Halloween is upon us, and since most of our readers are too old to trick or treat, we decided to bring the treats to you. We put together a Halloween-themed build that uses an orange and black scheme, but is still very capable of playing most games at medium-to-high settings.
Theme builds are a fun way to stand out from the usual black-and-blue configuration, so if you're looking to build a new system with a Halloween theme or just love orange and black, this is the build for you. Plenty of alternatives and upgrade options are also listed below.
With this $647 budget gaming computer build, you'll be able to play most modern games on mid-to-high settings and have a couple upgrade options open; for anyone looking for a first-time PC build (or a refresher), this one's a great starting point.
It's easy to get excited about ultra high-end computer hardware (like the HAF Stacker), but realistically, the largest percentage of our system building audience looks for cost efficiency. We've previously reviewed RAIDMAX's Cobra and Rosewill's R5 in the entry-level ~$50-$60 budget range, and in an effort to fill out our bench, we're adding Antec's new GX700.
We first looked at the GX700 at CES 2013, where Antec representative Justin Chou demonstrated the case's main features. At the time, Antec noted that its objective was to fit a $50-$60 price-point and maximize case fan count without inflating cost. The case also hopes to fit a 'gamer' aesthetic that a lot of modern enclosures attempt, almost vaguely mirroring Corsair's higher-end C70 with its military styling and flair.
This Antec GX700 gaming case review aims to benchmark performance, optimal case fan placement, build quality, and best cable management practices. We tested multiple aftermarket fan configurations, so if you've got extra money to add fans, our below benchmark will help with airflow optimization. We'd also recommend that you take a look at our case fan placement guide.
It's been a while since we've posted a proper budget build, so with the re-launch of the site and subsequent giveaway, we figured it was a great time to post another. As with all our budget gaming PC builds, we decided to go for the best possible build for the lowest reasonable price, without entering HTPC territory (you can find one of those over here). This is a true gaming build.
Featuring an AMD Radeon HD 7850 GPU paired with an AMD FX-6300 processor, this machine is purpose-built for budget-focused gamers with a desire to still run medium or better graphics settings. You won't be maxing-out high-end games (like Battlefield 4, check out this rig for that), but the 7850 will readily handle most mid-range games on high settings and high-end games (BF4) on medium settings.
Priced at a little under $600, this DIY budget gaming computer build provides a strong foundation for your PC gaming and building endeavors. Let's get to the components break-down.
The new school year is fast approaching, so it's time to do some back-to-school PC shopping. Office applications and the internet aren't exactly technologically-taxing, but why not build your own PC that can not only perform those tasks, but also play your favorite games?
This back-to-school budget gaming PC build lands at less than $500 and provides a DIY approach to system building; if you're a student (or if you're buying on behalf of a student), then system building is not only educational and rewarding, but cheaper than buying a pre-built box.
With the recent release of our high-end Haswell PC build and the budget Haswell PC build, we felt we should also include an ultra-low budget Richland gaming build to cover all the bases. This provides a couple solidly-priced options for those sourcing a new gaming PC, with HTPC builders also getting some attention (throw this hardware into an SG09 and switch to a slim ODD instead and you've instantly got an HTPC).
AMD still stands as the leader in price-to-performance setups, so a "Cheap Bastard's" build on an APU seemed to be a no-brainer. While this build is more focused at the budget arena, you should also be able to play most games out there comfortably without breaking the bank doing so. For less than $450, you can build a very capable, cheap gaming HTPC that should also overclock well with the new Richland A10-6800K APU powering it. So if you have a limited budget, and don't intend to play graphics-heavy games like Crysis 3 or Metro: LL on highest settings, this is the build for you.
It also makes for a good living-room unit -- a controller and cable box later and you've got a DVR replacement.
It's been a while since we've run a proper "Cheap Bastard's gaming PC build," and feeling a bit nostalgic (and bastardly-cheap), we've decided to revisit the topic of a $500-range gaming PC. As always, the parts detailed herein are meant to get you on the ground with a DIY, custom gaming machine for dirt-cheap, and we think we've put together a list of reliable parts at a good price.
Besides, Spring is here, and what better time than now to do a little spring cleaning? Time to build yourself a gaming rig as a reward for all those long hours working and/or studying and get ready for summer vacation. We scoured the web for the best deals that we could find to allow you to play all of your favorite games at mid-to-high settings, ideally without breaking the budget; we've added recommendations for upgrade paths if you have extra cash to spend, all found in the below text. Let's get to the build already!
We've seen a lot of Heart of the Swarm machines hit the web lately, but frankly, they're all either overpriced or under-powered. The thing is, StarCraft 2 is already an incredibly optimized game (Blizzard's approach to gaming is to include everyone), so we don't need a 7850 for maximum settings, we don't need an i5-3570k overclocked through the roof, and we don't need a 700W PSU.
If your sole purpose in life is to play Heart of the Swarm, this budget gaming PC build will pump out StarCraft 2: HotS on maximum graphics settings (19x10) for around $500. Simple.
We wanted to accommodate our StarCraft 2 gamers with a straight-up RTS gaming rig on a low budget; we didn't want to sacrifice graphics (or at least make as few sacrifices as possible), but still needed to focus on performance enough to allow scalability to future RTS games. This is that rig.
Tax refund time is here and there's not much better of a way to reap the benefits of all those hours worked than to build your own gaming PC! I've scoured the interwebs for tax-time sales and, well, let's just say there's a lot out there for us to choose from.
For a little over $600, this DIY budget gaming PC build is spec'd to run most games on high settings (or thereabouts) and is packed with goodies that should equip you to cause fits of rage from all the disemboweled noobs. The system features one of the more powerful mid-range video cards on the market, the GTX 660, an FX-4300 entry-level CPU, 1TB HDD with an SSD suggestion, and the whitest case we've ever recommended. With all that in mind, let's get to the good stuff.
Happy New Year from all of us at GamersNexus! I can think of no better way to bring in the new year than to build a brand new gaming rig! Our first budget gaming PC build of 2013 takes advantage of some of the new year's sales we recently posted, making for one of the most powerful rigs you could build for such a cheap price.
For less than $600, we've managed to build a great system capable of running high/max settings for most modern games; it's packed with a 7850, entry-level liquid cooler, Phenom II X4 965, and a modular PSU.
Using overclocking techniques, you'll be able to cut initial cost by amping up the selected RAM and CPU frequencies to exceed more expensive chips; this gives high-end performance at a low-cost, so be sure to take advantage of our beginner's overclocking guide for full potential.
Let's take a look at the list.
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