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Published on November 25th, 2015 | by Bob

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PC Build Guide – Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2015 Edition!

Welcome to the very special Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2015 edition 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. Please note: it is important that you understand the fundamentals of PC assembly before undertaking a project like this. 

Well here it is, kids, the Black Friday / Cyber Monday edition of our beloved build guides. Keep in mind that the deals that we’ve found here likely will not last through the weekend, but who knows, you might get lucky. Most of the components below are not necessarily flagged as Black Friday Sale items, but they are all lower in cost as a result. There are some pretty tremendous deals on RAM (both DDR3 and DDR4) and SSDs in particular, and that’s been felt throughout our lineup. For example, Amazon has been selling this 480GB Sandisk Ultra II SSD around $109 for a couple of days now (and other retails have followed suit) – you might have even been lucky enough to grab the 960GB version for $199. Several high quality power supplies and cases are on sale, or include a mail in rebate (I know, I hate them too).

We nearly went all Skylake with these builds, but unfortunately the i7-6700K is hovering at a bat-shit-insane $419, and truthfully isn’t that compelling of an upgrade from an i7-4790K, which is currently at a much more comfortable $299.

As far as Black Friday / Cyber Monday specific deals go, Corsair is running a pretty tremendous Super Sale on their direct store page, where you could score the likes of an H100i Extreme for just $90, an Obsidian 750D for $90, or a K65 RGB for $75. Newegg has the ASUS VG248QE 144Hz monitor (it’s a TN panel, though, so I’m out) for just $209. For those looking for a laptop in the “gaming” category without going to the poor house, Amazon has a Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK for $759.99 that includes an i5, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a GTX960M. Newegg has the Intel 750 Series PCIe SSD on sale across all three models, with the 400GB version at just $299. These are just a few examples that stick out – make sure you keep up with reddit.com/r/buildapcsalesslickdeals.net, and of course PCParpicker’s Black Friday Deal Tracker throughout the weekend. Good luck out there.

The Starter

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $108.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $109.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $62.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $123.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $13.99 @ Newegg
 Total $489.72

The Sweet Spot

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $184.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $109.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card $289.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $56.10 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
 Total $795.93

The Enthusiast

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $299.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $108.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $89.99 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $68.42 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 480GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.65 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr Video Card $424.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $56.10 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair RMx 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
 Total $1287.11

The Professional

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $364.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $108.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI X99S SLI Krait ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $179.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $183.99 @ Amazon
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 480GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.65 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $589.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $93.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Newegg
 Total $1790.57


10 Responses to PC Build Guide – Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2015 Edition!

  1. DrJFlash says:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840 the seagate barracuda 1tb is actually cheaper here

  2. Bob says:

    Hey guys, just a friendly reminder that these are JUST SUGGESTIONS meant to inspire you. If you want to buy/build these verbatim – great! Glad you like them! On the other hand the specific part selections are just representative of what you might be able to accomplish, and some of the aesthetic sensibilities are tailored to our (or my) tastes – it’s not going to fit for everyone – find what you like and make it yours.

  3. Logan Soboleski says:

    Thanks for these bob, is there any monitor recommendations? Specifically around the 150-250$ range.

  4. Alex A. says:

    Hi kbmod! It’s been about a month now and I’m itching for the new build guide to come out. When do you think it will be out?

  5. Blake says:

    The GTX950 is better than a Radeon HD 7970? Hmm…I dont see it. I was comparing the GTX950 to my GPU on videocardbenchmark.net and Im not seeing how the 950 is better.

    • Bob says:

      I have no idea where this is coming from, as we’ve (I’ve) never said that the GTX950 is better than a 7970. If you’re wondering why the $500 build included a GTX950 instead of a 7970, our builds only include new retail parts that you can purchase from established/popular etailers such as Amazon, Newegg, SuperBiiz, etc.

      Good luck finding a 7970 new in box, let alone anywhere close to $125 to fit in the budget.

      • Blake says:

        No No, I apologize. I just came across this site and for the starter build I saw the GPU and compared it with my own. Went to http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html and noticed that the 950 was ranked better. But now that I read it, it looks like it compares performance/money spent. I thought it was purely performance. In any case for the price of the 950 I was floored by its performance rating and it kinda threw me.

        • Bob says:

          Ahhhh, ok. I’d like to apologize for that snarky line at the end, as well – it was unnecessary.

          The GTX950 is a very good card for the price, and has some nice features particularly for an HTPC (like H.265) – definitely fits the bill for the $500 price category unless we find a deal on something in the R9 280-285-380 range or a GTX960 like we have with past build guides.

          The 7970 is still a great card – I own two, formerly in Crossfire which was a disaster, and now living happy lives in separate systems. The only major knock against them is that they’re very power hungry and hot.

          I certainly wouldn’t replace a 7970 with a GTX950 or GTX960. Honestly would stay with that card at 1080P unless you’re willing to move to something like a GTX970 or higher.

          • Blake says:

            Ive been looking for a site like this. Thanks to GassyMexican and APLFisher, I came across it and it gives GREAT information. Yea so far my 7970 runs games at 1200p like a champ with AA off. But I will be going to Nvidia here shortly. Thanks for what you do and the insight and sorry again for my OP.

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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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