Holiday PC Builds, $500, $1000, $1500

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With the Holidays coming around the corner we figured it was a prime opportunity to create three PCs that would play games well and fit into whatever budget you may have. Take note that we are not including the OS because you can get free Operating Systems out there and we are also not including an optical drive as all OS’s can be installed with a thumb drive now. If you do want an optical drive you can allocate $10-20 for that. We are also not including any outside peripherals including monitors, keyboards, mice etc. These prices might vary a bit as well as we get closer to cyber monday, you might be able to get a few combos that will save you even more.

First Build, $500:

We went a bit over with this first build ($531.21) however you can bring that down by going with a Microcenter bundle which we will link to at the end of this first build.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 500GB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.27 @ Mwave)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $531.21

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yyxpFT

http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx

With this comp, thanks to the 8 core cpu at 4.0 and the 270x, you should have no problem running most games on high and the higher graphical fidelity games on low to medium all while using 8x-16x AA and getting 60 fps. The passmark scores for both the CPU and GPU are:

8350

270x

 

Second Build, $1000:

Once again, you can get these parts now or you can wait for deals during cyber monday and get it for even less however this build already comes under $1000 clocking in at $990 after $80 in rebates.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.99 @ Directron)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $990.93

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BjrKkL

This comp should have no problem running most if not all games High to Max with 60 fps easily. However if you choose to get a 120-144hz monitor you might not touch those framerates as easily with this build on some of the newer, better looking games.

Passmark scores:

4670k

970

 

Final Build, $1500:

Now this final build we decided to duplicate the 970 because the $200 price difference between the 970 and the 980 isn’t enough to make the rest of your comp worse. This build allows for a water cooling, an SSD, 16 gigs of memory and an i7 so it will be vastly better while being able to provide those higher framerates on max and can also support 4k resolution at at least 60 fps. Take note that this can be $100 less with the combo deal at microscenter bring the price around $1515.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-GAMING 7 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($140.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT H630 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1615.16 – $100 for combo at Microcenter

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NL4cNG

http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bundles.aspx#

Passmark:

4790k

970

 

Now with the advent of Broadwell/Silverlake coming out next year and better DDR4 these builds should be vastly different next year so keep that in mind.

 

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