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Build a Gaming PC: Recommended Builds

Budget, baseline, and performance PC builds!

What time is it? It's time to build a PC with our Blueprints! This month, we've built three rigs at three approximate price points: Budget, Baseline, and Performance. Budget is an entry-level rig with pep, Baseline gets you a powerful system for gaming and content creation at 1080p, and Performance beefs everything up across the board. These rigs are Custom Built and lab-tested.

BUDGET

AMD'S FX -6300 6-Core Processor retains a high price-to-performance value. The MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard supports AMD3+ CPU socket so it can be upgraded to the FX High speed Standard for Gaming enthusiast. The MSI GT710 is a budget priced video card and can be upgraded to a serious graphic card for the true gamer later. We had to drop the more expensive video cards to keep the price in the budget category. This price includes a 6-core AMD Processor, 4 GB of Ram Memory, 1 TB SATA Hard Drive, Windows 10 Home Premium operating system, a very nice computer case with a plenty of ports for your monitors and accessories.

Part Component Prices
Case ATX Mid-Size computer Casing for Gaming $40
PSU 450W Power Supply ATX $25
Motherboard MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard supports AM3+ mATX $100
CPU AMD FX-6300 6-Core Processor (CPU Benchmark=6384) $95
Cooler Cooling CPU fanIncluded with CPU $0
GPU PCIe MSI GT710 Graphics Card $65
RAM 4.0 GB PC3-12800 $40
Optical Drive DVD/CD-RW CD burner $20
SSD None 0
HDD 1.0 TB SATA $70
OS Windows 10Home Premium Operation System OEM $120
Total Assembled and Configured $595

BASELINE

In addition to the built-in RGB illumination, it also features onboard RGB headers and an addressable RGB header that allow motherboard to be connected to compatible LED devices such as strip, CPU fans, coolers, chassis and so on. A new world of cinematic audio that delivers unprecedented levels of audio realism, dynamics and punch to gaming sound. The ASRock X470 Gaming motherboard has been the gamers choice for high performance gaming. The Power supply is powerful enough to run dual video cards. The Nvidia GTX 1050 Video cards are great for 1080p gaming. For the price the Ryzen 5 1600 AMD processes give you the best bang for your bucks.

Parts Components Prices
Case Black Steel Case ATX without PS $50
PSU PowerSpec 650w Modular Power Supply $75
Motherboard ASRock AB350 PRO4 Gaming with AM4 CPU Support $89
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700X (benchmark=14663) $225
Cooler Liquid Coolant with 2 fans 125
GPU Nvidia GTX1050 Graphics card (BM rating 5772) $225
RAM 2x 4GB DDR4 PC4-2400 $80
Optical Drive DVD-RW Burner $25
HDD 1.0 TB SATA Hard Drive $75
SSD 240 GB Solid State Harddrive $75
OS Windows 10 Home Premium OEM $120
Total Assembled and Configured $1,164
Discount for Parts only $995

PERFORMANCE

ASRock Z390 Pro4 Motherboard
Based on Intel Z390 chipset and powerfully equipped to unleash the full performance of 9th & 8th Gen Intel Core processor of up to eight computing cores. This ATX board has two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots with AMD Quad Crossfire readiness, dual Ultra M.2 slots (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3), and a M.2 (Key E) that's ideal for Wi-Fi module. Two USB 3.1 Gen2 rear ports include one Type-A and one Type-C for broad compatibility.

Parts Components Prices
Case In Win 303 ATXMid Tower Gaming Case $150
PSU PowerSpec 650w Modular Power Supply $75
Motherboard ASRock Z390 Pro 4 LGA1151 for Intel 9th Generation CPUs $135
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F (9th Generation) Quad Core Processor (BM=12,177) $195
Cooler Cooler Master Liquid Coolant ML240L R6B $125
GPU Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Overclocked 6GB GDDR6 Dual-Fan PCIe (BM=11850) $390
RAM 2x 8GB Ballistic PC4-2400 Total Memory 16 GB $160
Optical Drive DVD-RW Burner $25
SSD 480 GB SSD Harddrive $95
HDD Western Digital 2.0 TB SATA /64MB cache $95
OS Windows 10Professional Operating System $195
Total Assembled and Configured $1,640
Parts Only Discount Save $150.00 $1490

Note: The Benchmark (BM) rating is provided by Passmark Software Company and can be found at their web site www.passmark.com.

Gaming Case designed for Liquid Cooling
Gigabyte Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 Motherboard

Gigabyte's Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 is a bit different than the usual throw-in-everything-and-the-kitchen-sink mainstream Intel board, though. Make no mistake: this is an uber-expensive board. First and foremost, the Gaming 8 boasts a fully-enabled Intel Alpine Ridge USB 3.1 controller with Thunderbolt 3 certification. This versatile port lets the Gaming 8 offer the full menu of Thunderbolt benefits, including a high-bandwidth connection for external storage enclosures, graphics devices, displays, and high-speed port replicators. Compatible USB devices can draw up to 100W from the Gaming 8's USB Type-C port, The Gaming 8's onboard audio setup is also a cut above the usual Realtek codec. Gigabyte teamed up with Creative to bring the evergreen audio firm's Sound Blaster ZxRi hardware and software suite to this board. The ZxRi setup uses one of Creative's Sound Core 3D chips in tandem with a high-end trio of op-amps: two JRC NJM2114 chips for the left and right analog channels from the rear panel, and a TI Burr-Brown OPA2134 for the front-panel headphone out. The company claims this setup is good for a 127-dB signal-to-noise ratio, a figure that rivals some of Creative's own discrete audio cards. We'll put this system to the test in a moment, but it's not a stretch to say that the Gaming 8's onboard audio really is like having a discrete sound card baked onto the motherboard.The DIMM area of this board offers dedicated reset and Clear CMOS buttons, as well as hard controls for the board's baked-in OC and Eco clock profiles. OC will try to dial in a 4.7 GHz all-core speed on compatible CPUs, while Eco drops clocks for lower power consumption. With its four DIMM slots, the Gaming 8 can support up to 64 GB of RAM, and it has multipliers for DDR4 running at speeds up to 4133 MT/s.

Assembled & Configured Price $2,295.00 Parts Only $1,995.00

Windows 10 Professional OEM Intel Core i7 7700K 4.20GHz (Benchmark = 12040) Gigabyte Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 Motherboard Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Video Card (Bench Mark = 12339) 32 GB DDR4 2666 Memory IN WIN 303 ATX Gaming Case 1.0 TB SSD Drive + 2 GB SATA-III HDD Cooler Master Liquid Coolant ML240L R6B 2 Fans 850W SuperpowerFully Component Power Supply