Published on October 5th, 2015 | by Jonathan Beck

PC Build Guide – September 2015

Welcome to the September 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, Devin Connors from Corsair!

The Starter

CPU Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor $107.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $41.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card $166.99 @ NCIX US
Case Thermaltake Versa H22 ATX Mid Tower Case $28.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Total $495.93

The Sweet Spot

CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $224.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Asus Z97-E ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $94.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $64.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card $304.99 @ NCIX US
Case Thermaltake Versa H22 ATX Mid Tower Case $28.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Total $793.93

The Enthusiast

CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $327.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $89.99 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $95.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $131.98 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.95 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX Video Card $509.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $68.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Micro Center
Total $1292.84

The Professional

CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $379.95 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $123.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock X99 Extreme3 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $194.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $109.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial BX100 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $159.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $118.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $649.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $68.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Total $1800.85

The Guest Build

Created by Devin Connors from Corsair

CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $350.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H110i GTX 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $139.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $209.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $224.99 @ Amazon
Storage Corsair Neutron XT 480GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $219.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $667.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $667.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair Air 540 ATX Mid Tower Case $133.00 @ Directron
Power Supply Corsair 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $185.99 @ Amazon
Total $2799.93

 


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