When we asked people what they wanted to see next in our Build Your Own series, one of the responses we got from a surprising number of people was that they’d like to see a Build Your Own Gaming PC article that kept to a reasonable budget.
With that in mind, I asked Denis from our RMA department what he’d use to build a gaming machine that stayed as close as possible to a €1000 price limit. Actually, I first asked for a €100 limit, which was just confusing, but once we’d hashed out the typos we were ready to go. This is going to be a fairly straightforward article; we’ll list the parts we recommend and give some impression, where necessary, of why we’ve chosen them.
Asus P5Q Deluxe, P45, Socket-775:
Seeing as a system is always built around the mainboard, it’s where I tend to start when I outline a build. Naturally, if you want to deviate from our recommendations (which is where the fun of a DIY machine generally comes from) then you’ll have to make sure it’s compatible with all of the other bits and pieces.
There’s not too much to say about a board on its own, apart from the fact that it’s got support for Crossfire, should you decide to go that route. It can be a bit of a headache to get everything set up and working correctly, but once you have it up and running nicely, a decent Crossfire setup is something you can really take pride in.
You can check out the Asus P5Q Deluxe here. If you hit the page you can see that it’s won a raft of awards and Editor’s Choice picks, which is always good to see 🙂 It’ll set you back €137.50.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, 2.83Ghz:
Next up is the processor. Again, it’s hard to know what to say about a processor beyond just listing its specifications. We’ve chosen the Core 2 Quad Q9550 for a combination of performance and speed, for which it provides an excellent middle ground.
The Core 2 Quad Q9550 will set you back €209, which isn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things. You can see the product page for our processor choice, here.
As I’ve said before on the blog, the nicest thing about having a customer review section is that we can use it to highlight items that people have been particularly happy with. One of the customer responses to this processor closes with, “I’m glad I saved a heap of money and went for this over the i7 as this is doing what I need just fine.”
Crucial DDR2 BallistiX PC8500 2GB Kit:
RAM is always going to be one of those areas where people feel they can do better or might be better off with more. We’ve opted with the Crucual BallistiX because of the combination of the fact that is Crucial (always go with a brand you recognise, where possible) and the fact that it’s well priced. €30 for 2GB of decent RAM should mean you’re not breaking the bank yet.
There’s not too much more to say about it, except that RAM is one of the few things you can really splurge on without too much adjustment with the rest of the hardware – just make sure it’s cool with your motherboard 🙂
You can grab the Crucial BallistiX PC8500 2GB kits here for €30 a pop.
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B 1TB:
Next up is our HDD recommendation, for which we’re putting forward the Hitachi Deskstar 1TB. It’s nice and cheap without compromising quality, which is pretty much the ideal for internal drives. Moreover, at €76.99 for 1TB, you can set up a nice RAID and not need to worry about losing data should one fail without sacrificing too much liquidity.
For those interested, the Hitachi Deskstar is a 7200Rpm disc with a 16MB Cache and (naturally) SATA. If you’re interested in paying an extra €2 and going for something with a 32MB cache then you can investigate the Samsung Spinpoint F1, here.
You can grab the Hitachi Deskstar 1TB here.
Antec Nine Hundred Black:
For our case we’ve opted to go with the admittedly pretty utilitarian looking Antec Nine Hundred. Don’t let the price deceive you though, this is a solid case that’ll make sure you’ve got plenty of space, whether you decide to use it to throw in a heap of extra drives (one user says they’ve got seven in theirs) or just keep the messiest wiring possible. At €95 you can’t really go wrong.
The other great thing about a case like this is that the amount of space inside means it’s got all the room in the world for fans and airflow, so it’s easy to keep the whole affair cool. There are so many user reviews in there that it’s hard to pick one out to quote, but this is probably my favourite, “The top 120mm fan keeps amazing people when they see it!” Always good to see people with their priorities in order 😉
You can find the Antec Nine Hundred here for the princely sum of €95.
Corsair Power Supply 750W:
As one of our customers posted in their user review, “A power supply is the heart of your machine, it needs good power just like your body needs healthy blood.” While it’s not a perfect analogy, it’s a great line, so it was hard to resist using it. We’ve chosen the Corsair 750W for a couple of reasons, not least of which the price (€97.01) and the fact that it’s nice and quiet.
Moreover, it comes with a five-year warranty, which isn’t as common a feature as we’d like it to be. A five-year warranty on anything is fantastic, but on a power supply it’s great to see. Again, the consumer reviews are excellent, and this week this power supple is 11% off, so you might do well to check it out.
You can see the Corsair 750W here.
Gainward GeForce GTX 285 1GB PhysX CUDA:
The last part for this article is the graphics card, which in this case is a Gainward Geforce GTX 285 1GB. It’s the single most expensive part in the whole setup and one of the most important to any gaming setup. You’re looking at €291 worth of graphics hardware, which should keep you in games for a nice long while.
I won’t tire you with a laundry list of specifications, because it’s a long list. You can see the “additional information” page of our product page for the card, here. It’s well worth a look.
Well, there it is, I hope you’ve enjoyed having a look through the page and at the very least got some ideas for putting together your own gaming machine. If you’re curious, the mandate on this was to put together a gaming machine for less than €1000.
In that respect, Denis has succeeded admirably, with this bundle weighing in at around the €966 mark. You’ll have to factor in delivery too, but if you have it passed to the pickup point for collection that won’t hurt your wallet too much either.
Have a great time all, if nothing else you’ll be able to use the time spent assembling your machine to stave off the rainy summertime boredom until you can get your games on 🙂
If you already have computer components that you would like to add to your PC, why not register for and bring them along with you to one of our Build your own PC classes and we’d be happy to show you how to do it! Visit http://www.komplettblog.ie/events/ for location and dates.