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Great Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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59 Comments

Description

CPU

At this budget, we're running an Intel i5-6500. Any modern i5 will perform admirably for nearly all gaming needs. The i5-6500 includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.

Motherboard

Our motherboard is a parametric selection from a sparse set of options. All six of the potential motherboards share similar features and will work perfectly for the build. They all have 2 extra DIMM slots for future memory expansion, and they all fit the black and white theme of this build.

Memory

Since memory continues to come down in cost, we can comfortably fit 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which should provide some nice memory headroom. We're using a parametric filter to choose a 16GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications at the best price, while also filtering for a kit that fits our theme of black and white.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 480GB of space and a minimum of 2TB 7200RPM mechanical storage. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire.

GPU

For our GPU, the newly released Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 4 (and hopefully the upcoming Battlefield 1) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

We've updated the filter to include a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason.

Case

We're rounding out our black and white build with a white Phanteks Eclipse P400S. This is the "silent" version of the P400, and it includes sound-dampening foam accordingly. The mid tower P400S features a nice PSU shroud to keep the build looking clean. Outside the PSU shroud, we also have plenty of cable managing holes, along with drive mounts on the walls of the case. We also have 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front panel.

The P400S also includes a multicolored LED on the front of the case. You have 8 choices of color, or you can turn it off. Additionally, there is an included fan controller for up to two chassis fans.

Note that this case does not have a 5.25" bay, so traditional optical drives are out. You do not need an optical drive to install an OS or most software. Downloading and flash drives will take care of the bulk of those. If you want an optical drive, you can either purchase an external one, or you can add an internal optical drive to your PCPartPicker list, and our compatibility filter will show only cases that can fit it.

If you'd like to keep with the theme but don't like the white, there's a black version and a gray version. There are also non-windowed options on the site, if you'd prefer that. If you don't want sound-dampening foam, there are non-silent editions on the site as well. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of a five well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Bronze certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build. With the PSU shroud in the case, we don't need to worry about the colors of the PSU matching the theme.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 316W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $188.99 $188.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Motherboard $59.99 $1.99 $61.98 Newegg Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Silver, Black/White, White
$81.99 FREE $81.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$116.19 $116.19 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 3 Gb/s, SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$57.98 FREE $57.98 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
$375.99 $375.99 Amazon Buy
Case $84.99 $5.99 $90.98 Newegg Buy
Power Supply $64.99 FREE $64.99 Newegg Buy
Base Total: $1031.11
Shipping: $7.98
Total: $1039.09
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Compatibility Notes

  • The Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 395mm long, but video cards over 280mm may block drive bays. Since the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card is 298mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

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YogiToxin 5 points 21 days ago

The more research that I do on my first build the more I like this one. All of the more expensive (higher end?) builds look to be tailored to those users who want to overclock, which is something I'm not really that interested in doing. I just want a good looking PC to play reliably with great performance at higher settings on a large monitor.

So my question is, will this PC build as-is play Overwatch on a 27" G-sync monitor at 1440p and 60+ fps? I'm willing to spend the $700+ for the monitor, but only if I can easily build a PC that will make it worth the investment.

Also, if I were to make any changes to this build to increase performance but WITHOUT overclocking, what would you recommend if any?

Thanks in advance for your advice, and for the great build guides?

comanderbham 1 Build 4 points 17 days ago

I had a similar question as you when I did my first build but I bit the bullet and went with the 6500 and 1070 combo and have no regrets. I run them on an Asus MG278Q 1440p 144hz monitor and get crazy good results. Overwatch completely maxed out sits around 120 to 125 fps, Doom sits at around 90fps, Rise of the Tomb Raider gets between 75 and 80fps and Far Cry 4 sits right at 90fps as well. My Firestrike score was 1350. As long as you have plenty of ram and an SSD to accompany these parts this combo is a killer gaming setup without any overclocking.

YogiToxin 2 points 16 days ago

Perfect! Ordering the parts today. Really appreciate the info!

Cheers

Detective_Fish 3 points 14 days ago

Overwatch is not a hard game to run so yes, probably even with a 1060. Without OCing I would probably do nothing since the 1070 absolutely needs no upgrades. Keep in mind this isn't the greatest build. He spent way to much on the case and too little on the motherboard

YogiToxin 1 point 13 days ago

I had thought the same thing, and had ordered the "ASUS B150M-A/M.2 LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX" instead, but I'm actually considering returning that and going with the Asus Z170A that everyone raves about before starting the build.

Do you think the Z170A would be worth the upgrade price for this build?

And on that note do you know if Newegg has a good return policy for unopened parts?

Thanks for the advice!

Detective_Fish 1 point 13 days ago

Newegg has a really fair return policy and will most likely accept the return as long as you pay for shipping. (I think)

The Z170A is a huge upgrade in terms of having options to add on items in the future. Also, full ATX boards are commonly more abundant with features then mATX ones.

YogiToxin 1 point 9 days ago

Cool, thanks for the info. I went ahead and upgraded to the Z170-A, and returned the B150M. I can confirm that the Newegg service team is great, and the return was easy.

I did note that when I checked the build guide a couple of things had changed even though it doesn't show a recent update (memory and SSD).

I also had an issue when I ran the compatibility check. After adding the new MOBO to the list the PCPartspicker site automatically changed the PSU in the build and I got a compatibility warning. I think something squirrely may have been going on with the site when I did the check. I put everything back the way it was before and had no compatibility issues, so hopefully all these parts will go together with no problems.

Thanks again for all the assistance!

tisnigkanick 3 points 27 days ago

Don't know if you've bought all the parts but... you can purchase:

i5 6500 from Microcenterfor $179.99 and bundled with an eligible motherboard another $30 off.

you can also purchase the Seasonic 520w from bhphotovideo.com for 46.99 free shipping if the order is over $50

I've got a similar bulid so was just checking it out

Retrrro 2 points 17 days ago

I am building a gaming setup and I'm kind of stuck with an issue. I have a 42 inch Hisense tv that I use to play my Xbox one on. Should I get 2 medium quality $175 dollar monitars? 1 for my Xbox 1 for my pc. Or should I get a really good quality monitor around $450 for my computer and I could just use the tv for my Xbox. Which option would you prefer?

Thermobatic 1 point 15 days ago

Depends on your personal preference. If you like being close up, go with the monitor. Keep the TV for your xbox in my opinion. Go with a 21.5" - 27" 1920 x 1080p monitor (more or less, its up to you). You can get some for about $100 dollars. If you are willing to spend more money, go dual 1080p monitors, for about $180 through $240 total. Just my two cents!

Cheers!!

Retrrro 1 point 28 days ago

is there anything that you could change to make this build a tiny bit cheaper and make it run almost the same? I would say about 60-100 dollors cheaper or even more if someone could.

jondysauce 1 point 28 days ago

Less storage and you might be able to get by on 8 gigs of ram for a while.

ImYourChrist 1 point 28 days ago

Get smaller HDD or skip it. You can upgrade later. Or get a cheaper case. 8gb of ram is still good! But only if you sacrifice to save money.

Cannot_Display_Name 1 point 26 days ago

8 gigs of ram, no ssd (if you can sacrifice load times), 1tb hdd, cheaper case, cheaper psu, cheaper mobo.

LightProtecter 0 points 25 days ago

He only wants it to be 60-100 dollars cheaper...

Cannot_Display_Name 4 points 24 days ago

Just giving multiple ways to make it cheaper.

LightProtecter 0 points 24 days ago

Sorry. Thought you meant to do ALL those things. :P

XTOP -2 points 22 days ago

Remove the SSD, SSDs only make the game boot up faster but I'd go without one if you are trying to reduce the price.

fanaticzgg 1 point 25 days ago

Does anyone know how to install the SSD for this build? The drives are too big to hold it.

ghosty1r 1 Build 4 points 23 days ago

it goes in the ssd slots with screws not in the HDD slots.

fearneley 1 point 22 days ago

Thinking of building my first pc for gaming and editing :) Would love some feedback on what you guys think and if all these parts are viable. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nCPXM8

Harun 1 point 13 days ago

I would buy a 120 gb ssd and get a gtx 1070

XTOP 0 points 22 days ago

If you had a bit more money for the i7 because it is better when editing but gaming wise, the i7 will only add on about 5 fps. Overall, a very good build.

fearneley 1 point 21 days ago

awesome, thanks!

KarmAngel 1 point 20 days ago

Great build :D Got to love that case... It's just perfect ♥

fanaticzgg 1 point 20 days ago

Ok, I bought the 450 W 80+ gold semi-modular atx power supply, does this mean it will not run the graphics card reccomended above that requires 500w? If so then why is the PSU in the parametric selection?

ZZZZXXXXZZZZ 1 point 20 days ago

I'm not sure where you got that info from but you either read it wrong or it was false.

The GPU does not require 500W of power. It has an average power draw of 150W, (may go up by 10-30W under heavy load) infact the entire build has an average power draw of 316W. So the 450W PSU is fine.

fanaticzgg 1 point 20 days ago

Product Info:

Specifications Mfr Part Number: GV-N1070WF2OC-8GD Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Base Clock: 1582 MHz (OC Mode); 1556 MHz (Gaming Mode) Boost Clock: 1771 MHz (OC Mode); 1746 MHz (Gaming Mode) Video Memory: 8GB GDDR5 Memory Clock: 8008 MHz Memory Interface: 256-bit Bus: PCI-Express 3.0 x16 RAMDAC: 400 MHz Max. Resolution: 7680 x 4320, Support 4x Display Monitors Connectors: Input: 8pin PCI-E Power Connector Output: DVI-D Dual Link, HDMI, 3x DisplayPorts Thermal: Fansink (Dual Fans) Dimensions (WxLxH): 130.0 x 285.0 x 37.0 mm This Video Card Supports: NVIDIA VR Ready NVIDIA G-sync Technology NVIDIA Game Works Technology Microsoft DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5 500W System Power Supply Requirement this is what I've seen

ZZZZXXXXZZZZ 1 point 20 days ago

I see. Well i did some "digging" (read: i googled it. [Less dramatic but w/e]) and the official nvidia product page for the GTX 1070 lists the power draw as 150W (as mentioned bfore) and it also has an added "Recommended System Power" spec of 500W. I suspect this is where the 500W requirement spec came from.

Sauce: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/10series/geforce-gtx-1070/ Goto specs -> view all specs -> and scroll down to the bottom.

But yeah the 500W number is a recommendation for your entire build not the GPU alone. And even then it's a recommendation not a bottomline that you have to stick to.

fanaticzgg 1 point 19 days ago

ahh ok! Thank you so much, I'm a newbie when it comes to this stuff so I just wanted to be sure!

FutureTrunks 1 point 18 days ago

does this need an OS? also does it need a wifi adapter? or does ethernet work for it. sorry im a noob when it comes to computers.

easp90 1 Build 2 points 16 days ago

Yes, you still need an OS. There are several cheap and legal options out there.

The wifi adapter would be necessary only if you need wireless connection. Otherwise, Ethernet will be enough.

As an extra comment, you'll hear that the general consensus for gaming is to go with wired connections and try to avoid wireless as much as possible due to latency. There are some wireless options to make up for this, but are really expensive solutions.

dklarson 1 point 17 days ago

Is there a DVD that is compatible and will work with this system? When I went to customize this build and select optical drive, the option to only display compatible DVDs removes all options.

Also, if I were to go without a DVD, how would I go about installing MS windows?

(yes, first-time PC builder here...many thanks!!!)

ZaubieHunter23 1 point 16 days ago

This case doesn't have support for a DVD Drive. If you do need it then you have to get a different case or use an external one. About the installing windows, you can use a USB drive.

fanaticzgg 1 point 14 days ago

Hey guys, I recently built this computer and everything is running but when I connect it to the monitor it says no signal, anyone have any ideas what's wrong?

DanOnTheRun 1 point 4 days ago

I've been stuck on the same issue for about 2 months now. The comments were deleted before I got it resolved. That said, I did get a picture while using my buddy's ram. Could try that.

danielcooke 1 point 14 days ago

The HyperX Savage 16GB (8GBx2) DDR4 2666 MHz CL13 DIMM Memory that you list as £80.49 is actually £179 in the BT Shop.

Can you recommend another cheaper alternative? Would ideally like 16GB but if there really isn't a cheaper option I can settle for 8GB.

Thanks

Dartiyex 1 point 13 days ago

Does it come with the cables?

DanOnTheRun 1 point 4 days ago

Yes. All the cables are included with the pieces. The case comes with two or three wires you probably won't need.

Harun 1 point 13 days ago

will the i5 6500 bottleneck the 1070?

7thTrebol 1 point 10 days ago

I love this build

Ikon780 1 point 10 days ago

Does the cpu need a cpu cooler?

If yes, can you recommend some?

Thanks for all the help!

DanOnTheRun 1 point 4 days ago

Oddly enough, it comes with one. It even has thermal paste on it. It should be ready to go.

Aidan_xox 1 point 8 days ago

I quite like this build but I am new to PC gaming so I have a few questions. I mainly want this to game and stream but I am wondering if it is capable of doing that at the same time? What is the purpose of such a large SSD? Should I downgrade the SSD and spend more on a better CPU? If so what would you recommend?

Any replies are appreciated :)

JWinters 1 point 6 days ago

I probably already know the answer but does this build have windows 10 preinstalled?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 5 days ago

It does not. It's just the assortment of parts that you assemble. You then need to install your OS of choice, along with any other software you'd like to use.

blake_no.1 1 point 3 days ago

ok I have a question. I'm new to PC building and I have a question like what can this run with this build like if you could give me games and what setting they can run or anything hat could tell me how good this is and also I made my own build https://pcpartpicker.com/list/mnB3sJ and could you tell me what I'm losing if I buy the custom PC I made

DouglasStory 0 points 29 days ago

I note that this build does not include a wireless gadget. Is there perhaps one included on the motherboard?

Curtis0208 2 points 29 days ago

nope

ghosty1r 1 Build 1 point 25 days ago

no only LAN

Retrrro 0 points 28 days ago

Can anyone make this build a blue color? If so that would be great! Also I need some help on finding a really good gaming keyboard that is blue as well. I'm working on a blue gaming setup right now ;)

ghosty1r 1 Build 1 point 23 days ago

there are a lot of ways to change the theme color. there are RAM sticks with blue leds also the asus strix series GPU has multi color LED. to make the MOBO blue theme you would probably need to upgrade to a z170 they sell in different colors.

jackiewiecz.j -2 points 21 days ago

This is a pretty good build overall, and is pretty cheap for a good, reliable, entry-level gaming PC. My only critique is with the GTX 1070. This GPU is too strong for the CPU chosen, and this build would benefit more from a GTX 1060 6GB than from a 1070. Dropping to a 1060 6GB only sacrifices 2GB of VRAM, while it increases the GPU's speed to a base of 1.62 and a maximum of 1.87GHz, while the 1070 only has a base speed of 1.51 and a maximum of 1.68GHz. This also loses SLI compatibility, but if you planned on using SLI, than you should go with the GTX 1080 anyways. While this build already has low watts, changing to this GPU will drop the maximum wattage by 30W, allowing you to go to a 400W or even a 350W PSU if you so desired. Finally, the 1060 6GB is better for displays as it has 2 HDMI ports and a D-DVI port while the 1070 only has a single HDMI port and a single D-DVI port.

ZaubieHunter23 3 points 16 days ago

The 6500 will not bottleneck a 1070 . This comment is total ********. If you have the money, get a 1070.

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

What? Very rarely will an i5 6500 bottleneck a GTX 1070, and when it does, it will be in a very CPU intensive game and probably only at 1080P. Majority of games you'll be able to max out GPU usage with CPU usage sitting in the 40s.

shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

Also, the 1060 doesn't come default with 2 HDMI ports, that's only the Asus models(and the Asus 1070's do as well). And you can ignore whatever core clock speeds are on the box and spec sheets, once GPU Boost kicks in(see: basically always) all these cards run in the 1900s.

NoobyGamer 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

I hope you know that just because the clock speed increases doesn't mean anything right?

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shreduhsoreus 3 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

This build would run Fallout 4 flawlessly at 1080P and 1440P, and run it very well at 4K. You would need to plug an ethernet cable into it to access internet unless you buy a WiFi card or USB dongle.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 0 points 3 days ago

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Gigabyte GA-B150M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W - 11W
PNY CS1111 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi Ultrastar 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 77W - 316W