Gaming PC Builds – August 2013
Choose your budget –
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $600 ): August 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1000 ): August 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): August 2013
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.
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $600 ): August 2013
(Game at Smoothly with Medium – High settings at 1920X1080 resolutions)
Gaming PC Build Recipe:All hardware is linked to Amazon.com – You Can also try Amazon.ca (CANADA) • Amazon.co.uk (UK) Newegg.com (US) • Newegg.ca (CANADA) Scorptec.com.au(AUS) pccasegear.com (AUS) to shop for these parts.
|Estimated Price:||$ 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|
|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)|
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 2560×1600All 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 )
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)|
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1498 ): August 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 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!