Building a gaming PC can be an expensive adventure. Deciding what GPU to get, RAM, solid state drive or hard drive, it all adds up at the end. But there are components out there that will give you a great gaming PC at the end, for a reasonable price. Let us look at building a starter gaming PC for just over R12 000 with help from EveTech.

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CPU (Processor) Intel Core i5 – 4690 – R3299

Intel i5 4690

The core of you PC is your CPU (Central Processing Unit), and it is vital to the operating of you components. Saying that, a CPU is important to you PCs functions, but when it comes to gaming, it really is the least of your worries as games rely more on you GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) than you CPU.

An Intel i5 4690 would be ideal for a gaming PC, and it will do whatever you want to do with it without any hiccups.

GPU (Graphics Card) –  GTX 960 2GB DDR5 – R3899.00

GPU -  GTX 960 2GB DDR5

Specs

GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Codename GM 206-300
Processors 1024 Units (Cuda Cores)
Core Base Clock (OC) 1216MHz
Core Boost Clock (OC) 1279MHz
Memory Clock 7010 MHz
Memory Size 2GB GDDR5
 Memory Bus
128 bits
Output
DL-DVI-I / HDMI DisplayPort x3

The GTX 960 is the more affordable card on the market, and will play most games on high setting, where possible. When you start getting to higher setting or ultra, it will struggle a little.

Motherboard – MSI B85 – G43 (LGA1150) – R1799.00

MSI B85 - G43 (LGA1150)

A motherboard needs to be able to have everything plugged into it, and be reliable. That is all there really is to it.

RAM – Kingston HyperX Savage 8GB 1866 MHz DDR3 – R999.00

RAM - Kingston HyperX Savage 8GB 1866 MHz DDR3

RAM is vital to your gaming experience as it holds all the data that needs to be outputted to the game, like textures, how much ammo you have in your magazine, and how much you can see in the distance. As many games require 8Gb max nowadays, a set of 8GB Kingston DDR3 RAM will be more than ideal

Power Supply – CORSAIR CX500 V2 500W Gaming Power Supply – R749.00

Power Supply - CORSAIR CX500 V2 500W Gaming Power Supply

What are all that awesome component going to do if they don’t have power?

Hard Drive Western Digital 1TB HDD- R749.00

Hard Drive Western Digital 1TB HDD 

 

You need to store all your data on something, and deciding on a hard drive or a solid state drive could be tough. An SSD is super fast and ideal if you want to splurge a bit. Windows will boot within seconds, and games will load faster. Saying that, there really is no benefit over a normal hard drive other than speed. Your games will still run the same, and look the same.

Casing – Bitefenix Comrad White ATX Gaming Case – R649.00

Bitefenix Comrad White ATX Gaming Case

Lastly you need a case to put it all into, and not only is the Bitenix pretty, it is cheap at the same time, and we like that!

Final Cost – R12 143

So we built a decent PC for just over R12 000. It will run pretty much any game on the market now, and pretty well too. It has the sufficient components to play games and to work on. This price does exclude a screen, keyboard and mouse.

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