How to build a high performance gaming desktop
HighlightsBuilding a custom gaming PC is easy. Try the configuaration for your gaming PC and enjoy latest games including upcoming games of 2013 to play in full details and impressive frame rate.
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If you are a hardcore gamer (see our recommendation on Building a Hardcore Gaming PC under $1000
) then you will agree that you cannot ever get a brand
gaming PC equipped with preferred components within your budget. But, what if
you build a custom gaming PC? It is very easy to assemble a clone PC even if you
have only little or no knowledge of assembling a desktop.
You can easily cut down some cost and yet get heavy performance parts for your
gaming requirements by building a clone gaming desktop yourself. If you face any
difficulty at all, you have YouTube how-tos to help you out. So, would you like
to build a gaming PC by yourself? Okay, then, let us start.
Deciding the budget
If money is not a problem then you can build a custom gaming PC with $4000
(well, some graphics cards alone will cost more than $4000) or even more. But this article
is for those who want to make a custom gaming PC with which they can play latest
games in high details with decent to good frame rate at HD resolution. And for
that, we want to limit our budget within $800. Sounds good? Then let us start
with our requirements.
Computer parts included in the desktop
If you are a hardcore gamer then you already know AMD is better than Intel when
it is about hardcore gaming, right? If you are an Intel lover, do not worry - go
here to find an Intel gaming PC configuration. Here are the computer parts we
will need to build a high performance gaming PC:
1. Motherboard, 2. Processor, 3. RAM, 4. Graphics card, 5. HDD, 6. BluRay or DVDRW, 7. Casing, 8. Monitor
We would go for Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 motherboard. Because, it has all the
features that we need to build a custom gaming PC within our budget. For
instance, it supports up to 32 GB RAM, ATI crossfire technology, DDR3
1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules, USB 3.0. This motherboard would cost you
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I know you may have liked a Phenom 6 core CPU, but simply, we cannot afford
that. So, we would go for an almost equivalent one, the AMD Phenom II X4 965
Black Edition. It is 3.4 GHz CPU with 8 MB cash. This will suffice our
requirements. You will get it for around $120.
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We will want to have at least 16 GB RAM for our gaming PC. Our motherboard has
four RAM slots. So, we will go for Kingston HyperX 16 GB Kit that has Class 9
DDR3 4x4 GB memory modules. This RAM kit will be perfect. And it would cost us
around $80 only.
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It is the core component that will decide the PC's gaming performance. We need a
solid graphics card that will not cost us a fortune and in the same time let us
play latest games with full details and at impressive frame rate. After our
extensive search on Graphics card, we decided to go with MSI Radeon HD R6850
Cyclone. MSI Cyclone's core clock runs at 860 MHz. It supports DirectX 11,
OpenGL 4.1. MSI R6850 has 1 HDMI, 1 Display port, 2 DVI (1 single link and 1
dual link) ports. It runs on 256-bit GDDR5 memory. MSI Cyclone HD will give us
great performance. And it is available for $150.
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We can go for 1 TB hard disk, but we need to stick to our budget. So, let us
just go for Western Digital Caviar Blue 3rd generation 500 GB SATA hard drive.
It has 7200 RPM, and 16 MB Cache. Since it is 3rd generation, so it can deliver
up to 6GB/s transfer rates. It is compatible with our motherboard too. The
Western Digital 500 GB SATA III would cost around $80.
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Since we will have to install OS and games, so we need at least a DVDR, but we
are not only going to play games, right? We may also watch some HD movies on our
PC. So, we decided to go for Samsung BluRay Combo Internal. It reads at 12x
speed. Can write to DVD disks. It would cost us around $70.
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We need to be careful when choosing a casing. We need USB 3.0 in it and enough
features for air circulating and cooling. One such case is NZXT's TEMPEST 210
Massive Midtower Case. It comes in mesh style, and sports USB 3.0. It would cost
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: Thanks to one of our visitors who mentioned that this review did not include anything about a power supply. So, here it is: a 400 Watt power supply will work with this configuration. But we recommend Cooler Master Enforcer
casing with Cooler Master eXtreme 500w
power supply. The pair would cost you around $110.
We know you would prefer an LED monitor. But LED monitors are not good for
hardcore gaming. Why? Because, LED monitors are prone to burn-in effects. For
instance, if a video game has HUD or heads-up display elements, you may see
ghostly images of it on the screen when played for a long time.
So, we would go for a Full HD LCD monitor. A very good choice would be Acer
G235hAbd 23" Widescreen LCD Monitor. It is full HD, that is, 1080p with
1920x1080 pixels. It has a native contrast ratio of 1000:1, which is cool for
gaming and watching videos. And it would cost us only around $140.
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That is it, we have built a very high performance gaming PC within only $800.
And our custom built gaming PC is well equipped for PC games of 2013! Please be
informed, you still need some money for buying an OS, and your gaming software.
From our extensive research on branded gaming PC, we have not yet found a single
PC equivalent to this configuration at any less than $1500. So, you have already
saved a couple of $100 notes even after spending money for buying OS, and games
DVDs. Happy Gaming.
[We have played games like Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Mass effect
3, and Darksiders 2 in high details at very impressive frame rate with this PC