$600: Third Tier Gaming Build

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$600: Third Tier Gaming Build The AMDPhenom II X4 955 Black Edition is probably the best bang for your buck processor for gaming. The Phenom II X4 955 is a true quad core processor, with a 6 MB L3 cache, and has an unlocked multiplier. This processor can be very easy to overclock and can run as fast as the Phenom …

$530: Second Tier Gaming Build

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Check out the $530: Second Tier Gaming Build! With the Intel Core i3-540  costing roughly $105, it can be a great processor for a solid gaming build. This processor beats out the Athlon II X3 445. If you want a higher clock rate for about $15 dollars more, then I would suggest going with the Intel core i3 – 550. …

$400: Entry Level Gaming Build

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Check out the $400: Entry Level Gaming Build! With the Athlon X3 450 3.2GHZ costing roughly $89.00, you cannot go wrong with this triple core, high clock rate (lot’s of room for overclocking) processor. This processor should allow most modern games to play well, at decent settings. The Radeon HD 4650 graphics card at its very low price point of …

Cheap Gaming PC (Intel): Running Most Games w/ Ultra&High Settings

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Here I will lay out a simple gaming build utilizing the Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz Quad-Core Processor and as the NVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards are cheaper now, I will be using these as well. Build 1: $750 @ Amazon 1. Processor: Intel Core i5 750 Processor 2.66 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I5-750BOX 2. Power Supply Unit …

Cheap Gaming PC (AMD): Running Most Games w/ Ultra&High Settings

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So you want to play your games on ultra high resolution/quality, but don’t have a ton of cash? Games like Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, the new Fallout new Vegas etc. will all play great at 1080p resolutions on ultra graphics with these builds. When looking into a gaming PC you want to look for  decent processing power, around 4Gb …

A Basic/Cheap Home Theatre PC (HTPC) Build w/ Blu-ray

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So you are wanting to build a cheap basic HTPC build to set beside your entertainment system/television for your basic entertainment needs. This means that you can create a PC that will play full 1080p video but is missing all the fancy whistles such as a separate sound-card, tv-tuner, tv-recording, video encoding, video recording  etc. This is not to say …

Interested in CPU, SSD, and GPU Benchmarks?

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If you are then you should visit AnandTech‘s benchmark page. It has a simple to use interface that allows to select two different CPU’s, SSD’s, or GPU’s and then configures a comparison ratings chart with categories like “Video creation”, x264 HD Encode Test, “Windows Media Encoder 9 x64”, “Far Cry 2 playback”…etc. As well the comparison chart includes the overall …

New: The Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon HD 6870

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Looking for a new mid range graphics card, well then wait no further! The Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 are in. Meant to replace the older Radeon HD 5000 series graphic processors compare to the 6850 and 6870 as follows (Taken from: guru3d): Specifications Radeon HD 5770 Radeon HD 5850 Radeon HD 6850 Radeon HD 6870 GPU Juniper XT Cypress Pro …

Home Theatre PC (HTPC)

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I would like to introduce another build you may consider building: The Home Theatre PC (HTPC). A  HTPC is just a basic computer that is mostly of personal preference in terms of the added components, so when starting your HTPC build you want to include the basic components for building a PC which include: 1. A Computer Case: This is purely …

A $214 Build That Runs Windows 7 (64-Bit)?

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I put together a build for only $214 (US) that will run Windows 7 (64-Bit) pretty well. It has plenty of power with 500W, 2.7GHz AMD Sempron processor with a possible second core to unlock, 2GB DDr3 RAM, 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, and a GT 220 512mb video card. This is over the minimum Windows 7 (64-Bit) requirements of 1GHz+ …