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Build Guide

Great Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 316W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $194.98 $194.98 SuperBiiz Buy
Motherboard $86.89 FREE $86.89 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • Color: Black, Black/Silver, Black/White, White
$144.99 FREE $144.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 480GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$89.89 FREE $89.89 OutletPC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 3 Gb/s, SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$51.95 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $51.95 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
$399.99 FREE $399.99 Best Buy Buy
Power Supply $54.99 -$20.00 FREE $34.99 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1023.68
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $1003.68
* 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.

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YogiToxin 5 points 18 months 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 18 months 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 17 months ago

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


Tropics 1 point 16 months ago

I see some comments saying that they got no signal when they hooked up there monitor. Does yours work or do you have the same problem?

Detective_Fish 4 points 17 months 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 17 months 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 17 months 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 17 months 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!

habbakavula 1 point 16 months ago

z170a is a great board..but if like this person you do not intend to overclock then keep in mind the h170..you can get a nice feature packed board without overclocking in the h170 series.. this mb he has picked is just bare bones lol

ortizalexf 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

What I would do is pay for a cheaper 120gb ssd, and go for 1TB HDD to cut down on prices. Besides that I would go for a mini itx motherboard for around that same price and buy a riotoro cr280 case for $50. A rosewill 500watt psu semi modular will cost you $45, so you will have more money to spend on an i5 6600 or 6600k. or for a 1080.


Also look at this: Switch to a 120gb ssd for $45 and a 1tb hdd, and go for a cheaper case. You can also opt for 2x4 8gb ram. Enjoy bro!


kadesxys 2 points 17 months ago

what tower would you recommend in the same price thats is not a mini

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kadesxys 1 point 16 months ago

thanks a bunch for the help. i was also thinking of upping to an i5-7500 but it shows in the part list that BIOS might need to be updated for it to work. i've also read that other people how had this problem had to use someone else's CPU to get it done. is there a way around this? any and all help is thanked.

ortizalexf 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I would just recommend going for a newer motherboard!

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tisnigkanick 3 points 18 months 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 18 months 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 Build 1 point 17 months 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!


dklarson 2 points 17 months 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 17 months 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.

Retrrro 1 point 18 months 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 18 months ago

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

ImYourChrist 1 point 18 months 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 18 months ago

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

LightProtecter 0 points 18 months ago

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

Cannot_Display_Name 4 points 18 months ago

Just giving multiple ways to make it cheaper.

LightProtecter 0 points 18 months ago

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

ortizalexf 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Yes. Switch to a 120gb ssd for $45 and a 1tb hdd, and go for a cheaper case. You can also opt for 2x4 8gb ram. Enjoy bro!


XTOP -1 points 18 months 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 18 months 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 18 months ago

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

fearneley 1 point 18 months 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 17 months ago

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

Mnemonicorn 1 point 16 months ago

your cpu is quite a bit better than your gpu if i was you go with a i5 6500 no k for gaming with the 1060

XTOP 0 points 18 months 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 18 months ago

awesome, thanks!

KarmAngel 1 point 18 months ago

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

fanaticzgg 1 point 18 months 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 18 months 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 18 months 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 18 months 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 18 months 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 months 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 17 months 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.

fanaticzgg 1 point 17 months 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 17 months 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.

fanaticzgg 1 point 17 months ago

I'd like any help possible, I can connect with onboard graphics but as soon as i connect the GPU it doesn't display signal :(

kadesxys 1 point 17 months ago

was REALLY thinking about doing this build. i've read all comments and the like. the only thing i worried about is people having trouble with the monitor connection or GPU. so if you get this figured out please let us know

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fanaticzgg 1 point 16 months ago

My monitor says no signal when the GPU is connected so I can't install the drivers, but I have connection to monitor when I take the GPU out.

mike92704 1 point 16 months ago

Have you tried installing the drivers for the gpu without it plugged in then plugging it in? It could also be that the gpu is DOA(dead on arrival). One very important suggestion when buying anything, always read the reviews on the card or anything before purchasing and read reviews from various sites not just one. If you get a couple people all reporting similar issues do not buy the card. I read the reviews on new egg on the card its got various people experiencing the same issue as you are so it may just be defective. You may have to return to manufacturer or get the site that sold it to you to replace it. One best variant to buy is the founders editions on all cards, they usually seem to have the least issues compared to the other versions, sometimes a bit pricier but you will save yourself the trouble of something like this happening.

danielcooke 1 point 17 months 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.


Dartiyex 1 point 17 months ago

Does it come with the cables?

DanOnTheRun 1 point 17 months 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 17 months ago

will the i5 6500 bottleneck the 1070?

7thTrebol 1 point 17 months ago

I love this build

Ikon780 1 point 17 months ago

Does the cpu need a cpu cooler?

If yes, can you recommend some?

Thanks for all the help!

DanOnTheRun 2 points 17 months ago

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

Aidan_xox 1 point 17 months 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 :)

96766 1 point 16 months ago

The ssd is for holding your OS so your pc boots up WAY faster. For a game like fallout 4 and Skyrim, I'd put those on the ssd also for the faster load times, because they take forever otherwise!

JWinters 1 point 17 months ago

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

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 17 months 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.

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Sale of software and keys from that site often violates the ToS or are resold licenses purchased via fraudulent credit card. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

mike92704 1 point 16 months ago

I am asking not to sound like a jerk or arrogant or anything but where exactly does it say I can't suggest buying from that website? I will comply with what you said to stop suggesting that site but I do ask to be pointed in the right direction as to where exactly it says it in the terms of service because I can't find anything saying I can't suggest that site, i do get not mentioning people attain copies illegally from torrents and all that, but kinguin and other sites are reputable aside from some random scandals that do happen, even newegg has gotten some heat for having some sellers sell knockoff processors before, but I would still reccomend newegg because its an issolated event as I am sure that scandal you are referring to the fradulent credit card stuff was an issolated event . That site is what most people consider a "grey market," something a kin to buying goods from a garage sale, pawn shop or something in those lines, just like it is a grey market to purchase the keys from an ebay seller, or even amazon sellers(amazon third party sellers,which this site provides price links to similar sellers). It is not illegal or the buyer isn't breaking any laws if he purchases a product from them, the buyer is still not breaking any laws since he unknowingly purchased an item without knowing where it came from. I do remember reading the headlines about the scandal something to do with "some" Ubisoft keys that were originally purchased by fraudulent credit cards, but not all keys provided are obtained illegally, some software keys are in fact put there by the software companies themselves to boost sales. And in the chance that the buyer does purchase an illegal key, kinguin refunds the purchaser the money for those keys as the culprit of selling the illegal keys are responsible for issuing refunds to the buyer, kinguin is the middle man who refunds you the money but I am sure the culprit is punished and banned from selling there if they are infact selling illegal keys.

banternlantern 2 points 16 months ago
  • "I am asking not to sound like a jerk or arrogant or anything but where exactly does it say I can't suggest buying from that website?"

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mike92704 1 point 16 months ago

Not everything employees say for a company is true, you have to have it written somewhere, like in the terms of service or something like that specifically detailing what is and what isn't allowed. That is why I asked where it specifically says that I can't.

You should never assume the representative you are talking to from any company is 100% sure of what they are talking about, they can always be wrong.

blake_no.1 1 point 17 months 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

mike92704 1 point 16 months ago

One thing you can always do is go to youtube, search "i5 6500 1060 6gb benchmarks" and if someone has done a bench mark on those parts you will find games with fps of what to expect with that build. Just results may vary, make sure you have the recomended ram to run the game, ssd or hdd hardly affects game performance other than load times. Hope this helps you in the future.

inkkling 1 point 17 months ago

Looking to build my first gaming pc and this looks to be in my budget. My question is, would this be ideal for streaming games as well? And if not what would be a good addition or upgrade to make sure it runs well? Any opinions are appreciated!

speedemonsd 1 point 17 months ago

awesome build dude !

Aphishie 1 point 17 months ago


I am looking into a new build. I haven't built a computer since my last one that has a GTX275. I am very interested in this build as it fits within my budget. At first I was going to get the Snowblind, on an impulse buy, and because my laptop is starting to die out. The only games I can really play right now are WoW (with really long load times) and Overwatch (lag spikes), but I have dreams of coming home from working and playing nice games at ultra settings.

I am not too experienced with all this anymore. So my questions are:

Generally, how long will this build last, while still playing new games? Because I want to at least try to justify the purchase to my girlfriend and I don't want to feel like I need an upgrade within 3 years.

How difficult is this to put together for someone who's not too experienced, but knows their way around google? I have clumsy finger sausages.

Wonderhead 1 point 17 months ago

You should have went with a cheaper ssd allowing you to upgrade the cpu to a 6600k

valletpeter 1 point 17 months ago

it say that there is an incompatibility, does this one really make a difference

Matroix 1 point 17 months ago

Hi this will be my first gaming pc and im looking for a reliable one that will play high end games like Cs Go Overwatch Cod, games like that. If there is anybody who would like to help me get this pc down to undre 1000 with losing little to no quality. Yours Truly, ...

96766 1 point 16 months ago

Will this work pretty good for editing short gopro videos and uploading to YouTube?

I wanna play games like fallout 4, farcry and Oculus touch games too on this

BlairCrowding 1 point 16 months ago

Hi guys, I bought this build back in Oct. 2016 and have been having a hell of a time getting this up and running. I've replaced the motherboard 2x, the power source once. It's firing up but I'm not getting a post. After picking up a system speaker, I'm getting 5 long beeps. Gigabyte's support doesn't have that particular problem listed. It has everything but. Does anyone have any suggestions of what might be wrong? Oh, also, I've replaced the thermal paste on the cpu, and still nothing. I've had a couple different IT professionals troubleshoot it firsthand and they can't figure out what's wrong neither. Any suggestions are appreciated. Regards

mike92704 1 point 16 months ago

Try removing the gpu(graphics card) and see if you post without it, if you do the graphics card is defective and its common with this specific one if you check reviews. If you still don't get anything try checking if your power supply works. you can test it on a fan, disconnect everything from the power supply except a fan. make sure your power supply is switched to off or disconnected from the wall. Get a paper clip and bridge a green cable and a black cable on the 24 pin motherboard power connector. Now turn on the power unit and if the fan turns on then your power supply is working. If it doesn't your power supply is dead. Read that article before testing the power supply. Sooo many things could be the problem, basically you want to test what works then start adding components to see what may be the isssue. You should be able to run your computer with cpu, cpu fan,motherboard, one ram stick, psu(power supply), if nothing happens one of those is defective or not compatible. If it posts, then a component you are adding after is causing issues.



ResoluteRiot 1 point 16 months ago

can this build run cod bo3 like at medium setting

Forbidding 1 point 16 months ago

I used this build as a reference for my own, and I'm going to build it soon. I'm just a bit worried, will the 450w psu be enough for a gtx 1070 and i7 6700?

mike92704 1 point 16 months ago

making a parts list should tell you somewhere how much watts your build requires, I always add atleast 100-150 more watts to be on the safe side since you may add more fans and all that after.

CuriousGamer007 1 point 16 months ago

Would I be ok downgrading the graphics card to a GTX 1060?. I'm really not sure if the 1070 would be overkill as I dont really think I'll be gaming at 1440p.

PhantomIncarnate 1 point 16 months ago

Could some one tell me if you could actually use this gskill memory at 3200mhz on the B150 board? Or is this build incorrect? It was to my understanding that unless you had a Z170 or Z270 board, you could not adjust the XMP profiles.

timin 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Who makes these builds? Motherboard that supports 2133 MHz of RAM, with 2666MHz RAM? Really?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 16 months ago

It's the least expensive available memory at the time. The memory will simply downclock to match the motherboard's compatible speed.

timin 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

It may be in your country.

This is a build guide, I think these things should be clarified in the description, so that people can notice that maybe they are buying more expensive RAM, or getting specs that actually wont be the real specs in their build, due to the limitation in the motherboard. At the end, the market varies, and in every country the prices change, a build guide should be a GUIDE, to choose the best option for each context.


ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 16 months ago

No, whichever memory kit was shown to you was the best-priced kit we list in your country. The part list uses a parametric filter, which selects whichever kit of RAM that meets certain criteria (DDR4, color) and is cheapest at the time you loaded the page.

timin 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Oh, that's actually cool. Thanks for the info.

Anyway, probably years ago I wouldnt even bother about those details I mentioned, its always good to describe them, especially knowing that as the algorithm works in the partlist, this can happen! That's up to you though.


RedEyeCouncil 1 point 16 months ago

So I'm thinking of buying the parts for this PC with a few changes. How is it that parts from Amazon have a "In-store Pick Up Only" in the shipping options?

Tron_Dragon4 1 point 16 months ago

Alright I am biting the bullet and asking you guys in hope to figure this out. I am looking for a PC that is about in this price range, and can run games like Overwatch and Ark: Survival Evolved while streaming and running it on 2 40in tvs. What would I need to do to this build to have that possible? Looking for at least 60 FPS for them. Thanks!

DouglasStory 0 points 18 months ago

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

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ghosty1r 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

no only LAN

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Retrrro 0 points 18 months 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 18 months 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.

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shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 2 points 17 months 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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ZaubieHunter23 6 points 17 months ago

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

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 3 points 17 months 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 6 Builds 1 point 17 months 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 17 months ago

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

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ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 17 months ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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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
ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 11W - 11W
Team - L5 LITE 3D 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 77W - 316W