The Best $1300 PC Builds for Gaming in 2017

Here is the collection of $1300 gaming pc builds for 2017. These builds are compiled every month with performance expectations being phenomenal at resolutions of 1440p and beyond (perhaps 4K if you wanted to), and expect super high frames per second (FPS) while gaming. There is really little reason to spend more on a gaming build as this is a perfect budget to fit in quality hardware that can guarantee high performance rates are the higher resolution range – if it gets any higher you start getting into 4K gaming, and if you want to guarantee 60+ FPS in 4K than you are looking at very expensive graphics cards well beyond a $1300 build.

*Note: These $1300 builds for 2017 sometimes go hand in hand with the $1500 pc builds as they usually differ bery slightly – read build descriptions for more information.


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The Best $1300 Gaming PC Builds for 2017

Best of 2017 $1300 PC Builds Coming this January

This is the highest end gaming pc build here in Newb Computer Build’s Gaming PC Builds of the month articles and below you will find a solid 2017 gaming pc build able to rock any game out there. And unless you are a high-rolling baller that is seriously into the hobby side of building the most extravagant gaming pc build possible, a great budget then this is generally not worth it for your standard gamer; which these articles are meant for. This build will rock a 1440p (2K) resolution gaming and able to play comfortably into 4K (even more so should you get the GTX 1080 graphics card). Also if you look a little further below there are hardware upgrades for this build that all increase performance a step further to either further solidify those higher resolutions or future games should you have a higher budget for you pc build this January 2017.

(*Note: All prices are in USD, but URLs go to your local Amazon store)

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Estimated Price : $1295 (*using the GTX 1070 Graphics Card) – (January 2017)OR

$1487 (*using the GTX 1080 Graphics Card) – (January 2017)

Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 $239.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan $34.99
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard ATX DDR4 NA Motherboard (GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming) $155.96
Graphics Card GTX 1070EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0, 8GB GDDR5, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card $407.99
 

RAM

$64.99
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) $169.95
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 750W , Fully Modular , EVGA ECO Mode, 10 Year Warranty Power Supply $116.99
Computer Case BitFenix Pandora ATX Core BFC-PAN-600-KKWN1-RP No Power Supply ATX Mid Tower, Black $102.43

Best $1300 PC Build 2016 – December

This is generally the highest end gaming pc build here in Newb Computer Build’s Gaming PC Builds of the month articles, the reason being is that unless you are a high-rolling baller that is seriously into the hobby side of building the most extravagant gaming pc build possible, a great budget then this is generally not worth it for your standard gamer; which these articles are meant for. This build will rock a 1440p (2K) resolution gaming and able to play comfortably into 4K (even more so should you get the GTX 1080 graphics card). Also if you look a little further below there are hardware upgrades for this build that all increase performance a step further to either further solidify those higher resolutions or future games should you have a higher budget for you pc build this December 2016.

(*Note: All prices are in USD, but URLs go to your local Amazon store)

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Estimated Price : $1453.86 (*using the GTX 1080 Graphics Card) OR $1298 (*using the GTX 1070 Graphics Card) – (December 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (Amazon Link)Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (NewEgg Link)

 

 

$259.99
Cooler Noctua NH-D14 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler $74.99
Motherboard MSI Performance Gaming Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon) $159.19
Graphics Card

GTX 1080: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Turbo Graphic Card TURBO-GTX1080-8G

*Use this for an $under $1500 Gaming PC Build for a a more powerful graphics card

Performance: Good 4K & Best VR


*Use this for an $under $1300 Gaming PC Build
Performance: Best 1440p & Good VR
$579.99


$399.99


 

RAM

$64.99
SSD SK Hynix Flash Memory 500 GB 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive (HFS500G32TND-N1A2A) $134.98
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2, 80+ GOLD 750W Power Supply (220-G2-0750-XR) $99.99
Computer Case NZXT H440 Mid Tower Case (Matt Black/Red /w Window) $109.73

Best $1300 PC Build 2016 – November

This is the highest end build included in the monthly pc builds set and is for those who want to maximize performance anywhere from 1440p (2K) and able to play scaled down a tad all the way into 4K. Also if you look a little further below there are hardware upgrades for this build that all increase performance a step further to either further solidify those higher resolutions or future games should you have a higher budget for you pc build this November.

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Estimated Price : $1276 (November 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $237.49
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $34.66
Motherboard MSI Performance Gaming Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon) $149.99
Graphics Card $389.99
RAM $73.99
SSD SK Hynix Flash Memory 500 GB 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive (HFS500G32TND-N1A2A) $134.98
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2, 80+ GOLD 750W Power Supply (220-G2-0750-XR) $105.90
Computer Case Rosewill CULLINAN ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case, Tempered Glass Panels, Supports up to 420 mm long Graphics Card, and 360 mm Liquid-cooling on Top and Front, Comes with Four Fans Pre-installed (*Brand New Case!) $149.99

Best $1300 PC Build 2016 – October

The Extreme Gaming PC Build of the month is just that, for those gaming pc builders who want to get extreme performance and FPS at higher resolutions in high demanding games. Here is the October 2016 PC Build version, which you can expect to game smoothly in most games at monitor resolutions of anywhere from 1440p (2K) all the way into 4K. Also if you look a little further below there are hardware upgrades for this build that all increase performance a step further to either further solidify those higher resolutions or future games.

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Estimated Price : $1268 (October 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $237.49
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $33.92
Motherboard MSI Performance Gaming Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon) $159.99
Graphics Card $405.00
RAM $69.99
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) $158.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2, 80+ GOLD 750W Power Supply (220-G2-0750-XR) $104.99
Computer Case Corsair Carbide Clear 400C Compact Mid-Tower Case $102.42
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1300 PC Build 2016 – September

This build is coined as being the Extreme Gaming PC build of the month and here is the September 2016 PC Build version. This particular build has evolved over the year and believe it or not, this build now packs so much punch for a much lower cost – in other words this used to be a more expensive $1500 build with less performance. Since NVIDIA released their new cards, you can pack so much gaming performance into lower cost high-end graphics cards.

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Estimated Price : $1297.15 (September 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $238.03
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $33.88
Motherboard MSI Performance Gaming Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon) $169.99
Graphics Card

ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Turbo Edition 4K & VR Ready (*Newer Graphics card, see alternatives section below for GTX 1080 option as well)

$409.95
RAM $73.99
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) $158.55
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2, 80+ GOLD 750W Power Supply (220-G2-0750-XR) $104.99
Computer Case SilverStone Technology Performance ATX Primera Computer Case Black With Red LED PM01BR-W $109.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1300 PC Build 2016 – August

The Extreme Gaming PC build has evolved over the last few months and in a super awesome way. Since NVIDIA released their new cards, prices have fluctuated and have allowed us to pack so much more gaming performance into our builds at even more affordable costs for the overall build. For example, only a few months ago we were expecting lower gaming performance for around $1500 and it is now around $1300 for even more gaming potential.

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Estimated Price : $1269.35 (August 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $219.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $33.88
Motherboard MSI Performance Gaming Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon) $159.99
Graphics Card

ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Turbo Edition 4K & VR Ready (*Newer Graphics card, see alternatives section below for GTX 1080 option as well)

$409.99
RAM $73.99
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) $158.55
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 80+ PLATINUM, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply $114.97
Computer Case Fractal Design Define S Gaming Case with Window FD-CA-DEF-S-BK-W $89.10
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1300 PC Build 2016 – July

With the exciting NVIDIA graphics cards announcements last month, we have seen a number of changes to the top end build this July 2016. There are also changes in how I have decided to organize the builds – this build is for those who want to game smoothly in most games at monitor resolutions of anywhere from 1440p (2K) all the way into 4K. Also if you look a little further below there are hardware upgrades for this build that all increase performance of this build in someway – you can choose to substitute any of those recommendations and they are 100% compatible with the build above.

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Estimated Price : $1318.00 (July 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $251.49
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.49
Motherboard MSI Performance Gaming Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon) $159.99
Graphics Card

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, ZT-P10700A-10P, 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Dual-link DVI-I Display Port, HDMI (*Newly released graphics card, should be more future proof in terms of drivers than the GTX 980 Ti option below)

OR


EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Super Clocked Gaming ACX 2.0 6GB GDDR5 384bit PCI-E Graphic Card (06G-P4-4995-KR) (*The GTX 980 Ti has dropped significantly in cost and performs similarly to the new GTX 1070 above. It’s up to you which you choose)

$480.00


$469.99


RAM $58.99
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) $154.85
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 80+ PLATINUM, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply $114.97
Computer Case Fractal Design Define S Gaming Case with Window FD-CA-DEF-S-BK-W $70.00
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

 


Best of Luck Building the Best Gaming PC Build This 2017