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Carbide Series 200R sub $1000 Gaming PC Build


Building a quality gaming rig doesn't take thousands of dollars if you choose your components carefully. With this in mind I set out to build a gaming rig that could handle any of today's games including Crysis 3 for under $1000. I priced the entire build out on Newegg and came in at $937.92 before tax and shipping. Let's start the build and take a look at the components I chose.

 

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I started the build off by installing the Intel Core i5 3275P processor into the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard. I chose this processor and not an unlocked K series because I will not be overclocking. It is a quad core 3.1GHz Ivy Bridge processor that will handle anything you throw at it.

 

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Next I installed the backplate and standoffs for the Hydro Series H60 CPU cooler. I went with the H60 because I will not be overclocking the processor. If I was going to go with a K series and wanted to overclock I would have used a Hydro Series H80i or a H100i.

 

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With the motherboard outside of the case I went ahead and installed our Vengeance 16GB dual channel DDR3 memory Kit (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10B). I chose that because it allows me to run any current game, and they also match the blue heatsinks on the motherboard.

 

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The CX Series Modular CX600M PSU was then installed into the Carbide Series 200R case. I chose this power supply because it is modular which means less clutter and it has plenty of power to run the video card I chose.

 

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After installing the I/O shield in the 200R I then installed the motherboard into the case. Then I made all the required power and front panel connections. This included the front panel USB 3.0.

 

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With the motherboard installed I could then install the radiator and fan of the H60 to the case and the install the pump head and water block onto the processor. I then plugged the pump and fan into the motherboards fan headers.

 

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Next I slid the Neutron Series 128GB SSD into the tooless SSD cage on the 200R, and connected the power and SATA cables.

 

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The last component to be installed was the ASUS HD7850 video card. I chose this video card because it has a great bang for buck performance and will be able to handle any of today's games.

 

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With the machine built the last thing to do was cable management. The 200R and CX550M included plenty of zip ties to make it look very clean and clutter free.

 

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The 200R was very easy to build in and the entire build took me less than 2 hours. This means I have more time for gaming! As a bonus with the video card I received a free copy of Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider. Although I am really anxious to see how this thing handles Crysis 3!!

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