Build Guides

Published on September 9th, 2017 | by Brandon

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PC Build Guide – September 2017

Welcome to the September 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.

Increasing memory prices and the continued inflation of video card prices make it difficult to keep each build at the same performance level of our previous guide, but we do our best this month to weather the price increases and get maximum value out of each price point.

The Essentials ($800)

Type Item Price
CPU AMD – Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $209.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Deepcool – GAMMAXX 400 74.3 CFM CPU Cooler $13.89 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI – B350M GAMING PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial – Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $67.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA – GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card $279.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair – SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair – CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
  Total $791.82

The Enthusiast ($1400)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel – Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $339.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair – H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $64.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte – GA-Z270P-D3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $80.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair – Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $134.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung – 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $117.82 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus – GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Series Video Card $443.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT – S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $73.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA – 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $75.98 @ Newegg
  Total $1382.70

The Professional ($2000)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel – Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $339.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair – H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $99.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI – Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $149.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill – Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $233.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung – 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $220.98 @ Newegg
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 $754.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT – S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $73.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA – 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $82.98 @ Newegg
  Total $2006.87

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