PC Master Specs. This is my build. (Built Dec 2013)

I set out to build a decent gaming rig a few years back and this is the specifications of that build. I will be looking at upgrading the graphics later next year when a proper DirectX 12 card launches (maybe the R9 300 series).

I will link all the parts to Amazon if you may be interested in some of these items.

Motherboard: Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards GA-970A-DS3P

CPU: AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition

RAM: Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 XMP Desktop Memory – KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX

GPU: Gigabyte R9 270X GDDR5-2GB 2xDVI/HDMI/DP OC Graphics Card (GV-R927XOC-2GD)

Storage: WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX

WiFi: TP-LINK TL-WN781ND Wireless N150 PCI Express Adapter, 2.4GHz 150Mbps, Include Low-profile Bracket

Case: Corsair Carbide Series Black 500R Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011012-WW) 

PSU: Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 744 Power Supply CX750M 

Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler (CW-9060010-WW) 

Performance wise it’s relatively quick. Boot times are near instantaneous. Games like Skyrim, Metro Last Light and Battlefield 4 runs at 1080p at ultra settings without a hitch. I haven’t noticed frame rate drops.

Overclock ability is high. You can overclock the CPU to 4GHz easily and I’ve overclocked the GPU on several occasions to see how far it can go. I didn’t install a Blu-Ray or DVD drive as those are pointless in todays world. Everything can be done via USB or Internet

I’m interested to see how DirectX 12 will improve upon the performance of this system. I did a Futuremark benchmark, and I will do another when DX12 is fully supported to see if there are any differences.

This build isn’t top of the line, I only had a limited budget when building it, and seeing the prices now against what they were I sob a little inside. But never the less, if you need a decent build that won’t break the bank consider this, games run exceptionally well and you won’t have any hardware issues. The graphics card alone outperforms the PS4 and Xbox One and it’s roughly $179. Total system cost at current prices $755.