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Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Brandon

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PC Build Guide – September 2013

Welcome to the September 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.

As we move toward the fall, September provides a couple notable changes. First up, the Starter switches from a Nvidia to AMD with a Sapphire Radeon 7790 video card. Next, the Enthusiast sees a welcome upgrade from Ivy Bridge to Haswell as it graduates to an i7-4770K. Lastly, we’re able to pick up a higher-end MSI gaming motherboard in the Enthusiast and the Professional, thanks to a killer Newegg combo deal.

 

The Starter ($500 maximum)

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

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 ($114.99 @ Amazon)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 ($80.99 @ SuperBiiz)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1866 ($62.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
  • Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB ($114.99 @ Newegg)
  • Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 500W ($29.99 @ Microcenter)

Total: $498.92

 

The Sweet Spot ($800 maximum)

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

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K ($219.98 @ Outlet PC)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($19.99 @ Newegg)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1866 ($62.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 600W ($34.99 @ Microcenter)

Total: $785.90

 

The Enthusiast ($1300 maximum)

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

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K ($339.99 @ Newegg)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($19.99 @ Newegg)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 ($159.99 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1866 ($62.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5″ SSD ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB ($399.99 @ Newegg)
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
  • Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W ($109.99 @ Microcenter)

Total: $1287.90

 

The Professional ($1800 maximum)

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

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K ($339.99 @ Newegg)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($19.99 @ Newegg)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 ($159.99 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1866 ($62.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5″ SSD ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
  • 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 ($102.68 @ Amazon)
  • Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W ($119.99 @ Microcenter)

Total: $1798.58

 

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16 Responses to PC Build Guide – September 2013

    • Winters323 says:

      It’s a different $500 build. Click the text(it didn’t type correctly in that comment)

      • Bob Bob says:

        AMD FX-6300 and a Biostar motherboard… nope.

        Not only is Biostar probably the worst remaining motherboard manufacturer, it leaves you entirely without an upgrade path. The i3 is faster in pretty much every single circumstance. It also includes premium RAM. Additionally, that MSI board is Crossfire capable where the Biostar is not.

  1. SamDropDead says:

    Awesome to see the G45 board in there I have it as well and it’s a brilliant board!

  2. Michael says:

    Wow these fucking builds are atrocious. Who the hell needs 1866 memory on an Intel processor when you don’t even see a difference. 62 bucks for ram!? Buy a better GPU, damn!
    i3? Hell no. An AMD 6300 would beat out that i3 and not even a single 8350 build. 7790? Terrible GPU. At least put a 7850. Thermaltake PSU? *Barf* Get a Corsair 430X. 30 bucks, good brand, plenty of power. Later we should see Silverstone Strider PSUs or Seasonic. Nope! i7? i7 doesn’t do anything for gaming and hyperthreading is useless in games. Not a single 7970 in there considering they are only 300 bucks now!? Man these are terrible.

    Now I am an MSI fanboy but seriously? The same motherboards the entire way through with the same ram and same HDD? You sir should stop trying to help people build computers until you learn how to do it right.

    • Dan Dan says:

      It is actually very clear you didn’t even read how we do these guides. We build everything on the lower end with an upgrade path and a hard price limit. AMD is never a consideration for us given that you are stuck on that platform. As far as the RAM, the 1866 ram was actually cheaper than 1600 when these were made.

      If we could fit a nicer gpu for under $500 we would, but it doesn’t fit. You are really off the mark with pretty much all your criticism.

  3. rohan11221 says:

    Wow why didn’t you use the parts I want I demand that you stop making these build guides all together do you even know what a GTX Titan is haha terrible if you can’t afford $3000 why are you even PC gaming like lmao dude quit console pleb.

    • Xavier says:

      i spent $1200 on a pc and destroying every game i play and i dont have a titian. i have a 760 and it can handle 50 fps in metro last light on High. So stop being an ass and let other come over to the master race.

    • Jason says:

      Guys, don’t be hating on Brandon , he is a man that takes time out of his life to make a build guide every month or so. Besides I agree with Brandon on the PC components they’re good for what it’s worth

  4. Xavier says:

    These builds are terrible.. if you spend 1800$ and get a 12$ cooler, there is something wrong.

    FX 8350 – $200
    GA-990FXA-UD3- $140
    GTX 760 x2 – $500
    Seagate Barracuda 2 TB x2 – $160
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit x2 – $244
    Samsung 840 SSD 120gb – $124
    SeaSonic G-750 750w – $124
    Fractal design R4 – $100
    H 100i – $100

    PC PARTS PICKER : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HrBU

    Btw this can cost anywhere from 1600-1800 depending on sales.

  5. Floppy says:

    On “The Enthusiast” partpicker link, it says there may be an issue with compatibility between the motherboard and the tower case? Is this true?

    Also, when will you be releasing your next build guide? I’m looking forward to it. :)

    P.S. I’m a complete noob, looking to custom build his first pc.

    • Brandon Brandon says:

      That warning just means that you’ll only be able to utilize 3.0 on your rear USB ports, whereas your front panel USB ports will only be USB 2.0. For most people, this shouldn’t be anything to worry about.

      And new build guides will be out very soon!

  6. I am in a total confusion I built the 800 dollar price range pc and every time I hit the power button it stay’s on for a couple seconds then shuts it self off and then turns back on agan. I took it over to Central Computers and they tested my pc with there RAM and everything should be working. So I sent back my RAM for replacement and when I got it yesterday in the mail and put it it it started doing the exact same thing agan. If all my parts are good why would my PC keep doing this?

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