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Build the Perfect Gaming PC (Aug 2013)

With the newest 4th generation Haswell Processors in the market, you maybe looking to purchase a new computer to meet your gaming requirements. While you could always consider purchasing a new computer from one of the manufacturers, true enthusiasts prefer building their devices by combining and assembling parts together.

In order to help our readers build the perfect PC, we have put together guides to build
  • The Budget Build ($600)
  • The Mid-Range Build ($1200)
  • The High End Build ($1800)
  • The Premium Build ($2400) [COMING SOON]
  • The Platinum Build ($30000) [COMING SOON]
All hardware is currently linked to Amazon.com. You could also consider finding the following parts from Amazon.ca (CANADA) • Amazon.co.uk (UK) Newegg.com (US) • Newegg.ca (CANADA) Scorptec.com.au(AUS) pccasegear.com (AUS) for these parts.


The Budget Build ($600)

The $600 is the lowest configuration we have been able to get together. Remember that a good gaming PC is not defined by its processor or RAM. It is best defined by its graphics card which is complemented by the other components.

 

AMD Setup

Processor AMD FX 4-Core Black Edition FX-4300, FD4300WMHKBOX ($117.97)
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($99.99)
Graphics Card Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD ($219.99)
RAM Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 ($66.59)
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX ($55.06)
Power Supply (PSU) Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS  80 PLUS (CX500) ($57.74)
Casing Gigabyte Case GZ-F3HEB ($28.12)
Optical Drive Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive without Software, Black SH-224BB/BEBE ($23.99)
  TOTAL: $669.45
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Intel Setup

Processor Intel Core i3-3220 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 Ghz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637i33220 ($118.99)
Motherboard MSI LGA1155/Intel B75/DDR3/SATA3 USB 3.0/A&GbE/MicroATX Motherboard B75MA-P45 ($67.24)
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR ($209.99)
RAM Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 ($66.59)
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200RPM SATA NCQ 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive ST3500641AS-RK-Retail Kit ($57.97)
Power Supply (PSU) Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS  80 PLUS (CX500) ($57.74)
Casing Gigabyte Case GZ-F3HEB ($28.12)
Optical Drive Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive without Software, Black SH-224BB/BEBE ($23.99)
  TOTAL: $630.63

The Mid-Range Build ($1200)

If you have a little extra to spend, the mid-range offering is the best solution if you want some good value for your money. It definitely is not the best money can buy, but will give you a good bang for your buck.

 

AMD Setup

Processor AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition ($194.67)
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($133.99)
Graphics Card PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 BOOST STATE DVI/HDMI/2Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card AX7950 3GBD5-2DHV4 ($228.88)
RAM Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 ($66.59)
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX ($62.99)
Power Supply (PSU) Corsair Professional Series  HX 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (HX750) ($114.99)
Casing Corsair Obsidian Series 350D Performance Micro ATX Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel CC-9011029-WW - Black $99.99
Optical Drive Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive without Software, Black SH-224BB/BEBE ($23.99)
  TOTAL: $926.09
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Intel Setup

Processor Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K ($219.99)
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) ($34.99)
Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($120.85)
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX670 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, 2x Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DP, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2670-KR) ($345.75)
RAM Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 ($66.59)
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX ($62.99)
Power Supply (PSU) Corsair Professional Series  HX 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (HX750) ($114.99)
Casing Corsair Obsidian Series 350D Performance Micro ATX Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel CC-9011029-WW - Black $99.99
Optical Drive Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive without Software, Black SH-224BB/BEBE ($23.99)
  TOTAL: $1090.13
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Optional Components

SSD Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive CT128M4SSD2 ($107.03)


The High End Build ($1800)

The high-end build is  a little on the costly side and is probably best suited for the hardcore gamers who want to push the pixels to the maximum... This would likely satisfy most gamers, but we have a few more options in the works for users who are willing to spend even more on their next gaming rig.

 
 

AMD Setup

Processor AMD FD9370FHHKWOF FX-9370 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition ($324.49)
Cooler Cooler Master V8 GTS - High Performance CPU Cooler with Horizontal Vapor Chamber and 8 Heatpipes ($99.99)
Motherboard ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($214.99)
Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost 3GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11197-03-40G ($319.99)
RAM Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10) ($128.99)
Hard Drive WD Red 2 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD20EFRX ($104.99)
Power Supply (PSU) Corsair Professional Series  AX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (AX850) ($157.95)
Casing Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($99.99)
Optical Drive Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive without Software, Black SH-224BB/BEBE ($23.99)
  TOTAL: $1475.37
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Intel Setup

Processor Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K ($324.99)
Cooler Cooler Master V8 GTS - High Performance CPU Cooler with Horizontal Vapor Chamber and 8 Heatpipes ($99.99)
Motherboard ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($224.99)
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACX Cooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready Graphics Cards (02G-P4-2774-KR) ($409.99)
RAM Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10) ($128.99)
Hard Drive WD Red 2 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD20EFRX ($104.99)
Power Supply (PSU) Corsair Professional Series  AX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (AX850) ($157.95)
Casing Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($99.99)
Optical Drive Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive without Software, Black SH-224BB/BEBE ($23.99)
  TOTAL: $1475.88
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Optional Components

Cooling System Cooler Master Seidon 240M Liquid CPU Water Cooling System with Copper Heatsink and 240mm Radiator - 2 Fans ($97.14)
SSD Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW ($231.26)