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Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by Brandon

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PC Build Guide – July 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 version of our PC build guides. We have implemented hard price limits ($800, $1400, $2000) on ourselves and have had to make trade-offs 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 often 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.

This month, each build sees some minor changes as we make adjustments due to many video cards being out of stock or rising in price.

The Essentials ($800)

Type Item Price
CPU AMD – Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $209.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master – Hyper T4 70.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler $12.09 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI – B350M GAMING PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $79.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill – Ripjaws V Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $58.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI – GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING X Video Card $284.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT – S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $54.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA – 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $47.33 @ Amazon
  Total $798.34

The Enthusiast ($1400)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel – Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair – H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $64.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte – GA-Z270-HD3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $114.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair – Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $102.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung – 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $127.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus – GeForce GTX 1080 8GB TURBO Video Card $473.45 @ Amazon
Case NZXT – S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $54.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA – SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Amazon
  Total $1393.37

The Professional ($2000)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel – Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair – H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $109.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI – Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $166.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair – Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $239.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung – 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $234.00 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA – GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card $714.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT – S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $54.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair – RMx 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Newegg
  Total $1999.90

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