So I recently decided it was finally time to build a gaming rig. At first, my plan was to buy a Razer Edge Pro gaming tablet, but after pre-ordering at midnight and being told I wouldn’t receive one until May, I decided to cancel my pre-order and build a gaming rig instead. Could not be happier with my decision, by the time I would have finished buying all the accessories for the Razer Edge Pro, I’d be pretty close to the cost of my build.
I’ll include links to everything I put into my build in case you feel like doing the same.
I’m currently around $2200 (rough guesstimate) into my build and pretty much finished besides a new power supply and another Graphics card to SLI in the future.
What I got for $2200:
I purchased a lot of the stuff fro Fry’s and Amazon, I had Fry’s price match as much as I could so I didn’t have to have a whole lot of items shipped. The biggest problem I found with Fry’s was a lot of their items were repackaged.
Cooler Master Storm Trooper Case – Link
ASUS Sabertooth Z77 – Link
Intel I7 3770k – Link
Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler – Link
Cooler Master Silent Pro 80plus Gold (800w) – Link
32 gb 4×8 Corsair Vengeance Ram – Link
SilverStone 3.5″ Card Reader – Link
Samsung 840 250GB SSD – Link
6 Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition Twin Pack Fan – Link
This was my first ever build, so it was quite intimidating. I cheated and had Fry’s do the cpu installation into the motherboard, but I did everything else on my own, thanks to plenty of forum posts and YouTube videos. After I was finished, I ended going back through and reorganizing all the wires, but it’s still not as clean as I wanted them to be.
Performance wise, so far I’ve been able to run Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, and BioShock Infinite on Max settings with no issues at all. I hear Battlefield 3 is tough to run, but I haven’t picked up a copy yet, since Battlefield 4 is already on its way out. One of the thing I’m happiest about though, is how well Lightroom 4 runs now while editing photos. No lag while making adjustments and much quicker switching back and forth from photo to photo.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a new desktop from a retailer, you may want to look into building your own first, you could end up with a lot more bang for your buck. It’s definitely intimidating, but absolutely worth it.