Michael Mann

Michael Mann

This week we found an SSD, RAM, and three budget-friendly graphics cards on sale. Whether you are looking to upgrade your current PC or build a new PC from scratch, we have you covered.

We regularly emphasize that, by going with and AMD CPU and motherboard, you can utilize the savings to purchase a higher-end GPU rather than going with an Intel CPU and motherboard (for that, see our Battlefield Build we recently did). In the case of games which are not CPU-bound, this makes for an easy way to save money on building budget gaming computers.

This is an experiment of sorts for us, attempting to see how cheap a build we can do using AMD components; note that we do not recommend this build for GTA V as it is a CPU-intensive game. This gaming PC build -- with some slight overclocking -- can play just about every game out (sans GTA or Watch Dogs) at highest settings for under $1000.

This week we found a variety of components on sale that would make for great upgrades or for use when building a new PC. We found some blue LED RAM, a modular PSU, an SSD, a monitor and a couple video cards. Let's get to the deals.

Just weeks away from the release of one of the most-anticipated games of the year, CD Projekt Red has announced two paid expansion packs for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While DLC is all the rage, CD Projekt Red has upped the ante and aims to introduce actual content – with depth and everything – over the usual graphics tweaks or added skins. Via press release, the team had this to say:

Don't be the April fool this year with an outdated PC, struggling to fully appreciate the high-fidelity graphics of modern games at high resolutions. This month's mid-range gaming PC build comes in at just over $1000, focusing purely on high gaming framerates at resolutions approaching 1440p – though it'll handle 1080p just fine.

This system opted for use of an AMD 290X given its positioning as a cost-effective alternative to the similarly-priced GTX 970. With the looming launch of Grand Theft Auto V, we built the system with the intention of running the game at ultra graphics settings, hopefully allowing some headroom for graphics mods in the future. This gaming PC will handle GTA V without issue.

This time around, we decided to do a high-end Gaming PC build that features an AMD video card. This PC will be able to play most modern games at the highest settings, so the only April showers you see will be tears of your enemies.

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