Gaming PC Builds – December 2013
Choose your budget –
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $600 ): December 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1000 ): December 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): December 2013
Welcome to the final gaming pc builds of the month article for the year 2013. December has brought some major price fluctuations in the graphics card department. This makes sense due to AMD’s major graphics card release in the last month or so in that the supplies seem to have been quite low, resulting in inflated prices on both the new and older graphics cards in their respective segments.
I have included two graphics card recommendations in the $1000 and $1500 builds as a result of price changes in my main recommendations, so if you like you can keep checking for price decreases or just go with a graphics card that is one level lower and has thus not changed in prices from where they should be at.
Thank you once again for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy the three builds in the $600, $1000 and $1500 budget ranges. Please, if you have any questions leave your comments or just stop by to say hi.
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $614 ): December 2013
(Game at Smoothly with Medium – High settings at 1920X1080 resolutions)
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
|Estimated Price:||$ 614|
|AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOX
|ASRock ATX DDR3 800 AM3 Motherboard 970 EXTREME3 R2.0 Price: $89.99|
|ASUS R9270-DC2OC-2GD5 Graphics Cards Price: $179.99|
|Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 XMP Desktop Memory – KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
|500GB for $51.99Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX
OR (the prices are so close now)1TB Price: $59.99WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX
|Corsair CX Series 500 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 456 Power Supply CX500M
|Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z No PS Mid Tower Gaming Case (Black)
|Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE
Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build
Coming out to a total of $614, the $600 for the month of December includes motherboard, graphics card, power supply and case. The motherboard was swapped for an AsRock 970 Extreme 3 as it is a better board then last months and the price of the Gigabyte motherboard jumped from its normal $66 to match that of this AsRock board.
I have included the new Radeon R9 270 graphics card, substituting last months 270x due to minimal differences in performance per cost value this month. If you can find a cheaper Radeon 270X at about $200 and you can afford the price increase, then it may be worth the upgrade. However as things are the Radeon 270 fits this spot perfectly and will allow for great gameplay at 1920×1080 resolutions of gameplay.
The power supply was upped to a 500 watt Corsair CX series to more aptly match the minimum power requirements of both the recommended Radeon R9 270 graphics card and the suggested upgrade graphics card. And finally, the included case this month is the Thermaltake V3 black edition for $39. A nice upgrade over the previous NZXT Source 210.
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. These upgrades are some alternatives to the above. If it were me and I had a little extra to spend, I would start with either the AMD FX 8320 processor or the GeForce GTX 760 graphics card. Alternatively you can get 1TB of hard drive space for not much more then the 500GB one already included in the build.