Gaming PC Builds – September 2013
Choose your budget –
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $600 ): September 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1000 ): September 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): September 2013
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.
Monthly 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.
|AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOX
Price: $109.99 (price drop!)
|ASRock MB-970EX4 Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ AMD Quad CrossFireX& nVidia SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard Price: $99.99
|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
|Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 XMP Desktop Memory – KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKX
|XFX ATX 550 Power Supply – P1550SXXB9
|Apex Computer Technology PC-389-C 10bay ATX Tower No Psu USB / Hd PC389C
|Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE
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.
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 ($153.61)
|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 ($64.99)
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1001 ): September 2013
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions and even High Settings in some games at 2560×1600All 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.
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )
It has definitely been a good month for the $1000 build. We do again have the MSI ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Z87-G45 GAMING series motherboard paired with the Intel 4670K processor. Due to some price changes and maneuvering I have managed to squeeze in a 3GB XFX Radeon HD 7970 graphics card for $309.99 – making it a great buy right now.
I have switched the RAM to a package of Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB again, due to price changes and I have kept the rest of the hardware the same except for the PC case.
The new case chosen was the new NZXT Black Steele H230. I do love to choose new cases and this seemed like a great choice for this month – not that there were many case releases anyhow, but this did get good reviews. The case comes in either the shown black steel as well it also comes in white. The H230 is following the modern trend of following the minimalistic appeal most cases are portraying these days, and as I am a fan I do love the simplistic look. The case boasts all the usual in most new cases like tool-free design, USB 3.0 and removable HD cages. However, the most important of all of the features I would say is the noise absorbing internal padding making this a relatively quiet case. Did I mention it’s also only $72?
$1000 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives
The following are additions and or alternatives to pair with the $1000 PC build above; each of the hardware are compatible with the $1000 build. If you have any questions for further additions / hardware alternatives, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
|Add a SSD Boot Drive: Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2= (+ $99 – price drop!) –
|Upgrade your graphics card: MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770 TF 2GD5/OC ($400)
|SLI with another XFX AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2Mini DisplayPorts PCI-Express Graphics Cards FX797ATDJC;FX-797A-TDJC Price:+$309.99
|Add a CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1) (Price: $35.80)
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1502 ): September 2013
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600All 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.
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )
There are only a few changes to this months $1500 build with the first minor one being the change back to the infamous Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler. A fantastic cooler and definitely a need when overclocking the Intel 4670K processor.
The second minor change is the change to the Cooler Master HAF XB high air flow PC case. I have included this in a previous build and it is definitely a unique case that has been all the rage. This case does have a ton of value for what you get.
Lastly, the biggest change to the $15000 build is the switch / addition of the ASUS Maximus VI Hero motherboard. This motherboard is a very friendly overclocking motherboard that has a fantastic detailed BIOS and overall this motherboard is definitely one of the best value motherboard for what you get with it.
Some other features of the ASUS Maximus IV Hero include –
- SupremeFX – Supremacy through discrete-caliber audio
- Sonic Radar – Scan and detect to dominate
- Extreme Engine Digi+ III – Hardcore power delivery with premium components
- GameFirst II + Intel LAN – Put Your Frags First
To learn more visit the ASUS Maximus IV Hero webpage
$1500 Gaming PC Build Additions / Alternatives
The following are additions and or alternatives to pair with the $1500 PC build above; each of the hardware are compatible with the $1500 build. If you have any questions for further additions / hardware alternatives, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Included is a new Haswell i7 4770K for anyone that wants that extra CPU boost. I also include the reccomendation of SLI with anoter GTX 770, which would make your gaming pc superior to all. Also, we have a liquid CPU cooler for anyone that may prefer this (it is compatible with the Haswell socket size) and a larger 512GB Samsung PRO SSD for anyone that wants more dedicated solid state drive space.
|Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K ($339.99)
SLI with another –
MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card N770 TF 2GD5/OC (+$399)
|Get a better single Graphics Cards: EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready (03G-P4-2784-KR) ($659.99)
A Larger SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($451.82)
Concluding September 2013’s Gaming PC Builds:
Thank you for tuning in this month to read through the three monthly builds featured here at Newb Computer Build. This month we saw a minor updates with hardware changes that happen purely due to price changes, however it seemed to have worked in our favor. The $600 build got a slightly better PSU, the $1000 build a better graphics card and the $1500 build a solid new motherboard.
As usual, you may leave any questions you may have related to your builds or simply leave a quick hello in the comments below, thank you!
September 2013’s Gaming PC Hardware Overview Video: