 will be nice.

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    • Corey

      Hey,

      It’s not the difficulty of releasing a high-end AMD builds, this article is intended for up to date builds that are best for gaming is their respective pricing category; regardless of whether they are Intel or AMD. I will however put forward the idea of doing an AMD builds article soon.

      Reply

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