Gaming PC Builds – June 2014
Jump to a specific budget build –
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): June 2014
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1000 ): June 2014
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $600 ): June 2014
We have some exciting changes to the builds this month depending on your budget. The $1500 build has had the most in overall changes with a new graphics card, motherboard, hard drive and a newly released pc case. With the release of the new Z97 chipsets, I decided to include a new motherboard to accommodate the Intel 4670K’s in both the $1500 build and the $1000 build, so if you have been waiting for the Z97 releases or want to taste a newly release line of motherboards now is your chance.
For the $600 build there is bump up in graphics card power with an included R9 270 graphics card and there was some space in the budget to finally include a stylish / more appealing pc case.
If you are new to the monthly builds then I welcome you and should you have any questions, comments or suggestions, then please feel free to leave a comment below this article and start a conversation.
June 2014 PC Builds ( $1480 )
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )
For $1500 you can have one killer gaming pc – included is an Intel 4670K, easily overclock able and a GTX 780 graphics card. This build will pound any game you throw at it (dependent on resolution).
New for this month is the inclusion of a new Z97 chipset motherboard, specifically the Asus Z97-A motherboard. Is it a huge benefit over the previous z87’s? Well not entirely, but it does offer SATA-E or SATA Express, which did turn out to be not such a big deal or rather a letdown. However, this is a futureproof board (not that that matters too much in a mobo) and is priced right with a load of features – check them out on the official ASUS product page for the ASUS Z97-A motherboard.
For graphics card we have an Asus GTX 780, a powerful card that is priced very good right now. Due to some wiggle room in the budget this month, the hard drive has been switched from a 1TB Western Digital Blue to a 1TB Western Digital Black – this should increase load times slightly on your main drive. There is an included Samsung PRO 128GB SSD, so this does offer a quick boot drive solution, however if you want to put more on to your SSD another option would be too get rid of the Western Digital Black and simply upgrade to a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB or higher SSD.
The PC case chosen is a new very well priced Full Tower case, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro – which includes a ton of features and for only $99, a rare find for this cost for a new Full Tower case.
Phantek Enthoo Pro Features (From: http://www.phanteks.com )
Enthoo Pro includes 1 x 200mm fan in front and 1 x 140mm fan in the rear. Ability to upgrade to additional fans is possible. All fans included are Phanteks’ new redesigned and better performing SP series fans. Budget friendly case, Phanteks’ Enthoo Pro, unleash unlimited possibilities.
-Brushed plastic with an aluminum appearance
-Stealth interior: hidden PSU / hidden HDD
-Extreme cooling capacity
– 2 included Phanteks’ premium fans
– The PWM hub makes it possible to control all the connected fans (also 3-pin fans) with PWM function through 1 PWM connector and create a better cable management.
– Extensive water cooling support. Provides up to 4 different installation areas for slim and thick radiators varying from single to triple (120mm and 140mm form factors). Clearance for push-pull fan configurations.
– Innovative liquid cooling mounting systems: radiator brackets for easy installation
– Closed HDD panel strengthens the chassis’ rigidity, even when both HDD cages are removed.
– Removable Drop-n-Lock SSD bracket that can be installed on 2 different locations. (1 bracket incl.)
– Removable dust filters for easy maintenance.
– Pre-installed cable management tools behind the motherboard tray that can be fastened and released.
– 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack
The rest of the hardware we have that was included in the previous month is 16Gb of Crucial Ballistix DDR3 RAM, a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler, a 750 Watt Corsair RM series power supply and an LG optical drive.
$1500 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives
If you have a little extra to spend on the $1500 build, then below are a few suggestions. If you want to dedicate more storage space solely to your SSD, then perhaps a larger 512GB Samsung PRO SDD is a worthy upgrade – you could even skip on the Western Digital Black hard drive above and dedicate some cash for a bigger SSD (like the Samsung 840 PRO 256GB or 512GB versions).
We also have an Intel 4770K i7 for those who want to use their PC for functionality besides gaming or want to optimize their builds for recent games like Watch Dogs. You could also pump some extra cash into more graphics power by either going with a single card like EVGA geForce 780 Ti or by doing SLI with another ASUS GTX 780.
Also, please *note that if you do decide to SLI with another GTX 780 3GB graphics card, you might want to also upgrade the power supply unit to 850W (ie. Corsair RM 850 Watt)
Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K ($334.98) – Ideal for anyone who does video / graphics work etc. on top of gaming
||SLI with another – ASUS Direct CU II Thermal Design with Direct-GPU Contact 10mm Copper Heat Pipe Graphics Card GTX780-DC2OC-3GD5 (+$488.79)|
Get a better single Graphics Cards: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, 3GB, 3072MB,GDDR5 384bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (03G-P4-2881-KR) Graphics Cards 03G-P4-2881-KR ($699.95) –
A Larger SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($394.72)
June 2014 PC Builds ( $997 )
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions and even High Settings in some games at 2560×1600
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )
For the $1000 build for June 2014, I have made a few changes. There is a new motherboard included this month – and you may have noticed it is the same as included in the $1500 build, a new Z97 motherboard socketed – Asus Z97-A motherboard. This board was included in Toms Hardware’s “Intel Z97 Express: Five Enthusiast Motherboards, $120 To $160” and is currently priced well compared to it’s competitors.
For a case this month, I have decided to re-feature a cooler master HAF XB EVO case. This is a very unique case in that it is a cube shaped high air flow ATX pc case. I have always had a fascination with this case since you don’t see too much of its test bench type designs in many of main stream pc cases, and it does it very well. Likewise, for the exact same price you could also go with the same case as in the $1500 build if you want to try a brand new Full Tower PC case with tons of room with the Phantek Enthoo Pro.
Following suite with last months $1000 build, I include an Intel 4670K i5 processor, an EVGA GTX 760 graphics card, a Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler, 8Gb of Kingston HyperX Red RAM, a 1TB Western Digital Blue Hard drive, an XFX 650 Watt PRO power supply and an LG optical drive.
$1000 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives
Below are some hardware additions should you have some extra cash and want to upgrade a specific piece to the above build.
For those of you that do some serious gaming or are considering gaming at higher then 1080p resolutions then you might want to consider bumping up your graphics cards with either an upgrade to a single XFX Radeon R9 280X or better yet getting a second EVGA GeForce GTX 760 and SLI’ing your cards.
Since there is no SSD included in the base $1000 build I do suggest you highly considering one if you funds allow. The Samsung 840 PRO series is a great high quality SSD and 128GB is a perfect starting point to use is as your boot drive with some of your most used apps / games. For those that simply want more space for large sums of media etc. you could consider getting a 2TB drive (doubling your space) with the Seagate Barracuda 2TB drive.
Also, please *note that if you do decide to SLI with another GeForce GTX 760 graphics card, you may want to also upgrade the power supply unit to 850W (ie. Corsair RM 850 Watt) – Just to be safe – although you could probably get away with the included 750 Watts; up to you!
|Add a SSD Boot Drive: Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive= (+ $109.99) –||Upgrade your graphics card: XFX RADEON Double D R9 280X 1000MHz BOOST Ready 3GB DDR5 2XmDP HDMI 2XDVI Graphics Cards R9-280X-TDFD ($279.99)
|More Hard Drive Space With 2TB – Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DM001 Price: $83.98||SLI with another GTX 760: EVGA GeForce GTX760 w/EVGA ACX Cooler 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2763-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2763-KR ($249.99)
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $596 ): June 2014
(Game at Smoothly with Medium – High settings at 1920X1080 resolutions)
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
|Estimated Price:||$ 596.42|
|Processor||AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black EditionPrice: $118.49|
|Motherboard||MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46) Price $69.99|
|Graphics Card||Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/DP Dual-X with Boost and OC Version PCI-Express Graphics Cards 11220-00-20G Price: $159.99|
|RAM||Kingston KHX16C9B1RK2/8X HyperX Red 8GB (4GB 512M x 64-Bit x 2 pcs.) DDR3-1600 CL9 240-Pin DIMM KitPrice: $69.99|
|Hard Drive||WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $58.99|
|Power Supply||Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX600)Price: $62.99|
|Computer Case||Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z No PS Mid Tower Gaming Case (Black)
|Optical Drive||LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0BPrice: $15.99|
Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build
We have a couple of great revisions to the $600 gaming pc build for June. Included is a Sapphire Radeon R9 270 graphics card, replacing the previous R7 265 for roughly the same cost. Also, this month left some room in the budget for a better more stylish, Thermaltake V3 Black Edition PC case – This should add a little more appeal and style to the $600 build.
Along with those newer upgrades included again is the AMD FX 6300 processors (easily overclockable), the MSI 970A-G46 motherboard, 8GB of Kingston HyperX Red RAM, 1Tb Western Digital Blue hard drive, a 600W Corsair Builder series power supply and an LG optical drive.
Upgrades / Alternatives for the $600 Gaming PC Build:
These upgrades and alternatives below are for anyone who might have some extra spending cash or want some ideas for future upgrades.
The upgrades and alternatives this month include an upgraded eight core AMD FX-8320 processor, which this month is not too much more costly then the AMD fx 6300, so it could be a definite consideration. Likewise you could also bump the graphics card up to a MSI GTX 760 for more juice while gaming. You could consider also spending some ore cash and style the build up a little more with an NZXT Phantom 410 White Mid Tower case or even speeding up boot and software loading times with an affordable Crucial M500 120GB solid state drive.
|Processor Alternative: AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition ($139.99)||Alternative PC Case:NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Case – White ($79.99)|
|Graphics Card Alternative: MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N760 TF 2GD5/OC ($249.99)
||Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT120M500SSD1 ($71.99)|
June 2014’s Gaming PC Hardware Overview Video: