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Gaming PC Builds of the Month: May 2014

Gaming PC Builds – May 2014

Choose your budget –

Introduction:

Hello and welcome to the May 2014 edition of the gaming pc builds of the month here at Newb Computer Build. To start off, yes there has been very little going on with regards to any major hardware releases and the past few months, therefore the builds have had little reason for any drastic change. With this in mind I have decided to included a very exciting $2000 build in this months article, so please check that out below. I have also reversed the order of the build this month, so at the top we will be starting with the highest end build ($2000) and move down to the lowest budget build ($600).

The $2000 gaming pc builds for the month of May 2014 is a beast – this is the kind o builds that would chew up anything you throw at it. This builds is one that would be best used with more then one monitor or monitors with high resolutions – which I have included some example in the alternatives section included at the end of the $2000 build section. The build uses a crossfire configuration with a great CPU cooler, 16GB or ram, a fast SSD boot drive and more.

For the rest of the builds ($600, $1000, $1500) the notable changes have been the RAM brands for every build, this was due to price changes. As per usual I have also changed the cases up for every build – I do try to change the cases month to month to showcase any new cases releases as well to profile different case personalities / styles.

So sit back and I hope you enjoy the builds – should you have any questions, comments or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment.

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $2027 ): May 2014

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600

Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 2027
Processor Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor (3.5 GHz, 8 MB Cache, Intel HD graphics, BX80646I74770K)Price: $334.98
Cooler

Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 – RetailPrice: $71.75
Motherboard

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO DDR3 2800 LGA 1150 Motherboard socket for 4th Generation Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium / Celeron Processors

Price: $199.99

Graphics Card XFX Black Edition Double D RADEON R9 290 980MHz 4GB DDR5 DP HDMI 2XDVI Graphics Cards R9290AEDBDIn Crossfire (Two of These Graphics Cards)

Price: ($419.89 X2) = $839.78

RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00Price: $129.99
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $59.99
SSD

Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State DrivePrice: $119
Power Supply Corsair RM Series 850 Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply – CP-9020056-NA RM850Price: $139.99
Computer Case Nzxt Technologies Phantom with Green Trim (Green LED) Enthusiast Full Tower Case – Phan-002Gr (Black)

Price: $105.98

Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0B

Price: $21.60

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $2000 )

Here we have it, a rarely seen build on the Newb Computer Build site, a $2000 build. I thought that since the other three builds have not changed a whole lot in the last little bit, that I would mix things up and put in a killer $2000 gaming pc build.

This build will rock and game at resolutions 2560×1600 and beyond. Furthermore, it would be a great choice build for those that like to game with multiple monitors, with high resolutions and high frame rates.

The $2000 build comes with the i7 4770K processor, which I have rarely included in any of the gaming builds. This processor is a great fit considering upcoming games such as Watch Dogs, that have recommended an Intel i7 to play with Ultra specifications. With that, the included graphics card(s) is a pair of XFX Black Edition Double D RADEON R9 290, that are paired together in Crossfire. This bundle is what will rock through any game and still so with multiple monitors. If you would like to check out some benchmarks for a Crossfired pair of Radeon R9 290’s, then check this article out at Guru3d

The included cooler is the Noctua 6 NH-D14 cpu cooler, which is a great cool especially for its cost – check out this Tom’s Hardware article for an in depth take on the Noctua NH-D14 when compared to four closed looped cpu coolers.

$2000 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives

For most of the builds I usually include an alternatives section to include some hardware you may want should you have some extra to spend, or if you want some future upgrades. For the $2000 build I include a couple of higher resolution monitor examples to give you ad idea of what you can get to maximize this builds potential; Keep in mind that you can also use multiple monitors with this build quite well.

Furthermore, I have also suggested a bigger solid state drive or perhaps even more graphics power by putting to GTX 780’s in SLI.

ASUS PB278Q 27-Inch WQHD LED-lit PLS Professional Graphics Monitor ($489.99) – A very nice monitor at a great price, this 27 inch monitor is an affordable 2560×1440 monitor.
Dell U3014 UltraSharp 30-Inch PremierColor Monitor A better higher resolution monitor at 30 inces and a resolution of 2560×1600 ($999.99)
 
EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready (03G-P4-2784-KR) – more graphics power with two GTX 780’s in SLI ($1019.98)


A Larger SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($389.00)


Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1506 ): May 2014

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600

Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 1506
Processor

Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache – BX80646I54670KPrice: $234.99
Cooler

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)Price: $29.98
Motherboard

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO DDR3 2800 LGA 1150 Motherboard socket for 4th Generation Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium / Celeron ProcessorsPrice: $199.99
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: $509.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00Price: $129.99
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $59.99
SSD

Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State DrivePrice: $119
Power Supply Corsair RM Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply – CP-9020055-NA RM750Price: $120.98
Computer Case Corsair Carbide Series Black 400R Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011011-WW)Price: $79.99
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0BPrice: $21.60

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

Same power with similar hardware – the $1500 stands to be changing very little once again. As per usual I try to focus purely on maximizing the power of a build in its respective budget. There are other pieces of hardware you could add to make it a more premium build, such as water cooling, however the budget just doesn’t allow for it the way I chosen the hardware.

The $1500 build for may includes the Intel 4670K paired with a GTX 780 graphics card. With this duo, you can expect fantastic game play even on resolutions of 2560×1600. Pair the 4670k with the ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO motherboard and a cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and you have some pretty capable overclocking potential.

With the added Samsung 840 PRO 128GB solid state drive, you will have amazing boot /load times, as well still have a ton of storage with the 1TB Western Digital Blue storage.

The case used this month is the Corsair Carbide Series 400R. Yes, it is a cheaper case then what is included in the $1000 build, however in order to fit within budget compromises had to be made. However, do not be mistaken, the Corsair Carbide 400R is a very capable mid tower case with the following features –

Should you want some more case recommendations, you can go with the recommended Fractal Design R4 in the $1000 build, look in the alternatives section below or see the case options from the previous couple of months.

$1500 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives

If you have a little extra to spend on the $1500 build, then below are a few suggestions. For those of you who do much more then game, then an Intel core i7-4770K may be a worthy upgrade to ease video or graphics work. Or if you simply want to increase you graphics card potential, then you can SLI another EVGA GTX 780 or purchase a single more powerful graphics card such as the GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB card. Or for those of you who want to dedicate more storage space solely to your SSD, then perhaps a larger 512GB Samsung PRO SDD is a worthy upgrade.

Also, please *note that if you do decide to SLI with another GeForce GTX 780 3GB graphics card, you may want to also upgrade the power supply unit to 850W (ie. Corsair RM 850 Watt)

Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K ($334.99) – Ideal for anyone who does video / graphics work etc. on top of gaming
SLI with another –
EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready (03G-P4-2784-KR) (+$509.99)
Get a better single Graphics Cards: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, 3GB, 3072MB,GDDR5 384bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (03G-P4-2881-KR) Graphics Cards 03G-P4-2881-KR ($699.95) –
A Larger SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($389.00)


Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $977 ): May 2014

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions and even High Settings in some games at 2560×1600

Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 977.75
Processor Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache – BX80646I54670K

Price: $234.99

Cooler

 

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

 

Price: $29.98

Motherboard MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87-G45 GAMING

 

Price: $139.99

Graphics Card

EVGA GeForce GTX760 w/EVGA ACX Cooler 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2763-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2763-KRPrice: $249.99
RAM Kingston KHX16C9B1RK2/8X HyperX Red 8GB (4GB 512M x 64-Bit x 2 pcs.) DDR3-1600 CL9 240-Pin DIMM Kit

 

Price: $69.99

Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX

 

Price: $59.99

SSD *none – check the additions / alternatives section below for options!
Power Supply XFX PRO650W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 650 Energy Star Certified Power Supply

 

Price: $81.24

Computer Case Fractal Design Define R4 Cases, Black Pearl (FD-CA-DEF-R4-BL-W)

Price: $89.98

Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0B

Price: $21.60

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )

Another $1000 build, with some very subtle changes from the previous month. I’ve reverted back to the MSI G45 Gaming series motherboard since it’s price seems to have subsided again – which is good! The MSI G45 supports SLI and Crossfire, so if you were looking to upgrades later on, you would have that option.

The RAM used is a change to the Kingston HyperX Red, a change due to the match in price to the previous Kingston HyperX Blu. The build uses a GTX 760 paired with the Intel 4670K unlocked processor, which you can expect to play most games maxed out at extreme settings with resolutions of 1920×1080.

The case used is the Fractal Design R4, a minimalistic, quiet case. Below are some of the Fractal cases specifications –

$1000 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives

Below are some hardware additions should you have some extra cash and want to upgrade a specific piece to the above build.

Since there is no SSD included in the base $1000 build I do suggest you highly considering one if you funds allow. The Samsung 840 PRO series is a great high quality SSD and 128GB is a perfect starting point to use is as your boot drive with some of your most used apps / games. For those that simply want more space for large sums of media etc. you could consider getting a 2TB drive (doubling your space) with the Seagate Barracuda 2TB drive below. For those of you that do some serious gaming or are considering gaming at higher then 1080p resolutions then you might want to consider bumping up your graphics cards with either an upgrade to a single GTX 770 or better yet getting a second EVGA GeForce GTX 760 and SLI’ing your cards.

Also, please *note that if you do decide to SLI with another GeForce GTX 760 graphics card, you may want to also upgrade the power supply unit to 850W (ie. Corsair RM 850 Watt) – Just to be safe – although you could probably get away with the included 750 Watts; up to you!

Add a SSD Boot Drive: Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive= (+ $119.00) –
Upgrade your graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACX Cooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready Graphics Cards (02G-P4-2774-KR) ($346.99)
More Hard Drive Space With 2TB – Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DM001 Price: $83.98 SLI your graphics card with another GTX 760: EVGA GeForce GTX760 w/EVGA ACX Cooler 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2763-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2763-KR (Price: $249.99)


Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $595 ): May 2014

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

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

 
Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $ 594.65
Processor

AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black EditionPrice: $109
Motherboard

MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)
 
 
 
 
Price $79
Graphics Card Sapphire Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2GB GDDR5 DVI-I / DVI-D / HDMI / DP Dual-X PCI-Express Graphics Card Graphics Cards 11232-00-20G
 
 
 
Price: $164.67
RAM Kingston KHX16C9B1RK2/8X HyperX Red 8GB (4GB 512M x 64-Bit x 2 pcs.) DDR3-1600 CL9 240-Pin DIMM KitPrice: $69.99
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $59.99
Power Supply Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX600)Price: $59.99
Computer Case Apex Computer Technology PC-389-C 10bay ATX Tower No Psu USB / Hd PC389CPrice: $29.99
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0BPrice: $21.60

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

The $600 gaming pc build this month comes with the AMD FX 6300 and the Radeon R7 265. A perfect combination of power for this $600 budget gaming pc build. You should be able to get great performance at Medium – High settings in most games.

The motherboard used is the MSI 970-G46, a budget board that can support everything in this build nicely. One slightly different piece of hardware this month is the Kingston HyperX Red Ram, slightly faster then last months Kingston HyperX Blu, then just happen to align with the exact same price this month. The rest of the build includes 1Tb of storage with the Western Digital Blue, a Corsair CX Series 600Watter power supply, a cheap budget Apex pc case and an LG optical drive.

Upgrades / Alternatives for the $600 Gaming PC Build:

These upgrades and alternatives below are for anyone who may have some extra spending cash or want some ideas for future upgrades.

The upgrades and alternatives this month include an upgraded eight core AMD FX-8320 processor, a Cooler Master HAF 912 Mi Tower Computer Case, a better graphics card the Gigabyte R9 270, or a nice boot drive with a Crucial M500 120GB SSD.

These are here to act as hardware suggestions for those who has either a little more to spend or those who would like

Processor Alternative: AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition ($159.99)
Alternative PC Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 – Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow ($59.99)
Graphics Card Alternative: Gigabyte R9 270 GDDR5-2GB 2xDVI/HDMI/DP OC Graphics Card (GV-R927OC-2GD) ($189.99)
Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT120M500SSD1 ($73.99)

 


May 2014’s Gaming PC Hardware Overview Video:

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