Hey everybody, I’m back at it with my official 5th build of the year! It’s been quite some time but I wanted things to align perfectly. I’ve collected components from MicroCenter, Amazon, and Newegg and think that this is the best $1,300 computer anybody could possibly build for demolishing games!
Please leave comments as to what you think the best $1,300 computer is below!
Build process was easy, it’s like extremely fun Lego’s now with a scheme to each and every build.
Could have gone with a cheaper case, motherboard, and power supply. So all in all, this could potentially be the best $1,200 budget build.
The GTX 1080 is the perfect 1080p card while gaming on a 144hz panel. I find myself lowering some settings down but it’s worth it for that complete 144 refresh rate.
Bought the CPU, MOBO, CASE, SSD, HDD from Micro Center.
Bought the GPU, PSU, RAM, CPU COOLER from Newegg.
Bought the Extensions from Amazon.
I’ve bought three different power supplies in my year of building computers and I’ve always been told that SeaSonic is the best. For 64.99 off of Newegg, I thought this was an absolute steal! Please comment and rate this power supply though because I will switch it out if you guys think it’s not good enough. As for the PSU itself, I like it. Fully modular at 65 bucks and fully black sleeved cables.
UPDATE 9/17/16: Added Thermaltake RING Fans /w RED LED (2x 120MM 3x 140MM)
Before this build, I went to Micro Center and picked up an i5-6600k. Although that processor was nice and really stable at 4.4Ghz, I did not feel like I really needed it. I know $1,300 is already a steep spending point but I still wanted to save some cash too. So I figured that I’d just stick with the simple 65W TDP non-K SKU processors. It saves me both the trouble of stability and cooling. Don’t underestimate this little i5-6500 though because it can really pack a punch and hold its own weight in CPU intensive games. (Willing to bet someone will mention Bottlenecking before reading the parts explanation).
The Cryorig H7 is beautiful. The worst part about this cooler was the shipping time. Newegg is awesome but man does this item take quite some time to ship. I could have added in a few bucks to rush it but I like to save as much as I can. Before this cooler, I bought an H60 and paired it with dual SP120’s. That thing was loud as heck, I don’t know why. Even while the fans were the “Quiet Edition”; but I ended up returning that $100 combo and resorted back to air coolers. As for both noise and temps, this thing handles the 65W TDP like nothing. I’m even using the suppled paste they gave me. Silent, aesthetically pleasing and cheap, RIP 212 EVO.
This motherboard is a bit overkill for this “budget” build but I wanted the build to look as nice as I could. Before anything though, let me just say that I absolutely hate the mainstream red and black in the PC building community. I’m out of luck though because the components I want all align best with this color scheme. It’s nice and simple but I sort of wanted to stand out. Not this time around I guess…Oh yeah and about the motherboard itself, MSI is a great brand with excellent quality control and software support. Has everything I need and a gamer would want.
The LPX series from Corsair is just so beautiful. I should’ve went with 16GB to future proof but meh, I can always upgrade RAM in the future. As for the DDR4-2400, I didn’t really have a choice. I couldn’t find red LPX in 2133 but the motherboard will automatically down clock it anyways. I’ve been told that higher RAM speeds help with lower frames but I’m not worried at all. Higher RAM speeds require Z170 chipsets anyways.
This SSD is so beautiful. It’s really fast too, boots my computer in about 10 seconds. I’ve read on forums about Intel SSD’s not being compatible or some crap like that? It was a plug and play situation for me. The only thing I don’t like about the 540s series is the metallic back of this drive. It looks so sticky and blotted, not sure why? Oh yeah and I got it at Micro Center on sale for 57 bucks! I asked the worker for a 120GB SanDisk drive and he said for a few bucks more I could double the capacity and upgrade to a more reliable brand. +1 to the guy from Micro Center.
This hard drive is pretty cheap. The 1Tb version of the P300 is 39.99 at Micro Center and it still runs like a champ in my little brother’s computer. I don’t know why these 7200 RPM 64MB Cache hard drives are so cheap but I’ll update you guys on when they fail or if they ever do! The reason why I got 2TB was because I was hesitant of having to buy a 2nd 1TB down the road for another 40-50 bucks.
I’ve owned two GTX 1080 cards and I must say that this card is no weaker than my Gaming X from MSI. I love MSI but the price tag on their card is about 70 dollars more. Let me list the differences though. Higher boost and base clock speeds, RGB lighting in the front of the card, silent fans even under full load and great customer service. The Gaming X is not worth the 70-dollar premium in my opinion. The best 1080 would be the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme Premium Pack which I considered buying. The cards silent and powerful while including a free HB SLI bridge! I love EVGA too though so the basic edition of their 1080 which is the SC performs perfectly fine.
I am an NZXT S340 enthusiast! I’ve gone through so many cases and I always come back. There are so many competitors and I’ve had em all but I am not pleased one bit! Some had 5.25” drives, others had detachable side panels but this simple S340 still outperforms em all at a reasonable price. Like I stated earlier, I hate the red and black theme but this was the only available model at Micro Center for 64.99 before tax. Things I love about this case: PSU shroud, silent fans supplied, wide viewing window, colorful theme, cable management bar, matte black (so sleek!), and of course, it’s 65 bucks! Things I hate: window scratches really easily, matte is a finger print magnet and it wasn’t free. I must say though, for first time builders, I really suggest this case. The shroud hides your newbie cable skills and the window lets you see your hard work! 10/10 would buy again just to have a spare.