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Published on July 27th, 2016 | by hutchison15

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PC Build Guide – July 2016

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Welcome to the July version of our PC build guides. As with before, we have implemented 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 article 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 questions and help, join our Discord!

The Starter ($500)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H170M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $30.98 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.90 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB ACX 2.0+ Video Card $174.79 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Total $500.63

The Sweet Spot ($800)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $238.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z170-E ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $119.88 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $30.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card $269.99 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool TESSERACT WH ATX Mid Tower Case $35.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Total $798.20

Note: It is recommended that you attempt to purchase a GTX 1060 for $250 if you can find one in stock. GTX 970s are still great cards for the money, though.

The Enthusiast ($1300)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $344.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X31 69.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $68.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z170A SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $118.88 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $58.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $97.99 @ Adorama
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $429.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $58.99 @ NCIX US
Total $1285.99

EDIT: It has been brought to our attention that the MSI Z170A motherboard is not compatible with the m.2 SSD listed – we are sorry for any inconveniences this may have caused. We’ll double check this in the future.

The Professional ($1800)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $344.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H110i GTX 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $99.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z170A SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $118.88 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $58.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Sandisk X400 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $128.98 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5″ 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $113.33 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card $698.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case be quiet! Silent Base 800 w/Window (Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case $129.98 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair RMx 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Newegg
Total $1794.01

EDIT: It has been brought to our attention that the MSI Z170A motherboard is not compatible with the m.2 SSD listed – we are sorry for any inconveniences this may have caused. We’ll double check this in the future.

It is worth noting that by the time you look at these builds, the selected graphic cards may have sold out. Check out NowInStock to see where you can get one: 1060, 1070, 1080

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