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Published on February 25th, 2016 | by Bob

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PC Build Guide – February 2016

Welcome to the February 2016 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.

We’re going to change things up a bit this month, as we prepare for the new hardware show on twitch.tv/kbmod and post the build guides in advance. It was disruptful to the preparation of the show, and all too frequently caused a delay due to necessary last minute changes. So here’s what we’ll do – we’ll post them in advance, you can ask questions about them below, and we’ll address them on our live hardware broadcast.

The Starter

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz $123.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Z170M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1151 $116.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Aegis 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM $46.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB $129.99 @ Micro Center
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 $24.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified $19.99 @ Newegg
Total $497.71

The Sweet Spot

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz $199.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Z170M Extreme4 $116.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB $43.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM $46.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB $303.98 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 $24.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified $19.99 @ Newegg
Total $796.70

The Enthusiast

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz $381.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H110i GT $95.10 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD3 $119.99 @ Micro Center
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 $37.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 960GB $238.50 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB $303.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT S340 (Black) $64.99 @ Directron
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified $65.98 @ Newegg
Total $1295.51

The Professional

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz $374.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H110i GT $95.10 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock X99 Extreme3 $159.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 $134.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 960GB $238.50 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB ACX 2.0+ $629.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Define S w/Window $74.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified $65.98 @ Newegg
Total $1774.53


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One of the founding fathers of KBMOD, and an unfortunate casualty of real life responsibilities. An IT professional by trade, and an elitist by choice.


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