I have already written a post on gaming PC that you can build for $600 for the best gaming experience at 1080p. That build uses AMD components. But Am3+ processors and motherboards are older for now. Sure they are good for budget gaming builds but if you can afford the latest generation Intel Kabylake processor and motherboard at the same price, there is no way going back to older generation.
In case you haven’t read my $600 gaming build article, you can check it right now and can compare with this Kabylake build.
This PC is a solid gaming computer and at the same time great for multi-tasking as it uses Intel Core i5 7th gen processor. The ddr4 memory and the best graphics card for $200 makes it a beast for 1080p gaming. As compared to the fx 8350 which I have used in the previous $600 build, the i5 I used is much faster and have greater single core performance.
As the prices of AMD AM4 motherboards are very high as compared to a simple LGA 1151 motherboard, the overall price will go over $650 which is not our target. So, it’s better to get an i5 than a Ryzen 5 processors because you will still get equivalent performance in gaming and it’s wiser to invest in a GPU more than in a CPU in a budget oriented build like this.
Without any further explanation let’s see what makes this build perfect for anything at this price.
Intel Skylake Core i5 7500
Intel core i5 sixth generation processors are the best way to go in 2016 as well as in 2017. These offer the fastest performance per watt and have much lower 14nm architecture as compared to the 22nm architecture of the previous 4th generation Haswell processors which make them more power efficient. Single core performance of Skylake processors are a little better than the Haswell processors and a little slower than the Kabylake processors but in gaming, it is exactly equal. If I use the intel core i5 7400 in this build, you would have to buy a better motherboard with at least B250 chipset which will cost you more than $20. So, I went with this instead.
This processor costs under $200 and is clocked at 2.7Ghz which is low but can be overclocked to 3.3Ghz despite it’s locked. 600Mhz boost can bring a lot of difference in performance and you will get a noticeable increase in speed overall. i5 6400 is much better than the fx 6300 in many ways. The only con it has is 4 cores as compared to the six cores of fx 6300. But games don’t need so many of cores and in real benchmarks, i5 wins in every case. This led me to choose it for this build and will definitely prove itself to be the best processor for gaming at this budget.
Gigabyte LGA 1151 GA-H110M-A
As we are using a locked intel core i5 processor, we shouldn’t be wasting money on Z170 chipset motherboard. i5’s are still great without overclocking and for a budget build like this, no matter what graphics card you choose, it will never bottleneck.
This motherboard has a very basic chipset of H110 and has a micro-ATX form factor. As it’s compact it can be used in any mid tower or even in some mini towers like Rosewill FBM-01 case. If you want more information on the chipsets of LGA 1151 motherboards or want to buy some awesome mobo’s for your build then head to my article on Best LGA 1151 motherboards.
Now this motherboard has two DIMM slots which support up to 32Gb of ddr4 memories clocked up to 2133Mhz. It has one PCI-E x 16 slot for the graphics card and two PCI-X 1 slots for sound cards and LAN cards. This motherboard is very durable and has very simple easy to access bios for different hardware tweakings.
As it is very cheap, you won’t be getting a lot of USB 3.0 ports or a lot of SATA 3.0 ports but you will still get front headers for USB 3.0 and it will fulfil your needs to install every component. The only con I find in this motherboard is the absence of VGA and DVI ports. But as you will be using a graphics card for display, this con is no longer a real con for now.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4
For memory, I chose a single stick of 8gb ddr4 memory which is clocked at 2400Mhz. As the motherboard supports memory clocked up to 2133Mhz, it will automatically get downclocked to 2133Mhz. But as the price of Kingston HyperX 2133Mhz 8gb ram is more than $60. It’s better to choose this module.
Every game available right now requires no more than 6gb to run smoothly. 8gb is more than enough for the next 2 years and will never bottleneck. As this brand is renowned and trusted, this memory stick is really worth the money and will provide you with a limited lifetime warranty.
As compared to the ddr3 memories, ddr4 are even faster and are clocked at higher frequencies. The power consumption is also lower than those ddr3 sticks i.e., 1.25V as compared to 1.5V. It makes ddr4 memories more powerful and more power efficient.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMING
I replaced the RX 480 4gb with the gtx 1060 3gb edition because the price of the latter is much lower and the performance is similar. Currently games like the Witcher 3, Shadow of Mordor, GTA V etc. can use up to 3-4gb of GPU memory and the gtx 1060 3gb will perform very well in these cases is performing almost equivalent to the RX 480 4gb in almost any game. So this time, the gtx 1060 3gb will be a better choice for this build because of the price to performance ratio. As the RX 580 is launched, the RX 480 will disappear soon and the price of 580 will not be less than $200 in any way.
The EVGA gtx 1060 3gb SC gaming edition is a single fan card which runs very silent and comes with a factory overclock of 1067Mhz and a boost clock of 1835Mhz. The card is capable of playing any game at 1080p ultra settings with 60+ fps. Combined with the core i5 7500, it will perform up to its full potential as the processor is capable of handling any high-end graphics card.
You can easily achieve more than 100 fps in DOOM, 60 fps in the witcher 3, 60+ fps in Bf1 and 60+ fps in GTA V. As for the power consumption it requires a single 6 pin power connector and will draw 120 watts max. So it’s much lower than that of RX 480 or RX 580. With the price around $180, it’s a must buy for a $600 build like this.
Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD
For storage, you need at least a 1TB of a hard drive from a trusted company like Western Digital which provides two years of warranty. Now games are getting bigger and bigger and you don’t want to run out of space. Games like GTA V and Call of duty Black ops 3 require huge space. 20 games like that can fill your whole hard drive easily. So, better get at least 1 terabyte of storage and you can always add more hard drives to your system as the motherboard we used has 4 SATA ports.
EVGA 500 W1 80+ 500Watts PSU
This PC uses a very power efficient graphics card as well as CPU so you can run it on a 500 watts power supply. 500 watts can supply power to every component and as this PC is not meant for overclocking, going with a higher wattage won’t help. It has all the power cables required to supply the power to your components. It’s 80+ W1 power supply and has power efficiency more than 82% on typical loads. Gaming PC’s which have power efficient components like the Kabylake processor and ddr4 memories should also have an at least 80+ power efficient power supply.
This brand is very much trusted and I have used these power supplies in almost every build due to their huge success of protecting the components against overcurrent and overvoltage. The wattage is found out by calculating the total TDP of all the components and this system will not require more than 300 watts overall even if you overclock your graphics card. The graphics card I chose requires a single 6 pin power connector for power supply and this PSU is enough to provide that.
Corsair Carbide Series 100R
Now, this case comes to be just perfect for this build. I always chose case according to all of the components compatibility. It looks elegant and professional, neat and stealthy with a transparent side window to look at your components inside.
The front has two USB 3.0 ports which are a great advantage as the motherboard we chose is also having a front USB 3.0 header port. The case supports mini ITX, micro ATX and ATX motherboards so you have the choice to upgrade it further if you want to switch from the basic Micro ATX to a full ATX motherboard with a lot of PCI-e X 16 slots.
The case has 4 drive mounts which are tool-free to access easily and you can either use an HDD or an SSD according to your need without a screwdriver to mount the drives. The case also comes with up to 5 fan mounts including top, rear and front where you get a 120mm fan at the rear pre-installed which will be useful for more cooling in summer.
The case also has a good cable management feature and a lot of routeing holes for each and every cable which will make it look neat. The power supply will be mounted at the bottom which has a dust filter to stop the dust coming into the PSU if you chose to put the power supply with fan downwards.
So, this is all. I hope you loved this build. Any suggestions would be appreciated.