For a "bang for the buck" build then centered around a monitor, it might be your best bet to wait for Vega GPUs for a high-end option that'll take advantage of FreeSync.
I'd be hesitant to compare the R5 1300 to an i7, but it'll probably cost the same as an i3 and perform about as well as an i5.
Some settings are locked as well, have to use some loopholes to customize.
Kaby Lake i5, RX 480. Great balanced gaming build.
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It's a pretty new build, I don't see why you should blow it up for Ryzen. A graphics card upgrade is always worthwhile, perhaps to a 1070 or 1080 for you.
Oof, didn't see that pic. Thanks.
I heard R5s and R3s were going to drop at like... the end of March, jeez. That's a long wait.
Oh, I'd personally be waiting for Ryzen -- if it lives up to the hype, it'd be a much better value. I just can't make any recommendations without any benchmarks or reviews out whatsoever.
Yeah, they're in stock on Newegg, Amazon, and B&H.
Well, $500 and $700 are very different price points, especially with a monitor/OS/KBM. Monitor/OS is $200 on its own, so your towers actually become $300 and $500.
$500 all in isn't really usable for gaming, as you can't get a video card in that budget after the bare necessities.
With $700 all in, though, you have a great gaming build, you can play current and upcoming games on max settings.
The CXM also has higher-quality components, better overall build quality -- you can look at JonnyGURU for the rail testing and ripple suppression numbers, but I like to recommend it for the semi-modularity nonetheless. I have a semi-modular in my build, and that cable routing was annoying enough.
Also, in a purely gaming build, the 8G performs extremely similarly -- games won't be consistently be using >4G VRAM for a couple years.
The case was just on sale from a reputable brand, honestly. Step up from something like a Versa H15 in terms of build quality. Windows are hard to come by for under $50.
I'd recommend not putting the G4560 on an H110 board just to not have to go through the trouble of a BIOS flash. Also, that's an extremely expensive 1060 (and I'd recommend the 480 anyway for the DX12 performance and ReLive drivers.)
The performance is the same, although the EVGA comes with a higher factory overclock, and they historically have much more lenient customer service and great build quality. EVGA is your best bet. Asus and MSI are about the same in terms of customer service, etc.
There is no EVGA store anywhere anyway, it's a telephone/sending thing.
I'd go for the SC Gaming for the higher base clock and EVGA build quality.
Here's a fantastic build for ya. The newest-gen G4560 is the best bang for the buck CPU on the market, got you an RX 480, a fantastic case and PSU.
Sorry for going a little over, but I wanted to get you some high quality components, not have any weak points.
7700K, 1080, 16GB RAM, red/white aesthetic.
I'm definitely jumping the gun on it, yeah, but the new demos today are seducing me.
Honestly, only took the 960 Evo because I saved lots of money from the 1800X/X370 and I was filling out the budget with some quality components.
We have the less cherry-picked demo benchmarks from the new videos released today, but the full NDA doesn't go up until 3/2.
Wait for the release of the Ryzen chips! The R7 1700 and R7 1700X might be great options for you, but I'd wait for the benchmarks.
The R7 1800X and X370 boards.
Prices aren't yet confirmed on R5, but yeah, this.
I'd recommend just a couple small changes -- switching the SSD to something like the PNY CS1311 for about $2 more -- you picked the only SSD that is actually slower in real-world performance than all other SSDs.
Also, I'd replace the PSU with a Corsair CX450M. Better quality unit and semi-modularity for 10 more bucks.
With a Z170 motherboard already purchased and cooler in the part list, it would be absolutely worthless to get a locked processor. The Z170 chipset is only useful for overclocking an unlocked processor, so you should take $30 and put it towards an i5-6600K.
You can get that $30 and more from switching from your obscenely overpriced GTX 1060, and either getting a cheaper model that will perform identically, or, my personal recommendation, going for an RX 480 which is outperforming the 1060 with the latest drivers.
I'd put $5 extra to upgrade your cooler to a Cryorig H7 -- fantastic temps for the money.
I'd take the rest of the money to get you an SSD -- making your PC run much faster, as well as decreasing the load times of the games you put on it, and slightly upgrade your power supply to a higher quality unit.
What case are you thinking of buying?
Upgraded to the H100i v2 for better AIO cooling for the same price. A cheaper and overclocked GPU. I got you a newer model of case, the Phantom is older and has less new features, but it's an aesthetic choice, so you can go back for it. Better build quality PSU. Wireless adapter with the newest ac standard.
Saved about $200.
It has onboard audio, yes. Just plug in the HD audio header from your case.
We do know DDR4, and you will definitely be able to use Nvidia cards, and I'd be extremely surprised if there were no SLI-compatible motherboards.
Not even close. Remember, an $800 budget including an OS and monitor is a $600 tower. $600 is the high end of a budget system.
I'd highly recommend an RX 480 as opposed to an Nvidia card at that price point, as your option on the green team would be a 1060 3G. Decidedly outperformed by the RX 480 due to having 10% of its cores disabled. Also, games will only use more VRAM as time goes on. 3 is already pushing it.
First of all, the Raidmax is a FAR lower quality unit than the Supernova G3. You really want to stick with that one.
Also, the Kingston V300 is basically the only SSD that is noticeably worse in real-world performance than other SSDs. Pick any other one.
No bottlenecks, but --
The motherboard should be a B250 chipset. The Z170 is unnecessary for a locked processor and also would require a BIOS flash. I would also replace the 550W GS for the 550W G2 -- a higher quality unit.
No. You'd be better off putting that towards a better case, maybe an ATX motherboard as well. I'd recommend the NZXT S340 and ASRock B250 Pro4 respectively.
Sure you can. I'm just fillin out the budget.
It just doesn't say Auros on it.
i7-7700K, GTX 1070 with the black/orange theme, and the Auros build was already on PCPartPicker. Even had room in the budget for some black/orange high-quality RAM.
There's a noticeable difference when using an NVMe-based m.2 drive. The 850 EVO is a SATA-based drive. There's a small difference from a 2.5" drive, but not too much.
For the same price as the drive I put in before, you can get the 960 Pro, an NVMe-based drive with your desired amount of storage. It's also black, to keep in aesthetic.
By shifting your budget around, yes, you can upgrade to a GTX 1070. Massive boost in gaming performance there -- 60+ FPS on max settings in 1440p, 100+ FPS on max in 1080p.
Sacrificed only the form factor and the power supply to be the same as the cheap build's.
On load temps, you'll probably see about 30 at idle and about 70 at load. The stock cooler is totally adequate on a locked chip.
The Ryzen lineup hasn't been released yet, not even to reviewers -- reviewers should be getting their hands on them later this month or next month. There's speculation that the 6C/12T model (supposedly called the R5 1500) will match the i7 performance-wise, but I wouldn't place any bets. Same 65W power draw on that chip as well.
Yes, that SSD would be perfectly compatible. It is bright green in the middle of your build, though, if you care aesthetically.
Nice builds, but why a cooler on a locked processor?
An overclockable processor in a low wattage build? A 1050 Ti in a $1200 build? A 400W Platinum PSU? An extremely overpriced 60Hz TN panel?
That's not a good allocation of your funds there. I'd highly recommend a locked processor and a higher end graphics card to fit the user's needs better.
I've put together a build for you with a Kaby Lake i7 and a GTX 1070 that comes in at under 300W of total power draw at load, a whopping 73W at idle. This comes in at the high end of your budget, and will do absolutely anything you throw at it -- 1440p gaming on max settings, a good CPU for rendering and editing. Definitely 200, 250+ FPS on CSGO at 1080p.
If you're looking to save 30W on your power draw, you could theoretically use the low-wattage 7700T, although you take a significant performance hit, and I wouldn't recommend it.
I've given you a great black-and-white aesthetic using the S340, a wonderful motherboard from ASRock, and a nice looking but still lowest-TDP card by MSI.
16GB of RAM covers your Chrome tab needs. A full 1TB of SSD storage (plus a white/blue aesthetic!).
I've included a 24", 144Hz monitor for that sweet, sweet refresh rate. Very useful for CS:GO, as your monitor can keep up with the framerate. A noticeable and definite upgrade.
I believe I've covered all of your bases. Let me know if you have any questions!
Best bang for the buck. RX 460 outperforms the GTX 1050 in most cases, no BIOS flash needed.
He'll have to BIOS flash that motherboard, it's not worth the trouble.
The build's pretty good, but why an overpriced membrane keyboard and silly mouse in that budget?
I saw that you do video editing and play Arma and Rust which are pretty CPU-intensive workloads. To fit into an $1000 budget ($900+OS), I went with a Xeon E3-1230 V5 for the performance of an i7 for about $100 cheaper. That goes on a C232 chipset. Needed RAM, an SSD for storage. Since the GTX 1070 was really pushing your budget to begin with, I went with the hyperthreaded Xeon and so I went with an 8G RX 480 to fill out your budget, which will perform perfectly well. Great case and PSU as well.
I just switched some parts around for personal preference, really.
Kaby Lake i5, RX 480. Best bang for the buck.
Same build, one at the low end with a 6800K, one at the higher end with a 6900K. Cores on cores.
I personally would switch out the CPU to the G4560. The G4560 and the i5 perform very similarly in gaming, as they're mostly GPU-bound workloads. The RX 480 to the 1050 Ti would be a noticeable difference. The second build that InvaderGir listed is excellent for him.