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Published on September 25th, 2014 | by Dan

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PC Build Guide – September 2014

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.

This month, the Enthusiast and Professional builds both welcome the recent release of Nvidia’s new flagship video cards, the GTX 970 and GTX 980. Both cards currently represent an excellent value at their respective price points and allow us to improve other aspects of the higher-end builds without breaking the bank!

 

The Starter ($500 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fHrbyc

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 ($118.93 @ OutletPC)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3-1866 ($74.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
  • Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB WINDFORCE ($109.99 @ Newegg)
  • Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
  • Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $497.86

 

The Sweet Spot ($800 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jfRm23

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K ($224.73 @ OutletPC)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($34.99 @ Newegg)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 ($114.99 @ Amazon)
  • Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 ($74.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
  • Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE ($199.99 @ Newegg)
  • Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
  • Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W ($59.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $797.65

 

The Enthusiast ($1300 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qfGZWZ

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K ($339.99 @ Newegg)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($28.52 @ OutletPC)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 ($129.99 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-2133 ($149.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5″ SSD ($70.98 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive¬† ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0 ($359.99 @ Amazon)
  • Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W ($74.99 @ NCIX US)

Total: $1288.42

 

The Professional ($1800 maximum)

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P79DnQ

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K ($338.95 @ OutletPC)
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
  • Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 ($203.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-2133 ($149.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5″ SSD ($169.99 @ B&H)
  • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB ($549.99 @ Amazon)
  • Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
  • Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W ($129.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $1791.85

 

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8 Responses to PC Build Guide – September 2014

  1. Oshry says:

    DAN THESE SOME GOOD BUILDS, BREH

  2. Typhlosions says:

    Very nice, but the cases in the higher choices don’t fit the color scheme, go with the Black Phantom or the H440 Black/Red.

    • Wheelzz says:

      I don’t think their concern when making these builds is placed on the colours of the components. These builds are merely guidelines for what you can build in each price range. Modifications will be different based on preference and needs.

  3. dab says:

    Why is the ram a 1x8gb in the starter, and a 2x4gb in the sweet spot when they cost the same amount of money? Did the price just change or is it something to do with the mobos?

    • Brandon Brandon says:

      Good catch, I think we might have just accidentally overlooked that difference when we were putting the guides together. Realistically, there isn’t much real-world difference between the two options, but I’d go with a faster single 8GB stick of RAM so that you can easily upgrade to 2x8GB later on if you decide to.

  4. adam says:

    Somehow, someway, im GOING to build that sweet spot. I have a midranger thats almost 4-5 years old so its BARELY hangin on! Plus its AMD based 8′,(

  5. SinorySinner says:

    I knowtised the 2 more powerful ones have a full tower vs a mid tower am i going to have to get a full tower to be able to fit all the parts in, is that the reasoning behind it? i dont mind the size but doing a color theamed pro computer is extreamly difficult when there are not alot of white full towers to choose from. Just thinking out loud.

  6. Altentio says:

    Gotta say, that these builds have 1 very unreliable element in them: the hard drive. I’ve built my pc according to these guides 2 years ago, and gotta say they are top notch, but right now I’m waiting for my new HDD since my barracuda became corrupt. If you’re truly worried about a good storage, check the annual failure rates for some other hard drives as well( Seagate Barracuda is around 14% failure per year). Right now I’m going for WD Black 1TB in case you’re interested in a much more reliable alternative.

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