Build Guides

Published on November 3rd, 2016 | by sanguisangelus

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PC Build Guide – November 2016

Welcome to the November version of our PC build guides. As usual, 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 could run into 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 (all lists priced Nov. 2nd 2016 @ noon EDT). 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 MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $67.98 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $49.00 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB SSC GAMING ACX 3.0 Video Card $159.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 400W ATX Power Supply $27.49 @ SuperBiiz
Total $494.43

The Sweet Spot ($800)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $236.98 @ NCIXUS
Motherboard Asus Z170-E ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $119.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $84.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card $259.99 @ B&H
Case Raidmax ATX-402WB ATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $23.98 @ Newegg
Total $805.40

The Enthusiast ($1300)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $328.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X31 69.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $68.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z170A SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $92.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $84.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung SM951 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $115.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $409.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $66.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.88 @ OutletPC
Total $1286.09

The Professional ($1800)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H110i 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $104.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z170A SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $92.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $84.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 600p Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $173.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5″ 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $187.99 @ Other World Computing
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $678.99 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $66.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ NCIX US
Total $1785.91

NOTE: The incompatibility with the M.2 SSD in the July build has been taken into account and the SSDs in this build guide are compatible with the MSI Z170A motherboard according to the data sheets. This board requires M.2 SSDs that operate in PCIe mode and are not compatible with M.2 SSDs running in SATA mode.

Prices may vary depending on the time and demand.  As the shopping season approaches keep an eye out for sales that pop up.

Since cases tend to be personal preference, would you, as the community, prefer to see the builds exclude cases in the component costs? Let us know in the comments.

 

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2 Responses to PC Build Guide – November 2016

  1. Hunter says:

    I think that removing the cases from the build guide isn’t necessary. I think it would help someone wanting to first get into pc gaming to get all the recommended pieces in one place. Great work kbmod team!

  2. Michael Cook says:

    A 550 Watt PSU on the professional? Questionable. I’d spring for 700 on that at least so you can expand to a second card in the future.

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