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Build Your Own – Gaming PC

December 2, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully everyone’s doing well now that we’re passed the halfway mark and now hurdling towards the weekend. Some of you might remember the piece we posted last week where we told Ryan to put together a PC build weighing in at under the €1,200 mark. We always get feedback on PC builds, so we’ve decided to run with it.

Ryan's gaming rig came in today - note the SSD & HDD combo ;)

When Ryan’s build went up, we asked the folks over at our Boards.ie Talk To Komplett forum to take a look at the build and see what they thought of it. After all, Ryan’s only Welsh, so surely we could get a decent home grown machine out of the charming Boards.ie constituents. Indeed, we got a few interesting builds, but we’ve decided to post the best of them here.

We won’t keep you waiting, so the without any delay we’ll tell you that the very impressive build we have here come from a man known to us only as Messerschmitt, and it turns out he’s a bit of a hero.

The Messerschmitt:

Messerschmitt’s build boasts some similarity to Ryan’s, at the very least, they both boast the same case. The Cooler Master HAF 922 is a relatively low-cost case with lots of space for cables, good airflow and it only looks a touch ungodly. Not much more to say about it than that really.

You can find the Cooler Master HAF 922 here, for the princely sum of €92. You can also check out the absolute raft of awards its won on the same page.

CPU:

Where Ryan went for an Intel Core i5 processor to keep costs down, Messerschmitt has instead opted to splash out, going for a Core i7 Quad. Ryan was of the opinion that if you were building on a budget Core i5 might suit your needs better, but clearly that’s not the way everyone flies.

Click through to see our page for the Core i7 Quad :)

Moreover, the addition of a Core i7 processor offers a nice bit of future-proofing, for those who are building a machine they’d like to see last a while, rather than one they’ll be upgrading continuously to pull more and more performance from. It’s also excellent to see that all of its reviews rate it at 5/5 with everyone seeming very pleased indeed.

At the moment, the Intel Core i7 Quad (i7-920) is €242, which is pretty hefty compared to Ryan’s Core i5, but fits very well into this build.

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Build Your Own – Skint Gaming Rig

August 26, 2009

When we did our Build Your Own article on getting together a decently specced gaming machine for under €1000 we got a lot of questions about how one would go about doing it for significantly less. Intrigued, I asked Shelton from RMA, who basically told me that you wouldn’t.

At least, you wouldn’t unless you were a very specific type of user. He didn’t mean cheap, he just meant the kind of person who doesn’t mind sitting down and working everything out so that they can eke every last drop of performance out of a machine they’ve bought for as little as possible – the kind of person who’s happy to overclock and damn the consequences.

He was kind enough to put together a build for just that kind of machine for us this week, we hope you guys like it. Keep in mind though that I was fairly hard on him budgetwise, so this isn’t by any means a machine we’d recommend you build unless you’re confident you know what you’re doing.

Without further ado, here’s the build itself for a gaming rig as cheap as possible (but no cheaper, to paraphrase Einstein):

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8GHz

We have kind of an unexpected bonus on this one because, when I initially asked Shelton about this build on Friday, we weren’t sure about whether or not it’d be on offer this week, but since it is the price has been dropped by 17%, meaning you’re only paying €99 for your processor.

Click the image to see the Core 2 Duo product page :)

Click the image to see the Core 2 Duo product page :)

While this is just a 2.8GHz dual core on the face of things, Shelton tells me that if you manage it carefully you can reliably “coax 3.5GHz out of it”. Of course, we can’t possibly take responsibility for anything that happens your machine when you’ve packed it full of overclocked components, but if you’re still reading by now you probably already know that.

Naturally we’d advise that you use the money saved on the processor to pick up some extra cooling (see below), but that kind of goes without saying on a build like this.

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