Page 1:Presenting Our New Budget Gaming PC
Page 2:CPU And Cooler
Page 3:Motherboard And Memory
Page 4:Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Page 5:Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Page 6:Assembling Our Gaming Box
Page 7:Overclocking Our Budget AMD Platform
Page 8:How We Tested Our Budget Gaming PC
Page 9:Results: Synthetics
Page 10:Results: Audio And Video
Page 11:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 12:Results: Productivity
Page 13:Results: Compression
Page 14:Results: Arma 3 And Battlefield 4
Page 15:Results: Far Cry 3 And Grid 2
Page 16:Power Consumption And Temperatures
Page 17:Performance Summary
Page 18:Can Less Funding Compete For Top Value?
Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Graphics Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GD5 OC 2 GB
Priced $20 less than any other Radeon R7 265 and $40 below the Radeon R9 270, selecting MSI's Radeon R7 265 2 GB was probably the easiest decision I made. Singularly, this card represented the highest level of graphics I could fit into my budget. Potentially just as important, it was receiving favorable feedback on Newegg for the quietness and effectiveness of its cooling solution.
This model earns the OC component of its name because Power Tune with Boost accelerates the Pitcairn GPU up to 955 MHz, which is 30 MHz higher than a reference Radeon R7 265. Its memory, however, remains at 1400 MHz (4800 MT/s).
We bought our parts in May. Between then and now, there has been some downward pressure on pricing from competing cards. Anyone interested in buying today enjoys additional options as a result.
Hard Drive: WD Blue WD10EZEX 1 TB
Priced competitively quarter after quarter, Western Digital’s Blue-series 1 TB hard drive gives us ample capacity and performance at a price we can usually squeeze into our budget.
First, I looked at the 500 GB version. But doubling storage space for just $5 seemed like a no-brainer in terms of gigabyte per dollar, especially considering the growing size of many modern games, downloadable add-ons, and user-created mods.
This SATA 6Gb/s-capable mechanical drive has 64 MB cache, a 7200 RPM spindle, and it comes with a limited two-year warranty.
- Presenting Our New Budget Gaming PC
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Gaming Box
- Overclocking Our Budget AMD Platform
- How We Tested Our Budget Gaming PC
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Arma 3 And Battlefield 4
- Results: Far Cry 3 And Grid 2
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary
- Can Less Funding Compete For Top Value?