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Once upon a time building your own PC was as daunting as navigating Dante’s inferno; myriad compatibility issues had to be navigated, certain brands of RAM refused to work with specific motherboards, components were beyond fragile, and physically assembling the system was a lethal proposition thanks to razor-sharp edges in each and every case. Thankfully, for the most part, that is no more.

Nowadays, assembling your own system is a much simpler proposition thanks to helpful instruction manuals, thousands of online tutorials and walkthroughs, and general common-sense construction of components that prevents improper installation. Cheap components still have innumerable drawbacks, but if you shop around you can find high-quality kit at a mid-range price. Here, cases are constructed from aluminum instead of plastic, installation requires minimal knowledge, motherboards are packed with helpful features and straight forward, mouse-driven UEFI BIOSes, drivers install and work without issue, and Microsoft’s promise of “plug and play” is now a reality – simply install Windows 7 and almost everything will be ready for use immediately. You’ll still want to install the latest versions of the official drivers for nifty extras and helpful control panels, but no longer are you presented with a low-color, 640x480 display on first boot, with no network connection and no support for your USB mouse and keyboard.

Despite these advancements, finding the best products among thousands can be challenging, so we’ve put together a balanced GeForce GTX 660 system that you can build at home, that costs less than $749.99. By “balanced”, we mean that the CPU is of a similar class to the GPU, that the PSU provides the correct amount of power, and that the motherboard and other components are of a similarly high quality, yet still affordable.

To ensure that we’ve got the absolute best price for each and every component, we scoured the web, falling into the pit of hidden taxes and charges time and time again. Ultimately, we found Newegg were the cheapest for each and every component, and for the general buyer their 5-star ratings are an invaluable indicator of a product’s quality. If the listed prices in our guide fluctuate wildly, or a product is discontinued, search for something similar on their site, using said reviews as a guide. Furthermore, look out for some killer rebates, which can drive the cost down significantly.

To bring you the best deal possible, we worked with our friends at Newegg who created a "SuperCombo" out of the components below. NewEgg's SuperCombo lets you buy all the components in a single click and shaves up to 10% off the total price. Considering the quality of the components, NewEgg's generous return policy, and the amazing price, it's definitely one of the best deals out there.

Our GeForce GTX 660 system comes in at just under $745, and is designed to let you play the latest games at 1920x1080 using high-to-maximum graphics settings and up to 4xMSAA anti-aliasing. This level of fidelity far exceeds that seen on any console and prepares you for the next wave of high-profile releases that will continue to up the quality of their graphics.

Being only a tad slower than the GeForce GTX 580, last generation’s flagship GPU, the GTX 660 can hit 50 frames per second in Battlefield 3, 48 frames per second in Batman: Arkham City, 37 frames per second in Max Payne 3, and 51 frames per second in a PhysX-enhanced version of Borderlands 2. With this build, that level of performance should be achievable, in these titles and the ones waiting in the wings for release later this year and early next year.

The cornerstone of any gamer’s build is the graphics card, and in this case it’s the GeForce GTX 660, which hit the market just moments ago in a variety of flavors, with a range of overclocks and custom components. The reference models, using NVIDIA’s heatsink and fan, start at $229.99, though custom versions may cost more. Almost all will have received reviews online, so check them out before picking the model that suits you best. In our SuperCombo bundle, we feature EVGA’s 2GB model.

Being a great mid-range card we’ve paired the GTX 660 with a powerful mid-range CPU, the Intel i5 2500K. Reaching default speeds of 3.3GHz (3.7GHz with Turbo Boost enabled), the quad core chip is highly overclockable, but at $219.99 it is also one of the most expensive i5’s available. If you have a Micro Center near you the technology retailer offers the same chip for an unbelievable $159.99 in-store, but if not you may want to consider one of the cheaper LGA 1155 chips in Intel’s i5 range if the 2500K is a bit too pricey for your tastes. Each is bundled with a heatsink, fan, and packet of thermal paste, and each performs well, though performance does scale with the cost, and in CPU-bound titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Guild Wars 2, performance will be decreased to a greater extent than in other games.

Holding our components together is GIGABYTE’s $99.99 GA-Z77-DS3H, an ATX motherboard with full support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, ensuring you receive maximum performance from your USB devices and hard drive. If you’re buying individual components for an upgrade, a cheaper alternative is ASRock’s Z75 Pro3, which costs just $84.99.

Power Supply
Powering our system is the $44.99 Rosewill Stallion Series 500 Watt power supply, a good-quality unit with adjustable-speed fans and sleeved cables. Our GTX 660 system requires 450 Watts of power, so the Rosewill’s 500 Watts gives us a bit of wiggle room should an extra hard drive or two be desired. Like everything else on our list there are cheaper options available, but with a power supply you really don’t want to scrimp as cheaper units have a habit of failing, and when they do they typically kill other components also. And as you’ll quickly find out, components killed by a rogue PSU won’t be replaced for free by their manufacturers.

RAM & Hard Drive
RAM prices remain low following the price crash seen in 2011, so we’ve chosen a snazzy-looking $34.99 8GB set of Crucial Ballistix Sport RAM, and though RAM may be cheap, hard drives are not, as prices continue to remain high following last year’s flooding in Thailand that decimating the production plants of the market’s biggest suppliers. Before that tragic event you could purchase the best drive on the market, the 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black, for just $69.99. Now, it’s $109.99, and though that’s down far from the $204.99 peak it hit in November there’s still some way to go before we’re back to the good old days.

Because of this, we’ve chosen the Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB drive, which weighs in at $89.99. It performs better and is more reliable than similar drives at this price point, but if you don’t mind spending a bit more just get the Caviar Black. If you’ve got your own drive already, even better – save the money, reformat it for your new system, and wait for the prices to fall.

Housing all our kit is the $79.99 Rosewill BlackHawk, an ATX tower case that comes with five fans, excellent cooling, and a windowed side panel. There’s also a removable hard drive cage, screw-free drive bays, cable routing holes, top mounted USB ports, and top mounted Input-Output sockets for your headphone and mic.
If you don’t need anything quite so fancy, or intend to buy components separately, consider the cheaper Antec Three Hundred, a fantastic, much-loved, more-basic ATX case that sells for a very reasonable $54.99. The Three Hundred’s front panel includes a pair of USB 2.0 inputs, as well as jacks for a headphone and mic. The front bezel is perforated for maximum air intake, and has a washable filter to reduce the amount of dust entering the system. Inside, there are a total of nine drive bays – six 3.5” internal HDD’s and a trio of 5.25” external drives. At the rear there's a 120mm TriCool fan in addition to the top-mounted 140mm TriCool fan (both of which are fitted with 3-speed switch controls). Furthermore, there's space for an additional pair of 120mm fans behind the front bezel to cool the HDDs, as well as the option to mount a third 120mm fan on the side of the case to cool the GPU. Cheaper cases are available, but you’ll find the majority rattle, lack the level of excellent air cooling found in the Three Hundred, and are not as accessible or as easy to use.
Optical Drive

And finally, if you require a DVD drive for the installation of games and Windows 7, a matching black Sony drive can be had for just $17.99. With this $744.98 build you’ll be enjoying the levels of performance seen on page one in our benchmark chart. Many of you will already own cases, hard drives and DVD drives, so either save that money or reinvest it, perhaps in a GeForce GTX 660 Ti (which comes with a free copy of Borderlands 2 for a limited time), or a motherboard and power supply with SLI capabilities to further future-proof your system. Or perhaps buy an accessory or two, such as a high-performance gaming mouse or super-responsive 120Hz gaming monitor, all of which are detailed on page four.

Hardware Configuration for you gaming PC
  • GPU : EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
  • Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Power Supply : Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W ATX12V Power Supply
  • RAM : Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 RAM
  • Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bare Drive
  • Case : Rosewill Blackhawk Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Optical Drive : Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner
Your Total Budget for a best Gaming PC's: Rs.40,000/- Only

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