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February 21, 2017

Best Gaming Workstation PC Build Under $1,500 [February 2017]

Fast, Quiet, Powerful

Earlier this month, we put together a $1,200 mid-range custom gaming PC build which is an excellent gaming PC at a reasonable budget that will play games at 1080p or 1440p resolutions at medium to high quality.

As we were quite impressed with what could be built with the budget, we decided to put together a sister build as well focusing more on a build for workstation activities such as photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling, video encoding, etc., but also with the capability of playing games at 1080p and 1440p on the side as well. For this build we decided to set ourselves at a $1,500 budget to create the best gaming workstation that’s not only [...]

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February 12, 2017

Best Custom Gaming PC Build Under $1,200 [February 2017]

Mid-Range Gaming PC Build

Late last year, we put together a $1,200 custom gaming PC build which was very popular among the readers, but with new hardware releases over the past few months, we decided to once again put together a new build with the latest components. Our goal for this month’s build is once again put together a system with the greatest amount of performance for running all the latest games at mid to high settings at 1080P, 1440P, or 1600P without compromising style or going overbudget.

Let’s take a look at how we did!

 

Best Gaming Computer Build Component Summary – Budget: $1,200CPU Intel Core [...]
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October 7, 2016

Best VR, 4K Gaming PC Build Under $2,000 [October 2016]

$2,000 Gaming Build for VR and 4K Gaming

Lately, we’ve had quite a few readers ask about 4K and VR gaming builds and honestly we’re not that surprised. With PC hardware powerful enough to support VR coming down in price, VR headsets now readily available for purchase, and more importantly a ton of awesome awesome VR games available and on the way, VR gaming has seen quite a bit of growth this year and it’s projected to grow exponentially in the next few years as well. Similarly, 4K gaming has seen some massive growth as well especially as prices on 4K monitors have gone down quite a bit in price over the past year with a number of monitors such as [...]

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September 29, 2016

Best Gaming Workstation Build Under $1,500 [October 2016]

$1,500 Gaming Workstation Build

One of the most popular builds on our site is the gaming workstation, a hybrid build that’s both great at games yet also is able to pull double duty for workstation activities such as video editing, photoshopping, and even 3D modeling. This makes sense as computers are so versatile that it only makes sense to have a single PC that’s capable of not only playing games, but for doing work as well.

Our budget this month is $1,500 which means we’ll have a relatively high end build although it’s not quite as high end as your maxed out $2,500 build. That said, this build should easily play all your games at the highest [...]

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August 29, 2016

Best Gaming PC Build Under $1,200 [August 2016]

Mid-Range Gaming PC Build

With summer ending quickly, fall just around the corner and along with it the biggest game releases of the year, gamers are looking to upgrade or build an entirely new Gaming PC that can easily run their games without a hiccup. This month, we’ve put together a Mid-Range Gaming PC for $1,200 which will include everything you need to play the latest and greatest games coming out this season.

Let’s take a look at how we did!

 

Best Gaming PC Build Component Summary – Budget: $1,200CPU Intel Core i5-6600KMotherboard MSI Z170 SLI-PLUSMemory Patriot Viper 4 16GB (2x8GB) [...]
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July 13, 2016

Best Budget Workstation PC Build Under $800 [July 2016]

$800 Entry Level Workstation

 

With digital cameras and video recording now becoming more commonplace than ever, people are more and more looking for workstation PCs that can easily run their favorite image editing and video editing applications without a hiccup.

This month, we’re focusing on a relatively affordable workstation build for only $800 which will include everything you need for photo editing and light video editing.

Let’s take a look at how we did!

 

Best Entry Level Workstation Build Component Summary – Budget: $800CPU Intel Core i5-6600Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170M-D3HMemory Kingston HyperX [...]
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November 29, 2015

Best Gaming PC Build Under $1,500 [November 2015]

$1,500 Mid-Range Gaming System

With a number of AAA games being released for the holiday season as well as a number of new hardware announcements for the holiday season, we thought we’d do a new gaming PC build article, this time designed for the mid-range crowd.

With a budget of $1,500, our goal this time was to create a gaming build which would allow gamers to play the latest games at 1080p, 1440p or 1600p at the highest possible settings (or pretty close to it). Additionally, we also designed this system to be as “futureproof” as possible, utilizing all the latest technologies including Intel’s latest Skylake architecture, DDR4 memory, USB 3.1 as [...]

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November 21, 2015

Best $1,000 Star Wars Battlefront Gaming PC Build

Now that EA DICE’s long-awaited shooter Star Wars Battlefront has finally arrived on PC, no doubt many of you are probably itching to build a new rig or upgrade your current one to meet the game’s fairly hefty requirements. While it’s easy to build a system that matches the game’s minimum system requirements or blow enormous amounts of money on a top of the line gaming machine, we decided to put together a system for those on a reasonable budget yet are still looking for that Premium Star Wars Battlefront experience.

That being said, lets set some expectations before we begin. This won’t be a PC enthusiast’s gaming powerhouse and [...]

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February 24, 2015

Best Mid-Range Gaming PC Build Under $1,000 [February 2015]

$1,000 1080P Gaming Powerhouse

Ever since we started the site several years ago, gaming computer builds have always ranked as one of the most popular article requests we get. While we originally wanted build articles to be a monthly feature on the website, it hasn’t always worked out that way due to more pressing articles taking up most of our time, but we’re definitely aiming to post build articles much more often for the next year so stay tuned.

With that said, let’s talk about the build. As usual, our $1,000 gaming build has always been one that will allow gamers to play the latest games at 1080p using high to ultra [...]

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July 10, 2014

Best Mid-Range Gaming PC Build Under $1,500 [July 2014]

Lots of “Game” for Under $1,500

It’s been quite a while since our last gaming PC build here at Custom PC Review, but computer hardware hasn’t really changed all that much in the past couple months with most of the industry waiting on the holiday season to make their big releases. Our previous $1,500 gaming PC build from back in 2013 was already based off Intel’s latest Haswell processor architecture and Intel isn’t expected to be releasing a successor to the aging processor until this holiday season, while AMD and Nvidia aren’t expected to release new graphics cards until the end of the year at the [...]

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