Since PCs are having a hard time competing with this Gen Consoles and mITX PCs cladded in console type cases, therefore we made a list of components for a monster gaming rig which outshines any console without breaking a bank, and you can everything, you throw at it.
After building a budget gaming rig around $500, we decided to target high End and make a $1000 Gaming Rig with an Intel K series CPU combine with Nvidia Evga superior quality, Let’s get started.
Best CPU under $230 Intel i5-4670k
- 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz
- 6mb L3 cache
- 4 cores, 4 threads
- 22nm lithography
- Max 84 Watt TDP
- FCLGA 1150 socket
For Processor we choose 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4670k, the Intel’s latest Haswell architecture based on 22nm processing, Increment in speed is around 20% if we compare it with the Ivy Bridge chips, this number may look small but considering that Ivy Bridge is quite zippy and tremendously fast so a 20% boost does mean a fast CPU. There are many other reasons why we opted i5-4670K, the first one being that it has 3.4GHz base clock which is dynamically boosted up to 3.8 GHz, which is more than enough to beat consoles since their embedded 8 core chipset has just 1.6 GHz CPU clock frequency, our i5 has 6 megabytes of shared level 3 cache and 4 physical cores with higher IPC than Ivy Bridge, FX counter parts and Sandy Bridge-E as well which results in 4 threads. Being a K series CPU (Intel CPUs with K in their SKUs are called K series) it features an unlocked multiplier thus meaning that it can be over clocked contrary to other non “K” i5s. The reason i7-4770K wasn’t fit for our build is that, our build is solely tailored to gaming and as far as gaming is concerned, gaming performance remains same on i5-4670K and i7-4770K, Till now there is no game which is optimized for more than 3 Cores, and in i7-4770k neither extra 2 megabytes of shared level 3 cache doesn’t help to improve gaming performance as well nor does Hyper Threading which doubles the number of CPU threads per core since it isn’t implemented in games. So therefore spending extra $100 for an i7-4770K wasn’t smart where one could get a better GPU or better cooling in that price.
Best Motherboard Under $130 ASUS Z87-A
- Intel Z87 Express chipset
- ATX form factor
- 32 GB of max dual channel RAM capacity
- Up to 2800 MHz max O.C. Memory standard
- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s
- Rear panel ports – PS/1 port, HDMI, 2x USB 2.0,4x USB 3.0, 6 audio ports
With a budget like $1000 bucks, and purpose of built being solely gaming leaves a single favorable choice of opting the highly praised Asus main boards, as the name suggests, is solely dedicated for gaming and features top quality components which offer extreme durability and reliability as far as Overclocking and gaming is concerned. Our i5-4670K requires an LGA 1150 socket and Asus Z87-A supports it. Z87-A being in our budget proved to be the best option to choose. It features Intel’s Z87 Express chipset, which is the only chipset which supports 4th Generation core CPUs and Overclocking at the same time. Sporting high standard Blackwing chokes, full black solid capacitors and DIGI+ VRM. With the combination of i5-4670k and ASUS Z87-A you can overclock processor to up-to 4.6GHz with the decent Cooler which is coming very next.
Best CPU Cooler Under $40 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
We have a CPU with unlocked multiplier along with a motherboard which supports Overclocking and features solid VRM muscle to get at least a 4.6 GHz solid O.C, for that we need cooling and as far as cooling is concerned we always prefer masters, Cooler Master. We opted air cooling to keep the costs down and Hyper 212 EVO proved itself to be the best bang for our bucks. Aluminum Heat sinks with 4 copper heat pipes and a 2000 R.P.M fan will do the job fine.
Graphics card Under $350 EVGA GTX 770 Super Clocked w/ACX cooling
Our $100 saved on opting i5-4670K over i7-4770K helped us to get a GTX 770, and that also from a top class NVIDIA GPU Vendor. Our EVGA GTX 770 SC w/ACX comes with a factory Overclock which bumped up the base clock up to 1111 MHz and boosts up to 1163 MHz.
Using GPU boost 2.0 other than that EVGA GTX 770 SC is based on GK-104 like other GTX 770 and GTX 680, that has 4 SMX units which is comprised of 1536 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs incorporated with the 2GB GDDR5.
Memory at 7010 MHz effective memory frequency addressed via 256 bit wide bus that raises the effective bandwidth to 224.3 Gb/s which is more than enough for our 1080p Gameplay focused build. ACX cooling solution keeps the card under 85 degrees on full load.
Ram Under $70 Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB Dual channel (2x4GB)
Seeing the modern trends in gaming, 8Gb is the minimum of what is required in a proper gaming rig, however, we didn’t decide to spend more on Ram since it’s something one can always add in the future and we opted quality over quantity, a low latency 8GB RAM is better than high latency 16GB RAM. Kingston HyperX is a top quality RAM line up that features superfast memory which can be OC’ed to your desires and comes at different budgets. Our HyperX blu has a CL9 rating and signaling voltages are up to 1.65 volts and DIMMs are dual channel ready.
Best Optical Drive and HDD Under $80
For Optical drive try to find the good DVD-RW in the range of $20 and for hard disk I would recommend you to go to a 7200RPM hard drive like Western Digital Caviar Blue 1Tb SATA III.
PSU under $70 SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze
With the budget of $100 we are trying to make a good performance machine, which will also supports Overclocking. For this machine, I’d recommend Seasonic S12II 620Watts, which is good and much more efficient for the long-term use.
Best cabinet under $60 Xigmatek Assassin II
We save $60 for Mid-Sized Tower, I’d recommend you to go to Xigmatek Assassin II good looking cabinet with USB3.0 feather and good roaming to fit a GPU of 270mm.
Also, some of other feature is better wire management support and also Fits
Front Fan: 120mm x 2 optional
Rear Fan: Preinstalled one 120mm XOF fan
Top Fan: Two 120mm fans optional
Side Fan: 120mm x 2 or 140mm x 2 fan optiona2 x 120/140mm fan.
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