June 2016 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds

Gaming PC Builds of the Month – June 2016

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June 2016 Gaming PC Builds of the Month

Introducing the Gaming PC Builds of the Month

Welcome to all the returning builders and new builders alike to the June 2016 gaming pc builds of the month. There have been some very exiting announcements / releases from NVIDIA this month with the GTX 1080 (released and in low supply / higher then MSRP) and the GTX 1070 (estimated release of June 10th) graphics cards, so stay tuned to find out more about those and which builds they’ll best fit into. It may take some time for these two cards to be widely available and at close to MSRP costs ($599 for the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070 at $379) so if you can’t purchase right away, it may be worth waiting a couple of weeks. Otherwise, feel free to take advantage of the decreasing costs of the current high performing graphics cards we use in the higher end builds in this article.

The following builds should cover the bases of most gamers and are split into three separate budgets – roughly $1500 (high end build), $1000 (mid range build) and $600 (budget build). If one were to generalize you should base your decision on which build is best for yourself based on what games you are going to want to play and at what resolutions. For example, if you only have a 1080p monitor, then one may be fine with the $600 build running games without any hiccups and even into the $1000 to easily play any games maxed at 60fps. Whereas the $1500 would be for those are interested in higher resolution gaming (say 2K and higher).

Please leave any comments or questions with regards to any of the builds and I’ll try to help each and every one of you out. Best of luck building & on to the builds –

Best $1500 Gaming PC Build June 2016

June 2016 PC Build ( $1500 )

Capability: Game with Extreme settings and High FPS at resolutions of 1920×1080 (1080P) & 2560×1440 (2K) + playable at 4K

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price : $1427.00 (June 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $239.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $33.93
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard ATX DDR4 NA Motherboards (GA-Z170X-GAMING 5) $167.86
Graphics Card

GeForce GTX 1080 (*Newly released card – should be more widely available mid June – linked to an Amazon search of the GTX 1080)


$ – ($599 MSRP)

GeForce GTX 1080 PC Build

RAM $59.99
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) $154.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $109.99
Computer Case SilverStone Technology Performance ATX Primera Computer Case White With Blue LED PM01WA-W $109.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1500 )

June 2016 is a hot month for those that have been waiting on the new Pascal graphics card releases from Nvidia, and right-fully so. These cards are faster, more efficient promising better VR capability, 4K gaming and so much more (TomsHardware has done a great GTX 1080 Pascal Review). The GTX 1080 card has been released, however the only caveat is current availability and un-predictable pricing. So you have two choices for gteat graphics cards above – the GTX 1080 for the patient individuals who can wait a tad longer, and a the GTX 980Ti graphics card for those that want to purchase right away or take advantage of the much lower cost of this card now.

The high-end $1500 pc build included in the monthly build article and seen above is a perfect build for being able to max out games all the way up to 2K resolutions and you’ll even be able to play games into the 4K range with settings cranked down a tad if you’re wanting to get decent frame rates The June 2016 $1500 build has come down significantly in cost over the last few months which makes way for larger storage solutions and flexibility in the overall build.

The included processor is the Intel i5 6600K cpu and it is paired with the MSI Geforce GTX 980 Ti graphics card that is included at a much lower cost now – see introduction paragraph for as to why. Also, for those who want to wait also linked is the GTX 1080 graphics card, which is a superior graphics cards in so many ways – which should be more widely available half way through June. Either way, this powerful duo will run your gaming beast to its full extent and should you be interested. The GTX 980 Ti is a very capable card for 2K gaming so a 2K capable monitor is suggested – it would be well worth the investment and worth the eye candy as a result.

The included CPU cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 and the Intel 6600K Skylake processor needs the purchase of a cpu cooler, and the Hyper 212 EVO will help you overclock this cpu easily by keeping those temperatures down. For those who want to spend a little more, there is a liquid CPU (the Corsair H100i) included in the hardware alternatives section below, which will give you a much quieter, more customized cooling experience.

For a motherboard we have the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-GAMING 5 which comes loaded with features and is a step above the only included in the Mid-Range ($1000) build below. The highlighted specifications are (read more on the motherboard specifications at gigabyte.com) –

  • Supports 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor
  • Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel® USB 3.1 with USB Type-C™-The World’s Next Universal Connector
  • 3-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIe Slots
  • Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connectors with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe NVMe & SATA SSD support)
  • 3 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
  • 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
  • Killer™ E2200 and Intel® Gaming Networks
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology

For RAM, we have whopping 16GB (two 8GB sticks) with the included Corsair Vengeance 16GB kit, plenty enough memory for any gaming pc build.

Our storage solution this month is a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Solid State Drive “SSD”, which will perform much better helping with those load / boot times and reading speeds. This is a major bump in solid state storage as the builds budget now allows for this (as previously only 256GB SSD was included in this build).

The power supply units used is the EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 Gold Certified power supply, which is a high quality & efficient PSU and I highly recommend it and it should be more then enough for this build.

*Note: Keep in mind that for those that do plan on going with SLI (two graphics cards / GTX 980Ti’s) in the future that you will want to plan for at least an 850W high quality PSU (such as the 850W EVGA SuperNOVA G2) – however this is probably only a consideration for those that are really considering 4K gaming, otherwise I wouldn’t bother.

As per usual, I try to showcase the best of the newly released pc cases – and this month we have the SilverStone Primera PM01, where Silverstone explains that “Primera” is the Spanish wok for “first” or “first-class” – for a rich feature or trend-setting aesthetic pc case. The PM01 has the following specifications (learn more at silverstonetek.com):

  • Includes three 140mm LED fans and built-in LED strips for stunning visual impact
  • Oversized front panel mesh design inspired by supercar intake grill
  • Support two 240/280/360mm radiator for AIO liquid cooler or custom water cooling
  • Reserved water tank mounting holes for water cooling setup
  • Removable filters with positive air pressure design for dust reduction
  • Built-in 4-segment LED light controller to adjustable brightness and modes
  • Super clean internal look with PSU and drive bay cover
  • Includes 10 in 1 fan hub for fan cable management

$1500 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

The following hardware are for those who want to either add to or upgrade the included hardware in the $1500 June 2016 PC build, further adding to its maximum potential now or in the future. This month also leaves a ton of more space if your budget is $1500, since the actual cost is much closer to $1400, leaving plenty of upgrade potential.

You can bump the cpu up to an Intel i7 6700K cpu if you do things like video work, graphics work etc. since this isn’t really needed for pure gaming – plus this cpu is much cheaper than it used to be. This could also be a worthy upgrade for those wanting to further “future-proof” their high-end build.

The $1500 gaming pc build only includes a Samsung EVO 500GB SSD for storage, which is perfectly suited for most gamers, although included below is a larger SanDisk Extreme PRO 1TB SSD for those that June want the extra space, and a slight bump in SSD write speeds (over the Samsung EVO’s).

You could also really increase your graphics power by SLI’ing the Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti by adding in a second Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti, but it will cost you another $550 or so. This could also be a future upgrade idea to boost your gaming pc’s performance when you need it later on or if you plan on doing extreme gaming at 4K resolutions. *Note – if you do plan on going SLI’ing in the future or now, you should consider getting at least an 850W PSU such as the EVGA SuperNOVA 850W G2.

Also included below is the Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX 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 (learn more at corsair.com).

Intel Boxed Core I7-6700K 4.00 GHz 8M Processor Cache 4 LGA 1151 BX80662I76700K ($349.99) – Do more then gaming? Then perhaps an Intel i7 might be the right choice MSI ARMOR 2X GeForce GTX 980 TI 6GB OC DirectX 12 VR READY (GTX 980TI 6GD5T OC) $550.99

*Note: If you want to SLI you should consider at least an 850W psu such as the EVGA SuperNOVA 850W G2 PSU ($124.99).

Purchase a liquid CPU cooler (instead of the included air cooler):Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CW-9060025-WW ($104.42) A very fast 1TB SSD: SanDisk Extreme PRO 960GB SATA 6.0GB/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) With 10-Year Warranty- SDSSDXPS-960G-G25 ($337.97)

Best $1000 Gaming PC Build June 2016

June 2016 PC Build ( $1000 )

Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 resolutions and even Higher Settings at 2560×1440

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $972 (June 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $239.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.49  
Motherboard $139.99
Graphics Card

ASUS Graphics Cards TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5 OR

GeForce GTX 1070 (*Newly announced card – estimated release date: June 10th – linked to an Amazon search of the GTX 1070)




($379 MSRP)

GeForce GTX 1070 PC Build

RAM $34.38
SSD $89.27
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $78.10
Computer Case $71.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $1000 )

The $1000 build is for those who want to be playing all games at 1920×1080 resolutions maxed right out, or perhaps even for those that want to play with 2560×1440 resolutions (perhaps with settings held back a tad for max FPS) – if this sounds like what you’re looking for, then the June 2016 $1000 gaming pc build is for you.

*Note: Nvidia just recently announced the release of the GTX 1070 graphics card and it is said to be officially released half-way through June, so if you are patient please wait and see (TomsHardware has just done one of the first  GTX 1070 Pascal Reviews so do check that out if you’re debating on purchasing this card). Though, I can’t predict the supply of the card right away or the cost, the MSRP is said to be $379 for the card, which is nearly $100 more then the GTX 970 right now – so we will see how that plays out). Otherwise, you should be fine to take advantage of the decreasing costs of the currently included GTX 970 graphics card – which performs very well for all current games even into 2k resolutions while maxing out games up to 60FPS at 1080p no problem.

This build uses a combination of the Skylake Intel i5 6600K cpu and a GTX 970 graphics card (alternatively  you could consider a slightly more expensive R9 390 if you want to consider upping to 1440p anytime in the future (the extra memory on the R9 390 will help with the higher resolution gaming).

For the needed cpu cooler we have the Cooler Master Hyper 212, this helps when overclocking your unlocked Intel i5 6600K processor and since the Intel i5 6600K doesn’t come with a stock cooler, you need one. If you check out the hardware alternative table below, you will also see an option for a liquid cpu cooler which could be for those that want a quieter more customized cooling option should you have the extra cash for it.

The included motherboard again is the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 3. This motherboard does support both Crossfire and SLI (great for future upgrading potential), so that you do have the option to include two of either the graphics card options as an upgrade suggestion for the future. The Gaming 3 motherboard has the following specifications (and you can learn more on the product page at gigabyte.com):

  • Supports 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor
  • Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel® USB 3.1 with USB Type-C™ – The World’s Next Universal Connector
  • 3-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIe Slots
  • Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connectors with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe NVMe & SATA SSD support)
  • 3 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
  • 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
  • Killer™ E2200 Gaming Networks
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology

For the graphics card, we have an ASUS TURBO GTX 970, which is easily capable of maxing any game out at 1920×1080 resolutions with high FPS and perhaps even dabble into 2560×1440.

The RAM included is the affordable kit of Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB kit, which is enough memory for most standard gaming pc builds, and you always have the option to upgrade more.

The included storage is the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD  and should you require more then 250GB of storage right away you could also consider adding in a cheap 1TB HDD as a secondary drive.

For a power supply unit (PSU) used 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, you really can’t go wrong with this PSU.

As I do like to include newly released quality pc cases into the monthly builds, this month since Phanteks has now announced the release of two new “Acrylic” colors in their Enthoo Pro M (Titanium Green and Anthracite Gray) I thought I would include this wonderfully amazing case again – so you now have the options of Satin Black, Titanium Green or Anthracite Gray coming up shortly.

A quick overview of the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M  (http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Pro-M) –


Enthoo Pro M includes 1 x 140mm fan in the rear. Ability to upgrade to additional fans is possible. All fans included are Phanteks new redesigned and better performing SP series fans.


Brushed aluminum look
Clean interior – Hidden PSU and HDDs

$1000 Gaming PC Build Upgrade Suggestions

Here are some upgrade ideas for your $1000 June 2016 pc build if should you want some alternative hardware upgrades or if you want to spend a tad more or for those that want some upgrade ideas.

If you want more graphics power in the future you could potentially SLI two GTX 970’s. If you go this route, then you will also need a stronger power supply, as much as 850w – so there is one included below (I would only consider the larger PSU if you really plan on doing this).

If you are serious about achieving maxed out settings and high FPS at 2560×1440 (144p) resolutions, then you June want to consider an R9 390X – such as the XFX R9 390X below. This card will be all you need to blast through games at the higher 2K resolutions.

Included is a 250GB version of the Samsung 850 EVO, but what if you want more storage and to also have it on a single fast SSD? Well then you could consider bumping it up to the 500GB Samsung 850 EVO.

You could also  go with a liquid cpu cooler such as the Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT. This could help keep things quiet and a tad cooler when overclocking and it offers a more customize cooling experience (learn more about the Corsair h80i GT at Corsair.com).

*Note: If you plan on doing SLI (adding two GTX 970’s for example) then you will probably want at least an 850W power supply such as – EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 PSU ($124.99).

Add a 500GB SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) = ($154.99) – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16SLI your graphics card: (*Potential future proofing upgrade? – *only if you went with the GTX 970) ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (add an additional $307.02)
(Want to max games out as 2560×1400 resolutions?)

Then get more graphics power with a single R9 390X – Gigabyte AMD R9 390X 512 Bit GDDR5 8GB 2xDVI/HDMI/3xDP G1 Gaming Graphics Card GV-R939XG1 GAMING-8GD Price: $449.99

Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CW-9060017-WW – Add a liquid CPU Cooler for quieter, more customized and efficient cooling ($84.99)

Best $600 Gaming PC Build June 2016

June 2016 PC Build ( $600 )

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

Hardware Link Price Image
Estimated Price: $583.00 (June 2016)
Processor $115.95
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel H170 ATX DDR4 Motherboard GA-H170-Gaming 3 $89.99
Graphics Card ASUS STRIX Radeon R9 380 Overclocked 2 GB DDR5 256-bit DisplayPort HDMI 1.4a DVI-D DVI-I Gaming Graphics Card $179.99
RAM Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM Desktop Memory (HX421C14FBK2/8) $34.38
SSD MyDigitalSSD (256GB) BP5e Slim 7 Series 7mm 2.5″ SATA III (6G) SSD Solid State Drive – MDS7-BP5e-0256G $59.99
Power Supply EVGA 600 B1 80+ BRONZE, 600W Continuous Power, 3 Year Warranty Power Supply 100-B1-0600-KR $52.72
Computer Case Rosewill Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Challenger S $49.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Overview: $600 Gaming PC Build

If you are interested in a budget build that can max out with high FPS standard high definition 1910×1080 resolutions in most pc games then this $600 gaming pc build is for you. This $600 budget gaming pc build is a very capable 1080p gaming machine and is the staple build for most enthusiasts either just starting out or wanting to simply get up and gaming on standard HD 1080p gaming.

For the CPU we have a Intel i3 6100 – a dual core cpu clocked in at 3.7 GHz and paired with that we have a ASUS STRIX Radeon R9 380 graphics card that is the real gaming performance driver behind this build. The R9 380 fits comfortably into the budget and the performance goals of this build, and is the current best buy $200 graphics card for 1080p gaming with some room to spare.

The gaming motherboard included is the Gigabyte H170 GA-H170-Gaming 3 motherboard which is a great pick with plenty of features for the $600 pc build – including features like DDR4 memory which is a bump up from the previous $600 builds overall features. This motherboard has the following features –

  • LGA1151 for 6th-gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors
  • Intel® Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron®
  • intel H170
  • DDR4 / 2 Channel / 4X DIMM / 64GB
  • Killer™ E2200 Gaming Networks
  • 2 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with Ambient LED Trace Path Lighting
  • ATX Form Factor

The memory we have a kit of Kingston HyperX Fury 8Gb DDR4 memory and For storage we have a MyDigitalSSD (256GB) BP5e Slim 7 solid state drive, which is one of the best budget ssd’s available – SSD performance on a budget!

The power supply unit included is the EVGA 600B 600Watt power supply, this is a great budget PSU and more then enough power for this build.

This month we have another budget Rosewill pc case included, but this time around included is the Rosewill Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Challenger S pc case. This case features stylistic design with tool less design all at a budget cost. For a full overview of the Challenger S please visit rosewill.com.

Upgrade Suggestions for the $600 Gaming PC Build:

Here you will find hardware suggestions for upgrade suggestions for this $600 budget gaming pc build for June 2016. These are here so that you can get the most out of your build & budget – now or in the future.

Should you want to upgrade the stock cooler already included with the i3 6100 Corsair then the Hydro Series H55 liquid cpu cooler could be your answer. Corsair describes this cooler as a being able to run your PC cooler when compared to a cpu’s stock cooler. This liquid cooler is ideal since it can easily fit into even the more cramped of pc cases. Read more at corsair.com.

If you are looking for a lsight boost in gaming performacne, then you could consider bumping up the graphics card to an R9 380x, such as the linked XFX R9 380X below (check out the R9 380x benchmarks over at Anandtech.com). This June be worth while if you have a little more to spend now and is a newer graphics card release.

You can sincrease your storage space by going with an affordable 480GB ADATA SSD as seen below.

Also included is a better performing CPU, an Intel i5 6500, which may be a worthy investment to solidify performance in those higher cpu demanding games.

Better CPU Cooler (liquid cooler): Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler (CW-9060010-WW) ($59.86) Better Graphics Card (Radeon R9 380X – XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC 990MHZ 4GB DDR5 DP HDMI 2XDVI Graphics Cards, R9-380X-F24M ($229.99)
Higher performing Processor – Intel Core i5-6500 3.20Ghz Processor  (Price: $203.37) ADATA SP550 480GB SSD – Looking for a larger budget SSD – try this 480B Adata card ($108.99)

Peripheral Considerations

Please check out the gaming pc peripherals section should you need to purchase a monitor, mouse or keyboard for your new gaming pc build. There are many suggestions generally split into three categories of higher-end, mid-range and basic suggestions. If you have any questions or want a suggestion feel free to leave a comment.

Operating System Options

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 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10. Otherwise, there are some free alternatives that you could consider below as well. Keep in mind that you will need an optical drive should you decide to purchase the install discs, however you can also purchase Windows online or as a USB stick and install it that way – this would be the process for installing your OS without an optical drive (which isn’t included in each of the base builds above).

The following are some operating systems you can consider installing upon putting your Gaming PC build together. The first three will cost you and are either Windows 7 or 8.1, or 10 – I have no opinions here so I’ll leave the purchase of these up to the discretion of yourself, but do keep in mind that either way you do have the option of upgrading to Windows 10 for now. I have also included two other operating systems that are both currently free. Ubuntu is a Linux based operating system. The last OS is SteamOS, which is also a Linux OS being developed by Valve Corporation and is being made to be used for a Steam Machine game console.

OS Link Price Image
Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit $99.95  
Windows 7 Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging) $94.99  
Windows 10 Upgrade Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit System Builder OEM | PC Disc $85.99
Ubuntu Ubuntu – Desktop Free Ubuntu Logo
SteamOS SteamOS Beta “Build your own Steam Machine” Free Steam Operating System OS

June 2016’s Gaming PC Build Hardware Overview Video:


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29 thoughts to “June 2016 – Monthly Gaming PC Builds”

    1. Hit Nathan,

      Yes you can, but it still needs to have a compatible socket, such as an 1151 which includes the Intel i5 6600K included in the above builds. So an example would be the Intel i7 6700K or 6700, let me know if you need clarification 🙂

  1. Hi Corey!

    Should I buy the 1080 or 980 ti. Is that worth it to buy the 1080? Is the 1080 is double the performance of 980 ti? Probably i wont be playing at 4k and 2k. Thanks!

    1. Hi Kendall, if only going for a 1080p build, then you’re fine with going less than a GTX 980 Ti even. I would also consider a GTX 1070, which can outperform the 980 Ti for much less, especially in the coming weeks as the prices settle. You would also be fine with a GTX 970 to be honest and if you ever want more juice in the future upgrade to a 1080. Hope this helps.

  2. Hello again Corey,

    If I`m going for the 1080 MSI GamingX, should I go for MSI board too? or should i stick with the gigabyte board? If MSI what would you suggest motherboard if MSI for gaming


    1. Hi Joey,

      No it wouldn’t matter too much much you also got an MSI board, either way they both need their own drivers etc. But if you did want to, something like the MSI Z170A GAMING M5 could do.

    1. Hi Alex,

      It’s a mix between a couple of things. First, the actual peripheral suggestions I’d have and actual releases haven’t actually changed too much. Second I have been a little tight on time to write one. I also want to portray them in the most valuable way, such as I’ve debated writing on that has the three categories and then lists new releases for consideration etc. If you have any ideas let me know.But all in all the April ones are still very relevant.

  3. Hey Corey,

    Should I SLI 980 ti or Single 1080 MSI Gaming X 8gb. the Corsair 400c chassis would it fit the both graphics card? How much watts should i get for my psu in 1080? running i7 6700k


    1. Hi Joey,

      I would just go with the one GTX 1080 to be honest as you will most likely game at perfect settings no matter what you throw at it and have the potential to add another in the future. Yes two 980Ti’s will fit in a 400c, but you will need to up the wattage to something like 850W.

  4. Hey Corey I’m still new to this so just wondering is there a difference between the evga gtx 970 and the asus gtx 970 and also if I switch it out for the evga gtx 970 on the 1000 build will it’s still be compatible with all the parts? Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Noah,

      Perfectly good questions. Generally the main differences between the branded cards are that they include different input, cooling designs, some are factory overclocked etc. All in all they perform for the most part the same, so I would choose the cheaper of the two. One other difference sometimes is in its physical size, so you would just need to check on that whether it fits into the case or not, otherwise it’s perfectly compatible. The Enthoo Pro M fits up to 400mm cards, which should include most of any GTX 970.If you want to know for sure look up the specific cards specifications on the EVGA website (as there are a few variants)

  5. Whats up Corey,

    So I just got done with the $1000 build, and it looks awesome! I just have this weird problem where my asus moniter is saying no VGA signal. I plugged in a HDMI cable and switched the input to HDMI and it’s still not getting a signal. I was going to post the problem to Tom’s hardware or something, but I figured it would be easiest to ask you since you know the build so well.

    Thanks for answering these questions. I’m sure it’s painful for you to witness how much of a computer newb I am, but I’m learning alot. Of course none of this would have been possibe for me if I hadn’t of found this site with its great pro tips. So keep it up man 🖒

    1. Hello again Patrick! Glad to hear you put the build together. Are you able to boot up with the onboard graphics? ie Plugging into the Gigabye GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 motherboard? Using HDMI or DVI? If so have you installed your OS plus all of the drivers for the motherboard and graphics card? Do you have the graphics card in the right pci slot (PCIEX16 slot)? And is the graphics card powering on when you boot up (ie fans spinning etc.)? And I would use HDMI and skip VGA altogether. Also if you have a tv or another monitor try that also to make sure its not the monitor. Try these and let me know. Best of luck!

      And no problem for any questions, that’s what the site is here for 🙂

  6. Hi Corey,

    First of all thank you for providing such comprehensive explanations / help about parts and builds. I intend on building my first rig early in July, so I have been paying attention to your site quite a lot recently. I have a few questions for you:

    – Do you expect your $1000 to be much different next month? After recent the release of the new video cards, can we expect prices for older cards to drop significantly or not ? I am personally looking for a good rig to run at 1080p, so I believe a GTX 970 will do the trick. It might be a bit overkill but I want to future proof my rig a little.

    – I was recently given this monitor, and would like to have an adequate computer to go with it, would your $1000 build be good for that? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HZF2JWA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    – I have a room constraint for my pc build and I would like a smaller case, what is your opinion on those? Is it ok for a gaming rig or not? I see a lot of different arguments here and there.

    Thank you !

    1. Hi Auerele,

      No problem and thank you for your kind comments.

      I don’t expect the $1000 build to change too much over the next month or so. I know I mentioned that the GTX 1070 graphics card should be released by then, but it will be at least $100 more than a GTX 970 and even more upon launch. So for 1080p gaming, the GTX 970 would be perfect for you. And yes that BenQ monitor will work just fine with the $1000 build! I also have a very similar BenQ monitor myself that I sometimes use and love it.

      In terms of a smaller case, yes that can get hotter depending on the kinds, but I see no reason in considering one. But if you do want to go significantly smaller, you may want to consider a MicroATX sized motherboard and then find a compatible MicroATX sized PC case. If you want an example of one I did not long ago check this article out – https://newbcomputerbuild.com/newb-computer-build/skylake-micro-atx-gaming-pc-build-intel-6600k-r9-390/ Very similar to the $1000 build, but you can use that MicroATX motherboard and the Corsair Carbide MicroATX Case (great case in my opinion and versatile).

      Let me know if you have any questions!

      1. Hey Corey,

        Thanks for taking the time to answer my first message. I came up with a build following your advice. Sadly Parts in the UK are more expensive … but here it is:

        Would you mind giving me your opinion on it ?
        Also is there anyway to donate some £ to you for your help ?

        1. Hi Aurele,

          No problem. I took a look at the build and I think it looks great! I honestly really like the Corsair 240 Micro ATX case myself, so hopefully it works out well for your build. I wouldn’t change a thing. And no I don’t have a donate function set-up but any sharing of the site is very much welcomed.

          Best of luck!

  7. Corey,

    Sorry, thought I would leave a couple more specifics. I would like the build to be able to accommodate VR in the future and I do some CAD and Geospatial mapping work. As far as the CAD and Geospatial work I most likely wouldn’t use this computer I am building but would be nice to ensure I could if needed.

    One last question as it may be obvious and I’m just newb but I would also like to hook this computer up to projector and/or tv for gaming. How or what would I need to ensure I could connect gaming rig to tv with HDMI cable?


    1. Hi Matt, taking your comments here and your build below it all looks pretty good and will have no problem The GTX 1070 is said to be The Most Competitive Graphics Card For DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality (See – http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-launch/#ixzz4AcNsewwQ for VR)

      You should also be fine in CAD type work, but if you were going to dedicate this pc to that type of work I would consider an Intel i7 6700K as a cpu alternative but you should be good if you want to once in a while use it for that purpose (The differences in performance isn’t huge – see the benchmarks for the top two cpus (Intel 6600K & 6700K – http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skylake-intel-core-i7-6700k-core-i5-6600k,4252-8.html)

      I would change your pc case though, because the Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 probably won’t fit the Hyper212 VO cpu cooler as it only supports a cooler up to 150mm tall while the cooler is 159mm tall. If you want some other suggestions around a cost point let me know.

      And for connecting to a TV / Projector, you’re right just an HDMI cord will do the trick. Depending on the particular graphics card you get, you will have several output options – generally HDMI, DVI, Display Port etc.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      1. Corey,

        YES please help me out with some case suggestions. I’m not stuck to that price but looks like I will be going with a red/black theme so I would be looking for a case that would fit those colors.

        One other question is I found a pretty good deal on a MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Board. Would you chose this or the one I previously mentioned getting (Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard(GA-Z170X-GAMING 5).

        Thanks again for all your help!!

        1. Hi Matt,

          No problem.

          Going with the Red / Black theme some good cases that would be great for your build are.

          H440 Black + Red Case
          Enermax Ostrog GT
          Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
          NZXT Phantom 410 Red Version (Really Red)

          To name a few I can probably pull other good ones if those don’t suffice.

          If you can get the MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Board at a really decent price then i;d say go for it, otherwise if this cost is quite significant between the two, just go with the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-GAMING 5 – it has probably more then you’ll need.

  8. Corey,

    Saw this page and looking to build my fist gaming PC once the gtx 1070 is released in the next couple weeks. I based my build partially on your recommendations with a few changes. Please look over my list and let me know how it looks and any changes you might make:

    -GeoForce 1070 Graphics Card (non-founders edition)
    -Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Mid Tower Gaming Case
    -Corsair RM Series, RM750, 750 Watt (750W), Fully Modular Power Supply, 80+ Gold Certified
    -Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)
    -Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2133MHz (PC4-17000) C13 Memory Kit
    -Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard ATX DDR4 NA Motherboards (GA-Z170X-GAMING 5)
    -Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)
    -Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K)

    Pricing this build out at $1150-$1200. Your thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated as I am new to this…

  9. Hello there!

    I just found out this page and I wanted to get a gaming desktop computer after owning weak laptops for 7 years.
    I was interested in the 1500$ option, however, I’m pretty clueless when it comes to computer components.

    Most of the time, I work with Adobe programs, sometimes 3d modeling, but I also play games in my free time (and I’ve been wanting to finally play in high quality after all these years).
    I was hoping to upgrade the cpu from i5 to the i7 6700k listed, and replace the 500gb for 1tb SSD for my work.

    Is the power supply unit enough for the changes? I might also upgrade the cooler to the liquid one so I want to be sure.
    I apologize for my lack of knowledge in this field, also, English is not my first language so I hope this comment makes sense.

    1. Hello Michelle,

      Not a problem. As you said you are thinking about upgrading to the Intel i7 6700K, which I think is a great idea – especially for Adobe / 3D modeling etc. And upgrading to the 1TB would allow for much more SSD storage space. Taking both of those into consideration, the power supply is still more then enough so nor worries. The only time you would need a significant amount of more power is if you added in two graphics cards, but I’d consider upgrading to a single better card before doing that. Best of luck!

  10. Hey Corey,

    So I just ordered the parts for the $1,000 budget build, and I’m wondering now if I should have picked up a higher Watt power supply because I also planned on adding an Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer. I figured it would be the easiest way to install Windows 10 because I’m a computer newb.

    1. Hi Patrick,

      You will be completely fine! There is spare wattage, so no worries and optical drives take very little power even at full capacity. It does also make installing your OS quite easy if you have a dvd 🙂

      Let me know if you have any further questions and best of luck!

  11. Hello again Corey,
    My build plan changed because my sister said it would be a 1.3k budget so i had to squeeze certain parts for future upgrade ability..i’ve done my 24/7 research LOL..and I finally got the perfect build for future upgrade. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vhJZxY
    How is it? all I need to change is either z170a/x99 mobo and a 1151/2011 cpu right? + I don’t need to change the GPU because im still in my school years so my hands is going to be full of homework(im 17 now) + i also heard that gtx 970 is enough for 1080p w/ 60fps for all 2015 games iirc.

    My sister will buy this next year =/ so i need your opinion on the build because its next year…you can throw me what you have in mind 😀
    Sorry for the wall of text…
    I admire your work on helping some newbs like me build a pc..keep up the good work 😀

    1. Hi Michael,

      Thanks for posting in – everything looks great with your build, so great job doing your homework. I would narrow the SSD’s down to one, so either one 500GB or try taking a look at adding in only a 1TB Samsung Evo SSD, makes things a tad more organized. You are right the GTX 970 is a great graphics card for maxing those 1080p games no problem. And if your budget is larger now, you could switch as you said to a z170 motherboard and something like the Intel i5 6600K processor.

      If you are building in one yer though, keep checking back as lots will probably change by then. Let me know if you have any further questions 🙂

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