Building your own PC? Want the best performance at the cheapest prices?
Today, we’re going to show you the recommended PC parts for April 2014. These parts are guaranteed to make your PC faster and improve gaming framerates.
Best video cards for April 2014
Basic: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti ($160)
Mid-range: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB ($260)
Elite: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 ($500)
Best CPUs for April 2014
Basic: AMD FX-6300 ($120)
Mid-range: Intel Core i5-4670K ($260)
Elite: Intel Core i7-4820K ($350)
Best motherboards for April 2014
Basic: Biostar TA970 ATX ($80)
Mid-range: Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 ATX ($160)
Elite: Asus Sabertooth X79 ($350)
Best storage devices for April 2014
Basic: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD + Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD ($90 to $150)
Mid-range: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB ($150) + Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD ($150)
Elite: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB ($400) + Seagate Barracuda 3TB ($170)
Explaining basic, mid-range, and elite
The basic, mid-range, and elite parts refer to your budget. If you have less than $600 to $800 to spend on a new PC, then the Basic parts are the best option for you. They maximize performance and minimize costs. You’re not going to get full HD gaming at max settings, but you’re going to enjoy all of today’s PC games at medium specs.
Meanwhile, the Elite parts are for those who are ready to build the ultimate gaming rig. These people are willing to spend over $1500 building a gaming PC and want the very best performance and gaming graphics quality.
If you have the money and plan on being a gamer for several years in the future, then I recommend buying an Elite rig. The Elite rig allows you to play games at max resolution for at least 2 years into the future. A Basic rig will need to be replaced every couple years.
Meanwhile, the Mid-range rig is for those who are somewhere in between. If you’re not rich enough to buy an Elite rig but don’t want to sacrifice gaming performance, then the Mid-range rig is an excellent option.
Prices have been averaged across a number of PC parts websites, but most tech sites are in-line with each other in terms of pricing. Others price match to competitors. Look for sales and take advantage of bundle deals.