In this special 3 part video series, PCWizKid shows you how the system was put together, the parts used and the results with benchmarks on the latest Windows 8 operating system.
As usual, parts can be substituted and price will vary depending on what you decide to buy. Having said that, here is the list of parts PCWizKid recommends which were used to build this specific Gaming PC. Note that we are not reviewing LCD monitors, or the pheripherals such as keyboard and mouse. You can watch any of the many reviews of those that PCWizKid has done to add that to your system separately.
NOTE: The following price list and links are as of July 2013, from Newegg and in USD. Total amount for this PC Gaming build is aproximately $1000 USD + Taxes.
AMD Gaming Rig Parts ListWhy did PCWizKid choose this CPU? Best value for the performance. 6 Core CPU that has the latest AMD processeing engine and Level 3 cache, without spending for a 8 core or 8 thread CPU which are more expensive. Going to a 6 core processor takes you to the next level beyond what most desktop PC's have today on average (Quad core) , so you are set for multitasking as well as for gaming today and into the years to come.
This Gigabyte board has the best AMD chipset available to compliment the FX CPU and ensure you get maximum performance out of it. Not only that the UD3 model of this board is a mainstream board that offer good everclocking capabilities and stability without spending over $200 for the higher end versions which have the same chipset and only a few more features.
Ok, so this power supply is top of the line. While looks of a power supply may not matter to you and high wattage is not needed by everyone, remember that the power supply is the heart of the system that will protect your components from over current and voltage and deliver consistant power. The main thing is that you get a power supply that is as efficient as possible, meaning certified with 80+ Bronze , Silver or in this case Gold. This means that you will ultimately be wasting less energy and keeping your PC running cooler and more efficient overall. I must admit that depending on how much you plan to use and further upgrade your system, you can probably purchase a lower wattage version from NZXT such as the NZXT HALE82-N NP-1BN-0750A-US 750W $89 USD.
Memeory kits of 8GB are now standard for a gaming PC. Do not settle for less. With todays Windows operating systems running 64bit you can easily take advantage of all the memory and you wont be sorry. Prices will vary with DDR3 manufacturers. My suggestion is to get a low latenacy CL9 type memory and overclock it a little to get the best of both speed and badwidth. For this reason we selected the Patriot Viper 3 series.
This is a special edition that comes in white and a few more features than the regular black version which is here COOLER MASTER CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced SGC-2100-KWN3 Midnight Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window for $20 less.
This card is top of its class. A well balanced gaming card that does really well compared to other similarly priced video cards from Nvidia and AMD. Also it comes with a free copy of Crysis 3 which makes it a great value.
These days its become very popular to have a SSD drive be the primary C:\ drive to install Windows on only! Then you get a 1Terabyte 7200RPM drive Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $89USD and install or your applications and games on there seperately. This keeps the operating system running only on the SSD with faster performance for loading and system tasks while your daily work is stored on a larger separate hard drive without impacting the OS performance.
CPU Coolers are sometimes a hard choice. Common question is do you settle for the stock cooler for now that came with the CPU you bought? Well PCWizKid has never settled, having additional cooling from a after market cooler will always keep your CPU running cooler and its well worth protecting the CPU since CPU coolers are not the most expensice part of your system and do a great deal of work. In this case we have used the Silent Shark from Evercool. It can be tricky for some to install , but watch my video below for details on how it was done. Overall it does a good job keeping the CPU cool and quiet with the silent shark fans and heat sink combo.