Recommended Custom Gaming Builds
March 2014 High-End Builds
Here are the latest high end gaming build examples for this month to help you get the most bang for your buck (ie the best gaming performance for the money) when choosing which components to put together for your new high end custom gaming build.
Firstly there is the high end build which maximizes performance for those on a budget of approximately 1500 dollars, and then there is the extreme gaming build which is for those with a fairly large budget of around 2500 dollars to build the ultimate gaming rig that will last you years playing the latest games smoothly.
If these builds are out of your price range, you can still build a capable high performing PC for quite a bit less (see the Budget and Mid Range Gaming Builds).
High End Gaming PC Build
ASUS Sabertooth Z87 ($235)
Intel Core i7-4770K Quad Core
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz
EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked 2GB ($340)
Crucial M500 120GB Solid State Drive ($80)
WD Blue 1 TB ($60)
Pioneer Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Burner
Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower ($100)
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watt
Total Cost: $1590 (USD)
March 2014 High End Gaming Build
High End Build Summary:
This high end custom gaming build shows you how to maximize the components of a build around the $1500 mark to squeeze out as much gaming performance as possible for your money. With a build of this calibre you can expect a future-proof system capable of handling any game out right now comfortably on high setings. Let's take a closer look at the important parts that make up this build and why they were chosen.
Like any good custom gaming build the CPU needs to be solid, and the Intel Core i7-4770K Quad Core Processor is the perfect choice for high end gaming. When coupled with the very high quality Noctua 6NH-D14 CPU Cooler your processor will run very cool and quiet. Although if you don't plan on overclocking and want to save a bit of money you could leave out the CPU cooler and just use the stock fan that comes with the i7-4770K which still does a fairly decent job.
The ASUS Sabertooth Z87 Motherboard is an excellent high quality and high value choice to provide a powerful base for your build, and comes with all the features and slots a gaming build requires these days. ASUS boards are known for their reliability and are also straightforward to work with.
As for the RAM we have gone with the Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz which is a very popular choice amongst gamers. This RAM is super fast and very reliable.
Now to the all-important graphics card and we have opted for the very powerful EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked 2GB Video Card which was released fairly recently. This card is our current pick as the best bang for your buck high-end card. With one of these beasts in your build you can expect to comfortably play any demanding game on the highest settings, and if you ever need the extra grunt later on down the track in a few years you can always easily add another 770 running in SLI mode which will give your system a nice performance boost.
The hard drive chosen is the Western Digital Blue 1TB Hard Drive which is great value and runs fast. Western Digital are your best bet for reliable storage drives these days. 1TB is a huge amount of storage and this will be more than enough for most PC builders. We have also added a solid state drive to this build to store your operating system and some programs for super-fast loading. The Crucial M500 120GB Solid State Drive is a great value choice and with 120GB you can easily fit your operating system, a few of your most-used programs, and even a few games on top of that.
Next up is the case which houses all your important components, and the Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower Case truly is amazing value. At only 100 dollars this case has it all and is perfect for a new gaming build. Along with a very aesthetically-pleasing design this case is strongly built and quality throughout with all the features that you need from a good case such as built-in cooling, efficient cable management, and plenty of room.
Now to the PSU which will power your build. It's never a good idea to go too cheap on the power supply as it is still an important piece of the puzzle. The Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watt Power Supply is a good quality unit that you can rely on to power your components and 750 watts is definitely more than enough power for this build also taking into account any potential upgrades you may wish to add in the future. It's also got a 80 Plus Bronze efficiency rating which is great.
We have also included an internal blu-ray burner/player in this build, but this is entirely optional and if you want to save some money and don't care about blu-ray playback you can go for a standard DVD drive instead like in the previous budget builds.
That's all the core components covered for the high end build, and to make a working system you will require operating system software (we recommend either 64-bit Windows 8 or Windows 7), a mouse, a keyboard, a monitor, and then you're good to go.
Next up is the extreme gaming build which is recommended to those who have the money to burn to build the ultimate dream PC gaming machine to last you as long as possible without having to upgrade for years. This build is not for the feint of heart and is only recommended to hardcore gamers and those playing games on massive or multiple screens.
Extreme Gaming PC Build
ASUS Sabertooth X79
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz
EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked 3GB
ASUS Xonar Essence STX ($200)
Crucial M500 240GB Solid State Drive ($130)
Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB
Pioneer Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Burner
Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower
Corsair RM Series 1000 Watt Gold-Certified ($200)
Total Cost: $2605 (USD)
March 2014 Extreme Gaming Build
Extreme Build Summary:
The extreme gaming PC is an example of the type of dream build you can put together if you're lucky enough to have a fairly loose budget. You can expect to play the latest games flawlessly for a long while to come, even on massive viewing displays and with the game settings set to maximum.
Let's take a look at the key components in the extreme build. First of all there is the powerhouse mobo/CPU pair of the ASUS Sabertooth X79 and the Intel i7-4930K. You won't get a better platform for high end gaming than this. The i7-4930K is an amazing processor and could even be considered overkill for gaming, but hey this is the extreme build after all and so you want the very best of the best. As for the motherboard it will do anything you please and is built very sturdily.
Next up is the video card and the EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked 3GB Video Card is an absolute monster card and will tear through any game even on ultra high settings and/or large viewing displays. This card really is the cream of the crop and if you're lucky enough to afford it you won't look back. Ok, I lied, there is a more powerful single GPU out there (the 780 "Ti" version) but for gaming purposes that would be considered overkill even for an "extreme" build. Opting for a 780 is all you need for flawless gaming for years to come.
As for the RAM we have stuck with the Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1600Mhz from the previous high end build simply because it is high quality, fast memory which also looks great!
The case chosen is the Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case and it's everything you could ever want in a full tower case and many in the industry would agree that it's one of the best high end cases going around. There are many reasons to choose this case including efficient built-in cooling, good cable management, a quality and sturdy design throughout, and a huge amount of room to work with. On top of that it looks totally awesome!
The power supply included for the extreme gaming build is the Corsair RM Series 1000 Watt Gold-Certified. This unit is an official gold standard PSU and it runs quiet too. 1000 watts is plenty of power for this build even with the beast of a video card which requires the most power of all your components. 1000 watts will go a long way and is a huge amount of power, even if you added power-hungry upgrades in the future such as an extra video card or two running in SLI mode.
Also included in the extreme build is a fast 240 GB solid state drive where you can store your operating system and lots of programs/games, a massive high-end 2TB hard drive to store all your other data, a blu-ray burner/player, and a high-end ASUS sound card for the very best quality surround sound that will work wonders hooked up to a good set of speakers or headphones. If you don't require the absolute cream of the crop sound card on the market, opting for a cheaper sound card (or even no sound card at all as the motherboard has decent built-in sound capability) will save you some money on this build.
The experience of playing a great game on this sort of machine will blow you away, especially if you have a nice fast-response monitor to play with. In an ideal world this is how developers want their games to be enjoyed! As we said before the extreme build isn't for everyone but those lucky few who are able to fork out so much money on a gaming rig will have the very best platform for high end gaming for years to come. Long live PC gaming!
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