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October 2017 Gaming PC Builds of the Month for $1000 $1500 $600

 

Gaming PC Builds of the Month: October 2017

Update: These builds are  well under budget this month!

The October 2017 PC Builds are very similar to last months and will be more of a quick change in a few minor areas. This is because we are about to see the release of some brand spanking new Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake processors are set to launch on October 5th. What this exactly means for the monthly gaming pc builds is still unknown, but I would suspect cpus like the Intel i7 8700K or the i5 8600K could very likely make there way into these builds. So do stay tuned if you are waiting to build over the next couple of months or so for some Coffee Lake gaming pc builds.

The following builds are still very relevant as we are using a couple of Ryzen CPUS which are meant to compete with the new Intel cpus coming out. Prices may go a little hay wire for a while, so what this means is that these builds are going to be more affordable, so now really is the time to get those awesome sales.

The gaming pc builds in this article come in three budgets — $600, $1000 or $1500. Now what this means is that the base builds are priced at those costs, but there are upgrades in and in between for those with slightly different budgets. If you are looking for the very best gaming pc builds for October 2017 then you have come to the right place. Therse builds are updated monthly to being you the most up to date hardware possible at the best possible cost per gaming performance.


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Gaming PC Builds 2017 - High End Level

$1500 PC Build October 2017

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

Hardware Link Price Image
Processor

Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K (BX80677I77700K)

$299.00
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan $29.99
Motherboard ASUS PRIME Z270-A LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI DVI M.2 USB 3.1 Z270 ATX Motherboard $144.99
Graphics Card GTX 1080: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Turbo Graphic Card TURBO-GTX1080-8G $509.99
RAM $130.04
SSD SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB Solid State Drive (SDSSDA-480G-G26) [Newest Version] $145.99
Power Supply EVGA Supernova G2 750W 220-G2-0750-XR Fully Modular Power Supply $99.99
Computer Case NZXT S340 Mid Tower Computer Case, Matte Black/Red (CA-S340MB-GR) $74.99
Estimated Price : $1431 – (October 2017)

 

Overview: Gaming PC Build for $1500

The highest end gaming pc in the monthly gaming pc builds of the month had only recently included an i7 CPU, and now it’s even more affordable. Nothing says you have a high-end rig than going with an Intel i7 cpu and the $1500 gaming pc build includes an Intel i7 7700K processor. Now upon the new Intel Coffee Lake cpu releases being done over the next month or so, we will see how this affects this build, but I do believe the new i7 8700K will take some time before it can fit into the $1500 build for good.

The high-end graphics card included is the GTX 1080 (the ASUS GTX 1080 TURBO). This graphics card is made to max out games at 1400p resolutions. As a plus the GTX 1080 has also proven to be very playable on VR platforms (like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive) should you be interested. If you are looking to beef up this build further, you could also consider the GTX 1080 Ti (included in the hardware upgrades table below).

We have included the same motherboard, which is a quality Z270 chipset board – the ASUS PRIME Z270-A. This motherboard is one of Asus’s best Z270 motherboards and very well balanced. This board does literally anything most mainstream gamers will ever need. If you want to learn more please visit the ASUS Prime Z1270-A page at Asus.com, which states the following highlighted specifications:

  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Maximize your connectivity and speed with integrated Dual M.2, Intel® Optane™ Memory compatibility, USB 3.1 Type A / Type C connections, and Intel® Thunderbolt 3 support
  • Dual Patent-pending SafeSlots featuring an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
  • AURA Sync RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of AURA Sync enabled products
  • On-board 3D-printing mounts for creating unique designs on your customized build

RAM prices have been going crazy for the past while, and are a tad more expensive than they should be. My suggestion is to search for a cheap 16Gb kit of 2X 8GB sticks that you find at the lowest cost. The included RAM/memory, we have 16GB (two 8GB sticks) of Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB Kit, which is a good healthy amount of memory for this high performing $1500 gaming pc build.

Our storage solution, is a SanDisk Plus 480 GB 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, for a bit of a premium (as shown in the hardware upgrades/alternatives below).

For the PSU / Power Supply Unit for this build we have a total of 750Watts provided through the EVGA Supernova G2 750W psu – plenty of power for this build and a solid PSU and a highly rated power supply.

The included pc case is the NZXT S340 (specifically, the Matte Black/Red color scheme). I absolutely love the aesthetic of this case (and all the S340’s), one that just boasts confidence in style and quality. To learn more please visit the product page at NZXT.com where they state the following specifications:

  • 360° of steel casing surrounding the all-steel chassis
  • Grommet-less cable management bar keeps cables tidy with ease
  • Full 280mm radiator support for the latest Kraken cooler
  • Compact form factor coming in two inches below competing mid towers
  • Detailed design and engineering with tons of small touches
  • Very easy to build in for new and experienced users alike
  • Integrated PSU shroud for an ultra clean build
  • Fully filtered intakes

October 2017 ($1500) PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

The hardware upgrades you see here are recommendations for the above October 2017 high-end $1500 gaming 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.

For those who are concerned about or want a highly efficient power supply, you could go with the Platinum rated EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 — just a smidge more than the G2 EVGA psu included in the main pc build.

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 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. Another option here could also be the GTX 1080 graphics card, which will definitely provide more performance for a little less than the GTX 1080 Ti seen below.

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
$129.99
GRAPHICS CARD UPGRADE GTX 1080 Ti: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING OC 11GB Graphic Cards N108TGAMINGOC-11GD *New– For the best possible 4K gaming experience  –  Performance of the previous Titan X at a fraction of the cost! $739.99
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
STORAGE UPGRADE
PCIe SSD (faster): Plextor M8Pe 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid-State Drive with Heatsink (PX-512M8PeG
$251.95

Gaming PC Builds 2017 - Mid Range Level


$1000 October 2017 Gaming PC Build

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

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $921 (October 2017)
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler

$209.99
Cooler *Free — Wraith Spire Cooler included with the Ryzen 5 1600 $
Motherboard $104.97
Graphics Card

GTX 1060 6GB: ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Dual-fan OC Edition VR Ready Dual HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (DUAL-GTX1060-O6G) $279.99  

RAM $75.99
SSD $89.95
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2, 80+ GOLD 650W, Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode, 7 Year Warranty, Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply 220-G2-0650-Y1 $89.99
Computer Case $69.99

Overview: $1000 2017 Gaming PC Build

What can the October 2017 $1000 gaming pc build do? The $1000 gaming pc build is for those who want to game at 1080p into 2K resolutions for under $1000. This PC build that will probably cover most of any average gamers needs. Who is an average game you might say —these are pc gamers 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 HD resolutions (1080 to 2K resolutions).

Very slight change this month in the CPU category. We have change the Ryzen CPU to an AMD Ryzen 1600 cpu from last months Ryzen 1600X. This is because you can overclock the 1600 to 1600x levels, and the 1600 comes with its own cpu cooler. And when individuals were going to purchase a decent cpu cooler for the 1600X, they most likely have to purchase a compatible bracket to make the cooler usable (which in my opinion isn’t the most new pc builder friendly).

The graphics card is the GTX 1060 6GB (ASUS GTX 1060 DUAL 6GB). This card allows you to play on high settings at 1080p and can even play into 1400p resolutions if you wanted to and has recently gone back down in price, making this a great purchase right now. If you have a little more to spend on your card (given the budget for this build is much lower this October), then check out the builds hardware alternatives below where we include a GTX 1070.

For the motherboard, we have included the Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3 motherboard supporting the Ryzen CPUs along with overclocking of the included Ryzen 1600 in this build. The Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3 support the following specifications (learn more are gigabyte.com):

Gigabyte supplied Overclcking Guide for the Ryzen CPUs

  • 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 with Ultra Durable™ Metal Shielding over PCIe Slots
  • Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
  • ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp
  • Realtek® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • USB DAC-UP 2 & 2 Front USB 3.0 Ports with Adjustable Voltage
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show design
  • Swappable Overlay for Accent LED
  • Smart Fan 5 features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers
  • GIGABYTE™ UEFI DualBIOS™
  • APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities

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 all over the place these days, so do try to look for the best deal for an 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.

The included power supply unit used in this months $1000 pc build is the EVGA SuperNOVA G2 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.

Now for the PC case for the $1000 gaming pc build is the MasterBox 5 by Corsair. This case has a very straightforward design, which makes it super easy to build your pc build with.  Read the full specifications for the MasterBox 5 over at corsair.com or checkl out the legitreviews.com review of the MaterBox 5 where they have given it a “Legit Reviews Recommended Award.

October 2017 $1000 PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

Below are the upgrade ideas for the October 2017 $1000 gaming PC build, these are recommended in case you have a larger budget or want some upgrade suggestions later on.

For the best in terms of a performance boost, 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.

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 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 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.

STORAGE UPGRADE Add a Larger SSD:

SanDisk Ultra II 500GB SATA III SSD – 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive – SDSSDHII-500G-G25

$148.88
GRAPHICS CARD UPGRADE GTX 1070: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 WINDFORCE OC 8G REV2.0 Graphic Card $439.99
PSU 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 $109.99
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 *Note you will need to go to Corsair’s Website to purchase an AM4 bracket if you get this cooler.
$89.50

Gaming PC Builds 2017 - Entry Level

$600 October 2017 Gaming PC Build

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

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $612 (October 2017)
Processor
$129.99
Motherboard MSI Gaming AMD Ryzen B350 DDR4 VR Ready HDMI USB 3 ATX Motherboard (B350 PC MATE) $89.99
Graphics Card GTX 1050 Ti: ASUS Geforce Dual GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Dual-Fan Edition

 

$156.99
RAM Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM Desktop Memory (HX421C14FBK2/8) $75.99
SSD Kingston Digital, Inc. 120GB A400 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive $59.99
Power Supply Corsair CX Series, CX500, 500 Watt (500W) Power Supply, 80+ Bronze Certified $56.29
Computer Case Zalman ATX Mid Tower PC Case Z11 NEO $42.99

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

The October 2017 $600 gaming PC build is able to game smoothly at HD / 1080p resolutions in most games on 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 in this build is the newer Ryzen 3 1300X cpu. We also don’t need a separately included cooler, as this cpu has one included right in the box. If you want an alternative better cpu, you can check out the Ryzen 5 1400 in the hardware alternatives tables for not much more.

For the graphics card we have a GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. This is a very affordable gpu that provides you will good 1080p game play. If you need to further boost your graphics performance, check out the alternatives tables below where we include a GTX 1060 3Gb card, where you will spend approximately $50 more and it is a worthy upgrade.

The motherboard included in the $600 gaming pc build is the MSI B350 PC MATE. This is an affordable B350 motherboard that even comes with some neat features. To learn more please visit msi.com where they state the specifications for the this board as follows:

  • Supports AMD® RYZEN Series processors and 7th Gen A-series / AthlonTM Processors for socket AM4
  • Supports DDR4-3200+(OC) Memory
  • DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • VR Ready: Best virtual reality game experience without latency
  • Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for a HI-FI experience
  • Multi-GPU: With Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports AMD Crossfire™
  • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
  • Turbo M.2: Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s
  • X-Boost: Great tool to boost your USB & Storage performance
  • Military Class 4, 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
  • WHQL certified for Windows 10

The RAM included is a kit of Kingston HyperX Fury 8Gb kit (like 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 PC case included is an affordable Zalman Z11 Neo, which provides great cooling performance and overall value at a great price. For a full list of case specifications, please visit Zalman.com.

October 2017 $600 PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

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 October 2017 $600  gaming PC build.

If you are wanting a different style to your pc enclosure or want a higher quality pc case, you could consider going with a Phanteks Enthoo PRO M. This is just an example of a different case that you could choose from, as there are hundreds to choose from out these to suite your style — although this case is a very well rated case!

One of the more important performance upgrade solutions could be to the GTX 1060 graphics card, for a little bit more than the included GTX 1050 ti already included in the above build, so if you can squeeze approximately $50 more into your build, this is worth the consideration. If you wanted a further boost, you can look at the $1000 build where we include the 6GB version of the GTX 1060.

You can increase your storage space by going with a larger capacity SK HYNIX 256Gb 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.

For a further bump in performance, you could consider getting a slightly higher-performing CPU such as the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 (this cpu also comes with its own cpu cooler, so all you have to do is swap this cpu from the included Ryzen 3 1300X).

CASE UPGRADE  Upgrade your case: Phanteks Enthoo PRO M Acrylic Window Computer Case, Anthracite Gray Edition PH-ES515PA_AG $84.99
GRAPHICS CARD UPGRADE GTX 1060 3GB: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 3GB GDDR5 $199.99
CPU UPGRADE  Higher performing Processor – AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler (YD1400BBAEBOX)
$164.22
STORAGE UPGRADE SK Hynix Flash Memory 2.5″ 250 GB Internal Solid State Drives HFS250G32TND-N1A2A
$89.95

 


Operating Systems for the October 2017 Gaming PC Builds

If you don’t already have an operating system laying around for your new gaming pc build, then you’re going to have to either invest in purchasing a standard OS such as Windows 10. Furthermore, there are some free alternatives that you could consider as well and for free. 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.

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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.

$109.98  
Ubuntu Ubuntu – Desktop Free Ubuntu Logo
SteamOS SteamOS – “Build your own Steam Machine” Free Steam Operating System OS

October 2017’s Gaming PC Build Hardware Overview Video:

*Coming soon 🙂

Best of luck Building Your Gaming PC Build!

Thanks for visiting us for the best October 2017 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 these respective budgets ($600, $1000, $1500 & everything in between) 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 and best of lucking building your best gaming PC this October 2017.

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