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Published on October 17th, 2013 | by Brandon

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PC Build Guide – October 2013

Welcome to the October version of our PC build guides. As with before, we have implemented hard price limits ($500, $800, $1300, $1800) on ourselves and have had to make tough decisions with each build. Your personal budget will likely be flexible, but we hope this article will give you a baseline. You can of course spend more or spend less, but you run into a case of diminishing returns at either end. Please keep in mind that pricing information is immediate and may not necessarily reflect real prices by the time you have read this article.

Cooler fall weather may be upon us, but these builds are only getting hotter! Every build has a strong showing this month, and we even get a welcome bit of breathing room for the higher end price points. At $800, the Sweet Spot truly continues to live up to its name, finally graduating from its trusty Ivy Bridge i5-3570K to a Haswell i5-4670K.

The introduction of new AMD video cards this month almost shook up our video card lineup, but ultimately, we felt Nvidia cards still made more sense at each of these price points for the time being. Next month could be exciting, however, as AMD will keep its foot on the pedal with the release of its new flagship card, the R9 290X.

 

The Starter ($500 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PYoK

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 ($114.28 @ Outlet PC)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1866 ($64.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
  • Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB ($99.99 @ Newegg)
  • Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 600W ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $492.04

 

The Sweet Spot ($800 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PKoJ

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K ($227.49 @ SuperBiiz)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($25.99 @ Mwave)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 ($115.99 @ Amazon)
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1866 ($64.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($59.96 @ Outlet PC)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB ($249.99 @ Newegg)
  • Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.24 @ Amazon)
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 600W ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $798.64

 

The Enthusiast ($1300 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PYui

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K ($339.99 @ Newegg)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($25.99 @ Mwave)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 ($149.99 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1866 ($64.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5″ SSD ($99.99 @ Amazon)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB ($399.99 @ Newegg)
  • Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
  • Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W ($84.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1295.90

 

The Professional ($1800 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PKYM

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K ($339.99 @ Newegg)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($25.99 @ Mwave)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 ($149.99 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1866 ($64.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5″ SSD ($177.99 @ Amazon)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card – 2-Way SLI ($399.99 @ Newegg)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card – 2-Way SLI ($399.99 @ Newegg)
  • Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
  • Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W ($84.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1773.89

 

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Brandon started his PC gaming days playing Doom II (IDDQD/IDKFA for life) and has been hooked on online gaming since the original Starsiege: Tribes. The way to his heart is through proper grammar, corn dogs, and cookie cake.



7 Responses to PC Build Guide – October 2013

  1. Rhythm says:

    Hey Brandon, first of all thanks for the great guide. As I mentioned in the previous guide, I’m an extreme novice at this and this would be my first custom built PC. I have a couple of questions.

    This is regarding “The Sweet Spot” $800 build.

    The Australian version of the build (http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1PKoJ) seems to be $870 and has no discounts/rebates as opposed to the US version. Would you still recommend purchasing this? Or switching up the build somehow to make it more cost-efficient?

    Also, any recommended/important websites/tips you could give me about custom PC building in general would be greatly appreciated! :)

    • John says:

      I’m also new to building a pc. I’m going to build one soon for the first time. What I plan on doing is going to my local frys and having them build it with me there. If there are Fry’s in Australia (I’m from the US) then try that or your local pc store. Otherwise, search on Youtube “How to build a PC” and the like.

      If costs a problem, I recomend going AMD like I am planning on (I’m looking at this 800 i5 build to see if it fits my budget with everything else I want). I’m going:
      fx 6300 (go 6350 or the 8 cores if your budget lets you)
      Radeon 7870 ghZ edition 2 gb
      70 USD mobo
      8 gb 1866mz ram (I think thats the speed but ram’s cheap)
      cheap 100-200 gb ssd for OS
      1 tb HDD from Western Digital
      100 dollar case
      600 watt corsair PSU

      I think that’s all. It comes to about 930 USD but you can knock stuff out like the ssd and get a lower end graphics card like the 7770. I also have a liquid cooler that I forgot to mention but you can toss that too.

      In the end, if you can, go Intel for gaming but AMD’s not that far behind. Plus, if you get a radeon, you get way more free games than with a Nividia.

      Hope this helps
      JT
      (sorry about spelling)

      • Rhythm says:

        Hey John, thanks for taking the time to provide some info I appreciate it. :)

        I’ve been watching hours upon hours of PC building videos on youtube, and I think I’m finally confident enough to build it myself when the time comes.

        As for the build itself, I think I’ve finally gotten it down to just the right amount for my budget. I’ve also opted for a more power efficient PSU (Seasonic G series) to hopefully save a little bit more money in the long run.

        Anyways, hope you have fun constructing your new PC! I’m really looking forward to getting started. :)

  2. Kyle says:

    The only thing I see wrong, and you guys have more experience, is that the mobo doesn’t fit the NZXT case according to dimensions. Now I haven’t built it but i saw that when purchasing and was a little confused by it. Other than that this is a beast of a rig for the prices!

  3. Trevor says:

    So like, what would you guys say would be the best game that the $500 rig could run on medium-high settings?

    • John says:

      What I’ve done when I’m picking my components is to youtube the processor number, graphics card number, and the game. Example for mine: “4770k 660 bf3″ or “6350 7870 bf4″

      The first is looking for the i7 4770k with a GTX 660 on BF3. I just look to see what settings they put on. The second one is a FX-6350 with a Radeon 7870 on BF4. Again, look to see what settings they use.

      Hope this helps

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