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  1. Zeruel's ULTIMATE Gaming Monitor Thread [2015] Monitors are important in this day of gaming and I've seen so many threads already on "what is the best gaming monitor?" This thread will thoroughly go through the types of monitors are used for gaming today. IMPORTANT! While TVs and Monitors typically use the same technologies, MONITORS are better because they are not hindered by the slow "post processing" that TVs use. This is the reason why many TVs have a "gaming mode" because it turns off the slow post processing. Post processing is used by TVs to enhance the picture quality and what not but it causes lag. For gaming purposes a PC, Console, or the Monitor itself will handle the image processing at a LOWER level to ensure little or no lag. WHAT DOES LED, LCD, OLED MEAN? Informational Video on these terms The Basics Monitors or TVs typically use LCD displays with a LED back-lighting systems. It is recommend you get a monitor with the LCD/LED set up. Plasma screens are not made anymore so you won't find one so easily plus plasma screens are typically used for TVs that have post processing. OLED are a fantastic solution but are not currently available just yet. PANEL TYPES Informational Video on Panel types The Basics TN Panels Pros + Support for higher refresh rates 120Hz, 144Hz + Less ghosting than IPS monitors + Faster response times Cons - Color reproduction not as good ( High end TN gaming monitors use better quality panels ) - Viewing angels are small - Gaming Grade TN Panels are more expensive than any other grade of TN Panel and in some cases IPS Panels. IPS Panels Pros + Good color reproduction + Good viewing angles Cons - Ghosting - Slower response times than TN Panels - Slightly more expensive REFRESH RATES Informational Video on Refresh rates The Basics The Human eye CAN SEE more than 24fps. At bare- minimum a Monitor should be 60Hz. If a game is running at 60fps and the monitor is running at 60Hz then everything(usually) is sysnced up. Some monitors can do 120/144Hz but you need a good PC to run the games at 120+fps. There is no bonus using a 120Hz monitor on a console because consoles can only do a max of 60Hz output. RESOLUTION Informational Video on Resolution The Basics Resolution is usually measured in pixels by Length times the Width of a display ( HD 1080p : 1920 x 1080 ) and viewing distance. A 24 inch display that is full 1080p will look much sharper and clearer than a 32 inch full 1080p display. Recommended gaming monitors sizes are 22 inches to 24 inches since people tend to sit close to their monitors like the "Pros" do. Pixel Density? Informational Video on Pixel Density List of typical Resolutions 1366x768 = 720p 1600x900 = 900p 1920x1080 = 1080p 2560x1440 = 1440p 3840x2160 = 2160p (4K) What is 4K? Informational Video on 4K Monitors can only be as good as the content they display. A 480p video on a 1080p monitor looks like trash, same can be applied to games. Pixels and "Fuzziness" can be noticed if a game runs at 900p on 1080p monitor. You can connect a console to a 4K Monitor but the image will just get up scaled and WILL NOT look as good as a native 4K game. Console may be able to play 4K movies or other video content but only PC can run games at Native 4K. CONNECTION PORTS Informational Video on Connection Ports Consoles use HDMI as their method of transferring video, so make sure your Monitor has an HDMI INPUT. You can convert an HDMI signal to a DVI signal easily with adapters or HDMI to DVI cables. Some monitors even come with HDMI to DVI cables! Simply plug the HDMI part into the console and the DVI cord into the Monitor. Take note sound does not transfer over DVI so use a headset to get sound! Some monitors have HDMI OUTPUTS which means that the monitor takes in an HDMI signal and transfers it to the screen then OUTPUTS the signal through another HDMI port. GENERAL BUYERS GUIDE VIDEO Informational Video on what makes a good gaming monitor. Please watch! So how do I know if my monitor is good for gaming or if I need an upgrade? There are some test websites that test the refresh rate, motion blur, and ghosting. One popular website is Blurbusters. This website will help you determine if you are comfortable with the performance of your monitor. Test UFO is their parent website that hosts multiple testing demos that will test your monitor. To test your monitor simply hook it up to a laptop(make sure the external monitor is set as the primary monitor) or a PC and go to the following websites. Links Main Website: http://www.blurbusters.com/ Test UFO: http://www.testufo.com/ OK! I want to upgrade! First you need to ask yourself what do I really want in a monitor? Do I want good colors and viewing angles or super fast response times? Am I playing on a console or PC? Take this into consideration as I lay down a list of monitors that are categorized in a "casual" vs "competitive" manner. Also I organized each monitor according to cost in each tier so I did take budget into consideration as well. I cannot list every monitor available but I list a few popular ones that you can compare specs to if you find a monitor not on the list. I will also mention if the monitor needs an adapter or cable so it can be used with a console. MONITOR LIST I will only list 1080P+ 60Hz+ 22in - 28in monitors, anything less is unsuitable for serious gaming. Rookie Monitors Acer S220HQLAbd Black [ Casual ] Resolution: 1080P 22 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 5ms Panel Type: TN Price: $110 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009316 BenQ GW2255 Black [ Casual ] Resolution: 1080P 22 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 6ms Panel Type: VA Price: $125 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014329 Asus VE228H [ Casual ] Resolution: 1080P 22 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 5ms Panel Type: TN Price: $130 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100 Dell S2240M Black [ Casual ] Resolution: 1080P 22 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 7ms Panel Type: IPS Price: $140 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1CZ2503945 ASUS VX229H Black [ Casual ] Resolution: 1080P 22 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 5ms Panel Type: AH-IPS Price: $150 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236363 BenQ GL2460HM Black [ Competitive ] Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 75Hz Response Time: 2ms Panel Type: TN Price: $160 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014377 Champion Monitors BenQ RL2455HM Black-Red [ Competitive ] Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 75Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $190 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014345 ASUS VN248H-P Super Narrow Bezel Black [ Casual ] Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 5ms Panel Type: IPS Price: $200 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236335 LG 24MB35PU-B Black [ Casual ] Resolution: 180P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 5ms Panel Type: IPS Price: $210 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1GC2939 ASUS VS24AH-P Black [ Casual ] Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 5ms Panel Type: IPS Price: $230 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236331 BenQ RL2460HT Black [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate:75Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $240 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014374 Personal Note: This is the best Competitive Console gaming in my opinion. Also it has an HDMI output that is useful for streamers! ASUS VG248QE Black [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 144Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $260 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236313 Personal Note: Consoles will not benefit from the 144Hz but you can hook up a good PC and a console to this monitor at the same time which will create an good gaming experience on both platforms. Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black [ Casual ] Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 8ms Panel Type: IPS Price: $260 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047 BenQ XL2411Z Black [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 144Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $270 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1R19650 Personal Note: Consoles will not benefit from the 144Hz but you can hook up a good PC and a console to this monitor at the same time which will create an good gaming experience on both platforms. Ultimate Monitors PHILIPS 242G5DJEB Black [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 144Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $300 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824133194 Personal Note: Consoles will not benefit from the 144Hz but you can hook up a good PC and a console to this monitor at the same time which will create an good gaming experience on both platforms. BenQ XL2420Z Black / Red [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 144Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $360 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014370 Personal Note: Consoles will not benefit from the 144Hz but you can hook up a good PC and a console to this monitor at the same time which will create an good gaming experience on both platforms. BenQ XL2430T Black / Red [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 144Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $390 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014384 Personal Note: Consoles will not benefit from the 144Hz but you can hook up a good PC and a console to this monitor at the same time which will create an good gaming experience on both platforms. BenQ Gaming XL2720Z [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! Resolution: 1080P 27 inches Refresh Rate: 144Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $480 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014375 Personal Note: Consoles will not benefit from the 144Hz but you can hook up a good PC and a console to this monitor at the same time which will create an good gaming experience on both platforms. MEGA MONITORS! SAMSUNG UD590 Series U28D590D Black [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! 4K! Resolution: 4K 28 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $600 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/SingleProductReview.aspx?reviewid=4022564 Personal Note: While the 4K resolution won't benefit you while playing games on the console, pixel density will look fantastic and also consoles may be able to play 4K video. Also you can hook up a good PC to this monitor at the same time to enjoy true 4K gaming. BenQ XL2420G Black 24 [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! G-SYNC MONITOR! Resolution: 1080P 24 inches Refresh Rate: 144Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $600 HDMI to DVI adapter/cable NOT needed! LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014412 Personal Note: Consoles will not benefit from the 144Hz but you can hook up a good PC and a console to this monitor at the same time which will create an good gaming experience on both platforms. Acer XB280HK bprz Black [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! G-SYNC MONITOR! 4K! Resolution: 2160P 28 inches Refresh Rate: 60Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $800 DISPLAY PORT ONLY - Not compatible with consoles LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009658 ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q Black [ Competitive ] SPECIAL! G-SYNC MONITOR! 1440P @ 144Hz! Resolution: 1440P 27 inches Refresh Rate: 144Hz Response Time: 1ms Panel Type: TN Price: $800 DISPLAY PORT ONLY - Not compatible with consoles LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236405 Happy monitor buying! Hope this helps and let me know if anything needs to be edited!
  2. Its 2020, I just want a new Halo game to play ;_;
  3. I signed back in after months to say this... Lame :P
  4. Low-key just wanna drop this here. You can't get anymore "classic" by adding Pre-Xbox Halo stuff in Installation 01. The MK. 1999 Armor....
  5. Low key the hit sound markers were nice because they were from the PC version, and many old arena shooter PC games commonly had those sounds. However I do agree, hit markers and sounds arent really needed now since online has improved so much(kinda).
  6. I signed myself in at work just to say no. PC is Halo's future.
  7. Too be honest, I would love the idea of Halo Infinite being a modular game. Campaign missions can be added, expansions, firefight can be added down the line, new weapons can be added. BUT It has to shipped with traditional day one halo content or else riot.
  8. GOLD OL BEYOND! Why I love this place. lulz
  9. This makes me want to touch myself. PC based tournaments PLEASE!
  10. So far for me Installation 01 is beating this new Halo game. P.S. my PC has been out of commission for a awhile but I really want to be posting here again lol.
  11. Couldnt go this year... really wanted to steal a poster...
  12. Zeruel's ULTIMATE Gaming PC Build Guide Thread [2015] For the Beyond community! PC gaming... It has been on the rise over the past few years now and many people have started to invest in this higher form of gaming. With console gaming becoming more casual, console exclusives being more available on PC, Cross platform play(multiplayer too) on Windows 10 and Xbox exclusives, reasons to switch over to PC have become numerous. Important Article: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/microsoft-talking-xbox-one-cross-platform-windows-/1100-6424999/ However, the initial jump into PC may be difficult for some people, the build process, the myriads of different parts to pick from, and integration into a new community. This thread will go over how to invest into a PC DESKTOP, build one at different price points, and know the significance of the naming schemes of different PC components. For Tech Support, Gaming Monitors, Gaming Headsets, and Microphones please visit these other forum postings! Tech Support: http://teambeyond.net/forum/topic/8920-zeruels-tech-support-thread/ Gaming Monitors: http://teambeyond.net/forum/topic/7808-zeruels-ultimate-gaming-monitor-thread-2015/ Gaming Headsets: COMING SOON! Microphones: COMING SOON! Why build a PC? The PC is an excellent gaming platform for todays gaming needs. It can not only perform TRUE 1080p gaming at 60 frames but perform at much higher quality as well. Its not only for gaming either, PCs can be used to stream, create content, and much more! The initial investment may be pricey but in the long run it can be cheaper and offer a better experience. The time for PC is now, and more and more is being invested into PC, new graphics, virtual reality headsets, G -Sync, Adaptive Sync... PCs are leading the charge into innovation and gaming! PC Components This section will go over each component of PC that is required for an entire PC. CPU Motherboard RAM CPU Cooler GPU PSU SSD and HDD Case Fans ODD( optional ) OS CPU The Central Processing Unit ( CPU ) is what does all the calculations, numbers, running programs, and all that fun stuff. To increase the efficiency of some processors they have multiple "cores" which spreads the work load across the CPU. Some CPUs include integrated graphics but I won't include this since integrated graphics are not powerful enough just yet. CPUs can be overclocked to run faster at the expense of higher heat and power levels. Processor power/speed is based on SINGLE CORE performance and clock speed based on Gigahertz(GHz). Single core performance relates to IPC or Instructions per cycle. To put this in an analogy, think of moving large bags at a slower speed versus moving small bags at a faster speed! The two companies that make processors for PCs are Intel and AMD. Generally Intel processors are STRONGER than AMD processors in SINGLE core performance, however, AMD processors are far cheaper than Intel and still give reasonable performance in gaming. CPUs have classifications depending on what MotherBoard they are meant for. We will go over 4 different processors that are relevant to the gaming market. Intel Processors There are two classes of Intel processors, "consumer" and "prosumer" processors. These processors are supported by a SPECIFIC chipset that allows the processor to work on a certain motherboard. Intel processors feature Hyper Threading which can fool the Operating System into thinking that ONE core is actually TWO cores, so you have Physical Cores and Virtual cores. I will represent this a physical cores plus virtual cores ( p + v ). Informational Video on Hyper Threading The "Consumer" Processors Consumer processors are ranked in processing power in this fashion and use the rank in its naming scheme.... Pentium -> i3 -> i5 -> i7 Pentium processors are dual cored and can be some times over clocked. i3 processors are dual cored, and cannot be overclocked. Some i3 processors have Hyper Threading ( 2p + 2v ). i5 processors are quad cored, the highest tier i5 can be overclocked. i7 processors are quad cored, features Hyper Threading( 4p + 4v ) and can be over clocked at the highest tier. The next part of an intel processor is the generation number plus the tier number. Both these numbers combined make a four digit number, "xxxx". Each generation has specific code name that goes along with it. If the processor is overclockable there will be a "k" at the end of the number. Sometimes there will be a "T" or "S" at the end but those are unimportant to a gamer. The Pentium G3258 is a 20th Anniversary edition that is only pentium to overclock. EXAMPLES Pentium Gxxxx i3 xxxx i5 xxxx(k) i7 xxxx(k) Example of generation code names if order of newest(top) to oldest(bottom). Haswell - Refresh Haswell Ivy Bridge Sandy Bridge Intel is weird with their name but to put it shortly the first number in the 4 digit number indicates the generation, the next three numbers determine how high the clock speed is in some way. EXAMPLE Haswell - Refresh i7 4790k @ 4.0 GHz $340 i7 4790 @ 3.6 GHz $300 i5 4690k @ 3.5 GHz $245 i5 4690 @ 3.5 GHz $225 i5 4460 @ 3.2 GHz $190 i3 4370 @ 3.8 GHz $160 i3 4150 @ 3.5 GHz $120 Pentium G3258 @ 3.2Ghz $70 Here is a link for reference... In terms of gaming the Pentium( 20th Anv ), i3 and i5 processors are good enough. The i7 processors are great also but more pricey since they are meant more for content creation. i7 processors have cores which can be utilized by video/picture/3D rendering programs and stuff like that. http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/processors/processor-numbers.html The "Prosumer" Processors The Prosumer processors are all ranked as i7 processors and have hyper threading. The biggest difference is that they have more cores which can be utilized for EXTREME content creation. All these processors are OVERCLOCKABLE! The naming scheme is similar to the "consumer" processors with a few exceptions. Example of generation code names if order of newest(top) to oldest(bottom). Haswell - E Ivy Bridge - E Currently there are only 3 "prosumer" processors for Haswell - E Haswell - E i7 5820k @ 3.3Ghz -> 6 core hyper threaded processor ( 6p + 6v ) $390 i7 5930k @ 3.5Ghz -> 6 core hyper threaded processor ( 6p + 6v ) $580 i7 5960X @ 3.0Ghz -> 8 core hyper threaded processor ( 8p + 8v ) $1050 MONSTER!! Here is a link for further reference: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/processors/processor-numbers.html AMD Processors In a sense all AMD processors are "consumer" processors with nothing that really competes with intels i7 processors that can be good for video editing. AMD processors run at higher clock speeds but have a lower IPC compared to intel. The true strength of AMD is that offer decent processors for a way lower price than Intel. The highest priced AMD 4 core processor is half the price of the lowest priced Intel processor. AMD has two series of processors that I will be going over. The Athlon X4 series and the FX series. Athlon X4 Series The Athlon X4 series offers a low cost 4 core processor solution. Similar to Intel they have generation code names, and the first digit in the three digit AMD processors in general can be overclocked with out restrictions. There are only 2 "current Athlon CPUs that I will recommend for budget gaming. LIST Kaveri Athlon X4 860k @ 3.7GHz $80 Richland Athlon X4 760k @ 3.8GHz $78 The Kaveri CPU architecture is the latest an offers an higher IPC than the other Athlon cpus and even the FX processor series. FX Series The FX series is a really old processor by todays standard so I personally have a hard time recommending it, however, I will still go over the FX series. Pretty much all FX processors can be overclocked, also they use a 4 digit naming scheme. The first digit of the 4 digit number actually represents how many CORES the processor has, very different from Intel( 9xxx processors still have 8 cores not 9!. ). The last 3 digits determine the speed of the processor. LIST FX 9590 @ 4.7GHz $240 FX 8370 @ 4.0GHz $200 FX 8350 @ 4.0GHz $180 FX 8320 @ 3.5GHz $150 FX 6350 @ 3.9GHz $125 FX 6300 @ 3.5GHz $110 FX 4300 @ 3.8GHz $100 Keep in mind, the IPC or single core performance is NOT as good as Intel's or the latest Athlon X4 860k. This processor is leaning on the edge of its lifetime. The 8 core processors are good for a cheap content creation PC even playing games for cheap but for little more you can get something more up to date and stronger. Motherboard The motherboard is where all other components of the PC will connect to. Each motherboard has a "chipset" and "socket" that will determine what processor will work with the motherboard. Informational on What is a motherboard! Sometimes when a CPU changes to a new generation you may have to update the BIOS( Basic Input Out System ) on your motherboard, or not. In some cases you need a new motherboard all together. The BIOS is like a basic operating system that controls the voltages to your computer and the speed of the many processors and co-processors in your PC. You edit the settings here if you want to overclock. A typical motherboard can only use AMD or Intel processors depending on what chipset/socket they are using, however, DIFFERENT motherboard manufacturers have licences to make motherboards for AMD or Intel processors. Manufactures will make motherboards with extra features and at different quality levels so its up to you to decide from which manufacture you will buy from after you decide what CPU and chipset you want. Prices will vary from $50 to about $600 for motherboards. Informational video on chipsets LIST of Top motherboard Manufacturers ASUS MSI Gigabyte AsRock EVGA BioStar ECS Motherboard Sizes Motherboards come in many different sizes. The common sizes are.. mini - ITX micro - ATX ATX E -ATX XL - ATX Informational video on motherboard sizes Intel Motherboards Again Intel motherboards are different depending if you are using a "consumer" or "prosumer" CPU. The "consumer" Motherboards The socket that Intel "consumer" motherboards used actually is just the number of "pins" on the CPU, the latest generation uses 1150 pins. The number of pins changes and sometimes and some CPUs may be backwards compatibles with different sockets or chipsets but you would need to do further research on that since it changes every new CPU launch. The chipset works in the same fashion, it may or may not support newer or older CPUs aside from the generation of CPUs it was released with. The way the naming scheme works is that its based off the chipset. It is a single letter followed by two digits. The letter will determine if the board is mean for Overclocking, casual, or business use( all of which are good for gaming! ). The first digit represents the series number and the second is not all too important. Example Zxx - Overclocking Hxx - Casual( some overclocking ) Bxx - Business All the Z,H, and B motherboards perform the same in gaming aside from the little extra you get from overclocking. Examples of chipset and CPU generation change! Haswell - Refresh [ Intel 9 series ] Z97 H97 Haswell [ Intel 8 series ] Z87 H87 B85 The "Prosumer" Motherboards The prosumer motherboards work in the same fashion expect that they use 2011 "pins" and the motherboards cost more because they are packed with useful features for professional work. The first letter is always an "X" because these motherboards are all the same tier in that sense. The first digit represent the generation number and the second is not too important again. Examples of chipset and CPU generation change! Haswell - E [ Intel 9 series ] X99 Ivy Bridge - E [ Intel 7 series ] X79 AMD Motherboards AMD has different motherboards for their Athlon and FX series CPUs somewhat like Intel. Since AMD does not change their CPU sockets as often as intel they are classified as FM2+ motherboards or AM3+ motherboards. Generally AMD motherboards are cheaper than Intel but quality and features can suffer in some cases. Still, AMD motherboards are great for budget gaming solutions and still pack a punch. FM2+ Motherboards FM2+ motherboards are meant for the Athlon X4 processors. The naming scheme for the chipset of these motherboards is not all different from Intel, it is a single letter follow by a two digit number then by another letter. IMPORTANT FACTS!!! AMD is lenient about overclocking, BUT some motherboards can burn out from overclocking too high since AMD does not regulate this, unlike Intel. The higher the two digit number the better quality overall for overclocking and more features. Any number above 60+ can use a 6GBs hard drive speed, below 60 hard drives will be limited to 3GBs even if they are rated for 6GBs. LIST of FM2+ chipsets A88X A78 A75 A70M A68H A58 A55 AM3+ Motherboards AM3+ motherboards are meant for the FX series of processors, essentially the higher number you go the better quality you get when overclocking and more features, somewhat the same as the FM2+ motherboards. Keep in mind the 760G and 880G chipsets do not support 6Gbs Hard drives. LIST of AM3+ chipsets 990FX 990X 970 880G 760G RAM Ram is used to store temporary data that needs to be accessed FAST in the computer. For example when you are loading a map in a game it goes from the hard drive to the RAM. Another example is loading a youtube video, the youtube video is stored in the RAM. Currently we are in a transition period for RAM, there are two types of RAM DDR3 and DDR4. Currently ONLY the Intel X99 motherboards can use DDR4. There really is little difference in performance between DDR3 and DDR4 aside from larger capacities. Informational Video on DDR4 RAM Sizes Random Access Memory ( RAM ) comes in "stick(s)" and at different capacities. For example a package of a 1x8GB stick of RAM is just a single stick of 8GB of RAM, a 2x8GB package consists of two 1x8GB sticks of RAM. Common RAM Sizes 1x4GB = 4GB 2x4GB = 8GB 1x8GB = 8GB 2x8GB = 16GB 4x8GB = 32GB RAM Speeds Ram comes at different latency ratings( CAS ) and clock speeds(MHz). Generally higher speeds don't offer that much performance, however, the rule is that if the clock speed goes up so does the latency, but performance still doesn't chnage all that much. 1600MHz CAS 9 is the common base RAM speed that will give excellent performance in gaming and other things. Examples 1600MHz CAS 9 1866MHz CAS 10 2133MHz CAS 10 2400MHz CAS 11 How much RAM do I need? 4GB - Web Browsing 8GB - Gaming 16GB+ Gaming/Content Creation Informational Video on RAM usage RAM Channels RAM can either be dual channel or quad channel. RAM is installed based on how many channels there are on a motherboard. Informational Video on Memory Channels XMP RAM Memory Profiles Some times you may need to go into your motherboard BIOS/UEFI to select the right XMP Memory Profile to ensure it runs at the right speeds and latency! Informational Video on XMP Memory Profiles CPU COOLERS The CPU of a computer gets really hot so it must be cooled properly to prevent thermal throttling( overheating failsafe ). There are three basic ways a CPU can be cooled. Air Cooling, Water Cooling, Custom Water Cooling. Be for CPU coolers are installed Thermal Compound is applied on the CPU so the CPU can transfer heat quicker and more efficient tot he CPU cooler. Air Cooling The Cooling method uses vapor chambers or heatpipes that are made of copper and filled with special liquid to disperse heat through an array of aluminium fins which are called heat sinks. Air cooler have many different sizes and come in many different shapes, BEWARE some coolers interfere with the RAM placements Informational Video on Vapor Chambers Informational Video on Heatsinks Water Cooling Another method of cooling is a closed water cooling loop. A closed loop is a all in one water cooling solution. Typically the part that attaches to the CPU has the liquid pump and the water block. A water block is the copper part that is cooled by water and touches the CPU to transfer heat. The water block/pump is attached via tubes to a radiator. The radiators used on closed loops come in many different sizes. They come in either single, double, or triple sizes, which relates to the length putting 120mm/140mm fans next to each other. 120mm or 140mm Fans are typical sized fans that cool the radiator. They are placed along the length on the radiator. Informational Video on Water Cooling Radiators Custom Water Cooling Custom water cooling is buying every component ( tubes, radiator, pump, water pump ), and putting it together yourself. This is a very advanced form of cooling and can be high maintenance. GPU The Graphics Processing Unit( GPU ) is the where all those pretty 1080p+ 60+ frames get processed to give you that beautifully smooth visual fidelity. The GPU or graphics card acts as co-processor and works with the CPU to run games. Graphics cards have VRAM(Video RAM) which stores are the frames of gameplay its processing. VRAM ranges from 1GB to 4GB on todays graphics cards. The GPU needs to be powerful enough to utilize the VRAM efficiently, BEWARE more VRAM isn't always going to be best. Graphics cards will have video ports in the back of them to output video to the monitor or TV they are plugged in to. List of Common Video Ports Display Port HDMI DVI VGA - OLD DO NOT USE!! The two companies that makes GPUs are AMD and Nvidia. Just like with motherboards AMD and Nvidia just make the little processors chips that go on the graphics card, other manufacturers make the cooling system and PCB that the GPU goes in. Nvidia and AMD do make the graphics card themselves, those Graphics cards are called "Reference" cards while cards made from other manufacturers are called "Non- reference" cards. Different cards may take up a different amount of "slots" in your computer case, generally cards take two but they could take one or three.Make sure you have the space! LIST of Top Graphics Card Manufacturers ASUS MSI Gigabyte EVGA Sapphire Galaxy Zotac HIS XFX Inno3D Powercolor Depending on what tier graphics card you get the price will vary from 100$ to 1000$ in some cases. AMD cards are generally cheaper than Nvidia cards, their price to performance is nearly unbeatable. But! Nvidia still offers the most powerful cards and usually come out on top in terms of putting out raw frames per a second, not to mention providing extra features. Nvidia GeForce At the highest tier of raw power Nvidia has maintained itself as the king, not to mention it has pretty good features for content creators. To use an Nvidia graphics card you have to insert into a PCIe 3.0 slot on your motherboard, once you start up your computer things will look like shit sub-720p!, BECAUSE you have to install the Nvidia Graphics Drivers before you can view anything beautiful! Nvidia's GeForce Experience 2.0 is the program that handles all the driver updating, but not only does it do that! You can use it record PC games with out a performance hit! No capture cards necessary! Streaming software like OBS can access the GPU encoder so you can stream to Twitch with out a performance hit too!. You can use 2 to 4 Nvidia GPUs in a motherboard as long as your motherboard can support them. This is called Nvidia SLI. Usually it is recommend to use one strong GPU than two weaker ones since there could be issues using two GPUs in SLI but SLI has become more stable over the years and games have been programmed to support it better. 3 or 4 way SLI is never a good choice because games are rarely programmed well enough to utilize them efficiently. Also using two GPUs in 2 way SLI does not mean you get doubled performance, depending on how well a game in programmed you may get x1.4 - x1.8 performance gains in frames per a second but NEVER x2.0. Also SLI does not add up your VRAM, each GPU in the SLI configuration can only use as much as it came with. For SLI to work you need a small ribbon cable that will connect the graphics cards together. These are called SLI bridges. Example 1 GPU = 60fps 2 Way SLI = 100fps 3 Way SLI = 130fps 4 Way SLI = 140fps This will be common for many games, there will be point where it isn't worth it to buy more than 2 GPUs. Two - Way SLI is the way to go if you want more than one GPU, it offers the best performance and stability for the price! Informational Video on SLI Nvidia gaming GPUs are labeled as 'GTX' while the lesser ones are labeled at GT. I will just focus on the GTX GPUs, the GT GPUs are not suitable for gaming. ​The naming scheme consists of a 3 digit number which may or may not be followed by the letters "Ti". The first digit represents the generation number, the next two digits are counted in tens ( 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 ), these represent the performance level . The 'x90' class of GPUs have two GPUs on a single card, which is like 2 way SLI but you are not using two individual graphics card but a single one! A "Ti" Graphics card is just a stronger version of an already release graphics card. EXAMPLES Current Generation 900 Series GTX 980 ~$550 GTX 970 ~$300 GTX 960 ~$200 More to be release! Last Generation 700 Series SOLD OUT or HARD TO FIND GTX 780Ti ~$650 GTX 780 ~$550 GTX 770 ~$320 GTX 760 ~$250 GTX 750Ti ~$150 GTX 750 ~$120 GT 740 ~$100 G - Sync This is a new technology developed by Nvidia. G - Sync matches the refresh of the monitor with the GPU to avoid screen tearing. Previously V - Sync was used but V - Sync induces lag and stuttering. Take note G - Sync ONLY WORKS with Display Port, not HDMI or DVI or anything other video port. G - Sync is a proprietary technology by Nvidia and it will add a ~$200 dollar hardware cost to any monitor that uses this technology, so expect G - Sync monitors to be very expensive. AMD Radeon AMD GPUs have always been held in high regard for not being as expensive as Nvidia, they have excellent price to performance ratios. They do tend to run a bit hotter and draw, but not at ridiculous amounts. AMD Graphics cards pretty much work the same as Nvidia Graphics cards but they different names for the equivalent functionality. AMD Gaming Evolve works just like the Nvidia GeForce Experience 2.0, you can record gameplay, stream, and optimize games. AMD's version of SLI is called CrossFire, it works like SLI with the same pros and cons. Except! CrossFire does not require a ribbon cable anymore for the graphics cards to work together. Informational Video on Crossfire The naming scheme for AMD Radeon graphics has recently change and is a bit different than Nvidia's naming scheme. They have two classes of graphics cards, the R7 lower end and the R9 higher end. After the classes designation is a 3 digit number that may or may not be followed by an 'X'. The first digit is the generation number, the second digit is the tier level, the third digit is either a 0 or 5. A '5' means its an upgraded version of the card. If there is an 'X' at the end of the 3 digit number that means the card is a slightly overclocked version of the card. AMD R9 x95X versions of the their graphics cards have two GPU processors inside of them, which functions like Nvidia's GTX x90 class of Graphics processors. Future Generation AMD 300 Series R9 395X $? R9 390X $? R9 390 $? R9 380X $? R9 380 $? R9 370X $? R9 370 $? R7 360X $? Current Generation AMD 200 Series R9 295X ~$700 R9 290X ~$310 R9 290 ~$270 R9 285 ~$220 R9 280X ~$250 R9 280 ~$190 R9 270X ~$170 R9 270 ~$150 R7 265 ~$140 R7 260X ~$120 Adaptive(Free) - Sync This is AMDs version of G - Sync it functions the same as G - Sync, BUT its actually incorporated as a STANDARD for all newer monitors to use. Just like HDMI, DVI or Display Port are standards and have revisions ( Example HDMI 2.0, 1.4a, 1.3 ), Free - Sync uses the Display Port 1.2a STANDARD to give the same functionality as G - Sync. This means since that is a built in standard that all Monitor manufacturers follow, so it will have a very little affect to the cost of a monitor. Informational Video on Adaptive Sync PSU The Power Supply Unit(PSU) is what powers your entire PC. It is very important not to skimp out on your PSU, because there have been numerous accounts of cheapy PSU exploding and frying some of the PC components with it. Its very important to buy a PSU at a decent price and from a well known manufacturer. The PSU has multiple wires that pretty much connect to everything in your PC. Well Known Manufacturers SeaSonic Corsair EVGA Antec CoolerMaster Thermaltake Rosewill Enermax Another factor to buying a power supply is that it MUST HAVE 80 Plus efficiency. 80 Plus is a rating that will determine the power efficiency of a PSU. Any PSU that has an 80 Plus rating is guaranteed to be 80% efficient in its power usage, any higher tiers of the 80 Plus standard will give you slightly higher efficiency up to 95%. 80 Plus Tiers 80 Plus Titanium 80 Plus Platinum 80 Plus Gold 80 Plus Silver 80 Plus Bronze 80 Plus Informational Video on 80 Plus Wattage PSUs are also rated to give a certain amount of wattage to your PC, THE STRONGER YOUR PC the HIGHER wattage you NEED! Common Wattage Ratings 1500W 1200W 1000W 950W 850W 750W 650W 600W 550W 500W Thankfully advances in PC power efficiency most PCs won't require a HUGE amount of wattage to power the PC. If you need help calculating how much wattage you need lots of websites will help you, I will link a good website to use for this in the Building the PC section of this post. Modular and non - modular Some Power supplies come with wires that are non removable, other power supplies have wires that can be removed which can help clear out wire clutter. Non - Modular : All wires cannot be removed Semi - Modular: Some wires cannot be removed but some wires can be removed which helps with wire clutter. Full - Modular: All wires can be removed and you can use only what you need. Informational Video on Modular vs Non-Modular PSUs SSD and HDD SSDs and HDDs are both storage solutions. Working on a montage, saved a l33t 360 sniper no-scope clip, it all stores in yours in your SSD or HDD. Anything you want to save for long periods of time is saved here, however, both storage solutions come with there pros and cons. SSD ( Solid State Drives ) SSDs are very FAST, faster than any HDD. Also they are very silent since nothing is spinning inside of them. They still are a newer technology and they still are very expensive. Once you experience the speed of a SSD, fast boot times, apps opening in a few seconds, games loading super fast, its hard to go back. Also they are smaller than HDDs! General Pricing 1TB: $500 512GB: $250 256GB $125 128GB $100 HDD ( Hard Disk Drive ) HDDs are slower than SSDs but they have been around for a long time and you get a HUGE amount of storage for a good price. If you are used to console loading times, and have never used an SSD you will be fine. The big different between SSDs and HDDs is speed, some people are ok waiting 20 or 30 seconds for games to load and other things like that. General Pricing 1TB: $50 - $70 2TB: $125 3TB: $170 4TB: $225 Case The Case holds all the PC components together through screws and slots. There are too many ways a case can be made BUT the three important things to know before you buy a case, does your motherboard, CPU Cooler, and ( to a lesser extent ) PSU fit in the case? You will have to look up in the case specs if it can fit different sizes of motherboards, CPU coolers or CPUs. Example A case that fits only a Mini -ITX motherboard will not fit an ATX motherboard Informational Video on Case sizes Fan placement is also essential too. Some cases have fan places in the FRONT, SIDE, BACK, TOP, and even BOTTOM places of the case. You want to make sure air flows nicely through your case. Example of good air flow Air flows through a fan in the front in the case and exhausts through a fan in a back of the case. Fans Fans are used to cool and provide air flow to the many components in your PC. Fans are also attached to radiators to disperse heat from them as well. Typically small fans cause more noise than a larger fan, and depending at what speed your fans is running at they may cause more noise as well. Typical Fan Sizes 200mm 140mm 120mm 92mm 120mm is usually the sweet spot for fan sizes since its a nearly perfect for good air flow with out being too noisy at moderate speeds. Fan RPM Noise 1500RPM+ Noisy! 1200RPM Moderately Noisy 1000RPM Not that Noisy 800RPM Very Tolerable ODD The Optical Disk Drive ( ODD ) is a disk writer or reader for you PC. These are slowly becoming out dated sBECUASE you can always download music, use a USB, and even install Windows through a USB. Every so often they do come in handy for backing up your music CDs to your PC or making your own DVDs(Burning Music or DVDs). Some drives can be external through USB and also come in 'slim' versions to take up less space. When you are burning stuff to a CD/DVD/BluRay using your ODD it may run at certain speed depending what ODD you got. OS The Operating System ( OS ) is what you use to interact with the Computer aside from the BIOS/UEFI. The main OS used for gaming is Windows since most games are compatible for it. Another OS used for gaming is Linux but games for it are not as widely supported as on Windows, however, LINUX IS FREE. Some big titles such as Counter Strike are available on Linux, but you will have to do your research to see what games are supported in Linux. Also Linux does still have a pretty high learning curve so be prepared if you go the Linux route. Cost of Windows Windows 8.1 OEM $100 Windows 8.1 Download $110 Windows 8.1 Full Version $120 Recommended! Windows 8.1 Pro $140 Make sure you buy the 64bit version! 32bit is OUTDATED for desktop PCs! Popular Versions of Linux Ubuntu Debian Mint Fedora So now that we've gone through every component you can now get into building one! So what makes a gaming PC a GAMING PC? The two biggest performance givers in a PC are the CPU and GPU. A good CPU and GPU will give you excellent performance, HOWEVER some games may either be CPU bound or GPU bound. Really intensive 100+ multiplayer games will require a lot of CPU work to be done, so even if you have a $500 GPU you may not get all the pretty frames per a second if your CPU can't process the game logic fast enough so that the GPU can work in unison with it. Other games may not use the CPU so much but they may need a a power GPU to output lots of frames! Sometimes BOTTLENECKING may occur if you have a weak link in your PC! Informational Video on Bottlenecking BEWARE! Some games may just be un-optimized and will have poor usage of either the CPU or GPU. Also some games may prefer AMD GPUs over Nvidia or it could be the other way around. Examples of Un-Optimized games Dragon Age Inquisition: No support for Dual Cores. Far Cry 4: Nvidia GPU issues. Assassins Creed Unity: Ran like shit, frame rate dips. Most issues get fixed in weeks, some times by Nvidia or AMD themselves with Driver updates so that their GPUs work better. Building the PC Building a PC is pretty simple! Here are a few videos that take you through each step of building a PC! Build Guide One Build Guide Two To be more specific for EACH part here are individual videos! A good website to help you choose parts, check compatibility, and show you the best prices is PCPartPIcker. PCPartPicker is a database of the latest PC parts and comes with plenty of online tools to build a PC. Link: http://pcpartpicker.com/ PCPartPicker Tools! Database to the lasted PC hardware Select PC parts and save the selected parts to a list Wattage Calculator Compatibility Checker, you will be warned at the bottom of the build page if something is wrong. After you finish building your PC then you have to install Windows. I recommend using the USB method to install since it is cheaper and quicker! Watch this video to install Windows through a USB! After you install windows you may need download drivers to get your Internet working, or your Graphics card working, or built in WiFi. In this next section I will give out some 'base' builds at different tiers and prices. Feel free customize these base builds to your liking! PC Builds I will show case some gaming PC builds that I made on PC Part Picker. I will leave some notes on some of the PC builds to let you know about compatibility or future upgrade paths. Remember if you upgrade your CPU or GPU CHECK if your PSU has the wattage to support the new CPU or GPU. KEY uCPU - CPU can be upgraded xCPU - CPU has reach the final tier for being upgraded uGPU - GPU can be upgraded xGPU - GPU has reach the final tier for being upgraded OC - The PC can be overclocked Consoles PlayStation 4 PS4: $400 XBOX ONE Xbox One: $350 Two Years XBL: $120 Headset Chat Adapter: $30 Total: $500 Native Resolutions and Framerates for both Consoles LINK: http://www.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/PS4_vs._Xbox_One_Native_Resolutions_and_Framerates Rookie Builds $500 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper T4 70.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-DS2H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($51.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Team Zeus Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg) Case: DIYPC Mirage-D1-Y ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.79 @ Newegg) Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($45.98 @ Newegg) Total: $498.68 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 13:25 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 500 + 120 = $620 uCPU uGPU OC Gaming Performance 900p @ 60fps Med-High 1080p @ 60fps Med $550 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper T4 70.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI A68HM-E33 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($55.38 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($155.98 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($60.98 @ Newegg) Total: $557.27 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 14:51 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 550 + 120 = $670 xCPU uGPU OC Gaming Performance 900p @ 60fps High 1080p @ 60fps Med $600 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI A88XM-E45 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($77.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg) Total: $605.89 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 14:55 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 600 + 120 = $720 xCPU uGPU OC Gaming Performance 1080p @ 60fps Med-High *Bios May need to be updated before CPU can work! $650 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI A88XM-E45 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($77.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 285 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg) Total: $645.89 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 15:01 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 650 + 120 = $770 xCPU uGPU OC Gaming Performance 1080p @ 60fps High *GPUs over $300 may be too strong for the Athlon X4 860k $650 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($71.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI H97M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($81.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($60.98 @ Newegg) Total: $649.87 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 18:18 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 650 + 120 = $770 xCPU uGPU OC Gaming Performance 1080p @ 60fps High * The Pentium G3258 may have issues with some games that require 4 cores. $700 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI H97M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($81.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg) Total: $697.88 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 18:22 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 700 + 120 = $820 uCPU uGPU Gaming Performance 1080p @ 60fps High Champion $750 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI H97M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($81.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg) Total: $758.88 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 18:24 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 750 + 120 = $870 uCPU uGPU Gaming Performance 1080p @ 60fps High $900 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI H97M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($81.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($122.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg) Total: $910.87 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 18:26 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 900 + 120 = $1020 uCPU uGPU Gaming Performance 1080p @ 60fps High $1050 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI H97M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($81.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($122.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($341.98 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Cooler Master VSM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1062.86 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 18:30 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 1050 + 120 = $1170 uCPU uGPU Gaming Performance 1080p @ 120/60fps High 1440p @ 60fps Med-High $1150 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI H97M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($122.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($344.99 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 330R Titanium Edition ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1153.88 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 18:38 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 1150 + 120 = $1270 uCPU uGPU Gaming Performance 1080p @ 120/60fps High 1440p @ 60fps Med-High Ultimate $1250 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($241.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($125.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($122.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($344.99 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 330R Titanium Edition ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1242.87 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 18:41 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 1250 + 120 = $1370 uCPU uGPU OC Gaming Performance 1080p @ 120/60fps High 1440p @ 60fps Med-High $1450 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($241.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($125.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($122.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr Video Card ($564.98 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 330R Titanium Edition ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1462.86 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 18:44 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 1450 + 120 = $1570 uCPU uGPU - SLI OC Gaming Performance 1080p @ 120/60fps Ultra 1440p @ 60fps Ultra $1750 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($125.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($122.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr Video Card ($564.98 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($155.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($194.98 @ Newegg) Total: $1754.86 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 18:51 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 1750 + 120 = $1870 xCPU uGPU - SLI OC Gaming Performance 1080p @ 120/60fps Ultra 1440p @ 60fps Ultra *Heavy Work Station Build! $2150 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($213.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($238.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card ($662.98 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($194.98 @ Newegg) Total: $2155.87 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 20:11 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 2150 + 120 = $2270 xCPU uGPU - SLI OC Gaming Performance 1080p @ 120/60fps Ultra 1440p @ 120fps Ultra *Heavy Work Station Build! Mega $2800 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($213.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($238.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($662.98 @ Newegg) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($662.98 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($194.98 @ Newegg) Total: $2818.85 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 20:14 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 2800 + 120 = $2920 xCPU xGPU OC Gaming Performance 1080p @ 120/60fps Ultra 1440p @ 120fps Ultra 2160p( 4K ) @ 60fps High *Heavy Work Station Build! $3600 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($559.99 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($473.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($748.57 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($626.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($126.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card ($662.98 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($215.98 @ Newegg) Total: $3705.45 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 20:16 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 3600 + 120 = $3720 uCPU uGPU OC Gaming Performance 1080p @ 120/60fps Ultra 1440p @ 120fps Ultra *Heavy Work Station Build! Ultra $5650 Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i7-5960X 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($1052.98 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($473.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 64GB (8 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($1505.38 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($626.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($126.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($662.98 @ Newegg) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($662.98 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair 1200W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($317.98 @ Newegg) Total: $5675.23 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-07 20:19 EST-0500 With Windows 8.1: 5650 + 120 = $5770 xCPU xGPU OC Gaming Performance 1080p @ 120/60fps Ultra 1440p @ 120fps Ultra 2160p( 4K ) @ 60fps High *Heavy Work Station Build! Happy gaming PC buying! Hope this helps and let me know if anything needs to be edited!
  13. Installation 01 looking good so far! This will probably be my main game once it comes out. It's hard to replace Halo style gameplay, so this will be the game I move onto. I haven't played on my Xbox for 1 year now.
  14. Too be honest 343i has turned away more casuals than the entire competitive community ever could. Mimicking other franchises Releasing a broken Xbox One launch title, MCC. Not releasing Forge on launch. Not releasing all gametypes on launch. Shitty playlists on launch. Removing firefight. Not reintroducing clans. Poor armor customization.
  15. GET A PC!!!! Honestly the best investment for an older gamer. Plus all the xbox exclusives will be on Windows 10 so its still a win-win situation not to mention games like GOW4 include crossplay.
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