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About Hardware Revolution’s Gaming PCs

This is one of three comprehensive articles where I, Mathieu Bourgie, a computer hardware enthusiast with over 15 years of experience, recommend to you all the required parts and accessories, to help you build your own Gaming PC.

Is a Mid-Range / High Performance Gaming PC powerful enough for you?

There are four (4) recommended Gaming PC levels of performance (Tier) in this article.

The recommended parts for each Tiers are indicated by their respective numbers (4, 5, 6 and 7) through the article.

Tier 4 is a 1080p Gaming PC that will run most mainstream video games at 1920 x 1080 with high/ultra details and 60+ FPS.
Tier 5 is recommended for gaming at 1920 x 1080 at 144+ FPS with high/ultra details, or 2560 x 1440 at 60+ FPS with good details
Tier 6 can handle 2560 x 1440 with high details at 60+ FPS, 1920 x 1080 at 144+ FPS maxed out in the vast majority of games.
Tier 7 can handle 2560 x 1440 with ultra details at 60-120 FPS, 2560 x 1440 at 120-144+ FPS with good/high details and 1920 x 1080 maxed out at 144+ FPS easily.  4K gaming is possible, but you’ll have to cut back on visual settings to get 60+ FPS.

Are you on a limited budget?

I recommend more affordable Gaming PCs in the How to easily build your Budget Gaming PC: Worldwide Edition! article.

Are you going to play on a 4K monitor/TV, on multiple monitors or do you want a Virtual Reality (VR) ready Gaming PC? 

In that case, the highest performance Gaming PCs are what I recommend. They can be found in the Find out how you can build an extremely High-end Gaming PC that you can be proud of! article.

Do you need help picking the right level of performance for your Gaming PC?

Leave a comment at the end of the article or ask us on the Hardware Revolution forums. Give us details about the video game(s) that you want to play, the level of details that you want and the resolution of the monitor or HDTV that you’ll use.

Not interested in a Gaming PC?

Do you want an inexpensive PC for general use?
All the PCs in this guide have integrated graphic processors (GPUs), with video outputs on the motherboard, meaning that you can connect your monitor or HDTV directly to them, without requiring a dedicated video card. So if you want to a standard inexpensive PC and don’t intend to play video games, just buy everything except for the dedicated video card.

You may also be interested in other articles, such as other Do-It-Yourself Computer Systems, the Best Parts For Your Money and/or The Best Laptops For Your Money.

Recommended Parts Summary:

This is an Worldwide Guide!

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Tier 4: Gaming at 1920 x 1080, 60+ FPS

Tier 5: Gaming at 1920 x 1080, 144+ FPS

Tier 6: Gaming at 2560 x 1440, 60+ FPS

Tier 7: Gaming at 2560 x 1440, 120-144+ FPS

Never built a PC before and need help? No problem.

You don’t have to be a Geek to build a PC!

Building a PC has never been easier. We have hundreds of readers who had no experience and who built their first PC with the help of Hardware Revolution. If they can do it, so can you!
Start by reading our “Building Your First PC?” and the How to Build Your Own Computer articles, which covers everything that you need to know to get started.

Have any questions? Leave a comment at the end of the article and I’ll get back to you.

Once you’re comfortable with the idea of building your own PC, simply pick a Tier and buy the recommended parts for it. When you get your parts, assemble your PC, install Windows and enjoy. Also, be proud of a job well done!

Sounds good? Let’s get started!

Recommendations in details:

CPU:

Tier 4-5:

Get the Intel Core i5-6500 3.2-3.6GHz Quad-Core Skylake LGA1151 from Amazon.

$204.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$204.99 at Newegg

The Intel Core i5-6500 is an Intel processor based on the Skylake architecture.

It features four cores and can handle four threads (No Hyper-Threading).

V.S. AMD FX-8350:
Most video games only use two to four cores and prioritize single-threaded performance (a domain where Intel dominates AMD) so when it comes to gaming performance, AMD’s FX-8350 is no match for Intel’s Core i5-6500. On top of that, the FX-8350 consumes a lot more power at idle and at load than the Core i5-6500.

While its 8 cores might make it seem like an attractive option for heavy multi-threaded programs, even then, the Core i5-6500 competes or outperforms it thanks to its more modern architecture that offers higher IPC and far higher single-thread performance.

In the end, the Core i5-6500 is just a better choice is the vast majority of cases and this is why I’m recommending it.

Tier 6:

Get the Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5-3.9GHz Quad-Core Skylake LGA1151 Unlocked from Amazon

$249.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$254.99 at Newegg

The Intel Core i5-6600K is also an Intel processor based on the Skylake architecture and it also features four cores and can handle four threads (No Hyper-Threading).

If you want to easily overclock by raising the multiplier, the Core i5-6600K K variant is the way to go, with its unlocked multiplier.

You also get a base and Turbo frequencies that are 300MHz higher than the Core i5-6600.

It runs at a base frequency of 3.5GHz and can automatically increase its frequency up to 3.9GHz, thanks to Turbo.

Tier 7:

Get the Intel Core i7-6700K Quad-Core+Hyper-Threading 4.0-4.2GHz Turbo LGA1151 Unlocked from Amazon

$374.95 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$379.99 at Newegg

High Gaming Performance:
It’s the CPU that offers the highest performance for a gaming PC, thanks to its high-frequencies and highly efficient architecture that offers far higher single-threaded performance than AMD’s CPUs.

Most video games only use two to four cores and prioritize single-threaded performance so when it comes to gaming performance, AMD’s fastest CPU, the 220W(TDP) FX-9590 is no match for Intel’s Core i7-6700K when it comes to gaming performance.

Simply put, AMD hasn’t updated their high-end FX CPU’s architecture since it launched in September 2011. In the meantime, Intel is trying to launch a new generation of Core i CPUs every year, alternating between a new architecture (higher performance) and a smaller manufacturing process (lower power consumption).

When the first CPU based on the Bulldozer FX architecture came out, they were facing Intel second generation Sandy Bridge Core CPUs, such as the popular Core i5-2500K. The Core i7-6700K is four (!) generations ahead of that, so it has a higher-performance architecture, higher frequencies (4GHz base frequency, 4.2GHz maximum Turbo frequency) and is even more power efficient.

High overall performance:
With 4 Skylake cores and Hyper-Threading, the Core i7-6700K can handle 8 threads simultaneously. With its high performance, it’s a fine choice for a Gaming PC that also gets used as a workstation.

The Core i7-6700K also consumes a lot less power (200W less at load than the AMD FX-9590!), resulting in a PC that consumes less electricity (lower electricity bill) and is less noisy.

It also allows you to spend less money on the power supply because you don’t need one that’s as powerful.

Ready to overclock
Finally, it is an unlocked multiplier CPU, so you can easily overclock it (raise its frequency) to raise its performance even more!

Tier 5, 6 and 7 feature recommended components that are optimized for overclocking, meaning that your overclock won’t be limited by an inadequate CPU Cooler or something alike.

The i7 series brings with it Hyper-Threading, which isn’t that useful for gaming (i.e. it doesn’t bring much more performance for video games), but if you do a lot of photo/video editing, heavy multi-tasking, highly demanding workloads, need all the CPU performance that you can get or just want a more powerful CPU, the Core i7-6700K is an excellent choice.

It also offers higher frequencies (4.0-4.4GHz) as well as an unlocked multiplier for full overclocking.

Motherboard:

Motherboard form factor:
ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX, which should you pick?

For this guide, I recommend Micro-ATX motherboards, in order to have your gaming PC fit in a smaller case. Size wise, Micro-ATX motherboards are an intermediate step between the larger ATX form-factor and the smaller Mini-ITX form-factor. All our recommended gaming PCs feature a single video card with a dedicated sound card, so the additional expansion slots of an ATX motherboard aren’t necessary.

Mini-ITX motherboard are smaller, but also only have a single PCI-Express 16x slot, preventing the use of a dedicated sound card. The selection of Mini-ITX cases is also more limited, building the PC is more difficult due to the limited space and compatibility between the parts is more problematic, due to the limited space in the case. Finally, parts compatible with a Mini-ITX case tend to be more expensive. That said, I do plan on introducing a Mini-ITX system guide later on this year.

All tiers:

Get the MSI Z170M MORTAR LGA 1151 Z170 Micro-ATX from Amazon


$119.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$119.99 at Newegg

Important note:
This motherboard includes two SATA cables, you will need to buy another SATA cable, because you need 3 SATA cables:
One for the optical drive, another for the mechanical hard drive, and one for the solid state drive.

I recommend and included in the budget an additional SATA cable.
I recommend a 18″ right-angle SATA cable from Amazon or $3.69 from B&H (Worldwide Shipping) or $2.99 at Newegg

This is a good mid-range Z170 motherboard, capable of supporting high frequency DDR4 RAM, CPU overclocking and with a good layout to support the video and sound cards.

It offers a lot of features, with high reliability, all at an affordable price.

You have four memory (RAM) slots on this motherboard, meaning that it supports up to 64GB (4 sticks of 16GB each) of RAM at most.

Why choose the Z170 chipset?
Motherboards with lower-end chipset, such as the H110, B150 and H170 only support DDR4 RAM frequency of 2133MHz.

Video game performance is significantly improved by using higher frequency DDR4 RAM (2866-3000-3200MHz) compared to lower frequency DDR4 RAM (2133MHz).

RAM frequencies above 2133MHz is only supported by motherboards with the Z170 chipset, same goes for CPU overclocking (officially), hence why I recommend a Z170 chipset equipped motherboard in order to get the best gaming performance possible.

Ports, expansion slots, features, what’s included in the box and warranty:

  • Ports on the back: 2x USB 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 LAN, one P/S2, 6 audio ports, optical S/PDIF output, VGA/DVIHDMI outputs and a Clear CMOS button (useful to reset the motherboard after a failed overclocking attempt).
  • Expansion slots: One PCI-Express 3.0 16x slot, two PCI-Express 1x slot and one PCI-Express 16x (which runs at 4x through the chipset) slots.
  • Other connectors/features on the motherboard: Three fan connectors (CPU + 2 x 4 pins), six SATA 6.0Gb/s, two SATA Express, two USB 3.0 header, one USB 2.0 header, LPT header and a COM header.
  • Included in the box: Motherboard, two SATA cables, backplate, manual and CD.

Higher-end alternative:

For future SLI or Crossfire setups:
Note that the second PCI-Express 16x slot on the recommended motherboard runs at PCI-Express 2.0 4x from the chipset. This configuration is not recommended for an AMD Crossfire dual video cards setup nor is it compatible with Nvidia SLI.

So, if you intend on adding a second video card in the future, I recommend the:
ASUS Maximus VIII Gene LGA 1151 Z170 Micro ATX from Amazon or $209.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping) or $209.99 at Newegg

Note that if you want to go with a SLI/Crossfire setup, you’ll want a USB sound card (seeing as you’ll have no space for a PCI-Express sound card), as well as a more powerful power supply. Additional cooling fans for your case may be a good idea too.

Video Card:

A few important recommendations and notes regarding video cards:

  • Get the latest version of the video card drivers directly from AMD or Nvidia. That way, you’ll be sure to get the latest bug fixes as well as the best performance possible from your video card(s).
  • Most video cards require one or two PCI-Express 6 or 8 pin power connector(s) to be plugged into them to function properly. Make sure that your power supply comes equipped with enough 6 and/or 8 pin connectors for your video cards. Of course, I double-checked that already for the recommendations in this article, I simply mention it if you decide to modify a build to your own taste.

Tier 4:

Get the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SSC OC Dual fan from Amazon

$225.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$225.99 at Newegg

Why am I recommending the Geforce GTX 960 4GB?

AMD used to offer the now discontinued R9 280X around the same price, but its availability is limited, making the prices fluctuate higher than the GTX 960. The GTX 960 cost less, consumes less power, emits less heat and noise and is readily available.

I now recommend the 4GB version, seeing as 2GB is quickly becoming a bottleneck in some newer games, even at 1920 x 1080.

Geforce GTX 960 vs AMD R9 280X

Performance:

Overall the Radeon R9 280X 3GB does has a slight edge in FPS performance, according to TechReport’s review of the Geforce GTX 960. However, the GTX 960 has slightly better 99th percentile performance, resulting in less shuttering and a smoother gameplay.

Avoid the R9 380:
– The R9 280X comes with 2048 shader processors, 128 texture units and 32 ROPs. Frequencies of 1000MHz/6000MHz for the core and memory respectively.
– The R9 380 comes with 1792 shader processors, 112 texture units and 32 ROPs. Frequencies of 970MHz/5500MHz for the core and memory respectively.

The Radeon R9 280X may be older, but it’s more powerful than the R9 380.

You may argue that the R9 380 comes with 4GB, but at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p/Full HD), there’s no advantage in having 4GB over 3GB. At higher resolutions, neither the R9 280X nor the R9 380 is powerful enough to run games with playable frame rates.

Why recommend the EVGA Geforce GTX 960 SSC OC ACX 2.0+?

1- EVGA customer support is the best in the industry. If you have any problem with your card, you can rely on them to get useful answers in a timely manner.
2- This particular card runs at higher frequencies than the reference Geforce GTX 960, resulting in higher performance.
3- Double bearing fans, meaning it has a longer lifespan and is less likely to fail early like cheaper sleeve fans.
4- If the GPU runs at 60C or less, the fans will shut down and your video card is silent. Of course, if the GPU runs above 60C, the fans will start again automatically. This is not exclusive to EVGA video cards but it’s a nice feature to have.

What games can this video card handle?

The Geforce GTX 960 is capable of handling most games at a resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080) at 60+ FPS. You may have to lower details in the most demanding games.

Tier 5:

Get the MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Dual fan from Amazon

$329.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

$324.99 at Newegg

Radeon R9 390 vs Geforce GTX 970:

The Radeon R9 390 offers slightly better performance at a slightly lower price.

It offers twice the memory (4GB vs 8GB), but unless you run games on multiple monitors and/or at a 4K resolution, this makes no difference.

What games can this video card handle?

This card will run any game at 1920 x 1200 (or 1080 for 1080p) maxed out, as well as games at 2560 x 1600 without any problem. Gaming with a 4K resolution or on multiple monitors is also possible, although you might have to turn settings down, depending on the game.

Tier 6:

Get the Sapphire R9 Fury 4GB Triple Fan from Amazon

$538.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

$519.99 at Newegg

The Radeon R9 Fury offers higher performance than the Geforce GTX 980, according to extremetech and Pcper.

What video games can the Radeon R9 Fury run smoothly?
The Radeon R9 Fury is the ideal card for running games at 1920 x 1080 (1080p or Full HD) with maximum details and very high FPS, as well as 2560 x 1440 with very high/max details and 60+ FPS in most games.4K is playable, possibly with lower details, but ideally, you want a more powerful video card or multiple cards for 4K gaming with high details and very high FPS to go with a adaptive refresh rate monitor, that is a Free-Sync monitor for this AMD video card.

Tier 7: Get the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB CLASSIFIED OC Dual-Fan from Amazon

$678.89 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

$678.99 at Newegg

97% of Titan X performance for 65% of the price

The Geforce GTX 980 Ti offers on average 97% of the performance that the Geforce Titan X offers (according to AnandTech), while costing 35% less, making it a bargain for such high performance.

Why do I recommend the EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified?

1- EVGA customer support is the best in the industry. If you have any problem with your card, you can rely on them to get useful answers in a timely manner.
2- This particular card runs at higher frequencies than the reference Geforce GTX 980 Ti, resulting in higher performance.
3- Double bearing fans, meaning it has a longer lifespan and is less likely to fail early like cheaper sleeve fans.
4- If the GPU runs at 60C or less, the fans will shut down and your video card is silent. Of course, if the GPU runs above 60C, the fans will start again automatically. This is not exclusive to EVGA video cards but it’s a nice feature to have.
5- EVGA makes some of the most reliable video cards in the industry.

RAM:

Tier 4:

Get the 8GB (2x4GB) Dual-Channel Kit DDR4 3000MHz from Amazon

$34.79 (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)

Is 3000MHz DDR4 RAM necessary?

You get a good gaming performance increase going from DDR4 2133MHz to DDR4 3000MHz, hence why I’m recommending DDR4 3000MHz for Tier 4.

Tier 5, 6 and 7:

Get the 16GB (2x8GB) Dual-Channel Kit DDR4 3200MHz from Amazon


$99.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$84.99 at Newegg

Why upgrade to 16GB of RAM?

Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 use your unused RAM as a cache, in order to speed up your system, so more RAM allows Windows to cache more things.

If you’re like me and like switching back (Alt-Tab or Alt-Esc) to your desktop to check something while pausing your game and keeping it open, 16GB will even more improve the responsiveness of your PC.

Same goes if you like to have a lot of different applications open at the same time.

Also, if you using other demanding programs (think photo/video/audio editing), 16GB will help your PC handle it with ease.

Another things to keep in mind is if you intend on keeping this Gaming PC for several years, 16GB is worth it.

This is exactly why Tier 5, 6 and 7 feature 16GB of RAM. That way, you know that you’ll be future-proof for a while and that you can alt-tab out of your games with minimal lag.

32GB kit alternatives:

32GB is overkill for all but the most powerful High-End Gaming PCs. The only reasons to justify upgrading to 32GB in my opinion is if you use your Gaming PCs for highly demanding workloads, tons of multi-tasking with highly demanding applications or to future-proof your Gaming PC.

That said, here’s my recommendation for a 32GB memory kit.

Is it worth it to get RAM with higher frequencies?

While synthetic benchmarks show great increases in bandwidth with higher frequency RAM, you’ll have a tough time seeing a perceivable difference in real-life applications.

In my opinion, there is little incentive to move to higher frequency RAM (e.g. 3400MHz+ RAM vs the recommended 3200MHz), as this will only bring a very small performance increase, nothing noticeable, while costing quite a bit more in some cases. While you get performance increases going from 2133 to 3200MHz, after that, you hit diminishing returns and it simply isn’t worth spending more in my opinion.

You’re better off investing that extra money on a faster CPU, faster video card, a higher capacity SSD, a different case, etc. Unless you think that spending a lot more money to brag about your “uber” 3200+MHz RAM sticks is worth it…Hey, it’s your money after all 😛

Maximum amount of RAM:

The motherboard for Tier 4, 5, 6 and 7, as well as the higher-end alternative in this guide support four sticks of RAM, for a maximum of 64GB (4 sticks of 16GB) of RAM.

RAM Heatsinks and CPU cooler clearance:

Every kit that I recommend in this guide feature either no heatsinks or small heatsinks that don’t raise too much above the RAM sticks.

Why?

  1. Because RAM heatsinks barely make any difference when it comes to RAM temperatures. Besides, even if you overclock it/raise the voltage (at your own risk, Intel doesn’t recommend more than 1.5V), RAM temperatures aren’t a problem as long as you have decent airflow in your case.
  2. Tall RAM heatsinks can get in the way of larger aftermarket CPU air coolers, preventing you from installing your aftermarket CPU Cooler!

Important: RAM can require manual configuration within the BIOS to reach its full potential or function properly!

By default, some RAM kits will boot at lower frequencies than they are rated for. This is perfectly normal, it does not mean that your RAM is defective.

You simply have to go within the BIOS/UEFI (The first thing that you see when your PC starts) and enable XMP, for your RAM to function at its rated speed.

If XMP is not available or doesn’t work for some reason, you can adjust the RAM settings manually, such as frequency (In MHz, usually linked to the CPU, look for a CPU:RAM ratio), and timings (a series of numbers, such as 9-9-9-24).
Refer to your motherboard manual and your RAM specifications for more information.

Alternative RAM from other manufacturers:
I recommend high-performance RAM from reliable brands at the best price possible. If the recommendations are out of stock or not available to you, look for alternatives from Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, Kingston, Mushkin or Patriot. Here’s what you need to make sure that it’s compatible: DDR4, 3000 or 3200MHz (Frequency), two or four sticks of RAM so 2x4GB, 2x8GB, 4x8GB or 4x16GB.

Storage:

  • Quick tip #1: Get the most performance out of your SSD, by selecting AHCI in your BIOS/UEFI options. Unless you use multiple SSD or HDD in RAID that is, in which case you want to select RAID.
  • Quick tip #2: Save storage capacity on your SSD by moving your documents default location to your hard drive. See this tutorial on the forums for instructions on how to do so. It’s pretty simple.

SSD FAQ:

If you wondering “Who are SSDs for?”, if you want a quick recap on what a SSD is or want to learn more about the benefits of using a SSD, I invite you to read our SSD FAQ.

SSD for Tier 4 and 5:

Get the  Sandisk Ultra II 2.5″ 480GB SATA III SSD from Amazon

$129.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$139.99 at Newegg

Offering good performance and reliability at an excellent price.

Need a SSD with more storage capacity? Upgrade to the Tier 6-7 960GB SSD for roughly $100 more or get the 2TB alternative suggested below.

SSD for Tier 6 and 7:

Get the Sandisk Ultra II 2.5″ 960GB SATA III SSD from Amazon


$234.52 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$249.99 at Newegg

At less than $240 for 960GB, the Sandisk Ultra II is only $0.25 per GB, while offering good performance and reliability.

How much storage capacity do you need on your SSD?
Wondering how much storage you need on your SSD? See our article on How to choose the right SSD storage capacity and pay less for your computer.

If 960GB isn’t enough for you, here’s a 2TB SSD alternative:

  1. Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ 2TB SATA III SSD from Amazon or $649.00 B&H – Worldwide Shipping or $647.99 Newegg

For other options and alternatives, take a look at our The Best SSDs For Your Money article.

Hard Drive:

Tier 4 and 5:

Get the WD Blue 1TB 7,200rpm SATA III from Amazon

$54.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$53.99 at Newegg

Why get a hard drive when you already have a SSD?
It’s fairly simple: The SSD has a limited capacity, so the idea is that you have two drives:
1. The higher performance but lower capacity SSD for Windows, highly demanding games and programs that will benefit from the higher performance
2. The lower performance but higher capacity hard drive for pictures, music, video, large files and older games.

Note that you can save storage capacity on your SSD by moving your documents default location to your hard drive. See this tutorial on the forums for instructions on how to do so. It’s pretty simple.

The WD Blue 1TB offers good performance and great reliability at a reasonable cost.

Tier 6 and 7:

Get the WD Blue 2TB SATA III from Amazon

$79.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$82.67 at Newegg

For Tier 6 and 7, the storage capacity gets bumped up to 2TB.

Yes, the WD Blue 2TB runs at 5,400rpm, but considering that it’s for storing media such as music, videos, pictures and the like, with your 960GB SSD taking care of games and programs that need the higher performance, this hard drive is plenty fast.

Most importantly, it’s reliable.

Higher capacity alternatives:

Visit The Best Internal Hard Drives (HDD) For Your Money article for higher capacities alternatives.

Optical Drive:

All Tiers :

Get the ASUS 24X SATA DVD Burner from Amazon

$19.95 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$19.99 at Newegg

Why this ASUS DVD Burner?
Simple: It’s highly reliable, having the best customer reviews on Amazon for a DVD Burner. It’s also reasonably priced. It’s the best selling model for a reason. 😉

This drive is able to read and burn CDs and DVDs. Relatively silent (it obviously makes some noise when reading/burning at high speed), compatible with all major formats including DVD-RAM.

Don’t believe people who say you don’t need a DVD drive anyone. For only $20, you can listen to audio CDs, watch TV and movie DVDs, see pictures stored on a DVD, the list goes on.

Upgrade to Full HD movies and TV shows by getting a Blu-Ray optical drive:

You’re getting a powerful Gaming PC with a nice monitor, why limit yourself to movies in low DVD definition (a mere 720×480)?

They will look awful on your screens if you watch them in fullscreen mode.

Do yourself a favor: You want to watch movies in Full HD to get the best visual experience possible. You want a Blu-Ray drive instead of a DVD drive.

Blu-ray player:

For playback purposes, the Pioneer BDC-207DBK Blu Ray Reader, DVD/CD Burner Internal Drive will the job. It can also burn CDs, DVDs but NOT Blu ray disks.

Blu-ray burner:

So if you want that, as well as wanting the ability to not just read but also burn Blu-Ray disks, then I recommend to you the:

– Pioneer Electronics USA 16X SATA Black Internal Blu-Ray/CD/DVD Burner from Amazon or $64.95 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping).

It’s a fast 16x model that’s recent (read: more compatible with all sort of Blu-ray disks), it’s reliable and well priced. It does not include any software, so you can buy the best one instead.

Software required for Blu-Ray playback:

Can I use free software to play Blu-ray disks?
I haven’t found a way to do so, if you happen to find one, leave a comment please!

If you want a trouble-free experience, no. As far as I know, you still require paid software to playback Blu-Ray disks on a PC.

Based on various reviews and feedback on various forums, PowerDVD 15 Pro is the software that I recommend to you.

You’ll want at least the Pro version for Blu-ray playback and the Ultra version for 3D Blu-ray. There’s the live version too, which you can subscribe to for 3 months or 12 months which includes ongoing access to future PowerDVD versions so you’re never stuck with an old version.

It is fully compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1 and should play give you any problems.

For burning blu-ray disks, there are many software solutions available on the Internet, including free ones. I’ve never burned Blu-Ray disks so I suggest that you do your own research on the best software for your needs. If you have experience with burning Blu-Ray disks and would like to suggest software for those who want to burn blu-ray disks, please leave a comment at the end of the article.

Case:

Tier 4:

Get the Corsair Carbide 88R from Amazon


$59.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$49.99 at Newegg

Why am I recommending this case?
It’s smaller than a large ATX case, it looks good (in my opinion), it’s easy to assemble a system in it and it’s fairly inexpensive.

It’s a case that does the job at a great price, which allows you to invest your money on the components that make a difference when it comes to performance.

Cooling wise, this case includes one 120mm rear case fan.

Features wise, you get:

  1. Two 2.5″ (SSD), two 3.5″ (Hard Drive) and one 5.25″ (optical) drive bays.
  2. One USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 ports that connect to the motherboard via an USB headers that are on the motherboard.
  3. An analog audio 3.5mm output (for speakers or headphones) and analog audio input (for a microphone). This header needs to be plugged into the sound card.
  4. Liquid cooling ready – supports a 120mm radiator (rear) or 240mm radiator (top).
  5. Cable routing holes and tie-downs.
  6. 1 x 120mm case fan to ventilate the case.

Tier 5, 6 and 7:

Get the SilverStone TJ08-E Temjin from Amazon

$99.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$99.99 at Newegg

Why am I recommending this case?
The SilverStone TJ08-E is designed for great cooling without much noise.

It’s equipped with a large 180mm front case fan, which brings in a lot of airflow without making much noise.

One of its interesting features is that you install the motherboard upside down. This helps with heat dissipation.

Features wise, you get:

  1. One 2.5″ (SSD), five 3.5″ (Hard Drive) and two 5.25″ (optical) drive bays.
  2. Two USB 3.0 ports that connect to the motherboard via an internal USB 3.0 header that’s on the motherboard.
  3. An analog audio 3.5mm output (for speakers or headphones) and analog audio input (for a microphone). This header needs to be plugged into the sound card.
  4. Upside down motherboard installation, which improves cooling.
  5. Two removable dust filters that facilitate cleaning your case.
  6. Liquid cooling ready – supports a 120mm radiator (rear). Tier 5-6-7 gets a water-cooling solution with a 120mm radiator.
  7. Cable routing holes and tie-downs.
  8. 1 x 180mm case fan to ventilate the case.

Power Supply:

Tier 4:

Get the Antec VP-450 450 Watt from Amazon

$37.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$37.99 at Newegg

This power supply is capable of delivering up to 450W, not that you should rely on this information only as I often point in posts such as Warning: 6 Surefire Ways of Blowing Up Your Computer Due to an Inadequate Power Supply, but more importantly 30A on the 12V line, the most important factor when it comes to choosing a power supply for a gaming computer.

Inexpensive and reliable, unlike some cheaper power supplies that are simply dangerous for your fragile computer parts that are sensitive to current fluctuations, ripples and electrical noise.

Tier 5

Get the SeaSonic SSR-550RM 550 Watt 80 PLUS Gold Modular from Amazon


$79.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$79.99 at Newegg

Value wise, this power supply is pretty much unbeatable. It is rated to deliver up to 550W, is rated for 45A on the 12V line, is 80PLUS Gold certified and finally, it is modular.

Did I mention that it was made by Seasonic, a brand known for its quality power supplies?

This power supply is capable of delivering up to 550W, not that you should rely on this information only as I often point in posts such as Warning: 6 Surefire Ways of Blowing Up Your Computer Due to an Inadequate Power Supply, but more importantly 46A on the 12V line, the most important factor when it comes to choosing a power supply for a gaming computer.

It is 80 PLUS Gold certified, to insure good efficiency, a lower power bill, less heat and noise, compared to a less efficient and/or lower quality power supply.

It is also modular, allowing you to use only the power cables that you need, resulting in a cleaner build.

Its efficiency also helps it remain fairly cool and quiet, as there is less wasted energy converted to heat to dissipate.

80 PLUS? Bronze? Gold?
80 PLUS refers to a certification from an independant group that a PSU meets their requirements for the specified level of efficiency. Here’s a chart that shows the different required levels of efficiency depending on the specific 80 PLUS certification:

Modular power supply?
A modular power supply is one that allows you to only plug in and only use the power cables that you actually need, instead of being stuck with a bunch of unused power cables that you need to hide somewhere in your case, that are resulting in less of a cable mess.

Tier 6 and 7:

Get the Seasonic G Series 750 Watts 80 Plus Gold Modular from Amazon


$117.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$119.99 at Newegg

This power supply is capable of delivering up to 750W, not that you should rely on this information only as I often point in posts such as Warning: 6 Surefire Ways of Blowing Up Your Computer Due to an Inadequate Power Supply, but more importantly 62A on the 12V line, the most important factor when it comes to choosing a power supply for a gaming computer.

It is 80 PLUS Gold certified, to insure good efficiency, a lower power bill, less heat and noise, compared to a less efficient and/or lower quality power supply.

It is also modular, allowing you to use only the power cables that you need, resulting in a cleaner build.

More powerful power supplies:

To future-proof your build, for future dual-video cards setups, etc.

Power Consumption:

How to calculate power consumption:
I recommend using the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator. Here are the settings that I used:

  • CPU depending on the Tier, 90% TDP. For Tier 6-7, it is overclocked to 4.3GHz/1.25V
  • Video Cards depends on the Tier
  • Two sticks of 4GB (Tier 4) or two sticks of 8GB (Tier 5, 6, 7) of DDR4
  • One regular SATA hard drive + One Flash SSD
  • 1 DVD-RW/DVD+RW Drive
    1 PCI-Express Cards: Standard Sound Card
  • 4 USB 3.0 Devices
  • 4 x 120mm regular fans
  • Computer utilization: Always on, 24/7

A quick note about the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator:
While that is the main tool that I use to estimate power consumption, do note that my recommendations also take into account my personal experience (15 years) and some additional research on my own to verify these numbers. This is why you may notice that the numbers that I give below may or may not match what the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator gives you. When in doubt, stick with my numbers, leave a comment or ask us on the forums.

Give your power supply some overhead:
While you can match a 650W PSU with a 630W requirement, it is good practice to add about 75-100W (125-150W if you overclock) of overhead, so that your PSU doesn’t run at full capacity all the time, as that will reduce its lifespan, increase its chance of failure, increase its heat output and its noise output.

Estimated Power Consumption, per Tier:
According to the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator, with the settings that I described above, it is estimated that this system will require at load (peak usage), the following Watts out of a power supply. The minimum requirements are in Italic, while my recommendations (including overhead) are in Bold:

  1. 341W/450W with the Intel Core i5-6500 and the Geforce GTX 960 (Tier 4).
  2. 470W/550W with the Intel Core i5-6500 and the Radeon R9 390 (Tier 5).
  3. 553W/700W with the Intel Core i5-6600K, overclocked to 4.3GHz/1.25v and the Radeon R9 Fury (Tier 6).
  4. 534W/700W with the Intel Core i5-6600K, overclocked to 4.3GHz/1.25v and the Geforce GTX 980 Ti (Tier 7).

Cooling:

CPU Cooler

Tier 4:

Get the Cooler Master TX3 from Amazon

$18.80 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$22.99 at Newegg

The Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler is a low-cost after-market CPU Cooler that offers better cooling capabilities than the stock Intel CPU Cooler that’s included with the CPU.

Considering that the CPU recommended for Tier 4 cannot be overclocked, the point of this CPU Cooler is to keep the CPU temperatures low during long gaming sessions and to avoid the noise from the Intel stock CPU Cooler.

Tier 5, 6 and 7:

Get the Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Liquid 120mm CPU Cooler from Amazon

$59.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Why am I recommending the Corsair H55?
The Corsair Hydro Series H55 CPU Cooler currently offers the best value for an after-market CPU Cooler, offering outstanding performance at a lower price than high-end air CPU Coolers.

This means that you can overclock your unlocked CPU pretty high before worrying about limited by your CPU cooler cooling abilities.

It’s also more quiet than other all-in-one liquid CPU Coolers, so noise is not a problem either.

Tier 5, 6 and 7 are designed with overclocking in mind and the Corsair H55 will have no problem handling the additional heat coming from high levels of overclocking.

Thermal Interface kit:

Note: The CPU Coolers that I recommend already include high-performance thermal compound, so you don’t need to buy any.

Fan controller:

Fan controllers allow you to control the speed of your computer fan(s). That way, you can reduce their speed and lower their noise.

  • $15 – FrozenCPU Deluxe Multi Power Port – 12V / 7V / 5V – This a board with four 12V 3pin fan headers, four 7V 3pin fan headers and four 5V 3pin fan headers. 12V will let your fan(s) run at full speed, 7V at lower speeds and 5V at even lower speeds. Note that not all fans can start with 5V. The underside of this board has a sticky material, allowing you to stick it somewhere in your case. Practical if you don’t have a free 5.25″ drive bay and if you want to see the speed of your fans once and forget about them.

Sound:

Sound card:

All Tiers:

Get the ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 PCI-Express Sound Card from Amazon

Installation note:
You’ll want to install this sound card in the bottom PCI-Express 16x slot of the motherboard. Yes, a PCI-Express 1x card is compatible in a 16x slot and no, it won’t affect your video card performance.

$38.20 (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)
$43.00 at Newegg

While integrated audio has improved a lot over the years, it’s still no match for the sound quality of a dedicated sound card.

Ask yourself:
1. Do you want to hear music as it was intended to be heard?
2. Do you want better location awareness through improved sound positioning in video games?
3. Do you want to fully take advantage of your headphones and/or speakers with higher-quality amplification?

If you said yes to any to these questions, you want a dedicated sound card.

Why am I recommending the ASUS Xonar DGX?

It offers great sound quality at a reasonable price.

Considering that audio is a big part of your PC experience, I believe that more or less $40, or a small % of your total budget, is entirely worth it to improve your PC audio quality, whether it’s for gaming, music or other entertainment purposes.

Want a better sound card?
Now, if you appreciate higher-quality sound, there are better sound cards that are available. See the alternatives below.

If you plan on adding a second video card in the future:
You’ll want to get a USB sound card, for compatibility reasons: Micro-ATX motherboards have four expansion slots and most video cards take the equivalent of two slots worth of space, so you cannot fit a PCI or PCI-Express sound card anywhere with two video cards.

One advantage of a USB sound card is that you can easily move it from your desktop to your laptop or any other PC. Once the drivers are installed, it’s a plug&play device, meaning that it works as soon as you plug it in the USB port, without needing to restart your PC or anything.

Alternatives:

  1. Get the ASUS Xonar DSX 7.1 PCI-Express from Amazon, $64.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping) or $53.99 at Newegg – If you want a 7.1 sound card, with higher sound quality than the Xonar DGX.
  2. Get the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z from Amazon, $89.95 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping), $109.95 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping) or $79.99 at Newegg
  3. Get the ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card from Amazon or $45.95 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping) – If you have no free expansion slots on your motherboard or would rather keep them free (for future Crossfire/SLI), this is a good affordable USB sound card, with an headphone amplifier and good sound quality.
  4. Get the ASUS Xonar U5 5.1 USB Sound Card from Amazon or $69.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping) – A higher-end USB sound card, with support for 5.1 speakers.
  5. Get the ASUS Xonar U7 7.1 192kHz/24-bit USB Sound Card from Amazon or $87.75 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping) – High-end USB sound card, with support for 7.1 speakers and high-fidelity 192kHz/24-bit playback.

Speakers:

While I do not include speakers in the Tiers budgets, seeing as you may already own some or simply do not want any, here are some recommendations for great speakers at various price points:

Note that the power output is in RMS Watts, a more accurate measurement.

2.0 speakers: 2 satellites and no subwoofer:

2.1 speakers: 2 satellites and a subwoofer:

5.1 speakers: 5 satellites and a subwoofer:

Headphones/Earphones

I do not include headphones nor earphones in the Tiers budgets, seeing as you may already own a pair or simply do not want any.

Also keep in mind that sound quality is subjective, so while these are some great recommendations, in my opinion, at their respective price points, those recommendations are based on my own research, not yours. I do recommend that you do your own research, to figure out the best headphones for your needs, based on the type of music that you listen to and the games that you play.

There are various types of headphones and earphones, take the time to consider which one would be the best for you.

Double-check the cable length, it might be too short for your needs. Consider that you might need an extension cable. You’ll want a female to male 3.5mm audio cable. This is an analog cable, so this is where spending a bit more for a quality cable will make a difference in quality.

Open Design Headphones:
As the name implies, an open hear headphone means that it doesn’t cover or seal off the ear from hearing outside noises.

Pros: Enough airflow to keep your ears cool. On average lighter than closed design headphones. Resonance is significantly reduced providing better audio quality and a better audio experience.
Cons: You hear outside noises, so they can’t be used in noisy environments. They leak out sound, so they provide no privacy (people can hear what you’re listening to) and this can bother people that are close to you.

Closed Design Headphones:
These are the opposite of open design headphones. These headsets usually have larger ear cups that isolate the user’s ears from his surroundings and its design is typically meant to block out outside sounds.

Pros: 1- Closed ear cups that seal off the ear from the outside world so you can expect sounds not to leak in (cuts out external sound)
2- Doesn’t leak sound: You can enjoy exclusive audio entertainment particularly in a typically noisy environment, without bothering anyone.

Cons: 1- Due to the closed ear design, airflow is greatly minimized or prevented, producing more resonance and this can negatively affect the quality of sound.
2- Due to how they isolate you from outside noise, it makes you more vulnerable to accidents.

  1. Koss UR-20: Click here to get the price on Amazon or $19.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  2. Panasonic RP-HTX7 (In Black, Blue, Red, White, Cream, Pink or Green): Click here to get the price on Amazon or $34.99 to $49.99 at  B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  3. Audio-Technica ATH-M30x: Click here to get the price on Amazon or $69.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  4. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x: Click here to get the price on Amazon or $99.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  5. Audio Technica ATH-A700: Click here to get the price on Amazon
  6. Audio Technica ATH-M50x Black, Brown or White: Click here to get the price on Amazon
  7. Sennheiser HD25-1 II: Click here to get the price on Amazon or $249.95 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

In-Ear Headphones:
Simply put, these are headphones that you insert straight into your ear, to create a seal between the headphones and your ears.

Some come with an integrated microphone that is often compatible with smartphones.

Important:
Make sure to take your time to properly test the different size of included tips, to find the ones that best fit your ears. This will make all the difference between a poor sounding pair and a good sounding one.

  1. Panasonic RPHJE120K Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Red, Silver or Violet – Click here to get the price on Amazon
  2. Panasonic RPTCM125K Black, Blue, Pink, Purple or White: Click here to get the price on Amazon or $10.34 B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  3. Symphonized NRG Premium with Mic (Wood + White) – Click here to get the price on Amazon
  4. Symphonized NRG Premium with Mic (Red + Black) – Click here to get the price on Amazon
  5. Bose SoundTrue: Click here to get the price on Amazon
  6. Yamaha EPH-100SL: Click here to get the price on Amazon or $149.95 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  7. Shure SE315-K (Black or White): Click here to get the price on Amazon or $199.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  8. Shure SE315-K (Black or White) with Mic & Remote Cable Kit: $242.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  9. Shure SE535-V (Bronze, Clear or Red): Click here to get the price on Amazon or $499.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  10. Shure SE535-V (Bronze) with Mic & Remote Cable Kit: $542.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Microphone:

I recommend going for a pair of headphone with a dedicated microphone versus going with a headset that has a microphone, for two reasons:

1- The sound quality, for both the headphone part and the microphone part, is on average superior with a dedicated pair of headphones and a dedicated microphone vs a headset at comparable price points.
2- If the microphone on the headset breaks down (and they do more often than not, with years of usage), you’ll be stuck without your headset if you get it replaced, or either getting a new headset ($$) or a separated microphone. If either the headphones or the microphone breaks down, you still have the other part that you don’t have to replace.

You can also walk outside with a pair of headphones. A headset? You’ll look odd (in my opinion anyway).

If you want a dedicated microphone, to talk to your teammates online or for any other purpose, I recommend the Zalman Zm-Mic1 Microphone: Click here to get the price on Amazon / $7.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping) which is an excellent low-cost option with perfectly fine audio quality and build quality. Three mini clips on the microphone cable help you latch the cable onto the headphone cable.

Want a higher quality USB desktop microphone for talking online, for recording broadcasts such as podcasts, or to record music? I recommend the Snowball USB Microphone: Click here to get the price on Amazon / $64.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping) which offers excellent sound quality and is available in many colors.

Headsets:

Headsets are basically headphones with an integrated microphone.

If you go with an headset, make sure to check them all out, since they vary considerably in design.

  1. Yapster TM-YP100A: Click here to get the price on Amazon
  2. Koss SB-45: Click here to get the price on Amazon or $24.45 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  3. Sennheiser PC 151: Click here to get the price on Amazon / $51.49 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  4. SteelSeries Siberia V2 Available in 9 colors: Click here to get the price on Amazon or $79.50 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
  5. Logitech 7.1 Surround G35: Click here to get the price on Amazon
  6. Logitech Wireless 7.1 Surround G930: Click here to get the price on Amazon
  7. Audio Technica ATHADG1 Open-Back Gaming Headset: Click here to get the price on Amazon
  8. Audio Technica ATHAG1 Closed-Back Gaming Headset: Click here to get the price on Amazon

Network:

All Tiers:
Ethernet RJ-45 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN: Integrated on the motherboard

Integrated with the motherboard, this network adapter will allow you to access your local network and Internet, by connecting a Cat5-e cable from your modem/router to your PC.

If you need a cable, or a longer cable than what you have, to connect your PC to your modem, measure the distance between the modem/router and your PC. Consider that you may want to move your equipment at some point in the future. Order whichever length you need of CAT-5e cable. Don’t waste your money on a CAT6 cable, it will make no difference in speed.

Wireless Networking:
Need a WiFi adapter, router or Bluetooth adapter?

See our article on The Best WiFi Routers, Best WiFi Adapters and Bluetooth Adapters.

Recommended Operating System (OS):

The operating system cost, if there’s one, is not included in the total cost. The two reasons for this are:

  1. The budget only considers hardware.
  2. You may be able re-use a previous license, upgrade from a previous version of Windows or go with an open-source OS such as Linux.

Note that you’ll need a 64-bit version OS, as 32-bit systems are limited to 4GB of memory, which is not enough.

For the best gaming performance, I recommend Windows 10.

It includes DirectX 12, it boots and shutdowns faster than Windows 7 and 8 as well as uses less resources.

Visually, it is a big improvement over Windows 8.1

Microsoft has been optimizing Windows 10 to improve performance. If you want the best performance, especially with Intel’s Skylake or future processors from Intel and AMD, Windows 10 is the way to go.

Launched on July 29th 2015, Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest version of the popular Windows operating system.

The Start Menu is back, you get DirectX 12, the search function is improved, it boots faster, using it is a lot simpler than Windows 8.

It basically improved on what Windows 7 offered.

For more details on Windows 10, I recommend that you find a review of it online.

There are two versions that are available:
The DVD version is less expensive:

The USB versions are currently more expensive, but may be more convenient for you:

Note that you can buy the less expensive DVD version of Windows 10 and use its CD key to download Windows 10 from Microsoft to your own USB key.

Linux

Linux is gaining more and more support as a Gaming OS and while many games still only run on Windows, there are a growing selection of titles that are available for Linux or that can run on Linux with some work.

Wine is an application that allows you to run Windows programs on Linux, including games of course. The Wine Application Database has a list of the games that run smoothly or with minimal/minor issues through Wine.

Crossover: Run the most popular Windows games/programs on Linux

Crossover allows you to play popular games as well as run Windows applications and more on Linux.

Open source games and source ports are also a good way to play games on Linux.

Steam is more Linux friendly than ever, with many games that have been or will be ported to run on Linux.

There are a large variety of distributions (variants) of Linux, each with its pros and cons. Ubuntu is the most popular and arguably the most supported. For more information on other distribution of Linux and their latest version, visit Distrowatch.com,

If you need assistance with Linux, LinuxQuestions.org is a good place to start.

While Linux does not offer the wide compatibility of Windows with video games, gaming on Linux is still possible, through projects such as Wine, . For more on the topic of Linux Gaming, I invite you to read this excellent article from AnandTech: Linux Gaming: Are we there yet?

What about Word processing, Excel and other Windows-based programs that you need? Linux, being an open platform, has many free alternatives for you. For Word/Excel and such, try LibreOffice.
Cost: Free

Conclusion

What did you think of this article? Let me know if you have any suggestion to improve this article or your opinion on it by leaving a comment below. Additionally, if a part goes out of stock, let me know.

Don’t agree with my choices? Have a better idea?

Feel free to leave a comment. There’s always place for improvement and after some research I may change the part according to your suggestion.

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