Gaming PC Builds – February 2015
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- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): February 2015
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Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:
Welcome everyone to the February 2015 edition of the gaming pc builds of the month here are Newb Computer Build. I’m going to do an honest introduction here and simply state that these builds have, for the most part not changed at all since last month. Over the course of the last month prices have been stable with new hardware releases having minimal impact.
One note worthy hardware release was the GeForce GTX 960, which has a similar performance to the Radeon R9 280. For everyone that has been checking in on these monthly updates may notice that the Radeon R9 280 has been used for a few months now with the $600 PC build – so naturally I was excited to be able to include the new GTX 960 this in that build, but to my dismay it just wan’t worth it. You can read more about why in the $600 build below.
Also, I want to note that RAM prices across the board have gone down in price significantly this month, which is great news for any PC builder this month.
Other then that, each build is just as solid as it was last month, where some hardware switched simply to save a few bucks, so read on and start the process into researching for your new builds. As always, if you have any questions please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond when I have a chance; conversation is more then welcome!
February 2015 PC Builds ( $1489 )
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400, 1920×1080
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )
The $1500 build is more then capable of playing any game maxed, 1920×1080 resolutions and even easily up to resolutions of 2560x 1440 no problem. This build has stood strong for three months performance wise staying with the Intel 4690K processor, GTX 980 graphics card and I’ve even kept the case the same with the Phanteks Entho Pro Full Tower PC case. There has simply been no reason to change any of these with nothing better coming to market as of late.
The included processor is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is fully unlocked and very easily overclockable. The included ASUS Z97-A Motherboard has replaced the previous MSI Z97 Gaming 5 board to accommodate price increases, however this board is just as capable minus a few features.
The CPU cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler, which is a worthy investment to take full advantage of the unlocked multiplier on the Intel 4690K processor, allowing an easy overclock.
For the graphics card, I chose the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP Edition, which is priced at exactly what the GTX 980 should be priced at right now and it has gotten great reviews and it is priced just perfectly when compared to similar cards.
Our RAM package has stayed the same with the Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (8Gb X 2). 16Gb of memory is more then enough and it will last in a gaming pc build for years to come – also note that RAM has gone down in price significantly this month, which is just awesome.
The included hard disk hard-drive used is the same one I’ve included for a few months now, the Seagate Barracuda 1TB. There is also an included Samsung 850 Pro 128GB Solid State Drive. For the same price as the Samsung 840 PRO that has 550MB/s Read speeds and 470MB/2 Write speeds. You can also opt for the 256 GB version of the Samsung 850 Pro if you scrapped the Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive for pretty much the same price given the saved cost of the Seagate drive.
The power supply unit included is an EVGA SuperNOVA 750 Watt PSU. This is a feature packed quality built PSU that is fully modular Gold Certified PSU (with up to 90% efficiency). So this PSU will perform quietly and use less energy while also looking pretty good – in my opinion one of the best PSU buys in the 750Watt range these days. And on the plus side, this power supply dropped back down in price making it a fantastic purchase right now.
The full tower case included for the second month in a row is the Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower chassis. The one featured in the table above is a nice sleek looking one that does include the attractive side window, as there is also a non windowed version available for a little less. There have been no notable full tower PC case releases since last months article, so I thought it be best to include this very well values full towered case again.