The GD Machine 2014 - We Built The Best Gaming PC For The Best Price

Written by Felix Nova on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 6:02 PM

Happy times! PC gaming is undergoing something of a resurgence. The most recent round of “next gen” consoles arrived to a chorus of apathy. The great technological leaps we came to expect from their release have become relatively tiny compared to the components packaged up in your everyday PC. That means there’s never been a better time for PC gaming.

Taking a look at the PC hardware landscape, we decided to disprove the popular belief that you need a gazillion dollar rig to get in on the top end graphical performance of today’s modern games. Sure, if you have the money then you can milk every ounce of visual goodness from these splendid PC optimised games. This is certainly a tempting option to those loaded few individuals, but the truth is a high priced entry barrier to PC gaming goodness is a thing of the past. Come and meet our GD Machine 2014...

We wanted to tackle questions like these, What is the best PC to buy today in 2014? What components should I be looking to get in my next PC Upgrade? Whats the best complete PC system to buy during 2014?

It can be daunting to upgrade or replace your existing PC and so our task is to bring you a gaming rig that is brilliantly priced, while still offering enough performance to last us years of gaming. To deliver on our perfectly priced PC experiment, we searched high and low to gather up the most juicy rig for the best value and then we contacted the custom PC build masters over at Chillblast to create it for you.

Our experiment doesn’t end with us speccing out an awesome rig and then coercing a top custom builder to create it for you at a fixed price, oh no no. We’ll also be putting that very machine through its paces on your behalf. Thrashing it on all the latest performance-hungry titles, so you know if you opt for a GD Machine 2014 then you can game with confidence on the very same PC that we review our titles with. And when the reviews are completed we’ll benchmark the crap out of the GD Machine, to prove that it’s everything it should be. And if it has any weaknesses? Then we will assess why and where and share that with you as well.

To help you easily follow our GD Machine Experiments and to further highlight our confidence in picking out perfect hardware combinations, we will flag our GD Machine reviews and benchmark analysis articles with the following image, which is also a button (go on, click it) to take you directly to its build page on Chillblast, where you can buy your very own GD Machine 2014, you lucky people!

So keep an eye out for them over the coming weeks and months during this ongoing GD Machine 2014 Stress Test Experiment.

How much does the GD Machine 2014 cost?

We are PC gamers. We are looking for a long term gaming investment at the most reasonable price. A machine that can play tomorrow's games. There is nothing worse than buying a beautiful new machine and then finding out it already has trouble playing some games on medium settings. We simply won’t stand for that.

So to spec out our GD Machine we built spreadsheets and sucked numbers directly from our extensive and powerful database of gaming hardware. Then we sat in one of the dark dungeons at GD Towers, so as not to be disturbed, while ruminating over the final components.
Eventually, with our perfect price to performance build list in hand, we got in touch with the guys at Chillblast and asked them to create our GD Machine 2014, for no more than £700.

Chillblast accepted the challenge, and set about forging our beast!

Now you’re probably dying to see what the GD Machine 2014 looks like and what we could possibly have put in it, right?

GD Machine 2014 Specification

OS Windows 7
CASE Bitfenix Prodigy in Red Black
COOLER Intel Reference Cooler
CPU Intel Core i5 4670K Processor at 3.4-3.8GHz
GPU GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB GPU
RAM 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3
PSU 500watt FSP PSU
HD 1000GB SATA 7200rpm Hard Disk/ SSD Hybrid drive
MOBO Asus H81I PLUS
AUDIO Onboard High Definition Audio
COST

£699

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Awesome right? If red isn't your colour Chillblast will let you choose from a suite of other colours, but of course, we think you would be foolish to move away from the GD red and black colour-scheme. And yes it does have the GD Machine logo on the front. I know, right. Thats alone will make any PC perform better. I wonder if it counts as a hardware component? Anyway, I digress...

Lets talk about some of the hardware choices in the GD Machine 2014

It’s been designed from the ground up to please the modern PC gamer, both aesthetically, with its small form factor and GD red default styling, through to its punchy performance. It houses a GTX 750 Ti Maxwell GPU combined with the latest i5 4670K processor, which has a maximum CPU GD Star rating of 10. You will also find in it an SSD Hybrid for lightning fast OS start up and application loading.

Running over the system requirement data of every single game ever we built hardware trend lines to answer some of our own questions. We decided that there still was no point in stumping up a bit of extra cash now for more than 8GB of RAM. Very few games are likely to really need a machine to have more than 8GB for the next year or so. Best to pay tomorrows prices if we dont need the extra power today. RAM is also easy to upgrade. Pull out, put new in. Done.

The motherboard in the GD Machine is made by the premium manufacturer, Asus so should offer some stability over the long haul. Its also tiny to fit into this small GD case. It does look cute and its a marvel that everything fits on there. The inside of the machine are tidy and clear as well, despite expecting it to be cramped. Basically, its like a well kept Tardis.

At the £700 mark for all this awesome stuff we think this makes the GD Machine 2014 one of the most cost-effective upgrade options PC gamers can get.

Oh and one final thing, Chillblast may be a UK based PC builder, but they tell me that they will certainly discuss with any customer about shipping costs abroad.

How well does the GD Machine 2014 perform?

To kick things off we’ll be testing the rapid-paced online shooter Titanfall, followed by the beautiful Thief 2014 reboot. This not only gives you GD’ers an in-depth look at the GD Machine’s price to performance, but is also set to put the debut Maxwell 750 Ti GPU through its tiny paces, to see how the efficient GPUs of the future cope with the load.

1ST GOAL COMPLETE!

We set out to design, build and deliver the optimum price to performance PC right into your grubby gaming hands. And thats exactly what we have achieved!

With our expertise in gaming hardware combined with Chillblast’s reputation for the ultimate in build quality make the Official GD Machine 2014 the go-to upgrade choice for PC gamers, and we’re looking forward to our upcoming gaming exploits with our GD Machine 2014.

As well as GD Machine game reviews our next article to focus on the GD Machine 2014 will be along shortly, where we will deliver a more in depth analysis of some of the chosen rig components, so watch out for that one. And then we will be pulling out some benchmark articles as well.

I hope you enjoy the GD Machine as much we enjoyed creating it and our thanks again to Chillblast for getting involved with our experiment.

Felix

 

       

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16:38 Jun-03-2015

This is basically my build, but I use an AMD chipset with a FX-6300 and a Asus M5A78L-M/USB3.


$150 cheaper and pretty much the same power.

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05:05 May-26-2015

Just built a pc for under $500 that runs Witcher 3 almost maxed @1080. 60+ fps


8320e @3.2 bundled with an Asus board = $180
EVGA 430W PSU = $40
Spec01 Case = $40
GTX 960 Asus Strix = $210


All parts bought new from a local store.

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14:15 May-25-2015

Are there any good looking micro itx cases like the pandora and prodigy m?

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05:44 May-19-2015

I've a 750 pound built with a core i7 4790, 1TB HDD, 250GB SSD, 16GB RAM, win 8.1, geforce gtx 760 1.5GB VRAM and a 1080p screen. This is a dissapointing built.

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09:14 May-01-2015

I am loving your collective response to the GD Machine 2014. Lots of people have messaged me saying they are impressed with the pre-built configuration and some lucky buggers even said they grabbed their own GD Machine that comes with the sexy GD Badge as well. Just to clarify, GD makes no money out of any of this. We simply used our influence to force the price down on this pre-built machine and said that people from GD would be interested in them as a company, if they did it.


Naturally I understand that many people here are custom build experts in their own rights (dont forget to add your relevant member tags in your member profile, so people can see that) and so the thought of buying a pre-built machine is simply not on their to do list. I totally understand, I have also built many machines in the past. But for me nowadays, I dont want to spend my time trying to plan every last component and worry that I might have got some of it wrong or I break something during the build or even spend time trying to build it. Plus I like the warranty and returnability, if something mucks up (tip: always keep the box a new PC arrives in). Dont get me wrong, it can be a lot of fun and everyone should try it, as you will learn a lot and be proud of your very own build.


Custom building today would only get you into the ball park of the £700 (I think I saw someone say they could build something that didnt have a SSD hybrid hard drive or the windows OS for around £620)
But with the GD Machine 2014 we aimed squarely at getting a well rounded PC that would meet all sorts of needs for a long time at a tight price into your hands and we picked one up for our main reviewer as well so you would know exactly how well the PC performed.


I love that a few people were talking about swapping out the CPU for a less powerful one and get a better GPU....thats the gamer response to these sorts of things. MORE GRAPHICS. Awesome!


But during the spec, I think the more mature part of us opted for a more powerful CPU because we know people dont just play games with the machine and the 750 Ti is plenty good enough for a handful of years of gaming. That said, we did pay a little extra for a good looking, small form factor case so it can sit more comfortably in the living room if people need it to.


Finally, glad you liked it, we will keep blasting out benchmark articles and reviews on the GD Machine 2014 to further help you guys and remember, this is all with the goal of helping people find their best machine. We are all different in what we want from it, the GD Machine is just another option. So consider using this spec and what we have learned as a guide when building or ordering your own machine.
Take a look at the GD Machine 2014


Last bit of advice to the new builder - Dont forget to chat with the GD community before you order components, cus there are lots of brilliant builders and tech enthusiasts here

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18:09 Apr-16-2015

an i5 4670k on h81 board what's A joke??

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16:07 Mar-21-2015

could have made it better lookin than this!
like made it microsoftish for us gamers who are certainly gonna upgrade o win 10 for dx12 :)


dont rage on me , just SAYING MY OPINION

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07:12 Jan-20-2015

Will there be a GD MAchine for 2015?

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13:02 Jan-24-2015

i think it will be a exact copy of yours :P

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12:11 Jan-18-2015

Why is nobody mentioning the fact that a K-series CPU was used in this build but without using a Z-series motherboard to overclock it? Why not get the i5-4670 non-K CPU and save a little money by not getting a feature that won't be used?

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12:22 Apr-11-2015

You can actually overclock it with this board, even though it's not designed for it. But a reasonable overclock should be possible with a decent cooler (which, admittedly, it hasn't got here).

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14:22 Apr-13-2015

I dont really know who built that pc... wasnt the smartest person in the world. I'm not a hater and sorry to say this but that rig doesnt worth 700 pounds. I got mine for cheaper with aftermarket cooler. Sure its amd, but still.

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19:22 Dec-25-2014

dont even have 100$ :(

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16:09 Mar-21-2015

go on a crowdfunding site and ask for help such as
consider your self lucky even if you have a buck!
good luck http://www.gofundme.com/

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18:30 Dec-18-2014

This PC is so perfect. It's greatness comes with how insanely average it is. Some great benchmarks have and will come out of this juicy box. Great build Felix. Great to know that anyone can buy this too :)

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16:21 Dec-01-2014

But... Is there space in there to upgrade to a dual-slot GPU?

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18:00 May-26-2015

Nope, only with the prodigy M case and a Z-bord. Mini ITX is a good market nowadays and ITX are not bad either. Micro ITX is the perfect one I think (small yet great expandable with up to 4 PCIe slots on some bords).
A lot of nice looking cases are all mini ITX and micro ITX cases are always big/tower like and I don't like that. Only a few ones are nice, but also expensive.

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19:21 Nov-13-2014

crying at the site of this beauty.. wish i had the cash to build something like this xD its a hard time to be a serious gamer with specs like mine :\

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09:16 Aug-16-2014

I could get the 760 at the same price for maybe some higher components. I was expecting this to be atleast near the £550-650 range. I guess it's just where I am, I get these awesome deals. :D

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11:00 Jul-29-2014

hi guys. anyone has some problems with some textures flickering (just a little, not so much) or with shadows with asus gtx 750 ti (even non-asus) in some games?? i have an asus gtx 750 Ti. maybe a driver issue?? maybe downgrade driver version?? i have last nvidia driver 337.88. but i think this card need more driver optimization. please help me guys!

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13:37 Jul-23-2014

why is it pink?

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13:20 Feb-01-2015

o.O? It's red

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13:22 Feb-01-2015

Is there something wrong with my eyes!? I see pink.

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16:14 Feb-01-2015

I don't know,but it seems like light red to me.Or something is wrong with MY eyes hahahah :D

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16:55 Feb-01-2015

It would awesome if it was the same shade of red as the GD logo.

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16:41 Mar-26-2015

It's probably just the white light!

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18:03 Mar-26-2015

Probably.

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13:49 Jul-17-2014

I actually built some gaming PC with that parts, surprisingly good for mainstream user. :)

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18:53 Jul-18-2014

This is your test Rig right? Do not get the GTX Titan Z, Get the GTX 780 ti it's better than it and costs 1/3 the price, http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-TITAN-Z-vs-GeForce-GTX-780-Ti

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05:06 Jul-30-2014

Can only agree. My second PC is a Core i5 4670k with an MSi GTX 750 Ti, great performance for the money.

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20:34 Jul-15-2014

Is my laptop good enough for entry level gaming or should I consider an upgrade?
Will this laptop keep me going for at least 3 more years?

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19:20 Jul-16-2014

Yes u can keep going for 3 more years but u can forget anything above medium, even lower

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14:59 Jul-14-2014

I payed mine 815 - euros. 750ti is not a card for next-gen thats 100 %

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11:20 Jul-13-2014

hi guys! i wanna buy a gtx 750 TI. considering that i have a VGA monitor, the MSI one and the ASUS one have the VGa port on their boards.The ASUS one has 6 pin connector, but the MSI one has no 6pin connector. is the MSI one good to get high overclock? better the MSI one or the ASUS one?? thanks :)

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