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Gaming PC Builds of the Month: July 2017
Welcome to the 5 best gaming pc builds of the month for July 2017 that you’ll find for any budget between $600, $800 $1000 & $1400-$1500. These builds are all precisely chosen for four types of gamers – those who have $600 to spend and want to game smoothly in games at 1080p, those who have an $800 budget and want to future proof a tad more, those who have up to $1000 and want to gaming smoothly at 1080p into 1440p and those who have $1400 or $1500 and want to smoothly game at 1440p into decent gameplay at 4K.
Now for a major update / note from last months builds – if you were in the market for a build last month you may have noticed that if you were going for one of the newer / slightly older AMD graphics card (ie. RX 580 or RX 570) then you probably were not able to find one. Why? Well apart from being awesome cards, these cards are apparently super efficient at cryptocurrency / etherium mining (see this PCWorld article to learn more), and those into that sort of thing have wiped the supply of these card completely. So if you were wondering why you were either finding super inflated pricing or zero supply of these AMD cards, well now you know.
Enjoy this months top gaming pc builds of the month for July 2017, I hope you enjoy and do feel free to comment if you have any questions.
$1500 or $1400 PC Build July 2017
Performance: Game with Extreme settings and High FPS at resolutions of 1920×1080 (1080P) & 2560×1440 (1440p) + good gameplay at 4K
Overview: Gaming PC Build ( Under $1500 or $1400 )
**This gaming pc build can either be $1400 to $1500 depending on which graphics card you choose: The GTX 1080 vs GTX 1070.
The budget you choose ($1500 or $1400) for this gaming pc build depends on whether you choose the GTX 1080 or the GTX 1070. This is dependent both on budget and what performance you are expecting from your gaming pc build; such as at what resolutions you see yourself gaming at and at what settings. For higher resolutions (say max 1440p into 4k choose a GTX 1080 and for high-max 1440p resolutions choose a GTX 1070).
The cpu we have in this pc build is a part of the 7th Generation Kaby Lake cpu line. This cpu is an Intel i5 7600K processor. This processor still has an LGA 1151 socket and is compatible with the newer Z270 chipset motherboards. With the 7600K cpu we need a cpu cooler, so to pair with this we have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 cpu air cooler, which is still very compatible and is a very long standing quality air cpu cooler – there is no stock cooler with this cpu so this is definitely needed.
For our high-end graphics cards, we have a choice of two separate graphics cards: A GTX 1080 OR a GTX 1070 (choose one or the other depending on what performance you are expecting – also search benchmarks for these cards for specific games you want to play). Now if you want the highest possible performing gaming pc in this build, then go with the GTX 1080 otherwise go with the GTX 1070 for great QHD (1440p) gameplay or the GTX 1080 for beyond that. Both are great cards and the GTX 1080 July be more for those who want to play the highest demanding of games at the highest frame rates easily at 1440p resolutions and do quite well at 4K.
For the motherboard we have a newer highly rated Z270 chipset board – the ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/ac motherboard. This board is a rare one considering its price, in that it has on-board wifi & bluetooth, a good ability to overclock memory and overall a very efficient motherboard. The complete specification of this motherboard as provided by asrock.com include:
- ASRock Super Alloy
- Supports 7th and 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron®Processors (Socket 1151)
- Supports DDR4 3733+(OC)
- 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 3.0 x1
- NVIDIA® Quad SLI™, AMD Quad CrossFireX™
- Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DVI-D
- 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps
- 6 SATA3, 2 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
- 8 USB 3.0 (1 Type-C, 2 Front, 5 Rear)
- Intel® Gigabit LAN
- Intel® 802.11ac WiFi
- ASRock AURA RGB LED
The included RAM/memory, we have 16GB (two 8GB sticks) of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM, which is a healthy amount of memory for this high performing gaming pc build.
There has been a change in storage this month to a SanDisk Ultra II 500GB SSD – plenty of space to get started with your build. If you think you want to milk as much speed and performance as possible you could also opt for a PCIe SSD (as shown in the hardware alternatives below).
For the Power Supply Unit (PSU), we have an efficient EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2, which is a Platinum rated power supply which essentially means that this PSU is roughly 92% efficient at 50% capacity.
The case we have chosen this month for this build is the Phantek Enthoo Pro M – a very highly regarded case that does it all at the right price. This case has a great design, supports water cooling, keeps cool and is extremely easy to build with. Learn more about this case at Phankteks.com.
July 2017 (Under $1400 or $1500) PC Build Upgrade Suggestions
The hardware upgrades you see here are recommendations for the above July 2017 PC Build. You can choose one or all of the hardware and it will be compatible with the above build and improve it’s performance in some way.
The included cpu in the $1500 / $1400 pc build is an i5 7600K, but should you be considering something like high-end video editing or graphics rendering, you could consider an Intel i7 7700K cpu.
The above gaming pc build does include an SSD, which is perfectly suited for most gamers and pc builder in general, but if someone were searching for the fastest and one of the most efficient methods of storage, you could consider a premium PCIe Solid State Drive, such as the Plextor 512Gb M.2 PCIe SSD below.
If you want more than the included air cpu cooler included in the main build, then below is the Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 liquid cpu cooler. This cooler would be a substitute for the above included Hyper 212 EVO air cpu cooler and would provide a quieter, more efficient / more customized cooling experience. This option would be best purchased now rather then later so as to save on buying only one cooler for your PC.
The final upgrade you see below is an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, which is a newly release card that now replaces the previous Titan X graphics card. The GTX 1080 Ti performs very similarly to the Titan X, but at a fraction of the cost!
CPU UPGRADE *New
GRAPHICS CARD UPGRADE
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING OC 11GB Graphic Cards N108TGAMINGOC-11GD *New– For the best possible 4K gaming experience – Performance of a Titan X at a fraction of the cost! ($699.99)
CPU COOLER UPGRADE
Purchase a liquid CPU cooler (instead of the included air cooler): Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CW-9060025-WW ($109.99)
PCIe SSD (faster): Plextor M8Pe 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid-State Drive with Heatsink (PX-512M8PeG) ($229.99)
$1000 July 2017 Gaming PC Build
Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions up to Higher Settings at 2560×1440 (2K)
|Estimated Price:||$1004 (July 2017)|
|Processor||Intel i5 7600K 7th Gen Core Desktop Processors
|Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)||$29.99|
|GeForce GTX 1060 *purchase from nvidia.com||$299.99||
|Power Supply||EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR||$74.99|
Overview: $1000 2017 Gaming PC Build
The $1000 gaming pc build for July 2017 is for those who want to game at 1080p into 2K resolutions for under $1000. This pc build is the “mid-range” build, as it does sit nicely below the budget and high-end builds in this article, but don’t let that deceive you. This PC build that will probably cover most of any average gamers needs. Who is an average game you might say – well those who want an affordable pc that they get to custom build to play the most modern games at the highest settings on the most used resolutions (such at 1080p into 1440p).
Intel now has a newer Intel i5 7600K, which is clocked slightly higher, and is able to oveclock even higher. To pair with this cpu we have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 cpu cooler as you do need one and it is one of the best bang for your buck air coolers on the market capable of supporting overclocking quite easily.
So we have had to switch up the graphics card for this build as the one from last month (The RX 580) is non-existant due to it along with other RX card being completely bought out by cryptocurrency miner (see article intro for more information). So now we have the GeForce GTX 1060 in its place, which can be purchased for a good price directly from nvidia themselves. You can also get other reference GTX 1060 cards on amazon etc. for a little more cash.
The motherboard has also been switched up this month to a MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 SLI PLUS, which is a solid newer Z270 chipset board with enough features for most general gamers. Here are the specifications as laid out by msi.com:
- Supports 7th / 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
- Supports DDR4-3800+(OC) Memory
- DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
- VR Ready and VR Boost: Best virtual reality experience without latency, reduces motion sickness
- Audio Boost 4: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for a true HI-FI experience
- MULTI-GPU: With Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports NVIDIA SLI™ & AMD Crossfire™
- EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
- Twin Turbo M.2 with Steel Armor: Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s, Intel Optane Memory Ready
- M.2 Genie: Setting up RAID for M.2 much easier and faster
- Lightning USB: Double bandwidth, supports USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A + Type C
- X-Boost: Great tool to boost your USB & Storage performance
- Double ESD Protection: Double layer grounding motherboard mounting holes
- Military Class 5, Guard-Pro: Latest evolution in high quality components for best protection and efficiency
- Click BIOS 5: Award-winning BIOS with high resolution scalable font, favorites and search function
The RAM included is the affordable kit of Ballistix Sport LT 8GB kit, which is enough memory for most standard gaming pc builds, and you always have the option to upgrade more in the future if need be with the extra couple of slots on the included motherboard – so if you do want that ful 16GB memory in the feature just keep an eye out for RAM deals.
For this pc builds storage, we have a SK Hynix 256GB SSD, which is a great value SSD. Should you want more than the 250GB, then you can look at the high-end build for another SSD option as well or in the hardware alternatives table below.
The included power supply unit used in this months $1000 pc build is the EVGA SuperNOVA G1 650W power supply, which is a great PSU with all modular cables and it provides the perfect amount of power for this build along with room for some upgrades. For it’s price, quality and the fact that it’s modular makes this a perfect choice.
Again, for the pc case, we have a second Raidmax cases included in this month gaming pc builds of the month article for July 2017 – for this build we have the Raidmax Delta gaming case that comes in either the profiles orange, blue or black. The reason why I love this case is that aside from its good looks, it’s actually a very simple case that Tomshardware (see the review here) even states as being “a reasonable case option for buyers who’ve spent most of their limited budget on graphics”. Learn more about the Raidmax Delta at raidmax.com. *Note: this case does come with 1 fan, but has plenty of space for up to 8 – so you can always add more to keep this case flowing nicely.
July 2017 $1000 PC Build Upgrade Suggestions
Below are the upgrade ideas for your under $1000 July 2017 pc build depending on your budget or future performance upgrades.
For the #1 gaming performance boost for this build, you could consider going straight for a GTX 1070 graphics card, which could max those games out in 2K without a problem, which will enable higher frame rates in more demanding games (also see the $1400 / $1500 gaming pc build, which also uses this graphics card).
If you want more than the included 256GB storage SSD in the main build, you could consider bumping your SSD up to the 500GB Sandisk Ultra II giving you nearly double the space and a slight bump in your read/write storage speed.
You could also go with a liquid cpu cooler such as the Corsair Hydro Series H80i V2 in place of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO air cooler already included in the above build. This could help keep things quiet and a tad cooler when overclocking and it offers a more customize cooling experience.
I have also included a PSU upgrade this month – that is the EVGA 650Watt P2, which is a Platinum rated Power Supply Unit giving you an extra boost in power efficiency, which could save a tad on power as it uses it more efficiently. To learn more about the EVGA P2 specifications please visit the EVGA P2 information page.
Add a Larger Faster SSD:
GRAPHICS CARD UPGRADE
Upgrade to a Platinum efficient power supply – EVGA SuperNOVA 650 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 650W , Fully Modular , EVGA ECO Mode, 10 Year Warranty , Includes FREE Power On Self Tester, Power Supply 220-P2-0650-X1 ($99.99)
CPU COOLER UPGRADE
Corsair Hydro Series H80i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler , Black- Add a liquid CPU Cooler for quieter, more customized and efficient cooling ($92.50)
$800 July 2017 Gaming PC Build – AMD Ryzen
Capability: Game at Smoothly with Higher settings and FPS at 1920X1080 resolutions in most games
|Estimated Price:||$731 (July 2017)|
|Motherboard||GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming AMD RYZEN AM4 B350 SMART FAN 5 HDMI M.2 SATA USB 3.1 Type-A ATX DDR4 Motherboard||$111.99|
|RAM||Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DIMM 288-Pin – BLS2K4G4D240FSE (Red)||$64.99|
|SSD||SK Hynix Flash Memory 2.5″ 250 GB Internal Solid State Drives HFS250G32TND-N1A2A||$89.79|
|Power Supply||EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1, 80+ GOLD 650W, Fully Modular, 10 Year Warranty, Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR||$74.99|
|Computer Case||ROSEWILL ATX Case , Mid Tower Case with Blue LED Fan / Gaming Case for PC with Side Window Panel & 3 Fans Pre-Installed , Computer Case 2 x USB3.0 Port – NAUTILUS||$49.99|
Overview: $800 Ryzen Gaming PC Build
This is a newer addition to our gaming pc builds of the month article – since the release of the new Ryzen 5 cpus there has been a ton of hype around how well they perform. The CPU included in this build is the Ryzen 1500x – which is a quad core Ryzen 5 CPU – an alternative cpu I would suggest as well is the Ryzen 1600 (a six core Ryzen 5 cpu) should you have an extra $30 or so to spend on this build. If you want a very well done review of the Ryzen 5 cpus with regards to gaming and in comparison to the higher end Intel CPUs then do check out techpowerup.com’s review of the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X cpu.
If you are looking for a significant bump up from he below $600 gaming pc build, then this under $800 Ryzen gaming pc build is the perfect solution –
The graphics card suggested above has changed this month to a GTX 1050 Ti as the availability of the previous RX 570’s is non existent, however since we have room to wiggle in this budget and you can find an RX 570, then you can go with that instead.
The motherboard is a GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming board which includes some goodies (learn more: gigabyte.us) –
- Supports AMD Ryzen™ & 7th Generation A-series/ Athlon™ Processors
- Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- Fast 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-A
- 2-Way CrossFire™ Multi-Graphics Support
- Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
- High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
- Realtek® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
- Smart Fan 5 features 6 Temperature Sensors and 4 Hybrid Fan Headers
- GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
- APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
The RAM used in this build is similar to the other builds, which is a kit of Ballistix Sport LT 8GB ram – plenty of ram for now with room to grow later should you need. The Storage included is a SK Hynix Flash Memory 2.5″ 250 GB SSD, and the PSU provides a whopping 650W using the EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1.
Finally, the pc case used for this build is a Rosewill Nautilus, which is a budget case with tons of room for most of any upgrades you’d ever need for this build. Some of the specifications include (learn more at rosewill.com):
- Top-mounted I/O Ports: USB 3.0
x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, Audio In/Out
- Side Window Panel
- Honeycomb Air Vent
- Tool-less 3.5”/5.25” Installation
- Pre-installed 3 Fans: 120 mm Blue LED Fan x 2 in the Front,
120mm Fan x 1 in the Rear
- Supports up to 154 mm CPU Cooler
- Supports up to 380 mm
- Supports 240 mm long Water-cooling Radiator on the Top
$600 July 2017 Gaming PC Build
Capability: Game at Smoothly with High settings and FPS at 1920X1080 resolutions in most games.
|Estimated Price:||$604 (July 2017)|
|Motherboard||MSI Pro Series Intel H270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 CrossFire ATX Motherboard (H270 PC MATE)||$104.99|
|Graphics Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING, 4GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card 04G-P4-6253-KR
|RAM||Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DIMM 288-Pin – BLS2K4G4D240FSE (Red)||$64.99|
|SSD||SanDisk SSD PLUS 120GB Solid State Drive (SDSSDA-120G-G26) [Newest Version]||$59.99|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX Series, CX500, 500 Watt (500W) Power Supply, 80+ Bronze Certified||$57.00|
|Computer Case||MasterBox Lite 5 ATX Mid-Tower Case with Dark Mirror Front Panel, Acrylic side panel, Customizable trim colors||$49.99|
Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build
Here is the most affordable pc build in the best July 2017 gaming pc builds of the month, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a quality build – in fact this gaming pc build will be able to game just fine at standard HD / 1080p resolutions smoothly at high settings. Most general gamers will most likely be gaming on a 1080p monitor and this will actually be all they need to play the games they want to play.
The cpu included is an Intel i3 7100. And since this particular cpu comes with a stock cooler, we don’t need an extra cooler for this build.
To pair with the Intel i3 7100 we have switched the graphics card this month to a GTX 1050 Ti card. This card replaces the previous RX 570 as you may find it extremely hard to even get your hands on one, but if you can by all means you can go for the RX 570 instead.
We have kept with the same motherboard this month, which is the MSI Pro Series Intel H270 PC MATE, which comes loaded with the following features (to learn more visit: msi.com).
- Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
- Supports DDR4-2400 Memory
- Twin Turbo M.2
- Military Class 5 Components
- Double layer grounding mounting holes
For RAM, we have a kit of Ballistix Sport LT 8GB kit, which is enough memory for most standard gaming pc builds, and you always have the option to upgrade more in the future if need be with the extra couple of slots on the included motherboard
The storage included is a 120GB SanDisk SSD. This may not b a ton of starting storage space, but does work for an OS and some games – so if you feel you need more storage for your gaming pc build right off the bat, then you could easily upgrade to the 256Gb or 500Gb versions of the SK Hynix SSD for a little more.
To actually power this pc build, the power supply unit has been switched up again this month to the Corsair CX Series, CX500, with enough juice to power this build and for a good cost.
The gaming pc case we have chosen this month for this $600 July 2017 pc build is the Cooler Master Masterbox 5. This is a newer slick case with a sleek DarkMirror front panel that has three custom trim parts. This case also has a side transparent acrylic window to show off your build and support for plenty of cooling (up to 4 cooling fans and a water cooling system should you ever need it). Overall this is a very versatile and customizable gaming pc case that I think would be great for any of the builds in this article. If you want to read and learn more please visit the coolermaster.com information page.
July 2017 $600 PC Build Upgrade Suggestions
Here you will find the upgrade suggestions should you have more to spend o want ideas for hardware upgrade when you have the need in the future for the $600 July 2017 PC Build.
If you want to dial down those cpu temp a tiny bit more, you could always opt for a non-stock cpu cooler, such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (also included in the high-end gaming pc builds in this article).
One of the more important performance upgrade solutions could be to the Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card, for a little bit more than the included RX 570 already included in the above build.
You can increase your storage space by going with a larger capacity SK HYNIX 256Gb SSD or even the 500GB one. This would be recommended if you think you will need more than 120GB as included in the SSD in the base build above.
Now if you want to bump up to a faster processor, then the suggest one thats fully compatible with this build is the Intel i5 7500, which July be a worthy investment to solidify performance in those higher cpu demanding games.
CPU COOLER UPGRADE
Better CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($29.99)
GRAPHICS CARD UPGRADE
Higher performing Processor – Intel Core i5 7500Processor (Price: $199.99)
Operating Systems for the July 2017 Gaming PC Builds
If you don’t already have an operating system for your new gaming pc build, then you’re going to have to either invest in purchasing a standard OS such as Windows 10. Otherwise, there are some free alternatives that you could consider below as well. Keep in mind that it is recommended to purchase Windows online or as a USB stick and install it that way as optical drives are not included in any of these builds and nor would you generally need one for any modern gaming pc.
Included below is a USB copy of Windows 10, which is probably what most people need. I have also included two other operating systems that are both currently free – so could be worth the time trying out. Ubuntu is a Linux based operating system. The last OS is SteamOS, which is also a Linux OS being developed by Valve Corporation.
|Windows 8.1||Microsoft Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive
*This is the USB version, you can also purchase the DVD (which requires an Optical Drive) or purchase a downloaded copy, which would require you to install on to a USB or hard drive from another PC.
|Ubuntu||Ubuntu – Desktop||Free|
|SteamOS||SteamOS – “Build your own Steam Machine”||Free|
July 2017’s Gaming PC Build Hardware Overview Video:
Best of luck Building Your Gaming PC Build!
Thank you everyone for checking out the top 5 best gaming pc builds for July 2017. If you have any questions or comments do feel free to leave them below. Building a gaming pc build can be a fun and rewarding experience that pays off handsomely in fun high performing gaming – so what are you waiting for?