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The Round Up: Gamer Sweet Spot Time

Ben Kuyt / February 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM / Guides, Technology

We haven’t done a sweet spot build in quite a while, over a month, so let’s see what we can build for a moderate sum of money. We’re aiming for ultra settings, 60FPS, and 1080p or higher for this build without breaking the bank. This gives us a bit of room to work with. As usual, prices are in USD, links will be from unless otherwise noted. Let’s get started with the Gamer Sweet Spot build.

CPU: AMD FX-6300

It’s been used in other sweetspot builds, and it really can’t be ignored. Nothing offers as good bang for the buck as the FX-6300. It’s a full six core CPU that costs less than $100 USD. Even if you aren’t building this computer, buy this CPU. Even as a backup for something, or if you plan to build a new computer later, this is an amazing processor.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

There’s really nothing better for the same amount of money. The Hyper 212 Evo is what most builders would recommend if you don’t want to drop more than $50 on a cooler. Go on any forum and ask what cooler you should get, the most prominent answers will be the Hyper 212 Plus and Evo. It’s really good, and when it goes on sale for $20, it’s hard to resist.

Asus M5A97

Mobo: Asus M5A97 R2.0

WE’re gonna go with a sub-$100 motherboard for this build, but it has everything most could want. Front USB 3.0, tons of rear USB ports, heatsinks on the important stuff, and can overclock really well. It’s a wonderful board for pretty much any budget. Highly recommended for anything less than an FX-8320.

RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB

G.skill makes some really good RAM, mainly because they have really good heat spreaders. At 1600Mhz, this RAM will give you a good middle ground for most tasks. You’ll be able to do some video editing and rendering without major slow down. Mixed with the six core CPU, you’ll have no problems doing most activities with this setup.

SSD: Sandisk 128GB

A basic SSD, at under fifty cents per GB, you’re getting a sweet deal. Use this as your boot drive and to hold some of your slower loading applications and you’ll love it. Definitely a great SSD for the money. Good read and write speeds, good capacity, and good reviews.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue

Wow, something other than a Seagate Barracuda?! Yes, but only because there’s a dollar difference between the two of them and this was a rounder number. Wow, that’s the lamest excuse ever, right? But yea, it’s a nice round $50 USD, so might as well. Get the Seagate if you wanna save another dollar.

HIS R9 290

GPU: HIS R9 290 IceQ X2

The cheapest R9 290 available right now, but that doesn’t make it bad. It uses one of the best coolers I’ve had the pleasure of seeing, mainly cause the heatsink is just so big. The fans are also really big, and all of it comes together to make a quiet, cool running graphics card, even if the chip itself is known to be one of the hottest substances known to man.

Rosewill Line

Case: Rosewill Line

Rosewill makes some really good budget cases. This case looks like they ripped off something from Fractal, but if you’re gonna steal, might as well steal from the best. It has that sleek design, all black finish, comes with three fans, and has plenty of space inside. As always, cases are subjective, so get something you like.

PSU: Corsair CX750M

We wanted something that could run this beastly machine without killing our wallet. So we’ll go with the CX750M from Corsair. The M means it’s modular, so you only use cables you need. Brilliant, right? You’ll be able to save space, keep out the clutter, and keep your system running cooler with good airflow.

So, there it is. Total price for this amazing build is around $730 USD according to PCPartPicker. That’s without peripherals and an OS. This machine will definitely run anything you want. Battlefield 4, Crysis, anything. And it’ll be great for the next few years, something the consoles won’t be able to say. This is the Gamer Sweet Spot build. Everything is better at 60FPS.

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Ben Kuyt

Gamer, Computer geek, Musician, Writer. Favourite series are Star Fox, Halo, Battlefield, and Forza. My last name is pronounced kite. Or kout, for the European Football fans.