PC Hardware Configurations Choices for your Gaming Rig Print E-mail

Building a PC in 2016 can be a challenge if your not sure what to get.  Will you be using it mostly for the games? applications, graphics intensive software? or just plain average mainstream home use?  There are several ways at approaching building your power house PC, you can work within a budget and stay within your limits or you can build according to the preferred system configuration the manufacturer of the games or software suggests for performance.  Otherwise if you want to make sure you can run anything and everything just build an Enthusiast PC.

Below PCWizKid has setup by category from Mainstream to Extreme Gaming Rig configurations some recommendations for you to chose from and decide from there. To makes things easy for you, PCWizKid has put together 3 main configurations to meet each budget and category.  If money is not an issue then check out PCWizkid's Extreme Dream Machine at the bottom of the page.

Remember the pricing for each configuration is approximate and in USD* but will give you a good idea on what to get and what works well together.  For the most recent pricing and hardware list click the links beside each hardware component below.  Please note the prices may not include the LCD/LED monitor, peripherals or the operating system, so check the description details of each system.


Entry Level Gamer System - Price range $500 - $600

This entry level system (Intel or AMD) is for someone who has a tight budget and cannot spend more than about $500 USD roughly.  Or perhaps you just need a PC for the office and using an integrated video card is enough.  Yes you could always get something better if you spend another $50 here and there and before you know it the initial system that you had planned to only spend $500 is now $750.  If you dont mind running Windows 7 a little slower, play games (at lower graphic settings), and you just want to watch movies surf the net, its all good. Anything can be changed for more expensive better components later on too.  These are quality performing entry level parts for the price $500+ USD approximately and no more!

AMD Gamer Entry Level System

CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra 2140 AMD FX-Series 8GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity Windows 8.1 64-bit

CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra 2140 AMD FX-Series 8GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity Windows 8.1 64-bit


AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit Six-Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 6MB L2 Cache Memory: 8GB DDR3 1333 Hard Drive: 500GB SATAII 7200RPM Optical Drive 1: 24x DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GT 610 1GB

Intel Gamer Entry Level

iBUYPOWER Solaris Series NE702D3 Intel Core i3 8GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

iBUYPOWER Solaris Series NE702D3 Intel Core i3 8GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit Dual Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 3MB L3 Cache Memory: 8GB DDR3 1333 Hard Drive: 500GB SATA III Optical Drive 1: 24X DL DVD+/-RW Drive

 

 

AMD Gamer Mainstream Level - $700 - $800 USD

CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra 2166 AMD FX-Series 8GB DDR3 2TB HDD Capacity Windows 8 64-BitCyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra 2166 AMD FX-Series 8GB DDR3 2TB HDD Capacity Windows 8 64-Bit

AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit Eight-Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 8MB L2 Cache Memory: 8GB DDR3 1333 Hard Drive: 2TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s 7200RPM


Intel Gamer Mainstream Level - $700 - $800 USD

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme H700 Desktop PC Intel Core i5 8GB DDR3 500GB HDD Windows 8.1 64-bit

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme H700 Desktop PC Intel Core i5 8GB DDR3 500GB HDD Windows 8.1 64-bit

 

 

 


Gamer System - Price range $900 - 1300

This Gamer system (Intel or AMD) caters to those who want higher performing parts that can take advantage of the latest technologies and software.  For example, a system like this can do video editing, play directx 11 games, run Windows 8 smoother and multitask better while watching movies, surfing the net and doing more than average.  With a system like this you have the option to later upgrade easier to a more extreme system easily.  A gamer system will extend the life and usage of it for a longer period than a entry level system without the need for immediate upgrades, so in the long run this is the most popular choice.

Intel Gamer System

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme H195 Desktop PC Intel Core i7 8GB DDR3 2TB HDD Windows 8.1 64-Bit CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme H195 Desktop PC Intel Core i7 8GB DDR3 2TB HDD Windows 8.1 64-Bit

AMD Gamer System

CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA460 AMD FX-Series 16GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity Windows 8 64-Bit

AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit Eight-Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 8MB L2 Cache Memory: 16GB DDR3 Hard Drive: 1TB Optical Drive 1: 12x Blu-Ray Player Combo


Enthusiast System

An enthusiast gaming rig system by definition is a high end PC.  The hardware components are premium parts which are on priced higher as you would expect.  A system like this takes the Gaming system to the next level by pushing the boundaries of the hardware beyond the default advertised limitation.  These systems outperform and exceed expectations making them the top performers in every category.  However, owning an enthusiast system does not have to be costly.  Even though you may find many so called enthusiast gaming rigs out there, the cost of owning one averages at aprox $1300 USD.  It all depends on what you want to customize and add.  Do you want 2 Video cards in crossfire or in SLI?  Do you want them to be lesser performing AMD R9 270X (still a very good card), step up to a R9 280X or go all the way to the high end AMD R9 290X / 295X or do you have the $$$ to get several Nvidia GTX 780Ti's?  Will you use water cooling throughout or just modify (mod) the system case fans? Do you want one hard drive or several, or even do you want a SSD drive? These are examples of what an enthusiast will go through to kick it up a notch.  Every upgraded part means more $$$!!! The rewards in speed and performance are really noticable though as seen in PCWizKid's benchmark reviews.

Intel Enthusiast Rig ~ $1900

CyberpowerPC Stealth Reaper REAPER200LQ Desktop PC Intel Core i7 16GB DDR3 2 TB+128 GB SSD HDD Capacity Windows 8.1 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Stealth Reaper REAPER200LQ Desktop PC Intel Core i7 16GB DDR3 2 TB+128 GB SSD HDD Capacity Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Intel Core i7 4820K(3.7GHz) Processor Main Features: 120MM Closed-Loop Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler Memory: 16 GB Hard Drive: 2 TB+128 GB SSD Optical Drive 1: DVDRW Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 780 Ti 3GB

AMD Enthusiast System ~ $1600

iBUYPOWER Gamer NE290XR9 Desktop PC AMD FX-9370 4.4GHz 16GB DDR3 1TB + 120GB SSD HDD Capacity Windows 8.1 64bit

iBUYPOWER Gamer NE290XR9 Desktop PC AMD FX-9370 4.4GHz 16GB DDR3 1TB + 120GB SSD HDD Capacity Windows 8.1 64bit

AMD FX-9370 4.4GHz Processor Main Features: iBUYPOWER Custom Liquid Cooling Memory: 16GB (8GB x2) DDR3 1333 Hard Drive: 1TB + 120GB SSD Optical Drive 1: 24x LG SATA DVDRW Graphics: AMD R9 290X 4GB

 

 

PCWizKid's Wish - Xtreme Dream Machines ~ $2500 - $3000

CyberpowerPC Xtreme 1390LQ Intel Core i7 16GB DDR3 2TB HDD Capacity Windows 8.1CyberpowerPC Xtreme 1390LQ Intel Core i7 16GB DDR3 2TB HDD Capacity Windows 8.1

Intel Core i7 4960X 3.6 GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit Six-Core Processor Memory: 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) Hard Drive: 2 TB+250 GB SSD Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB Ethernet: Gigabit Ethernet

 

 

CyberpowerPC Xtreme 1394LQ Intel Core i7 16GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity Windows 8.1


CyberpowerPC Xtreme 1394LQ Intel Core i7 16GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity Windows 8.1

Intel Core i7 4960X 3.6 GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit Six-Core Processor Memory: 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) Hard Drive: 1 TB Graphics: AMD Radeon 7990 6GB Ethernet: Gigabit Ethernet

 

 

iBUYPOWER NE9590FX AMD FX-Series 32GB DDR3 2TB + 240GB SSD HDD Capacity Windows 8 64-bitiBUYPOWER NE9590FX AMD FX-Series 32GB DDR3 2TB + 240GB SSD HDD Capacity Windows 8 64-bit

AMD FX-9590 4.70GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit Eight-Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 8MB L3 Cache Memory: 32GB DDR3 1600 Hard Drive: 2TB SATA III + 240GB SSD Optical Drive 1: 24X DL DVD+/-RW Drive Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB

 

 

iBUYPOWER Gamer NE244D3 Intel Core i7 32GB DDR3 1TB HDD + 240GB SSD HDD Capacity Windows 8 Pro 64-bitiBUYPOWER Gamer NE244D3 Intel Core i7 32GB DDR3 1TB HDD + 240GB SSD HDD Capacity Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

Intel Core i7-4960K 3.6GHz Memory: 32GB DDR3 1600 Hard Drive: 1TB SATA III HDD + 240GB SSD Optical Drive 1: 24x LG SATA DVDRW Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Audio: Realtek ALC892 7.1 Channels

 

 


NOTE: Approximate pricing on each system is based on newegg.com sale parts as of Spring 2014. Prices are subject to change and total's are approximate in US dollars and do not include taxes and shipping or a display monitor (unless specified).
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