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MEMORY: 8GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE CL9 DDR3-1600 RAM ($44.99) Memory is dirt cheap these days, so you could easily push this boat out to 16GB without bankrupting yourself, but 8GB is sufficient for most tasks. Corsair is a memory maker we’ve used and trusted for a long time and its new Vengeance 8GB kit has proven to be as stable and reliable as the company’s reputation would lead you to expect. Points may be added or taken away for the macho look of the heat spreader, depending on your preference. A good alternative here is the G.Skill Ripjaws set of two 4GB DDR3-1600 sticks. By the way, don’t bother spending extra for faster memory (DDR3-1866) or tighter timings (CL8 or CL7). AnandTech performed a study recently that showed anything over DDR3-1333 was overkill for Sandy Bridge CPUs. We’ve opted for DDR3-1600 because it costs practically the same as the lower-specced stuff. STORAGE: SAMSUNG 64GB SSD 830 ($94.99) + WD CAVIAR BLUE 500GB 7200RPM HDD ($99.99) Hard drives would
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Build a killer gaming PC in under $1,000 - PART 3

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Build a killer gaming PC in under $1,000 - PART 2

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How to build a gaming PC easily starts first with doing some research on the budget, parts, methods, compatibilities, quality and workability with games. Those with no prior experience in this will be best advised to take the help of a friend with knowledge on these. Selection of parts and handling should go with more care so that the gain you get in this is not lost by breakages or time over-run. Selection guide: For gaming computers, the parts should be of high quality and high capacity so that they meet the requirements of modern games. Markets have some leading companies supplying these; browsing through reviews, user manuals and consultation with friends in the field will help a lot in deciding on the company making How To Build A Gaming PC easy; once a company’s main components are chosen, the other parts are also to be preferably of the same company for ensuring perfect compatibilities. Processor and motherboard: Choice of X 58 and i7 980 X Processor and a m

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