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Published on April 29th, 2018 | by Brandon

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PC Build Guide – May 2018

Welcome to the May 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 from which you can customize. Please keep in mind that pricing information is immediate and may not necessarily reflect real prices by the time you read this article.

The main theme this month continues to be the crazy prices on video cards across the board. Finding a good value in a video card for each build remains a challenge with so few cards to pick from that are both in stock and reasonably priced.

The Essentials ($800)

Type Item Price
CPU AMD – Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $229.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock – X370 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $89.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair – Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $91.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.00 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte – GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Mini ITX OC Video Card $246.25 @ Amazon
Case NZXT – S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair – TXM Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
  Total $802.20

The Enthusiast ($1400)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel – Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $238.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair – H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $94.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock – Z370 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $141.26 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair – Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $167.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung – 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $119.95 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.00 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA – GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB FTW ULTRA SILENT GAMING Video Card $509.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT – S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair – CXM 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
  Total $1427.15

The Professional ($2000)

Type Item Price
CPU Intel – Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor $339.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair – H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $94.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock – Z370 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $141.26 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill – Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $327.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung – 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $224.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.00 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte – GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $614.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT – S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA – 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.95 @ Amazon
  Total $1933.14


6 Responses to PC Build Guide – May 2018

  1. Deerslay3r says:

    Im debating what mobo i should get the asus prime z370-a, the asrock z370 extreme4, or the ASRock – Z370 Killer SLI i cant decide. Any suggestions?

    • Brandon says:

      Choosing a motherboard honestly comes down to what features you need and/or what you can afford. Generally speaking, ASRock and Asus are both reliable brands, so any of those three options should be a good choice if it has all of the features you want.

  2. CrazzYettii says:

    I realize that this is old in internet time, however when looking at the enthusiast build on PCPartPicker i noticed the compatibility concern “The motherboard M.2 slot #1 and 2 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.” is this an error on PCPartPicker/should i be worried if following that build guide? Thanks.

    • Brandon says:

      For most people, that warning shouldn’t be anything to worry about. That motherboard has 6 SATA ports, so disabling one still leaves you with 5 SATA ports, which is typically more than enough. If you were to buy the exact configuration in this guide, you would only be using one SATA port (for the 1TB Caviar Blue hard drive).

  3. iflanzy says:

    Well this was a surprise

  4. hitsu123 says:

    we miss you brandon

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