The Ultimate Gaming PC Build For $1800 Dollars

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If you’re starting out with a $1,800 budget for a new gaming PC, then you my friend are in for the best gaming experience of your life.

Building a $1,800 dollar gaming PC build will literally give you the best performance and speed while in game and not in game. You get great quality components that will truly last you for years to come.

No need to worry about upgrading for quite a while. And even in couple of years from now, this beast will still blow everything else out the water. That’s how top-notch this build truly is.


Building The Best Gaming PC For $1,800 Yourself

Before we get deeper into this build, I personally would like to tell you that getting a high end budget build like this one is truly awesome and you won’t regret it. Also I respect that you want the best of the best to dominate every game because that’s how I was when I built my dream PC back in 2013. Let us do a virtual high-five. *high-five* πŸ˜‰

Oh I almost forgot, please don’t spend $1,800 on a pre-built computer unless it’s truly better than the build I’ve setup for you. I say this because I don’t want you to lose out on so much good performance and quality by spending your money on an overpriced pre-built computers with less performance.

Alright, now that I said what I wanted to say, lets continue with the build.

With a high budget like this, you can get all the best quality components for your build. It’s a legendary build. Literally, this build is like Zeus’ lightning bolt and you’re Zeus himself. You’ll dominate every game and punish anyone that gets in your way.

The best part about getting a build like this is that you get bragging rights because you have one of the best gaming PC in the market. And you only get this kind of build by building it yourself. A pre-built computer with the same performance and power will cost way more.


How To Build The Legendary $1,800 Dollar PC

By now, you’re probably wondering how you can build all this all by yourself, and you’re kind of worried about the idea of building it.

Well, my fellow gamer, you can be at ease because building a computer from scratch is not complicated at all. Everyone thinks building a computer is complicated because technology, itself, is viewed as being complicated. But it really isn’t.

Building a computer should be viewed as “putting parts together for a computer” that’s about it. You’re not literally building a computer by developing a circuit board or soldering anything. All you’re doing is putting compatible parts/components together.

It’s just like building with LEGO. You just put certain parts/components where they belong and that’s it. If you’ve put together a desk, shelf,or chair together from a local store, then you can build a computer.

You don’t need to be an expert or professional. You just need to follow some guidelines and steps. That’s all.

In order to help you out with your build, you can visit my PC building guide for beginners that will help you out. You can also view it to see just how easy it really is.

Find Out How To Build

What Does This Legendary Build Offer

For this price point, you end up with a high-end gaming PC that will devour any game that you throw at it. No need to lower any settings, you’ll get high settings with great FPS no problem.

Playing games at 1080p is really a waste for a build like this. You’ll want to play on a 1440p monitor and experience great visuals than the 1080p.

With this build you get all great components like the new powerful 7th gen Intel Core i7-7700K processor which is cooled by Corsairs Hydro H60 (cpu watercooling loop). Visuals are powered by the ULTIMATE GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Ti GAMING OC graphics card. Also you have 16GB of DDR4 RAM for fast multi-tasking potential. And all of these components will sit nicely in the ASUS PRIME Z270-A motherboard.

Truly, the visual for this build will be top-notch also. The build will be black, red, and grey color themed for extreme gaming look. You won’t regret it one bit.

And like I said in the beginning, this build is prepared for the future. You won’t have to upgrade for a long time. It’ll be a good investment into the best gaming experience.

With that, lets get into the build.


The Superior Parts For This Legendary PC Build

Updated for Jun 2017
The Build Overview
Case: Corsair 780T Ram Memory: Ballistix Sport LT 16GB
CPU Processor: Intel Core i7-7700K Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2
CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro H60 SSD Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
Motherboard: ASUS PRIME Z270-A HDD Storage: WD Blue 1TB
Graphic Card: GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Ti CD/DVD Drive: ASUS Optical Drive
Total: $1,800~1,850
Note: Component prices fluctuate daily. Check the current pricing here
COMPONENT LIST
part case
Corsair 780T
Corsair 780T
My Recommendation:
(Great Case For Price)
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part cpu
Intel Core i7-7700K
Intel Core i7-7700K
My Recommendation:
(Superior Performance)
VIEW
part cpu cooler
Corsair Hydro H60
Corsair Hydro H60
My Recommendation:
(Great Cooler)
VIEW
part mb
ASUS PRIME Z270-A
ASUS PRIME Z270-A
My Recommendation:
(Super Performance)
VIEW
part gpu
GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Ti GAMING OC
GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Ti GAMING OC
My Recommendation:
(Superior Performance)
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part ram
Ballistix Sport LT 16GB
Ballistix Sport LT 16GB
My Recommendation:
(Good Performance & Price)
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part psu
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2
EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2
My Recommendation:
(Great Performance)
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part ssd
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
My Recommendation:
(Performance & Speed)
VIEW
part hdd
WD Blue 1TB
WD Blue 1TB HDD
My Recommendation:
(Great Storage)
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part odd
asus optical drive
ASUS Optical Drive
My Recommendation:
(Just An Optical Drive)
VIEW
PERIPHERAL OPTIONS
part monitor
BenQ XL2730Z
BenQ XL2730Z 144Hz 1ms
My Recommendation:
(Best For FPS, RTS, MOBA games)
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part mice
Logitech G502
Logitech G502 Proteus Core
My Recommendation:
(Super Performance)
VIEW
partname keyboard
Corsair Gaming K70
Corsair K70 Mechanical(Brown)
My Recommendation:
(Super Performance)
VIEW
part mpad
SteelSeries QcK
SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mpad
My Recommendation:
(Great Quality)
VIEW
part os
window os
Windows 10
Operating System:
You’re going to need an OS to operate the computer.
VIEW
part network
network-connection
Wired or Wireless
Internet Connection:
I would highly recommend using Ethernet cables
VIEW

Brief Detail Break Down

Case:

The Corsair Graphite Series 780T case is a great looking case and has many useful features. With this case, you get features that you only see in high-end expensive cases and this is really one of those high-end cases. You can see some of the key features for this case below.

Processor (CPU):

The brain for this build is the new 7th gen Intel Core i7-7700K processor. This processor is really an awesome performing processor which fits perfectly well with this high budget build. You get the power of Quad-Cores with Hyper-Threading and this beast stock operating speed is 4.2GHz which can be overclocked to even faster speed.

If you’re new to all the information, just know that you’ll get one of the best CPU processors in the market right now.

CPU Cooling (Heatsink/Fan):

In order to keep the expensive and powerful CPU at low temperatures, you’ll need a cooling solution like the Corsairs Hydro H60 which is a pre-built closed water-cooling loop for your CPU. This will most definitely keep your CPU at reasonable temperatures while you game, or when you overclock.

Motherboard (MOBO):

For handling the powerful CPU and GPU in this build, the ASUS PRIME Z270-A motherboard is a great choice. I’m a fan of ASUS and I love their motherboards, they have great features and easy-to-use BIOS.

This motherboard will be able to babysit the CPU and GPU without any problems. It’s purely designed for gamers.

Graphics Card (GPU):

To handle the visuals for games, this GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Ti GAMING OC is seriously the top-notch and the latest new king. This graphics card is literally the best and will out perform any other single card. And if you have SLI in mind, then you’re seriously building yourself a rocket plain and simple. Even one GTX 1080 Ti will be beast mode, having two would makes it unbelievable.

With a card like this, you’ll want a 1440p monitor because it’s truly a waste on a 1080p (because it’ll MAX everything with ease at 1080p). So give it a great 1440p monitor for it to handle.

Memory (RAM):

With the new Skylake processor, you get the ability to get DDR4 RAMS which is really nice to have. To match the build color scheme, I listed a stick that can match the motherboard color. You get total of 16GB (2 x 8GB) so you’ll have the ability to multi-task with ease.

Power Supply (PSU):

All of the components are powered by the EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2. This power supply fully supports SLI or Crossfire but if you plan to add another GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Ti GAMING OC graphics card in the future, you might want to get more wattage because that card is power hungry.

The EVGA SuperNOVA is fully modular so you’re cable management and building process will be a lot easier. And because it’s modular you only have to use cables that you need.

Storage (SSD + HDD):

You get plenty of storage with this build with a 250GB SSD for fast boot time and 1TB HDD for main storage. This should be plenty for your everyday use and gaming. The SSD is truly the best and the speed is unbelievable. Once you taste the speed of SSD, a regular HDD will feel slow. πŸ˜›

Optical Drive (ODD):

The ASUS optical drive is a great optical drive. It’s not an blu-ray player but it’ll handle everything you need that has to do with playing CD’s or burning CD’s.

Honestly, you don’t even need an optical drive nowadays but it’s good to have one just in case.


Operating System & Peripherals

For operating systems, my advice and recommendation is Windows 7 64bit or Windows 8.1 64bit. But you can decide on whatever operating system that you’re most comfortable with. You can decide to go with Windows 10 too if you like. I’m personally waiting it out as long as I can before I upgrade from 8.1 to Windows 10.

(Note: I don’t recommend any pirated or bootlegged version of Windows operating system. It’s not worth the risk of a virus or hack.)

Peripherals are yours to choose. You can decide to go with the ones I have recommended on the peripheral table or not. But the ones I recommend are all amazing products and you won’t regret it if you buy it. I know this because I’m personally using some of them myself.

Internet Connection (Wired or Wireless):

For desktop builds like this, you’ll always want to go with wired Ethernet connection. Even if it means buying a 50ft Ethernet cable that runs across your house to the router (which I did before when I was about to have a gaming session).

You’ll always get way better performance with Ethernet than wireless. And plus, Ethernet cable route is the cheapest route anyways.

But if 50ft Ethernet cable is not a solution for you, then you can go with a PCI-E adapter or USB adapter. Maybe you can look into a better router as well for the most optimal connection with Wifi.


My Overall Thoughts

If you want to be unstoppable and feel the power of Zeus’ lightning bolt, then this legendary PC build is for you. I know that sounds pretty lame but I seriously can’t put it any other way. πŸ˜›

You’ll not regret getting this build. It’s one powerful beast.

Let me know what you guys think below. And if you have any questions post them below as well.

50 thoughts on “The Ultimate Gaming PC Build For $1800 Dollars

    1. Hey Oscar,

      Sorry for the inconvenience. I’ve made the update to the build and fixed the slight glitch/problem. Feel free to check out the build again and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

      Thank you for leaving me a comment about the problem.

      Helpful Note: When you find yourself with a price that is extremely over the budget then make sure that the quantity of the items are listed as 1. You don’t want to be buying 2 of the same item. So I would recommend clearing out the cart before adding the items.

      Also the $1,800 price range is for the build itself, the peripherals are optional and not part of the build.

  1. Hello Chris!

    First of all sorry for my grammar I am still learning English πŸ˜›

    Second thing for about 3 months ago i was looking for the best gaming PC for around 1800$ and I found it here. I am very happy with this guide and I am very happy with my new PC. Great job man and thanks for helping us others who don’t know much about PC components and that funny stuff. I got myself a MSI GTX 980ti 6bg graphic card because it was on list before. I think that graphic card is amazing! πŸ™‚
    But I could not buy the Asus Here motherboard, (I wish I could) instead I got ASUS Z170-E. It works fine with the other components but I don’t know how much this effect the performance. Any thoughts? What do you think about this component? Be honest with me please ^^

    And Last thing I want to buy the last part for my ultimate gaming PC and it is the monitor. I see you recommendation there. The BenQ, but I also like the Asus ROG swift PG278Q. Now I am not sure of which one I should buy. You think you can help me with this last thing Chris? Which one should I buy and why? Pros and Cons?

    Thanks for the help and for the awesome guide!

    1. Hey Bruto,

      First I like to say your grammar is very good for someone learning English as second language.

      I’m really glad to hear that my guide was helpful to you. The MSI GTX980Ti is still an amazing graphics card and I personally wish I had one myself πŸ˜‰ .

      For the motherboard, the ASUS Z170-E is a great alternative motherboard and shouldn’t really affect the performance of other components (like the CPU or GPU). Honestly, motherboards are mostly personal preference because they all have different features that people look for. And I do tell people that they don’t always have to buy an expensive high-end motherboard. Instead, they could buy a slightly cheaper one and save money or invest it into a better graphics card or CPU processor. Your build is great, you don’t have to worry about a thing.

      Lastly, monitors are also personal preference because they all have different display types that people look for. Both the BenQ and Asus ROG swift PG278Q have similar specifications. They both have 2560 x 1440(2k), 144Hz, and 1ms response time. But the Asus ROG swift PG278Q has G-Sync(Nvidia) adaptive technology while the BenQ has the FreeSync(AMD). And since you have a Nvidia graphics card, you might want to go with the Asus ROG swift PG278Q.

      You should also check out the ASUS ROG PG279Q for your dream gaming monitor. The ASUS ROG PG279Q is slightly better and has an IPS screen which gives you better color display than a TN screen. And for 4ms response time(PG279Q) vs. 1ms response time(PG278Q), I would personally rather lose 3ms for an IPS screen – meaning I would get the PG279Q over the PG278Q. So if you can spend the extra money for the PG279Q then I would recommend it.

      Note: If the PG279Q is too expensive you can go with the Acer Predator XB271HU which is similar to the PG279Q but cost a little bit less.

      I hope that answers your questions. Let me know what you think and thank you for your kind comment.

      1. Hi!

        Thanks for the reply πŸ˜‰

        I understand. Now I feel better about my build I wasn’t 100% about my choices but now I am. Like I said I am very happy with my new PC.

        I been reading reviews and seeing videos for about 3 days know, in order to choose the best monitor for me. Since it is my very expensive and gaming monitor I want it to be the best of the best. (not forgetting my budget ofc πŸ™‚ ). I was looking to the Asus PG279Q but 4ms response time was scaring me a bit. Know I read that that thing “doesn’t matter a lot” compare to 1ms response time. I think I will go for the Asus ROG PG279Q. IPS Panel. Better Colors, same resolution and better refresh time, but I think 144hz is enough πŸ˜›

        Thank you again for the guide and the tips on monitors. I think I will be happy with the PG279Q.

        One thing I don’t like about this monitor is the speakers. I haven’t tested them but I think that if I am buying a expensive monitor like this I think I would have a better speakers that they offer too. It feels like I am paying more just for speakers that I am not going to use xD

        1. Maybe the Asus ROG PG27AQ is an option too. The price difference is not much and I got same specification but this one offers me 4K. Which I think it might be worth.

          What do you think? πŸ˜›

          1. I personally think that 4K will be a bit overkill. I mean the graphics card should be able to handle it but the graphics card will probably be overworked when you game for a long session. Always remember, higher the resolution = more pixels to handle = graphic card overworked. That is the reason why I recommend getting 2 graphics card in SLI for higher resolution monitors or multiple monitor setups since it divides the workload.

            If you want to have better frame rate and better visual settings in game without lag then I would recommend the 1440P. The GTX 980 Ti will handle gaming at 1440P amazingly and probably flawlessly as well.

            The choice is yours my friend.

        2. Hey,

          No problem mate, I’m here to help. I’m glad you’re happy with your build, I mean you’ve got yourself a beast you know.

          ASUS PG279Q is a great choice, you’re gaming visuals will be stunning. And don’t worry too much about the response time, as long as it’s below 10ms it’s good. For 144hz, yeah that’s probably all you need.

          I personally don’t recommend using monitor speakers for gaming because their not that great. Instead, I recommend a gaming headset for gaming of course, and a 2.1 (or 5.1) speaker setup for general stuff like music, videos, etc. You can check out some great gaming headsets here. And for a speaker setup I personally would recommend the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers.

          Cheers πŸ˜‰

          1. Thanks alot for the help man!

            I did not thought about the overworked and since I will be running dual monitor. The other monitor is a simple monitor and not as demanding as the PG279Q. so I think it will be fine with these both monitors. I think you are right about not to overwork my graphics card. Thank you for the tips about the speakers and headset but I already have other ones.

            Thanks again for all the help and your guide. I think It is time to rekt some Noobs! with my new PC and The new Asus PG279Q I will buy! x)

          2. Yeah even though the GTX 980 TI is a beast of a card that can handle almost everything, you still don’t want to overwork/overheat it. You want the card to last as long as possible for the money you have invested in it. πŸ˜‰
            Plus, you’ll probably want to have the best frame rate as possible for any game you play with the highest settings.

            No problem Bruto! Hope you enjoy your new epic gaming PC and go get them noobs. πŸ˜›

            You can add me in steam if you like just shoot me an email. (This way I can reduce spam on Steam)

  2. Hi,

    Wow!! this is super useful. Thanks for sharing .BTW I need some advice on below spec, please let me know if I can buy desktop with below spec, the games which I am planning to play are Far Cry: Primal, The division etc.

    Intel Core i7-6800K processor 3.4GHz (with Max Turbo Speed of 3.6GHz), 15MB L3 Cache

    16GB DDR4 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 128GB)

    2TB SATA hard drive and 240GB SSD

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics
    With 8GB of dedicated graphics memory

    1. Hey Blaaze,

      Thanks for the kind words my friend! And to answer your question – Yes, the build spec for that is pretty top-notch and you could build yourself one with those specs. A desktop with that spec will be able to run the games that you plan on playing. On 1080p, you probably can max out all settings with good framerate. But on 1440p, you might have to slightly adjust the settings for the best framerate and smooth gameplay.

      You could buy a pre-built desktop with those specs if you wanted too. But to get the best value for your money, you should build the desktop yourself using the build. You could also get an i5 instead and use the left over money to get a GTX 1080 graphics card. Also a 8GB ram will be okay too if you’re trying to save money. But overall, the spec you wrote down is good for gaming.

      Hope that answers your question. Let me know if you have any more concerns or questions.

    1. Hey Jawtastic,

      Getting a 850W power supply will work just fine. More wattage will give you more flexibility for upgrades in the future. You could go SLI setup later down the road if you wanted too.

      Happy Gaming!

      1. Thanks for the response. Just wondering when searching about liquid cooling people said you dont want to go cheap on one…but after looking at the reviews for the liquid cooling you have in this build it seems great..am i confused? its so cheap but seems so good…also do you have to change the liquid in it? i didint see one video on how to change out the liquid on that

        1. No problem, I’m here to help. First, I would have to explain the difference in liquid cooling systems to make it easier to understand so bare with me. There are two types of liquid cooling that you could do – closed loop and open loop.

          The one in this build, Corsair Hydro H60, is a closed loop liquid cooling which basically means that it’s a pre-built loop system. With a closed loop system you can’t change the liquid inside it since the loop is pre-built and fully closed. The closed loop liquid cooling solutions are great alternatives for enthusiast who don’t know how to build a liquid cooling system from scratch. It’s basically a plug and go. An open loop liquid cooling on the other hand is the exact opposite. In a open loop system, the loop is custom made and all the necessary parts are bought individually. A open loop system is way more complicated and has slightly more risk involved. I would say it’s for the pure enthusiast.

          Now it’s very true that you don’t want to cheap out on any liquid cooling components, especially when it’s a custom open loop. But it holds true for closed loop systems too. The reason why is because liquid cooling involves liquids and liquids don’t go well with electrical components that are in your PC. The risk of an accidental spill or leak are the biggest risk when it comes to liquid cooling. Both open and closed loop systems have this risk.

          If the risk seems to great for you, it’s perfectly fine to go with an air cooling option for your CPU like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Liquid cooling is truly for enthusiast who want to overclock and squeeze out the most performance out of their components. And in my honest opinion, you can still overclock and get great results using CPU air cooling. It doesn’t always need to be liquid cooling.

          Also, you don’t have to change the liquid in a closed loop systems like the Corsair Hydro H60. You can’t really change the liquid since it’s fully closed. Open loops on the other hand do require liquid to change every month and requires a lot of maintenance.

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

  3. Thanks! this is so in depth and a little overwhelming lol. i just need a computer that will work and last…my old pc i built myself and then didint open the case for anything but cleaning for 3-4 years. But im wanting to get more into it but dont know how long my Pc craze will last lol…i do play games hardcore and i play some demanding games that my old computer couldent handle(games like Squad). whats the better option? use this liquid cooling when to be honest i dont know how to overclock so i wont use its full potential? or get the normal one?
    also does the one you reccomended work and fit in the current build?

    1. Haha sorry I didn’t mean to overwhelm you. First thing I like to address is that even without overclocking you will get great performance out of the CPU. Enthusiast who overclock are those who want to squeeze as much performance out of there CPU. Overclocking has it’s risk too and some say it will wear down your CPU faster. Honestly, my best advice for you, after reading what you said, is to get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Why? Because you want a computer that will work and last. Air cooling has the potential to last longer than liquid cooling solutions. I won’t get into all the reasons but the main reason being that the pump inside the liquid cooling system is mechanical and mechanical things have the potential to break down. Also with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO you could still do some overclocking if you wanted too later down the road. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is compatible with this build. This build will most definitely last you a long time for the money you invest in it.

      Also I would like to say if you want to save money, you could probably go with the $1,200 or $1,500 dollar build that I posted. And with the money that is left over you could probably get yourself other peripherals or items you want like gaming mouse, keyboard, or headset. But if money is not an issue then by all means go for this beastly build.

      1. ok i can say with confidence you are the most helpful person yet, next i need relationship advice lol…just looking at your 1500 build and it looks great! i think ill go for that with the 2000k build mother board and the 240gb ssd(if that works of course(sorry for asking so many questions)). would this build work with VR just for later down the road in a couple years when theirs one good VR game? . Also if im looking to start editing videos also being me having 40 tabs open for studying or something like that will this cpu handle that?

        1. Well I’m here to help. But you probably don’t want my relationship advice lol. πŸ˜‰

          You can go for the ASUS Z170-PRO motherboard instead of the one in the $1,500. It’s compatible with the 1151 CPU socket. Hard drive and solid state drive doesn’t really matter, you can get 500GB or 240GB it’s up to you. As long as the HDD or SSD are internal drives than it’s fine. As for VR, the GTX 1080 is VR ready so you should have no problems.

          The Intel Core i5-6600K should be good enough but if you want best performance I would probably go for the Intel Core i7-6700K. Also for video editing you can start off with 16GB ram and later down the road buy another for 32GB (remember they have to be the same kinds).

          Hope that helps.

  4. the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 is out of stock right now and was wondering what some other recommendations you have? ive heard the ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is good..

    1. The GTX 1080 gets sold out so fast. Here is my other recommendations:

      You could get the Founders Edition if you like but I personally like the aftermarket cooling design rather than the standard version. Founders Edition is pretty much the standard cooling with 1 fan but the other ones with 2-3 fans are the after market cooling design for the best possible cooling.

  5. “Hard drive and solid state drive doesn’t really matter, you can get 500GB or 240GB it’s up to you. As long as the HDD or SSD are external drives than it’s fine”

    does this mean that its not in the computer? will it not fit? my old computer never had a SSD so im not sure. …

    just a final thing…Everything works? graphics card? its all in the computer?

    1. Oh sorry, I had a typo there. I meant internal drives – as long as it’s internal drives it’s fine. What I meant by that is you can choose or decide on how much storage you want in your HDD or SSD. It won’t affect the compatibility. So you can go with a 240GB or a 500GB… it will both work just fine.

      I should of phrased it a little better when I said, “Hard drive and solid state drive doesn’t really matter”. I didn’t mean to say that hard drives and solid state drive doesn’t matter. I really meant to say is that hard drive and solid state drives are your personal preference and it won’t matter to the compatibility of the build. You said you will get the SanDisk SSD 240GB in the $2,000 build, and that will fit and work. Since you never used SSD, you most definitely will be amazed by how fast the SSD are compared to HDD. πŸ™‚

      Everything in my build will work fine. But you should give me a list of all the components you are getting just to make sure. If your getting everything in the $1,500 build but only changing the motherboard to ASUS Z170-PRO and SSD to 240GB then everything should still work fine.

      P.S. don’t forget to get a Windows Operating System. You can get whatever operating system that you normally use or prefer.

      1. well i had more laptop problems :)))) ..i just need you opinion..the 1070 or the 1080? i have 2 monitors but since my old radeon 270x could handle just having a game on one and a stream on the other i think ill be fine with either its just down to performance..is it worth risking performance when i have extra and can get the 1080? i also want to ask if you have any other case recommendations? also will the Asus Z170-E Desktop Motherboard – Intel Z170 Chipset work? i just need at least (sorry i dont know the term) 3x usb black or 3.0 sockets and was wondering if that case had it

        1. As my dream build, I would personally go for the GTX 1080 since it’s second best to the Titan X. But in reality, I would probably settle for the 1070. It’s a hard choice for me too. πŸ˜›

          Here is my recommendation: I would tell you, if you have the money to buy the 1080 then why not get the best. But depending on your situation, I think that 1070 will be fine (and it is for most people), and plus you could buy other things with the money you save. So to put it simply, if you’re that kind of person who wants the best of the best then get the 1080, otherwise get the 1070 to save money.

          Also both graphics card should be able to run 2 monitor setups so there isn’t a problem there. If your 270x handled it, I’m pretty positive that the 1070 or 1080 will too. And if your upgrading from a 270x then you sure will be amazed by the performance of 1070 or 1080.

          The Asus Z170-E is a 1151 socket so it’ll work with the build. As for USB, the Asus Z170-E has 2 x USB 3.0 (blue one) and 2 x USB 2.0 (black one) in the rear. For front case USB ports that depends on what case you get but majority of cases only have 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0 in the front for a total of 4. The NZXT Phantom 820 Full Tower CA-PH820-M1 has 2 x USB 3.0 and 4 x USB 2.0 front ports but the cost is over $200. I personally recommend NZXT, Corsair, or Cooler Master cases and here are the cases I would recommend.

          Full Tower Cases:

          If none of the cases I listed satisfy your taste then you could browse for more cases and I’ll tell you if it’ll work or not. But most full tower cases will work just fine.

          Hope that helps.

          P.S. If you want more USB ports you can always buy a USB hub. It’ll make your life a lot easier and you won’t have to spend a fortune on an expensive case.

          P.P.S. A USB 3.0 (blue) is backwards compatible so a 2.0 will work on a 3.0 if you didn’t know already.

          1. With the Rosewill Thor V2, I can’t be 100% sure. Since there is a side panel fan, it might have issues with the CPU cooler or the graphics card. I think it could work but not completely sure. But in a worse case scenario, all you have to do is remove the side panel fan if it gets in the way and problem solved.

    1. No it doesn’t have to be a full tower case. The NZXT Noctis 450 will work just fine. As long as a mid tower case supports ATX motherboards and has plenty of room for a large graphics card then it’s fine.

      You could really go for an awesome white theme build with the NZXT Noctis 450 CA-N450W-W1. Just get the white color memory RAM instead of the red one listed in my build. I think it’ll look pretty epic once it’s fully built. πŸ˜‰

      1. im going to get the Asus Z170-E Desktop Motherboard – Intel Z170 Chipset tho so will that work and whats the difference between normal and AtX motherboards?

        1. the case Case Type: ATX Mid Tower
          Material: SECC Steel, ABS Plastic
          M/B Type: ATX, Micro ATX, Mini-ITX
          Internal Bay: 8x 3.5″/2.5″ (6+2)

          will that fit the 1080 and it says ATX type is that what you meant?

          1. I already looked into it all buddy, it’ll work fine. πŸ™‚ Also when you look at the M/B Type, it shows you the type of motherboard sizes that it supports – ATX, Micro ATX, Mini-ITX. Since it supports ATX, the motherboard your getting will fit.

            Hope that clears everything up.

        2. Yes, I know. The Asus Z170-E motherboard is an ATX size motherboard so it’ll fit in the NZXT Noctis 450 case. ATX just means the size of the motherboard nothing else.

  6. I do have 1 more question, is the corsair h60 really as good for the price? I know that’s the best bang for your buck, but do you have any other closed loop suggestions?

      1. As for leaking, there are risks and possibility of malfunction that can’t be avoidable. You have to know that these products are being manufactured in masses and there is a chance of you receiving a defect. I know it sounds scary but it’s just the reality of buying any kind of hardware or product.

        If you absolutely want to avoid any possibility of leaking, you could go with air cooling solution for your CPU. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a great choice and you could get a Noctua NF-F12 Fan to exchange the one that comes with the 212 EVO. Or you could just get a Noctua NH-U14S. There are many options to choose from other than liquid cooling.

    1. Hey Jake,

      Are you looking for a more expensive one? You could go with the Corsair H80i v2 or the Corsair H90. Most of the closed loop liquid cooling products are somewhat similar and you can get another brand other than Corsair if you like. I personally like Corsair products better.

  7. Hello. I came up with this build. But I have a few questions.

    Will everything fit in the case?
    Will I be able to play games on good settings with good FPS?
    Will the build be silent?
    Is there any way I can make this build cheaper but with the same potential as the build i came up with?

    CASE: Phanteks Enthoo PRO M
    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake Prosessor
    CPU COOLING: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
    MOBO: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO, Socket-1151
    GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 ROG Strix Gaming
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 16GB
    PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2, 750W PSU
    SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ HDD
    ODD: ASUS DVD Writer, DRW-24D5MT

    1. Hey Mathias,

      I’ll be more than glad to help you out. I’ll write your question and give you an answer below it.

      Q: Will everything fit in the case?
      A: Yes everything seems like it’ll fit in the Enthoo Pro M case.

      Q: Will I be able to play games on good settings with good FPS?
      A: Yes you’ll get great gaming experience with a GTX 1070. High to Ultra setting for sure.

      Q: Will the build be silent?
      A: It should be pretty silent with the fans that come with the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case but if you add more it’ll most likely make more noise. I recommend you setup the PC first and if you don’t like the fan noise you could always get PWM case fans that allows you to control the speed of the fan for less noise.

      Q: Is there any way I can make this build cheaper but with the same potential as the build i came up with?
      A: Of course there is! It’s one of the benefit of building your own PC. Below is the list of build that I would recommend.

      CASE: Phanteks Enthoo PRO M
      CPU: Intel Core I7-6700 Skylake Prosessor
      CPU COOLING: Stock Cooler (comes with CPU)
      MOBO: Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 Gaming 3
      GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition
      RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 8GB
      PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1
      SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD
      HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5β€³ HDD
      ODD: ASUS DVD Writer, DRW-24D5MT

      The ones that have links are the ones that I changed to lower the budget. The performance potential is still pretty solid and awesome.

      Here are some notes:
      1.) Changing CPU to I7-6700 will have a base speed of 3.40 GHz and it’s not recommended for overclocking. But for daily computing, gaming, and other stuff it’ll still handle everything pretty well. It’s slightly below the “K” version but it’s still great to game on.
      2.) Gaming on 8GB of ram is still great and you don’t really need 16GB unless you do heavy video editing.
      3.) To save extra money I chose the 650 instead of the 750 for you. The 650W will be enough to handle all the power needs but I probably won’t recommend it if you were going SLI graphics card (dual GPU). Since it’s just 1 GTX 1070, you should be fine with the 650W.

      Hope that answers everything! πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Triston,

      Sorry but I’m unable to view the link that you have sent me. If you could list the components then I might be able to help you out better.

      Thanks

      1. Case: Rosewill SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case Throne-Window Black

        Mother Board: ASUS Z170-PRO ATX DDR4 NA Motherboards Z170-PRO

        CPU: Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K (BX80677I77700​K)

        CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H60

        GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FOUNDERS EDITION GAMING 11GB GDDR5X LED DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphic Cards 11G-P4-6390-KR

        Ram: Ballistix Sport LT 32GB Kit (8GBx4) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DIMM 288-Pin – BLS4K8G4D240FS​E (Red)

        PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G3, 80 Plus Gold 850W, Fully Modular, Eco Mode with New HDB Fan, 10 Year Warranty, Includes Power ON Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply 220-G3-0850-X1

        Hard Drive: Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST2000DM006)

        SSD: Samsung 960 EVO Series – 250GB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E250BW)

        Trying to get the most performance possible.

        1. Hey Triston,

          Oh yeah that baby will chew-up anything you throw at it. That is one beefy gaming rig setup if you get all those components. I’m already feeling a little jealous ;P haha.

          But to make that setup even better would be for you to get the newer z270 chipset motherboard to go along with that new gen processor.

          Hope that helps and I would love for you to share a picture of the final beast once you have it all built. πŸ™‚

          1. Yes, that is a top-tier gaming motherboard. I personally love Asus ROG products, and they last a good while. I’m still running a 2013 Asus ROG formula motherboard and it’s still working great.

            If you got the money and want the best of the best then that motherboard is perfect.

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