Monday, November 4, 2013

My 2nd Gaming PC that I plan to build

I've been thinking a lot if I would build a new gaming PC or upgrade my existing once since I only have one PC I use it more on multitasking at hand. Like I used my PC at work and I also use it for gaming and I also use it for watching some stuff. It's hard to have only one PC that do a lot of things but you can't do them one by one for example if you wanted to play a game for an hour but your skype notification keeps on beeping out.

So I decided to make a separate PC dedicated just for gaming and entertainment stuff and I live the rest of my other PC for work and browsing. This time I would build a Hashwell gaming rig because I have an Ivy Bridge. But before I decided to build a gaming rig, there are new video cards that were out right now such as the 700 series from Nvidia. My top choice before was either a GTX 770 or GTX 780 to replace my 1 year old GTX 680. Money is of no concern for me to build a gaming rig.

But since right now AMD has been releasing there new video card line like the R9 series that replaces the HD series. To my surprise the R9 series is a lot more cheaper than Nvidia has to offer the GTX 770 or GTX 780 is really expensive here like it cost around 18000 to 30000 Php pesos convert that to dollar like 400$ to 600$. While the R9 here only cost around let's say for example the cheapest R9 280X cost around 14000 pesos (300$) really half the price from Nvidia. To think about it the last AMD graphics card that have was the HD 6950 that was dead long ago because my PSU got fried. I've got two AMD graphics card before the HD 4890, and HD 6950 and switched back again to Nvidia right now I have a Palit GTX 680 4gb Jetstream because of the Physx.  Well Physx I guess is just a marketing ploy to lure them into the trap of buying an Nvidia cards which other competitors don't have and it works.

Well anyways right now my top choice for the video card was the R9 280X and since recently AMD release R9 290X which they say is a Titan killer or a GTX 780 killer it's out of my budget. So I bought an R9 280x and I will be planning on a crossfire mode. Last month October 2013 I bought an AMD in XFX R9 280x DD and an Asus Maximus Gene VI going to build a powerful Micro-Atx rig for my gaming machine.

For this month alone and in addition to my recent purchase going to plan on buying the following stuff:

PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i5-4670K
RAM: G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 1600 4GBx2kit CL9 Red F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
SSD: Plextor M5 Pro 128gb
CASE: Bitfenix Phenom M
PSU: Corsair RM850w CP-9020056-NA

I've choosen the i5 4670k because it's really good on games and I don't need hyper-threading like what the i7 has and plus it is much cheaper. I also have chosen an 850w power supply I really hope that this psu will handle crossfire well or will be enough for the time being. I've been researching on the PSU recommendation for the R9 280X and they say I guess the 800w will be good enough because the R9 280X is just a re-branded HD 7970 GHz Edition that's what they say and that's what I read about. I don't care as long as it is a good card that can handle everything maxed out and I'm happy with it.

For the Case I really like the Bitfenix Phenom the case really reminds me of a good o'l toaster the Case was cute and it's something like of an eye catching stuff when you see one. I really hope that case would fit in a 10 to 11" graphics card.   

So far here's the complete list round up on my planned second Gaming PC:

PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i5-4670K
MOTHERBOARD: Asus Maximus VI Gene
VIDEO CARD: XFX R9 280X DD
HSF: Corsair H80i
RAM: G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 1600 4GBx2kit CL9 Red F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
SSD: Plextor M5 Pro 128gb
HD: 2TB WD Green
CASE: Bitfenix Phenom M
PSU: Corsair RM850w CP-9020056-N