Building a Gaming PC can be hard if you’re not up to date on hardware news. Luckily, here are three appropriate builds (cheap, mid-range, and high-end).
You can get excellent 1080p gaming experience for around $700.
|CPU: Intel Core i5-6400||$179.99|
|GPU: Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 480 4GB||$220.99|
|Motherboard: ASRock H170M Pro4 LGA 1151 Intel H170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX||$78.98|
|RAM: HyperX FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000)||$51.99|
|Storage: Kingston SSDNow UV400 120GB||$42.99|
|HDD: WL 1TB 32MB Cache 7200rpm||$39.99|
|Case: Corsair Carbide Series 100R||$49.99|
|PSU: Corsair CX Series CX 500W 80 Plus Bronze PSU||$49.99|
CPU: Intel Core i5-6400:
The Core i5-6400 processor is Intel’s most affordable four-core Skylake CPU. The chip is built on a 14nm production process. The CPU is clocked at 2.7GHz, and has a max turbo frequency of 3.3GHz, offers 6MB of cache.
Graphics Card: Radeon RX 480 4GB:
For graphics card, we’re going with AMD’s Radeon RX 480 GPU. The card is built upon the company’s new Polaris microarchitecture. The RX 480 has 2304 stream processors, a 1266 boost clock, and 4GBs of video RAM. In total, it has 5.8 teraflops of GPU performance. It can also be an amazing card that can max out any game at 1080p, and it can handle 1440p very well, too.
Motherboard: ASRock H170M Pro4:
To supplement our Core-i5 6400 CPU, we’re going with ASRock’s H170M Pro4 motherboard. It has the LGA 1151 socket support we need.
It also has eight USB 3.0 ports, 7.1 HD audio support, six SATA III ports, and two PCIe slots.
RAM: HyperX FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133:
You’ll really want 8GB RAM. We’re going with two 4GB sticks of HyperX Fury DDR4 memory clocked at 2133MHz. Going with two sticks allows us to run the 8GB of RAM in dual-channel mode, which allows us to get more memory bandwidth. At around 40 bucks.Plus it has heat spreaders that keep the sticks cool.
SSD: Kingston SSDNow UV400 120GB:
Gaming PC's without SSD, arent really Gaming PC's. So we recommend even a small SSD, at least for the operating system. This will allows your PC to boot quickly. We’re going with a modest 120GB SSD from Kingston, the company’s SSDNow UV400. This is enough for the operating system and your most-used games and applications. The drive offers read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 500MB/s.
HDD: WL 1TB 32MB Cache 7200RPM:
The best option is to use massive solid-state drive, but because SSDs are expensive compared to hard drives, we’re recommending a 1TB HDD. The white label version that we’re recommending here spins at a faster 7,200rpm. The big thing to look out for when shopping for an HDD is price per GB. With this drive costing four cents per GB, that’s not a bad at all.So if you buy 1TB HDD, you will need to pay $40.
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 100R:
The Corsair Carbide Series 100R chassis not only looks clean and modern with its all-black finish, but it’s also made of steel and features a side-panel window, which allows you to admire all your rig’s components. The front of the case features two USB 3.0 ports and 3.5mm audio jacks. Inside the case, there are four tool-less drive trays and enough room for full-size graphics cards that measure up to 12 inches.
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX 500W 80 Plus Bronze PSU:
We’re going with Corsair’s CX500 power supply. The company makes great PSUs, and the CX version here carries a respectable 80 Plus Bronze rating. With 500 watts of power.