Build the best $750-$850 gaming pc 2017 edition

This is the PC which can play games on ultra settings at 1080p and 1440p with 60 fps. The Processor I chose in this build is extremely powerful and combined with a high-end graphics card you can max out many games to get at least 60+ fps.

Unlike the $600 gaming build, this build does not bottleneck in any game. Neither by CPU wise nor by GPU wise. It’s a complete package for 1080p ultimate gaming. Previously I used parts from Intel but now without any compromise, I have chosen the AMD Ryzen that costs even lesser and changed the Graphics card as well which is more powerful than the previous one.

With the release of great processors from Intel’s side and great graphics cards both from AMD and Nvidia, we have more choices than a few months before. But note that this PC varies from $750 to $850 and I have made a choice between the Graphics cards. So you have both options. either go with a slower one or go with the faster one according to your budget.

This build is much upgradable and has an unlocked processor for overclocking massively. This is the ideal build for gaming in 2017 you can get for around $750-$850. I named this build “THE ASSASSIN“.

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Processor

AMD Ryzen 5 1400

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AMD Ryzen 5 1400

This is the same processor which I used in my $600 gaming PC because it’s built on fully new architecture and good competition with i5’s and i7’s.

Ryzen 5 series processors are the latest from AMD’s side and they have already proven themselves to be worthy of used in gaming builds as well as workstations. It’s true that Intel core i5’s are somewhat a little faster in several games but that difference is very little noticeable to eyes. But when it comes to multi-tasking and futureproofing, you can’t ask for more. This Ryzen 5 1400 processor is the starting point for Ryzen 5 series and costs $170.

It has 4 cores and 8 threads just like an Intel core i7 and performs similarly in rendering and applications. But as the price difference is huge, it’s a great gift for gamers as well as streamers. Gamers who wanted to stream at the same time when gaming can now do it without any problem and that too without too much of money.

Literally, it’s just a Ryzen 7 series chip with some cores disabled and performs similarly in gaming as the Ryzen 7 series high-end processors. With a decent graphics card like gtx 1060/1070, you can’t go wrong and the best thing is that it uses ddr4 memories and newer AM4 motherboards which are competing against the Z270 chipset motherboards.

This CPU comes with a stealth wraith cooler and has a base clock of 3.4Ghz. All these Ryzen 5 series processors are unlocked and you can bump it up to 3.6 or 3.7Ghz with the stock cooler. But if you want better overclocking, it’s better to get a liquid cooler which you don’t really need in this budget build and the stock heatsink will be just fine.

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Motherboard

ASUS Prime B350-Plus

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ASUS Prime B350-Plus

Changing the processor from Intel core i5 to AMD Ryzen will also force you to change the motherboard but in $100, you are getting literally everything you would need on your PC. This motherboard is from ASUS which is among the best manufacturers of motherboards and is full ATX form factor.

The board has two PCI-E x 16 slots for graphics cards, two PCI x 1 slots and two standard PCI slots for sound cards and wifi cards. For storage, it has 4x SATA 3 ports at the right bottom corner perpendicular to the PCB and 1x M.2 Slot above the first PCI-E x 16 slot for NVME SSD.

As for the Ram, you can expand your memory up to 64Gb and it will support up to 3200Mhz of RAM frequency. Well, it’s said on paper but overclocking the Ram is not an easy task on AMD Ryzen platform but at least there is 100% possibility that it can support it.

For cooling, it has 1x CPU_FAN header, 2x chassis Fan header which is standard and not that spectacular. Additional fan headers should have been provided with this board, but you can still use an extension Fan header for installing multiple fans. Overall, it is a good all-rounder motherboard having all the features you would need for overclocking, cooling and installing multiple components.

 


Memory

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4

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Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB

Again for Ram, I am choosing a single stick of 8gb ddr4 memory clocked at 2400Mhz. This Ram is very common among gamers and is sold worldwide more than any other Ram module because it’s cheap, fast and reliable.

As the motherboard I chose supports up to 3200Mhz on a Ram module, it will be fully compatible. And yes, getting a higher frequency Ram will be beneficial for this build as Ryzen work faster with faster clocked Ram’s but the problem is the price and this year, the prices of DDR4 memories are really high. It’s better to get the cheapest one because it will still be just enough for any type of work.

 


Graphics card

OPTION #1 (For $750 PC Build)

MSI Gtx 1060 6GB Gaming X

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MSI Gtx 1060 6GB Gaming X

For $750 build, the graphics card I chose is the MSI Gtx 1060 Gaming X edition which will take the total budget around $750. This is the graphics card that can max out any game at 1080p and can play probably any game at 1440p on high settings with 60+fps. For the price you pay, this is a beast and you get the power of gtx 980 for half the price. I myself have this card and it performs very well with Ryzen processor.

6gb of memory is enough for maxing out textures settings, details and shadows. Games like the shadow of Mordor requires 6gb of VRAM to max out textures which the gtx 980 doesn’t have. Secondly, the core clocks are massive. It easily reaches 1.8Ghz in the game and if you overclock you will still get a significant boost. MSI Gaming X edition has a very good heatsink and two big fans for efficient cooling. The card is comparatively shorter than the STRIX edition but performance is just similar.

 


OPTION #2 (For $850 PC Build)

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING

After saving money on the processor by choosing Ryzen 1400 instead of i5 7600K, I can put a gtx 1070 in this build if the final price has to end at around $850. As it’s cheaper now and much faster than the gtx 1060 6gb, you can expect around 20-30% increase in performance in Gaming. Comparing a gtx 1060 to a gtx 1070 will be foolishness for anyone because this card is a beast for 1440p gaming and can get you easily 60+fps in any game maxed out.

Be it battlefield 1, The witcher 3, Doom, Rise of the Tomb Raider, GTA V or CSGO. It can max out any game at 1440p and will deliver a very smooth gaming experience. With a 4 core 8 thread Ryzen processor and that too at 1440p, we all know that the Ryzen combined with a powerful graphics card performs just like a Core i7 or Core i5. Combining a Ryzen 1400 with a gtx 1070 is more sensible than combining an i5 7600K with a gtx 1070.

You will have more cores/ threads for gaming/productivity as well as a huge amount of horsepower for gaming. This card has 8gb of Gddr5 memory, 1594 MHz base clock and a 1784 MHz of boost clock which can be bumped up to more than 1850Mhz as it’s the Superclocked edition and has very good cooling. This is some real thing which will future proof your PC at a total price of $850. You can’t build a better combination than this right now.

 


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Hard drive

Western Digital Blue 1TB

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WD Blue 1TB Desktop
For storage, you need at least a 1TB of 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 The Witcher 3 really acquire huge space. 20 games like that can fill your whole hard drive easily.

This hard drive will store several games and movies and you can always increase your storage in future as you have several SATA ports on your motherboard. On buying this hard drive you will also get 2 years of warranty from Western digital. This hard drive is very reliable. I myself use two hard drives like this and the performance is just fine for the price.

 


Power supply

EVGA 600W B1 80+ Bronze

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EVGA 600watts B1 80+ BRONZE
The power supply is chosen according to the components TDP. The graphics card requires 600Watts of power supply from a trusted and reliable company like EVGA. We are not using too many additional components in this system and therefore 600 watts is enough for this build and is ready for further upgrades. We are using a single graphics card on this build so we don’t need a huge wattage power supply. Even if you overclock your graphics card, memory and CPU to their maximum potential, you don’t have to worry. It will handle all components easily.

This power supply is used and trusted by millions of users. It is 80+ bronze which means it gives at least 84% of power efficiency at 100% load and up to 87% efficiency at 50% load. The more the efficiency, the less is the heat generated. You will also get 3 years of warranty from EVGA.

As we are using either the MSI gtx 1060 or EVGA Gtx 1070 SC edition, we will require either a single 6 pin or 8 pin power connector from the power supply respectively which is easily fulfilled by this PSU as it has 2×8(6+2) pin power connectors for graphics cards. The total TDP will not exceed 300 watts so you can forget to worry about small upgrades.

 


Case

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01

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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01
As we have used an ATX motherboard and we also want an upgradable system, I chose one of the best cases for 50 dollars which are from corsair which supports Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards. We are only using a single graphics card and the basic components, therefore we will get more space easily to assemble all the components easily.

This case looks decent and has a lot of space compared to other mid towers. Any type of coolers or radiators like Corsair H100i can be installed in this case. It has one 1x120mm intake fan at the front for cooling the system from inside and you can install several 120mm/140mm fans at the front, top and rear.

This case has an excellent cable management system as well as unique design for installing your PSU and hard drives. It has got more than 4-star ratings on amazon and maximum of the reviews are positive. So definitely one of the best mid towers present on the market.

 


TOTAL=$738.12-$836.59(Prices Fluctuate)

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Sarfraz

I am an engineer and a certified Hitech computer technician who loves to play CSGO. But this is not what else I love. I love to dive into the computer hardware and same goes for you. That's why you are here! AND YES IGNORE MY BAD ENGLISH:)

  • Sãm Jøël

    Hi..
    1. Which is best for 1080p gaming.. GTX 960 or Gtx 970 or R9 380 or R9 390….?

    2. I really need a DDR4 Ram…So…Do i hav to wait till AMD releases Zen CPU or i5-6600k is better with it…?

    3. Why people prefer Intel even if AMD is lot cheaper with better clock speed and OC capabilities…?

    • Hi Sam,

      1. for 1080p r9 380 is best but if you want more fps and also want decent 1440p gaming R9 390 is better than all you have mentioned. Gtx 960 and gtx 970 are also good but R9 380 and R9 390 are faster then both of them respectively.

      2. i5 6600k is really the best mid end gaming cpu. Do not wait for the Amd processors, just get the i5 and ddr4 memories.

      3. Intel offers more performance per watt and more performance per core and amd with even 8 cores cannot compete with i5’s with only 4 cores. That’s why people prefer going with intel. Otherwise the Amd processors are good for budget builds below 600 dollars.

      Hope it helps:)

      • Sãm Jøël

        But How…?

        Intel uses HyperThreading i.e 1 Core carries two works.

        But..

        AMD has Multi Core…

        How can Intel deliver more performance than AMD?

        • Yes you are right. Hyperthreading reduces the single core performance but the real life benchmarks have shown that with hyperthreading Intel processors still perform better than amd processors in games and applications. We cannot judge the performance only by theory.

      • Sãm Jøël

        And Also Recent news from AMD told that ZEN architecture CPU will 1. Have 10-30% increase in per core performance.
        2. 16 Cores hyperthreaded to 32 threads…

        Still do u prefer Intel?

        I m going to build a pc by April.. Can I get a benchmark on upcoming CPU before that

        • you don’t need 16 cores. That’s too much. For playing games 4 cores are enough. Now if the amd processors will have 16 cores and 32 hyperthreads, you can also estimate their price. But let’s see.

  • Rodas0509

    I want to build one like this… so for what I’ve been reading…. I can make a nice build

    cheap one:
    Corsair Vengeance 8gb ddr3 = 33,66£
    CiT G Force White Tower Gaming Case (purchase today) = 40,50£
    Gigabyte GV-N730-2GI GT730 = 52,98£
    Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB = 41,99£
    Intel Pentium g3258 = 55,44£
    Motherboard ASUS Z97-P = 70,60£
    Not sure witch PSU to purchase, maybe EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B = 70,11£

    TOTAL = 365,28£

    and then upgrade

    Intel Core i5 4690K = 177,92£
    ASUS Z97-PRO GAMER = 109,99£
    Sapphire Radeon Nitro R9 380 4gb = 182,99£
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO = 29,99£

    This build should be a good base ? opinions?
    could I get a cheapper PSU for this buiild?? like a 500w?

    thanks