Build a Gaming PC: Tax Refund Edition February 2014

Getting a big tax refund? Time to build a gaming PC!

ModCrash Recommended Parts

Building a Gaming PC can sometimes be a very tedious task when thinking about budget concerns or future proofing. Recently a couple friends asked me about building them a gaming PC which lead me to decide about making this months Build a Gaming PC our Tax Refund Edition. The goal is each build way not to stay in certain budget but a class and try to save a few bucks along the way.

As you will see below we divided it up into four different classes. The first being our budget build, mid range, high end, and our dream gaming PC. We went with as if you are building from scratch so always keep in mind that parts can be interchanged and you can reuse parts also from other builds. Also this is only for the PC itself and doesn’t include any of the peripherals such as mouse, keyboard, or monitor but you can check out our buyers guides for some good information on what may suit your needs. As with any parts being recommended is I like to typically use Amazon to keep everything bought from one place. Depending on how much you want to hunt around or find a bargain then you may end up buying from multiple but with Prime it is hard to beat Amazon if you aren’t using Newegg’s new service.

We included Windows 8.1 with all builds. This is not necessarily be needed if you have a version of Windows 7 that you can use. We also went CPU heavy on all the builds since it’s the brains of the operation. Having gone CPU heavy even on the low end builds I think it will keep you up to date long.

All prices were check on 2/17 and are subject to change.

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Build a gaming PC: budget

With budget builds its hard to figure out where you want to allocate the bulk of your money too. As I stated earlier we decided to go CPU heavy to keep everything running smoothly and give four cores. Having a Cooler Master HAF 912 case will give you enough air flow that combined with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 nothing should be overheating anytime soon. The benefits of having a SSD, even a small one, make it worth it to spend the extra money to keep programs running fast and a 1 TB HDD is enough space to load up all your games. The R7 260X GPU is an entry level graphics card but will let you play your games at lower settings with the ability to upgrade later on.

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

Budget
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 – Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow $59.99
Power Supply Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS  80 PLUS (CX500) $49.99
Motherboard Gigabyte DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Intel B85 mATX Motherboard GA-B85M-HD3 $74.99
CPU Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz  6MB Cache Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80646I54670 $214.88
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $34.99
Graphics Card Gigabyte R7 260X GDDR5-2GB 2xDVI/HDMI/DP OC Graphics Card (GV-R726XWF2-2GD REV2) $139.99
Memory HyperX 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 PC3-12800 CL9 DIMM Desktop Memory, Black KHX16C9B1BK2/8 $69.99
Optical Drive Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE $20.99
SSD Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 (7mm height) with Adapter Solid State Drive 2.5-Inch SV300S37A/120G $49.99
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX $59.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 – Full Version $99.99
Approximate Total Price: $875.78
 
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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 will be ready for BF4 or Titanfall when it releases.

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

Mid Range
Case NZXT Technologies PHANTOM 530 BLACK Computer Cabinet (CA-PH530-B1) – Black $126.98
Power Supply Corsair CX Series 500 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 456 Power Supply CX500M $49.99
Motherboard MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87-G45 GAMING $159.99
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache – BX80646I54670K $234.29
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $34.99
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 760 GDDR5-2GB 2xDVI/HDMI/DP OC WINDFORCE 3X Graphics Cards GV-N760OC-2GD REV2.0 $259.99
Memory HyperX 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 PC3-12800 CL9 DIMM Desktop Memory, Black KHX16C9B1BK2/8 $69.99
Optical Drive Samsung Optical Drive SH-224DB/BEBE $20.99
SSD Corsair Neutron Series GTX 120GB 6Gbps 2.5-Inch SATA 3 Exclusive LAMD LM87800 Synchronous Solid State Drive CSSD-N120GBGTXB-BK $119.99
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX $59.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 – Full Version $99.99
Approximate Total Price: $1,237.88
 
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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 Phanteks Enthoo Series Primo Aluminum ATX Ultimate Full Tower Computer Case PH-ES813P_BL $239.99
Power Supply SeaSonic Platinum SS-860XP2 Power Supply $209.99
Motherboard Asus Sabertooth Z87 LGA 1150 Motherboard $234.99
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K $309.99
Cooling Corsair Hydro Series H110 280 mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $117.14
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked w/ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit Dual-Link DVI-I DVI-D HDMI DP SLI Graphics Cards 03G-P4-2884-KR $729.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance  16GB (2x8GB)  DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9) $169.99
Optical Drive Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive (BC-12B1ST) $58.99
SSD Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW $145.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001 $109.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 – Full Version $99.99
Approximate Total Price: $2,407.04
 
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Parts for a Dream Gaming PC

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. While this is based loosely on “money is no object” I tried to stay reasonable to performance and price. While a i7-4960X processor would certainly out perform the i7-4770k the money for it seems way to much. This PC can be upgraded further but at around 4k it should play any game at any setting.

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 $334.90
Power Supply Corsair Professional Series AX 1200 Watt Digital ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Platinum (AX1200i) $329.99
Motherboard MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboard, Z87 XPOWER $399.99
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K $309.99
Cooling NZXT Technologies KRAKEN X60 Premium 280MM Ultra Performance Liquid CPU Cooler RL-KRX60-01 Black $119.99
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) $1529.97
Memory 32GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-19200 2400MHz Trident X Series CL10 (10-12-12-31) Quad Channel kit $438.14
Optical Drive Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive (BC-12B1ST) $58.99
SSD 2x Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW $839.99
Hard Drive 2x Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001 $219.98
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 – Full Version $99.99
Approximate Total Price: $4,264.59
 
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