Best Gaming PC Build Under $800 That Will Dominate!

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With the best $800 gaming PC build of 2019,  you will be able to play any game that comes out this year on high to ultra settings with ease. If this build were a pre-built PC, it would probably cost you over $1000. However, since you’ve decided to make your own PC, you are saving a great deal of money that can instead go to accessories for this build.

I spent many hours researching to get you the best performance for the cost, and I’m happy to say that this PC came out better than I expected. Not only is it a beast internally, but it’s also an eye-catcher. Expect to get a few compliments when you build this thing.

If you’re interested in seeing what you can get with a different price point, we have a full list of our gaming pc builds here.

Now without further ado, it’s time to jump into this build and show you what really makes this build a great choice.

Why Build A PC Instead of Buying A Pre-Built One?

I just want to take a second, before I get into the build to talk about this since I’ve been asked it a thousand times.

Yes, you can buy a pre-built PC for 800 dollars, but I 100% percent guarantee that my 600 dollar gaming PC build would wipe the floor with it. Why? Because the people who make pre-built gaming PC’s need to make a profit as well and in order to do this they put on this sick awesome case that makes the PC look fantastic, but inside, the parts that really matter are usually worth much less than what you are paying for them.

So if you want to spend 800 dollars on a pre-built PC and still struggle to run games on high settings then be my guest, or you could just spend a little time making your own PC and build a PC that can run games on the highest settings. Some people just will never build their PC and that’s okay, but if you’ve come to this site then with my help you can build that gaming PC you’ve always dreamed of. I personally won’t let you fail.

Not only do you get insane value when you build your own PC, but you also get this sense of satisfaction that you’ve completed something and that’s a feeling a pre-built PC, just can’t give. Just think back to the last time you made something? Don’t you remember it? that’s a feeling that cannot be replicated nor taken away from you.

I understand why many people hesitate, though, they think that building a PC is some very difficult process, and maybe if you were to try to build it by yourself that would be the case, but there are so many resources that are available that make building a gaming PC easier than ever before.

You may not know me or anything, but  I will personally help you with any problems you may have when building a PC. Just leave a comment below and I will answer swiftly.

BEST 2019 800 DOLLAR GAMING PC BUILD: THE DOMINATOR

Not only will this PC impress anyone who looks at it with its beautiful case, but most importantly this thing is packing some crazy power inside. This PC can handle all of the recent releases such as Fortnite, The Witcher 3, and GTA 5 on ultra 1080p, 60FPS. Even if you’re looking to go 4k (resolution), then this can also handle that. If 4k is your goal though I’d recommend just getting one of the more expensive PC Builds as this isn’t going to make for a consistent gaming experience at that resolution.

At 800 dollars you’ve made an investment that will pay dividends. Below is the build broken down into parts and then the explanation of each piece and my reasoning for including it into the build. I recommend you look at this to get a better understanding of what you are buying.

The Build

Case – Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition

Great Case With A Flashy Design

CPU – Ryzen 5 2600x

A great CPU for those who’re looking for a balance between powerful processing and very good gaming performance.

Graphics Card/GPU – MSI RX 580 Armor 8G OC

The Heart Of This Build, Completely Awesome GPU.

Motherboard – MSI X470 Gaming Plus

A Great ATX Motherboard overall, still allowing you to overclock your Ryzen.

RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit

Two 8GB RAM sticks, making it easy to upgrade to 32GB.

Power Supply – Corsair CX Series 550 Watts

80 Plus Bronze Power Supply That Powers The Whole Build With Power To Spare. 5 Year warranty as well!

Hard Drive – Seagate Firecuda Hybrid Hard Drive

A Very Reliable Hard Drive, 7200RPM

(Optional) SSD – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III

Not mandatory, but if you want a faster OS & boot time, I’d recommend getting one.

Build Breakdown

Case:

Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition

For a mid-tower case, the Thermaltake N21 is definitely worth every penny. Not only will you be getting plenty of space, but also a slick design that will impress anyone who looks at it.

Even though the looks are what makes this case stand out, it still has all the space needed when you upgrade to bigger CPU’s and Video Cards.

One of the biggest reasons I picked this case was due to its design that allows for better airflow which leads to a cooler PC (This leads to less overheating and the extension of your PC’s life). This case also comes with one fan to help cool it even better.

One main issue that this case does have is cable management. That’s not to say its horrible but there are some cases for the price with better cable management, but you will lose the looks factor.

I understand that not everyone has the same sense of style so below I’ve included a link that allows you to pick another case that is still compatible with this build.

Power Supply:

For this build, I’ve chosen the 550 watts power supply by Corsair. This brand has been making quality power supplies for years and I can vouch for their quality.

This power supply is fully modular, allowing you to keep your cabling to a minimum.

This power supply also has a big  fan that helps in making sure your build doesn’t get overheated, but still remains very quiet allowing you to focus only on gaming and not fan noise.

A power supply messing up can hurt your other components, so I wouldn’t recommend getting some very cheap one with low watts. 

The Corsair 550 also comes with a  warranty.

Video Card:

The MSI RX 580 Armor has to be one of the best mid-range graphics cards on the market. With an 800 dollar budget, you are already going to be doing some high-end PC gaming without a doubt and at this point you are merely future proofing how long your system can remain playing games at a high level.

With Gaming computer builds, your video card is what makes or breaks your build, and that is also the case with the RX 580.  This card is the most expensive item you are getting and just, so you know this thing is worth every penny.

The RX 580 by itself is already a fantastic card that benchmarks insanely well, we’re squeezing a great 8GB GPU into this build which will get great results. 

Not to mention this thing runs near silent and most of the time you won’t even hear the fan unless you are doing some very intensive stuff.

This card is even capable of creating games if you’re ever thinking of becoming an indie developer.

I really can’t imagine a better card at this price range, Hell I wish I started off with a RX 580; it would have made gaming a much better experience.

Processor:

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor

The RX 580 video card might be the hero of the build, but every hero needs a sidekick, and there’s no better sidekick at this price than the AMD Ryzen 5 2600x.

What you want from a processor in gaming is quick snappy load times and basically anything that needs to be processed. 

With a Ryzen 5 2600x you get a stock cooler and can be overclocked out of the box.

Motherboard:

The MSI X470 motherboard is a great fit for this build. It’s an ATX motherboard allowing for a ton of upgrade paths in the future. 

 It’s also a high-quality motherboard that houses all the main functions without any issues and the price is right!

Last but not least, MSI’s famous BIOS which is specifically tailored for gaming and allows you to better modify your PC components.

If you do plan on changing motherboards, please run it by me before you do to make sure that it is compatible with the rest of the build.

RAM:

The RAM I chose was the one 16GB stick of Corsair Vengence LPX 2400. RAM is important simply because you need it to run any programs. While dual Ram sticks are preferred, buying one allows room to buy a duplicate down the road.

For gaming nowadays 16gb’s is the ideal amount of RAM. It gives you just enough room to play games and have some extra applications open. 

If you’re planning on streaming then this is going to make your life so much easier.

Hard Drive:

For the hard drive, I chose Seagate Firecuda a 1 TB  hybrid hard drive. Seagate is a respectable company and also makes high-quality products. It’s up to you when it comes to hard drives, but this is my recommendation.

This is also a hybrid hard drive which means that the speeds are much faster than the average drive. All this means is that games and different applications will load much faster which saves you time.

I would not go any lower than 1 TB, in particular with this build due to how much money you are already investing in it. No point in cheaping out on space when it’s so affordable.

SSD:

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The last thing this build features is a 240 GB SSD from PNY . What’s so great about SSD’s? Well, they load things much quicker than hard drives do making them pretty handy especially if you put the right applications on them. I know a lot of people may be tempted to put their favorite games on their SSD, but what I recommend you do is install your OS on the SSD. It’ll make your PC feel much quicker and your boot up times will be non-existent.  This is more of a

As you can tell, SSD’s are more of a luxury item, so if you’d rather not get it and save some money your build wouldn’t suffer too much, but I really do recommend getting one as it just makes your PC feel so much better.

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(Optional) Optical Drive:

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I chose to not include the optical drive in my build due to the fact that almost no one needs one anymore. I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever used one in my build before and don’t feel that it is necessary.

I would recommend you get an optical drive if you are going to install the OS through DVD (there are other options such as USB) or if you like to watch movies from the disk. 

Since most gaming is digital nowadays, there is no longer a need for them if you are gaming. However, I still understand that some people may still want one, so I’ve linked a very affordable one below that doesn’t forgo on quality.

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Build Conclusion

There’s no doubt in my mind that these builds are going to make a great gaming PC for anyone who follows these builds. For 800 dollars you will not only be getting a great build but a build that will stretch as far as possible for the best possible gaming experience for the money.

If you follow this build you will be able to run any game that’s currently out at 1080p and 60FPS+ without a doubt. I would recommend this build if you know you are going to be using this PC often and love to have a high-end gaming experience.

Important: If you make any changes to this build please feel free to leave a comment below of your final revised build so that I can make sure the build is compatible and you don’t waste your time nor your money. 

Recommended Peripherals

You may have just built the most amazing PC in the world, but none of that really matters if you don’t have peripherals to actually start using with that gaming PC. Below are my most recommended peripherals for this $800 gaming PC build.

Recommended Monitor: Acer XFA240 Gaming Monitor

You can check out our review of the best gaming monitors under 200, but this one is our top pick

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  • 144Hz refresh rate- using Display port | response time: 1ms
  • Height, pivot, swivel and tilt | viewing angles: 170° horizontal & 160° vertical

This monitor is amazing value for the quality. If you are looking for a monitor that provides deep color contrast and one that is also very bright then this is the perfect monitor on a budget. I’ve had this monitor for years and not once have I had any issues with it. Due to the price of these monitors they also work very well for a multi-monitor setup.

Recommended Keyboard and Mouse Combo: Redragon S101 Combo

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  • GAMING KEYBOARD AND GAMING MOUSE COMBO: Includes Redragon RGB Backlit Gaming Keyboard and RGB...
  • RGB BACKLIT GAMING KEYBOARD; 7 different RGB Lighting modes & effects, 4 backlight brightness...
  • MULTI MEDIA & ANTI GHOSTING; The Gaming Keyboard has 25 conflict free (n-Key Rollover) 10...

If you are a gamer and want to have that competitive edge online, but are on a budget then this is an awesome combo set that really feels just as good as some of the most premium keyboards and mouses. This is one item that I can recommend without even having to worry about whether or not its worth the buy because it definitely is.

Recommended Headset: HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

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  • USB Audio Sound Card with 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
  • 53mm Drivers Neodymium Magnets. Sound coupling to the ear is circumaural
  • Noise Cancelling Microphone via Inline Sound Card. 15-25kKhz Frequency Response

I actually have a pair of these headphones and for the price these things provide amazing design, sound quality, and comfort. The style on these headphones is definitely a very important aspect, but the one thing that really makes these a joy to use has to be their comfort. I can game for hours and where another pair of gaming headphones would start to hurt my ears, the design on these headphones are unusual, but that creativity actually makes a better final product that is definitely worth checking out. You hear games sounds just fine and people hear you crystal clear through the mic.

Recommended Wifi:

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  • Instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi Upgrade for your desktop PC: no more messy Ethernet cables needed

We chose our number 3 adapter from our top 10 wireless adapters list as it’s a little more budget friendly. Check out our post if you have a different budget in mind.

Operating System Options

After getting your PC built and all of your Peripherals there is one more thing that still needs to be done before you can get to playing awesome games and that is picking an operating system. What is an operating system? Well, basically it’s an application that opens up when your PC turns on and manages all other applications. That might sound confusing but I’m pretty sure everyone here is using one. There are thousands of operating systems out there, but the two major ones available to you that I’m going to talk about are (Ubuntu) Linux and Windows.

(Ubuntu) Linux

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Ubuntu Linux is basically a more streamlined version of the original Linux and was made for people who want to try an alternative to the powerhouse that is windows. It was made by a team of developers that are all very experienced coders and it’s the biggest offshoot of Linux there is at the moment with around 250 million users worldwide.

If you like having a vast amount of customization options then Linux was made for as you can nearly change every aspect of Ubuntu Linux to better fit what you like. The other major plus for a Linux would have to be that it costs literally nothing to download as its an open source OS.

Linux does have some things going for it, but there are also a lot of issues, especially when it comes to gaming. Linux being open source means that it’s not as supported as Windows is which can lead to annoying bugs that really have no estimated times when they will be fixed. The biggest issue with Linux at the moment is that PC developers don’t support the OS at the moment to the extent that it needs in order for it to be considered valid. Using the Linux OS will severely limit the number of games you can play and yes while there might be some sort of emulation system out there on Linux it will most likely come with a host of bugs.

Windows

Windows 10

Windows is something that I’m pretty everyone here knows and there’s a reason for that considering they own more than 3/4ths of the Operating System market and seem to be growing even further.

Some reasons to go for Windows is simply that at the moment all of the developers make their games for it since that’s where most of their sells come from and no PC game is going to be restricted when you are on this OS. The other big pro for Windows is that they fix issues with their OS pretty quickly.

What Version Of Windows Should I Get?

If you want to play games at their max level, then you need Windows 10. Why? Simply because it’s the most popular OS which means that every PC developer optimizes for it. Windows 10 is constantly being improved upon and the performance gap increases bit by bit as developers find ways to squeeze out more performance on the OS.

Windows 7 and 8 are still fine, but due to the fact that you’ll actually see performance increases by using Windows 10, it’s an easy call. Below I’ve listed both the USB and the disc version of Windows 10.

Windows 10 USB Version
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  • 3D in Windows 10 gives everyone the ability to produce 3D objects with speed and ease
Windows 10 Disc Version
  • The Start menu is back and better than ever so you can expand and customize it
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Conclusion…

With PC gaming growing faster than ever now is the right time to start building a gaming PC and with the best 800 dollar gaming PC build of 2019, you really can’t go wrong. With this build, you will be getting enough power to run games on ultra settings and the looks to top it off. If gaming is really a major hobby of yours that you spend hours this is a build I would whole-heartedly recommend.

If you have any questions about your build or this post, please feel free to leave a comment below so that I can get back to you quickly. Also, what do you plan on naming your PC? Tell me below.

Best Gaming PC Build Under $800 That Will Dominate! was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by Frank

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  1. So first I would like to thank you guys for being very helpful while I started to purchase parts for my first pc build. At this point I have everything but the hard drive (I already have gotten an ssd). I still have two final questions though, first with the windows usb drive that is both a windows download tool and activation key? Second, how do I make sure the windows installs to the ssd and not to the hard drive? Once again thanks for all your help, here is my final build for now (I may get more ram)
    -i5-7500 (I got it before the new i3 came out) 🙁
    -Zotac Geforce GTX 1060 6gb AMP!
    – MSI Bazooka mATX motherboard
    – 1×8 gb corsair vengeance
    – samsung 850 evo. 250gb ssd
    – cooler master hyper212 EVO
    – wd blue 1tb 7200rpm hdd
    – Thermaltake versa n21 snow edition
    – corsair 600w 80+ bronze certified (and a bunch of other stuff)
    I think that is everything, I can’t think right now, once again thanks.

    1. Glad to help Matt, firstly, you can wait to install the HD until later, you have everything else. installing windows with only one drive makes it very easy, obviously. If you do wait for the HD and install, you will get to a “where do you want to install windows” where you choose which Drive to install the Windows OS.

  2. Hello, I was wondering which would be a better option, the AMD, or the Intel. I’m willing to spend over $800 so I can get the best possible PC, as so it’s not TOO expensive but to start streaming with my friends. I know Intel i3 usually isn’t the best, and i don’t know a lot about AMD, so I don’t know how good that one is. Thanks!

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      Retro, this is the new i3 – so it is a very powerful processor for its price. if you have a GTX1060 graphics card, i would say that you don’t need a faster CPU. the i3 is a 4 core 4 thread processor that can handle a lot. The ryzen 5 1600 will be able to give you a little more of a balanced and slightly better performance, you are spending more for a CPU. HOWEVER, my argument for considering the i3 is the inexpensive cost of the CPU and the ability to buy a better CPU down the road. Once we get less expensive mobos for the new intel cpu’s, this argument will become even better.

  3. I was wondering if you would recommend a CPU cooler with this build and if so what one. I’m probably in the 25-35 dollar range for one.

      1. First, thanks so much for the quick reply! Second, I had purchased the old GPU this build had so I hope that should still work well… But the new GPU you have makes the build well over 800 dollars and much closer to 900-1000.

        1. Just so happened to be online at the same time Matt. The prices jumped on me, I will change the build again tonight to reflect the new pricing. Thanks for pointing it out.

          1. Also thanks for the thermal paste tip, I think I’m going to go with the ARTIC MX-4 mainly for the time it will last!

    1. Both are very good, the HyperX is a little more expensive. Keep in mind that this motherboard can only handle DDR4-2400 Memory. I would go with the less expensive option, but HyperX is a bigger name.

  4. i was just wondering what other types of PC cases would work. this will be my first PC build and know very little about anything thanks for the help.

    1. Jay, there are many towers that can fit this build. This case is an ATX Mid Tower, so should this case not work for you, then choosing any ATX Mid Tower case will work.

  5. So I had two questions that I want your opinion to on how I could slightly modify the build. First, it says that they go with the corsair power supply because vega 600 watt is more expensive because if you don’t have prime but I do, so would you recommend getting an evga if I do have prime and if so which one exactly. Second, this build recommends getting 2 4gb sticks of ram but could I get one 8 gb of ddr4 because it is less expensive or is there an upside to having 2x4gb? Also getting an 8 would allow for being able to upgrade for the future to 16gb of ram. And finally if I were to get an 8gb instead which would you recommend. Sorry for such a long question I was join wondering.

    1. Matthew,

      if the 600w power supply you chose is less expensive, then go with that. There are some benefits of using two sticks of ram as in general most motherboards have better performance when they use an even number of Ram sticks, as opposed to a single stick. If you are planning on upgrading in the next while though, I would go with the single stick so you can upgrade easily later should you wish. If you’re thinking RAM is going to help with performance, I would find more benefit from upgrading to a SSD or for gaming purposes, upgrade your GPU before the RAM.

  6. Could this motherboard fit the build?

    Gigabyte GA-B250M-Gaming 3 – 1.0 – moederbord – micro ATX – LGA1151 Socket – B250 – LGA1151 Socket

  7. Hey Frank
    can i use AMD processor instead of intel? I am getting it for the first time and my colleagues tell me that AMD is better than Intel
    Please suggest
    thank you

  8. Hey so my question was whether or not this computer would be powerful enough to do some streaming on or if there was a way to upgrade this computer so it would be good for streaming without bringing the price up to much?

  9. would i be able to switch out the Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB AMP Edition GDDR5 Graphics Card – Black for ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DUAL (DUAL-GTX1060-O6G) instead?

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      Gustav,

      You certainly can the specs are pretty close to one another, the Asus has arguably better cooling and a little less noisy, but it is ~$75 more for the GPU. But if I were you, you are spending the same amount for close to our $900 Build and I would get the EVGA Geforce 1060 FTW+ for basically the same price – but it’s your build!

      1. thank you, i was also wondering, is there any significant difference between those cards? and would a Corsair PowerSupply (PSU) CX 750M 750W fit instead of the 600? im using the BitFenix Comrade – Svart shell

      2. this is my second reply as i wanted to ask to be certain if these parts would work together
        Corsair 750 Watts Power Supply
        ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DUAL (DUAL-GTX1060-O6G)
        Intel i5-7500
        MSI B250 Bazooka Gaming Motherboard
        Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 16GB (2×8)
        WD Blue 1TB Hard Drive
        BitFenix Comrade

        1. Gustav,

          Graham here – I see no issues with your build and should work without any problems – you’re putting together quite a beast! When you’re finished be sure to show off your build on our facebook page!

          1. alright awesome, i also want to double check, it will work changing the 600 to a 750 right? what i mean with this is that a size that fits the rest of the build

          2. Gustav, I reviewed your entire list and the build you proposed didn’t have any issues – so increasing the power supply won’t have any problems.

  10. hi frank im building my very first pc to use for gaming mainly. ive just ordered the n21 snow case and am currently looking at a corsair cs650m 650w 80 plus gold cert for a good price is that ok with the build?

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      1. ok lovely so i’ve just got the msi b250m mortar mobo can i get the intel core i5-7600k 3.8ghz quadcore 6mb cache cpu will that be compatible?

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  11. Hi Frank!
    So I was planning on building a PC and it looks like the graphics card was out of stock. So I was wondering what you could recommend otherwise in the same price range.

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      Hey Adam,

      There’s been a dry spell due to cryptocurrency mining so it’s been a lot harder to find affordable cards in stock. Hopefully, this blows over, but for right now all we can do is stay vigilant.

  12. Hey, so I went through with the whole thing and built the PC with all your parts! It was surprisingly simple and was a great deal of fun! Anyway, I have one question about the AC600 wi fi adapter. Does it require a disc to install drivers or do you just plug it in and connect? I know this sounds really dumb but I do not have an optical drive and I want to make sure.

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      Hey Anthony,

      Yah, the AC600 wifi adapter is plug and play!

      Happy that every thing’s up for you and you can get to gaming. Hope you enjoy your new PC and feel free to ask any more questions!

  13. Would it be ok to switch the motherboard with the Msi B250m Mortar? Do you think it is a good card and if it is better than the one you mentioned? Also if I switch the motherboard will it be compatible with everything else? Do you think it is a good idea to switch the board if I have the extra money to spend on it?

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      Hey James,

      Yes, you could definitely do that! The MSI B250m Mortar definitely has a better visual appeal to it, but that’s about it. It’s not that much more expensive though, so I’d go with it!

  14. Is this build good for League of Legends? I have read things about the GTX 1060 and people said that the fps is low? If not, what can I change on this build? First time building a PC btw.

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      Hey Nino,

      Who said that the GTX 1080 was weak?!?! The GTX 1060 can play most AAA games on ultra settings and won’t even break a sweat with League of Legends. Let me know if you have any more questions about building a PC!

      1. Just reading from comments. First time builder here hehe. Another dumb question, would it make a difference if I get the 120 GB instead of the 420 GB SSD?

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          Hey Nino,

          If you’re trying to save, then getting a 120 GB SSD for your OS isn’t a bad idea at all and shouldn’t make a huge difference.

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            Hey Nino,

            That’d be fine! The SSD isn’t mandatory and is more of a want than something that’s really going to make a huge impact on the build. All an SSD does is make your build a little quicker.

  15. if i switch the graphics card for a gigabyte geforce 1060 windforce and the case for a corsair spec 01 will the build still work

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  16. Hi I was wondering if this build could play games such as Squad, Escape from tarkov, Arma 3, or rising Strom 2 with out any problems?

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      Hey Noah,

      This build could easily handle all the games mentioned running with ultra graphics at 60FPS with ease. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  17. I am looking forward to build this computer instead of buying an Alienware Aurora. Also, does this pc supports bluetooth? If not, how can I make it bluetooth?

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  18. Hi I was just wondering how many case fans can be installed with this build? I was planning on getting 4 more fans.

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  19. Hey, i wanted to know what gpu i should buy if i wanted to upgrade it to a 1070 and what parts i need to change for a 1070.

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      Hey Steven,

      Everything here can be left as is as nothing should bottleneck a GTX 1070. If you’re looking for one of the best 1070’s out there my top recommendation would be The Zotac 1070 AMP! Edition. It gets higher performance than its peers but does cost a tad bit more.

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  20. is it possbile to switch out the ZOTAC GTX1060 for the MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060 6GB?
    this will be my first build and don’t realy know much about computers

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  21. Hello Frank, this is my first time building a pc, and I had a few questions ^^
    First I wanted to know if this setup can run games such as Overwatch in good quality without lags, and if not what can I improve in the setup without spending too much money?

    Then I wanted to know if I can change the RAM by one stick of 8gb instead of two 4gb. And then add one more 8gb later on.

    So I changed a small amount of things in your actual build, and because it’s my first time building a pc I didn’t to change too much stuff. I followed your build, but i don’t know if i should change something or not, so here the setup that I will probably use :

    Case : Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition Translucent Panel ATX Mid Tower Window Gaming Computer Case CA-1D9-00M6WN-00, White

    Power Supply: Corsair 600 Watts Power Supply

    Video Card: ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP Edition

    Processor: Intel i5-7500

    Motherboard: MSI B250 Bazooka Gaming Motherboard

    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit
    (But i want to know if i can have one stick of 8gb and add one more later on)

    Hard Drive: WD Blue 1TB Hard Drive

    SSD : SanDisk SSD PLUS 240GB Solid State Drive (SDSSDA-240G-G26)

    If you have any advice of what i can change or improve, i will be glad to know it ^^ Thanks you Frank.

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      Hey Lucas,

      1. Checked out your build and this build will easily handle Overwatch at ultra settings with absolutely no lag!
      2. You can change the RAM, but just make that it’s DDR4 RAM. Otherwise, it won’t be compatible!
      3. You’re ready to go. Everything in this build is solid and is going to be a sick build!

      If you need anything else, let me know!

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  22. This is my first build. Can you tell me what settings this will run for gaming and tell me if anything is wrong?

    CPU: Intel Core i5 6500 3.20 GHz Quad Core Skylake Desktop Processor, Socket LGA 1151, 6MB Cache BX80662I56500

    Motherboard: MSI Gaming Intel Skylake H110 LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 Micro ATX Motherboard (H110M Gaming)

    GPU: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition, ZT-P10600B-10M, 6GB GDDR5

    Case: NZXT Phantom 240 Mid Tower Computer Case, White (CA-PH240-W1)

    Storage: WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch
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    Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)

    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3200 C16 for DDR4 Systems – White

    Power Supply: CORSAIR CXM series CX650M 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply

    OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit System Builder OEM | PC Disc

    Disc Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    1. Build is looking good. Here’s some Benchmark for your build Zac:

      Overwatch | Ultra Settings 1920×1080 – Ave: 110fps
      Rise of the Tomb Raider | Ultra Settings 1920×1080 – Ave: 71fps
      Doom 4 | Max Settings 1920×1080 – Ave: 90fps
      Battlefield 1 | Ultra Settings 1920×1080 – Ave: 89fps
      GTA V | Ultra Settings 1920×1080 – Ave: 70fps

      Do note that the above results are tested with just 8gb of RAM so your build might have better results.

  23. This is probably a dumb question, but the build will come with all the cords required, right? Also do you recommend a cpu cooler for the build? Thanks for reading.

    1. Hi Trevor,

      Yes, all components will have their own cord.

      Stock CPU cooler can do job for normal usage and gaming but upgrading to an aftermarket one will really decrease your CPU temp for those long gaming sessions, also an aftermarket one will make your rig run much quieter. Hope I was able to help.

  24. This is my first time building a pc and I was wondering if I would be able to switch the ram out for the exact same thing except instead 4gb x 2 it would be 8gb x 2

    1. Also I’m not a huge fan of the case that was used in this build but I saw that in your 1000 dollar build you used the NZXT Phantom 240 Mid Tower Computer Case, White (CA-PH240-W1) and I was wondering if I could use that case with this build.

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        You can really use whatever case you want as long as the dimensions are right. The NXZT Phantom 240 Mid Tower Case works with this build so it’d be okay to use it.

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      Hey Jake,

      If you’re going to be playing WOW I’d look at getting the i5-6600k instead of the i5-6500. Wow is really CPU Intensive, but the i5-6500 should still be able to get 50+ FPS with all settings maxed out in Raids. For that smooth 60+ FPS though I’d recommend upgrading the CPU.

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  25. Hey I’ve done this build and the mobo I’ve found doesn’t have an M.2 port. IS there any way I can use a current M.2 ssd drive in this configuration?

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      Hey Myron,

      This builds motherboard the MSI H110 does include an M.2 port. However, if you’ve gotten a motherboard that doesn’t have one, then you can’t use a M.2 SSD, sadly.

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  26. Hello, first time building my own PC.
    2 questions.

    Does the Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case work with this?

    and I’m considering two or three SSDs instead of a HDD.

    Other than making it more pricey, do you see any problems with this or have any thoughts about doing this?

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      Hey Tony,

      The Elite 431 will work with this build. Regarding the SSD question, I’d recommend just getting one SSD and an HDD. Three SSD’s would make for a quick PC, but just installing your OS on your SSD will offer many of the same benefits.

  27. I’ve been playing on a early 2009 MacBook Pro until now and will be building my on PC the first time in 15 years and things have changed a lot since I switched to Macs. I’m thinking of getting this build but replacing the i5 with the i3 6100 and the power supply with an EVGA 600 B1 80+ Bronze 600W since it’s quite a bit cheaper. From what I can tell there shouldn’t be any compatibility issues, however what would the effect be on performance?

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      Hey Night, you’re right there aren’t any compatibility issues. Peformance shouldn’t be too much of an issue as the i3-6100 doesn’t really bottleneck the GTX 1060. If you’re going to be doing any work related stuff such as video editing, it might be a good idea to get the i5, but at most you’ll lose a few FPS.

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  28. I’m planning on using this build but switching the case out to something else. Would this case be compatible with this build?

    NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Case

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      Hey Gard,

      The Titan X would be compatible with this build and is slightly better than the GTX 1060 regarding performance. However, I wouldn’t recommend getting it over the GTX 1060 as it has an older architecture and costs hundreds of dollars more. If you’re looking to upgrade just get the 1070 or the GTX 1080 which outperform the Titan X. If you already have the Titan X, then I’d not upgrade until a few years from now.

  29. I am seriously considering buying this build, trying to play everything from witcher, skyrim, eso, dark souls etc. I’m trying to switch over from Console gaming for obvious reasons.. But let’s just say I don’t want to actually put it together myself..how would I go about getting it done? Sort of a dumb question, I know but I just don’t want to possibly mess up something by trying to do it myself. Thank you

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      Hey Austin,

      You could look for a local PC building company or ask around on sites such as Craigslist. I’m pretty sure someone would do it for you for a quick penny. Building a PC isn’t that bad. I recommend you give it a try before outsourcing. Just want to let you know that I’m here every step of the way.

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      Hey Bill,

      The Gtx 1060 is way better than the r9 280x in every way. If you’re looking to future-proof yourself and play most games at ultra settings I’d sell the 280x and get the 1060.

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      1. Doesn’t ship either, Amazon is quite temperamental, would any H110M-K board work ( if you couldn’t guess I’m relatively new to this)

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          Hey Oisin,

          What you’re looking for is a motherboard that is LGA 1151 (CPU Socket Type) and DDR4 (RAM Type). If it fulfills those requirements it is compatible with this build

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      Hey Jose,

      You’d lose some of the future proofing that having 6 GB’s of Video Card Memory, and a little bit of performance due to less processing cores, but it’s not a bad idea if you want to save money.

  30. Hey, I am looking to start my first build and i am looking to play no limits 2 and planet coaster on its highest setting.. All of this is new to me. I am not sure if you are familiar with these games but could you give me any advice or suggestions? Can i use this build? Thnx.

    Biz

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  31. How would this run a game like overwatch? I’ve been wanting to get a pc that will run it at 60-100 fps on ultra. Will this be enough for that?

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  32. Would this support a Skylake processor like the Intel Core i5 6500 3.20 GHz Quad Core, instead of the processor in the build? I’m wanting to build this computer together but found that upgrading the processor and the power supply up to a 750 watt would be a great option, if you know how the compatibility for the skylake and what psu you would suggest that would be amazing 🙂 I’m not the most tech-savvy this would be my first computer built by myself.

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  33. I’m building a PC, do you know if there’s a quad core DDR4 motherboard that’s compatible with this build? Instead of DDR3

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      Hey Mike,

      This is already a pretty cheap case that still comes with a lot of features that you’re going to want. You can get something cheaper, but honestly, you’ll lose more than just looks.

  34. So this is my planned build:

    Case: Inter-tech Q2 illuminator
    CPU: intel i5 6500
    GPU: Zotac Geforce GTX 1060 AMP
    Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO
    Hard drive: WD blue WD10EZEX
    RAM: Kingston HyperX fury DDR4 8gb
    SSD: Samsung 750 EVO 120 GB
    Power supply: Corsair Builder CX600 Bronze
    Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

    Do you think this is all compatible and will work better than the original build?

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          It’s compatible with this build, but it only supports AMD Crossfire and not Nvidia SLI which means that you wouldn’t be able to hook up two GTX 1060s.

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  35. Hey, this is my first time building a pc and i was wondering if there is a difference in buying the zotac geforce gtx 1060 or the gigabyte geforce gtx 1060 and if i need to change any components. i am considering buying the gigabyte gtx 1060 because of the different prices these two gpu’s change every once in awhile on amazon.

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      Hey Seth,

      There is no significant difference. Everything in this build is still compatible if you substitute the Zotac 1060 for the Gigabyte 1060. Tell me if you have any other questions.

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  36. for cpu coolers (heatsink and fan) what are your opinions on the dual sided fan ones? for me i feel like it would disrupt the flow of air through your case, any thoughts on this would be awesome! great build by the way!

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      Hey Jorge,

      I’ve never used dual sided fans and honestly don’t plan on it as a one sided cooler is more than enough to keep your CPU cool, even when overclocking.

  37. If i changed the video card to the Asus GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card would this build still be good?
    i know this is a build that is heavily dependant on the graphics card, which why i asked.

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  38. Hey so first time doing this but when i go to amazon to buy the power supply it gives me the choice modular or non-modular. Just need to know which one is needed. And i plan on adding 4 120mm fans, 2 for the top and 2 for the front, would i still be good with the 600w powersupply? And your build helped me a lot thank you.

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      Hey Zach,

      I’d recommend you get the modular power supply as it’ll just make setting your PC up easier. Also, a 600w power supply is more than enough for this build, even with the addition of the fans.

  39. i actually went down the amd route. i have the vishera processor, 4.0ghz octa-core (8 cores), with the amd radeon r9 380 gpu, a 650w 80 plus gold certified, 525gb ssd, as well as 16gb of ddr3 2133 ram, just a budget motherboard nothing special but it is atx, not mini atx but everything is compatible with this MB, as well as a diypc white full tower case with 5 fans and room for water cooling built into case. total is total right now with an aftermarket heatsink is $811. if you take the heatsink off it’s approx. $765. Which do you think is better, mine or yours for gaming? i paid a little more for a better pc but “sacrificed” on the gpu compared to what i could have gotten and budgeted other things. either way good build on your part for sure. kinda jelly about that gpu lol

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      Yah man that’s a great build, the GTX 1060 naturally carries this build to new levels and crushes the R9 380 in performance which makes it much better for gaming, but your build will easily run most games on ultra.

      1. Do you think it would be better to downgrade on a couple of things to get a better gpu or keep it how it is? from what i understand the cpu i chose is the second best amd cpu at the moment (at least for my socket am3+), 16gb of ram should be plenty, and the r9 380 is the best budget mid tier gpu there is from amd. I have no problem with power consumption as long as it holds it’s own compared to other gpu’s in the same price range, especially the nvidia cards. if the computer would benefit more from a better gpu i could budget a couple of things in my build and upgrade that, but if it’s about as good as it’s gonna get i’ll keep it how it is. Your opinion is much appreciated, thank you!

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          Hey Josh,

          I’d recommend you check out getting an RX 480 or at the very least the 390. The 380’s a great choice on a budget, but when you can get much better performance for about $50 more, I’d say it’s a no-brainer. The only problem is that the RX 480s price is still way higher than it should be at the moment, but if you can find it somewhere for around $250 then I’d recommend that.

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  40. If there is an extra 100 dollars or so that could go to this build to really add more horsepower, could you let me know? And also, would I need to upgrade anything in the build in order to get 16 G ram? Cause apparently these days it’s what people use and I’m not sure if spending a bit extra on ram or whatever would really kick the build up more.

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  41. What do you think of my PC build so far? First build and want to make sure everything is compatible and ready to go?

    PC CASE: Cooler Master HAF 912 – Mid Tower Computer Case
    PROCESSOR: Intel I5-4460 Quad-Core Processor.
    MOTHERBOARD: ASRock H97 Micro ATX DDR3 Pro4
    VIDEO CARD: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SC Graphics Card.
    RAM: Kingston Hyper X Fury 8Gb’s. {two 4Gb’s}
    POWER SUPPLY: Corsair 600 Watts 80b Power Supply.
    HARD DRIVE: WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive.
    OPTICAL DRIVE: Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM
    OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit.
    MONITOR: Asus 21.5-Inches Led Backlight Widescreen
    KEYBOARD/MOUSE: Cooler Master Devastator LED

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  42. Hey man! Before I say, I am not a very techy person, so I was wondering how people make their pcs colorful and bright. I really want to make mine like that, but this case does not suit the occasion.

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      Hey Andy,

      You’d just need to change your case if you’re looking for something a little more flashy. Cases are just the shells, so it won’t change the performance of this build at all.

  43. What RAM would you recommend getting (2 8gb sticks) that fits the build, and it preferably more along the $60-$70 price range, but it’s ok if it’s over.

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  44. I am not to tech smart …what direct x , will this build run?? and I really want Civs VI (not out yet)…but Do you see the build having any issues running that game?? And sorry three part question… Do you have recommendations for software?

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      Hey Starlord, It doesn’t matter whether you’re tech smart or not. Building a PC isn’t that difficult if you follow a guide. I recommend you check out my How To Build A Gaming PC Page. Also, this build will run Civilization VI on max settings easily. I’m taking it when you say software; you mean OS (Operating System). For you, I’d recommend getting Windows 10.

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      Hey Matthew,

      While the HTC Vive definitely has some demanding specs, this build should be able to run it just fine! If you have any other questions feel free to leave a comment!

  45. How many USB Ports will this build have. If it’s less than three, is there any way to get anymore. Sorry if this is a bad question, I’m not very good with computers.

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      Hey Aaron,

      This build would have 9 USB ports in total, 5 USB 3.0s and 4 USB 2.0s. This is more than enough for any peripherals you might need. If you need some more help or recommendations please feel free to comment.

  46. Hey there, I’m building my first PC and in my excitement I accidentally bought the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC Gaming ACX 2.0+ 1190MHZ Boost 1342MHZ Graphics Card instead of the card you recommended. Can I use the one I bought?

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      Hey Ashley,

      The difference between the two is negligible at best, as long as you have a GTX 970 4G you won’t be missing out on any performance gains. If you need any more help with building your PC, please feel free to ask.

  47. Can you tell me if this case “Apevia X-SNIPER2-GN ATX Mid Tower” is compatible with your build? I am using your build as my baseline, but i want to change the case honestly. If so, do you see any pros or cons as to why I should not take this case over the one you are recommending? any help would be great, thanks.

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  48. do i need a cooler for this bulid or the Thermaltake comes already with a one
    could you recommend a better i5 like i5 6000 cpu for 2016 compatible with the motherboard

    thants

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      Hey Mohannad,

      You don’t need a cooler for this build unless you’re going to be overclocking which this build wasn’t really made for. If you’re looking for a better CPU I’d just check out the $900 gaming PC build and switch out the case. If you have any other questions feel free to ask!

  49. Would I be able to switch out the graphics card to the new Nvidia 1080/1070 cards in this build? And if not what would I need to switch?

    1. Or would it be better to have something else… Sorry not very smart when it comes to computers, but trying to make a computer worth the money vs store bought.

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        Building your PC will always be a much better option than buying store bought stuff. Once the new, 1070 comes out, store bought PC’s are probably going to cost so much more than if you’d just build it yourself. If you have any other questions, I just want to let you know that I’m here to help!

        1. Just out of curiosity, what will cool down the processor? Forgive me if this is stupid question, but I have very little experience building computers, and this will probably be my first PC build. Thanks!

          1. One more thing, is this absolutely everything I will need for the build? (besides tools of course). Thanks Again!

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            Hey Zach,

            The i5-6500 comes with a stock CPU cooler that cools processor just fine! You could get a better CPU cooler, but it’s not really needed.

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      Hey, Steven!
      If you don’t mind waiting for a bit and they don’t sell out then I’d wait for the 1070 personally. It’s going to be a little expensive, but if you can get one(they’re going to sell like hotcakes). This build will work just fine with the 1070 as it is. The 1070 comes out on June 10th.

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          Hey Ben,

          You’ll need to either get a wi-fi adapter or an ethernet cable to connect to the internet with this build.

          If you have any other questions let me know!

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