Ayumilove PC Builder 2013 August Recommendation Guide

Here is a list of computer builds categorized into 6 tiers (HTPC, Budget, Gaming/Workstation and High End). You can use this as a reference guide to build your new PC. Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.

Tier Differences in a Glance
Budget PC : Surf Internet + Watch Movies + Flash Games + Medium Game Settings
Gaming PC : All of above + High Game Settings.
Workstation PC : All of above + Medium-high Game Settings + Photo/Video Editing + Virtual OS.
Extreme PC : All of above + Ultra Game Settings

HTPC Home Theater PC (Full Set)

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($61.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6450 1GB Video Card ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2312HM 23.0″ Monitor ($201.97 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Speakers: Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $645.83

Budget PC

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $589.91

Gaming PC

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($112.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $923.78

Workstation PC

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1087.89
EXPLANATION: This should be sufficient for gaming on 1920×1080 resolution at high settings AND for video-photo editing on applications such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop AND programming/developing apps. If you wish to run multiple operating system simulatenously on Vmware/Virtualbox, you can upgrade to 32GB RAM (just add in 2x8GB memory dimm/sticks of the same brand-type). This motherboard can run SLI/Crossfire Graphic Card, therefore you can opt to add 1 more card just for the extra 50%-90% Extra FPS.

Office PC

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($136.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk ($103.93 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $758.85
EXPLANATION: If you plan to have a PC in the office, this would fit in well with a small case which comes with WIFI/Bluetooth and equipped with great amount of memory for Windows 7/8 (above 4GB RAM) and fast quad core CPU which can handle everything easily while you multi-task away. Offices application doesn’t take up much space either, probably around 60GB at most with Oracle DB, Visual Basic, Netbeans, Apache-Glassfish Server OR 30GB with Microsoft Office (Visual Studio + Word + Excel + Power Point + etc) This can lasts you at least 6 years before you need to upgrade to a new PC for better performance per watt/electricity. It can support up to 3 monitors, but most offices uses 2 monitors. Since the Bitfenix PC Case is rather small, I opt for a fully modular power supply to avoid having issues with power cables management and restriction to airflow.

High End PC

CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($949.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($235.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($138.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($138.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($999.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($999.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($999.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT H630 ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan
Case Fan: Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($239.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $6031.81
EXPLANATION: If you are a millionaire/billionaire OR a regular guy who won a lottery/jackpot OR someone sponsors you parts to build super PC or related to this scenarios, you can attempt this without feeling hurt of burning deep down your pocket. You can splurge it to create a high end gaming PC which can play all the current games at ultra high settings on multiple monitors. Plus, you can use it as a workstation for your video/photo editing or programming. This rig can be further upgraded to add in an additional 2 more graphic cards and an extra SSD (Solid State Drive) + HDD (Hard Drive) for RAID. This could ultimately last you for more than 5 years unless you have the appetite to upgrade and use the latest devices released in every year.

7 thoughts on “Ayumilove PC Builder 2013 August Recommendation Guide”

  1. Hi itsrANdomYOsH, the prices are in USD. If you are living in a different country apart from USA, you will need to perform some currency manipulation.

  2. Hi PhandaWolf, it also depends whether the game manufacturer intends to make games on PC πŸ™‚ There are too much game pirates out there that reap their profit. That’s one of the reason why it PlayStation/Xbox is still live and kicking πŸ˜€

  3. For the Budget and Gaming builds you have the same HDD at different prices, either that or I’m not seeing something :p

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