Published on June 30th, 2015 | by Bob

PC Build Guide – June 2015

Welcome to the June 2015 version of our PC build guides. As always, we have implemented hard price limits ($500, $800, $1300, $1800) on ourselves and have had to make tough decisions with each build. Your personal budget will likely be flexible, but we hope this will give you a baseline. You can of course spend more or spend less, but you run into a case of diminishing returns at either end. Please keep in mind that pricing information is immediate and may not necessarily reflect real prices by the time you have read this article.

For a full explanation of the builds and in-depth hardware discussion, check out the video above. Big thanks to our guest this week, Steve at Monoprice (@Steve_OMG)!

The Starter

CPU Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor $108.95 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $88.24 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $48.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card $149.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Total $498.14

 

The Sweet Spot

CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $88.24 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $48.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0 Video Card $320.99 @ NCIX US
Case Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case $32.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Total $798.18

 

The Enthusiast

CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $328.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $26.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $95.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $87.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 120GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Adorama
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $499.99 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $62.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ NCIX US
Total $1294.90

 

The Professional

CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $378.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $89.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $172.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $144.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $117.99 @ Adorama
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $649.99 @ B&H
Case NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Newegg
Total $1799.81

 

The Guest Build

Created by Steve at Monoprice (@Steve_OMG)

CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $378.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $129.99 @ Mac Mall
Motherboard Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $475.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $169.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 750 Series 400GB PCI-E Solid State Drive $379.00 @ B&H
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB Video Card $999.99 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $109.99 @ Micro Center
Total  $2743.92

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  • Nipnops

    Phew baby, that 800 build will take on anything you throw it at.

  • PaganPineapple

    With the proffesional there is a compatibility note saying, “The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated, two SATA 6Gb/s ports are disabled.” Can someone explain this to me/tell me if it’s an actual issue?

    • Bob

      It means that 2 of the 8 SATA 6 GB/s ports will be disabled by using that M.2 slot. It’s only a problem if you’re going to have more than 6 HDD’s + the M.2 slot populated.

      • PaganPineapple

        Thanks. That makes more sense. I’m into gaming, but I’m not the best when it comes to computer parts and all of that stuff.

  • Mrfrost231

    Is a OEM required for the Sweet spot build?

  • Alo Wood

    I’m thinking about making a my first computer. the $800 dollar build(the sweet spot) seems good but is there any videos on how to build it?

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