This is the PC which can play games on ultra settings at 1080p 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.
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. I named this build “THE ASSASSIN“.
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AMD Ryzen 5 1400
This is the same processor which I used in the past in my $600 gaming PC because it’s built on fully new architecture and good competition with i5’s and i7’s. Right now this is the only build in which I have used this processor.
Ryzen 5 series processors are one of 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 future proofing, 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.
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.
This board is especially good for overclocking a 4 core or a 6 core Ryzen processor as it has decent heatsinks at its VRM section which uses a 4+2 power phase for stable overclocking.
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.
Ballistix Sport LT 8GB DDR4
For Ram, I am choosing a single stick of 8gb ddr4 memory clocked at 2400Mhz. This Ram is from Ballistix and is clocked at a decent speed which will benefit the overall performance of this PC.
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.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING
For this build, the graphics card I chose is the EVGA GTX 1060 Gaming 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. EVGA Gaming edition is a small card as compared to others but the price of this card is cheaper than most of the 1060’s present now. You can get it at around $260 right now at the time of update of this article. Otherwise, all the other cards are above $300.
Western Digital Blue 1TB
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.
EVGA 600W 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.
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.
Silicon Power 120GB SSD
An SSD is a great upgrade for a build like this. It will increase the expense over $750 so that’s why I put it in the additional. Although, the total expense will still not exceed $800 at the time of update. This SSD will be enough for storing your operating system and drivers. You will be amazed by how fast your PC will run if you use this instead of the hard drive for your operating system. A must for this PC.
TOTAL~$735, $785 with SSD(As on 8th Nov 17)
Recommended Peripherals for this build:-
Monitor: –ASUS VG248QE: Check on Amazon
- Ultra smooth action with 144Hz rapid refresh rate and 1ms (GTG) response time
- 1080p resolution, 24″ display, TN panel
- Ergonomically-designed stand with Tilt, Swivel, Pivot, Height adjustment plus wall-mount capability
Keyboard: –Redragon K552-RGB KUMARA: Check on Amazon
- Custom mechanical switches (Cherry Blue equivalent)
- RGB LED adjustable lighting
- Metal and ABS construction, mechanical keys, and gold-plated USB connector stand up to hardcore gaming
- 87 standard conflict free keys, 12 multimedia keys, and splash-proof design
Mouse: –SteelSeries Rival 100: Check on Amazon
- Six programmable buttons
- Customizable CPI up to 4000
- 30 million click switches
- 16.8 million colour RGB illumination
- Available in 3 colours currently
Wifi:– TP-Link TL-WN881ND wifi card: Check on Amazon
- Easily setup a highly secured wireless link with WPS
- Hassle-free installation
- Seamlessly compatible with 802.11n/b/g products
- Industry-leading 2-year warranty