Build a Gaming PC: Recommended Parts October 2013

Recommended Gaming PC builds October 2013

If you are like many others out there that are looking to build a gaming PC but just don’t know what parts to get, ModCrash is going to help you out. We pick the best parts for you to get started on building your new rig while we save you time and money. For this month, there wasn’t anything worth changing compared to the previous segment for recommended builds so I decided to leave them the same. I did however add in a Dream PC build configuration. As there are a few hardware releases this month, the configurations may be edited.

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Build a gaming PC: budget

When selecting the parts for this build, I was looking not only for quality and price, but also at scalability.  For this reason I decided to go with a mid-tower case keeping future expansions in mind. My top two choices were between the NZXT Source 210 and the Corsair Carbide Series 200R. Both are great budget cases with excellent cable management but I decided to go with the Corsair Carbide due to the lack of tooless bays with the NZXT Source.

With that being said, here are the parts to build a budget gaming PC

Budget
Case NZXT Technologies TEMPEST 210 Massive Mesh Style Midtower Case with USB 3.0 $39
Power Supply Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS  80 PLUS (CX500) $59
Motherboard ASROCK B75M R2.0 $62
CPU Intel Core i5-3570 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80637I53570 $204
Cooling Stock $0
Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 OC 1GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/DL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11210-01-20G $129
Memory 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 $63
Optical Drive Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE $21
SSD SanDisk 64 GB Solid State Drive with Low Power Consumption SDSSDP-064G-G25 $61
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX $65
Operating System Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit $89
Approximate Total Price: $792.00
 
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Parts for a mid range gaming PC

A mid range PC is usually built for performance while keeping budget in mind. A good mid range gaming PC should be able to play games like a champ, but not at full specs. A good mid ranged gaming PC is also a good multi-task capable rig. With the components ModCrash has chosen, this months mid range gaming rig is more than Battlefield 4 ready.

Here are the parts we chose for a mid range gaming PC

Mid Range
Case NZXT Technologies Phantom 630 Case CA-PH630-G1 Gun Metal $179
Power Supply Corsair CX Series 500 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 456 Power Supply CX500M $59
Motherboard MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87-G45 GAMING $139
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache – BX80646I54670K $225
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $32
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 760 GDDR5-2GB 2xDVI/HDMI/DP OC WINDFORCE 3X Graphics Cards GV-N760OC-2GD REV2.0 $259
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL $69
Optical Drive Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE $22
SSD Corsair Neutron Series GTX 120GB 6Gbps 2.5-Inch SATA 3 Exclusive LAMD LM87800 Synchronous Solid State Drive CSSD-N120GBGTXB-BK $119
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $56
Operating System Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit $90
Approximate Total Price: $1,287.00
 
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Parts for a high end gaming PC

When putting together to build a high end gaming PC, I did not choose to build a zero point rig . I chose to get the best components while keeping price still very reasonable. With our chosen components, you will have a top performing gaming PC able to play anything at Ultra settings. Also,  a gaming PC easy to upgrade when needed.

Here are the ModCrash recommended parts for a high end gaming PC

High End Gaming Rig
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 900D Super Tower Computer Case CC-9011022-WW – Black $349
Power Supply Corsair Professional Series 860 Watt Digital ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply AX860i $199
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboard, Z87 MPOWER MAX $259
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K $339
Cooling NZXT Technologies KRAKEN X60 Premium 280MM Ultra Performance Liquid CPU Cooler RL-KRX60-01 Black $107
Graphics Card 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready (03G-P4-2784-KR) $1338
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory F3-1866C9D-16GXM $148
Optical Drive ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner Drive with Disc Encryption – Black – Retail Box $73
SSD Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW $182
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001 $127
Operating System Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit $88
Approximate Total Price: $3,189.00
 
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Parts for a Dream PC

You want the best of the best, money is no object. Fragging and bragging rights are your main objective. With our Dream PC, you will have a zero point rig with maximum performance and minimal lagg.

Here are the ModCrash recommended parts for a Dream PC

Parts for Dream PC
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 900D Super Tower Computer Case CC-9011022-WW – Black $349
Power Supply Corsair Professional Series AX 1200 Watt Digital ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Platinum (AX1200i) $351
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboard, Z87 XPOWER $391
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K $339
Cooling NZXT Technologies KRAKEN X60 Premium 280MM Ultra Performance Liquid CPU Cooler RL-KRX60-01 Black $107
Graphics Card 3 x EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready (03G-P4-2784-KR) $1980
Memory 32GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-19200 2400MHz Trident X Series CL10 (10-12-12-31) Quad Channel kit $405
Optical Drive ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner Drive with Disc Encryption – Black – Retail Box $73
SSD 2x Corsair Neutron Series GTX 480GB 6Gbps SATA 3 Exclusive LAMD LM87800 2.5-Inch Synchronous Solid State Drive CSSD-N480GBGTXB-BK Raid 0 $900
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001 $127
Operating System Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit $88
Approximate Total Price: $5,111.00
 
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10 Comments

  1. Thanks for the October update, Riad.

    It’s been a while since I last treated myself to a high end build, so I’m in the process of putting together a build based on your high end gaming rig. The only difference at this point is that I’m throwing it all in a 750D as the 900 is just so massive.

    I’ve ordered everything except the CPU, RAM, mobo and video cards as I’ve been waiting to see what changes were coming this month. One more question before I place the order for the i7 4770, Z87 MPower MAX, RAM and 3gb EVGA gtx780s…

    Why the 1866 G.Skill as opposed to something higher like 2400? The price difference is tiny, considering the build, so am I wasting my money if I go for something higher or even for Z series or trident?

    Forgive my ignorance on the subject, but then that is why I’m here. Thanks for any advice you can give, and I’ll be happy to throw some benchmark results your way when she’s operational.

    • Well, for a high end system, 1866 is just fine. When it comes down to it honestly, unless you have a super sharp eye, you won’t even notice the difference. You will in numbers but not visually. Also, for price vs performance, the 1866 meets the bill. Now, I did do the Dream build that has boastfully lists the Tridents in the build. They are awesome and performance is top notch. So is the $$.

      So if price is not an issue, I would go with the Tridents. If they are a bit pricey for you, go with the 1866Mhz Ripjaw X’s. They overclock quite nicely.

      • Thanks again for the advice. I haven’t been keeping up with PC tech for a while (my previous personal build contained a cutting edge Radeon 9800 xt!), so the peace of mind of having a system at my price point tailored by a professional is invaluable.

        As for the RAM, I can pick up the 1866Mhz Ripjaws for $189 AUS and the 2400Mhz $209 AUS. Call me foolish (you wouldn’t be the first…), but I’m willing to fork over the extra twenty just for the aesthetics of the Trident’s heat sinks alone. Besides, I’ve picked up a 27″ WQHD Samsung, R.A.T. 9 and Corsair vengeance K70 to go with this so if I’m going to spoil myself I may as well do it right!

  2. Elemenopy wrote:Thanks for the October update, Riad.

    It’s been a while since I last treated myself to a high end build, so I’m in the process of putting together a build based on your high end gaming rig. The only difference at this point is that I’m throwing it all in a 750D as the 900 is just so massive.

    I’ve ordered everything except the CPU, RAM, mobo and video cards as I’ve been waiting to see what changes were coming this month. One more question before I place the order for the i7 4770, Z87 MPower MAX, RAM and 3gb EVGA gtx780s…

    Why the 1866 G.Skill as opposed to something higher like 2400? The price difference is tiny, considering the build, so am I wasting my money if I go for something higher or even for Z series or trident?

    Forgive my ignorance on the subject, but then that is why I’m here. Thanks for any advice you can give, and I’ll be happy to throw some benchmark results your way when she’s operational.

    If you’re curious, here’s a good article on memory scaling for modern Intel systems.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7364/memo … on-haswell

    The short end of the story is that with a discrete gpu, you don’t really need to worry about very fast ram. Now if you were building an AMD Apu system, then generally the faster the better.

  3. anonymoose wrote:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7364/memo … on-haswell

    It’s staggering how little RAM speeds helps on modern intel CPU’s. one thing that did catch me by surprise however was the Tri CFX numbers for Bioshock Infinite.. there were some serious gains to be had there. However, it was at just 1360×768 so… Eh lol. But thanks for the link. Also liked how they mapped out the prices after the Hynix fire. Gotta love Anandtech’s thorough reporting.

  4. Elemenopy wrote:Thanks again for the advice. I haven’t been keeping up with PC tech for a while (my previous personal build contained a cutting edge Radeon 9800 xt!), so the peace of mind of having a system at my price point tailored by a professional is invaluable.

    As for the RAM, I can pick up the 1866Mhz Ripjaws for $189 AUS and the 2400Mhz $209 AUS. Call me foolish (you wouldn’t be the first…), but I’m willing to fork over the extra twenty just for the aesthetics of the Trident’s heat sinks alone. Besides, I’ve picked up a 27" WQHD Samsung, R.A.T. 9 and Corsair vengeance K70 to go with this so if I’m going to spoil myself I may as well do it right!

    I have same point with f1ss1on, the performance between 1866 and 2400 isn’t too much, but the money you must pay won’t be the same.

    BTW, The AMD Rxxx is out, but why don’t we add it here ?

    • The new AMD R series was released after this article. Before we can recommend them here on ModCrash, we need to bench them and see if they are notable cards to put up here on our recommended builds. We will have a couple of them benched by next months release on builds, and if they are great cards for the price, we will definitely have them listed.

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