June 2015 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds – June 2015

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June 2015 Gaming PC Builds of the Month

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

Hello everyone and welcome to the June 2015 edition of the gaming pc builds of the month. For those of you who are planning on building with the more costly $1500 build, then this is the month for you. On the first of June the GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card was released and it is included into the $1500 build this month. To give you an idea of the impact this card has, geforce.com states it as “…[the GTX 980 Ti] delivers unbeatable 4K and virtual reality experience” and according to benchmarks the GTX 980 Ti’s performance is approximately 20-30% faster then the GTX 980.

Looking at the other two builds (the $100 and $600 builds), there haven’t been a ton of changes, but I have switched the components that have switched in cost or included those that have gone down. The $600 build for the second month in a row includes the upgrade to the AMD 8320 processor and is a fantastic budget build capable higher end 1920×1080 resolution gaming. There were a few minor changes in the $1000 build, including the addition of the newly released Antec P70 budget gaming pc case.

If you have any questions with regards to any of the builds, hardware or your specific build configuration, then feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to help you out. Likewise feel free to start a discussion or just say hi. Now…on to the June 2015 gaming pc builds!

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June 2015 PC Builds ( $1490 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400 and 1920×1080 & 4K!

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $1489.88
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $235.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $31.24
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97 GAMING 5 $134.99
Graphics Card *New (GTX 980 Ti – 20-30% faster than the GTX 980) – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Overclocked 6GB GBBR5 PCiE Video Card Graphics Cards GV-N98TD5-6GD-B


Alternative Card (GTX 980) –MSI Graphics Cards GTX 980 GAMING 4G

RAM Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM – Black (HX316C10FBK2/16) $99.99
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $50.97
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E120B/AM) $67.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $110.99
Computer Case NZXT S340 No Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Case Cases CA-S340W-W1 $69.99
Optical Drive *optional – The NZXT S340 does not have an optical drive bay, so either you install this externally or install your OS / software via USB.Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive IHAS124-14 $18.25

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

Looking for a 4K capable build, or wanting to play literally any game out there maxed out no problem otherwise – then this is the build for you. The $1500 build has a major bump up in potential for the month of June 2015 with the inclusion of the new GTA 980 Ti graphics card – which, according to pcgamer is about 20-30 percent faster then the GTX 980, and 50-70 percent faster then the GTX 970.

The processor used again is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is very easily overclocked and I have paired this with the MSI Z97 GAMING 5 motherboard, which has some nice built in features like a row of voltage detection points to help with the needs of enthusiast overclockers – this motherboard’s overclocking ability is great and one should have no problem pushing the Intel 4690K processor to its limits. The same goes for overclocking the Intel i7 4790K should you decide to go with that from the hardware alternatives section below.

The CPU cooler once again 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. If you want to install a liquid CPU cooler instead, then I have also included the Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX liquid cpu cooler in the upgrade suggestions table below should your budget allow.

The biggest addition this month is the GTX 980 Ti Graphics card. Included is the Gigabyte Geforce GTX 980 Ti graphics card, boasting a whopping 6Gb of memory GDDR5 and accelerated by the NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture. According to pcgamer, this card performace about 20-30% faster then the GTX 980 & 50-70% faster then the GTX 970. Check out the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti announcement video –

We still have an included 16Gb of RAM in the $1500 build, but for June I have switched it up to a slick looking kit of 16GB of Kingston HyperX FURY Black RAM. It’s not any better then the previous kit I’ve included for a few months now, but it’s just cheaper; it just happens to look cooler.

The included hard-drive used is the same one I’ve included for a few months now, the Seagate Barracuda 1TB, which is plenty of space for most gamers. Also included is a Samsung 850 EVO 120GB Solid State Drive – this is a sight downgrade from the previous months faster SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB SSD, but I have made this switch in order to pack in as much power as possible with the GTC 980 Ti.

The power supply used again is the EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 Gold Certified power supply, which is a super high quality & efficient PSU and I highly recommend it and it should be enough juice to power this beast of a gaming machine.

For the case this month I’ve included a newer budget mid tower case – the NZXT S340. I’ve included this case for two reasons; first it’s cheap enough to squeeze everything into the $1500 build on budget and second, I like to showcase notable newer released PC hardware (released end of 2014). The NZXT S340 comes at a lower budget, but definitely has the qualities of a more premium minimalistic case. The case comes in white, black, black / blue and black / red and has the following specifications (to learn more visit nzxt.com):

(Keep in mind that the NZXT S340 doesn’t have an optical drive bay, so if you decide to purchase the included one, you will have to use it externally to install any software you have or just install everything via USB or equivalent)

Drive Bays External 5.25″: 0
Internal 3.5″: 2+1
Internal 2.5″: 2
Cooling System Front: 2x 140/2x120mm
Top: 1x 140/120mm (1 x 120mm FN V2 Fans Included)
Rear: 1x 120mm (1 x 120mm FN V2 Fan Included)
Filters Front (Included)
Bottom Rear(Included)
Radiator Support Front 2 x 140 or 2 x 120mm
Rear 1 x 120mm
Clearance GPU Clearance With Radiator: 334mm
GPU Clearance Without Radiator: 364mm
CPU Cooler: 161mm
Cable Management: Lowest Point – 17mm; Highest Point 168mm
Dimensions 200mm x 445mm x 432mm
Material SECC Steel, ABS Plastic
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
Expansion Slots 7
External Electronics 1 x Audio/Mic
2x USB 3.0
Product Weight 7.05 kg
UPC 15671012111 (White)
15671012128 (Black)
USB 3.0 Ports 2
Warranty 2 Years


$1500 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

If you have a little bit of extra cash, then you might be wondering what else you could spend it on either over and above the $1500 budget outlines above or in the near future.

Some may want to upgrade to an i7 processor, such as the Intel Core i7 4790K featured below (Perhaps you do more then game? Do you stream? Video edit? Do any Graphics Work?). The Intel Core i7 4690K is also very easily overclockable.

The build you see above includes a mid tower case, so for those who think they need more upgrade space or breathing room for their gaming pc then perhaps a full tower case such as the Rosewill THOR V2 will suffice.

The Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX liquid cpu cooler has just been released recently and can provide you with some optimal cooling if you like. You could also go with more storage in your SSD by going with an affordable Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD – or any combination of drives mentioned in the $1500 build overview above.

Intel Core i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz) (BX80646I74790K) ($338.99) – Do more then gaming? – Then an i7 might be the right choice Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CW-9060021-WW ($118.99) – Add a newly released liquid CPU cooler
Get a FULL TOWER Pc Case (Tons of room for upgrades):Rosewill Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case Cases THOR V2 Black ($129.99) A very fast 1TB SSD:SanDisk Extreme PRO 960GB SATA 6.0GB/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With 10-Year Warranty- SDSSDXPS-960G-G25 ($439.99)

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June 2015 PC Builds ( $1006 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions and even High Settings in some games at 2560×1400

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $1005.81
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $235.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $31.24  
Motherboard ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A $149.99
Graphics Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 Super Clocked ACX 2.0 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin UDIMM Memory BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00/BLS2CP4G3D1609 $54.99
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $50.97
SSD *none – check the additions / alternatives section below for options!
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650G1 650W ATX12V Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $79.99
Computer Case Antec Builder-Ready Case P70 $54.27
Optical Drive Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive IHAS124-14 $18.25

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )

The $1000 build is for gamers who want to play most of any game maxed out at high FPS’s using HD resolutions of 1920X1080 no problem and even for those that want to push their games to higher resolution of 2560X1600. Depending on the game, FPS will vary as your resolutions increase, so always remember to do a little research with regards to the collection of games you’re planning to play and at what resolution. That being said, the June 2015 $1000 build is staying strong this month with very few changes, the case being the exception.

The included processor is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is the same processor in the $1500 build and for a while has been the go to gaming pc build processor. To easily overclock this processor, I have included the Cool Master Hyper 212 Evo to help you when overclocking and keeping those temperatures down.

As for a motherboard this month, I have changed this to the previous $1500 build choice since it fits nicely in this build now, which is the Asus Z97-A.Likewise, both the $1500 builds motherboard above and this motherboard are around the same cost, so I’ll leave it up to you which you like better. The ASUS Z97-A is a very capable motherboard with the following specifications:  (To read the full specification please visit asus.com).

  • 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 – One click, total system optimization!
  • M.2 & SATA Express – Speed up your system with lightning-fast 10Gb/s transfer speed
  • Crystal Sound 2 and Intel Gigabit Ethernet — a game-winning combo!
  • ASUS HomeCloud – Access your PC remotely and stream multimedia content anywhere, anytime
  • Proven quality – 5X Protection. 1000+ compatible devices. 7000+ validation hours.

The included graphics card again is the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX graphics card, which is a great choice in this budget range and well worth the cost where it’s at. This graphics card will play most games really well at resolutions as high as 2560×1600 maxed out and at the moment this is one of the best graphics cards for your money.

The RAM featured again is the 8Gb of DDR3 Crucial Ballistix Sport kit – where 8Gb of RAM should be the perfect amount for this build. For a storage solution, we have a 1TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive, which should be plenty of space for most gamers – if you can splurge a little bit more it might also be worth either switching to a solid state drive or adding a smaller SSD boot drive as seen in the hardware alternatives below.

The power supply unit being used again is the EVGA SuperNOVA G1 650W power supply, which is a great PSU with all modular cables and it provides the perfect amount of power for this build along with room for some upgrades.

Quite literally the only change for the $1000 build this June is the PC case. The chosen case is the Antec P70, which was just release recently. This is Antec’s latest “low-cost” case and Antec describes it as a “builder-friendly case for performance and silence”. The Antec P70 has the following specifications (learn more at antec.com):

UPC 0-761345-92070-4
Unit Dimensions 18.0” (D) x 8.1” (W) x 18.7” (H)458mm (D) x 205mm (W) x 476mm (H)
Maximum video card size 15″ (380 mm)
Water cooling support rear water cooling grommets
Front Ports 1 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0Audio In/Out
Case Type Mid Tower
Cooling System Includes 2 x top 120 mm exhaust fanIncludes 1 x rear 120 mm exhaust fanOptional 2 x front intake
Drive Bays • 8 Drive bays
– 2 x 5.25” External HDD Bay- 4 x Internal HDD Bay- 1 x 3.5” External- 1 x 2.5” Dedicated SSD Mount
Washabale Filter Front
Motherboard Support Standard ATX, Micro ATX, Mini-ITX
CPU Cutout Yes
PSU mount Standard ATX
Color(s) Black
Expansion Slots 7 expansion slots

$1000 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

If you have more then $1000 to spend on your build or perhaps you’re looking for some future upgrade suggestions, then the hardware below is included for those reasons.

You could SLI with two EVGA GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards, which would definitely be enough juice for extreme gaming at higher resolutions (2560X1600 & 4K for example), or even high resolution multi-monitor setups. You could also consider this a worthy future upgrade consideration should you find you need the graphics juice in the years to come.

Since there is no SSD included in the base $1000 build, I do highly suggest considering one. An SSD makes a world of a difference in boot / loading speeds. Featured below is super fast quality SSD, the SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB SSD – or maybe you have tons of media or simply need extra space, so you could upgrade to the 2TB version of the Seagate HDD.

The last upgrade suggestions includes the newer Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT liquid CPU cooler, which has an improved coldplate and pump design (learn more about Corsair’s new liquid cpus here).

Also, please *note that if you do decide to SLI with another GTX 970, I would suggest you have at least a 750W PSU.

$600 Gaming PC Build of the Month

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $619 ): June 2015

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

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $ 618.89
Processor AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition $136.48
Gigabyte AM3+ AMD DDR3 1333 760G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboard GA-78LMT-USB3
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 2GB GDDR5 128bit, PCI-E 3.0 Dual-Link DVI-I, 3 x DP, HDMI, SLI, HDCP, G-SYNC Ready Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2966-KR $199.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin UDIMM Memory BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00/BLS2CP4G3D160 $52.99
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $50.97
Power Supply EVGA 600B 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Active PFC 600W Power Supply 100-B1-0600-KR $59.99
Computer Case Silverstone Tek Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX Mid Tower Computer Case, Black PS08B $39.99
Optical Drive Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive IHAS124-14 $18.25

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

The $600 is more then capable of playing any game out there and perhaps can play some of them maxed out with high FPS at 1920X1080. I have again included the new CPU addition to this build, the AMD FX-8320 8 Core Black Edition processor instead of the previous AMD FX6300. This was doable since the cost of all the combined hardware dipped significantly, which is very exciting for those trying to fit their budget build into $600. This processor is also unlocked and easily overclockable. Likewise, for those budget conscious buyers – the AMD FX 6300 is still a viable choice. The $600 does go slightly over $600 this month, but this was done in order to not sacrifice performance for only a few dollars.

The motherboard included again is a small form factor  Gigabyte AM3+ GA-78LMT Micro ATX motherboard. This is a Micro ATX motherboard and will allow for a smaller PC case to make a nicely compact build without missing out on performance increases. The Gigabyte AM3+ GA-78LMT Micro ATX motherboard has the following specifications – (To learn more visit gigabyte.com)

  • Ultra Durable 4 Classic Technology with high quality components design
  • Supports AMD AM3+ FX/AM3 Phenom™ II & Athlon™ II series processors
  • 4+1 Phase CPU Power design for AMD high TDP 125W CPU support
  • Integrated ATI Radeon HD 3000 graphics (DirectX10)
  • PCI-E 2.0 x16 interface for ultimate graphics support

The GeForce GTX 960 graphics card was used as one of the choices in last months build, but I have decided the exclusively include it as the graphics card choice for June. This card performs very well and runs on much less power, saving on energy and in turn heat.

For a total of 8Gb of RAM we have a kit of  Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB, which like most memory has gone down in cost significantly. As for a hard drive for each build this month we have the same for each build, which is the 1TB Seagate Barracuda.

The power supply used is the  EVGA 600B 600Watt power supply, its at a reputable budget PSU and more then enough power for this build and more.

For a PC case this month I chosen again same Micro ATX case for a nice compact gaming PC build – The Silverstone Tek Micro ATX PS08 pc case. This is a great budget mico atx case  with plenty of room for all of your components, yet still very compact with the following specifications (learn more at  silverstonetek.com)

  • Includes one 180mm Air Penetrator fan for positive pressure cooling
  • Removable motherboard tray and top panel
  • Quick access filters to prevent dust buildup
  • Convenient wire and cable routing pathways
  • Adjustable holder for large CPU coolers
  • Motherboard back plate opening behind CPU area for quick cooler assembly
  • Impressive storage capacity up to five 3.5″ hard drives and one 2.5″ drive

Upgrade Suggestions for the $600 Gaming PC Build:

The options below are for those with a little extra spending cash or want some ideas for future upgrades over and above the allotted $600 budget for this gaming pc build.

First I have included the low profile ZALMAN CNPS8900 cpu cooler, this would be a great addition to anyone considering overclocking your AMD FX 8320 processor right off the bat in order to keep everything nice and cool while doing so. I made the mistake last month of including the Hyper 212 evo cpu cooler as a cooler addition for the $600 build, but its much too large for the Silverston Tek Micro ATX case, which is why there is a need for a low profile cpu cooler.

I have included two hard drive alternative solutions. The first being a 2TB Seagate Barracuda for those that need a ton of storage for those need more then the included 1TB Seagate hard drive. The second drive is a Solid State Drive, the OCZ Storage Solutions Arc 100 Series 120GB SSD, which is a very affordable SSD with lots of storage per dollar spent at only a current $59.99.

Finally, if you want a higher quality more sleek looking Micro ATX case, I have included the Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 Micro ATX case. This is a very unique case that comes in both the white version you see below as well as black and will unlike the Silverstone Tek Micro ATX case included in the $600 build be able to fit large CPU coolers.

Low Profile CPU Cooler:ZALMAN Computer Noise Prevention System with Ultra Slim Direct Touch Heatpipe Heatsink CPU Cooler CNPS8900 Quiet ($40.26) Alternative (micro-atx) PC Case:Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 High Airflow MicroATX and Mini-ITX PC Case – White (CC-9011069-WW) ($79.99)
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: $76.65

June 2015 Gaming PC Build Peripheral Considerations

The peripheral considerations are included as an attachment to the June 2015 gaming pc builds of the month. The builds above include the essential hardware to build a gaming pc, however you do need peripherals in order to control your gaming pc. So if you already don’t have a mouse, keyboard, monitor or OS, then you may want to check out the following article.

The June 2015 gaming pc peripherals article is separated into three separate categories including each in a higher end, mid-range and basic peripheral category.

To view this months peripheral suggestions please visit June 2015 Gaming PC Peripherals – Keyboards Mice and Monitors

Gaming PC Build Mice Keyboards and Monitors - June 2015

Operating System Options

If you don’t already have an operating system for your new gaming pc build, then you’re going to have to either invest in purchasing a standard OS such as Windows 7 or 8. Otherwise, there are some free alternatives that you could consider.

The following are some operating systems you can consider installing upon putting your Gaming PC build together. The first two will cost you and are either Windows 7 or 8.1 – I have no opinions here so I’ll leave the purchase of these up to the discretion of yourself. I have also included two other operating systems that are both currently free. Ubuntu is a Linux based operating system. The last OS is SteamOS, which is also a Linux OS being developed by Valve Corporation and is being made to be used for a Steam Machine game console. The official release of SteamOS has not been announced, however you can try out the beta.

OS Link Price Image
Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit $89.99  
Windows 7 Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging) $94.99  
Ubuntu Ubuntu – Desktop Free Ubuntu Logo
SteamOS SteamOS Beta “Build your own Steam Machine” Free Steam Operating System OS

June 2015’s Gaming PC Hardware Overview Video:


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  1. Hey, I built your 600$ build a few months ago and I am loving it! Runs every game I’ve played so far (Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4, Skyrim, etc) at 60 FPS solid. My only problem with it is that the CPU fan gets ridiculously loud, no idea why. Would you happen to know any alternatives to this? It only gets loud like that when I play games – it doesn’t get hot, just really loud.

    1. Hello Thomas,

      Welcome back then and awesome to hear the build has treated you well. Yeah the 8320’s stock cooler can get a tad loud as it’s not the greatest greatest of cpu cooler. The one catch with the case you have is that it’s also small, which means less air flow etc and also less space for a non stock cpu cooler.

      My suggestion though for what you have would be the consider getting the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 cpu cooler, it will just fit height wise and is affordable ($18.99 on Amazon right now). Look into it, might be a worthwhile addition to lessen the noise and I hope that helps.

      1. Hello again! I bought what you had suggested and it’s much much much better than what the 8320 had to offer with its stock cooler. It stays much more quiet now, so thank you so much!

    1. Well I think they are both great cards, the major difference like you stated power usage, and then the software NVIDIA uses vs AMD. I personally have enjoyed the use of an R9 390 and if you plan on going higher then 1080p I’d suggest it, other wise the GTX 970 will do great. Doesn’t completely answer your question, but I would look up benchmarks for say the top three games you play and base your purchase on that. Between manufacturers, I’m not picky either, pick what’s the most affordable and has decent reviews.

  2. Hello again corey,

    I got your 600 build and i changed my motherboard to asrock 960 extreme 4, instead of gigabyte. The build is great. However, after i quit/exit arkham knight, my pc slows down for like 2 to 5mins and comes back to normal. Any idea what’s causing this and what should i need to upgrade in the future?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hello Stephen,

      Sorry for a late response as I’ve been vacationing and out of reception on and off. Usually when that issue happens its a memory issue, such as too much of your RAM is being used and then when you quit the game it takes a bit to free up some memory and get everything else going. However it shouldn’t be that hard if you have the full 8gb there, such as 2 4GB sticks totalling 8gb. It could also be an HD issue, which I wouldn’t suspect if its a new one. You could for now try a re-install of windows? Likewise a couple futue upgrades being an SSD, or more RAM. If you continually experience the spikes let me know and I’ll try to help diagnose, even more so once I get back to my computer 😛

  3. Hi Corey,

    I would like your opinion on the following build:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (€200.93 @ Amazon Italia)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (€75.23 @ Amazon Italia)
    Memory: Kingston Savage 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (€58.11 @ Amazon Italia)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€58.99 @ Amazon Italia)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card (€202.73 @ Amazon Italia)
    Case: Thermaltake Versa H22 ATX Mid Tower Case (€45.98 @ Amazon Italia)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (€81.95 @ Amazon Italia)
    Total: €723.92

    I can’t buy from Amazon USA or Newegg due to being in Europe and shipping being impossible for me.

    Do you think that the GTX 960 4Gb might be better? What would be better psu/hdd for the build (if any for similair or slightly different price) and could you suggest a relatively cheap 1920×1080 monitor to go with the build? Nothing fancy of course.

    1. Hell Jordan,

      As I’ve been stating with others I apologize for a delayed response as I’ve been out of reception / wifi due to some vacation time. You’re build looks great and the power supply is a quality one and should be enough. For an HD I would suggest an SSD instead of the singular 1TB if you cant afford both (which would maximize space), but an SSD is worth the performance increases. As for a suggestion – I would look at any of the SSD suggestions in this article as they are ones that I would recommend and the give you an idea of cost in a few different budgets (Such as the SanDisk Extreme, or Samsung EVO and then the OCZ one being a slightly slower SSD but very well priced and still faster then a regular hard drive). I do think an GTX 960 4Gb would be better, or an R9 380 would be even better (its a newer card so may not be widely available where you are). Hope this helps!

  4. Hello, I’m an 18 year old who’s always played games, but never actually tried to understand the system that made them run.. Now that I need to buy myself a PC, it seems to be necessary so I’ve been looking around the Internet and have come about your site. As I have basically no budget ( about 600 euros ) I’ll probably go after your 600 build , but I was wondering how much more money will I need to invest for a monitor and other necessary parts for gaming? I’m sorry if this question is completely stupid, but yeah I actually have no idea :/

    1. Hello Marko,

      Your question is completely valid. Considering your purchasing with euros, the hardware may differ as I have heard hardware is a tad more expensive as is over there. But in US dollars you would probably need about $150 – $180 for a monitor, you could easily get a keyboard for $10-20 and same with a mouse. And then Windows (7 or 8.1) tends to go for about $80 – $100. You could probably get away with an all inclusive $800 if you shopped around. Feel free to bounce some ideas here should you find some hardware within your budget. If getting the $600 build, I would looking for a 1920×1080 monitor and then budget keyboards / mice – nothing too fancy, most can do the trick.

      1. Thanks for the quick reply. I’ve actually found some builds online and am now wondering what you think of them:

        1) Case – Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Black Galaxy
        Processor – Intel Core i5-4430 Quad-Core
        Motherboard – MSI Computer Corp. LGA1150/Intel H81
        Video Card – Gigabyte GTX 960 Overclocked 2GB
        RAM – Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Single
        Power Supply – EVGA 500W
        Hard Drive – Western Digital 1 TB
        CD Drive – Lite-On 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (about 650$)

        2) CPU AMD FX-6300
        MOBO ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3
        GPU Sapphire R9 380
        RAM Crucial Ballistix 8GB
        HDD Western Digital Blue 1 TB
        CASE Sentey Gs-6007
        PSU Corsair CX600
        ODD Samsung 24x SATA (580-620$)

        3) Processor: Intel Quad Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz CPU
        Motherboard: MSI ATX DDR3 LGA 1150 Z97
        RAM: 8GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport RAM
        Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm HDD
        Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC 4GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3.0
        Computer Tower: Corsair Carbide Series Black 500R Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011012-WW)
        PSU: Corsair CX Series 600 Watt (about 700$)

        These are only some and I’ve little to no idea which is the best out of these or if a combination of the parts would be optimal, also I think it might be best to order parts from Amazon with free shipping since 1 euro = 0.90$ it may be best, right? Sorry for this wall though.

        1. You bet.

          Out of all of those if you were able to swing it, I would go with the option 3. It includes an i5 4690K, which you’ll get much more potential out of. If choosing between the first two options I would choose the second one. Likewise, if you decided to go with option 3, I would switch the graphics card for the R9 380 instead of the included GTX 960, they should be about the same cost. Out of any of the cases, I would simply choose whichever you like best / and or is the cheapest as they would all be compatible.

          Hope this helps!

          1. Yeah it definitely helps! I’ll think about if for a little more time, but will probably go for what you said, the 3rd option having swapped GTX 960 with R9 380. Thanks a lot!

  5. Looking at the 600$ build and wondering if the build is compatible with GeForce® GTX™ graphics cards (Sorry if this is a retarded question i’m not good with computers) and also if it is capable of running games like League of legends and counter strike at at least 60 fps. Also any recommendations on good budget monitors mice and/or keyboards.

    1. Hi Nick,

      Completely understandable question, but yes the $600 build is compatible with GeForce GTX cards, the build also does include a GeForce GTX 960 in the build list above. Yes that build will run League of Legends 60fps 1080p, and you should be able to pump 60fps in 1080p in counter strike as well (look at some peoples videos using gtx 960 graphics card + CS on youtube). For some mice /keyboard and monitor suggestions check out the attached article – https://newbcomputerbuild.com/newb-computer-build-home/gaming-pc-keyboards-mice-and-monitors-june-2015

      Best of luck!

  6. Umm for the $1000 build, do I need to buy the Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD if I’m going to buy the SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB SSD?

    1. Hello Edward,

      No you can for sure just get the SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB SSD. The purpose of including both is generally for people that may have more then 240GB worth of data to store, so you would use your SSD as your primary drive to install your OS and most played games for example, and then use the 1TB Drive to store less used data / media.

  7. Im sorry i must be bothering you with so many questions but is this a good replacement for the psu that you guys show on the 600 budged?



    Do they fit the same space or are they bigger? Are they recommendable? because i got a offer on a store and i want to know your opinion.

    1. For either the same price or cheaper, those are great psu’s for a budget build very similar the the one I have recommended. I have used the Corsair CX600 in previous months builds and swapped it out as soon as the price shot up for whatever reason, so I say if you can get a deal then that’s great.

  8. Hi, I’m planning to do your $600 build, I’m not really a pc geek. just wondering if I can play games like far cry 4, COD series, witcher and such. sorry for the bother. thanks in advance.

    1. Hello – yeah the $600 will be able to play any of those games no problem. Looking at the benchmarks for games like Far Cry 4 and the GTX 960 graphics card, you can def play, but to push 60fps at 1080p you might have to scale the settings back a tad on the more demanding games.

  9. Hello Corey,

    I like your $1000 build, but I only want to spend less than $800 on a gaming computer. The only game I’m playing now is DOTA 2, and I only play 1 hr per week. So I’m considering to downgrade the $1000 recipe:

    CPU: i5-4690 to i5-4590
    Graphics Card: GTX970 – GTX960
    motherboard: I don’t really know the motherboard, but a $150.00 motherboard seems too expensive for me. Is this one a good choice for the CPU and Graphics Card? ‘MSI B85M-E45 LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard’

    Price will be around $800 with this recipe. How will this build work?

    Thank you!

    1. Hello Zheng Zhai,

      That build should work just fine for playing DOTA 2. Couple of suggestions –

      The motherboard isn’t the best and I would suggest something more like a Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H if you want a micro atx sized motherboard or a Gigabyte H97 GA-H97-D3H (the h97 chipset is newer then the B85 such as the one you’ve included) either of those should be within that budget I’m pretty sure.

      Also the GTX 960 will work as well, but just recently there was a release of the AMD R9 380, which is a little faster then the GTX 960 for about the same price.

      Good luck!

      1. Thanks for your suggestion. I actually went to your $1000 build last night. There are several deals on the $1000 build components. I replace the motherboard with MSI Z97A gaming 6 instead of the Z97 gaming 5. I also change the case to this one:

        Rosewill CHALLENGER S – ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case – Latching Tool-Less Drive Bay Design, Supports Up to 5 Fans

        Do you think the motherboard and the case is a good fit for the other build?

        Thank you!

        1. Awesome choice of upgrades! Now you’ll have no problem playing pretty much any game you want. That motherboard and case are great choices, good job. Best of luck building!

  10. Hi can you recommend a Micro ATX motherboard that is more powerful/higher quality than the one in the 600 build? The new-egg reviews are filled with 1 star reviews saying that the motherboard is cheap and dies very quickly.
    I have all the items on the 600 build except the motherboard.

    1. Hello Henry,

      The motherboard is actually not that bad of a board and probably one of the best micro atx sized boards for the AMD AM3+ socket cpu. My opinion here would be to upgrade to an ATX sized motherboard, which in turn would require an ATX sized case (the case included in the $600 build only supports up to micro atx sized motherboards). This being the case I would suggest something like an MSI 970 GAMING AM3+ motherboard, or for a little cheaper an ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+.

      If you already have the case, then my suggestion would be to either switch it if possible for a larger ATX sized one or choose the same motherboard included.

      Hope this helps.

        1. Yeah for sure! That was actually the previous $600 recommendation in the monthly builds, so I would highly recommend it as an alternative.

    1. Hello Henry,

      I would definitely go for that case at $50. A micro atx case is a little bit larger then a mini itx and in order to get a micro itx you would need a compatible motherboard, one that is sized to micro itx. Specifically a micro itx motherboard is of size 6.7 × 6.7 in and a micro atx is 9.6 × 9.6 in. Therefore a micro atx case can fit both a micro atx and micro itx motherboard, but a micro itx case won;t fit a micro atx.

  11. Hi there,

    I would like to ask why you wouldn’t recommend a R9 295X2 instead of the GeForce since the prices are essentially the same and as far as I know the performance is the same.

    1. Great question and true enough. I have included the R9 295X as an alternative card in the previous months since it was a little pricy previously but was a great dual gpu card. I would still choose the GTX 980 Ti simply due to its efficiency (being a single gpu card) and the fact that everything just works (generally) easier with a single gpu card. If one were specifically debating either or, I would probably narrow down the games I play and determine which choice outperforms the other for those games, since the benchmarks do show variance in frame rates depending on the game and at what resolutions.

      Another point would be that the GTX 980 Ti would make more sense to SLI then to quad crossfire the R9 295X2 in my opinion should one ever want to. All in all they are both super powerful cards and more then plenty for most gamers out there.

      1. Yes I do agree that if you have the budget to SLI a GTX 980 Ti i would make more sense,

        One of the issues in my case is that the only GTX 980 Ti that I have available from the supplier I’m looking at is a 4GB non overclocked version, which costs marginally less than R9, unfortunately not having an Amazon / NewEgg here sucks.

        I’ll have to ponder a bit more I guess, besides being older hardware, the R9 295×2 is quite the power-hog as well which leads to having to spending more in a power source and a electricity bill.

        1. My thoughts exactly and the supply of any supplies of GTX 980Ti’s might be variable anywhere right now due to its recent release and especially so if you don’t have access to something like amazon or newegg etc. Likewise you could just go with a GTX 980 depending on what your wanting to play or do.

          1. Well my budget is over 1.5k so getting a GTX 980 makes little sense I think, I could SLI the 980, but then it just flat out loses in performance per dollar against the R9.

            Thanks for the feedback! I do appreciate the time spent from your part.

  12. Corey,
    I wanted to build something pretty identical to your $1500 build and was wondering if this would run a 3 monitor set up smoothly. I tend to spend my free time playing MMORPG’s. FFXI, FFXIV, WoW, Aion, Diablo III etc… and am waiting patiently for Fallout 4. Would you suggest any changes to the $1500 build to operate the 3 monitor setup? I currently run an eyefinity rig but want to get back to Nvidia.

    1. Hello Eric,

      The pcpartpicker link was broken I think? But in terms of a 3 monitor setup with the $1500 build, I wouldn’t change anything and it should right perfectly fine with those games! The GTX 980 Ti is the perfect card for the job if you ask me 🙂

  13. Hi, I’m from Singapore and new around here. I like your $600 build and planing to buy something like that sometime soon maybe 11 July. What I want to ask is, is it worth it to upgrade from 8320 to 8350? And upgrade from GTX 960 2GB to 4GB? The games I usually play are Dota2, Elite Dangerous, PSO2, Tera Online, CS:GO, Kerbal Space Program. My Steam IGN is Xenogenics, you can see what kind of games I play. I’m currently using a laptop with some i7-3360 and GTX 660M. Please advise. I would like to play most games I have at 1080p 60fps.

    1. Hello Deon,

      I would say no to the 8320 – 8350 and yes to the GTX 960 4GB, or even better try to get an AMD R9 280X, which may be close is cost to t 4GB GTX 960. If you went that route you most likely will play those games no problem, and most aren’t too demanding so either way you should be good, but if you are going to put a little extra cash into it thats the way I’d go.

      Let me know if you have any further questions!

        1. Waitings never a bad thing in the PC world as new hardware is always released and prices do change all the time. Your list looks good, you could probably skip the Thermal compound as it will come with your cpu + it will also come with that cpu cooler you chose pre applied. I would still recommend a cooler master hyper 212 evo over what you’ve chosen for a cooler, but understand if its more expensive or not obtainable where you are. Otherwise looks good.

  14. I am looking to build the 600$ Pc. The main purpose is to play fallout 4. I have a Gaming Pc right now that i usually only use for indie games or games that don’t need a very powerful computer. I also have a PS4 but i would much rather use a PC to play Fallout 4 and for any other newer game that is coming out. Anyways, will i be able to run it (I know the system requirements are not public yet) but if you could guess what would you say?

    1. Hello Andrew,

      I feel your anticipation, I love the Fallout series and can’t wait for fallout 4 to come out. My guess would be that the $600 will be able to play it. At 60fps 1080p, maybe not, but you may have to scale back a few things. I don’t think it will be the most demanding game in the world (not something like GTA V or even a high FPS game like Battlefield 4), so the $600 might be perfectly fine. And like you know there is no way knowing 100% for sure, but we will closer to November 10th for sure 🙂 All in all though, you will for sure be able to play it & worst scenario you scale back the settings here and there to get optimal frame rates.

  15. Corey,

    Thanks again for the builds. I commented around Feb about the $600 build. I saved up some cash for the $1000 price range, and it is time to start buying. I altered your 1K list and medium priced peripherals slightly for some personal preferences like a window on the case and a red color scheme. I do have 2 concerns…

    1. Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive is cheaper, however would you recommend it or should I stick with the SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive?

    2. Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0″ Monitor is cheaper, will the 1k build out perform this monitor’s specs? Specifically it is rated for 1080, however your 1K build is “even High Settings in some games at 2560×1400.” Should I stick with the LG Electronics Gaming 24GM77 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor?

    Here is a link to the build if you care to take a look. I would rather not drop 1k and have a part out of line that holds the system back. If you have any other recommendations I would love to hear it.


    Thanks for your time! and excuse my ignorance 🙂

    1. Hello Cperkinz!

      Looks like a fantastic build to me. To answer your questions –

      1. I would stick with the Sandisk Extreme Pro, better overall card with faster read/write.

      2. For those two monitors you’re definitely going to get the best possible settings at 1920×1080, which is great! And honestly either or will work just as well. So no, the build will not outperform on or the other monitors there.

      The build looks awesome, I would probably skip on the sound card as that motherboard will provide pretty good sound overall, but up to you.

      I also apologize for the slight delay in response. Best of luck with your build and glad you were able to save for the $1000 version, let me know if you have anymore questions 🙂

      1. Thanks for getting back with me and the advice!


        Here is my final build. I tweaked some, but basically the same.

        I do have 1 further question. I included a 750W power supply because I would like to add another 970 video card in the future. In the current build could I do that comfortably with the 750 pwr supply?

        I went ahead and left the Sound Card for the slight upgrade in headphone quality being most of my gaming is through headphones….wife and baby got to sleep while dad be gaming at night :).

        thanks again for the time

        1. A 750W is a great choice for SLI’ing two GTX 970’s, so if you decide to do so in the future you’ll be perfectly fine. Also I agree, your money is better spent put into that much more of a quality headphone nice job. Have fun gaming and be sure to stop by and let me know how it goes!

  16. I’m considering buying the $1000 build, but first I’d like to ask about how it runs. My gaming choices are a bit different from the mainstream, so I want to ensure it will still work well. My main issue with my present computer is that it has trouble running high-end strategy games quickly (Total War franchise, EU4 with MEIOU & Taxes, etc.) where the main difficulty is in managing a large number of variables and details independently. I also do a fair amount of work in photoshop. Will the $1000 build run those quickly?

      1. Hello,

        You’re specifications are definitely a tad different then the typical gamer, and those particular games / using photoshop etc. are definitely more CPU intensive.

        With that being the case, I’d try to opt for an Intel i7 if you can. From my experience using photoshop and even general use of a multi monitor setup (generally lots of multitasking involved here), the benefits of the i7 are noticeable. For about $85 – $70 more you could purchase an Intel i7 4790 and for $110 or so more you could get the Intel i7 4790K (this is the overclockable version). The benefit of getting the i7 4790 (non K version), you could skip on CPU cooler I’ve included above as you wont be overclocking saving you an additional $30, making the 4790 only about $40 more then the current build.

        The build as it is though would get the job done, and in particular if you overclock the i5 4690k as much as you can it would be even more sufficient, it would just depend on how much you have to spend and what the pc’s primary use is, lots of work / graphics software type stuff or more so focussing on gaming performance. Overall, I would keep the graphics card the same as it’s probably the best performing card out right now for what you pay.

        Thanks and hope this helps.

        1. Based on your advice, I’m planning on getting the $1000 build, leaving out the CPU cooler, replacing the i5-4690k with the i7-4790, and adding on the SDD you list in the upgrades section. I’m also leaving out the power supply, as I already have a 650W power supply running my older computer (an Antec Neopower 650 Blue). Would you say that’ll work well?

          Here’s a link to my present power supply, by the way: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371010

          Thanks for your advice!

          1. Wonderfull to hear, that’s the route I would have taken and you won’t regret the SSD either. I’m also a fan of recycling old quality hardware, and that Antec will be a perfect fit. Best of luck building!

  17. Hi i have another question, sorry to bother, what player/reader would you recommend that also support blurays? Mine is broken and i thought why not try watching the movies on the new pc.

    1. Hello Don,

      That’s a perfectly fine upgrade in processor. And yes, the cooler replaces the one that will comes with your processor, it’s just far more efficient, but you can technically do without though, but things may get quite hot if you decide to start overclocking and such. Let me know if you have any more questions and best of luck.

  18. Hey Corey,

    I am looking to build a pc for the first time and am interested in the $600 build above. Other builds i have seen online however have suggested they might not be able to run some games or that they will but it will not be worth it due to the quality or whatever. Also i would like to be able to upgrade the parts as they get old or need replacing so would getting a larger case be a good idea?


    1. Hello Zac,

      Do you mean other builds using the same processor and graphics card? You shouldn’t have a problem playing most games 1080p and at what settings / FPS will be game dependent – either way you should be able to still max some games at 1080 no problem. In terms of a larger case, the upgrades it would primarily allow are a larger cooler, more hard drives, larger motherboard etc so it’s up to you. You could also just upgrade the graphics card in to years if you wanted, all depends on what comes out then (in that case you probably wouldn’t need extra space). If you are interested in upgrading to a larger case take a look at Jamal’s comment below where I recommend a similar priced case as the included Micro ATX one in the $600 build. Let me know if you have any further questions.

      1. Thank you,

        By other builds I meant ones of similar prices which I know isn’t too helpful but one site I was on suggested that you need to spend around $1k to be able to play newer games such as GTA and Watchdogs.

        1. The build will play those games, gta v however is very intensive, so getting 60fps 1080p maxed out won’t necessarily happen, but it will play the game scaled down no problem. Hope this helps.

      1. That would be a great motherboard to upgrade to, but it would not fit the case included. If you want to get that motherboard you will need an ATX sized case. If you’re looking for a case for around the same price as the one I recommended that’s an ATX size, then you could go with something like this Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 ( http://goo.gl/KAx8r8 ).

  19. Hi im new around here, i has been watching this place for a while and im saving up for the 600 build, the only thing that worries me is that people saids in the amazon review that case is too small and that it goes really hot and noisy. And thats my only worry about it here, i just dont want to have to speend other 40 dollars on the case if i could aboid it but if it is like that then im going to go with your alternative for that one.

    1. Hello!

      You are right the case is quite small, which can produce more heat. Plus the more budget cases aren’t always the most efficient, but that Silverstone case would work. If you want a few other suggestions that are slightly cheaper then the alternative one I feature above you could try the following –

      Rosewill Mico ATX Case for around the same cost ( http://goo.gl/RcikzE )
      Cooler Master N200 ( http://goo.gl/KVKPeX )
      Xigmatek Vanguard Micro ATX ( http://goo.gl/YB6T0G)
      Thermaltake CA-1D5-00S1WN-00 ( http://goo.gl/R9dkYN )

      What I would do is choose from the above with what best fits your budget and your taste in terms of looks.

      Hope this helps

      1. Oh my, thanks a lot those a beauty full and at good price, i personally have always wanted a cube like the one in there, makes it feels like a console or some kind of really cool pc, i think im going with that one, thank you very much for you kindness

        1. Of course no problem, glad to have helped. And I agree with you, I have a liking to the more cube cases as well – they’re a tad different then the typical vertical pc case and a tad more versatile.

  20. Complete noob here. What about network cards and such.. Do you need to buy additional components to have WiFi / ethernet on a custom built pc?

    1. Hello Mike, and you are not alone in that questions as I’ve had at least a couple of other in the past week alone ask the same question elsewhere. For Wireless you will need either a wifi usb dongle, or a pci wireless card that will plug directly into your motherboard (either anywhere from $15 – $40). Otherwise you can connect directly into the motherboard of any of the builds using ethernet. Hopefully this makes sense.

  21. Hey Corey,

    Thanks for the updates. I prepared my build (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fKJWLk) could you please let me know what you think? (It’s a mixture of your 1000 and 1500 builds)

    You included an optical drive in your 1500 build, but the NZXT S340 case doesn’t have an optical drive slot, has it?


    1. Hello Filip,

      The build looks fantastic, I say go for it. And yes, you are correct the NZXT S340 doesn’t have a spot for an optical drive (I’ve made it more clear above now). Basically, if you wanted an optical drive you would have to connect it either externally and install everything you needed or choose another means of installing your software (USB for example). I quite like the S340 for its simplicity and how sleek it looks!

      Best of luck building.

      1. I actually think I’ll go with the hyperx fury RAM kit. I see you suggest the 1600mhz one, but where here in europe the difference between the 1600 and 1866 is reeeeeallly small (1-2 bucks) for the 16gb. Which one would you suggest and is there any really noticeable difference between the two and most important, does the msi z97 gaming 5 support the 1866 bandwidth?

        Thanks 🙂

        1. Great questions Filip, and honestly you probably wouldn’t notice the difference either way, but if it’s only a few bucks difference I say why not. And yes, the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 supports either bandwidth of memory.

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