Published on April 30th, 2015 | by Bob

PC Build Guide – April 2015

Welcome to the April 2015 version of our PC build guides. As always, 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 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.

The Starter

CPU Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor  ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($48.50 @ Newegg)
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card  ($150.00 @ Newegg)
Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case  ($22.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total $494.44

The Sweet Spot

CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($224.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($100.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($48.50 @ Newegg)
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card  ($298.99 @ Newegg)
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total $798.43

The Enthusiast

CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($316.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($116.98 @ Newegg)
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($113.99 @ Amazon)
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($109.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($89.26 @ Amazon)
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card  ($298.99 @ Newegg)
Case Thermaltake Versa H35 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total $1286.17

The Professional

CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor  ($362.95 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard  ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory  ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($109.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($114.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card  ($538.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total $1789.87

Guest Build

Created by Shannon from Thermaltake (See the embedded video for the background on this build.)

CPU Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor  ($542.95 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($138.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard Asus X99-DELUXE ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard  ($362.99 @ Newegg)
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($309.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($114.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI)  ($512.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI)  ($512.00 @ Newegg)
Case Thermaltake Core V51 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply Thermaltake 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total $2773.88

 

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7 Responses to PC Build Guide – April 2015

  1. NikonPunch says:

    This has been a lot of fun so far. If any of you have input on how we can make these better please let us know!

    • Tyler Fisher says:

      I have a question…I am looking to save some money this summer to actually get a decent desktop for gaming, currently gaming on labtop….i would go with the starter mainly cause that’s all i can afford, but my question is how hard is it actually to put everything together? Like gettting the parts and things shouldnt be a problem, but is putting it together really hard for someone who doesnt have much experience with PC building???

      Thanks

      • NikonPunch says:

        There are a lot of videos that cover this. Look for the PC building videos by NewEgg. I’ll try and remember to have us cover this on this months show as well.

      • Larry Meredith says:

        Putting it together is really simple actually. Everything plugs in to eachother, so it’s just a matter of plugging stuff in and screwing the motherboard into the case. There’s tons of youtube videos that go through the process step by step, and I recommend watching those while building a PC for the first time. Don’t feel too intimidated by it.

  2. Tyler Fisher says:

    I have a question…I am looking to save some money this summer to actually get a decent desktop for gaming, currently gaming on labtop….i would go with the starter mainly cause that’s all i can afford, but my question is how hard is it actually to put everything together? Like gettting the parts and things shouldnt be a problem, but is putting it together really hard for someone who doesnt have much experience with PC building?
    Thanks

  3. BouchAlmighty says:

    Would the “sweet Spot” be enough to stream or is bumping up to the “enthusiast” tier better?

    • Nipnops says:

      Either one can definitely be used to stream but depending on the games you want to stream, you may want that I7 CPU from the enthusiast.

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