March 23, 2011
Game Rig Building with little Scratch
ARTICLE WRITTEN BY SROTUSKILMYSTR
This is will be a “short form” for finding all the pieces to build a gaming rig for around 600 bucks give or take, it all depends on you.
The easy part is putting one together; it looks hard but not really. Almost every piece is “keyed” meaning it will only fit into a specific slot a specific way and with all of the resources the internet has you should have no problem.
Now the hard part…..figuring out what to buy, what will work with what, and getting the biggest bang for your buck! Personally I like AMD (processor manufacturer) over INTEL (same), AMD has always been the underdog but the performance as always gone back and forth between these two competitors. Last I checked INTEL is winning, BUT, you will pay for it! AMD has almost always has been cheaper which equals more bang for your buck!! You can get a high end dual core (black Ed. That can be over clocked into a four core) or a low to mid-range four core processor for around 100 bucks, before you decide look around and ALWAYS do some research!
Now, the processor is decided you need to match it to a motherboard, the backbone of your whole system. See what memory (you can find memory for around 50 bucks for 4gigs) your processor works best with and with that info you can decide on a good Mobo. That should fall in the 60 to 70 dollar price range and always try to think of upgrade ability. Who knows you might what to pimp out the system in the future!
Most MoBo.’s come with pretty decent surround sound capability built in so for budget sake we will move on. Now the biggest and hardest decision to make, the video card! How ever much you are willing to spend you WILL find a card to eat up that budget! So, check the reviews!!!! Some older cards rate better than new models and have better prices to boot! You can find nice cards in the $150 range that will run most games BUT not at full on graphic settings and just remember while processors can run with any video card manufacturer AMD is optimized for RADEON and INTEL is optimized for NVIDIA so matching your video with your processor again will make a difference.
Now you have the meat and potatoes next is the dressing…. First a hard drive prices per gig are really cheap and a one or two terabyte hard drive will run under 100 bucks! Sweet! CD/DVD drives also are really cheap and will only cost you give or take 50 bucks for a nice DVD burner. Also upgrade your processor fan, the stock fan (if provided) usually will do the bare minimum at cooling so upgrade that badboy! You’ll drop around 30 to 50 bucks for a bitchen heat pipe that will pull the heat off your processor nicely. Next get a power supply, I would say no less than 550 watts depending on how big of a power whore your video card is. You should be able to get a decent PSU for 50 bucks, with no flashiness; that will power your system pretty good.
Now, we have all the guts, we now need a body, or, a case to drop all these parts into. Remembers if you get a tall processor fan try to buy a full tower for clearance, Mid-ranged towers will run 50 to 75 bucks and all will do the same thing but the cool factor will adjust the price and weather or not a power supply is included (most included power supplies suck!).
Well that should do it; that should get you a tower of decent power for some gaming goodness. I’ll leave all the peripherals up to you (mouse/keyboard, speakers, and a monitor plus any other do-dads you might want) they are above and beyond this budget!
Here is a short list of decent sites to start piecing your rig together:
Tigerdirect.com ~ HUGE section lots of deals decent prices
Newegg.com ~ runs neck and neck with tiger!
Priceswatch.com ~ great resource for all the parts you’re looking for has a great listing system showing prices from cheapest to most expensive
Monoprice.com ~ you need cables that have cables! At super cheap prices
Thenerds.net ~ listed on pricewatch but they have lots of cool nerd toys!
Frys.com ~ use to be outpost.com decent prices.
Be gentle guys! This is my first piece since college! Got any tips (I know you do!), better sites or whatever drop a comment!