Build a Gaming PC – the Mid Range System Build

So I’ve been backed up on work and haven’t been able to churn out my analysis of each area of the computer like I wanted too. Since I’ve been setting up different builds for friends who are going to build a gaming pc, I decided to just put together my recommendation list.

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This is a “mid-range” gaming pc under 500$ to build. That is, I’ve chosen the parts to be the least expensive for the most amount of usage. This sort of system could last you several years without any tweaks or upgrades. It costs a little bit more upfront, but again – you probably won’t need to make any changes to keep playing the games that are going to be coming out over the next few years. I, of course, can’t guarantee any of those statements, but this is the system I would build for myself if I were to build a new computer right now – though my four-year-old system is still doing just fine…I might upgrade the video card for Diablo 3…but I won’t spend more than $150 on it, and that’s after 4 years of use.

 

This setup is not including Monitor, keyboard or mouse – there are too many options for each of these for me to say ‘Thats the one you should get.’

 

I have included links to both Amazon and Newegg – these are the places I prefer to purchase computer parts.  I have both sets of links because the prices tend to fluctuate, and getting whichever is cheaper from either place works just fine.

 

The Critical Components – these are difficult to interchange without falling into another category.

 

Motherboard:

Amazon: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 2400 ATX Motherboard Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

Newegg:  ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) ATX Intel Motherboard Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

CPU:

Amazon: Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU BOX80623I52500K Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

Newegg:  Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

RAM:

Amazon: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

Newegg:  CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

PSU:

Amazon: Seasonic 560W 80 Plus Gold ATX 12V/EPS 12V Power Supply – X-560 SS-560KM Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

Newegg: Seasonic SS-560KM Active PFC F3, 560W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91, 80Plus Gold Certified, Modular Power Supply – Retail Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

Video Card:

Amazon: EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX560 Ti FPB 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card 01G-P3-1561-KR Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

Newegg:  EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 01G-P3-1560-KR Video Card Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

HD:

Amazon: Western Digital WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA 6 GB/S 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 3.5-Inch Desktop Hard Drive Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

Newegg:  Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5″ SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

CPU HS:

Amazon:  Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R CPU Cooler Red LED  Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System BuildOR   Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build >> I prefer the Zalman based off better-cooling ratings, and I’ve used Zalman in the past with the best experiences of all other coolers I’ve used. I also prefer their mounting system (it uses a back plate on the back side of the motherboard, but there is no chance of your heatsink dismounting this way – which I have had with a backplate mounting HS).

Newegg:  ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build OR COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm sleeve CPU Cooler Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

 

Non-Critical Components – these components can be interchanged based on your own taste.

 

Sound Card:

Amazon:  Creative Labs SB0880 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build >> I am only familiar with the X-FI cards, but they are fantastic – just make sure you have a quality speaker or headphone set before spending the money.

Newegg: Creative 70SB088000004 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

Case:

Amazon:  Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0 Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build ORAntec Nine Hundred Steel ATX Ultimate Gamer PC Case (Black) Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build >> With a couple expensive suggestions, I simply think that Antec makes the best quality cases out there.

Newegg: Antec Three Hundred Blac Computer Case Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build OR Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

DVD:

Amazon: LG Electronics 24XSATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive GH24NS50 (Black) Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

Newegg:  LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

 

BONUS ITEM

SSD: SSD don’t really fit into a value-based gaming pc build – simply because the hard drive itself has little effect on gaming performance (and the price is high).  You would only see an improvement in games which load information frequently from the hard drive (you would see quicker load times between zones in World of Warcraft for example).  This particular SSD is the best out there right now.  It is also wicked expensive at $530+.  However, I think the performance that you get from this drive, plus the future potential means that this SSD would last you for YEARS.  Check out the link I just posted on my Facebook.

Amazon: OCZ Technology 240 GB Vertex 3 SATA III 6.0 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive VTX3-25SAT3-240G Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

Newegg:  OCZ Vertex 3 V3LT-25SAT3-240G.oem 2.5″ Build a Gaming PC the Mid Range System Build

 

 

Just remember, when you are ready to build a gaming PC, think value, think longevity.  Keep in mind the warranties that come with your parts – these will save you if you have a problem (hey, its a computer).  Pick manufacturers that are highly rated and reviewed by other people.  Go by those ideas, and whatever computer gaming build that you chose will do you well in the long run.

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