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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

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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.

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(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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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

$500 build performance 2 $500 build performance

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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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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Gaming PC Builds of the Month: January 2013

January 2013 Gaming PC Builds:

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January 2013 Gaming PC Builds of the Month - newbcomputerbuildIntroduction:

A fresh new year for fresh new beginnings, so how about a new shiny PC build this 2013? I have been running the Gaming PC Builds of the Month column here on Newb Computer Build for now for over a year and a half and I have enjoyed doing it every month, so I will continue to do so!

In the last year or so we have also added in an additional PC Builds section thanks to a new individual here at Newb Computer Build – Obit’s AMD Builds. We have not created an official landing page for his builds yet, hence why I didn’t link anything here, but you can keep checking back monthly for his builds as well this year for all of you AMD enthusiasts.

I have also had several requests to do more, such as a gaming laptops column, or a peripherals column. I believe these are great ideas and will try my hardest to try and fit some time in to start doing this, however it may take a couple of months, but keep your eyes peeled. Perhaps there is a reader out there who would be interested in contributing to such a column? If there is I would love to hear from you.

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Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $513 ): January 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: $ 513.21

Overview: $500 Gaming PC Build

The same build – a lower price point. The $500 pc build is pretty solid and the same as it was previous with hardly any hardware releases and minimal price drops or increases between December and now. You still get a wonderful Intel i3 3220 processor, a GTX 650 Ti and a full 8GB of memory; really one cannot complain getting all of this in a $500 budget range.

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 – December 2012

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$500 AMD PC Build NovemberAMD <$500 Build December 2012

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.

 

Several changes this month with the introduction of the FX-6100 (instead of the FX-4170), cheaper motherboard & memory. Benchmark results can be seen below or @http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/3248994 .

 

Processor: AMD FX 6100 3.3 GHz Hex Core  $113.63.

The FX-4170 CPU used last month has risen to $119.88 this month & it just so happens the FX-6100 is cheaper. The FX-4170 CPU does out perform this CPU in some benchmarks but the FX-6100 outperforms it in others.

 

 

 

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 $74.99.

Chosen over the motherboard used last month due to price & the fact this has pretty much all the features the previous motherboard has.

 

 

 

 

Graphics:  XFX Double D Radeon HD7770 Black Edition $139.99.

This 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: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz $29.50.

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

 

 

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 500GB $54.99.

This drive should provide plenty of space for your storage needs.

 

 

 

 

PSU:  Corsair CX500W PSU $47.99.

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: Dynapower CS-NH3A-SB $20.57.

This case was chosen because of the fact it is $20 and it has plenty of room for all the components in this build.

 

 

 

Optical: ASUS Internal 24x DVD-RW $20.07.

I am throwing this in again, because, like I said last month, I have had no problems with my one I use currently.

 

 

 

 


Total: $501.73



$1000 AMD PC Build November

AMD $1000 Build December 2012

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.

This month has seen minor changes with the motherboard & graphics card changing making way for a better case. Benchmark results can be seen below or @ http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5047424 .

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Gaming PC Builds of the Month: December 2012

December 2012 Gaming PC Builds:

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December 2012 Gaming PC Builds

Introduction:

Welcome to the last set of gaming PC builds of the month for 2012! It has been an exciting year and we will be back for the 2013 edition of the Gaming PC Builds of the Month. This month I decided to include a little treat with the inclusion of a $2000 build just as an end of the year treat and due to a small request made.

Next year, Intel is supposed to release their new Haswell processors which are supposed to slash power consumption and are based on the current line of Intel’s Ivy bridge processors. Other then that keep checking back in the new year if you are wanting to build a new gaming PC or just keep up to date with the latest builds.

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Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $528 ): December 2012

(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: $125.49
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 SSC 1024MB GDDR5 128bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, Mini HDMI, Graphics Card (01G-P4-3652-KR) Graphics Cards 01G-P4-3652-KR
Price: $143.99
RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2×4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
Price: $38.32
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: $40.59
Computer Case: NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (Black)
Price: $39.99
Optical Drive: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive – Bulk – IHAS124-04 Version C (Black) Price: $17.99
Estimated Price: $ 528.15 

Overview: $500 Gaming PC Build

The $500 build for December is actually priced at $528 as of December 1st, 2012. I have it a little higher this month to accommodate a few changes that if I were to build a $500 gaming PC this month, I would personally consider important. This month we have the addition of the new GTX 650 Ti graphics cards which took place of the previous Radeon 7770, which should warrant a considerable performance increase all while using much less power; as you can see below in the “$500 Build Performance” when compared to last months $500 build, there is a significant increase in performance when using the GTX 650 Ti.

As for the rest, we have included the Intel Core i3-3220 processor again as the $500 build processor, and get kept everything else except for the PC case the same. The NZXT PC case was chosen since its reputation precedes last months case and it was only about $3 more in December.

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Here are the 3D Mark 7 benchmarks using the Intel i3-3220 processor and the GTX 650 Ti graphics card - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5104887

 

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Obit’s AMD Gaming PC Builds – November 2012

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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.

 

This month I have decided to go back to a high powered CPU + discrete graphics card due to this build being marginally better in benchmarks. Rather than compare this build with Corey’s equivalent, I’m going to compare it with the previous months build. The results can be seen below as well as at http://www.3dmark.com/compare/3dm11/4691950/3dm11/3662214 .

 

AMD Radeon 6670 versus Radeon HD 7770 Score

AMD Radeon 6670 versus Radeon HD 7770 Comparison

AMD Radeon 6670 versus Radeon HD 7770 Detailed Score

 

AMD FX 4170 4.2 GHz Quad CoreProcessor:  AMD FX 4170 4.2 GHz Quad Core $104.99.

I’ve gone back to this CPU this month and since it was last used there has been a $20 drop in price which can be put down to the release of the new FX CPU’s.

 

 

 

 Gigabyte GA-970A-D3Motherboard:  Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 $87.98 after rebate $77.98.

This has to be one of the best value-for-money motherboards on the market. It has a whopping 16 USB ports as well as crossfire capability. You may have to flash the bios in order to use FX series CPU’s though (the CPU in this build is a FX series CPU). There has been a slight price drop since it was last used but nothing major.

 

 

XFX Double D Radeon HD7770 Black EdtionGraphics Card: XFX Double D Radeon HD7770 Black Edtion $139.99 after $119.99.

This 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: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHzRam: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz $35.99.

Just the same old standard 8GB kit really, and again this build can take advantage of the 1600Mhz speed.

 

 

 

Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 500GBHard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 500GB $56.93.

This drive should provide plenty of space for your storage needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corsair CX500W PSU PSU: Corsair CX500W PSU $49.99.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Cooler Master 690 II AdvancedCase: Cooler Master 690 II Advanced $79.99 after rebate $59.99.

Due to a far bit of cash left, I decided I would put a decent case in.

 

 

 

 

ASUS Internal 24x DVD-RW Optical: ASUS Internal 24x DVD-RW $19.98.

I am throwing this in again, because, like I said last month, I have had no problems with my one I use currently.

 

 

 

 


Total: $575.84 after rebate $525.84.

The price was below the $500 mark but I decided to throw a decent case in.



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