This high end build features a black and red theme. As such, you'll find numerous part choices have been made to achieve this aesthetic. If black and red isn't your thing, feel free to use our Colors filter to select parts with different colors
At this budget, we're running an i5-6600K. This quad-core CPU features an unlocked multiplier for easy and often significant overclocking. While not all games will benefit from overclocking, games like Overwatch can benefit significantly from a faster CPU. Overclocking can also help your CPU stave off obsolescence for a good while longer. All of that being said, if you're not comfortable overclocking, you can save money by stepping down to an i5-6600, removing the non-stock cooler, and going with a cheaper H170 motherboard. If you do remove the CAPTAIN 240 EX cooler from your list, note that the i5-6600k does not come with its own cooler, and you'll have to add one. The i5-6600 does come with a cooler. As mentioned above, our selected cooler is the Deepcool CAPTAIN 240 EX. It's a sharp-looking cooler and keeps with the black and red theme.
We have selected the MSI Z170A Tomahawk AC motherboard to continue our black and red theme and allow overclocking via the i5-6600k's unlocked multiplier. This board supports 4 DIMMs for up to 64GB of RAM at several overclockable RAM speeds. It also include some basic expectations like a USB 3.0 header. The Z170A Tomahawk AC has 6 SATA 3.0 connectors for all your storage needs. Additionally, SLI/Crossfire is an option down the road with this board, though you'll want to make sure your PSU could handle multiple GPUs if you go that route.
Storage requirements vary from to user so we've selected both a solid state drive and a mechanical drive as a base line for this guide. Since our motherboard has an m.2 port we can avoid using a couple extra cables by adding an m.2 to the part list. The parametric selection chooses an m.2 drive at 512GB or larger which you can use for your operating system, games and regularly accessed programs. Should you need more storage we have also included a parametric filter to choose a 3TB or larger mechanical drive that runs at 7200rpm. Feel free to add more as less storage based on your usage and needs.
For memory, we're filtering for the best-priced 2x8GB kit of black and red DDR4 RAM. Feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to see the various options and pick a color that suits you. With how fast RAM is these days, aesthetics will likely matter more to you than the negligible performance difference faster RAM provides in gaming. We're also taking a sparse selection of roughly 1TB SSDs that have proven to be fast, and we're including a filter for the best-priced 3TB mechanical hard drive. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire.
Our GPU is the very popular GeForce GTX 1080. This is currently one of the fastest single GPU video cards in the market - you may want to look into a 120-144Hz and/or 2560x1440 resolution monitor for this bad boy. The parametric filter is set for the best-priced 1080 available, but feel free to click the "From parametric filter" link to browse our listing of 1080s. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.
All of our parts are housed in the recently released Thermaltake View 27. This case stands out with its gull-wing window and translucent front panel, and it features 2 front panel USB 3.0 ports and excellent cable management. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.
Powering the build is a sparse selection of some of the most well-reviewed PSUs available - all without breaking the bank. All of them are certified 80+ Gold and either semi-modular or fully-modular.
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|Intel - Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor||11W - 91W|
|Deepcool - CAPTAIN 240 EX 153.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler||10W - 15W|
|ASRock - Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard||17W - 70W|
|G.Skill - Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory||14W - 14W|
|Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||4W - 20W|
|Mushkin - Reactor 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive||2W - 10W|
|MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DUKE OC Video Card||45W - 180W|
|Total:||103W - 400W|