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Introducing Isaac’s PC Build – Prelude to the How to Build Your PC Build Video

In this article, myself, Isaac Harsh, will introduce you to me and give you a brief overview of the parts I used in my build. There will be a video on Newb Computer Build on how to build a computer and I will be using my parts. In each category that I put my parts in, I will give you a small guideline to deciding if you need them, or which one to get. Enjoy what you will read and leave any questions in the comment section, I will try to respond to them as quickly as possible.

About Isaac:

Hello everyone, I am Isaac Harsh, and I will be making some videos for Newb Computer Build on how to build a computer. I am almost 17 and a junior in high school. I am a computer fanatic and know a lot about them, if I don’t know something, I will look it up and research to help find you the most unbiased choices/decisions. I am no fan boy of Intel®, AMD, or NVIDIA. I choose parts for performance and support for games that I will play.

The Parts Used:

In these videos, the parts used will be for a gaming build, the first one will be an unboxing of the parts. This article will discuss further about each part, why I chose it, and its performance compared to other parts. The Processor I chose for my build was the Intel® Core i5 4670k. The Motherboard is the MSI® gaming series Z87 chipset, socket 1150. The Graphics card that will be put into the build is the AMD R9 290x, the one I will show in the video is the NVIDIA GTX 580 due to not having enough money at the moment. For storage, I went with a 1tb Western Digital blue and a 250gb Samsung SSD. For memory, I went with 8gb of G-Skill sniper ram. For the power supply, I went with the Corsair RM 750 watt power supply. For the operating system, Windows 8.1 was my choice. I chose the Rosewill Thor V2 case to house all of my components.

Hardware Overview:

Processor:

Intel 4670KI chose this Intel® Core i5 4670k due to it being at a great price and is a great processor for gaming, not like AMD is a bad company. AMD makes great processors for gamers on a budget and they can slash prices because there are no integrated graphics on their FX processors. The other tempting choice for me was the AMD 8320 as it is 8 cores and has great performance because I will be playing mainly Battlefield 4. If you will not be gaming, a nice AMD apu will suite you nice, as they have great onboard graphics and enough processing power for daily use, not including gaming even though you can use them for gaming and do a hybrid crossfire with a compatible graphics card to get more of a performance boost.

Motherboard:

MSI Z87 G45 Gaming SeriesThis motherboard, as Corey recommends mostly in his monthly builds, is amazing. As Corey and I were discussing the other night, we were discussing how much we love this board and why. This board is for 4th gen Intel® processors and is not backwards compatible. There are 3 Gen 3.0 PCI Express slots, one running at x16, or two running at x8 x8, or three running together and x8 x4 x4. Four ram slots that support 8gb in each slot and memory clock speeds up to 3000mhz. Two way NVIDIA sli or three way AMD crossfire supported. It has a nice red and black theme with dragon on a heat sink and dragon heads on the other heat sinks. Use any motherboard you feel like as long as it is compatible and has the features you would like. Form factors vary from; ATX, miniATX, microATX, EATX, and vice versa for ITX motherboards. Another article later on will descried this differences between the different motherboards/sizes.

Graphics Card:

AMD R9 290XThe graphics card that will be put into this build is the AMD R9 290x. As said above, the card in the video will be the NIVIDIA GTX 580. This AMD card runs Battlefield 4 perfectly well above 30 frames per second. The card may get really hot, but the card is made to reach temperatures of 95oC when any game is thrown at it, that is its goal. The cooling on the reference card is good, but loud. If you don’t mind sacrificing sound for a great card than this is the graphics card for you. If you want cool, quiet, and overclocking room, get the NVIDIA GTX 780 ti as it performs better or worse than this card depending on the situation. The two main companies for graphics cards as you can tell are NVIDIA and AMD. Many companies make their own custom coolers for these graphics cards and sell them. A graphics card is not needed if all you will be doing is surfing the web, writing papers, or anything else done in a daily day on computers.

Storage:

Western Digital Blue 1TBSmasung 840 EVO 250GBFor the storage, a 1tb Western Digital Blue hard drive, and a 250gb Samsung SSD. This hard drive is very reliable and is good for daily use as well. This SSD is said to be one of the best SSDs out there and great reliability, I found this for $150 on Amazon during Black Friday and I could not let this deal go as it was too good to be true. If you want a cheaper drive that is still reliable and well for gaming/storage, get the Kingston drives, they are cheaper and are still great drives.

Power Supply:

Corsair RM 750WThe power supply is a Corsair RM 750 watt power supply. If you need to calculate your computers wattage, go to the Thermaltake Power Supply calculator as that is what I use. This power supply had its components handpicked so no noise was created by them. It is super silent and the fan doesn’t even spin up until 40% load and is still quiet. This is a fully modular power supply so cable management is easy to do as you can plug in the cables you need. Not to mention it is backed with a 5 year warranty. Another good power supplies out there are Corsair CX and Corsair HX series.

Ram:

G Skill Sniper 8GBI chose the G-skill Sniper 8gb ram as it is reliable and fast. Nothing much said on ram than that 8gb is plenty for gaming. If you will be making videos, get 16gb. Anymore than 16gb is overkill and a waste of money. 1600mhz is the sweet spot for ram, but you can go higher clock speeds if you really want to. There are many reliable ram companies; Corsair, Kingston, ADATA, and G-Skill.

Case:

Rosewill Thor V2The case is a Rosewill Thor V2. A massive Full tower case with support for 4 230mm fans and comes with 3 of them and a 140mm fan on the back. There is plenty of room for wiring, large graphics cards, and large motherboards. Cases don’t matter so much as their performance doesn’t matter. Chose a case for if it fits all your components first then go for aesthetically pleasing looks or color schemes that match your other computer parts, my scheme is red and black. Some cases have windows so you can show off your sleek and sexy parts, along with lights and some support complicated custom water cooling loops if that is the kind of cooling you want.

Operating System:

Windows 8I can hear you all collectively face palm when you hear this, I used Windows 8.1. Hear me out, Windows 8.1 has more support for Directx 11.1 and 11.2 so more future games will be better compatible. Windows 7 is a great operating system if you don’t want to go the tile way of operating systems. Windows 8 also give a fps boost in Battlefield 4, and since that is what I was going to be playing mostly, it smooth’s frames better. Windows 7 is the other option as it has been around for a while and has no bugs; it is a great choice and doesn’t have as big of a learning curve as Windows 8. It’s all up to what you want to do, as operating systems come in 32bit and 64bit.

Optical Drive:

LG Optical driveThe optical drive in my build is just a plain and simple LG disk drive. Any disk drives works and doesn’t matter which one you use. If you will be using your computer as a media center as well, then pay double a normal disk drive costs and get a blue ray, but for a gamer like me, blue ray is not a feature I need.

 

Final Remarks:

I will not include how to build a pc in this article; it will be in the video. This article would be triple the length if I included how to build a pc, as you read, this article is a brief overview of the parts I am using and about them and a little bit of a guide to what part might suite you best. Happy building everyone, and have a wonderful holiday (the time I am writing this is two weeks before Christmas and holiday break for everyone).

December 2013′s $600 – $1000 & $1500 Budget Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds – December 2013

Choose your budget –

Build a PC this December 2013Introduction:

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.

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$600 Gaming PC Build of the MonthMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $614 ): December 2013

(Game at Smoothly with Medium – High settings at 1920X1080 resolutions)

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

 
Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 614
Processor

 

 

AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOX

 

 

Price: $119.99

Motherboard

 

 

ASRock ATX DDR3 800 AM3 Motherboard 970 EXTREME3 R2.0
 
 
 
Price: $89.99
Graphics Card

 

 

ASUS R9270-DC2OC-2GD5 Graphics Cards
 
 
 
 
Price: $179.99
RAM

 

 

 

Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 XMP Desktop Memory – KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX

 

 

Price: $64.99

Hard Drive

 

 

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

Power Supply

 

 

Corsair CX Series 500 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 456 Power Supply CX500M

 

 

Price: $49.99

Computer Case

 

 

 

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z No PS Mid Tower Gaming Case (Black)

 

 

Price: $39.99

Optical Drive

 

 

Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE

 

 

Price: $19.49

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.

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Budget Gaming PC Builds November 2013 – $600 – $1000 – $1500

Gaming PC Builds – November 2013

Choose your budget –

november-2012-gaming-pc-buildsIntroduction:

Thanks for stopping in for another great PC Builds of the Month article. This month is a very exciting month in the graphics cards market as AMD has released a good chunk of their new line of R7 and R9 graphics cards. This has influenced every build this month in one way or another with the inclusion of two of these new cards being represented in the $600 and $1000 builds and the influence of a major price drop in the $1500 builds card.

Also, November is always an exciting month in the PC hardware world as the consumer market gets greedy over Black Friday sales. If you happen to be purchasing a build this month it may be worth shopping around that day as PC hardware tends to go on sale all over the place.

$600 Gaming PC Build of the MonthMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $601 ): November 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: $ 601
Processor 

AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOX 

Price: $119.99

Motherboard 

MSI Computer Corp. Socket AM3+ AMD 970 DDR3 SATA3 and USB 3.0 A&GbE ATX Motherboard 970A-G43
 
 
Price: $66.99
Graphics Card 

MSI AMD Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card
 
 
Price: $209.99 (AMD’s New graphics card line)
RAM 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00 

Price: $59.99 (finally RAM subsides in price!)

Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX 

Price: $51.99

Power Supply 

Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply 

Price: $37.98

Computer Case 

NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (Black) 

Price: $34.72

Optical Drive 

Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE 

Price: $19.49

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

This is the best $600 gaming pc build yet. Last month we saw a major bump in graphics power moving to the Radeon 780 graphics card. The reason I was able to fit this card into the smallest budgeted build is that the prices for a allot of the Radeon cards started to go down. Why you may ask – well AMD was getting ready to release its complete new line of graphics cards. So this month we have the very new Radeon R9 270x graphics card snugged nicely into this budget $600 gaming pc build.

One can expect to get some pretty damn good performance out of the smallest budget build I do here at Newb Computer Build. Since Battlefield 4 has been the iminent game lately, I’ll use a Battlefield 3 benchmark as an example  and state that you can easily get 50FPS on ultra quality at 1920×1080 resolutions with this MSI Radeon R9 270X graphics card  (as seen in this guro3d.com article). Keep in mind that their test setup was using an i7 processor, however you should expect relative gaming performance.

Other then the major graphics card change here most of this build stays the same as last month and comes in at a total of $601.

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October 2013′s $600 – $1000 & $1500 Budget Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds – October 2013

Choose your budget –

October 2013 PC Builds - Newb Computer BuildIntroduction:

Welcome to the Halloween edition of gaming pc builds here at Newb Computer Build. I debated adding in some sort of spooky vibe to the builds this month, but I digress. The builds have all changed this month major changes to the $600 build, a few hardware swaps in the $1000 build and a couple pieces of newly released hardware in the $1500 build.

The $600 build was lightly inspired by the Q3 Toms Hardware Builder Series $650 this month. I did choose the same less wattage PSU and less featured motherboard, however this did allow me to squeeze in a much more powerful Radeon 7870 graphics card; the last few months of the $600 have proven to get stronger and stronger.

If you are looking for a strong willed mid range gaming pc build this month, then the $1000 build should do the trick. The motherboard has been swapped from the last MSI Gaming Series board used for the last couple of months to an Asus Z87 Plus, which is a very similar board, just more affordable at the moment. Also, Zalman came out with a new tasty Zalman MS800 PC case – Zalman always seems to be able to squeeze in high end featured on a budget.

Corsair has had a few new releases in the last month and a couple of them are included in this months $1500 build. Included is the very new big and sleek Corsair 750D pc case and the very new power supply line, the Corsair RM series of power supplies – which have included monitoring software, are fully modular and very silent with a Zero RPM fan mode.

$600 Gaming PC Build of the MonthMonthly Gaming PC Build ( $601 ): October 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: $ 601
Processor 

AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOX 

Price: $109.99

Motherboard
MSI Computer Corp. Socket AM3+ AMD 970 DDR3 SATA3 and USB 3.0 A&GbE ATX Motherboard 970A-G43
 
 
Price: $66.99
Graphics Card
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD
 
 
Price: $199.99 (Major upgrade in graphics)
RAM 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00 

Price: $74.99

Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKXPrice: $55.00
Power Supply 

Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply 

Price: $37.98

Computer Case 

NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (Black) 

Price: $34.23

Optical Drive 

Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive – Bulk – IHAS124-04 (Black) 

Price: $20.95

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

Quite a few changes to the $600 build this October 2013. This build has been lightly inspired by the Q3 Toms Hardware Builder Series $650 build this month as I did decide to go with the same lower wattage Antec 450 watt PSU and the same MSI 970A-G43 motherboard. This allowed us to free up some cost and stick in a much more powerful graphics card – the Gigabyte Radeon 7870 2Gb graphics card as seen above. Overall, this would be a very solid purchase for the gamer on a budget as this card will play a ton of games maxed at 1920×1080, with some of the more intense games turned down just a little bit.

We still have the AMD FX 6300 processor which has an unlocked multiplier allowing it to be easily overclocked. 8GB of RAM is plenty for this gaming pc, the 500GB western digital fits in as perfect as usual and the new case for this build this month is the NZXT Source 210 case – which has been used before in the $600 pc buid.

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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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