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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.

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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)

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Gaming PC Builds for July 2013 ( $1500 $1000 and $600 Budget Builds )

Gaming PC Builds – July 2013

Choose your budget –

July 2013 PC BuildsIntroduction:

Welcome to the late but not forgotten July 2013 Gaming PC Builds of the Month. I do apologize for anyone who has been waiting for July’s post, however I have been busy with a few happenings and time has run short.

‘With out further adieu, let me introduce you to some of the highlights to this months builds. In the $600 gaming pc build this month we have boosted up the processor a tad to the six core AMD FX 6300 as its prices aligns quite nicely with the previous AMD FX 4300. Do you need all six cores for gaming, probably not; however, I say why not.

This month in the $1000 build we have finally jumped into adding the new Intel Haswell line of processors with the addition of the Intel 4670K processor. Along with this we have the addition of a newer MSI Gaming series GD-45 motherboard.

The July 2013 $1500 Build also includes the Intel Haswell 4670K processor along with the MSI GD-45 gaming series motherboard, however we also include the newer GTX 770 graphics card. Keep reading below and take in all of the gaming hardware goodness. 

$600 Gaming PC Build of the MonthMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $612 ): July 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: $ 612
Processor AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOX Price: $119.99
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Price: $79.99
Graphics Card 
EVGA GeForce GTX650Ti Boost 2GB GDDR5 192bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card
Price: $169.99
RAM  Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Price: $64.99
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 Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (White)Price: $39.99
Optical Drive Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive without Software, Black SH-224BB/BEBEPrice: $15.98

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

Welcome to the $600 Gaming PC Build for July 2013. A few minor changes to the build this month, including a slightly better choice in processor and a slight change in graphics card. This brings the price down a tad to a mor substantial $612 price mark instead of pushing around $630 last month.

I have went with the Six Core AMD FX-6300 processor over the AMD FX 4300 this month. You can over clock this processor easily to 4.5Ghz from its stock 3.5GHz. For the exact same price as last month for the FX 4300, you can now get an FX 6300. So even if you will not always utilize all cores on this CPU gaming, I say why not.

The motherboard stays the same as we don’t need anything more then this budget friendlyGigabyte board and same goes for the Samsung optical drive, Western Digital 500GB hard drive and the 500 Watt Corsair Builder series PSU.

The other minor change this month was the change of the Graphics Card to a GeForce GTX 650Ti Boost 2GB card. This card performs very similarly to the Radeon HD 7850 and is priced much less at the moment making it a great choice. If you do have a few more dollars to spend though, my second recommendation lies within the previous GTX 660 for about $200.

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A $3560 PC Build – Obit’s PC Build Article June/July 2013

Obit’s $3560 PC Build

This is the first build I have done for a while, so I thought why not make it a special one. This build stocks one of the latest Intel Core i7’s as well as the new GTX 780. Will provide plenty of grunt for anything you throw at it.

This build has a nice price tag to match as well :P, coming in at $3559.88. The Hard drive space is plentiful, with two 2TB Mechanical Hard drives as well as a 230GB Solid State Drive. Water Cooling included to keep ultra cool.

3Dmark Result can be seen at http://www.3dmark.com/fs/517103 , Note: the 3Dmark test used is FireStrike rather than the usual 3Dmark 11 performance test. There is a massive difference in score between Corey’s $2000 build - (http://www.3dmark.com/fs/522372) and this one (You get that though when there is a $1600 difference).

3Dmark 1 3Dmark 2

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Build a $2000 Gaming PC Build for the Month of June 2013

June 2013 $2000 PC BuildThis is a special month, because I don’t normally do a $2000 build in a month to month time-frame. There are a few reason I have decided to do one this month and the first reason is simple, because you, the readers, have requested on multiple occasions last month that I do one.

Reason two, with the introduction of the new Intel Haswell processors coming out a few days or so ago I thought it was the right time to do one. Although, I didn’t make this build a Haswell build, this is the best $2000 build in my opinion you can get for your moneys worth at the time being. Prices may also be decreasing on some of the hardware as the month goes on so do keep an eye out for this (just a random gues however).

And finally, reason three I am doing a $2000 build is also to make comfortable room to include the very new GTX 780 Graphics card, which has made it’s way splendidly into the realm right underneath the GTX Titan cards. This has made the GTX 780 a very smart buy for a high-end gaming graphics card.

This build is no wimpy gamers build, so dive right on in and enjoy!

$2000 PC Build June 2013

Gaming PC Build ( $1983): June 2013

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Capability: Game with Ultra  settings in games up to 2560×1600 resolutions

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: $ 1983
Processor Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80637I73770KPrice: $313.81
Cooler 

Cooler Master Seidon 240M Liquid CPU Water Cooling System with Copper Heatsink and 240mm Radiator – 2 FansPrice: $89.99
Motherboard MSI Computer Corp. LGA 1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 1333 CrossFireX and SLI/ SATA3 USB 3.0 A&GbE ATX Motherboard Z77A-GD65 GAMINGPrice: $179.99
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready (03G-P4-2784-KR)Price: $659.99
RAM Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB Kit (2×8 GB Modules) 1600MHz 240-pin DDR3 Non-ECC CL10 Desktop Memory KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16GPrice: $119.99
Hard Drive Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop 3.5″ Hard DrivePrice: $91.26
SSD Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BWPrice: $219.99
Power Supply Corsair Professional Series  AX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (AX850)Price: $164.98
Computer Case Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 VN300M1W2N No PS Full Tower Case (Black)Price: $131.74
Optical Drive Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive without Software, Black SH-224BB/BEBEPrice: $21.25

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Build the Best Gaming PC – June 2013 ($600, $1000 & $1500 )

Gaming PC Builds – June 2013

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Build a June 2013 Gaming PCIntroduction:

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 -

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Gaming PC Builds – May 2013

Gaming PC Builds – May 2013

Choose Your Budget…

Build a PC this May 2013Introduction:

Yep, I have upped the per-usual low budget $500 build to a $600 this May 2013. I have felt that I kept getting pushed higher and higher to keep up with continually increasing prices while still providing a solid quality build – therefore a higher budget build category. This build will be for anyone who is on a tight budget who wants to be assured they are building a high performing gaming build, while keeping up with newer games.

The most exciting build in my opinion though this month is the $1000 build. I decided to  go with all the rage and go with a super sleek compact Mini ITX gaming PC build. I use a BitFenix Prodigy case that comes in several colors and looks very nice. The best part about the build is that not only is it so sexy & compact, it still pumps out the same performance.

Down to the $1500 build you will find a super expandable build. One that not only comes with all of the power you will most likely need for Gaming right now, but room to always keep adding more. The current build comes with an all powerful overclocked version of the Radeon 7970 graphics card, an Intel 3570K to overclock the heck out of, a solid state drive, a total of 16GB of RAM and plenty of space in the full tower Fractal Design Define XL R2 to keep adding hardware as you please.

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Gaming PC Builds of the Month: April 2013

April 2013 Gaming PC Builds:

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April 2013 Gaming PC Builds of the MonthIntroduction:

Welcome to this years fourth installment of the 2013 Gaming PC Builds of the Month. April has brought some big hardware changes.

The $500 build has had a major revamp with a swap from the usual Intel i3 3220 processor to an AMD FX 4300 processor. That’s right I have finally included an AMD processor into one of the months builds again. The reason I made this choice was because at this point in time the price of the AMD FX 4300 can match the performance of the Intel i3 3200, especially if you take into consideration its ability to overclock.

The $1000 build is near the same and I have again this month decided to include the all attractive Cooler Master HAF XB case that is nice and compact with a high air flow to keep all of the compact components nice and cool.

The $1500 build this month has been geared for pure performance this month with a Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC graphics card, a Corsair 850 Watt AX series PSU and a Samsung 840 PRO (a more efficient & faster SSD). This was all possible with the inclusion of a price dropped NZXT Phantom Full Tower case coming in at only $99.

$500 Gaming PC Build - Newb Computer BuildMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $511 ): April 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.
 
Processor: AMD FX-4300 FX-Series Four-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD4300WMHKBOX
Price: $119.99
Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Price: $53.18
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 128bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, Mini HDMI, Graphics Card (01G-P4-3650-KR) Graphics Cards 01G-P4-3650-KR
Price: $144.99
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 CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Price: $47.98
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX
Price: $59.26
Power Supply: Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply Price: $34.50
Computer Case: Apex Computer Technology PC-389-C 10bay ATX Tower No Psu USB / Hd PC389C
Price: $29.99
Optical Drive: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive – Bulk – IHAS124-04 (Black) Price: $17.99
Estimated Price: $ 507

Overview: $500 Gaming PC Build

There have been some major changes in this months $500 PC build. Generally, I leave the AMD builds up to Obit, our AMD builds article writer, but this month seemed suitable for an AMD change in the lower end $500 budget build. The AMD FX 4300 performs close to the Intel 3220 and especially so considering that it can be overclocked due to an unlocked multiplier. It seems to be getting harder and harder to keep prices around $500 for a good budget PC build and including the AMD FX 4300 processor made this especially possible.

The other major changes for the $500 build include a change in motherboard to support the AMD processor change to an AM3+ ASUS M5A78L-M LX Plus micro ATX motherboard. As well, we have changed the PC case to an affordable Apex Computer Technology case.\

Upgrade suggestions for the $500 Gaming PC Build:

The hardware below are all moderate increases from the hardware listed in the main $500 build and they can all be considered compatible with one another.

If you are ever stumped or have any questions as to the compatibility of any hardware please get in contact with me or leave a comment below and I will try to respond as soon as I can.

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Obit’s PC Build Article – March / April 2013

Obit’s PC Build – What Do I Use?

This month, I wanted to do something a little different rather than the same old AMD based builds. So this month I have decided to share my build with you all. It’s funny because Corey has an AMD rig and he does the Intel builds and I have an Intel build and I do the AMD builds. Who would of thought?

3dmark results can be seen below (I did them myself). Note: these are 3Dmark Vantage and 3Dmark 03 results not the usual 3Dmark 11. 

3Dmark Vantage - Core 2 quad Q6700 & GeForce 8800GT

3Dmark Vantage - Core 2 quad Q6700 & GeForce 8800GT

3Dmark Vantage - Core 2 quad Q6700 & GeForce 8800GT

The specs are as follows:

Processor -

Obits Processorhttp: //ark.intel.com/products/30790/Intel-Core2-Quad-Processor-Q6700-8M-Cache-2_66-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB .

In the CPU department, I have a core 2 quad Q6700. This CPU may carry some age, but It can do anything it is asked. I have been doing a lot of video encoding of late and this CPU is still able to do this efficiently and swiftly.

 

 

Motherboard -

Obits Motherboardhttp://ark.intel.com/products/50383/Intel-Desktop-Board-DQ35MP . In the motherboard department, I have an Intel DQ35MP. It’s nothing special, but it does the job. If I did have the option to buy the motherboard for this build, I would have gone for one with 2 PCIe x16 (or x8) slots for sli/crossfire. Other than that, I can’t fault anything, the bios has every option imaginable and has heaps of USB slots and SATA ports.

 

 

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Gaming PC Builds of the Month: March 2013

March 2013 Gaming PC Builds:

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March 2013 Gaming PC Builds of the MonthIntroduction:

The March 2013 PC Builds are posted, compiled and ready for you to digest. The builds are as solid as usual, but some of you may notice a lack in any huge improvement / and or changes. This is because late February coming into early March PC hardware seems to have take moderate price increases in places. The reason I am not sure of, perhaps supply and demand of some sorts?

Either way, I hate to discredit previous performance for slight price increases, therefore you may notice the $500 build is again slightly higher coming in at a current $534 instead of a flat $500. I could decrease the graphics card for the $500 build to a Radeon HD 5770, however it makes me cringe to take away performance on a future build, therefore a $34 over a $500 build price.

The $1000 build has a swapped brand of the Radeon HD 7950 Boost card for a PowerColor version and the build also has a fancy new Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Advanced case, an improvement over the previous Storm Scout and furthermore, recent Storm Scout 2.

The $1500 build is pretty similar to last months and still one of the most impressive looking builds yet in my opinion. I have swapped the graphics card to a XFX FX797ATDBC Double D HD 7970 Black Edition giving you plenty of performance and room to play. As well, I have kept the PC Case from last month and this is only because I think the very new Azza Genesis 9000W case deserves much credit for a fantastic pc gaming case.

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$500 Gaming PC Build - Newb Computer BuildMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $513 ): March 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.
 
Processor: Intel Core i3-3220 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 Ghz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80637i33220
Price: $123.79
Motherboard: MSI LGA1155/Intel B75/DDR3/SATA3 and USB 3.0/A and GbE/MicroATX Motherboard B75MA-E33
Price: $59.99
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 128bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, Mini HDMI, Graphics Card (01G-P4-3650-KR) Graphics Cards 01G-P4-3650-KR
Price: $149.99
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 CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Price: $47.98
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX
Price: $59.99
Power Supply: Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply Price: $39.99
Computer Case: GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black)
Price: $34.21
Optical Drive: Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) Price: $17.99
Estimated Price: $ 534

Overview: $500 Gaming PC Build

I know, not much has been done to the $500 build in recent month, but this is because nothing has been able to replace most of the hardware spots for this build. The Intel 3220 Ivy Bridge processor still stands strong for an affordable Intel i3 processor, the GTX 650 Ti is still quite affordable and offers speeds / performance similar to the Radeon 6870 and the GTX 560, so no complaints there.

As for the rest, the MSI B75MA-E33 motherboard has all you need, a B75 Chipset that is perfect for a non ‘K’ Intel processor since you probably won’t be able to overclock much anyways, 8Gb of RAM is plenty of memory (the memory has switched to the Corsair Vengeance 8GB), the 450 Watt Antec PSU covers all of the wattage requirements and the GAMMA Classic Series PC case is simply the best buy for a cheap case; you can go cheaper, but then the plastics start to become wobbly and just feel cheap (all up to you though!).

You will be able to play most of all games and get pretty decent performance playing Medium to Higher settings at a resolution of 1920X1080.

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Obit’s AMD Gaming PC Builds – February 2013

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$500 AMD PC BuildAMD <$500 Build February 2013

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.

Changes in builds have been very few since there have been no new releases in hardware, so these builds are very similar to prior to Christmas.

3dmark:http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/3248994

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Processor: AMD FX 6100 3.3 GHz Hex Core . $104.99.AMD FX 6100

The FX-4170 CPU used previously is still on the price rise so I have again gone for the cheaper FX-6100. The FX-4170 CPU does out perform this CPU in some benchmarks but the FX-6100 outperforms it in others.

 

 

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 . $88.24.Gigabyte GA-970A-D3

Gone back to the gigabyte board this month since there was a little bit of cash to spare and the fact that this is the better of the boards.

 

 

 

 

Graphics: MSI Radeon 7770 1020 Mhz 1GB DDR5. $125.00.

MSI Radeon 7770 1020 Mhz 1GB DDR5This is a very quiet card, so those who want an ultra-silent gaming pc, this is the graphics card for you. This card is also energy efficient; hence, this build has a 500w PSU.

 

 

 

 

Ram: 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600MHz RipjawsX (1x8gb). $37.00.

8GB G Skill DDR3 1600MHz Ripjaws

All the RAM you could possibly need with the option to throw more in this build.

 

 

 

 

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 500GB HD. $49.99.

Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 500GB HDThis drive should provide plenty of space for your storage needs.

 

 

 

PSU: Corsair CX500W PSU $49.99.

500W Corsair CX500W PSU

I opted for this PSU because it is 80 plus certified and it has 500w, enough to run this rig to its full potential.

 

 

 

 

Case: iMicro ATX Mid Tower Case CA-IM2109B. $29.70.

iMicro ATX Mid Tower Case

This case was chosen because of the fact it is cheap and it has plenty of room for all the components in this build.

 

 

 

Optical: Asus 24xDVD-RW $18.15.

ASUS 24xDVD-RW

I am throwing this in again, because, like I always say, I have had no problems with my one I use currently.

 

 

 

 


Total: $514.06



$1000 AMD PC Build

AMD $1000 Build February 2013

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.

Performance: 3dmark: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5047424

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Gaming PC Builds of the Month: February 2013

February 2013 Gaming PC Builds:

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February 2013 Gaming PC Builds of the Month - newbcomputerbuildIntroduction:

Welcome to the 2013 edition of the Gaming PC Builds of the Month here at Newb Computer Build.

The $1500 build is as solid as ever with some very nice price decreases this month. Still rocking the Radeon HD 7970, a 250GB Samsung SSD and it even includes the very new Azza Genesis 9000W PC case; a very nice full tower spiffy looking case I might add!

The $1000 build has had an increase in graphics with the inclusion of a Radeon HD 7950 3GB BOOST edition card and a switch to an AsRock EXTREME6 motherboard.

This month the $500 build has stayed static as it has for the most part of the last few months. This is because I feel there has been no notable substitutes for any of its hardware constituents. This is good news as the budget $500 build has stood the test of time. Now lets get into the builds -

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$500 Gaming PC Build - Newb Computer BuildMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $513 ): February 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.
 
Processor: Intel Core i3-3220 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 Ghz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80637i33220
Price: $119.99
Motherboard: MSI LGA1155/Intel B75/DDR3/SATA3 and USB 3.0/A and GbE/MicroATX Motherboard B75MA-E33
Price: $59.99
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 128bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, Mini HDMI, Graphics Card (01G-P4-3650-KR) Graphics Cards 01G-P4-3650-KR
Price: $139.99
RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2×4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
Price: $41.98
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX
Price: $60.28
Power Supply: Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply Price: $38.24
Computer Case: GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black)
Price: $35.75
Optical Drive: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive – Bulk – IHAS124-04 Version C (Black) Price: $16.99
Estimated Price: $ 523

Overview: $500 Gaming PC Build

The $500 build has stood strong few a few months now and I have literally changed nothing in it this month. Everything included is what I could consider a solid budget build and will be fully capable of playing most games relatively well.

The only thing I keep regretting is pushing the price point of the $500 build over the $500 budget – as you can see at the time of writing this article the price of this build in its entirety is $523; albeit well worth it as I would not skimp on any of the hardware included for a solid budget gaming build.

You will be able to play most of all games and get pretty decent performance playing Medium to Higher settings at a resolution of 1920X1080.

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