Gaming PC Builds – June 2013
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- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $600 ): June 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1000 ): June 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): June 2013
Here are the PC builds for the wonderful month of June 2013. One caveat to this months builds is that I will be paying very little attention to doing any major changes to the main builds. Why you may ask, well this is the month where the shiny new Intel’s Haswell Processors are supposed to come out. Have no fret though as these builds still stand very strong and will for a while. The $600 build has stayed pretty much the same, the $1000 build has had some minor changes with the change to a mini Corsair case and the $1500 build had the most changes like the MSI Gaming G45 motherboard. In light of this and as per a few requests in the passing month, I will be writing a new $2000 build following this article, so stay tuned.
What does this mean for you who want to build today or even in the days as the Haswell processors are released – well you have a few options:
- Wait and see how the new Haswell processors get priced along with the new types of Z68 motherboards throughout the month.
- See if I include them in next months builds
- Or purchase a build today that will still be just as good as it was last month. Before I make any concise decisions on when and what Haswell processor into the builds, I will be also waiting to review any upcoming real benchmarks.
Please keep in mind prices will be high for any builds in the next few months for a Haswell buillds so, it might be good to decide whether you are going to build today, or perhaps a few months from now. For any of you who are curious as to what the specifications for the new Intel Haswell processors are – I have attached this wonderful graphics from Softpedia –
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $626 ): June 2013
(Game at Smoothly with Medium – High settings at 1920X1080 resolutions)
Gaming PC Build Recipe:All hardware is linked to Amazon.com – You Can also try Amazon.ca (CANADA) • Amazon.co.uk (UK) Newegg.com (US) • Newegg.ca (CANADA) Scorptec.com.au(AUS) pccasegear.com (AUS) to shop for these parts.
|Estimated Price:||$ 626|
|Processor||AMD FX-4300 FX-Series Four-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD4300WMHKBOX
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard Price: $79.99|
|Graphics Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR Price: $197.99|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9Price: $66.99|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKXPrice: $56.98|
|Power Supply||Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX500)Price: $49.99|
|Computer Case||NZXT CS-NT-S210-B Black Aluminum Source 210 ATX Mid Tower / Computer CasePrice: $33.81|
|Optical Drive||Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive without Software, Black SH-224BB/BEBEPrice: $20.94|
Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build
A mirror image of the previous $600 gaming pc build. This month prices have remained static and hardware releases minimal, so this fantastic $600 build still stays just as strong.
One minor change was the change to a lower priced GTX 660 Superclocked Graphics Card, which will give you a great opportunity for maximized performance in a budget gaming pc.
This $600 gaming pc will be able to play the most recent games at anywhere from medium to the highest settings with a high FPS rating at resolutions of 1920X1080. The 2GB GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked graphics card is a very capable graphics card that is the best in its class and budget, and especially so with 2GB of memory overclocked.
Paired with the AMD FX 4300, you can have some great performance expectations, especially if you keep in mind that this AMD processor can easily be overclocked due to its unlocked multiplier. ( Here is a helpful video if you need some help overclocking the FX 4300).
The Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 full ATX sized motherboard has USB 3.0 and many features included in much more expensive boards; such as the potential to CrossFire and memory up to 32GB.
Overall you will have a great build with 8GB of total RAM, 500GB hard drive storage space, 500Watts in a quality Corsair Builder Series 500W PSU – and this will all be encased in a quality budget oriented NZXT CS-NT-S210-B PC case. All great quality hardware packed into a budget oriented build.
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.
Below you will find an action packed AMD FX-8320 Eight Core Processor, which has been said to be a great choice for gamers prepping for the future. The Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 would suffice as a great graphics upgrade enabling you to play games at higher resolutions at higher FPS. You can go with a nice blue lit Cooler Master Elite pc case, or even upgrade your potential hard drive space with a 1TB western digital.
Processor Alternative: AMD FX-8320 Eight-Core Processor Black Edition AM3+ FD8320FRHKBOX ($149.99) – Price reduced from last month
||Alternative PC Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 – Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior (RC-430-KWN1) ($45.81)|
|Graphics Card Alternative: Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD ($249.99)||WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX ($67.63)|
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1007 ): June 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 )
Just as great as last months $1000 build. I have kept most of the great hardware including the Intel 3570K and the Power Color 7950 Boost Graphics card, which has also decreased in cost to $284.
Yet again, this is a wonderful Mini-ITX sized build using the very compact featured filled Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI motherboard with built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, USB 3.0 and PCI Express 3.0. Instead of the great BitFenix case from month I have chosen the newer Corsair Obsidian Series 350D Performance Mini ITX PC case. Basically, it’s the mini me version of the regular Corsair Obsidian series of cases. This case would be the perfect addition for anyone wanting a nice compact professional looking gaming pc that still has the potential for tons of upgrades.
The other specifications for the $1000 build include, 8GB of Corsair Vengeance memory, a solid 750 Watt Corsair HX series PSU and 1TB of hard drive space with a Western Digital Blue hard drive.
$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.
Below you will see a Crucial m4 solid state from consisting of 128GB of storage. This would be a great addition for those wanting a faster boot drive for their operating system and most played games. We also have another PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 Boost Card for those that want to either add tons of more graphics potential in Crossfire, or you can simply swap the graphics card for a better EVGA GeForce GTX 670 graphics card. Last but not least, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 would be a highly recommended CPU cooler for those wanting to overclock right away, otherwise keep it in mind.
|Add a SSD Boot Drive: Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2= (+ $129.99)||Upgrade your graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX670 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, 2x Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DP, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2670-KR) ($363.08)|
|CROSSFIRE with another PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 Boost State AX7950 3GBD5-2DHV4 Video Card (+ $284)||Add a CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1) (Price: $33.24)|
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1483 ): June 2013
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )
We have the standard Intel 3570K processor paired with the very powerful Radeon HD 7970 BOOST graphics card. Overclock the 3570K and your screaming!
I have also included the very cool MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming motherboard. Overall, his motherboard has everything you could want, for a really good price and it looks so cool. Allows for easy overclocking, Crossfire & SLI support with PCI Express 3.0 and it states that it can “low your lag” with “game networking” – I’m not 100% sure whether that rains true, but you cannot argue the features and value of this motherboard for $139. Want to learn more – Check out the MSI Specifications.
With some price decreases this month I have fit in the vey fast 256GB Samsung PRO solid state drive – allowing you to have a fair sized SSD to boot from and store tons of games / software on.
As per last month we have the boat load of 16GB Kingston HyperX Blu RAM, Corsair AX series750 Watt high quality PSU and a basic Samsung optical drive.
Finally, I have added in the well established Antec Nine Hundred PC Case that comes in at a very affordable price without sacrificing quality. This case has been around for a while and is still one of the best.
$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 $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.
Below you will find an upgraded Intel 3770K processor for those wanting to go with an i7 instead of the i5 3570K processor included in the build. For those insane gamers, you can always Crossfire the Radeon HD 7970 by adding another Sapphire Radeon HD 7970. You can swap the CPU cooler for a liquid CPU Cooler Master Seidon 240M. Or perhaps you want to store most of your information purely on your SSD – then the Samsung 840 PRO 512GB SSD might be for you.
|Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80637I73770K ($317.98)||Crossfire that Radeon 7970 by adding 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 (+ $399)|
Better CPU Cooler (To Overclock Intel 3570K):
Cooler Master Seidon 240M – Liquid CPU Water Cooling Kit with Pre-filled Coolant and Copper Heatsink ($94.65)
|A Larger Faster SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($468.77)|
Concluding June 2013’s Gaming PC Builds:
Even though there were no major changes to any of the core builds this month, we saw a few changes to accomodate fore any price changes and a stronger $1500 build due to a slight decrease in its overall hardare costs. In the upcoming months we may see some major changes due to Intel’s newest Haswell processor product line. If you are interested in the proposed product line with their respective prices and specifications, then check back at the top of this article.
There you have it, these three builds are what I think to be the best for their relative prices at this point in time. If you have any questions or other build needs that are outside of these requirements then by all means leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
June 2013’s Gaming PC Hardware Overview Video: