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Gaming PC Builds ($500 - $1000 - $1500 ) - August 2012

Updated on September 10, 2012

Gaming PC Builds August 2012

Another month for some great new and improved pc builds. The three gaming pc builds you will find in this article are based on the following budget ranges of $500, $1000 and $1500. These builds are based on current releases in gaming hardware, prices changes, hardware reviews and for the most part is a quick synopsis of the builds located in this Monthly Gaming PC Builds for August 2012 article. Each of these builds will play any game out in the market right now, however with each varying at what level each game can be played at and at what resolution.

Hardware Overview Video - - "Gaming PC Builds of the Month - August 2012"

A quick overview video of all three gaming pc builds and the hardware used.

The $500 Gaming PC Build

$500 Gaming PC Build - August 2012

Original article:  Gaming PC Build of the Month (< $500 ): August 2012

Introduction: This month there is the addition of the Intel 2120 with a Radeon HD 6850 which will allow you to game at medium - High settings at resolutions of 1920X1080. The build comes out to a current price of $518 from Amazon.com as prices usually fluctuate throughout the month.

The Gaming PC Build Recipe -

Processor: Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80623I32120Price: $109.99

Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Intel H61 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 MotherboardPrice: $64.99

Graphics Card: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E Video Card (100315L)Price: $149.99

RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2Ã4 GB Modules) Price: $39.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD5000AAKXPrice: $69.99

Power Supply: Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply Price: $34.98

Computer Case: NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (Black)Price: $31.99

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black) Price: $16.99

Estimated Price: $ 518

The Hardware -

Intel 2120 Processor

Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Card

 

Antec 450  Watt Power Supply Unit

NZXT technologies 410 PC Case

 

8Gb Kingston HyperX RAM

 

Sony Optical Drive

 

AsRock H61M/U3S3 Motherboard

 

 

 

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Hard Drive

 

 

 

 

The $1000 Gaming PC Build

$1000 Gaming PC Build - August 2012

Original article:  Gaming PC Build of the Month ($500 – $1000 ): August 2012

Introduction: The mid range gaming pc build is capable of playing any game out right now and depending on what resolution you play at - you should be able to play most games on the highest settings with 1920X1080 resolutions. This build uses the code names Ivy Bridge Intel 3570K processor paired with the Radeon HD 7950 3GB graphics card. The build comes out to a current price of $996 from Amazon.com as prices usually fluctuate throughout the month.

The Gaming PC Build Recipe -

Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570KPrice: $214.99 (decreased from $230)

Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/HDMI, DVI Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-D3HPrice: $144.99

Graphics Card: XFX ATI Radeon HD7950 3 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card (FX795ATDFC)Price: $329.99

RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2Ã4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GXPrice: $39.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD10EALXPrice: $87.62 (decreased from $94)

Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms – TX650Price: $89.99

Computer Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)Price: $71.73 (decreased from $79)

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)Price: $16.99

Estimated Price: $996

 

The Hardware -

Intel 3570K Processor

Radeon HD 7950 Graphics Card

 

Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX PC Case

 

 

Corsair Enthusiast Series 650 Watt Power Supply Unit

 

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Hard Drive

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Motherboard

 

 

8Gb Kingston HyperX RAM

 

Sony Optical Drive

 

The $1500 Gaming PC Build

$1500 Gaming PC Build - August 2012

Original article:  Gaming PC Build of the Month ($1000 – $1500): August 2012

Introduction: The high end gaming pc build for August 2012 includes the superior GTX 680 Graphics card this month, which will be able to play any game out right now at the highest settings with resolutions up to 2560X1600. This build also comes with a CPU cooler to help you easily overclock the Intel 3570K processor. As well, you get a 120 GB solid state drive that can be used as a boot drive for Windows and your most played games; increasing boot times. The build comes out to a current price of $1480 from Amazon.com as prices usually fluctuate throughout the month.

The Gaming PC Build Recipe -

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 – BX80637I53570KPrice: $214.99 (down from $229) CPU Cooler (For OverClocking): Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1)Price: $35.55

Motherboard: ASUS Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1155 Motherboard P8Z77-V PROPrice: $207.99

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX680 SuperClocked 2048MB GDDR5, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2682-KRPrice: $499.99

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP Performance Memory Modules 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) CML16GX3M2A1600C10Price: $104.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD10EALXPrice: $95.81SSD Hard Drive: Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/120GPrice: $104.99

Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020003-NAPrice: $107.60  (modular!)

Computer Case:  Fractal Design Define R4 Cases, Black Pearl (FD-CA-DEF-R4-BL)Price: $105.45

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)Price: $16.99

Estimated Price: $1480

The Hardware -

Intel 3570K Processor

GeForce GTX680 Graphics Card

 

 

 

Corsair Vengeance 16GB of RAM

Corsair Enthusiast Series 750 Watt Modular Power Supply Unit

 

 

Kingston HyperX 3k Solid State Drive

 

Fractal Design R4 PC Case

 

ASUS Intel Z77 P8Z77-VPRO Motherboard

 

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Hard Drive

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler

 

Sony Optical Drive

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