Christmas Custom Gaming PC Buying Guide 2014

With Christmas being right around the corner, you or someone on gift list may be in need of a new gaming PC. If that’s the case, your in the right place, in this article we will be listing our recommended custom gaming PC configurations for a range of budgets.

 

 

 

The Sub $750 Entry Level Gaming PC

There is a surprising amount of power in even the lowest end components available today and Anniversary Edition Pentium G3258 is a powerhouse at its $85 price point. When paired with a dedicated GTX750 TI OC GPU, you get a low cost system that can breeze through all but the most demanding games at 1080P on mid to high graphics pre-sets.

CPU : Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition
Motherboard : Asus H81M-PLUS
RAM : 8GB 1600MHz (Any Brand)
Case : Cooler Master K350
Hard Drive : 1TB WD Blue
Power Supply : Cooler Master 500W Thunder 85+
Graphics Card : Gigabyte GTX 750TI 2GB OC
Cooling : Additional 120mm Case Fan

Fully assembled and burn in tested for $722.00

 

 

 

The $1000 Mid Range Gaming PC

Currently weighing at exactly $1000 this configuration steps up from a Pentium to an Intel Core i3, again with the 8GB of 1600MHz memory, but this time combined with a AMD R9 285 OC video card. Holding the middle ground between the GTX 760 and the GTX 970, the 285 OC punches hard within its price bracket, which just so happens fit this PC’s budget to a T.

CPU: Intel Haswell i3 4360 2-Core 3.7GHz
Motherboard: ASRock Intel 1150 H97M-PRO4
RAM: 8GB 1600MHz
Case: Corsair Carbide Spec-01 Mid Tower
Power Supply: Cooler Master 500W Thunder 85+
Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB Blue
Graphics Card: Gigabyte R9 285 2GB OC

Fully assembled and burn in tested for $1000.00

 

 

 

The Sub $1500 Mid to High End Gaming PC

One of the most common budgets we see for a gaming PC here at Evatech is $1,500 and for that much money, your going to get a gaming PC that will handle even the most demanding modern PC games with ease at 1080P or even 1440P. Nvidia’s newest GPU, the GTX 970 raised the bar to new level for gaming performance at the $500 AUD mark setting ripples through the industry triggering price cuts and hardware revisions. At this price point an SSD can also be added for the operating system and all your most commonly used software to give a huge boost to PC boot and app launch and load speeds.

CPU: Intel Haswell i5 4590 4-Core 3.3GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel 1150 H97M-Gaming 3
RAM: Avexir 12GB 1600MHz LED Core Blue LED
Case: Corsair Graphite 230T Black Mid Tower
Power Supply: SilverStone 600W Strider Essential 80+ Bronze
Primary Storage Device: Silicon Power 7mm 120GB S60
Second Storage Device: Western Digital 1TB Blue
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming 4GB

Fully assembled and burn in tested for $1,440.00

 

 

 

The $2000 Enthusiast Custom Gaming PC

While $2000.00 is no small amount of money, there is a huge number of enthusiasts who get their kicks from having all that power at their key pressing finger tips. This PC comes powered with by the top of the range Intel 1150 Haswell R series 4790 CPU, 16GB of 1866MHz memory, a fat 250GB SSD for the operating system, apps and games, a 2TB hard drive for file storage and the worlds fastest gaming GPU to date, the GTX 980. If that wasn’t enough, this GTX 980 is factory overclocked with a greatly improved aftermarket SOC edition cooler from GALAX.

CPU: Intel Haswell i7 4790 4-Core 3.5GHz
Motherboard: ASRock Intel 1150 H97 Fatal1ty Performance
RAM: Kingston 16GB 1866MHz HyperX Fury Black
Case: Corsair Graphite 230T Windowed Orange Mid Tower
Power Supply: Cooler Master 700W Thunder 85+
Primary Storage Device: Samsung 250G 840 EVO [$10 Off]
Second Storage Device: Seagate 2TB Barracuda
Graphics Card: Galax GTX 980 4G SOC Edition

Fully assembled and burn in tested for $2000.00

 

 

 

The ‘I have too much money & want to be envy PC gamers world wide’ PC

Every now and then a customer places an order online or in store for a PC that we can only call envious. So, how do you top an i7 CPU + GTX 980 GPU / 16GB RAM combination? Well you get the unlocked overclockable K series of that i7 CPU, add an extra GTX 980 for SLI to double your GPU power, double the RAM to 32GB and while we are at it, lets double the SSD size and throw in a couple of 4TB hard drives for a combined total of 8 terabytes of file storage. While we are at it, why not a include a Blu-ray burner, a big fat liquid cooler with a 280mm radiator, a 5 channel fan controller, a couple of extra fans, some case lighting LEDs, a Republic of Gamers series dedicated sound card and jam it all in to the giant Corsair 760T full tower case.

CPU: Intel Devils Canyon i7 4790K 4-Core 4.0Ghz [$15 Off]
Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel 1150 GA-Z97X-Gaming GT
RAM: Avexir 32GB 1600Mhz LED Blitz Gaming Dragon Red
Case: Corsair Graphite 760T Black Full Tower
Power Supply: Corsair 850W RM-850 Modular 80+ Gold
Primary Storage Device: Samsung 500G 840 EVO [$15 Off]
Second Storage Device: Seagate 4TB Barracuda
Third Storage Device: Seagate 4TB Barracuda
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming 4GB [$20 Off]
Second Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming 4GB [$20 Off]
Optical Drive: Pioneer Internal Blu-Ray Writer
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Phoebus PCI-E
Network Card: TP-Link WDN3800 N600 Wireless Dual Band PCI-E
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H110 Liquid Cooler
140mm Fan: [2x] Noctua 140mm NF-A14 ULN 800RPM Fan
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LX Dual Bay LCD 5 Channel
Case Lighting: NZXT Sleeved LED Cable 200CM Red

Fully assembled and burn in tested for $4,750

 

 

In Summary

It all depends on your expectations. If your happy playing the latest games at 1080P, occasionally dialing some high end graphics options down a little bit, $750 will get you the hardware you need to do exactly that. If you want to crank all those settings way up and never have to turn them down again, well your probably looking at spending around $1500 on standard 1080P monitor. If you run a multi-monitor system or higher than 1080P displays, you sir are an enthusiast and maxing out your graphics settings may require something closer to the $2,000 system.

Don’t forget, all of our systems are 100% customisable from the links above and if you don’t already have  a copy, you will need a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 licence which can be added to any system for only $115.00.