Gaming PC Builds – July 2013
Choose your budget –
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $600 ): July 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1000 ): July 2013
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): July 2013
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.
Monthly 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.
|AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOX Price: $119.99
|Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard Price: $79.99
|EVGA GeForce GTX650Ti Boost 2GB GDDR5 192bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card Price: $169.99
|Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Price: $64.99
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKXPrice: $56.98
|Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX500)Price: $49.99
|NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (White)Price: $39.99
|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.
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 ($149.99) – Price reduced from last month
|Alternative PC Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 – Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior (RC-430-KWN1) ($45.81)
|Graphics Card Alternative: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR ($202.99)
|WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX ($67.63)
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1013 ): July 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 )
A pretty exciting switch over with the $1000 build this month as I have made it into a Haswell build, based on Intel’s new line of processors. This includes the Intel 4670K processor, which can also be easily overclocked as with all of Intel’s previous ‘K’ processors. ( Learn more about the Intel 4670K processor on Intel’s Website )
Along with that change comes the need for a new choice of motherboards with the 1150 socket size and a Z87 Chipset. I have chosen to go with the very attractive MSI Gaming series GD-45 Z87 Motherboard as they have come out with this line of motherboards preceding the previous Z77 gaming series. These boards are very spiffy and affordable. They have features that match that of higher end boards that cost more and have a great look. To read more please visit the MSI Z87 Gaming Page.
The graphics card featured is also a Radeon HD 7950 overclocked edition card, although I went with the Sapphire version due to some price changes. The RAM is a corsair vengeance blue package of 8GB ram, again changed from the previous kit due to a slight decrease in price of this kit. The power supply unit used is a Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-M PSU. This is a great PSU, especially for the price and is really reliable. 650 watts is definitely enough to power this build as the graphics card requires a minimum of 500 watts and taking into account some upgrades or the other hardware, we have plenty of power here.
Finally, the case chosen is a relatively newer case featured previously in the March 2013’s Builds around when it was released. This is a fantastic looking case for under $100 and will fit everything in the build quite nicely. A short description quoted from Toms Hardware on their page In Pictures: The Last Three Sub-$100 Gaming Cases, Previewed where you can also view some pictures of said case.
The Scout Advanced features a side window and twin-fan side vent, adding visibility and ventilation options to a case that already includes a pair of fans behind its mesh front panel. Designed for portability, a heavy-duty handle on top completes its LAN party theme
$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= (+ $104.46) – Significant Price drop!
|Upgrade your graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX670 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, 2x Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DP, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2670-KR) ($329.99)
|CROSSFIRE with another Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7950 OC with Boost 3 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11196-09-40G Price:+$299.99
|Add a CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1) (Price: $33.32)
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $1504 ): July 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 )
Akin to the $1000 build this month, I have included the new Haswell Intel 4670K processor in the $1500 build. With this change comes the need to switch up to a compatible motherboard. To this I have chosen the same version of the MSI Gaming Series board used in the $1000 build, the MSI Gaming Series GD-45. I chose the same motherboard, because I didn’t feel there was a need to bump it up as it does include a ton of features.
I have included the new GTX 770 Graphics Card this month, which has been getting a good wrap lately. Not only that, I have chosen the MSI version to match nicely with the MSI Gaming series motherboard. Also, the reason I have chosen the Thermaltake Chaser Full Tower PC case, is that not only does it look great, have great cooling capabilities, an HD dock etc., but it has a nice side viewing window. With the side window you will be able to view the plethora of amazing looking & performing hardware.
$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. We also have a new GTX 780 for about $650 that can be used to substitute the included GTX 770. Also, we have a liquid CPU cooler for anyone that may prefer this (it is compatible with the Haswell socket size) and a larger 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 ($342)
|Bump up that graphics card to a GTX 780 – EVGA GeForce GTX780 3GB GDDR5 384bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (03G-P4-2781-KR ($650)
|Get a liquid CPU cooler: Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i ($103.99)
|A Larger SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($475)
Concluding July 2013’s Gaming PC Builds:
A pretty exciting month with out first inclusion of the new Haswell processors in the gaming pc builds of the month over here at Newb Computer Build. Not only that, but I have been able to fit in the new 700 series of GeForce graphics cards into the $1500 and it’s alternatives.
I hope you have enjoyed another round of Gaming PC Builds and if you have any questions in regards to the builds, additions or anything else you can think of please do not hesitate to leave a comment.
Until next time!