Build Your Own – Gaming PC

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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.

Building Your Own - Because not all gaming machines need to look like this...

Building Your Own - Because not all gaming machines need to look like this...

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.

Motherboard

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.

CPU

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.

RAM

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.

hdd

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.

Case

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.

PowerSupply

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.

GeForce

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.

Closing:

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.

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13 Responses to “Build Your Own – Gaming PC”

  1. Oisin Says:

    Your left out keyboard, mouse, monitor and other goodies …

  2. Dav Says:

    I’d have gone for a MoBo that supported SLi if you’re recommending a 285 graphics card and maybe something other than the stock cooler on the CPU.

    I have one of those P900 cases, definite thumbs up.

    Good build though and for sub €1k, you can’t really go wrong.

  3. Hitsuji Says:

    That Hitachi HDD is a bad choice, they’re known as DeathStars for a reason 😉 Go for Seagate or Western Digital.

    Same with the RAM, I’ve only ever had problems with Crucial (most just didnt work from Day 1) Better gp for Corsair or Kingston (I have heard good things about OCZ but never tried em) and up the RAM to at least 4GB.

  4. komplettie Says:

    I’ve personally never had a problem with a Hitachi, but the fact is an awful lot of any build comes down to personal preference and experience. I guess one of the nice things about having a stock range as wide as ours is that there are heaps of options for internet 1TB drives if you don’t like the Hitachi 🙂

    Oisin – Sorry about the keyboard, mouse and monitor bits… I for some reason assume people have them just lying around, as though everyone were as bad a hoarder as I am 😉

  5. Oisin Says:

    Oh I have some lying around, just want some recommendations for news ones …

  6. komplettie Says:

    If you’d like, I’m doing another gaming machine build this day next week, but I can put together recommendations for keyboards, mice and monitors for people doing a build for after that 🙂

  7. Dave Says:

    Deffo worth spending the extra on the Samsung F1, I’m using a 1TB F1 and 1TB F2 myself. Also using an Antec 900, I HIGHLY recommend getting the Corsair HX750W instead of the TX750W since it’s modular that way you can take the wires you don’t need off it, it’s worth the extra money, you’ll be kicking yourself later with all the wires in the way if you don’t, I own the TX650W which has less wires. Also if you can spare the cash, get the Antec 1200, it’s just easier for cable management unless you want to cut a hole or two in the Antec 900. Here’s some pics of my PC, cost me about €450:


    • komplettie Says:

      Impressive setup Dave, very well done. Also impressed by your recommendation on the TX750W, it’s something I’ve always thought of as ideal for those of us who are a bit obsessive about keeping a case neat and tidy 😉

  8. Thomas Mc Gonnell Says:

    Personally I would’ve went with something like this.

    • komplettie Says:

      Very solid build, but only 500GB of space? Surely anyone into their games’d devour it 😉

      That said, I’m very impressed… looks like a fantastic machine.

  9. Thomas Mc Gonnell Says:

    That’s essentially the same build I have. 500GB of space is more than enough. And I have a ton of games too, 500GB is only gonna be needed if you have masses of music/movies I think. But you could always change that to a 1TB Black or F1.

    http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku=355395

    http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku=343055

    I’d pick the black as far as I’m aware it’s slightly faster than the F1.

    Honestly I don’t think C2Q is the way to go anymore, the price of the i7/rig has come down quite alot from what it used to be. And as you can see I had one there that’s spot on.

  10. Juan Ruiz Says:

    2gb of ddr2 ram??? thats bad my 2009 pc has:
    5gb ddr2
    Pentium 4, 3ghz
    nvidia geforce 7100 (yea its bad but i never lag i idc)
    1 tb hdd

  11. Luke Says:

    Can I Crossfire two Sapphire HD5770 1GB GDDR5 cards? 🙂

    and also with Kingston Hyper X 4G 1066Mhz

    and do it all on the 750 psu? That’d be awesome.

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