October 2016 Gaming System

The October 2016 gaming system. Gaming, the ultimate computing industry.  If you are a gamer, what a time to have this interest. PC gaming is better than ever. Whether you play World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Grand theft Auto, or the new Doom this system will have you covered.  As usual I scour for components for various systems that can be built and present them here for your critical analysis, purchase, or request for me to build for you. Links to the parts are provided from Amazon and I will try my best to choose Prime qualifying components. If you choose for me to build the system for you I charge 10% per $100 (a minimum $50). A system that includes water cooling will have an additional $100 for water cooling install.  All systems I build are stress tested. And now I present for you the system with the total cost at the end.

The Gaming System October 2016

Processor

AMD Octa-core FX-9590 4.7GHz Desktop Black Edition 8 Socket AM3+ FD9590FHHKBOF (Personal Computers)


List Price: $177.00 USD
New From: $177.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $197.35 USD In Stock

A lot of systems use Intel processors. Again I choose an AMD processor for this system. Really when you get down to underlying technologies, Intel uses AMD64 technology in all their modern processors. So why pay more when you can go to the source and use a chip from a company big on gaming? The AMD FX-9590 is a power horse. It is one of the fastest clocked processors out there at 4.7GHz. It really makes you crave the upcoming ZEN processor. With the ZEN release around the corner, AMD is slashing prices and this process dropped.  This monster can work for you powering your system and for nearly half the cost.

CPU Fan

Cooler Master V8 GTS – High Performance CPU Cooler with Horizontal Vapor Chamber and 8 Heatpipes (Personal Computers)


List Price: $99.99 USD
New From: $89.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $74.99 USD In Stock

How cool is this? I can try to glorify the cooling part but really it has fans, heat pipes, heat sink, and a vapor chamber. It is well worth the investment in cooling. High performance gaming and the nearly 5GHz processor will need a durable cooling component. With the selected case you can view it and all its glowing glory through the window. I wanted to suggest water cooling for this system but decided to let that be your choice. On that note I would consider water cooling for this system as cool as this unit looks. Here it is for all you traditional cooling fanatics.

Motherboard

ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura ATX DDR3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB 950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard (Personal Computers)


List Price: $110.00 USD
New From: $109.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $79.70 USD In Stock

ASUS has been a master at making components for as long as I can remember. This one has plenty of slots for you to expand beyond the basics I have listed here. USB3.0 and 3.1 On board graphics if your into that thing.

Memory

Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3L 1600 C9 memory kit for DDR3/DDR3L systems 1.35V (Personal Computers)


List Price: $209.70 USD
New From: $230.44 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Corsair 32GB DDR3 1600. You’ll need all the memory you can get to sustain a few years. I be very carefull adding the memory module nearest the processor. it may be snug against the cooling unit. I had considered using a water cooling setup but decided against in order to let that be your choice. In reality I highly suggest water cooling for a gaming rig.

Graphics Card

I don’t even know what to say about this visual behemoth. MIND BLOWN! This is not only capable of 4k resolutions but it pushes 8k. 8GB DDR5 and utilizes a GeForce GTX 1080 for its GPU. This monster can support up to 4 monitors. I really am speechless. I have seen this card in action and it is well worth the near $700 investment in your rig.

SSD Drive

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) (Personal Computers)


List Price: $177.92 USD
New From: $171.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $149.89 USD In Stock

If you know my recommendations outside my blogs here, then you know I normally suggest against solid state drives. Mainly you are screwed when it comes to data loss. (You can fork out an arm, leg, and first born child for data recovery if needed). Solid State drives are catching on quite popularly for their speed and efficiency of data movement. I selected a 500GB drive for this system for the operating system and gaming program files to reside cas well as your mundane Microsoft Office if you have to do actual work as well.

Hard Drive

WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive – 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD2003FZEX (Personal Computers)


List Price: $123.99 USD
New From: $123.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $99.19 USD In Stock

I selected a 2TB hard drive for all your important data files. Small data pulls won’t need nearly as fast a speed as an SSD can provide.

CASE

Thermaltake CHASER MK-1 ATX Build-in HDD/SSD Hot Swap Color shift LED Fan Full Tower Gaming PC Computer Case (Personal Computers)


List Price: $149.99 USD
New From: $39.47 USD In Stock
Used from: $176.31 USD In Stock

Thermaltake is a brand I love.  Their designs tend to blow my mind and I like the look.  This case has room for plenty of ventilation. The air flow setup will allow a dustless operation (Good luck). It has a sata port on top to plop in a hard drive without opening the case if you needed to do a quick file transfer from a friend. It has a window so you can enjoy all those beautiful LEDs on the inside. There are 2 front USB3 and 2 front USB2 ports.  The chosen ASUS motherboard will handle these connections.

Power Supply

The power supply is an important part of a higher end build. It needs to be able to handle the system. I use this calculator. It has a good collection of information on different devices and processors. This system requires a 750w power supply and I chosen a quality power supply by EVGA with an additional power toggle on the back. This system as listed here requires a 600W supply but I chose the 750 because system upgrades…

So the moment of truth. How much does this system cost?

$1791.80

The charge if I build for you is $1960.98.

You may have noticed that I did not include Microsoft Windows 10. Many people use other operating systems and they may want to install those instead. In other words the systems I build are about choice. Microsoft prices Windows 10 at about $99 to $119 and it may be downloaded to a USB from Microsoft or a USB drive may be purchased. The computer system here does not include a DVD drive but one may be added if you order a DVD. If you are looking for a free operating system I recommend Linux Mint.

Don’t like some of my choices? What would you do differently? Let me know in the comments then buy the components above.

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