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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


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  1. iflanzy says:

    Well this was a surprise

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    we miss you brandon

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