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October 2015 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds – October 2015

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Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:

If you’re looking build a PC that’s affordable and capable of playing any game out there, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out any of the three October 2015 gaming pc builds below in the three budget categories of $600, $1000 and $1500. Depending on what games you plan on playing or how much you have to spend on a PC will ultimately determine which build is best for you. And just in case it’s somewhere in between there is a table of hardware alternatives below each of the builds or you can ask in the comments section.

The October 2015 builds have been polished more from last months inclusion of the new Skylake processors in the $1500 and $1000 builds and the $600 build is just as strong as its been. The included processor in the top two builds is the brand new Intel i5 6600K and this month I’ve switched the motherboards to showcase some of the better reviewed and features included per dollar spent on each motherboard, both are great choices.

Learn more about which build would best suit yourself by reading through the overview descriptor below each build taking into consideration at what resolution your monitor will be, what games you’ll be playing, at what settings you want to play those games at and then how much you actually have to spend on your gaming pc build.

October 2015 PC Builds ( $1488 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

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

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $1488.06
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $270
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $30.74
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX DDR4 Motherboards GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 $156.49
Graphics Card PNY GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Graphics Cards VCGGTX980T6XPB-CG $649.99
RAM Kingston HyperX FURY Black 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM Desktop Memory (HX421C14FBK2/16) $99.99
Hard Drive *No HDD Included – Optional. See Alternatives Section.  –
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) $95.37
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $116.50
Computer Case NZXT S340 Mid Tower Case CA-S340W-W1 (White) $69.99
Optical Drive No optical drive – The NZXT S340 doesn’t support one.

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

This build is for those that pretty much want to play any game maxed, without worrying about much else. With the combination of the included Intel i5 6600K processor and the PNY GTX 980Ti graphics card you’ll be able to knock the socks off of any game from 1080p to 1440p resolutions without any difficulty while maintaining high fps. and you’ll even have little difficulty at 4K should you have a monitor to support it.

The included CPU is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler will help you overclock the 6600K cpu no problems once to ever. Moreover though, you need a cpu cooler since the Skylake processors don;t some with any stock cooler once so ever, so why not get one of the highest rated air coolers, especially considering its cost.

The graphics card included is a PNY GeForce GTX 980Ti, one of the best single cards out to date and is more then capable of maxing out any game 1080p + up to 4K resolutions no problem at all. The GTX 980Ti is much easier to come across now, and it’s actually lowered in price by about $20 over the past couple of months.

The new skylake processors require one of the new Z170 chipset motherboards. The included motherboard is the Gigabyte Intel Z170 GA-Z170X-Gaming 3, supporting DDr4, SLI and Crossfire, USB 3.1 and more including (Read more at

As per usual I have included a kit of 16Gb of RAM, but with the new skylake cpu / z170 chipset motherboard combo, we can now include DDR4 memory instead of DDR3. Included is 16GB (two 8GB sticks) of Kingston HyperX FURY Black 2133MHz, plenty of memory for this gaming pc build.

I have no longer included an HDD and have opted just for a Solid State Drive  “SSD”, which will perform much better helping with those load / boot times and reading speeds. The included SSD is the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB which will give you enough space for your OS and to store numerous games / software. If you find you will need more storage you can always add in a separate HDD such at that included in the Alternatives section below, or opt for an SSD with more storage.

The power supply used for many months is the highly rated EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 Gold Certified power supply, which is a high quality & efficient PSU and I highly recommend it and it should be more then enough for the $1500 build.

The gaming PC case included is the White NZXT S340, a sleek minimalistic mid tower case made of steel. It has great cable management, and a very simple interior layout. If you want to have a closer look and learn more, please visit

Do keep in mind that the NZXT S340 doesn’t have room or support an optical drive, so if you need one you can still purchase one and simply connect to your motherboard and then close your case up when you don’t need it, or buy an external one.

$1500 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

The included hardware alternatives below are for those who either want future upgrade ideas, or for those that have a larger budget then $1500.

Along side the newly released and included i5 Intel 6600K Skylake, there was the Intel i7 6700K cpu released. If you do or want to do more then gaming on your PC and do video, graphics work for example, then you may want to consider getting an i7 processor such at the Intel i7 6700K.

As I stated in the $1500 gaming pc build overview above, there is no HDD included in the build  which shouldn’t matter for most unless you need lots of storage room. Included below is a Seagate 2TB HDD, for those that need the more space at a great cost. I have also included a larger SanDisk Extreme PRO 1TB SSD for those that may want the extra space, but also use one drive for ultimate speeds on an SSD; this however comes at a higher cost.

You could also really increase your graphics power by SLI’ing your GTX 980 Ti by adding in a second PNY GeForce GTX 980 Ti, but it will cost you another $649.99 or so. This could also be a future upgrade idea to boost your gaming pc’s performance when you need it. If you do plan on going SLI’ing in the future or now, you should consider getting at least an 850W PSU such as the EVGA SuperNOVA 850W G2.

Intel Boxed Core I7-6700K 4.00 GHz 8M Processor Cache 4 LGA 1151 BX80662I76700K ($409) – Do more then gaming? Like show off? – Then an i7 might be the right choice PNY GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Graphics Cards VCGGTX980T6XPB-CG ($649.99) – SLI with two GTX 980 Ti’s for some super graphics performance.*If you want to SLI you should consider 850W psu such as the EVGA SuperNOVA 850W G2 PSU ($120.03).
Purchase a 2TB HDD for more storage: Seagate 2TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST2000DM001) ($73.57) 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 ($419.99)

October 2015 PC Builds ( $1018 )

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: $1018
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $270
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $30.74  
Motherboard $138.49
Graphics Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ 4GB GDDR5 256bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP SLI Ready Graphics Card 04G-P4-3975-KR


Alternative Card:

*Potential for two R9 390’s in Crossfire in the future






RAM $55.68
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $50.49
SSD *Not included – Check the additions / alternatives section below for options!
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $80.54
Computer Case $55.88
Optical Drive LG Electronics Internal Super Multi Drive Optical Drives GH24NSC0B $18.35

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )

This build is probably the go to best bang for your dollar type build for a majority of gaming pc community. You should be able to squeeze high performance fps in most games at 1080p and 1440p using this build, which uses a combination of the new skylake Intel i5 6600K cpu and the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX or  MSI R9 390 graphics card.


This build also includes the highly rated Cooler Master Hype 212 cpu cooler, this helps tremendously when overclocking your unlocked Intel i5 6600K processor and since the Intel i5 6600K doesn’t come with a stock cooler, you need to purchase one anyways.

The included z170 chipset motherboard we have this time around is the affordable ASUS Z170-K Z170 motherboard. This motherboard is one of the newer ones released in the last couple of months and for a more affordable motherboard, it still comes with USB 3.1 and more including (learn more –

*One thing to note that is you can’t do SLI with this motherboard, but you can Crossfire.

Again this month, there are two graphics card included in the build table above. The first graphics card included, is the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX and for a slightly difference price I have included a Gigabyte R9 390. Both of these cards will perform very similarly, so I’ll leave the choice as to which you would like to go with. Either graphics card will max any modern game at 1920×1080 and even in resolutions beyond that up to 2560×1400. I would like to note though, that if you have a specific set of games in mind, try searching specific benchmarks for either the GTA 970, or AMD R9 390 as they might perform slightly better then one or the other in a specific game (YouTube can be great for looking up specific gaming hardware benchmarks).

We have some new quality DDR4 RAM. Included in the $1000 gaming pc build for October is a kit of two 4GB totalling 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 RAM.

The power supply unit used 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.

For a gaming PC case, I’ve included the Thermaltake Versa N21 Windows Mid Tower PC case, a cool looking newer case that has a sleek mirrior pane design and plenty of space for expansion. Learn more at

$1000 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

Sometimes you may want upgrade ideas for the future, or have a bit extra to spend on your gaming build, so below is some hardware you could consider for the $1000 gaming pc build.

If you want more graphic power in the future you could potentially Crossfire two R9 390’s. If you go this route, then you will also need a stronger power supply, as much as 850w, which I have included along side that recommendation below.

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 a 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. If you think you won’t utilize the entirety of a 1TB hard drive, then you could also ditch that drive and just get a single SSD. Or if you simply need more space, you could go the more affordable option with a 2TB Seagate HDD.

You could also  go with a liquid cpu cooler such as the Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX. This could help keep things quiet and a tad cooler when overclocking (Learn more about the Corsair h100i at

Add a Fast Quality SSD Boot Drive: SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With 10-Year Warranty- SDSSDXPS-240G-G25 = (+ $119.65) – Crossfire your graphics card:
(*Potential future proofing upgrade? – *only if you went with the AMD R9 390 as you can SLI and have two GTX 970’s) –Gigabyte AMD R9 390 512 Bit GDDR5 8GB 2xDVI/HDMI/3xDP G1 Gaming Graphics Card GV-R939G1 GAMING-8GD ($329.99) – If you plan on doing Crossfire you will probably want at least an 850W power supply such as – EVGA SuperNOVA 850W G2 PSU ($120.03).
More Hard Drive Space With 2TB – Seagate 2TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST2000DM001) Price: $73.57

Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CW-9060021-WW – Add a liquid CPU Cooler for quieter and more efficient cooling ($109.99)

Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $608 ): October 2015

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

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $ 608.78
Processor AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition $139.99
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 950 Ref Graphics Card 02G-P4-2951-KR $159.99
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2K4G3D169DS1J $38.99
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $50.49
Power Supply EVGA 600 B1 80+ BRONZE, 600W Continuous Power, 3 Year Warranty Power Supply 100-B1-0600-KR $62.99
Computer Case BitFenix Computer Case BFC-COM-100-KKXS1-RP $48.99
Optical Drive LG Electronics Internal Super Multi Drive Optical Drives GH24NSC0B $18.35

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

The $600 gaming pc build is for those that just want to get into gaming at a reasonable price. Even though this is the lowest budget build here, it’s a fully capable 1080p gaming machine that you can expect to play a variety of games maxed out with decent fps.

Included is the AMD FX-8320 8 Core Black Edition processor, which provides significant potential for a $600 budget gaming PC and this processor is also unlocked and easily overclockable (to get the full potential of overclocking I do suggest upgrading the cpu cooler, such as the one seen in the alternatives table below).

The motherboard chosen for another $600 monthly gaming pc build month is a full sized ATX motherboard – ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970.  This board is a full ATX boards and has the following specification according to (read more at

There has been an upgrade to the included graphics card this month to the newer released GTX 950. Included in the $600 pc build is the EVGA GeForce GTX 950, which does perform better then our similarly priced previous R7 370. If you have a little extra to spend, you could also consider an R9 380, which is included in the hardware alternatives table below.

The included memory is  a kit of  Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB, which should be enough memory for this gaming pc and again and for the hard drive is a 1TB Seagate Barracuda.

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

For a PC case, featured above is a black BitFenix Comrade mid tower PC case. This case also comes in white, has a great look for a budget case and is very easy to build in.

Upgrade Suggestions for the $600 Gaming PC Build:

If you want some suggestions for upgrades or some hardware alternatives to those in the gaming pc hardware in the $600 build above, then you may be interested in some of the suggestions below.

I would suggest a CPU cooler other then the included FX 8320 stock cooler if you want to take full advantage of overclocking, such as the Noctua NH-L12 below. I would recommend the Hyper 212 EVO, by it’s a few cm too tall for the included case..

The second choice here is a better graphics card, such as the MSI R9 380. Purchase this if you have a little more cash to spend, which is worth the investment for a little more fps while gaming.

If you need more hard drive space it doesn’t cost too much more to get a 2TB Seagate Barracuda, likewise you can also speed up your read and write times with an affordable budget solid state drive such as the 250 GB Samsung 850 EVO you see below.

CPU Cooler:Noctua NH-L12 Low-profile Quiet CPU Cooler with 120/90mm Dual PWM Fan($59.99) Better Graphics Card (Sapphire Radeon R9 380): MSI R9 380 2GD5T OC Graphics Card ($199.99)
More Hard Drive Space With 2TB –Seagate 2TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST2000DM001) Price: $73.57

October 2015 Gaming PC Build Mice, Keyboard & Monitor Peripheral Considerations

The peripheral considerations are included as an attachment to the October 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 for some suggestions on gaming specific peripherals.

The October 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 October 2015 Gaming PC Peripherals – Keyboards Mice and Monitors

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, 8 or 8.1 with the option of upgrading to Windows 10 or the option of purchasing Windows 10. 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 three will cost you and are either Windows 7 or 8.1, or 10 – I have no opinions here so I’ll leave the purchase of these up to the discretion of yourself, but do keep in mind that either way you do have the option of upgrading to Windows 10 for now. 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.

OS Link Price Image
Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit $99.99  
Windows 7 Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging) $89.00  
Windows 10 Upgrade Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit System Builder OEM | PC Disc $98.99 or Free upgrade with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1  
Ubuntu Ubuntu – Desktop Free
SteamOS SteamOS Beta “Build your own Steam Machine” Free

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