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Before jumping into the actual Pc Builds for the month of January, there are two main changes which will affect some parts listed.

First of all, back on October 5th, we had the launch of Intel’s 8th gen processors, Coffee lake. Coffee Lake improved upon Kabylake with better multithread performance due to the implementation of 6 cores in the mainstream market, something that Intel has never done before.

If you want to learn more about Coffee Lake, click HERE

 

We had some recent changes, as well, on the GPU market with the launch of the Gtx 1070Ti on November, 2nd. Nvidia released their new GPU which fits right between the Gtx 1070 and Gtx 1080 two GPUs which already are more than a year old. The Gtx 1070Ti may seem like an unnecessary launch, however, it is a great value card for the money launching at an MSRP of 450$ only 50$ less than the Gtx 1080.

The Gtx 1070Ti has more in common with the Gtx 1080 than the Gtx 1070 and offers a great alternative for those who do not want to surpass the 500$ threshold while still getting a great card for 1440p or even 4k.

Learn more about the Gtx 1070Ti by clicking HERE

 

This month’s builds are practically the same as the previous ones with the only changes being  Coffee Lake which is a great choice for gamers who want to get the most frames out of their system due to high IPC, while Ryzen still holds strong for those who want a cheaper option with more focus on productivity.

With no further due, let us start with the 500$ build.


 

The 500$ Build 

The 500$ Build is the entry level rig. You can expect mediocre performance in both gaming and workload applications.

CPU: For this price range, your best bet is the Intel Pentium G4560, based on the 1151 Socket. You will not get a better gaming CPU at this price point. The fact that it comes with the 1151 socket also leaves you headroom to upgrade your CPU in the future either to Skylake or Kabylake.

CPU Cooler: Intel Stock Cooler

Motherboard: The MSI B250 Gaming Pro is the best choice to accommodate the G4560. You can get a basic motherboard which does its job pretty well and you even get an M.2 slot and up to 64 GB of maximum RAM capacity.

Memory: I am a huge fan of GSkill memory due to their lifespan and warranty. GSkill produces great memory kits for both low and high-end computers. For the 500$ build, I recommend getting GSkill’s Aegis series (2×4 GB) kits at 2400 MHz. The reason why I recommend GSkill is because I  have GSkill memory in my own rig, I had no problems so far and they come with a lifetime warranty.

Storage: For storage at this price range a Western Digital Blue 1TB Hard Drive is your best choice, with plenty of storage for your Windows, applications, and games.

GPU: For the GPU I recommend the EVGA Gtx 1050Ti. A very good graphics card at a very lucrative price point. You should expect good 1080p gaming at medium to high settings with this card depending on the game.

Case: The case I chose for this build is the DIYPC Ranger R4R Mid Tower Case, which features 3 case fans, can accommodate up to 2xSSDs and 3x HDDs. A great product for the price.

Power Supply: There are many good PSU manufacturers out there, but I recommend only two of them: Corsair and EVGA. For the entry build, I recommend buying the EVGA 500B 80+ Bronze Power Supply. 500W is more than enough to power up both the Intel G4560 and the GTX 1050Ti.

The 500$ Build is exactly the same as my October build. While the new i3 8100 could be added we would certainly exceed the 500$ price point. With the Pentium G4560 is still the best choice.

 

The 800$ Build


This build gives you a significant advantage over the 500$ build in terms of graphical performance. You can target a smooth 60fps on 1080p, you get a decent air cooler which allows for some overclocking headroom and you also get a more powerful and reliable power supply, as well as a great quad-core CPU and a better motherboard. As you can see, 300$ more can make a huge difference when it comes to Pc Building.

CPU: The freshly released i3 8100 is an excellent choice for the 800$ build. With 4 cores and 4 threads, great IPC performance for a great gaming experience, this entry-level coffee lake CPU will not leave you disappointed. While the Ryzen 1300x was my choice here the previous month, the i3 8100 clearly looks like the better value.

CPU Cooler: The CPU Cooler I recommend is the Cryorig H7, the best value air cooler on the market right now. The Cryorig H7 will let you overclock your Ryzen 1300x to 3,8-3,9 GHz with ease while maintaining very acceptable temperatures once you crank up the voltage. This cooler is better than the Hyper 212 Evo, which was for many years the price to performance king.

Motherboard: The MSI Z370A-Pro  is a great budget motherboard. While the Z370 chipset is aimed at those who want to overclock their CPUs(the i3 8100 is non-overclockable) the H370 budget lineup of motherboards has not been released yet. The only option is to go with a budget Z370 mobo and that is why I recommend the MSI Z370A-Pro.

Memory: For memory, I will stick with the G.Skill Aegis 2x4GB 2400 MHz kit. No need to upgrade to 16 GBs of RAM at the 800$ price point, because 8GB of RAM is still more than enough for gaming and it will probably stay that way for a couple of years.

Storage: The WD Caviar Blue 1 TB HDD.

GPU: The GPU gets a huge upgrade in the 800$ build. The EVGA Gtx 1060 6GB will deliver a solid 60fps in 1080p on almost all modern titles at Ultra Settings. It can even deliver solid 1440p performance if you are willing to turn down settings to Medium-High.

Case: For the Pc case, I went for the NZXT S340, which is a great all around case and by far one of the best mid-range cases which offer good cable management and plenty of room to fit any GPU and cooler you want. Cable management is easy, visuals are great and you also get a nice side-panel to view the interior parts of your Pc.

Power Supply: The power supply is the most important component because it is responsible for the power delivery to your system. The EVGA Supernova G2 550W 80+ Gold is an impressive product and will keep your power delivery in check.

 

The 1000$ Build

 

The 1000$ Build differentiates itself from the 800$ build by implementing 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB, an additional SSD to make your Pc boot and load faster as well as a significant CPU upgrade.

CPU: The Ryzen 5 1600 is a 6 cores 12 threads CPU and the perfect choice for the 1000$ build. It will give you a great gaming experience along with impressive performance in workload scenarios due to its 6 cores and 12 threads.

CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7

Motherboard: ASUS Prime B350 Plus

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 (2×8 GB) Kit at 3000MHz. The 200$ price bump allows for a 16GB RAM Kit which will give you more headroom for gaming and multitasking.

Storage:  

  1. Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB HDD
  2. Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SSD. The additional SSD will allow for quicker loading and boot times. It is recommended to install your Windows on an SSD rather than a Hard Drive to benefit from better loading and booting times. Games and applications will load much faster and the whole Windows experience will be much smoother.

GPU: EVGA GTX 1060 6 GB

Case: NZXT S340

Power Supply: EVGA Supernova G2 550w 80+ Gold

 

 

The 1200$ Build

 

At the 1200$ price point, things are starting to level up quickly. While the Gtx 1070Ti would make a considerable difference in gaming performance, I still do not recommend picking it up due to prices being way off the advertised MSRP of 450$. Until prices get close to MSRP, it would be wiser to go for the new i5 8600k in combination with the MSI Z370A-Pro. The rest of the system does not differentiate itself from the 1000$ build.

 

The 1500$ Build

The 1500$ with only 300$ more is big step-up from the 1200$ one. With the bigger budget, we can aim for the top of the line mainstream CPU Intel’s i7 8700k along with a premium Z370 board, the Gigabyte Aorus K3, which offers great specs along with a huge variety of RGB customizations while still being quite affordable.

CPU: For the November build I only recommend going with the Ryzen 7 1700 if you do not plan to game at all and are in need of the 8 cores and 16 threads the 1700 offers.  The i7 8700k has six cores and 8 threads, is more expensive but offers the same performance in productivity workloads because of its higher clock speeds.

The i7 8700k can be overclocked to 5 GHz with ease while the Ryzen 1700 can not surpass 4 GHz. This difference in clock speeds makes up for the lack of two cores on the Intel side. Additionally, the i7 8700k improves upon the gaming performance of its predecessor the i7 7700k which makes it the perfect gaming CPU.

For the GPU we will stick with the Gtx 1080 which can be found for sale around 500-550$. The Gtx 1070Ti is a close competitor and certainly a better bang for your buck if it was not for the low availability skyrocketing the price way beyond its advertised MSRP.  The Gtx 1080, for the time being, is cheaper and better than the Gtx 1070Ti. However, I can see the Gtx 1070Ti replacing the Gtx 1070 and Vega 56 in future builds.

CPU Cooler: The CPU Cooler gets a significant upgrade with the NH-D15S, the best air cooler on the market. It is a beast of a cooler and offers the same performance as 3-fan AIO water coolers. However, if you care about visuals you could spend some extra cash to get an AIO water cooler such as the Corsair H 115i or the NZXT Kraken x62.

Motherboard: The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus K3 is an excellent board which has all the features you want from a premium motherboard while emphasizing on the seemingly most important aspect of Pc Hardware today: RGB Lighting.

 

Memory:  GSkill Ripjaws 16GB (2×8) 3000 MHz

Storage:  Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB HDD, Samsung 850 Evo 250Gb

GPU: Gigabyte Gtx 1080 G1 Gaming.

Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass.

Power Supply: The EVGA Supernova G2 650 W 80+ Gold is the best option. The upgrade from 550w to 650w is necessary due to the increased power needs of the Gtx 1080 and the i7 8700k.

 

The 2000$ Build

2000$ is a lot of money to spend on a Pc. Beyond that, any money spent gives back diminishing returns. In this case, you want the best parts for a great 4k gaming and productivity machine. Alternatively, you can opt for 144Hz 1440p gaming which is great if you are willing to sacrifice looks for higher refresh rate. It vastly depends on what you are doing with your system most of the time. If you are gaming I recommend getting a 1440p 144Hz IPS Monitor. If productivity and aesthetics are your primary concern, 4k is the way to go.

CPU:  Intel i7 8700k. The i7 7700k successor is a gaming beast with high productivity value due to its 6 cores and 12 threads. Excellent all around CPU at a great price. Nothing can beat it.

CPU Cooler: I recommend getting the NH D15S even for this build given the fact that it is the best air cooler, but, as mentioned before, you can go the extra mile and get the Kraken X62 which is one the best performing AIO water coolers and the best looking one for sure. That is up to you. Performance wise, these two are the same.

Motherboard: ASUS Z370  Maximus X Hero. The best Z370 board by far. Packed with features and overclocking capabilities this premium board has everything you would want from a motherboard.

Memory: GSkill Ripjaws 16GB (2×8) 3000 MHz. There is really no need upgrading to 32 GB of memory unless you need the extra capacity if you are a professional content creator. For gaming, streaming and multitasking 16GB of RAM is more than enough.

Storage: The 2000$ build gets a significant upgrade in storage. The WD Blue 2TB HDD will provide even more storage for games, music, videos, and applications while the Samsung 960 Evo 500GB M.2 Drive will leave you speechless with its writing and reading speed. Although the difference in-game will be pretty much non-observable the difference in unzipping huge amounts of files is tremendous.

GPU: For the 4k gaming experience we will make use of the MSI Gtx 1080Ti Gaming X. The  GTX 1080 Ti is the most powerful graphics card on the market and MSI’s version is one of the best along with EVGA and ASUS. Do not hesitate to get a 1440p 144Hz or a 4k 60Hz monitor to compliment this card. You will be surprised how well it performs even in 4k.

Case: There is no need getting a more expensive case than the Phanteks Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass.

Power Supply: Due to increased power needs a 750w power supply is obligatory. EVGA’s newest Supernova G3 750w 80+Gold power supply will be more than sufficient for this build.

 

Conclusion

The launch of Intel’s 8th gen Coffee lake lineup is great news for Pc gamers and builders. The main difference between Coffee Lake and Kabylake is the extra two cores on the i5 and i7 Coffee Lake CPUs. These extra cores are the reason why Intel decided to launch an entirely new chipset the Z370, because, theoretically, Coffee Lake could work just fine on the existing 1151 Socket, with a BIOS update. Nevertheless, Intel decided to launch a new series of motherboards which I have included in my building guides.

The launch of the Gtx 1070Ti in November should be a great option for those who do want to spend more than 500$ on a GPU. For the time being, however, prices are very high for the Gtx 1070Ti due to low availability and that is why I recommend sticking with either the 1070 or 1080 according to your budget.

The Pc builds provided in this article were created to help others build their own custom computers. They are my recommendations, the way I would build a gaming Pc in November 2017 if I had the cash to spend. I do not claim that my Pc Building Guides are the best you can find and I always encourage you to do your own research and build your Pc according to your needs. See what makes the most sense to you and buy accordingly.


I hope that my guides will help you build a great gaming Pc. Feel free to leave a comment down below if you have any questions or recommendations on what I could potentially change.