The Best Gaming PC Builds For 2018 – Updated Monthly

Are you looking to build the best gaming pc build possible for you this 2018? Building your own gaming pc has many benefits including better bang for your buck hardware, the ability to customize/personalize your pc, a greater appreciation for your gaming pc build investment and it’s just plain fun. And even though building your own pc can be more budget friendly, we all have a budget to adhere to, so welcome to the best gaming pc builds for 2018 split into the most popular budgets that allow you to step into gaming at certain performance benchmarks; these benchmarks give you a rough idea of what pc gaming performance to expect in terms of frames per second at a specific resolution (such as 1080p, 1440p and 4k).

These gaming pc builds are updated every month and profile the best gaming pc build hardware aimed at maximizing performance for each of the following budgets.

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Here you will see the best gaming pc builds of the month by Newb Computer Build posted in several budget categories. Currently there are three gaming pc builds posted and can be considered as such: An entry level gaming pc build for those that want to step into pc gaming using a standard HD (1080p) monitor while playing games on higher settings; a mid-range gaming pc build geared for those wanting to game maxed out at 1080p, or on higher settings at 1440p; or a high-end gaming pc build geared for those who want to blaze through 1080p resolutions at really high fps or at 1440p resolutions with rally high fps allowing you to purchase higher refresh rate monitors for buttery smooth frame rates.

If you are new to the pc building scene and are just getting started, then please check our building a gaming pc build guide to learn more about how hardware is generally chosen and a little more about the specific pieces of hardware required when building you gaming pc. Then, the easiest way to choose compatible hardware for your pc build is the check out the posted builds below that focus on maximizing your budget to get the best performance possible while gaming.

June 2018 Gaming PC Build Updates

Finally, high-end gaming pc builds are back to affordable budgets, especially considering all of the amazing cpu releases over the past while. All the below budget builds are made specifically for multiple levels of pc gameplay depending on the resolution you expect to be playing at. Such as if you are looking for a gaming pc to simply play at 1080p at 60hz, then you should be looking for a build between the $700 to $1000 range.

Last month we saw AMD’s release of it’s super performing Ryzen 7 2700X cpu, which makes an appearance again this month best gaming pc build in the $1600 budget build below. This cpu basically matches the performance of the previously included Intel i7 8700K, except it has eight cores instead of Intel’s six and 16-threads  rather than the 8700K’s 12-threads. This made it an obvious well-deserved inclusion by AMD.

If you are looking to build the best damn gaming pc for your specific budget, then you have come to the right place. All of the gaming pc build budgets below ($600 pc build, $1000 pc build and $1600 pc build), are actually currently priced below the quoted budgets and include the best possible performing hardware to maximize your budget and gaming performance potential. Best of luck building the best possible gaming pc build for you!


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Builds Updated: June 2018


Best Gaming PC Build 2018 (High-End)

$1600 Best Gaming PC Build 2018

Performance: Game with Extreme settings and High FPS at resolutions of 1920×1080 (1080P) & 2560×1440 (1440p) + good gameplay at 4K

*This PC Build is powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 2700K CPU and GTX 1080 GPU

Hardware Link Price Image
Processor

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler – YD270XBGAFBOX

$319.99
Cooler *Included: The cpu comes with a Wrath Prism RGB Cooler

Need more cooling – see alternatives table below.

-Included Wrath Prism RGB Cooler for Gaming PC Build
Motherboard GIGABYTE X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING (AMD Ryzen AM4/ X470/ USB 3.1 Gen 2 Front Type C/ ATX/ DDR4/ Motherboard) $139.99
Graphics Card GTX 1080 – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Windforce OC GV-N1080WF3OC-8GD Graphics Cards $579.99
RAM $168.49
SSD Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD – CT500MX500SSD1(Z) $119.99
Power Supply Corsair RMx Series, RM750x, 750W, Fully Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS Gold Certified $129.99
Computer Case Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 RGB Mid-Tower PC Case 3 RGB Fans 120mm Temper Glass Side Panel Dark Mirror Front Panel ATX, M-ATX, ITX (MCY-B5P2-KWGN-01) $79.99
Estimated Price : $1530 – (2018)

 

Overview: Best Gaming PC Build for $1600

June 2018 Update: Last month we saw the release of AMD’s newly released Ryzen 7 2700X, which now replaces the previous Intel i7 8700K and with that AMD released brand new X470 chipset motherboards, which we have also included. You can still use the i7 8700K if you wish and still get great gaming performance, however the Ryzen 7 2700X will garner better performance in ALL aspects of your PC. There is also a larger supply of GTX 1080 graphics cards out now, which is great news for those of you who’ve been waiting to actually building a higher-end gaming pc build.

AMD Wrath Prism RGB Cooler
AMD Wrath Prism Cooler

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X cpu is a part of the 2nd gen of Ryzen chip comes in with eight cores and 16 threads and is cheaper than the previous cpu that held this spot – the Intel i7-8700K. This makes the inclusion of the CPU a no brainer. Not to mention, we no longer need to include a CPU cooler as it also comes with a decent Wrath Prism (with RGB lights) cpu cooler. And should you want to upgrade to something like a higher-perfoming liquid cpu cooler, you now have more funds to do so (see the hardware alternatives tables below).

The graphics card recommended for this gaming pc build is the GTX 1080, which will get you phenomenal gaming results in resolutions anywhere from 1080p, to 2K and even good gameplay at 4K.

Another exciting new piece of hardware this month is a brand spanking new X470 chipset motherboard with the inclusion of the new AMD Ryzen CPU. Included in this June 2018 gaming pc build is the GIGABYTE X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING motherboard. This motherboard basically has more than most gamers with probably utilize including (see the full list of features at gigabyte.com):

  • Supports AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Gaphics/ Ryzen™ 1stGeneration/ 7th Generation A-Series/ Athlon™ X4 Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • 8+3 Phase Hybrid Digital PWM Design
  • 2-Way CrossFire/ SLI Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design
  • ALC1220-VB Enhance 114dB(Rear)/ 110dB(Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with NVMe PCIe X4 with One Thermal Guard
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel® Ethernet LAN with cFOS Speed Internet Accelerator
  • USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage
  • Anti-Sulfur Resistors Design
  • Ultra Durable™ 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Included in the high-end build is 16GB total in memory, a kit of two 8GB sticks of Ballistix Sport LT memory. RAM prices have been and are all over the place due to an assumed apply and demand issue. But we do have to accept this for now.

Our storage solution, is a Crucial MX500 500GB – which is simply a quality 500GB Solid State Drive (SSD) that comes at a very affordable cost. If you want to get the best of the best in terms of fastest read/write speeds, then you could go with a PCIe SSD, included in the additional hardware recommendations in the table below.

The included power supply unit (PSU) this month is the fully modular, gold rated Corsair RMx series RM750x psu. This has enough juice for this gaming pc build and is a highly reputable unit.

Finally, the PC case we have for this month is the Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 RGB. I must say, I am relatively surprised at how awesome this case is for the cost, especially in terms of features. To learn more visit coolermaster.com.

2018 Best $1800 PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

PSU UPGRADE
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 750W , Fully Modular , EVGA ECO Mode, 10 Year Warranty , Includes FREE Power On Self Tester, Power Supply 220-P2-0750-X1
– Higher Efficiency Power Supply
$149.99
GRAPHICS CARD UPGRADE EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING, 11GB GDDR5X, iCX Technology – 9 Thermal Sensors & RGB LED G/P/M, Asynch Fan, Optimized Airflow Design Graphics Card 11G-P4-6593-KR $846.38
CPU COOLER UPGRADE 
Purchase a liquid CPU cooler (*Highly recommended for Overclocking the CPU to it’s potential): Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CW-9060025-WW
$107.99
STORAGE UPGRADE
PCIe SSD (faster): XPG SX8200 480GB 3D NAND NVMe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 Solid State Drive (ASX8200NP-480GT-C)
$199.99

The hardware upgrades you see above are recommendations for the best June 2018 gaming PC builds $1600 build. That is if you have more cash to spend or want upgrade ideas, here they are.

For those who are concerned about or want a highly efficient power supply, you could go with the Platinum rated EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 — it costs more than the included psu but is more power efficient.

The above pc build does include an SSD, which is perfectly suited for most gamers and pc builders, 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 XPG SX8200 480GB SSD above.

If you want more than the included air cpu cooler included in the main build, then above is the Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 liquid cpu cooler. This cooler would be a substitute for the stock AMD Wrath Prism cpu cooler, should you feel you need it.

The final upgrade you see above is a GTX 1080 Ti, which until now has been hard to obtain, but you should be able to get your hands on one now if you are wanting an upgrade over the already great GTX 1080 already included in the $1600 PC build above.

Gaming PC Builds 2017 - Mid Range Level


$1000 Best Gaming PC Build 2018

Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions up to Higher Settings at 2560×1440 (2K)

Powered by the Intel i5 8600K and the GTX 1060 6Gb Graphics Card

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $929 (2018)
Processor Intel BX80684I58400 8th Gen Core i5-8400 Processor

$178.99
Cooler Included
Motherboard $111.56
Graphics Card

GTX 1060 6GBPNY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Graphics Card VCGGTX10606XGPB-OC2 $299.99
RAM $94.99
SSD $79.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G3, 80 Plus Gold 650W, Fully Modular, Eco Mode with New HDB Fan, 7 Year Warranty, Includes Power ON Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply 220-G3-0650-Y1 $103.91
Computer Case $59.99

Overview: $1000 Best Gaming PC Build 2018

June 2018 Update: For June, the best $1000 gaming pc build The $1000 build uses an Intel i5 8400 cpu along with a compatible Z370 motherboard, but if you wanted an unlocked cpu and had a little more to spend you could try for an Intel i5 8600K. The only change seen this month is the actual availability of the GTX 1060 6Gb graphics card, as higher-end cards have finally gone up in supply and down in cost to a more reasonable value.

The included processor is an Intel i5 8400, a great choice now as the cost for this cpu has come down a tad along with more budget conscious Z370 motherboards. If you have a little more to spend on the cpu, check the alternatives tables below where we include the Intel i5 8600K, which gives you more performance potential.

The included graphics card is a PNY GTX 1060 6GB, which will provide you with great 1080P performance and even good 1440p performance, which makes this a perfect choice for the mid-range gaming pc build.

The motherboard included in the $1000 gaming pc build is the MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS CFX, which is fully compatible with the included Intel i5 8400 CPU and comes with the following specifications (learn more at MSI.com):

  • Supports 8th Gen Intel® CoreTM / Pentium® Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4000+(OC) MHz
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: 1x TURBO M.2, Intel Optane Memory Ready.
  • AUDIO BOOST: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • DDR4 Boost: Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • GAMING LAN, powered by Intel®: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency and bandwidth management.
  • MULTI-GPU: With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • VR Ready: Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness
  • Military Class 5, Guard-Pro: Latest evolution with high quality Japanese components for best protection and efficiency
  • In-Game Weapons: Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost, WTFast
  • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
  • Click BIOS 5: Award-winning BIOS with high resolution scalable font, favorites and search function
  • GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game and motherboard testing by eSports players

The RAM included is the affordable kit of Kingston HyperX Fury 8Gb kit, which is enough memory for most 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. RAM prices are a little unpredictable these days due to supply and demand issues (or so I’ve heard), so you can try to look for the best deal on a 8GB kit of 2X 4Gb sticks of ram and you will be fine.

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.

To power this breast of a PC, we have the RIOTORO CR500. This case is a newer release, and in fact a newer case company — a company that is made from individuals from companies like Corsair and Nvidia. This case has a single tempered-glass side panel, has a sleek steel and plastic design. Learn more about the CR500 at RIOTORO.com.

2018 Best $1000 PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

CPU UPDGRADE Add a Better CPU: Intel BX80684I58600K 8th Gen Core i5-8600K Processor $242.83
GRAPHICS CARD UPGRADE GTX 1070: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition, 8GB GDDR5, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) 08G-P4-5173-KR $469.99
PSU UPGRADE  Upgrade to a Platinum Efficient Fully Modular 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 $120.62
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 experience.
$94.99

Above are the upgrade ideas for the best June 2018 $1000 gaming PC build, these are recommended if you have a larger budget or want some upgrade suggestions later on.

There is a CPU upgrade included this month to act as an upgrade to the above Intel i5 8400, with the upgraded cpu being the Intel i5 8600K. The 8600K gives you the potential to further overclock your cpu for a slightly higher cost. You do have to keep in mind though that if you go with the 8600K, you will need to add a cpu cooler (such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212).

For the best in terms of a performance boost, you could consider going straight for a GTX 1070 or GTX 1070 ti graphics card, which could max those games out in 2K resolutions without a problem, which will enable higher frame rates in more demanding games.

You could also go with a liquid cpu cooler such as the Corsair Hydro Series H80i V2 in place of the included air cooler already included in the above build above. 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, 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.

Gaming PC Builds 2017 - Entry Level

$700 Best Gaming PC Build 2018

Capability: Game at Smoothly with High settings and FPS at 1920X1080 resolutions in most games.

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $658 (2018)
Processor

AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler

(Comes with Wraith Spire CPU Cooler)

$139.99
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming AMD RYZEN AM4 B350 SMART FAN 5 HDMI M.2 SATA USB 3.1 Type-A ATX DDR4 Motherboard $79.99
Graphics Card GTX 1050 Ti: ASUS Cerberus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition GDDR5 Gaming Graphics Card (Cerberus-GTX1050Ti-O4G) $199.99
RAM Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM Desktop Memory (HX421C14FBK2/8) $94.99
SSD Kingston Digital, Inc. 120GB A400 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive $37.99
Power Supply Corsair CX Series, CX500, 500 Watt (500W) Power Supply, 80+ Bronze Certified $44.99
Computer Case Thermaltake View 21 Dual Tempered Glass ATX Black Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case Chassis CA-1I3-00M1WN-00 $59.99

Overview: Gaming PC Build 2018

June 2018 Updates: The $700 budget gaming pc build for June has stayed about the same, however the overall cost is quit a bit lower than $700 this month. Th GTX 1050ti has changed to the ASUS Cerberus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and the newly added pc case is the Thermaltake View 21.

This $700 gaming PC build is able to game smoothly at 1080p resolutions in most games on higher 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. Plus this is a great build to consider if you are new to the pc building community.

The CPU for the 2018 $700 PC build to a Ryzen 5 1400. This is currently the best cost per performance solution for this budget and if you want a cpu upgrade you can get a Ryzen 5 1600 for about $30 more.

For the graphics card we have a GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, which is a great gpu that provides you with good 1080p game play. If you need to further boost your graphics performance you can think about getting a GTX 1060 3GB card, or the same GTX 1060 6GB as seen in the best $1000 gaming pc build above.

For the motherboard we had to include a new one to accommodate the inclusion of our Ryzen CPU, so this month we have gone with the plain GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming. This motherboard is a variant of the one included in the $1000 pc build above and has the following specification (Gigabyte.com):

  • 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 included is a kit of Kingsten HyperX Fury (the same as in the $1000 pc build) which is enough memory for most 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 Kingston Digital 120GB solid state drive SSD. This is a great start in terms of storage speed and capacity, however if you do think you’ll need more storage right away, you could consider a 256Gb or larger SSD as well (look at any of the builds in this article or in the hardware alternatives table for suggestions).

To actually provided power in this pc build, we have the reputable and affordable Corsair CX Series, CX500, with enough juice to power this build and for a good cost.

The gaming pc case included this month is the Thermaltake View 21 — a very cool tempered glass case with great aesthetic appeal. Learn more at thermaltake.com.

2018 $700 Best PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

CASE UPGRADE  Upgrade your case: BitFenix Aurora Midi Tower Case White Tempered Glass Window BFC-ARA-300-WKWKK-RP $99.00
GRAPHICS CARD UPGRADE GTX 1060 3GB: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC 3GB GDDR5 Graphics Card $259.99
CPU UPGRADE  AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $175.02
STORAGE UPGRADE Samsung 860 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E250B/AM)
$79.99

Here you will find upgrade suggestions should you have more to spend or want ideas for hardware upgrade when you have the need in the future for the best June 2018 $700 gaming PC build.

For a different style to your pc case we have included yet another newly released PC case, the BitFenix Aurora White Mid Tower. This case can be a worthy upgrade that has RGB lighting functionality, a windowed side to view your superb hardware.

If you are looking for one piece of hardware that will boost the speed of your gaming pc the most, it would be to upgrade your graphics card to a  GTX 1060. Do note that at the time of writing this article you do have to head on over to nvidia.com to get your hands on one.

Or if you are looking to spend just a tad more, you could bump your cpu up to an AMD Ryzen 5 1600, which is currently only $175.

You could also increase your storage space by going with a larger capacity Samsung 860 EVO SSD or even the 500GB oneThis would be recommended if you think you will need more than 120GB as included in the SSD in the base build above.


Operating Systems for Your 2018 Gaming PC Builds

You will need an operating system (OS) for your gaming pc build and If you don’t already have one laying around, then you’re going to have to purchase a standard OS such as Windows 10 or check out some free alternatives that you could consider. 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.

OS Link Price Image
Windows 10 Microsoft Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive $99.99  
Ubuntu Ubuntu – Desktop Free Ubuntu Logo
SteamOS SteamOS – “Build your own Steam Machine” Free Steam Operating System OS

Best of luck Building Your Best Gaming PC Build this 2018

Thank you for visiting us for the best 2018 gaming pc builds of the month over here at Newb Computer Build. These gaming pc builds are updated every month to give you the most up to date builds in and between three main budgets giving you a range of the best gaming pc builds to choose from.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. Prices and hardware are constantly being updated and released, so if you find you need some clarification on your specific build, or want to know you have chosen the best possible hardware please leave a comment and I’ll try my best to help you out. Building the best gaming pc build for you may look a little different than anyone one else depending on multiple factors, such as your usage (do you do more than game?), your budget and your personal style. So when investing in your new build, keep up to date with the latest hardware and get what’s right for you!

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