Engineering gaming PCs is one of my favourite pastimes. It’s something I self-taught myself during college and I was actually thinking of studying it further at university. However, I discovered a bigger passion for graphic design, so my plans changed. Nevertheless, I still look for opportunities to put my engineering skills into use. So when my friend asked me to construct a powerful gaming PC, I jumped at the chance.
My friend wanted something which ran multiple tasks at once. He also wanted to play games in HD whilst maintaining a high frame per second (FPS) rate. I decided to go with the AMD FX-8320 black edition due to its decent price range and the fact that its packed with 8 individual cores. This allows it to run at 3.5GHz speed. When the PC deems it necessary, a turbo clock of 4.0GHz also kicks in.
For the motherboard, I opted for the ASUS AMD3+ M5A97 EVO2 M-ATX. This is because it has four RAM slots, a CPU slot support and a few PCI slots. The x12 PCI slot also came in handy for the MSI GTX 960 4GB gaming edition I purchased in a sale. This graphics card would enable game play at a high quality setting whilst maintaining stable fps in the game. It also was a good combination with the CPU, as they didn’t bottleneck each other.
I stuck with the standard 500 watts of power supply (PSU) for this PC with 12GB RAM and the Windows 10 operating system. Since, my friend had set a tight budget on this build, I decided to go with a 1TB hard disk drive instead of a pricey SSD. This may have caused the PC to lose some speed. But the cheap price and high capacity disk space were the pros for choosing this option.
The rest of the budget was put towards the computer case. The black Corsair carbide series 300R windowed compact case has a sleek design making it look highly polished. The side window was also a good addition to showcase the internal components at work. I also added a colour-changing LED strip which could be controlled with a remote. This would allow my friend to change the colour and lighting effects.
I believe this project went very well and I was able to keep within the budget whilst ensuring that my friend got a PC well worth his buck. If you’re interested in hiring me to create a custom gaming PC for you, then get in touch!
Until next time.