Best $1200 Dollar Gaming PC Build For Hardcore Gamers

best 1200 dollar gaming pc build

If you’re searching the web for the best gaming computer for under $1200 dollars, then this build is the answer you’ve been searching! Truly this build is for legends because with this budget, you get the best of everything. All the hardware inside this build is really top-notch when it comes to price and performance.

With this high budget build, you should know that you’re getting a really great gaming computer and it also gives you some bragging rights of course. 😉

One thing for sure is if this is the first PC build or highest budget PC build you have ever gotten, then you’re in for one amazing ride. When this build is alive you’ll experience games like you’ve never experience it before.


Want The Best Gaming PC For $1,200? Then You Got To Build It Yourself

Building your own gaming PC is really the only way if you want the best of the best, and best for the price. Yes, you could get a decent pre-built with this price point but are you truly getting the best bang for your buck? Probably not.

That’s why I highly recommend building your own PC. When you’re building your own PC, you’re paying less for better quality because you’re paying for individual parts and which cuts additional prices like labor, etc.

Alright, lets say you agree with me and you’ve decide to build your own PC. But you’re a little worried about the whole idea because you don’t know how to build your own computer.

Well. I’m here to tell you that you really don’t have to worry about it. Building a computer is really simple and easy to do. Everyone thinks it’s difficult because technology itself is quite complicated but really it’s nothing more than just putting the components/parts where they belong.

You don’t have to do any programming, soldering, or anything like that. All you have to do is follow some steps and put the parts where they belong inside the case. It’s really as easy as it sounds.

Plus, I’m here if you require any help. Just shoot me a comment below and I’ll help you out the best I can. Also you can check out my guide for building your first PC build.

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What Does This Epic PC Build Offer

Since this build is an entry to high budget builds, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth for all of the components. You get great performance, features, and quality with this price range.

With this build, you won’t have to worry about anything at 1080p. You’ll be playing games on MAX settings if not high settings at 1080p with no problems. Frame rate will be nothing like you have ever seen before. This build is seriously for the best gaming experience.

If you really enjoy playing games as well as experiencing the best visuals, this build won’t disappoint you and you won’t regret getting this build. It’s simply a beast.

One of the main benefits of getting a higher budget build like this is that you won’t have to worry about upgrading so soon. The build itself should last couple years under good maintenance. I personally built myself a high end computer back in 2013 and I’m still using it without any problems.

High budget builds are truly a good investment because you get great quality builds.

Alright, by now you’re probably wondering about the build, so lets get to the build itself!


The Best Parts For $1,200 Dollar Budget PC Build

Updated for Jun 2017
The Build Overview
Case: Corsair Carbide 200R Ram Memory: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB
CPU Processor: Intel Core i5-7600K Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2
CPU Cooling: CM Hyper 212 EVO SSD Storage: SanDisk SSD 120GB
Motherboard: MSI Z270 SLI PLUS HDD Storage: WD Blue 1TB
Graphic Card: GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Windforce CD/DVD Drive: ASUS Optical Drive
Total: $1,200~1,250
Note: Component prices fluctuate daily. Check the current pricing here
COMPONENT LIST
part case
Corsair Carbide 200R
Corsair Carbide 200R
My Recommendation:
(Great Case For Price)
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part cpu
Intel Core i5-7600K
Intel Core i5-7600K
My Recommendation:
(Epic Performance CPU)
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part cpu cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
My Recommendation:
(Cheap & Good)
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part mb
MSI Z270 SLI PLUS
MSI Z270 SLI PLUS
My Recommendation:
(Great Price & Performance)
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part gpu
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Windforce OC
GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Windforce OC
My Recommendation:
(Superior Performance)
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part ram
Ballistix Sport LT
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB(1x8GB)
My Recommendation:
(Best Ram For Budget)
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part psu
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2
My Recommendation:
(Quality and Performance)
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part ssd
SanDisk Internal SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 120GB
My Recommendation:
(Performance & Speed)
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part hdd
WD Blue 1TB
WD Blue 1TB HDD
My Recommendation:
(Cheap & Good)
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part odd
asus optical drive
ASUS Optical Drive
My Recommendation:
(Just An Optical Drive)
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OPTIONAL ITEMS
part monitor
BenQ RL2455HM
BenQ Gaming Monitor RL2455HM
My Recommendation:
(Great Price & Performance)
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part mice
Logitech G502
Logitech G502 Proteus Core
My Recommendation:
(Super Performance)
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partname keyboard
Corsair Gaming K70
Corsair K70 Mechanical(Brown)
My Recommendation:
(Super Performance)
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part mpad
SteelSeries QcK
SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mpad
My Recommendation:
(Great Quality)
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part os
window os
Windows 10
Operating System:
You’re going to need an OS to operate the computer.
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part network
network-connection
Wired or Wireless
Internet Connection:
I would highly recommend using Ethernet cables
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Brief Component Details

Case:

The Corsair Carbide 200R case is a compact ATX tower case. It has lots of places for fan placement for when you decide to add additional fans in the future. For the price, this case is a steal. You get plenty of space for all your components and get simple cable management slots for your cables.

Also the case looks amazing, it’s simple and classy. That’s how I like my cases to look nowadays… guess I’m getting old. 😛

Processor (CPU):

The Intel Core i5-7600K is a powerful CPU and is the latest 7th gen processor. You honestly don’t have to go for a i7 unless you really wanted too. This i5 CPU should be enough for gaming and daily computing. The i5-7600K is also unlocked so you can overclock it to get more power and performance out of this beast. But it’s still fast without the overclocking at stock speed of 3.8Ghz.

You get the power of quad-cores and you get max speed of 4.2 GHz. That is a lot of power for the price. If you had only experienced dual-cores, then this CPU speed will amaze you for sure.

CPU Cooling (Heatsink/Fan):

If you plan on overclocking your CPU, you’ll need good CPU cooling to keep the temperature as low as possible so you don’t fry your CPU. Even if you’re not overclocking, you still need a CPU cooler because temperatures raise under load while you’re gaming.

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a great CPU cooler and pretty cheap for a CPU cooler. You’ll get better cooling than the stock CPU cooler that come with most CPU (Intel Core i5-6600K doesn’t come with a stock cooler that’s why I put in the 212 EVO).

Motherboard (MOBO):

The MSI Z270 SLI PLUS motherboard is a great motherboard, and nothing beats price and quality. This motherboard is SLI ready so you can add in an additional GTX 1080 in the future for extra raw power. But you honestly don’t need two GTX 1080 unless you running like multiple monitors.

Graphics Card (GPU):

Gigabyte GTX 1080 Windforce OC is a beast of a graphics card. You get true power with this one and you’ll experience true PC gaming. This will handle games flawlessly at 1080p and some will be playing on 1440p. On the plus side, this card has great cooling potential so you don’t have to worry about overheating. This bad boy will handle your gaming marathons with ease.

This powerhouse is seriously the main beast within this build. Also you’ll be VR ready for the future.

Memory (RAM):

With this budget, you have standard 8GB RAM, you can double it making it a total 16GB RAM if you want. This will be plenty for your gaming needs, but if you want more ram for multi-tasking ability with heavy memory applications then you can buy the 16GB set.

Power Supply (PSU):

The Power supply for this build is a EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 series. But it’s not like a regular power supply, this one is a modular so you can plug in additional cables that you need. No more useless cables coming from the power supply making your build look messy.

You can cable manage easily which will mean better airflow and more pleasing overall look. I love modular power supplies because they make the case look so much nicer and makes cable management so much easier.

Storage (SSD + HDD):

For storage, you get 120GB of SSD and 1TB of HDD. That is plenty of storage for gaming and general needs. You’ll use the SSD for OS and HDD for storage like games, pictures, and programs.

You can decide to go with more HDD storage as well as 240GB SSD if you use a lot of storage.

Optical Drives (ODD):

You don’t have to worry to much about optical drives. The one in this build should be enough for daily use and burning CDs.


Operating System & Peripherals

My advice and recommendation for operating system is always Windows because it’s pretty much the best operating system out there for PC. You can get any Window that you are familiar with but I do recommend Windows 7 64bit or Windows 8.1 64bit for now. If you want the Windows 10, then you can go with that one too.

(Note: I personally don’t recommend pirated or bootlegged version of Windows operating system. Not worth the risk.)

For peripherals, you can go with any of the recommend ones in the peripheral tab but the choice is really yours to make. I listed the ones that I personally use for my gaming because their great for the price and gives amazing performance.

If you need help deciding on peripherals just shoot me a comment below and I’ll be more than glad to help you out.

Internet Connection (Wired or Wireless):

If you want the best gaming performance and experience, go with Ethernet connection. You can never go wrong with this route and it’s simply the cheapest option too.

But if you plan on going wireless with PCI-E adapter or USB adapter, then consider getting a better router for connectivity and performance while connecting to the internet.


My Overall Thoughts

If you truly want the best performance and a good investment for your money, then this high budget build is a great choice. You won’t regret anything because this beast delivers the power you need for awesome gaming experience and more.

Let me know what you guys think below, and if you guys have any questions feel free to ask! 🙂

39 thoughts on “Best $1200 Dollar Gaming PC Build For Hardcore Gamers

    1. Hello Mike,

      Yes this build will be able to handle 3 monitors. Newer graphics cards like the GTX 970 all support multiple monitors. But there are couple things you should know.

      1) The GTX 970 graphics card has (DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort) so you might need to get an adapter. You can go [two monitors with DVIx2 and one monitor with DisplayPort] and a DisplayPort to DVI adapter if your monitor doesn’t support DP. Something like this DisplayPort to DVI Adapter

      2) Ideally you’ll want to get 3 monitors that are the same for best quality and performance. Also you’ll want a monitor that has thin bezels around the screen like this Acer R240HY 23.8-Inch IPS (1920 x 1080)

      3) Optional: Get the same GTX 970 for SLI for best performance.

      Hope this helps you out and if you need anything else feel free to ask again.

      Best Wishes,
      Chris

  1. Hi, I’ve been looking for a good pic build for a while, though I’m concerned as I am not sure if this is an Australian site, will all the parts and products listed in the build function in Australia with the difference in voltage

    1. Hey John,

      I’m not sure about what parts are available in Australia. But I’ve looked up the voltage for Australia which is 220-240 volts, and the CX600 power supply unit for this build supports universal AC 90~264V. The power supply unit (PSU) is what converts the AC input to lower DC voltages needed by the computer parts/components. So if the power supply supports universal AC 90~264V then it should work in Australia.

      Also if you want more efficiency and quality out of your power supply then I recommend looking into 80+ Gold or Platinum certified power supplies like the EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD.

      Important Note: if your buying parts from USA, you might have to get a different power cord for the PSU (or an adapter). And, if your going to buy parts in Australia then there really shouldn’t be any problems.

      Hope that helps you out.

      Cheers,
      Chris

    1. Hey Dillon,

      The GTX 1070 is one of the new and latest NVIDIA graphics card. It’s benchmark results come in 3rd in the top. But it really depends on what screen resolution you’re going to play on. If it’s just 1920 x 1080 then this build will be able to handle those games with much more ease than the 2560 x 1440 resolution.

      To simply answer your question – Yes this build will be able to run those newer games and more.

      Hope I was able to answer your question. 🙂

  2. Hey Chris,
    – does it make sense to get a 144Hz Monitor (1080p) on this build ?
    – Why wouldn’t you go for a i7 6700K ?
    – Wouldn’t it be enough to get a 500W PSU ?

    thanks for answering =)
    Philipp

    1. Hey Philipp,

      Q:– does it make sense to get a 144Hz Monitor (1080p) on this build ?

      A: Well it’s really up to you. I personally have a 144Hz 1080p monitor myself and it’s enough for me. It really depends on what kind of games you will be playing. I mostly play FPS games which the 144Hz monitor is good for. Always remember that higher the resolutions equal less frame rate. The size of the monitor doesn’t really matter. People might think that the GTX 1070 for a 1080p is overkill, and it kind of is, but I would rather exceed the normal 60FPS on newer games with great visual settings. Also it gives you some leeway so you won’t have to worry about frame rate drops or lags.

      For me, I love having between 150-200+ frame rate when I play because it gives me a lot of breathing space with no in-game lag. In my opinion, I would only get a 1440p monitor if I had two graphic cards in SLI setup. And keep in mind that newer games coming out will require a lot more graphic power so it’s safe for the long-run to have a 1080p monitor.

      Q:– Why wouldn’t you go for a i7 6700K ?

      A: If you feel like you require more processor power then by all means go for the i7 6700K. But for gaming and other computing needs, a i5-6600K is more than enough. Also the i5 is cheaper and fits within the budget limit.

      Q:– Wouldn’t it be enough to get a 500W PSU ?

      A: Now power supply is something I wouldn’t cheap out on because it powers all the computer components. You can get the minimum PSU requirement for the build, but you’ll always want to have more leeway (breathing room). I recommend the one that is in the build or something better for future upgrade-ability.

      Hope that answers all your questions. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

      Thanks

      1. Hey Charlie,

        That build is good. Personally I would only add in a SSD for the OS and HDD for storage. Just go for the 120GB if you don’t want to spend more than you need too.

        Hope that helps buddy.

    1. Hey Charlie,

      Sorry for late reply, been away. But to answer your question – Yes you could go with the 1060 6gb. That will be good still. For people on a budget, the 1060 route is a good idea.

      Hope that helps.

    1. Hey Charlie,

      Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been away. But yes, 1060 will be good and that build looks great buddy.

      If you have more questions feel free to ask. 🙂

  3. Hey Chris i’m a little new to PC’s and I noticed the components labeled as “Main Components Overview”. Does that mean there is extra small components that I don’t know about the I would have to get?

    1. Hey Zack,

      The components labeled “Main Components Overview” is everything needed to build a tower. The only thing else you would need to consider is the operating system – Window10, Linux, or whatever you like.

      However, if you don’t have peripherals (like monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers) then you would need to buy those as well.

      And no there isn’t extra small components that you need to get, everything you need for the tower is listed in the build.

      Hope that helps you out and if you have more questions feel free to ask.

  4. Hey Chris, I’ve been stuck on 40 fps on games like CSGO on vista. Looking forward to hopefully buying this.
    My first question is How to install windows, or which one I should buy, i.e. Windows 10 home, professional, or Ultimate. Im only going to use this for gaming and going on web, so no word, presentations, etc
    2. Do I really need an optical drive or should I get one to use just in case something happens?
    3. Do you need extra cables or stands?
    Answered my fourth question above 😀
    Thanks

    1. Hey Kevin,

      Yeah I would say anything below 60FPS is hard to play on. This build will most definitely give you better FPS in CSGO and you probably won’t regret it. 😉

      Now to answer your questions:

      1: Installing windows is easy really. Instead of writing a long answer here I’ll refer you to this link that explains everything about installing windows. Also I would suggest getting Windows 10 home since it’s cheaper and pretty much has everything you need. You won’t need Professional or Ultimate.

      2: You don’t really need an optical drive if you don’t use CD’s. I personally have one but never use it since I can store stuff with USB drives. Only reason really to get an optical drive is if you get the Windows 10 in a disc. But you can skip the optical drive if you plan on getting the Windows 10 USB. Also some components will come with a driver installation disc that you need to install, but I personally would recommend you going to their website and downloading the latest driver online instead of using the disc that comes with the component. Also if you have an old computer laying around with an optical drive, you could probably just use that.

      3. You probably won’t need to extra cables since the motherboard and PSU comes with everything you need. And you can always buy extra cables later down the road if you need it. As for stands, I’m not completely sure what you are referring too. Stands for monitor? I would think you won’t need any stands just a table for you to put your computer setup on.

      Hope that answers all your questions and feel free to ask more if you have any. Thanks.

  5. I am looking for a cheaper graphic card for this build , will the GTX 1050 ti or the 1060 3GB be able to run games like Overwatch and Battlefield 1 on medium to high resolution.
    And how hard is it to build a computer, I’m 15 and want to build my own, will I be able to handle it ?
    Thanks for the great post Chris.

    1. Hey Tim,

      A 1060 3GB should be able to run Overwatch and Battlefield 1 on medium to high resolutions on a 1080p monitor. With some settings tweak you could probably get ultra setting.

      Building a computer really isn’t that hard at all. If you know how to use a screw driver and able to follow instructions by watching a video then you’re good to go. I was able to learn how to build a computer around your age so I would think you would be able to do it too. Just follow the building instructions and videos and you should be good. Plus, you could always come back to me for help. 🙂

      Let me know if you have any more questions or concerns.

      P.S. If you’re budget is $1200, I wouldn’t cheap out on the graphics card if I were you. I would recommend you cheap out on other components before looking into a cheaper graphics card. I can help you change the build to fit your need if that’s what you want.

  6. SORRY ,for my last comment
    its my frst buy so… will this fit ?

    Crucial MX300 275GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive – CT275MX300SSD1
    Corsair Dual SSD Mounting Bracket 3.5″ CSSD-BRKT2
    $85.47

    WL 3TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Desktop Hard Drive (For Server, RAID, NAS, DVR, Desktop PC) w/1 Year Warranty
    $68.88

    Intel Core i7 6700K 4.00 GHz Unlocked Quad Core Skylake Desktop Processor, Socket LGA 1151 [BX80662I76700K]
    $299.99

    Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis with Window Cases PH-ES614P_BK by Phanteks
    $106.23

    Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) by Asus
    $21.38

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) by Cooler Master
    $27.98

    Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX DDR4 Motherboards GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 by Gigabyte
    $132.99

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Video/Graphics Cards GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD by Gigabyte
    $399.99

    Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DIMM 288-Pin – BLS2K8G4D240FSE (Red) by Crucial

    would I need any extra component, accesories? even cables ??

    Thanks 4 your help !

    1. Hey Jose,

      The build looks good but I don’t think you need a Corsair Dual SSD mounting bracket because the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case has SSD and HDD mounts already. You won’t need any extra cables since the motherboard will come with the cables you need. Also don’t forget to buy an operating system like Window 10 if you don’t have one already.

      As for extra things you need, you’ll need peripherals (monitor, speakers/headset, keyboard, mouse) if you don’t have them already too.

      Hope that answers your questions. Let me know how things go! 🙂

        1. Hey Jose,

          I have a guide on how to build a computer. Just watch the videos that I have shared in the link and you’re good to go. It’s truly not as difficult as it seems; if I was able to do it so can you buddy. The wikihow link you provided is good information you could read but I personally recommend watching the videos for the visuals.

          Also all the “bios configuration” is really to just check and see if every component is working properly when you have it all setup. The part 2 of the Newegg TV guide shows you the bios settings and how to install the windows. The only thing you would probably need to change are the SATA mode and the boot options and he explains that in the video.

          It might seem very hard but it really isn’t and once you get the experience of building your first computer you’ll have that knowledge with you forever. Think of it as a learning experience so that you can be a better ‘Do It Yourself’ kind of person. 😉

          Plus, if you have questions, you can always come back here and I’ll help you out anytime.

    1. Hey Zack,

      There isn’t too much options for wireless but the best options for one is a wireless adapter. One low budget option that I would recommend is the TP-Link Wireless Dual Band Adapter that would fit in a PCI express slot or any other. But if you want to pitch in some more for a beefier wireless adapter you can look into ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter.

      But depending on how far the router is you could probably just get a cheap wireless USB adapter like the Panda Wireless PAU06 or Glam Hobby 600Mbps mini 802.11ac Dual Band.

  7. Hey. I’m getting my first gaming/decent to highish end pc for christmas. i have this build so far.

    SeoJack AC600Mbps Dual Band(5GHz and 2.4GHz) wireless USB wifi adapter,For Device of Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32/64bits) MAC OS X 10.11.X / 10.10.X / 10.9.X / 10.8.X /10.7.X by SeoJack
    $24.99
    AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable – 6 Feet (2-Pack) (Latest Standard) by AmazonBasics
    $11.98
    EagleTec K104 / KS04 2.4 GHz Wireless Combo Keyboard and Mouse – Black by EagleTec
    $16.89
    Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit by Microsoft Software
    $91.26
    Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1600 MHz PC3 12800 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit by Corsair
    $52.48
    ASUS Graphics Cards TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5 by Asus
    $316.00
    Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX DDR4 Motherboards GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 by Gigabyte
    $132.99
    Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) by Samsung
    $89.99
    Intel Core i5 6600K 3.50 GHz Quad Core Skylake Desktop Processor, Socket LGA 1151, 6MB Cache (BX80662I56600K) by Intel
    $229.99
    Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) by Asus
    $19.95
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) by Cooler Master
    $34.99
    WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (WD10EZEX) by Western Digital
    $49.99
    Corsair CX Series, CX750, 750 Watt (750W) Power Supply, 80+ Bronze Certified by Corsair
    $69.99
    NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Computer Case, Black (CA-SO530-M1) by NZXT Technologies
    $84.99

    would this be a better card than the asus?

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming GV-N1060G1GAMING-6GD Graphics Cards
    by Gigabyte
    $ 289 99

    1. Hey Alex,

      I’ll be glad to help you out with your first gaming PC. There are couple things I would recommend you make changes too so that you can experience the full potential of your new PC.

      I’ll list the items that I would change and give you my recommendations below the item listed:

      1.) EagleTec K104 / KS04 2.4 GHz Wireless Combo Keyboard and Mouse

      I recommend getting a wired keyboard and mouse for PC gaming because cheap wireless keyboard and mouse will have input lag that could potentially give you a hard time in game. Plus, you won’t have to worry about changing the battery while your in the middle of a game. There are good cheap options for wired keyboard and mouse on amazon.

      2.) Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit by Microsoft Softwarek

      It doesn’t really matter what Operating System you get on your PC but I personally would get the Windows 10 instead of the 8.1 because it’s about the same price and you’ll get better optimization with the Windows 10.

      3.) Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1600 MHz

      The memory RAM you have listed is a DDR3; I would highly recommend you get a DDR4 RAM since your motherboard and CPU supports the newer DDR4 RAM. The Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single DDR4 2400 would be a good one to get with the build you listed. Also I would recommend you get 1 stick that is 8GB now and maybe down the road you can buy the exact same one to make your build 16GB of RAM. It’s better for future-proofing. You can browse for more DDR4 here.

      4.) ASUS Graphics Cards TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5

      This will answer the question you asked at the end. Yes, I would recommend the GTX 1060 instead of the GTX 970. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming GV-N1060G1GAMING-6GD Graphics Cards would be better to get and it’s cheaper. But for a build like this, I would recommend a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 for way better performance and gaming experience. It’s only couple Andrew Jackson ($20 dollar bill) more than the GTX 970 you listed.

      5.) Corsair CX Series, CX750, 750 Watt (750W) Power Supply

      The power supply in your build isn’t bad but I would recommend you get a semi modular power supply for ease and better aesthetics. The EVGA 750 GQ, 80+ GOLD 750W Semi Modular is a better option for only $20 bucks more and plus it’s GOLD certified so you get better efficiency out of it.

      Couple other things I recommend are using Ethernet instead of WiFi USB adapter, and using DVI monitor cable instead of HDMI.

      Those are the things I would make changes to your build. If you have more questions feel free to ask me. Hope I was of help to you. 🙂

  8. Hi. I’m from Ireland, and i’m wondering if you could email me the best PC for this price you can get in ROI

    1. Hey Yegs,

      I would be more than happy to help you out. Did you want a PC that is pre-built? And what stores (with websites) do you buy computer stuff from in Republic of Ireland? Because I’m not sure what stores are in Ireland. If you can give me the website links then I’ll try to look through it to find the one you’re looking for.

      Cheers

    1. Hey Tony,

      This build will be able to run about anything you throw at it at 1080p resolution. The GTX 1080 is truly a beast card and is second to best (the best being the GTX 1080 TI).

    1. Hey Tom,

      Yeah you could upgrade from i5 to i7 since it’s still the same Socket LGA 1151. Just remember to get the newest generation the i7-7700(k). If you don’t plan on overclocking then you don’t have to get the “K” version (unlocked for overclocking).

      Cheers.

  9. Hey so I just like to look at what other people are building for about the same price that I spent on my PC. Why would you get a 1080 with only 8gb of ram. I thought it was standard and that everyone knew that you should have double the ram in comparison to VRam. Also why would you pair a 220 cpu with a 550 gpu. You should spend more money on a cpu like an i7 of some sort and get a 1070 or 1060 while spending some of that money saved on more ram. It’s kind of misleading for some people because many of the new AAA titles really only run ultra settings when you pair a solid gpu, cpu and ram combination otherwise you will have a bottleneck of some sort.

    1. Hey Matt,

      Thanks for the comment. It’s not standard to have double the ram in comparison to the VRam; Ram really depends on the user. For most gaming, you really don’t need 16GB of ram (it’s nice to have it but not necessary). In most cases, you’ll probably see a slight minimal boost that is unnoticeable to most people. The only real benefit would be if you’re a video-editor, streamer, or multi-tasker (having browsers and other applications on at the same time while gaming).

      I’m not sure what you mean about pairing 220 CPU with a 550 GPU, if you could provide me with more context.

      Lastly, of course having solid GPU, CPU, RAM will allow you to run ultra settings, however, most video settings will cost GPU more than the CPU on usage. There are only couple settings that’ll heavily affect the CPU. Plus, not everyone is looking for full-on ultra settings and are fine with high to medium settings. Also i5-7600K is a beast of a CPU and is plenty for gaming. You only truly need i7 if you have the extra money, or if you happen to video-edit/stream… just like having more RAM which is more of a correlation than RAM to VRAM.

      In the end, it really matters for what kind of computer user you are; For this particular build, I’ve built it for the serious gamer.

    1. Hey Eric,

      The build you linked looks good to me. For me, there are couple things I would change (but that’s just me and you don’t have too).
      1.) I personally would get 16GB or more of RAM for a high-end build like this.
      2.) Also I would sacrifice the 2560×1080 60Hz IPS Monitor for a 1920x1080p high hz monitor. But that is just me. IPS monitors have amazing picture quality but I’m pretty competitive FPS player so I like having 144hz. Here are two options: ASUS 24-inch Full HD FreeSync Gaming Monitor or Acer GN246HL Bbid. The ASUS one only has 75hz while the Acer one is 144hz.
      3.) Lastly, I would settle with Windows Home edition and save some money. I have no need for a Windows Pro edition, and it’s pretty much the same thing as the home edition. It just has couple additional features.

      Hope that helps.

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