Builds Introduction

The purpose of this page is to disprove the myths about the price of a custom PC and educate people on possible hardware configurations for different budgets and performance requirements. The $400-$450 "The Crusher" is the most popular, as it's the one build on the page that simultaneously outperforms next-gen consoles like the PS4 Pro or XBOX One X while maintaining the same price. Don't worry about the page looking messy, everything is readable once you understand the layout. With each build, you'll see a title, the exported list from PCPartPicker, the About section, the Augmentation section, and finally the benchmarks (if any). We don't have a build more expensive than the End-All as it would turn into a matter of a more customized build for the user (which we recommend seeking help from our sub) and the fact that there isn't a large demand for people with $1400+ builds.

For the first time ever, we are introducing not one, but three builds for each price point. The first being the 'regular' one, so to speak, which is the build that we would recommend for the vast majority of new PC builders. It requires the least amount of time and effort to build and configure, so you can get into the game as soon as possible.

The second being the Small Form Factor, or SFF for short. There is a myth that PC is huge and does not belong in the living room. It is not true. Just like the consoles, the SFF builds that we formulated here are less than 20L in volume, and still pack a ton of punch just like their bigger siblings. The main caveat of going SFF is that you don't get as many expansion slots as a full-size. For most people, however, there are USB variants of accessories that you normally find as PCI expansions, such as sound DAC, or Bluetooth radio. And finally, managing cables is a bit trickier on SFF cases since there is not that much space to begin with.

And finally, we have the builds for AMD enthusiasts. AMD processors generally offer more cores than similarly-priced Intel products, but offer less punch per cores. While traditionally games have favored fewer stronger cores (Intel) over more weaker cores (AMD), we are seeing a shift now as games started distributing their workloads across many CPU threads. However, do keep in mind that AMD CPU performance takes a large hit when operating with slow RAM frequency. And despite all the innovation in the last decade, RAM still runs at the lowest clock by default. Therefore, you need to manually enable the XMP or AMP profile in the BIOS, or if the memory does not support it, setup the memory frequency and latency timing manually. If you don't know what this means, feel free to take some time to do some research, or go with our 'regular' Intel Core version of the builds.

Tips

  • Remember to always peer-review your builds with communities such as /r/PcMasterRaceBuilds or /r/PCMasterRace. Never buy public or example starter builds exactly as-is, there are always personal improvements and 24-hour sales that can lower the price while simultaneously improving price-performance even further beyond what a build committee like ourselves can offer.
  • Always click on "PCPartPicker part list" instead of simply buying what's in the table. The reason is to let PCPartPicker use its sophisticated algorithm to pick the cheapest part that's still compatible.
  • If you don't live in the US, no problem. Simply click the "PCPartPicker part list" link, then change the country to your country on the top right corner. PCPartPicker will use its sophisticated algorithm to pick the cheapest compatible part that's available in your country.
  • While we try to avoid mail in rebates, please take advantage of them, as they help reduce the overall cost of your build.
  • Buying used can save you money, but you may have trouble with it later on and no warranty to lean on! See /r/HardwareSwap.
  • The feeling of nerve-wracking fear and simultaneous excitement is normal for first-time builders. Just remember that these things were made to be put together by humans like you. Just take your time and don't force square pegs into round holes and you'll be installing your OS and drivers within the hour!

Short description about each build price points:

  1. The Media Elite (under $400) This HTPC is essentially a supercharged console with more versatility that PC is known for. It outperforms the standard PS4 and XBOX One by about 50% in performance. The Honda Fit of PC gaming.
  2. The Crusher ($400 - 500) The best bang-for-your-buck build in this entire page. It goes neck-and-neck with the PS4 Pro and XBOX One X in performance, while offering the flexibility in your gaming experience, such as if you prefer fancier graphics or framerates smoothness. The Honda Civic of PC gaming.
  3. The Exterminator ($600 - 700) This is where PC starts to demonstrate console obsolescence, as this practically shows what the future of console gaming will look like. The Honda Accord of PC gaming.
  4. The Annihilator (~$800) This is a great platform for getting the most out of PC gaming but still without breaking the bank. The build is ready to support those fancy gaming or professional monitors that have 144 Hz refresh rate or 4K resolution. The Mercedes E-class of PC gaming.
  5. The End-All (ballers, but still less than $1500) The ultimate PC experience. Not just the ultimate PC gaming experience, but if you do video production, 3D design, or all those fancy stuff, this build can literally handle it all. This goes a tad beyond the "good bang for the buck" range, thus get this build only if you know what you're getting into. The Mercedes S-class of PC gaming.
  • Note, due to the increase in gpu prices, the price range for the builds are not accurate at the time.

The Media Elite

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About

This HTPC is essentially a supercharged console with more versatility. The GPU in this build is equal to, or (in most cases) much better than, the GPU found in consoles. CPU is more than powerful enough to handle current-gen games without bottlenecking the GPU. You can expect to game at the same frame rates, resolutions, and graphical fidelity as the PS4 or XBOX One, but you will pay nearly $100 less for that privilege. With SteamOS nearing its full release and the advent of mainstream Linux gaming approaching, you won't even need to pay for your gaming Operating System. Hook this up to the TV, sit down with your console controller of choice, a new Steam controller, or any number of custom USB gamepads, and enjoy console-quality living room gaming with cheaper games... and now a cheaper, more versatile machine... which also has 2x the storage space (if you pick the HDD augmentation).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $75.29 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $50.99 @ Amazon
Memory *Crucial - 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $45.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Western Digital - Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Low Profile Video Card $123.60 @ Amazon
Case *DIYPC - MA01-R MicroATX Mini Tower Case $23.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply *SeaSonic - S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $379.83
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:53 EST-0500

The Media Elite SFF

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $75.29 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *MSI - B250I GAMING PRO AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $77.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Crucial - 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $45.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Western Digital - Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Low Profile Video Card $123.60 @ Amazon
Case *Silverstone - Sugo SG13B-Q Mini ITX Tower Case $39.36 @ Newegg
Power Supply *SeaSonic - S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $421.71
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:53 EST-0500

The Media Elite AMD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $99.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard *ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory *Crucial - 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $45.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Western Digital - Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Low Profile Video Card $123.60 @ Amazon
Case *DIYPC - MA01-R MicroATX Mini Tower Case $23.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply *SeaSonic - S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $413.53
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:54 EST-0500

Augmentations

Benchmarks


The Crusher

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About

This is probably the best bang-for-your-buck build in this entire page. It renders any gaming console obsolete through superior performance. Considering that both next-gen consoles have significantly less processing power than this build (especially when you look at real-world gaming performance), this PC will have you absolutely set for the duration of the generation (if you're willing to drop your settings to what the consoles are locked at, which is usually around 900p, ~45FPS, and "Low-Medium"). This build, in particular, is suitable for running most modern games at 1080p/60fps/medium-high settings. It provides for PC versatility, as well. Do you want to play at 144fps on a 144Hz monitor for your First-person shooters? Perfect. Lower your settings and your framerate shoots up. Do you care less about the frame rate than the extreme-quality visuals? Wonderful. Crank those dials up and witness the glory. Do you want to stream your gaming online? Mod your favourite game to death? Make videos for Youtube (or Vessel...)? Create high-res, high-quality original content based on your favourite movies? Books? Music? Homework? (yeah, parents.. we know you read this!) This PC will do it in style, and for many years to come.

This build originally targeted pretty strictly around $400 to $450, but it's been adjusted various times to include slightly more expensive parts deemed important.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $75.29 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $50.99 @ Amazon
Memory *Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $83.89 @ OutletPC
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Low Profile Video Card $184.07 @ OutletPC
Case *Deepcool - TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply *SeaSonic - S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $511.21
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:54 EST-0500

The Crusher SFF

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $75.29 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *MSI - B250I GAMING PRO AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $77.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $83.89 @ OutletPC
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Low Profile Video Card $184.07 @ OutletPC
Case *Silverstone - Sugo SG13B-Q Mini ITX Tower Case $39.36 @ Newegg
Power Supply *SeaSonic - S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $540.08
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:54 EST-0500

The Crusher AMD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $99.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard *ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory *G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $95.89 @ OutletPC
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Low Profile Video Card $184.07 @ OutletPC
Case *Deepcool - TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply *SeaSonic - S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $556.91
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:55 EST-0500

Augmentations

Benchmarks


The Exterminator

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About

A quality mid-range computer at the $600-$700 range. This is where builds start to demonstrate console obsolescence and easy ability to upgrade. With the components in this build it will be able to support VR if the RX580 8GB or GTX 1060 6GB is picked.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel - Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $194.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *Gigabyte - GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $59.89 @ OutletPC
Memory *Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $83.89 @ OutletPC
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB G1 Gaming Video Card $336.17 @ PCM
Case Fractal Design - Core 2300 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $66.59 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $851.39
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:55 EST-0500

The Exterminator SFF

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel - Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $194.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *MSI - B250I GAMING PRO AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $77.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $83.89 @ OutletPC
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB G1 Gaming Video Card $336.17 @ PCM
Case *Cooler Master - Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case $43.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply -
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $776.40
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:55 EST-0500

The Exterminator AMD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $154.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard *Biostar - B350GT5 ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory *Crucial - Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $87.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Mini Video Card $294.98 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Core 2300 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply -
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $717.92
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:56 EST-0500

Augmentations

Note, if you plan on overclocking the CPU, either the Annihilator (with CPU cooler augmentation) or End-All could be an option for you.

Benchmarks


The Annihilator

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About

Previously known as the "End-All", the Annihilator provides the best bang for the buck PC one can have for around $800. Formerly targeted at having the capability of using multiple graphics cards technology such as SLI or CrossFireX, however since then the support for dual graphics cards has dropped and there is no particular reason to buy dual graphics cards anymore. Therefore, instead of dual graphics cards, we recommend simply buying a single GPU to ensure maximum compatibility and value, as it's no good owning two graphics cards if only a few games ever utilize them.

There are three options for graphics cards here:

  • The GTX 1060 or RX 580 being a fantastic max settings 1080p card and also great for 1440p at slightly reduced settings.
  • The GTX 1070, GTX 1070 Ti, and GTX 1080 are great for 1080p 144 Hz monitors or 1440p 60 Hz gaming, or to some extent, 4K at slightly reduced settings.
  • The GTX 1080 Ti is great for 1440p 144 Hz or 4K gaming.

Please do note that this is also a great build if you plan on overclocking and if you're planning on using any VR systems like the Oculus Rift or Vive.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel - Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $218.49 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $29.90 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard *ASRock - Z270 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $101.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $95.89 @ OutletPC
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB G1 Gaming Video Card $336.17 @ PCM
Case *Corsair - Carbide SPEC-04 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.59 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $951.51
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:56 EST-0500

The Annihilator SFF

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel - Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $218.49 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-L9x65 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler $48.95 @ Newegg
Motherboard *ASRock - Z270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $112.98 @ Newegg
Memory *G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $95.89 @ OutletPC
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB G1 Gaming Video Card $336.17 @ PCM
Case *Cooler Master - Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case $43.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.59 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $976.04
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:57 EST-0500

The Annihilator AMD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $219.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $29.90 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard *Biostar - B350GT5 ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory *G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $95.89 @ OutletPC
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB G1 Gaming Video Card $336.17 @ PCM
Case *Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.59 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $926.51
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 11:57 EST-0500

Augmentations


The End-All

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About

A true End-All build where you achieve the best performance you can get for under $1500. The build easily supports 1440p 144 Hz or 4K 60 Hz gaming while being quite bulletproof in VR and any productivity applications.

To point out again, the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 are great for 1080p 144 Hz monitors or 1440p 60 Hz gaming, with the GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 also being a good 4K card at slightly reduced settings. If you want to go all-out with 4K at max settings, we would recommend getting the GTX 1080 Ti outfitted with a non-reference cooler.

Note, for a full End-All experience, replacing the cpu and motherboard with an i5-8600k or i7-8700k and a Z370 motherboard would be an ideal choice. They're not currently in the builds due to low availability and inflated costs.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $326.29 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $87.95 @ Newegg
Motherboard *ASRock - Z270 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $101.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $169.99 @ Newegg
Storage *ADATA - Premier SP550 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $69.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Series Video Card $799.89 @ OutletPC
Case *Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.59 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1755.17
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 12:04 EST-0500

The End-All SFF

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $326.29 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-L9x65 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler $48.95 @ Newegg
Motherboard *ASRock - Z270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $112.98 @ Newegg
Memory *Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $169.99 @ Newegg
Storage *ADATA - Premier SP550 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $69.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Series Video Card $799.89 @ OutletPC
Case *Cooler Master - Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case $43.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.59 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1691.65
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 12:05 EST-0500

The End-All AMD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $219.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $87.95 @ Newegg
Motherboard *Biostar - B350GT5 ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory *Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $169.99 @ Newegg
Storage *ADATA - Premier SP550 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $69.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Hitachi - 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Series Video Card $799.89 @ OutletPC
Case *Fractal Design - Define C ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.59 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1617.37
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-14 12:05 EST-0500

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Why don't you recommend the Intel 8th-gen CPU (codename Coffee Lake) and AMD RX Vega GPU?

The availability of those products is extremely scarce at the moment. They are fantastic products no doubt, but due to the shortages, they are often carry a huge markup, and therefore no longer makes sense in price-to-performance anymore. That assuming you can find one available in the first place. We will definitely update this guide once the situation gets better.

Q: Should I get AMD Ryzen or Intel Core?

AMD Ryzen offers an amazing value right now. With more cores and similar IPC (Instructions Per Clock) to Intel, Ryzen provides strong performance proposition for an affordable price. Overclocking is a huge benefit Ryzen has over the non-K SKU Intel CPUs right now, as Intel under their infinite wisdom decided that you are not allowed to overclock the CPU that you paid for. Meanwhile, you can easily overclock Ryzen on the stock cooler and get anywhere from a 0.5 GHz increase to a 0.8 GHz increase, depending on your luck on the silicon lottery.

Pure multi-threaded applications such as video rendering greatly benefit from Ryzen, due to the amount of cores and strong IPC. Unfortunately, or fortunately for Intel, games are not one of them. Traditionally games have always favored fewer stronger cores (Intel) over more weaker cores (AMD), although we are seeing a shift now as games started distributing their workloads across many CPU threads. Nevertheless, per-core performance is still king at the moment for gaming, as long as you got at least 4 cores.

Overall, Ryzen is a great choice for anyone who wants strong performance for an affordable price. For example, the Ryzen 1600X at 4.0 GHz offers 80% the gaming performance of the Core i7-7700K at 4.5 GHz for just 2/3 of the price. However, the ultimate gaming experience is still held by an i7-7700K running at 5 GHz overclock, which is the one that we would exclusively recommend if you have or are planning to get a 144 Hz monitor.

One thing to note though, AMD CPU performance takes a large hit when operating with slow RAM frequency. And despite all the innovation in the last decade, RAM still runs at the lowest clock by default. Therefore, you need to manually enable the XMP or AMP profile in the BIOS, or if the memory does not support it, setup the memory frequency and latency timing manually. If you don't know what this means, feel free to take some time to do some research, or go with our 'regular' Intel Core version of the builds.

Q: Should I get an AMD Radeon RX or NVIDIA GeForce GTX?

Tldr:

  • FreeSync monitor is cheaper, but less consistent. If you do a proper research, you save money over G-SYNC with minimal gap. Consequently, you need an AMD video card
  • GTX 9-series or 10-series is generally better for 4K TV than other cards
  • If you want to watch videos within the next couple of years, get the GTX 9-series, 10-series, or RX series
  • You can play your PC games on phones, tablets, etc. only if you have NVIDIA GPU

Please refer to this thread here https://www.reddit.com/r/hardware/comments/66ovx4/amd_vs_nvidia_from_another_point_of_view/ for the full information.

Q: Do I need an SSD?

If you have the cash, we would strongly recommend so. SSD improves the load time for day-to-day use. Loading Windows, Firefox, or Word, for example, are another order of magnitude faster. However, it has minimal impact on gaming performance apart from slightly decreasing the loading time.

Refer to this video to see the difference in real-time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4zdft1HDbY (please note that the video uses the slower 5400 RPM Hard Drive, while we exclusively recommend 7200 RPM Hard Drive or faster)

Q: I just saw that video. What to do if I want an NVMe SSD?

Make sure that your mainboard has the slot. Go to the PCPartPicker build by clicking "PCPartPicker part list" of the corresponding build, click on the small "From parametric filter" link of the mainboard row, and slide the slider on "M.2 Ports" to 1-2 instead of 0-2 on the left side of the screen.

Here are the NVMe SSD that are available https://pcpartpicker.com/products/internal-hard-drive/#i=85&sort=a10. We would recommend the Samsung 960 EVO.

Q: Why don't you include an Operating System?

A: There are far too many options out there when it comes to choosing and obtaining an OS. For Mac OSX fans, there's Hackintosh configurations. For Linux, you have a plethora of amazing, fast, and free distributions like Ubuntu, Elementary OS, and Steam OS. For Windows, you have Windows 10 or Windows Home Server (for hosting), etc. On top of that, obtaining Windows can be done many different ways. Some people just type in a key from another machine they already have. Some people get one for free from their school, university, or workplace, and the brave ones among us just plain install it and ignore the activation requests.

If you don't have a Windows license, don't worry, as the Reddit unspoken rule says, "There is a subreddit for everything". That’s right, you can get a great deal on Windows license on /r/microsoftsoftwareswap/. Note: We are not liable if you get scammed, the verified flair does not guarantee you a safe trade.

If you need a single Linux distro for recommendation, you can't go wrong with Ubuntu MATE. It has the popularity and support of Ubuntu, but the appearance and behavior similar to Windows.

Q: Where can I get a Windows or Linux installation USB stick or disc?

For Windows, you can use Windows Media Creation Tool.

For Linux, the first step is downloading the disc image (usually an ISO) and the second step is burning it to a DVD (using InfraRecorder, free and open source!).

Q: Windows 7, 8, or 10?

We would totally recommend Windows 10 as it supports all the latest technologies, such as DirectX 12. The CPU of the builds that we recommend here, are also only officially supported by Windows 10.

Q: How about the privacy and spying issues with Windows 10?

First of all, if you use an Android phone, you can stop worrying now, as you can rest assured that Google has taken away more of your privacy than Windows 10 ever will. Also do keep in mind that a lot of people, including government agencies, do get by with Windows 10 so far.

Now, if you are really concerned about privacy, there are free utilities to disable the privacy-related features such as WPD or ShutUp10.

Q: Why don't you include an optical drive?

A: Aside from installing the operating system (sometimes not even then), an optical drive is a dead and obsolete piece of technology. The PC industry has long since migrated completely to the faster, cheaper, and simpler digital distribution method. If you want an optical drive, your best course of action would be to buy a portable external USB one so there's not an extra useless part in your computer.

Q: Why don't you include a keyboard and mouse in each build?

A: Keyboards and mice are a tough thing to include, since the majority of people have one or the other already... sometimes even both. If they don't, it's still a bit too subjective to just point people to a single keyboard and mouse. There's a lot of options out there for keyboards (mechanical, rubber dome, back lights, size, noise, etc) as well as mice (laser, optical, wireless, etc).

If you are interested in mechanical keyboards, ask around! This sub and /r/MechanicalKeyboards should be able to help you out. Yes, they're amazing and you will never want to type on anything else ever again.

Q: Why don't you include a monitor in the builds?

A: There's a monitor guide just below this FAQ. Consoles don't come with displays and neither should these individual builds. Displays are a separate thing. For example, you can hook your PC up to your existing monitor or TV just like you could with a console. Monitors (and TVs) vary extensively, and it would be a bit unfair to try and predict what someone's needs would be. There's refresh rate (how fast it refreshes/maximum FPS it can display), there's display type (VA for color clarity, TN for refresh rates, IPS for the good balance between them), size (they can get pretty big), and other physical features (pivot, arm, bezel size, etc.).

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Monitor Guide

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About

Below are listed some of the well-reviewed monitors between most combinations of the variables there are when deciding upon a monitor.

At the bottom of this post you will find a lot of information about panel types, refresh rates and other bits that you may want to know before buying a monitor to make sure that you have made the right choice, and after to make sure you configure everything to the best you can.

Prices are written as of writing and subject to change, not including shipping.

There are plenty more options available than these ones. Due to price fluctuations (raising price due to low stock) and using multiple stores to list the cheapest price, there may be a few odd monitors here (a 165Hz monitor being cheaper than a 144Hz monitor, G-Sync for no extra cost, etc.), but we will leave these in the list for consistency and for countries where they may be priced differently.

16:9

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1080p / FHD

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There are no 1080p 60Hz G-Sync monitors. No smaller 144Hz monitors. No 1080p IPS monitors over 60Hz.

Name Refresh Rate Res. Time Frame Sync Panel Type Size Price
Acer H226HQL 60Hz 5ms None IPS 21.5" $98.99
Asus VS228H-P 60Hz 5ms None TN 21.5" $99.49
AOC G2260VWQ6 75Hz 1ms FreeSync TN 21.5" $119.88
Asus VH238H 60Hz 2ms None TN 23" $120.94
LG 23MP57HQ-P 60Hz 5ms None IPS 23" $114.99
ViewSonic VX2457-MHD 60Hz 2ms FreeSync TN 23.6" $139.99
AOC i2269vw 60Hz 5ms None IPS 21.5" $141.79
Acer XF240H 144Hz 1ms FreeSync TN 24" $235.98
AOC G2460PG 144Hz 1ms G-Sync TN 24" $349.99
Asus PG248Q 180Hz 1ms G-Sync TN 24" $449.99
Asus PG258Q 240Hz 1ms G-Sync TN 24.5" $594.99

1440p / QHD

Name Refresh Rate Res. Time Frame Sync Panel Type Size Price
QNIX QX2710 60Hz 6ms None TN 27" $219.00
Acer G257HU 60Hz 4ms None IPS 25" $261.10
Acer K272HUL 60Hz 1ms None TN 27" $270.60
Asus PB258Q 60Hz 5ms None IPS 25" $301.00
Asus PB277Q 75Hz 1ms None TN 27" $329.98
HP OMEN 75Hz 5ms FreeSync TN 32" $349.97
AOC AG271QX 144Hz 1ms FreeSync TN 27" $371.20
Dell S2417DG 165Hz 1ms G-Sync TN 23.8" $418.56
Acer XG270HU 144Hz 1ms FreeSync TN 27" $479.99
Asus MG279Q 144Hz 4ms FreeSync IPS 27" $549.00
AOC AG271QG 165Hz 4ms G-Sync AHVA 27" $589.99
Asus PG278QR 144Hz 1ms G-Sync TN 27" $649.36
Acer XB271HU 165Hz 4ms G-Sync IPS 27" $737.27
Asus PG279Q 165Hz 4ms G-Sync IPS 27" $799.00

2160p / 4K / UHD

Nothing more than 60Hz.

Name Refresh Rate Res. Time Frame Sync Panel Type Size Price
LG 24UD58-B 60Hz 5ms FreeSync IPS 23.8" $261.99
AOC U2879VF 60Hz 1ms FreeSync TN 28" $328.86
LG 27UD58-B 60Hz 5ms FreeSync IPS 27" $344.99
Asus MG24UQ 60Hz 4ms FreeSync IPS 23.8" $349.00
Asus PG27AQ 60Hz 4ms G-Sync IPS 27" $879.99
Acer XB271HK 60Hz 4ms G-Sync IPS 27" $879.99

Ultrawide (21:9)

Why21:9?

2560 x 1080

Name Refresh Rate Res. Time Frame Sync Panel Type Size Price
LG 25UM58-P 60Hz (75Hz OC) 5ms None IPS 25" $143.00
LG 29UM58-P 60Hz (75Hz OC) 5ms None IPS 29" $267.00
LG 29UM67 60Hz (75Hz OC) 5ms FreeSync IPS 29" $272.80
29UM68-P 60Hz (75Hz OC) 5ms FreeSync IPS 29" $248.00
LG 34UM58-P 60Hz (75Hz OC) 5ms None IPS* 34" $374.80
Acer XZ350CU 144Hz 4ms None TN 35" $579.99
LG 34UC79G-B 144Hz 5ms FreeSync IPS 34" $594.99
AOC C3583FQ 160Hz 4ms FreeSync TN 35" $605.99
Acer Z35 144Hz (200Hz OC) 4ms G-Sync VA 35" $949.99

*PC Part Picker says it's not but it is

3440 x 1440

Name Refresh Rate Res. Time Frame Sync Panel Type Size Price
AOC U3477PQU 60Hz 5ms None IPS 34" $499.98
LG 34UM88C-P 60Hz 5ms FreeSync IPS 34" $696.40
Acer Predator XR341CK 75Hz 4ms FreeSync IPS 34" $840.81
Samsung C34F791 100Hz 4ms FreeSync VA 34" $849.00
Acer X34A 60Hz (100Hz OC) 4ms G-Sync IPS 34" $1198.79
Asus PG348Q 60Hz (100Hz OC) 5ms G-Sync IPS 34" $1199.90
HP OMEN 100Hz 4ms G-Sync AMVA+ 35" $1249.99

Information

I don't know what any of this means!

Resolution:
Screen resolutions: 720p vs 1080p vs 1440p vs 4K vs 8K
Resolution - Not Just a Number as Fast As Possible

Refresh rates:
Monitor & TV Refresh Rates as Fast As Possible
https://www.testufo.com/ - great to see what different FPS looks like (as long as you're screen supports them...)

Response time:
What does monitor response time mean?
Monitor Response Times As Fast As Possible

Screen Tear & Frame Sync:
What is screen tearing?
If your graphics card pushes a frame to the monitor midway through the monitor refreshing, it'll start to render the new frame as well as still showing part of the old frame, like this: 1, 2, 3.
If your FPS is higher or lower than your refresh rate, there is a chance of this happening.

Thankfully, there are few options available to fix this. The easiest way is using the "VSync" setting in-game, which will help alleviate the pain a little while introducing other issues. It works by limiting your framerate to your refresh rate. There's a huge writeup on how it works here, detailing the benefits and drawbacks of VSync.

Another option would be using G-Sync if you have an Nvidia GPU, or FreeSync if you have an AMD GPU. These work by changing your monitors refresh rate to match the FPS your card is outputting, removing any screen tearing while also not limiting your FPS or introducing any input lag like Vsync would.

G-Sync & ULMB
Is G-Sync Worth It?
FreeSync
FreeSync as Fast As Possible
Is FreeSync Worth It?

Panel type:
Everything You Could Ever Need To Know LCD Panel Types Explored
Display Panel Type Differences Defined
Panel Type: TN vs VA vs IPS vs OLED
Panel Types: TN vs IPS
PLS vs IPS – Similar Panel Types Explained
IGZO vs IPS - Which Is Better?

Potential issues:
Should I Be Worried About Ghosting?
IPS Glow, Backlight Bleed and Dead Pixels Explained
What Do I Do About Dead Pixels?
Backlight Leakage
IPS Glow
Screen Door Effect (caused by low resolution on larger monitors)

More:
What is Aspect Ratio?
Physical Monitor Size Comparison Tool
What is Dots Per Inch (DPI) / Pixels Per Inch (PPI)?
DPI/PPI Calculator
What Cable Should I Use?
What is Display Lag and Input Lag?
Input Lag
Professional Color Calibration Tools
ICC Profiles and Monitor Settings Database
What Is HDR? What Specs Should I Be Cautious Of?
Monitors vs TVs for Gaming - What's the Difference? Should I Worry About 6/8/10-bit Panels?
What Is Color Gamut?
How Should I Clean My Monitor? Spoiler: microfiber

But /r/PCMasterRaceBuilds, I've seen some cheap Korean monitors on ebay - why haven't you recommended any of those?

They're usually a few hundred dollars cheaper. Yes, they're real IPS panels, but keep in mind.

  • Multiple input models (two HDMI, two DP, one of each) often have bad contrast.
  • Higher chance of bad backlight bleed or IPS glow when compared against established brands.
  • Don't expect to be able to return it. This is some random guy in Korea you're buying from.

Meet the builders

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SK for friends and foes alike. IT Adviser and Security Consultant of an IT company at day, PCMR moderator and builder at night.

/u/RandomDudeOP

Just some random person on the internet SK picked up. Long time PCMR builder and Steam moderator, but started out designing custom builds in a Battlefield forum way back and it grew from there. Also an old tech hoarder and sometime known as the Kansas Cowgirl (ask SK about that).

/u/ptrkhh

Another random person on the internet SK picked up. He started tinkering with PCs with a bunch of old PCs that his aunt left in the basement. Since then, he's been building PCs with various hardware, though in particular he's an SFF enthusiast. "Size matters, and smaller is better.", he says. Often found on Reddit and eBay, either learning more about PC or scourging PC parts he can't afford. Also he wrote this entire bio himself in third person.


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