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 by quite a significant margin 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 $1000+ builds.


  • 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!

The Media Elite



This HTPC is essentially a next-gen console with more versatility. The GPU in this build is capable of performing on-par with the current generation of gaming consoles, and the 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 $69.89 @ B&H
Motherboard *MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $61.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Patriot - Signature Line 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $27.00 @ Amazon
Storage *Western Digital - AV-GP 320GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $18.85 @ Amazon
Video Card *Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB OC Video Card $98.63 @ Amazon
Case *Rosewill - FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $24.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply *EVGA - BV 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $23.98 @ Newegg
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total $325.33
  *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria  
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-22 20:31 EDT-0400  



  • RX 460 Benchmarks - Bear in mind that most of the benchmarked settings and resolutions are MUCH higher than console-quality settings/resolutions.

The Crusher



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 $69.89 @ B&H
Motherboard *MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $61.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $54.88 @ B&H
Storage *Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.44 @ OutletPC
Video Card *EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $134.89 @ OutletPC
Case Deepcool - TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $36.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply *EVGA - 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total $444.06
  *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria  
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-22 20:31 EDT-0400  



The Exterminator



A quality mid-range computer at the 600 dollar 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 RX480 8GB or GTX 1060 6GB is picked.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-7400 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $175.65 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $61.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $54.88 @ B&H
Storage *Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.44 @ OutletPC
Video Card *Asus - Radeon RX 580 4GB Dual Video Card $209.98 @ Directron
Case Corsair - 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply *EVGA - 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $44.89 @ B&H
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total $650.82
  *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria  
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-22 20:32 EDT-0400  


Note, if you plan on Overclocking the cpu, the End-All could be an option for you.


The End-All



This build is intended to be an all out max settings powerhouse. Formerly targeted at having the capability of using SLI / CrossFireX, support for SLI has dropped recently and there is no particular reason to buy dual graphics cards now there are better single GPU solutions out there which also use multiple times less power. 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 480 being a fantastic max settings 1080p card and also great for 1440p at slightly reduced settings. The GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 are great for 1080p 144Hz monitors or 1440p 60 Hz gaming, with the GTX 1080 also being a good 4K card at slightly reduced settings. So if you plan on playing at 1440p with max settings, it's better to go with the GTX 1070 or 1080 augmentation instead of the standard build's GTX 1060/RX480. Same here, if you want to go all-out with 4K at max settings, we would recommend getting the GTX 1080 Ti.

This build (in all of it's augmentations) also meets the requirements for the Oculus Rift. Please do note that this is also a great build if you plan on overclocking.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $227.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $42.55 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard *MSI - Z270 SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $123.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $95.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.44 @ OutletPC
Video Card *MSI - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Video Card $274.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair - 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply *EVGA - 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $72.79 @ SuperBiiz
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total $941.22
  *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria  
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-22 20:32 EDT-0400  


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

  • 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 for reference.

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 (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 We would recommend the Samsung 960 EVO.

Q: Should I consider AMD Ryzen??

We would certainly recommend considering Ryzen for the more techie people. But remember, that the audience of this sub consists of people with varying technical knowledge. We don't want to make people update their own BIOS (and screwed it up) or simply run back and complain that the build guide was misguided. Super important to understand that we don't want people to be intimidated by the PC. This is especially important for the people who are rather new to the scene.

In addition to that, we may not have discovered its full potential just yet. Just around a month after the R7 was released, we already learned quite a lot, such as that you may need to update to the latest BIOS to use its full potential, you need fast RAM to fully utilize Ryzen, NVIDIA GPUs don't perform as well as AMD GPUs with Ryzen, etc. This kind of things may require you to spend extra budget for some new components later down the line.

And finally, software developers are still updating their apps or games to support Ryzen. Some games and apps have improved by over 20% just from an update. However, those are only of a few games and apps, while the vast majority of them are still not updated just yet, which means they still perform 20% slower than they should.

To put it short, Intel is the safer bet for now. Anyway, If you who know more about hardware, doing your own research is always the best way to go, and in that case you won't need the parts list in the first place, because you know exactly what you need.

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

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!). Windows disc images can be legally downloaded officially (or via bittorrent clients or websites that host them) but will require key activation once installed (unless you download a shady one), and Linux disc images are all free anyways and can be found on their official project websites.

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 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 7 (for those who don't want Windows 8/8.1/10), Windows 8.1, Windows 10, 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 already have it burned to a disc (which Microsoft legally distributes for free!), and some people just plain install it and ignore the activation requests.

If you need a single 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: 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. It would be unfair to enforce the need for a monitor when consoles don't come with them either. Besides, 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 (IPS for color clarity, TN for refresh rates), size (they can get pretty big), and other physical features (pivot, arm, bezel size, etc).

Potential Windows 7 issues

  • Windows 7 has no USB 3.0 support out of the box, so any USB 3.0 device (usually indicated by a blue connector) will not work during and after installation until you install the chipset and/or USB drivers for your motherboard. Disabling "XHCI Hand-off" in your BIOS will allow them to work until you do this, but will be limited to USB 2.0 speeds so it's not recommended as a permanent solution.
  • If you want to install Windows 7 without troubleshooting, you'll have to use a SATA CD/DVD player.
  • This doesn't apply to Windows 8 onwards, as they have USB 3.0 support out of the box.

Further Help & Contact

Questions, comments, concerns related to the page or the builds? If you want to visit the builds subreddit, go to /r/PCMasterRaceBuilds. To just simply message us click here for an integrated contact form!. Do not PM us for build requests, if you have a build request, please make a thread in /r/PcMasterRaceBuilds ! You can also always consult your final draft with /r/BuildAPC or /r/PCMasterRace!

Monitor Guide



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.



1080p / FHD


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 23MP47HQ 60Hz 5ms None IPS 23" $129.49
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)


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


I don't know what any of this means!

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 - 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 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)

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


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


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).


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, in particular he's a mini ITX enthusiast. 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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