Preparing for Overwatch | Build it Yourself – Gaming Rig

 

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Name of the game in this article is Build it Yourself. In this series of articles, you will learn how to build a low-budget Gaming Rig under $1,500. Personally, I despise buying a computer system through third-party companies that assemble it for you. There are some known brand names out there. I have had experience dealing with two of them: HP and DELL. On the HP front — after their aweful customer service, two fried RADEON 9800 video cards due to their horrible no-airflow cases and crappy power supply, a failed repair after shipping it to HP, and further problems — I decided to build my own computer rig back in 2008, in preparation for World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade.

That was 7 years ago, and Blizzard Entertainment has released many new games since then: Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Diablo III: Reapers of Soul, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void… and soon, Overwatch.

I’m currently an Overwatch Alpha Tester and a World of Warcraft: Legion Alpha Tester. Both games run pretty well on my current system, but I wish to upgrade to be able to livestream, or to record video without causing CPU lag; or lag with Firefox/Chrome and Adobe Photoshop CC open while doing all that activity.

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That CPU lag is a sign that I truly need a new system with better CPU clock speeds than what I currently have in my 7-year old computer system:

  • EVGA X58 SLI Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7-920 (2.67 GHz) CPU
  • 16GB RAM Memory
  • EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST graphic card
  • Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced

Many gamers out there think that they can simply go to one of these manufacturers (such as Hewlett-Packard (HP), DELL, Gateway, Compaq, SONY) to buy a computer system for their gaming needs. Those are OK brands for other tasks, but not gaming computers. Unless you get a serious-business gaming system from DELL’s Alienware or similar, I recommend you to not waste your money on mediocre cookie-cutter system options from companies that do not focus on gamers’ needs.

Of course, going Alienware requires some serious dough income. Money. Gold. Chaucha. Lana.

If you don’t want to spend nearly $2000+ on a rig, then my only recommendation at that point is to build-your-own-rig. You don’t need to be a computer technician to build a system. There are some technical things to know, of course. However, anyone can build a computer system.

I had a Computer Technician training back in 2004, but never got to take the CompTIA exam. Prior to that, I worked at an Apple Mac repair store in 1999. Both are pretty outdated knowledge by current standards — compared with how technology has grown since.

The first thing one needs to do is spend a few days or weeks researching online. You need to base your research on people that focuses on gaming rigs. So the two keywords to search on your favorite search engine thus are: “Overclocking,” and “Gaming Rig.”

Read the latest computer part reviews at sites like HardOCP, and Overclockers Club. My 2008 rig was put together after reading — weeks-on-end — many review articles and forum discussions at HardOCP.

Before committing on buying parts, the first thing you need to figure out is: “What CPU do you want?” Then you choose the CPU-socket-compatible Motherboard, and a computer case that supports the Motherboard type (whether ATX, Mini-ATX or Extended ATX (eATX). The motherboard and the case are the backbone of your system. If the motherboard doesn’t match your case type, then you have a serious paperweight dilemma sitting on your desk. Make sure the computer case ATX (for example) matches your motherboard ATX type. Otherwise, you might not be able to screw the motherboard to the case.

Throughout this “Build it Yourself” article series, you will find the latest computer parts for the Intel Core i5-6600K released on September 2015. That’s the latest budget-minded unlocked CPU on the block.

Here is a bit of a roadmap of what you can find on each section of this article:

ASUS Z170 PRO Gaming Motherboard$180.66
Thermaltake Core V71 E-ATX Full Tower Gaming Computer Case$145
Intel Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz (LGA 1151)$278
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 B2 Power Supply$91.46
Wester Digital Black 2TB Hard Disk (7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s)$124.86
EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB SSC GAMING Graphic Card$184.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (CPU Cooler)$29.99
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound$7.53
Microsoft Windows 10 Home (Full - USB Flash Drive)$119
Two kits of G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series DDR4 8GB (2 x 4GB) | 16GB total$97.94
TOTAL =$1259.43

 

By comparison, the best Gaming PC brand you might find out there is Alienware. Their more or less equivalent to my rig choice above is the Alienware Area-51 with 16GB DDR4 RAM which costs $1949.99. Strangely for a “Gaming” rig, all Alienware only offer upgrade options for 4th generation Intel Core i7 CPUs. My CPU choice is a 6th Generation unlocked i5-6600K which shipped on September 2015. Theirs has a slightly better Graphic Card (the GTX 960), mine has a budget GTX 950 SSC for $184. Let’s be a bit fair and upgrade ourselves to a GTX 960 to be shoulder to shoulder with Alienware Area-51. The GTX 960 superclocked 2GB costs $214.99. My rig choice would now cost $1,289.43 versus the Alienware Area-51 equivalent ($1,949.99) — except they are running a 4th generation CPU which is outdated by 2 generations. My choice is a savings of $660.56 — and if you chose a cheaper computer case like the Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-02 Mid Tower ($59.99) you would be saving another $85. If instead of my choice, you chose the cheapest ASUS Z170 ($127) — you would be saving another $60, for a total of $1,144 — versus Alienware Area-51 ($1949.99).

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The point is … when you Build it Yourself, you not only save a lot of money. You actually get a better bang for your buck, because you choose the latest technology over their cookie-cutter upgrade options that in reality are downgrades compared to what you can build with the latest technologies out there.

I not only stand by the choices I shared with you in these articles. I purchased the parts I suggested in the articles. I’ll add step-by-step videos to these articles to help you Build your Gaming Rig. Use the navigation bar below to browse through the guide. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get an alert when the videos get added.

 

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