Build a Gaming PC for Under $900 (September 2011)


Due to the nature of building a custom computer
you may find compatibility issues with the following parts list. Today I’m here with the latest in my computer
build series, today focusing on a computer that is focused on serious 1080p
gaming performance at the $900 price point. To begin we will be using the Intel
Core i5-2500k CPU. Don’t let the i5 branding fool you, this is a serious performer
for gaming. It is a quad core processor clocked at 3.3GHz however just like
the 2600k you can easily overclock it to 4GHz and above. For $220 this will be
a great core for your build. For a motherboard we’ll be using a Gigabyte
GA-Z68XP-UD3. As a Z68 board it features support for Intel’s Quick Response SSD caching,
SATA3 and USB3 ports as well as Virtu for switching between the CPU graphics
and your dedicated card. At $140 this will work great for our build. Moving on to
the graphics card we have the Sapphire Radeon 6870. This should be able to play nearly
any game available today maxed at 1080p without a problem and also features
a pair of DVI ports along with DisplayPort and HDMI. Coupled with a free copy of Deus
Ex it will work great for $155 after rebate. For memory we’ll be using 8GB of
G.SKILL Ripjaws RAM clocked at 1600MHz. The heatsinks aren’t overly large and for
$45 it’s a great deal for plenty of RAM to run your build. Storage is taken care of
with a 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 hard drive and a OCZ Vertex 60GB solid state drive.
You have two options, you can either use the Quick Response SSD caching feature
to automatically speed up your most used files on the 1TB drive or simply install Windows
and your favorite apps on the SSD. Either way all your storage will be taken
care of for $120. While a DVD burner is hardly necessary these
days it will still help install Windows and any disc based media you have so we’ll
be using a Samsung CD/DVD burner for $20. For the case there is the Cooler Master HAF
912. While certainly not an expensive case it offers a lot of solid features including
plenty of room for installing additional fans, easy access to the filters for cleaning,
room for lots of hard drives, graphics cards as well as a cage for installing a pair
of 2.5” hard drives on the bottom of the case. My main build is in a HAF 912 and I
highly recommend it for $60. The power supply for the build is a Thermaltake
TR2 600w supply. While it’s not modular, it will deliver enough power for
your build including overclocking the CPU with headroom to spare for $55. Last but not
least we have a new copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. If you want you can install
another version of Windows or Linux but otherwise this will run $100. So overall
how did we do? As of September 8th, 2011 on Newegg.com the entire build will run $889.90.
For the price you’ll be getting a rock solid gaming rig for under $900 that should
be capable of playing all the big games that are coming out this year. Do keep in mind
that prices are always fluctuating so feel free to customize the build to your liking. If
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100 thoughts on “Build a Gaming PC for Under $900 (September 2011)

  1. naw you won't. CPUs have way better price to performance ratios. As long as its not a 7970 or something extreme along those lines.

  2. okay, Thanks for correcting me.
    Had just watched linustechtips and he showed all this stuff so yeah, sorry for my stupity -.-

  3. For actual gaming, you'd figure the sandy bridge i3 was more than enough, and lol @ bottlenecking 😛 with the Sandy Bridge i3 mentioned, I bet you'd only drop like 3-5 frames compared to the i5 2500k haha. *actually* I just checked on TomsHardare lol, and the i3 scored a whole 2 frames higher :P. For gaming, a better GPU, at least for now. But the result may vary with odd games like GT4, Skyrim and StarCraft2

  4. yes that is what i said, sorry for the lack of punctuation. i do think that cpu is very important because that also decides what mobo you are going with.

  5. As long as it is has the same slot, which in that case would be LGA 1155, it doesn't matter. The i3 has the same slot as the i5, so…there is no change there.

  6. Not in USA…its world wide.
    Actuly in the USA the parts are the cheapest comparing it to EU prices.
    150$ card is 150 euro card on the europe market.
    So the rig in this video is around 850 euros and that is alot more then 900$ as he described it.
    Plus not counting that hard drives prices got up by 100% cuz of the flood in the thailand.

  7. Oh really now?
    You just proven to me how stupud you really are.
    You see…celeron g440 is a 1155 socket to.
    That will not bottleneck the gtx 560 ?
    i3 2100(the cpu you recommended) is a middle class intel and it WILL bottleneck gpu such as GTX 560 Ti…and if you claim otherwise then you dont know shit about pc parts.
    GTX 560 Ti can only pair with i5 or i7 for fluid and maximum performances.

  8. Funny cos it probably wouldn't -.-
    Gamers who think CPU is important ?_?
    i3 2100 will not limit a gtx 560 ti in any way
    Just google it; How smart do you feel now?
    People like you who still run a Core 2 Duo and a 4890 don't get an opinion.

  9. 9 year olds like you have absolutely no idea about what a bottleneck is mate, an i3 2100 is not going to bottleneck a GTX 560 Ti in any way…
    Just google it for proof.
    Should have done your homework!!!

  10. "Serious bottleneck" bullshit.
    Thats the exact same setup I use and get sub 5% bottlenecking kid -.-
    When you have no idea what ur talking about; its best not to say anything ^_^

  11. 10-15% is serious. when you are running at 60 + FPS it doesn't even make a noticeable difference. I understand what you mean but that 5% is only going to be noticeable in benchmarks, not real world gaming performance (except games like Skyrim that are CPU intensive) I know I would get better frame rates with a better CPU but the i3 doesnt necessarily bottleneck the 7850.
    I am going to upgrade to a 3570k fairly soon, the main reason I didn't buy a 2500k is because I was waiting for ivy bridge.

  12. an i3 2100 wont bottleneck anything, except maybe for like a gtx 680 or something. in most cases there never is a bottleneck and the cpu just falls behind in cpu work. an i3 2100 shouldnt be that far behind a stock i5 2500k

  13. A 6870? Really? For a ~$900 GAMING computer, that kinda sucks. Cheap out on the CPU and get a better GPU. (or get windows 7 from a certain bay where pirates reside; I heard they're having a sale.)

  14. No, that's not. A CPU won't bottleneck a GPU until you get to the very high performance ones. I'm pretty sure an i3 wouldn't bottleneck GTX 570 or 7850, and if it does, only by 5% or so.

  15. hey i am planning to assemble a gaming PC, here are the parts i am thinking to buy from flipkart india :-
    AMD FX 8150 Processor
    LG GH24NS71 Internal Optical Drive
    HIS AMD/ATI Radeon HD 6870 IceQ GPU 1 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
    Seasonic S12II-620 PSU
    WD Caviar Blue 500 GB HDD Internal Hard Drive
    G.Skill Sniper 8 GB RAM
    Cooler Master Elite 311 Plus Mid Tower
    Cooler Master BC 80
    Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2
    Lenovo KM4802
    Enter E-GPV Gamepad
    are these parts ok
    please tell if i should change anything

  16. Hey instead of the Radeon I want to go with teh GTX 560 TI GPU. IS this worth the money and will it fit in the case aswell???

  17. Can I use the Cooler Master Elite 430 Case for this build instead? AND Would the Hyper 212+ Fan be better for the i5-2500k if I decide to Overclock it? And finally Will all these components and the aftermarket Hyper 212+ fan ALL FIT IN THE "Cooler Master Elite 430 Case"? Thanks in advance and please answer me back. I really need the answer. Thanks! I appreciate it~

  18. Hi is this a good build
    Sapphire radeon HD6870
    Thermaltake chaser mk-i
    AMD FX-4100
    Windows 7 Home premium (64-bit)
    Corsair Gaming Series GS700
    ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3
    SEAGATE Barracuda7200.12 500GB
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB
    Cooler Master Hyper Evo 212
    2 BitFenix Spectre PRO 200mm
    Samsung SH-222AB
    NZXT CB-LED20-RD 24x Red LED Sleeve
    Cooler Master HTK-002-U1
    (About 900$) Is it worth it?

  19. Is this a good build?

    • CPU:Intel Core i5-2500
    • GPU:PowerColor AX6850 Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    • HDD:Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AARX 750GB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    • SSD:Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    • RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
    • Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Note: These are just the basics

  20. Actually, It is shocking, but you can run crysis 2 on max at a solid 30 frames on an i3 with a Nvidia 400 series and up.

  21. Get a Radeon HD 7970 instead of the one in this video. It will run Crysis on Max settings. But it's 300 dollars):

  22. The Processor won't matter, spend that 50 bucks on liquid cooling or upgrading the graphics card. The 2500k (Or the new i5 with IvyBridge) is perfect for gaming and anything else.

  23. Yes im thinking of buying one but replacing the graphics card with a 2gb one insead of 1gb and replacing the hard drive to hold 3tb and the ssd to hold 120gb

  24. i've made my own gaming pc it cost € 720,- althought i only paid € 630,- and i get 60fps+ avg on bf3 max settings easily
    the desktop that i bought is soo much better than the computer above

  25. i suggest the amd fx 8350 for $200 it has been proven that it is better than any intel cpu on the market.

    now no hate intel fans im not bagging on intel seeing how the fx 8350 is barley better.

  26. Can i have a good gaming build for BF4 on medium settings I don't care about being oN Ultra or High settings

  27. This was a solid build in 2011. These videos had good quality and solid information from the very beginning and that's why Austin Evans is so successful today.

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