The October 2014 – Gaming PC Builds of the Month

Gaming PC Builds – October 2014

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October 2014 Gaming PC Builds of the Month

Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

October 2014 has been a great month for the three ($600, $1000 & $1500) builds included in the monthly gaming pc builds of the month here at Newb Computer Build. All of the builds have been revamped in one way or another and the major reason is due to NVIDIA’s recent release of their GTX 970 & 980 graphics cards, which provide a huge performance boost for the builds you’ll find below.

The builds you will find below include a budget $600, $1000 and $1500 build. These builds are capable of gaming on extreme settings of 2560×1600 (even on multi monitor setups), 1920×1080 and medium to high settings at 1920×1080 respectfully in most games as the builds get higher in cost. If you have a different budget in mind, there is an included hardware alternatives table located below each build’s writeup below, or you can always leave a comment in the comments section and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

If you are in the market for a brand new budget gaming pc build, then fret no further and read on below for the October 2014 gaming pc builds of the month. Do remember that these builds are not constrained purely to their respective budgets and that they are flexible depending on your gaming hardware needs, price changes and personal preference.

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October 2014 PC Builds ( $1506 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1600, 1920×1080

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $ 1506
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) $34.41
Motherboard ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A $139.99
Graphics Card Zotac Zotac GeForce GTX 980 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDMI DVI DisplayPort SLI Ready Graphics Card ZT-90201-10P Graphics Cards ZT-90201-10P $549.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00 $157.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $53.99
SSD Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive $104.00
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $112.99
Computer Case Corsair Vengeance Series Artic White C70 Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011019-WW) $98.99
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0B $17.99

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

The $1500 has had a nice upgrade this month with NVIDIA’s very recently released GTX 980 graphics card, NVIDIA’s new flagship graphics card. The $1500 build is for those who want to game at extreme settings and it will do so at resolutions as high as 2560×1600 in most games – including multi-monitor setups.

To start off the included processor is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is fully unlocked and very easily overclockable. How overclockable you say – well you can get up to 4.8GhZ as seen in this very well written AnandTech article reviewing the Devil’s Canyon processors, including the Intel i5 4690K prcoessor. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler is included to help aid in overclocking the Intel 4690K processor while helping keep stable temperatures. The Hyper 212 EVO has been around for years being used as an alternative cooler in pc builds and the popularity I believe speaks for itself.

The included motherboard I went with this month is the Asus Z97-A motherboard, which is one of the value leader enthusiast z97 motherboards. Some of the included features of the board include: (To learn more about these features visit the motherboard page here at 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.

As for graphics, I have included the vey new Zotac Geforce GTX 980 graphics card. This is NVIDIA’s new flagship graphics card and easily the fastest consumer graphics card on the market at the moment. Want to see some benchmarks and read full review – then check out anandtech’s The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review: Maxwell Mark 2 article.

As for RAM, we have a total of 16GB of DDR3 memory using a kit of  Crucial Ballistix 16GB (8Gb X 2). 16Gb of memory is more then enough and it will last in a gaming pc build for years to come.

The hard-drive used is a Seagate Barracuda 1TB as well as a Samsung 840 PRO 128GB drive as well. This is included to act as a boot drive for both your operating system, along with your most used games – this will significantly increase load times and I assure you will never go back from not using an SSD. Also, the Samsung 840 Pro series is one of the quickest MLC 128GB SSD’s available.

The power supply unit included is an EVGA SuperNOVA 750 Watt PSU; priced so perfectly for a 750 Watt, fully modular Gold Certified PSU (with up to 90% efficiency). So this PSU will perform quietly and use less energy while also looking pretty good.

For a PC case, this month we have the Corsair Vengeance Series Artic White Mid Tower case, which is a very cool stylish case – which according to Corsair is “Battle Ready”. Corsair has a neat take on this case in that it looks like an ammo storage case of sorts, which Corsair has incorporated some ergonomic carrying handles for easy transportation and moving of your PC. The technical specifications for the Corsair Vengeance Series case are as follows – (Learn more as corsair.com)

  • Room for two 240mm radiators when lower drive cage is removed for outstanding watercooling potential.
  • Tool-free thumbscrews for each of the eight expansion slots, making it easy to upgrade to dual, triple, or quad video card setups
  • Front panel USB 3.0 ports with internal header for modern peripherals
  • Tinted side window with dual fan mounts lets you cool, and view your hardware in style
  • Three 5.25” bays and Six 3.5”/2.5” hard drive bays for excellent expansion capabilities
  • Two included 120mm intake fans directly blowing across your GPU for maximum cooling potential, and a single 120mm fan for heat exhaust

Finally, we have the optical drive, which I went with the LG Electronics Optical Drive which is simply one of the cheapest optical drives you can purchase.

$1500 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

If you have a little extra to spend on the $1500 build, then below are a few suggestions. If you want to dedicate more storage space solely to your SSD, then perhaps a larger 512GB Samsung PRO SDD is a worthy upgrade – you could even skip on the main Seagate 1TB hard drive above and dedicate some cash for a bigger SSD (like the Samsung 840 PRO 256GB or 512GB versions).

We also have an Intel 4790K i7 (the newer Intel Devil’s Canyon edition) for those who want to use their PC for functionality besides gaming. You could also go crazy and pump some extra cash into more graphics power by getting two Zotac GeForce GTX 980’s in SLI, or perhaps you want more space in your case and want a full tower PC case, such as the newly released Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full Tower PC case seen below.

Intel Core i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz) (BX80646I74790K) ($339.99) – Do more then gaming? – Then an i7 might be the right choice.
SLI with another –
Zotac Zotac GeForce GTX 980 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDMI DVI DisplayPort SLI Ready Graphics Card ZT-90201-10P Graphics Cards ZT-90201-10P (+$549.99)
Get a nice and new Full Tower PC Case:
Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full Tower PC Case – White (CC-9011059-WW) ($169.27)
A Larger SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD512BW ($307.97) – major price decrease!

 


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October 2014 PC Builds ( $1002 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

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

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $ 1002
Processor Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K $235.99
Cooler *None – to keep within $1000 budget, however for overclocking recommended to get  – Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler
Motherboard ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A $139.99
Graphics Card

EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX 2.0 4GB GDDR5 256bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 04G-P4-2972-KR
$329.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00 $74.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $53.99
SSD *none – check the additions / alternatives section below for options!
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650G1 650W ATX12V Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $74.50
Computer Case Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange with Window Compact Mid-Tower Computer Case (CC-9011038-WW) $74.99
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0B $17.99

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )

The October 2014 $1000 Gaming PC Build is a fantastic choice this month, especially so with the inclusion of the very recently released GTX Gefore 970 graphics card. The GTX 970 has had amazing uptake in the market and relative to its performance is only $329; I’ll get more into that further into this overview.

The included processor is the Intel i5 4690K processor, which is fully unlocked and very easily overclockable. You can get up to 4.8GhZ as seen in this  AnandTech article reviewing the Devil’s Canyon processors, including the Intel i5 4690K processor. I didn’t include a CPU cooler this month and I did this to stay within the $1000 budget outline for this build. However, since we are using the Intel i5 4670K unclocked processor, the assumption is that one should overclock to get the full benefit of this processor – this is when you should probably consider purchasing a cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 for around $30 more.

The included motherboard (the same as the $1500 build) I went with this month is the Asus Z97-A motherboard, which is one of the value leader enthusiast z97 motherboards. Some of the included features of the board include: (To learn more about these features visit the motherboard page here at 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.

Last month, we used the MSI Radeon R9 280X graphics card, however with the release of the new speedy GTX 970, the graphics card that has proven way more then its worth. Included in the $1000 build is the EVFA GTX 970 ACX graphics card, which has taken “to race the R9 290X to a dead heat” [anandtech – The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Review: Featuring EVGA]. This is nearly $500 to $329 comparison – a fantastic value if you ask me.

For memory, we have 8Gb of DDR3 Crucial Ballistix RAM – where 8Gb of RAM should be the perfect amount for a good build. We have a 1TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive.The power supply unit being used is the EVGA SuperNOVA 650W power supply. This is the same version, just a different wattage as the $1500 build – a great PSU with 80Plus Gold certified and features all modular cables, high-quality Japanese brand capacitors.

The PC case being used this month is the Orange Corsair Graphite Series 230T mid tower case, also available is grey & black. This case has been out for about half a year and has a unique look, yet practical use of space. The technical specification for the Corsair Graphite case include – (learn more at corsair.com)

  • Dual 120mm front LED fans and rear 120mm exhaust fan.
  • USB 3.0 front panel
  • Tool-free SSD, HDD, and ODD installation
  • Cable routing and CPU cooler backplate motherboard cutouts
  • Seven PCIe slots with thumbscrews and room for GPUs 320mm long
  • Install up to four 3.5” and four 2.5” drives simultaneously – tool free
  • Up to six fan mounts for optimal cooling potential
  • Dust filters for front and PSU intake
  • Room for up to 200mm ATX PSU (not included

The Corsair Carbide 300R mid tower pc case has been chosen as the showcased..case this month. It comes at a great price for a quality, solidly built case – you can get a fancier windowed version as well, but that will cost you about $20 more. This pc case has been out for about just over a year and it is on the low end of the Corsair Carbide series of cases, but I feel for this cased it is priced perfectly and does its deed. The Corsair Carbide 300r has the following specifications (to learn more visit corsair.com):

  • Three 5.25” drive bays
  • Four3.5” hard drive bays with 2.5” compatibility
  • Seven expansion slots
  • Two-year warranty
  • Front I/O panel contains:
    • Two USB 3.0 connectors
    • 3.5” headphone and microphone connector
    • Power and reset switches
  • Dimensions: 19.1” x 8.3” x 18.7”
  • Supports graphics cards up to 450mm in length
  • Two 120mm/140mm top fan mount locations
  • Two side panel 120/140mm fan mount locations
  • Two front panel 120/140mm fan mount locations
  • Includes one front-mounted 140mm fan and one rear 120mm fan

Finally, as with all three builds is the included LG Electronics Optical drive for $17. The optical drive is becoming a lesser and lesser necessity in any gaming pc build, so if you can do without.

$1000 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

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

You could get some serious graphics power with the SLI of two EVGA GTX 970 graphics cards, which would definitely be enough juice for higher resolutions (2560X1600 for example) or even high resolution multi-monitor setups.

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 (one of the fastest MLC 128GB SSD’s out there) 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.

Also, I have included a full tower case suggestion if you plan on really going all out with some more hardware in the future. Say you want to SLI, add more drives and other stuff into your case, then a full tower might be a nice upgrade; such as the Rosewill gaming Full Tower THOR case below.

Also, please *note that if you do decide to crossfire with another MSI Radeon R9 280X graphics card, you may want to also upgrade the power supply unit to 850W (ie. Corsair RM 850 Watt).


$600 Gaming PC Build of the Month

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $588 ): October 2014

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

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

 
Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $ 588
Processor AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition $112.29
Motherboard
Gigabyte AM3+ AMD DDR3 1333 760G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboard GA-78LMT-USB3
$58.99
Graphics Card XFX Double D R9 270X 1050M Boost Ready 2GB DDR5 2XmDP HDMI 2XDVI Graphics Card (R9270XCDFC) $189.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00 $74.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $53.99
Power Supply Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS  80 PLUS (CX500) $49.99
Computer Case Cougar Spike Case Mini Gaming Tower – Micro ATX $34.99
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0B $17.99

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

This month, I have made quite a few changes to the $600 build. These new changes are not necessarily performance boosters, but I think they make the $600 build more attractive and compact then previous. The $600 is now a compact Mico ATX sized build where I chose a smaller Micro ATX motherboard that will perform the same, is slightly cheaper and allows for a spiffier case.

I have included the wonderful AMD FX 6300 processor, the same for many months now. The included graphics card is the Radeon R9 270X, this month using the XFX Double D R9 270X, which will give you great gaming performance for a budget gaming pc build such as this $600 one. Some of the specifications for th eXFX Double D R9 270X are – (for even more specifications visit http://xfxforce.com/)

PROCESSOR & BUS

Bus Type : PCI-E 3.0

Chipset version : Curacao XT

GPU Boost Clock : 1050MHz

GPU Bus (bit) : 256

GPU Clock : 1000MHz

Performance Category : Standard

Stream Processors : 1280

MEMORY

Memory Bus : 256 bit

Memory Clock : 5.6 GHz

Memory Size : 2.0 GB

Memory Type : DDR5

The motherboard included this month is the Gigabyte AM3+ GA-78LMT Micro ATX motherboard. I decided to change things up a tad this month and go with a smaller form factor motherboard, which will make this build much more compact and much more professional looking with a nicer pc case. 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
  • Hybrid EFI technology with DualBIOS for 3TB HDD support
  • Integrated HDMI/DVI/D-sub for Full HD 1080 contents playback
  • 4 USB 3.0 with superspeed transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps
  • GIGABYTE 3x USB Power with On/Off Charge USB ports

The included RAM is the same included in the $1000 build, which is 8Gb of Crucial Ballistix RAM. As for a hard drive for each build this month I have featured the 1TB Seagate Barracuda, which should be plenty of storage for a gaming pc and if you ever need to add another drive the included motherboard supports up to 6 SATA connections. The PSU used is the 500W Corsair Builder series power supply, a cost conscious PSU that has just the right amount of power needed for this build.

As for a PC case, I have switched it to a small, compact and sturdy Cougar Spike Micro ATX PC case.  This case, in my opinion is a much more practical and attractive option for anyone purchasing a budget gaming pc build such as this $600 one. The following are features of this pc as described by Cougar World

  • The SPIKE delivers availability and expansion capability in a space-saving design to fully complete the gaming mission!
  • Interior black painting.
  • Advanced USB3.0 port for maximum data transfer speed.
  • Support for 4 fans: front 80/90/120mm fan x 1; rear 80/120mm fan x 1 ; side 120mm fans x 2.
  • Rear COUGAR 120mm fan x 1 is pre-installed.
  • Support for longer high-end graphics card up to 330mm.
  • Screw-less mechanisms on 5.25” & HDD devices.
  • Support installing 2.5” HDD/SSD at bottom cover.

 

And finally, we have the LG Electronics optical drive – take it or lave it, this is a basic optical dvd drive which you can optionally purchase if you need it (ie; to install your operating system).

Overclocking the AMD FX 6300

Furthermore, for anyone purchasing this $600 gaming pc build, there is a lot of potential with regards to the purchase of the AMD FX 6300 – since it does have an unlocked multiplier it is relatively easy to overclock.  I thought I would include the informative video I just recently stumbled across below to give you a quick insight into how you might achieve this, so enjoy –

Upgrade Suggestions for the $600 Gaming PC Build:

These upgrades and alternatives below are for anyone who might 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 – this processor has recently drop significantly in price due to some newly released FX processors, so it really would be a worthy upgrade this month.  Likewise you could also bump the graphics card up to a Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 for more juice while gaming.  You could consider also spending some ore cash and style the build up a little more with a Corsair Carbide Air 240 Micro ATX Case, which is another option for a compact nice looking pc case. Lastly, you could speed up boot and software loading times with with the purchase of a solid state drive, such as the Samsung 840 EVO 120GB drive below.

Processor Alternative: AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition($139.00) *Great purchase right now as price has dropped significantly due to new FX processor releases within the last month
Alternative PC Case:Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 High Airflow MicroATX and Mini-ITX PC Case – Black (CC-9011070-WW) ($89.99)
Graphics Card Alternative:Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 280 OC 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2Mini Display Port PCI-Express Video Card GV-R928WF3OC-3GD ($219.99)
Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE120BW ($85.43)

 


October 2014’s Gaming PC Hardware Overview Video:

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21 thoughts to “The October 2014 – Gaming PC Builds of the Month”

  1. Hi would a few of these changes to the $1000 build work?
    – I added a SanDisk 64 GB 2.5 Inch Internal SSD 475 MB/s (SDSSDP-064G-G25) As well as increasing the Harddrive size to 2TB
    – changed the RAM to Kingston HyperX 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
    – added a Wifi card
    – added a CPU cooler (the recommended one)

    1. Hey,

      Those look like worthy changes to me. How much did you find the SanDisk for? It’s a good purchase, but I’d consider spending a tad more for a 128GB ssd for the extra cushion of storage. Regardless, for a boot drive it’ll do great!

      Best of luck.

      1. I found a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive for about £54 ($86) which has much better ratings than the SanDisk on amazon so I’ll go with that instead its about £20 ($30) more expensive than the 64GB SanDisk but offers basically double the storage. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

          1. Hi sorry to be a pain again but I read some reviews on the graphics card included with this build and they weren’t as good as the reviews for the Gigabyte GTX970 WindForce 3 OC 4GB Nvidia (Maxwell) PCI Express Graphics Card which is only £20 more and is more flexible in terms of overclockability the only thing is the card is longer than the EVGA will it fit in the case?

              1. Just saying thanks for all the help built this PC in December was really easy just followed a Youtube guide will recommend this site to any friends thinking of doing the same 🙂

  2. Hi, can you suggest for my future build..especially for the mobo and vid card..thats roughly 30,000pesos here in the Philippines or $650. Is it worthy? i love your monthly build btw..cheers!

    Case: Cooler Master K380 KWN1
    MoBo: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD
    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Black Edition
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti Superclock
    PSU: Corsair CX500 500W
    HDD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB
    RAM: Kingston Hyper X Blu 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3
    G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3

    1. Hello Lorenz,

      Your build is great! The Motherboard is good, and the GTX 750 Ti is a great card for its budget range, also a low powered card, which is good! How come you have the two different RAM options? Either of those would be great though.

      1. kingston is cheaper of $5 😀 how about a Crucial mem?
        i found a Vcard that is cheaper than the GTX 750 Ti, the SAPPHIRE R7 260X 2GB GDDR5 OC 2x DVI ($70 cheaper than GTX), is sapphire r7 260x ok with this build?am not a hardcore gamer.i just want to play Dota 2 @ >60fps. And also, is it crossfireX capable?
        Thanks a lot man..cheers!

        1. You should be fine with the R7 260X (about on par with the GTX 750 Ti) and can definitely do Crossfire with it should you want to in the future – and the motherboard you chose (ASUS M5A97) is also compatible with Crossfire, so I’d say you’d be good to go with that option.

  3. Love your articles and I follow them religiously to keep up to date on the latest tech. One question you never include the OS in the base cost…why is that?

    1. That’s a good question John – especially since a typical user using something like Windows 8, can easily spend an extra $100. I don’t include the OS since there are other OS’s out there to use and for free. One example being a Linux distribution such a Ubuntu, which I have used on and off (http://www.ubuntu.com/). Now this may not be ideal for a casual gamer, individuals exploring the prospects of building do typically already have a copy of Windows, or they have access one way or another.

      Now the above aren’t concise reasons why I don’t include the OS’s in the builds, but are my reasonings nonetheless. If you are planning to build and don’t currently have a copy of Windows for example, you may have to plan an extra $90-$100 for the OS. And perhaps it may be a good idea for me to include a caveat somewhere in the monthly builds as well.

      Thanks for following John and I hope to see you back!

          1. Thanks, I looked and hadn’t found anything under $150. But I typed in the title and price and popped software for that price. Thanks Corey

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