Gaming PC Builds – September 2015
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- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1500 ): September 2015
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $1000 ): September 2015
- Gaming PC Build of the Month ( $600 ): September 2015
- Gaming PC Peripheral Considerations (Keyboards, Mice & Monitors): September 2015
- Operating System Options
Gaming PC Builds of the Month Introduction:
September is a super exciting for the monthly gaming PC builds here at Newb Computer Build. With the recent release of Skylake, Intel’s 6th generation CPUs targeted at gamers and enthusiasts alike I’ve now replaced the $1500 and $1000 builds CPUs to include the new Intel i5 6600K and with that supporting motherboards sporting the new Z170 chipset. Skylake is definitely not worth tossing in the previous Haswell CPU builds, but it does come with some improvements such as DDR4 RAM support and improved power efficient and slight performance increases.
Both of the $1500 and $1000 builds now reflect the new CPU releases, however the $600 build does go unaffected since I was using the AMD FX 8320 processor for a few months now, it it still will stand strong in its current spot. There was a new GTX 950 graphics card released in the past month, which has gotten some great reviews; it just didn’t quite fit into the $600 budget as it should be closer in cost to the current card included in the build.
I hope that you enjoy yet another month of gaming PC builds and if you were waiting for a higher end gaming pc build, I would say that its a better time then any. Please leave any questions, comments or conversational items in the comments section below and until next month!
September 2015 PC Builds ( $1481 )
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Game with Extreme settings at resolutions of 2560×1400 and 1920×1080 & 4K!
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )
This would probably be the top gaming pc build to consider if you’re wanting to game with any game on extreme settings and even game up to resolutions as high as 4K with ease. This month even includes the brand new Skylake Intel i5 6600K CPU – pair this with the included GTX 980Ti graphics card and you’re golden. Along with the new cpu release is a new Z170 chipset motherboard and when paired together there is now support for a set of 16GB DDR4 RAM, making this build vastly different from the previous builds from this year.
I generally include a cpu cooler in the base $1500 build and this month is no different, however unlike previous months, it’s no longer an option since the Skylake cpu don’t come with stock coolers. no matter though, using the included Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler will help you overclock the heck out of this thing.
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.
With the new cpus come the new Z170 chipset, which includes a whole bunch of new motherboards. The motherboard included in this build is the MSI Z170 KRAIT GAMING motherboard. This board, which not only looks great with its sleek jet black / white design it has some neat features as describes by MSI (learn more at msi.com)-
- DDR4 Boost optimizing memory performance and stability
- Killer E2400 ethernet – creating maximum networking performance when online gaming
- Audio Boost 3 – high audio quality using 8 channel HD audio
- USB 3.1 – Up to 10Gb/s (2x faster then USB 3.0)
There is still a total of 16Gb of RAM in the $1500 build, however this month we now have support for DDR4. The kit included is a 2x8GB kit of Crucial Ballistix Sport RAM.
I have included the hard drives a little differently this month – giving you, the pc builder the option as to which drives to include if you have only $1500 to spend on your build. The included hard-drives are the Seagate Barracuda 1TB, which is plenty of space for most gamers or a Samsung 850 EVO 120GB Solid State Drive. Both of these drives fit nicely into the build, given the choice though the SSD will significantly increase your boot / load times, while the Seagate drive will provide plenty of more space. Likewise, if you have the funds you could either purchase both drive suing the SSD as a boot drive, or purchase a larger size SSD (look in the alternatives section below).
The power supply used again is the 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.
For a case this September, I’ve included the mid tower Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, which has been around for a while now as a quality, reputable, affordable gaming pc case. for more information on this case please visit Antec.com.
$1500 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions
If you have a little bit of extra cash now or in the future, then you might be wondering what else you could spend it on either over and above the $1500 budget.
Some may want to upgrade to an i7 processor if they do more then just game, such as graphics work, video work and the likes. Included below is a newly release Skylake Intel i7 6700K cpu, which may be a tad low on supply at the moment, but should be rapidly available soon.
The build you see above includes a mid tower case which does have plenty of room for the included hardware, but 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 popular Phantek Enthoo Full Tower PC case would be of benefit to you.
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 $659.99 or so.
Lastly, I’ve given a couple of options for storage solutions in the above build description by either including the SSD or Seagate 1TB drive, below you can also simply purchase a larger SSD such as the super faster SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB SSD.
|Intel Boxed Core I7-6700K 4.00 GHz 8M Processor Cache 4 LGA 1151 BX80662I76700K ($350 / TBA) – 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 ($659.99) – SLI with two GTX 980 Ti’s for some super graphics performance
Get a quality FULL TOWER PC Case (Tons of room for upgrades):Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis with Window Cases PH-ES614P_BK ($99.99)
|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 ($419.99)
September 2015 PC Builds ( $980 )
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions and even High Settings in some games at 2560×1400
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )
The past few months have included very few changes to the $1000 gaming pc build, this month however is a very different story. The $1000 build also includes the newly releases Skylake Intel i5 6600K CPU along with a new Z170 chipset motherboard and since we now have support for it, DDR4 RAM.
This build is for those wanting to game with 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 games played. Always remember to do a little research with regards to the collection of games and or other software you’re planning to play and at what resolution, if you have any questions please remember you’re always free to comment on the article below.
As stated, the included processor is the Intel i5 6600K processor, which is the same processor in the $1500 build and for a while has been the go to gaming pc build processor. Not without an option, included is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler, this is because the new Skylake CPUs don’t include a stock cooler, so you definitely need one and it will help you easily overclock this CPU should you want to.
We now have a newly released motherboard with a Z170 chipset to coincide with the newly included Skylake CPU. The included motherboard is the Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3P which has the following technical overview (to learn more please visit Gigabyte.com) –
- Supports 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor
- Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- Fast USB 3.1 with USB Type-C™ -The World’s Next Universal Connector
- 2-Way Graphics with Premium PCIe Lane
- PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connector with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe & SATA SSD support)
- 3 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
- 8-channel HD Audio with High Quality Audio Capacitors
- Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
- Realtek® Green GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
- APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
- GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology
You may notice that I have two graphics card included in the build table above. The first graphics card included, is the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX and for the very same price I have included an alternative card for you to choose from, which is the XFX Double Dissipation 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. Both cards 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 for example.
With all the exciting talk about a new Skylake CPU and motherboard, comes the inclusion of some new DDR4 RAM. Included in the $1000 gaming pc build for September is a kit of 2x4GB 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 RAM.
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.
The included PC case has been included recently and is a newer released budget case, the Antec Builder-Ready Case P70. This is a budget conscious case that fits nicely into this build. Antec describes this case as having quiet operation minimizing system sound leakage. To learn more please visit the PC case page at antec.com.
$1000 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions
If one were to have a budget slightly larger then the specified $1000 build above or perhaps someone would like some suggestions for upgrade potential in the future, then the below hardware might fit into your needs.
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 (*note: if you go with the AMD R9 390 graphics card, you can crossfire with another R9 390).
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. 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.
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 (or Crossfire two R9 390’s), I would suggest you have at least a 750W PSU.
|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 = (+ $128.84) –
|Crossfire your graphics card:(*Potential future proofing upgrade? – *if you went with the AMD R9 390 as there is no SLI support)XFX Double Dissipation R9 390 1000MHZ 8GB DDR5 Display Port HDMI Dual DVI Graphics Cards R9-390P-F28M ($329.99 – OR Crossfire with another R9 390 if you go with that card)
|More Hard Drive Space With 2TB –Seagate 2TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST2000DM001) Price: $72.99
|Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CW-9060017-WW – Add a liquid CPU Cooler for quieter and more efficient cooling ($99.99)
Monthly Gaming PC Build ( $605 ): September 2015
(Game at Smoothly with Medium – High settings at 1920X1080 resolutions)
Gaming PC Build Recipe:
|AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition
|ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
|MSI R7 370 2GD5T OC Graphics Card
|Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 (PC3-12800) 240-Pin UDIMM Memory BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00/BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00
|Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003)
|EVGA 600 B1 80+ BRONZE, 600W 3 Year Warranty Power Supply 100-B1-0600-KR
|BitFenix Computer Case Cases BFC-NEO-100-KKWSB-RP Black/Blue (Also available in White/Blue & White/Red & White/Silver & Black)
|LG Electronics Internal Super Multi Drive Optical Drives GH24NSC0B
Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build
Even though the above builds have seen numerous changes for September, the $600 still holds a strong footing this time around. The $600 is more then capable of playing any game out there and perhaps can play some of them one higher settings at 1920X1080. Last month, there have been some significant changes to the $600 build when compared to previous $600 gaming PC builds of the month. Specifically, the graphics card, motherboard form factor and in turn the PC case sizing, all of which I will go into more detail below.
I have again included the new CPU addition to this build, 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.
The motherboard chosen this month is a full sized ATX motherboard – ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970. This motherboard is a full ATX boards and has the following specification according to (read more at asus.com)
- Dual Intelligent Processors – TPU + EPU.
- Remote GO! – One-stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment
- USB 3.0 Boost – Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP
- Network iControl – Real-time Network Bandwidth Control
- DirectKey – A Dedicated Button to Access the BIOS Directly
- USB BIOS Flashback – Easy, Worry-free USB BIOS Flashback with Hardware-based Design
- UEFI BIOS – Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface
For the graphics card, I’ve went with the MSI R7 370 OC card. You will get slightly better performance going with an AMD R9 380, but check out the hardware alternatives list below for details on that if you have a tad extra to spend. Likewise, another option for a graphics card could be the new GTX 950 graphics card that was released in he past month, which may performa similarly, but is priced a little high at the moment.
The included memory is a kit of Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB again and for the hard drive is a 1TB Seagate Barracuda, which should provide plenty of storage space.
The power supply used again is the EVGA 600B 600Watt power supply, its at a reputable budget PSU and more then enough power for this build and more.
For the second month in a row we have switched to a full ATX sized case for this build. This allows for easy installation for first timer, good airflow and room for expansion should you want to put more hardware in the future or re-use for a future build. The case for Septembers $600 build is the BitFenix NEOS – a spiffy stylish case that comes in several color combinations to fit your style and also has the followed features as described by Bitfenix (to learn more visit Bitfenix.com):
- Enhanced Airflow
- Ample Expansion
- Easy to Build for First Time Builders
- USB 3.0 Connectivity
- Incredible Extras – Such as removable dust filters,
Upgrade Suggestions for the $600 Gaming PC Build:
If you have a little more then $600 for this build or want some suggestions to upgrade it in the future then check out the below hardware.
To get the most out of the AMD FX 8320 processor, you can overclock this cpu easily and to do so efficiently you will want a more efficient cpu cooler. The previous months needed a low profile cpu cooler, however I have now included the affordable and very reputable Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler.
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 a solid state drive such as the OCZ 240GB SSD you see below.
|CPU Cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) ($31.05)
|Better Graphics Card (Sapphire Radeon R9 380):MSI R9 380 2GD5T OC Graphics Card ($199.99)
|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: $72.99
September 2015 Gaming PC Build Mice, Keyboard & Monitor Peripheral Considerations
The peripheral considerations are included as an attachment to the September 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 September 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 September 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. 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, but do keep in mind that either way you do have the option of upgrading to Windows 10 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.
|Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit
|Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging)
|Windows 10 Upgrade
|Upgrade to Windows 10
|Free with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1
|Ubuntu – Desktop
|SteamOS Beta “Build your own Steam Machine”