Roll Your Own With This Rock-Solid Custom Gaming PCFebruary 5, 2014
By Shaun Shaver, IT Director
I always build my own computers. I find it fun to research all of the parts and put it all together.
My current home gaming system is getting long in the tooth, so I have started to look at building a new computer and put together this list of components.
I’m not trying to go high end with this build. I just want something that is quiet, power efficient, upgradable, and can run current and future games with maxed out settings.
I usually start a build by going to Newegg.com to spec out components. Once I narrow down the components I will look for reviews at hardware review sites like Anandtech.com to get the scoop on performance. After that I will start searching around the Internet for better prices.
I try to avoid rebates when hunting for better prices unless it is a really good deal. Total parts for this build at Newegg.com is around $1600. I typically keep my current keyboard, mouse, and monitor so those are not included.
Case: Corsair Obsidian 750D Black ATX Full Tower
Sweet-looking case that has some decent cable routing features and a large window to show off the internals.
Power supply: CORSAIR AX series AX760
Super efficient and fully modular cabling, which helps keep the system clean looking and uncluttered.
Processor: Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell
Super fast quad core processor that can be overclocked.
CPU Cooling: CORSAIR Hydro Series H105
CPU water cooling without the expense and mess of a custom setup. It will help keep the system running cool and quiet.
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming
Tons of cool features at a decent price.
Video card: MSI Gaming N770 TF
I went with Nvidia for the video card instead of AMD. The 770 is priced lower than the AMD R9 280x and performs about the same in benchmarks.
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
8 gigabytes is enough for this build. There are two extra slots on the motherboard if I need to add more.
OS Drive: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB
Super fast solid state drive with a five-year warranty. The operating system and some games and programs will be installed on this drive. It will provide fast boot up and game load times.
Storage drive: WD Black Series 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
Fast mechanical storage drive for pictures, movies, music, and some programs.
OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 – 64-bit