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Building a Gaming PC in 2018

POSTED BY fantastic January 28, 2018

Building a PC from various components is a hard job. There are so many different parts that you can choose, and if you are on the budget, you can get lost in everything and buy something that is not required for your gaming experience. In this buying guide, I will try to explain what is important and what is not. When building a gaming PC, you need to find a proper ratio between CPU and GPU cost. GPU is the most important part of the gaming PC and majority of the budget should go on that. That only means CPU need to be cheaper and not the latest performance CPU. Also, peripherals are necessary because if you have a bad keyboard and even worse mouse, your gaming experience will be awful even if you have the best GPU on the market. So let start from the lowest to the highest gaming PC.

Low Budget Gaming PC (under 500$)

Building a decent PC for 500$ is hard. Top performing GPUs price is 500$, so the best quality GPUs are out of the question, as well as the majority of the good graphic cards. But still, with a decent cheap, but yet strong enough card, you can enjoy the games with a small budget. Keep in mind that you can buy a console for this money and benefit from the gaming on the big screen at full capacity.

CPU: AMD – Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor

AMD Multi Core Processor

 

It comes with the cooler, and you have spare few bucks there. Price for this CPU is under 100$. For this money, you get four cores at 3.7GHz. This is probably the best buy CPU for this low budget CPU. Intel has some competing CPUs at same price range, but I prefer this one.

Motherboard: ASRock – FM2A68M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard

ASrock

Motherboard under 50$ from ASRock is amazing value for the money. RAM Memory and CPU fits very well with this motherboard and will provide great performance for this low budget PC. When picking a motherboard and you are on the budget you go for a good brand name, but you are looking at the price and want to take the cheapest possible.

 Memory: Patriot – Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133

RAM

Great value for this fast memory that cost under 60$. Patriot is the manufacturer and that means that this is not some noname bad memory. 8GB is needed because nowadays this is standard. The motherboard has two slots, and both slots will be filled with memory, and maybe you are wondering what if you will need more memory in the future. Well, if you will require more memory then you will probably need a better CPU, GPU, and motherboard, in other words then you need a new PC that can handle the games that require more than 8GB of memory. All the current games are playable with 8GB RAM memory so no need to worry about now.

Storage: ADATA – Ultimate SU800 128GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive

SSD

You are wondering why so low storage. Well, the problem is that you are on the budget and you can not spend money on the storage that you probably won’t need. 128GB for a gaming PC is enough, you will just need to store few games at the time. If you let OS take 40GB of memory, so you are left with 88GB. That’s enough for several major big games. And if you want to store more games then add additional 80$ and buy an external drive.

GPU: Gigabyte – GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card

Geforce GTX 1080Ti

Under 150$ GPU is an amazing deal. Maybe this graphics card is not the best on the market but for the money, you get a graphics card with 4GB that is capable of running all the modern games without any problem. If you wish to add few more bucks you can get GeForce GTX 1060 3GB which is a little bit better than the 1050 Ti but the price is pushed up to the 200$ and more because of the crypto mining. A few months ago nobody would pick GTX 1050 Ti because for few more bucks you could get GTX 1060 3GB. But now cryptocurrency miners have pushed the price for GTX 1060 3GB to the sky so it is no longer best buy and in fact, it is not worth it.

Case: Rosewill – FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case

Case

Not a gaming case and it is not top design case, but if you want to play games on low budget PC then you can’t spend more money on the case. This cheap case will do the job just fine.

PSU: EVGA – BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

PSU

Probably best PSU for the money. This PSU is extremely affordable, and you will not get some bad cheap cables that you see in no-name power supplies. This power supply is around 20$, and you will get quality cables. 450W is more than enough for this PC because I have avoided AMD graphic cards that are known for the high PSU usage.

Keyboard: Genius – Scorpion K5 Wired Gaming Keyboard

Scorpion K5 Wired Gaming Keyboard

For around 25$ you can find this gaming keyboard on the market. Genius is well-known gaming manufacturer and they did a good job on this keyboard. The keyboard is not mechanical, sadly, but for that money, you can’t be angry.

Mouse: Corsair – Sabre RGB Wired Optical Mouse

Sabre RGB Wired Optical Mouse

 

As a real gamer, you need to have your primary device made by a recognized brand. Corsair is one of the most recognized brands in PC community. Maximum DPI is 10 000 and mouse is wired. Price for this mouse is around 40$, and you may think that is too much, but it is not because the mouse is the most relevant part that every gamer needs.

Verdict:

In most stores, you can get this PC for under 500$ and you will without a problem play any modern games. Maybe you will not be able to run the games at the high-quality details and use the big screen at large resolution and expect 60 frame rates per seconds, but with a decent detail setting, this PC will be able to provide a pleasurable play.

 

Medium Budget Gaming PC (Under 1000$)

CPU: Intel – Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor

Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor

 

Decent CPU for the decent money. For around 100$ you get this CPU with two cores and a decent 3.7GHz. You need to spare on the CPU even if your budget is large because the graphics card you are gone use in this build will be powerful. This CPU is capable of running all the games without any problems. Gaming PC is not requiring extra cores, the speed of the single core is most important, and this CPU has that.

Motherboard: Asus – B150M-K D3 Micro ATX LGA1151

Asus - B150M-K

Different socket requires a different motherboard, and this motherboard is perfect for this build. Again I needed to spare some money to be able to get a top graphics card for this build. This motherboard is not best if you decide to upgrade your PC later on and add faster RAM, but that is not the goal here. The goal here is to have gaming PC capable of fantastic gameplay.

Memory: Crucial – Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600

8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600

8Gb is still enough, and this is after all gaming PC which the primary goal is to provide enjoyment when playing games. This RAM is not the best nor fastest on the market, but it fits the motherboard, and you won’t see any difference if you use this RAM and this motherboard or you get some expensive one. But then again if you spend more money on the memory then you are not in under 1000$ budget range.

Storage: SanDisk – Ultra II 480GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive

SanDisk - Ultra II 480GB 2.5"

Solid state drives are future, and I am avoiding HDD, maybe they cost a little bit more, but you will thank me when you see how much faster and better they are than regular HDD. 480GB SSD storage is more than enough to hold many modern games on the disk.

GPU: Zotac – GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Mini Video Card

Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB

And here we are, the queen of the gaming PC. One of the most popular graphics cards on the market. You can get it in this medium budget gaming PC and enjoy all the power of this baby. Will you believe me that this graphics card is better than latest hyped AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 that cost over 700$? Well, even if you give me some facts that Vega is better than GTX 1070 and I may agree with them, to the regular gamer this means nothing because in the game he will not see the difference. And after all, this is a gaming PC with a medium budget and GTX 1070 is ideal for this build. Also, GTX 1070 is on many top 10 lists of best graphics cards at this moment.

 Case: NZXT – S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case

NZXT - S340

I just love NZXT cases. They are professionally done, and once you use and see one of them, you will never look another. In this medium budget gaming PC build, you can afford a decent case that will keep your PC components in a friendly environment and prolong the life. After all, you can’t have one of the top 10 graphics cards in some old rusty case.

 PSU: XFX – XT 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

XFX - XT 600W

The same story is with the XFX. I prefer XFX because the quality of this PSU is high and cables are also well protected and will keep your components safe from electrical faults. 500W is more than enough for this gaming PC.

Keyboard: Corsair – Vengeance K65 Compact Mechanical

Corsair - Vengeance K65

It is gaming keyboard but without backlit. Most important fact is that this keyboard is mechanical and that was my goal in choosing the gaming keyboard for this build.

 Mouse: Corsair – Sabre RGB Wired Optical Mouse

Corsair - Sabre RGB

I didn’t change the mouse because this one is good for this build as well. My focus was to get the best graphics card and not to get high premium mouse because this mouse is optical, wired, fast and it is coming from a well-known company, so why to look for a different mouse?

Verdict:

With this medium gaming PC, you can play everything at a high level. You will get an amazing picture with high performance. This gaming PC is enough for all the games out there. If you are looking just to enjoy gaming at the highest possible level, then this is all you need.

 

High Budget Gaming PC (under 2000$)

CPU: Intel – Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor

Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor

When you have a higher budget, you need to take the best CPU on the market. Intel i7-7700K is the best at the moment by performance and for gamers. But Intel will release 8th generation I7-8400K which will be even more powerful until then you need to use this monster. AMD CPU is far from the Intel and if you have money you need to pick Intel for best performance. This one requires an external CPU cooler, and I have to pick Cooler Master – Hyper T2 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing. It has the power to keep the CPU on proper temperatures even on hardest work and at the same time will stay quiet.

Motherboard: Asus – STRIX Z270-E GAMING ATX LGA1151

Asus - STRIX Z270-E GAMING ATX LGA1151

Premium CPU requires a premium motherboard, and this is all in the budget, so it is no problem. If you, later on, decide to upgrade your PC, you will be able to do so because this motherboard can hold up to 64GB of RAM and there are four slots available for that. Also, the board allows high-speed RAM memory.

Memory: Corsair – Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000

Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB

Not the fastest memory available because this DDR4 memory is not cheap like DDR3. 16GB is more than enough for all the work this PC will be used. Large memory will keep you safe even if some large game that wants to eat all resources be released in the near future.

Storage: Crucial – MX300 1.1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive

Crucial - MX300 1.1TB 2.5"

SDD with 1.1TB is more than enough to keep all the games on the disk. There is no reason to go above 1TB because the games you play and have played will probably not stay long on the hard. With this storage, you can keep like up to 50 or even more decent sized games.

GPU: Asus – GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB STRIX GAMING

Asus - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB

There are many versions of 1080 Ti on the market, but I have decided to pick this one because in my humble opinion I think it is the best graphics card at the moment that fits this budget. I could pick new AMD Vega 64b, but unfortunately, Vega is a disappointment. 1080 Ti outperforms Vega 64b in any tests so why to choose AMD Vega then.

Case: NZXT – S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case

NZXT - S340 ATX Mid Tower Case

The case from NZXT will work well even with this build, and there is really no reason to look for a different case because after all, we need to stay on the budget.

PSU: EVGA – SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX

EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650W

In this expensive build, we need to use a proper high-quality power supply. 650W 80+ Gold is more than enough. EVGA company is a well know power supply manufacturer, and I am sure they care about the quality. After all this PSU model is very popular in the gaming community.

Keyboard: Logitech – G410 Atlas Spectrum Wired Gaming Keyboard

Logitech - G410 Atlas Spectrum Wired Gaming Keyboard

It would be a shame if we didn’t go with Logitech in this expensive build. G140 is a mechanical keyboard, and as soon as you put fingers on this keyboard, you will feel the quality.

Mouse: Logitech – G502 Wired Optical Mouse

G502 Wired Optical MouseG502 is one of the best gaming mouse on the market. With maximum 12000 DPI, it is ideal for first-person shooting games. But it is good enough for all other games because it has additional buttons and a high response.

Verdict:

This gaming build is not just a gaming PC. This is a best possible reasonable gaming PC you can get at this moment. With this build, you can easily play all the games at the highest possible resolution, and all the details turned on, and at the same time, you can live stream your games on Twitch or YouTube.

 

No Limit Budget Gaming PC (over 7500$)

CPU: Intel – Core i9-7980XE 2.6GHz 18-Core Processor

Intel - Core i9-7980XE 2.6GHz

The best desktop CPU on the market. 18 cores are overkill on all the work you are going to do on this gaming build. You can play at top performance and the highest possible quality and at the same time stream at the highest possible quality, and yet your machine will ask for more. This monstrous CPU requires an external cooler and I found one: Phanteks – PH-TC14PE_BL 78.1 CFM. Extremely quiet but at the same time extremely useful cooler that is in the ranges with this CPU. Total price for the cooler and CPU is near 2500$

Motherboard: Asus – ROG RAMPAGE VI EXTREME EATX LGA2066

EXTREME EATX LGA2066

Very few gamers have this incredibly expensive motherboard, but for this expensive CPU you need to go with the high-quality gaming motherboard, and Asus just provides that.

Memory: G.Skill – Trident Z RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3866

G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 32GB

Extremely fast memory is required because CPU is as well fast and everything needs to be in the balance. It will be a shame if you don’t go with fast RAM. 32GB is maybe a lot, but the motherboard limit is at 128GB so why not stick it.

Storage: Samsung – 960 Pro 2TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive

Samsung - 960 Pro 2TB

2TB of a premium SSD storage is needed because on this monster machine you need to hold all the games. And if you are gamer using this machine then most probably you are streaming all your plays, and that will require additional space for the videos.

GPU: NVIDIA – Titan XP 12GB Video Card

NVIDIA - Titan XP 12GB Video Card

Number one graphics card on the market. It is even better than the Nvidia Geforce 1080 Ti, but the price is also different. In fact, you need to pay double money for this card. In other words, this card is not worth the money because it is slightly better than 1080 Ti, but since we have no limit why not stick the best possible graphics card in this system.

Case: NZXT – Phantom 820 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case

NZXT - Phantom 820

Phantom 820 is the fantastic case that will keep these expensive components in order. It is full tower case because all the components in this build scream power and power go with the size.

PSU: EVGA – 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

EVGA - 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

More than enough capacity for this system. The system will eat around 600W, so you have 400W extra if you decide to push this system to the limits. The platinum label means that the wires and everything inside are made with high quality.

Keyboard: Corsair – Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard

Corsair - Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard

Best gaming keyboard on the market. It is mechanical and has a red backlight. It is made of high-quality material, and keys on the keyboard are extremely responsive.

Mouse: Logitech – G9x Wired Laser Mouse

Logitech - G9x Wired Laser Mouse

The old mouse that still ranks among the best mouses on the market. If you are a real gamer, you will take all the benefits from this mouse and use it to your advantage, and I won’t spend any more words on all the features this mouse poses. Only thing I will say about this mouse is the price, almost 300$. For that money, this mouse is out of the league when comparing with other mouses.

Verdict:

I know, I went all in crazy on this last no limit gaming PC build. But there are gamers out there in the world who just don’t care about the money, and they want the best. Well, this one is the best beast out there. It’s all there, everything a professional gamer needs. The only problem with this build is that it cost like a decent car.

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