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Published on January 2nd, 2018 | by Brandon

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PC Build Guide – January 2018

Welcome to the January 2018 version of our PC build guides. We have implemented price targets ($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.

Two main themes continue to make for challenging build trade-offs at our price targets: memory prices are getting truly ridiculous (possibly due to price fixing by DRAM suppliers), and many video cards are sporadically out of stock or higher priced due to strong demand from cryptocurrency mining.

The Essentials ($800)

Type Item Price
CPU AMD – Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $199.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Deepcool – GAMMAXX 400 74.3 CFM CPU Cooler $23.79 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI – B350M GAMING PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $79.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair – Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $94.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA – GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB GAMING Video Card $223.89 @ Amazon
Case Corsair – SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair – CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $53.99 @ Amazon
  Total $785.62

The Enthusiast ($1400)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel – Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $268.95 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair – H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $84.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock – Z370 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $109.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair – Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $182.33 @ 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 $48.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA – GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card $464.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT – S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA – BQ 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $60.17 @ Amazon
  Total $1418.38

The Professional ($2000)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel – Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor $379.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair – H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $84.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock – Z370 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $109.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair – Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $182.33 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung – 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $239.29 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA – GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC2 HYBRID GAMING Video Card $809.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT – S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA – 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ Amazon
  Total $2019.56

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