$800 PC Build
For this build it is a $800 build that will run all the new games at 1080p to 1440p at 60 fps. Lets get into it.
Processor – Intel Core I5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $172.89 – For this build I chose the I5 4460, I can personally recommend this processor because I own it, and it is a great quad core processor that runs at 3.2 Ghz and will run games at the highest settings at only a few FPS under what you would get with a top end processor for gaming.
Motherboard – MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $76.75 – This motherboard has amazing features for the price, It can support any Celeron, Pentium, I3, I5, and I7 processors. MSI is well known for there amazing build quality and for there products lasting a long time.
For ram, this processor supports 1066, 1333, 1600 MHz, and can overclock up to 3000 MHz, which I wouldn’t recommended for this build because we don’t have the greatest and latest cooling system. The motherboard has a 1 PCI Express 3.0 slot for your graphics card which we’ll get to later, and has 3 USB 3.0 connectors, and 5 USB 2.0 connectors, and is ATX form factor.
Ram – G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 – 1600 Memory $49.85 – There’s not a lot to say about this ram kit, it’s affordable, fast, and you don’t need more than 8 GB at the moment for gaming, you see games like Star Wars Battlefront recommending 16 GB of ram, but that’s not true.
If you look at videos of the beta for Star Wars Battlefront, people ran it at 60 FPS 1440p, With the GTX 970 with 8 GB of ram.
Storage – Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.88 – I have this hard drive as well, it boots windows in a few seconds, and it is 1 TB of storage,
which will hold lots of games, movies, and music, or whatever else you will have on this hard drive, It will boot everything extremely fast.
Graphics Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 Video Card $329.99 – This is the graphics card, which is the biggest part of a gaming PC, This will run all of the newest, and oldest games, at 1080p to 1440p at 60 FPS, it also has 4 GB of ram on the graphics card which will run games at high resolutions and huge texture sizes.
Also, if you like modding games with graphic or texture mods, such as Skyrim, Fallout, or any other games you might like modding, the 4 GB of video ram will let you have lots of graphic or texture mods. This card is overall amazing for gaming.
Case – Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $47.99 – Cases most the time don’t matter, as long as it has the important features, like USBs, and how easy it is to build in it.
This case looks awesome, it has 4 3.5″ internal drive bays, it is compatibility with our motherboard, and lots of other awesome features.
Power Supply – Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $58.98 – This power supply will work well with our build, since our build uses very low power consumption, because Nvidia and Intel are very good at not using very much power. And if you want to upgrade you can upgrade a bit with this power supply.
Prices and where to buy
$400 PC Build
Today I will be show you what parts to pick to make a great budget PC for $400 which can run new games at 1080p at high – ultra settings with 40 – 60 FPS.
Processor – Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $64.89 – This processor is a very good processor, people may say that “you need a quad core processor for gaming” but that is simply not true, there is many videos of people running games such as The Witcher 3, the new Call of Dutys, and more new games. As well this processor has hyper threading so it is basically 2 cores and 2 virtual cores.
Motherboard – Biostar B85MG Micro ATX LGA1150 Micro ATX Motherboard $49.89 – I personally own this motherboard, and it has no problems, its basic, but it gets the job done. It has 2 slots of DDR3 memory slots which you can ethier use 1066, 1333, or 1600 MHz speed of ram. As well it has it has 1 PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, and 2 PCI Express x1 slots, make sure if you get this motherboard to use the PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. It has 4 SATA 6Gb/s ports for usbs they have 2 USB 3.0 ports, and 2 USB 2.0 ports
Ram – Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $49.99 – This ram set was the cheapest, but most reliable ram set I could find for the money, its pretty standard, 2 sticks of 4 GB so we can get 8 GB of dual channel ram. This ram set will run every game on PC right now.
Storage – Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200 RPM Internal Hard Drive 47.99 – This hard drive will load Windows 8.1 in about 7 seconds, it is 1 TB which should all your games, photos, videos, and anything else you might have on your hard drive.
Graphics Card – XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Core Edition – The R9 270 is a very solid GPU for the money, it will run all the new games at high – ultra settings at 1080p, for example it will run GTA 5 at very high settings 1080p 60 FPS. It has 2 GB of V Ram which means you should be able to run almost all games at 1080p maybe with a few texture mods even. You will be able to do do some overclocking on this GPU if you choose to but even if you don’t it is still a solid choice.
Case – Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case – This case is good looking and has red LED’s in the front and has nice building room on the inside, everything will fit into our case and will look good too.
Power Supply – Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX – There isn’t much to say about this power supply, its reliable power supply, and power efficient. And that’s all in this build.