Building a Gaming PC 2013 - Best 500, 1000, 2000

Used in our Under $500 build.  The Cooler Master RC-310-BWN1-GP Elite 310 ATX, MATX Mid Tower Case with Window (Black/Blue). See our Builds for Under 500, 1000, and 2000 below.
Used in our Under $500 build. The Cooler Master RC-310-BWN1-GP Elite 310 ATX, MATX Mid Tower Case with Window (Black/Blue). See our Builds for Under 500, 1000, and 2000 below.

Every gamer has experienced the rush of emotion that comes from finally defeating your fiercest competitor. Every gamer has also experienced the utter helplessness that happens when your computer freezes and you realize that it's the end of the line. When it's time to upgrade many gamers decide to build their own computer because it gives them the flexibility of adding just the hardware they want to have the performance they need over their competition.

In Building a Gamer Computer 2012, we'll feature various builds at different price ranges that will allow you to get the edge you need. If you've never built your own gaming pc before, then we recommend grabbing one of your gaming buddies that has to help you. Once you have the right parts, it's a matter of reading the instructions and following them. Youtube has instructional videos if you get stuck, but the best way to learn is to jump right in. Although the inside of a gaming case may be daunting, most of it is as simple as knowing where the parts go and plugging and screwing them in. The most important part is to make sure parts are compatible and your slots are large enough to handle the gaming graphics card and other hardware that you throw at them. If it's something you don't have the time for, then take a look at these pre-built gaming computers for 2012.

If you don't find what you're looking for here, then please try this site devoted to gaming pc builds and this article which also has some of the best gaming pc builds.

Best Gaming PC Under 500 2013

At this price range it's all about getting the best video card and CPU possible. In total, the gaming system build below comes to right around $500. If you can go as high as $600 I recommend upgrading to the GTX 460 Graphics card, the AMD Phenom II X4 955, and doubling up the ram. Depending on how intense the games you play are, you may have to bite the bullet and get at least 4GB ram anyway. World of Warcraft, for example, only recommends 2GB ram but remember when it comes to memory, more is always better.

Computer Builds Under $1000

For right around $1,000 this is the configuration you should use for your Gaming PC. Upgrades might include doubling up on the ram, or a small solid state drive. Radeon fans may wish to get the HD 6950 rather than the GTX 470. My listing of the GTX 470 rather than the HD 6950 is based on ratings, reviews, gamer popularity, and personal preference. You can also get the 470 right now for a lot less. At this price range another consideration would be to Crossfire 2 Radeon HD 5770, but most prefer the simplicity and stability of a single card. Any video card above this price range will not make anything look more smooth it would just last a little bit longer. It's for this reason we recommend you stick with a video card in the $200-300 range and upgrade in 18-24 months.

This computer would run anything you throw at it at the highest settings for 18 months. Other adjustments to this build could include a hybrid drive rather than the Seagate one listed below or potentially a hard drive that goes to SATA 6Gb/s. As always, doubling up the ram should be your first priority. If you need to save money, then you could consider going with the AMD Phenom II 1090T X6 processor. You'll get 6 cores for around the a third of the price of the next-to-closest Intel chip that has 6 cores ($199.99).

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Corsair CC800DW Obsidian 800D Black Aluminum Full Tower ATX Enthusiast Case - Clean cables are more efficient for cooling.Manufacturer: Four easily accessed hot-swap drive bays make swapping hard drives a breezeManufacturer: Isolated cooling chambers to keep your components cool-running with maximum heat dissipation
Corsair CC800DW Obsidian 800D Black Aluminum Full Tower ATX Enthusiast Case - Clean cables are more efficient for cooling.
Corsair CC800DW Obsidian 800D Black Aluminum Full Tower ATX Enthusiast Case - Clean cables are more efficient for cooling.
Manufacturer: Four easily accessed hot-swap drive bays make swapping hard drives a breeze
Manufacturer: Four easily accessed hot-swap drive bays make swapping hard drives a breeze
Manufacturer: Isolated cooling chambers to keep your components cool-running with maximum heat dissipation
Manufacturer: Isolated cooling chambers to keep your components cool-running with maximum heat dissipation

Builds Under $2000

At this level gamers get some serious options. For the $1,000 price range gamer build we've upgraded you with all of the best rated, and top selling products in their categories. The i7-970 gives you 6 cores and 12 threads of blazing fast speed. We love the Seagate Barracuda 2 TB drive because it's compatible to Sata 6Gb/s. A faster hard drive coupled with a solid state drive for your downloaded games and OS will make this gaming system transition flawlessly. We've upgraded to the GTX580, another idea would be to crossfire 2 GTX 470s. You also may want to consider doubling up to 12 GB ram. As we stated earlier, more ram is always better. The case we recommend for this build is the Corsair CC800DW Obsidian 800D Black Aluminum Full Tower ATX Enthusiast Case. If you want something more custom or just a different look, you could check out our hub on extreme cases or the best gaming cases of 2013.

*Below we've included a few extra options for ram and cooling at this price point. You can also check our hub on the best monitors of 2013 to find the perfect 3d monitor.

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wow_pvp_addict 4 years ago

in your $500 build could you up the HD to 2TB

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