Info PC Build Guide: The Best Gaming PC (2017)

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  1. Archaos

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    Build guide: The best gaming PC

    By PC Gamer 17 days ago

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    Great performance for a reasonable price.
    The best cheap gaming PC
    (<$500/£500) - Our alternative to buying a console.
    The best budget gaming PC
    (~$750/£750) - A good entry-level system.
    The best gaming PC
    (~$1,250/£1,250) - Our recommended midrange build for most gamers.
    The best high-end gaming PC
    (~$2,000/£2,000) - Everything a gamer could want.
    The best extreme gaming PC
    (>$3,000/£3,000) - You won the lotto and are going all-in on gaming.

    The best gaming PC isn't one you buy: it's one you build. Building PCs can be a very expensive hobby, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great, powerful build for a reasonable price. Not everyone needs to play games at 4K, after all. The trick is to build a PC that will offer impressive performance now while still delivering the power needed to play games at least two to three years in the future.

    We have system builds for everyone here at PC Gamer, with five builds each targeting a different price. From the cheap build starting below $500 / £500 up through an extreme system priced well north of $3,000 / £3,000, we have your back. This guide represents the balanced option, giving you what we feel is the best PC gaming system that balances price and performance for around $1,250 / £1,250.

    This midrange PC is designed to give outstanding marks for 1080p gaming, with solid 1440p performance as well. This is mostly achieved by virtue of the video card, thanks to the advent of the GTX 1070, though CPU and RAM do come into play as well. What this machine won’t be aimed at is those who need extra computing power for video, sound, and image editing. For those uses, you’ll need to spend more for a CPU that can deliver on those tasks. Similarly, gaming at 4K is best reserved for builds sporting one or more higher-end GTX 1080 Ti GPUs.

    The price point also doesn't account for the operating system or any peripherals. Check out our buying guides for the best mouse, keyboard, and gaming monitor for our favorite picks to pair with your new rig.

    Components
    Today's best andIntel Core i5-7600K,MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon,Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070,Ripjaws V Series DDR4-2666 16GB (2x8GB),Intel 600p 512GB,Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo,EVGA SuperNOVA G1 650W,NZXT S340 deals

    Additional Resources:

    Toms Hardware: Best Cases
    The Tech Buyer's Guide: The best $1500 PC
    Best Nvidia 1080TI deals: Nvidia 1080TI
     
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    Components
    Today's best andIntel Core i5-7600K,MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon,Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070,Ripjaws V Series DDR4-2666 16GB (2x8GB),Intel 600p 512GB,Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo,EVGA SuperNOVA G1 650W,NZXT S340 deals

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    Intel Core i5-7600K
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    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
    $449.99
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    EVGA SuperNOVA G1 650W
    $89.99
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    MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon
    $164.99
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    G.Skill Ripjaws V Series DDR4-2666 16GB (2x8GB)
    $127.95
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    Intel 600p 512GB
    $201.47
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    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
    $27.96
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    NZXT S340
    $64.99
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    We based this build on prices we could find at the time we updated this article, but prices do change. You'll find real-time prices for the parts in the list above and the part descriptions below.
     
  3. Neil_Hines

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    Believe me when I say this, that, "There is no best gaming PC" as every gamer wants something more than their current rig. But if you're looking for some really good and branded prebuilt gaming PCs then I would suggest you to for Aurora R5, 'cause, it's the best one out there that I have tested.
     
  4. Caindenite

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    I have an Aurora R4, I have no issues other than should have gone with SSD over Raid system.

    I would like to see what others in Ruin are running with.

    Build:
    OS Name: Windows 1o Pro
    Processor: Intel Core i7-3930k CPU @ 3.20GHz 6 core 12 logical processors
    Ram: 32GB
    Hard Drive / Storage: 7 TB Intel Raid Zero has errors @ this capacity but runs perfectly fine.
    Motherboard: Alienware model # unknown
    Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

    Peripherals:
    Mouse: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
    Keyboard: Razer Naga Chrome
    Speakers: Bose Solo 15 soundbar
    Headset: Raser razer Tiamat 7.1 Orginal version
    Mic(if you have a standalone mic): Razer Seiren
    2nd keypad: Razer Nostromo
    Controller: Xbox 360 wired
     
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  5. Iderras

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    MB: Asus Maximus Hero VIII
    Processor: Intel i7 6700 Skylake
    GPU: EVGA Nvidia GeForce 980 GTX Ti
    RAM: 32Gb Corsair Vengeance DDR4
    Mem: 3Tb WD Black 7200rpm formed RAID/ 1Tb SSD drive
    OS: Windows 10 Home Edition

    Tower is a Cooler Master HAF full size case

    Peripherals I use are in the middle of being upgraded and changed but currently plugged in are:

    Dell 27" 2560 x 1440 144Hz 1ms LED Monitor
    Western Digital 2Tb My Passport Removable Drive
    Steelseries Merc Gaming Keyboard (a veeeeery old model)
    Logitech Z313 speaker system
    Razer Naga Mouse
    Some old generic $15 Logitech headset
    Netgear A6100 Wireless reciever

    Altogether the machine ran me $2300, monitor $550, everything else was plucked from my old PC
     
  6. Iderras

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    from experience limit your dealing with, or outright avoid this franchise when it comes to PC components or purchases. They are an Office Supply Franchise that deals more in printers than actual computers and their selection of decent PC parts or towers is poor/ non existent. if you are buying parts for a new PC build or upgrading your current then your best bet is Newegg or Amazon. If you are in a pinch Bestbuy or an equivalent is where you want look for parts.

    that said Officemax and Office Depot are really good if you are looking for budget keyboards or mice, removable hard drives, printers, or low end office PCs. Basically just peripherals.

    this is coming from someone who has worked in the franchise for 3 years and know exactly what they hold in their stock
     

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