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Gaming PC AND Monitor Thread
**Beginning to come out of date, better products are now available. Tag me if you want a build

Lately there has been an influx of posts of people wanting a new PC, asking how well everything will perform with a budget of X dollars(All prices are in USD).

For those of you looking to skim read, budgets go from $600 > $800 > $1000 > $1200

I'm making this thread to help people find PC parts for their budget.

For those who don't think they can build their own PC, I guarantee you can. There are plenty of videos out there that are very thorough, here are a few (these helped me):









Keep in mind, prices are always subject to change, and PCPartPicker helps sort all of the parts by price, getting the best deals.
Also, this is my take on what I believe is the best for your budget

Check if you live near a Microcenter. If so, you can save a decent amount of money on CPU's and Motherboards .

If you are interested in how each PC performs in games/benchmarks, simply just search on youtube [CPU Name] [GPU Name] [Game Name/Benchmark(I.e Firestrike)]

All Windows keys, I would suggest buying from here. I have bought many from this user, he is a mod on that subreddit, and I got my key within an hour. If anyone needs help with that, just PM me.

Of course, these aren't set in stone, especially with new products coming out.

If you plan on running games at say 1440p or higher, I would say R9 390 would be a better choice over the GTX 970, but if you are just trying to do 1080p gaming, go with the 970

First off, lets start with the budget build. The $600 build, this will run anything you throw at it quite well for a $600 budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($30.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 380 4GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC Solo-T1-BK ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.89 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit ($20.00)
Total: $597.22
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-16 10:12 EDT-0400

Moving up (~$800 Build), We're still in the gaming zone, however you're getting better performance. I would suggest this build to all:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($33.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit ($20.00)
Total: $827.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-16 10:19 EDT-0400

Let's keep going. A $1,000 budget - this is where we begin for you YouTube content creators, I'm not saying that these other builds won't permit you to record, but this will record with flying colors, we're still going with an i5:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($96.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($108.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($63.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit ($20.00)
Total: $1000.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-16 10:33 EDT-0400

Next, we're going up for the Streamers, and hardcore editors, with this $1200 build, we're in i7 Zone, this thing will stream games very well, with a minimal hit on performance:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($345.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GTX 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($108.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY Anarchy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($63.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit ($20.00)
Total: $1264.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-16 10:34 EDT-0400

Hardcore Streamers, this is for you(Someone buy me this, I'll love you forever) [THIS IS A JOKE, YOU DONT NEED THIS], but I can't imagine how great this thing performs I know a lot of Streamers hav eoverkill PC's close to this, and it appears they're getting hella fps:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6950X 3.0GHz 10-Core Processor ($1649.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($96.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3P (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($180.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 540s 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($294.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($999.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($999.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($154.57 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit ($20.00)
Total: $4714.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-16 10:40 EDT-0400


NOW TIME FOR MONITORS:

For monitors, I'd say the "Sweet Spot" for size, is at 24".
The sweets spot for resolution is either 1920x1080 or 2560x1440, I can't tell, as it's kind of in the middle at the moment.
Depending on what type of games you play, you probably would need a different monitor, I will go over this when the time comes.

Let's start with a basic 24" 1080p Monitor:
Asus VX248H 24.0"

This monitor is great, it's cheap, isn't clunky, and looks nice, if you're just trying to play Minecraft, and just lightweight games, I'd say pick this one up.


For FPS monitors, I recommend anywhere from a 120hz - 144hz monitors. This is a must in games like CS:GO, however in order to actually utilize the 120 hz or 144hz you have to be able to get a constant framerate of 120 FPS or 144 fps respectively. With the builds I linked, all of these would do perfectly fine in games like CS:GO.

For the last year or Two, the Asus VG248QE has been recommended as the best 144hz monitor, I have this monitor, and I love it, however ASUS is in the process of phasing this one out and replacing it with this monster:

The Asus MG248Q.

This monitor utilizes AMD FreeSync technology to allow an adaptive refresh rate, allowing for much smoother gameplay ([url=

]What is FreeSync?)
In order to utilize AMD FreeSync, you would have to have an AMD video card. NVIDIA G-Sync, I bet you could guess what that does based off of FreeSync, is not supported in a lot of 144hz monitors for whatever reason.


Not intrigued by the VG248QE or the MG248Q for your 144 hz experience?

The BenQ XL2411Z is also a great option. However this Monitor, like the VG248QE by ASUS, is currently in the process of being replaced by his younger brother:
The BenQ XL2430T. From my understanding, this monitor is most often shipped by BenQ to their CS:GO sponsored CS:GO teams.

Next, the 1440p Monitors:

The Asus VX24AH is one of the currently cheapest 1440p monitors on the market, and will provide you a wonderful 1440p experience. This is basically the first monitor I recommended except with a higher resolution.

For whatever reason, 1440p monitors are not very common at 24" in size, a majority of them sit around 27" for whatever reason. For me, this is too big of a monitor, but for you, who knows?

This Acer K272HUL 27" 1440p Monitor is nice and large, and great if you're into bigger things.

And now, the 1440p 144HZ monitors:

These things provide both a beautiful resolution, as well as a high refresh rate, but at a heftier price tag and also a larger screen size.

If this is what you want, I would recommend the Asus MG278Q
This costs a hefty $489, but brings to the table, a 1440p Resolution, 144hz refresh rate, and utilizes AMD FreeSync again.

Not impressed (I have no idea why you wouldn't be)

Just get this then, it's the same thing as the previously linked monitor, except it has the "BenQ" brand instead of Asus, it still supports AMD FreeSync.

If you want to drop a big fat load of cash on a monitor, I'm talking $879.99, go ahead and get the Acer Z35 bmiphz

This thing is basically a freakin' TV with a 144hz refresh rate

Finally, what's better than a 144hz refresh rate? 165 HZ, of course! Asus PG279Q ROG Swift

You really don't need this, but hey if you wanna buy it nobody is stopping you. This Monitor is a 27" 165HZ panel that supports NVIDIA G-Sync.

Those of you who read this thing till the end, thanks, I hope this helped some of you guys out, I spent a bit of time doing this.



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Very well made thread, I just started thinking about building my own computer and this helped me a lot!
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This should be pinned
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@Cavasi got any recommendetations for one 144hz and one 60hz monitor? 144hz would be better as the main monitor, am I right?
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got any thoughts on some of the Acer 144hz monitors?
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Lynkkis wrote

@Cavasi got any recommendetations for one 144hz and one 60hz monitor? 144hz would be better as the main monitor, am I right?


Yep, that's my current setup. 144hz main, 60hz on the right
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GoodEnchant wrote

got any thoughts on some of the Acer 144hz monitors?


Regardless of the brand, they are still 144hz monitors, nothing wrong with them :D
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Cavasi wrote

GoodEnchant wrote...



Regardless of the brand, they are still 144hz monitors, nothing wrong with them :D

fair enough, great thread btw helped me a lot and im sure itll help others
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ty this should be pinned
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Cavasi wrote

Lynkkis wrote...



Yep, that's my current setup. 144hz main, 60hz on the right
Which monitors do you have? Which ones should I get?
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Lynkkis wrote

Cavasi wrote...

Which monitors do you have? Which ones should I get?


My 144hz is an ASUS VG248QE, my 60hz is some godawful HP 2007 1680x1050 21.5" monitor, it sucks.

If you have AMD, I'd say drop the $300 on the newer 144hz Asus MG248Q with FreeSync, if not, go for the VG248QE or the BENQ for like $260
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Can this be pinned
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Nice thread! I already picked out my PC parts and bought it and stuff so this thread isn't really useful to me but to others it defiantly is! ^^ +1 for pinned :D
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I have the benq xl2411 i thought it was good but after reading this thread i really dont know :(
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I also have a $2000 pc what do I do with it D:
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Very helpful. Thanks for the effort.
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Hmm I might actually build a PC instead of going out and buying one idk, this was very useful though!
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is building a pc that much better than buying a prebuilt because im scared I'll fuck up with building it
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Fanfiction wrote

is building a pc that much better than buying a prebuilt because im scared I'll fuck up with building it

Yes I would definitely recommend building it, it will save you money. It really isn't that hard building it, and you shouldn't fuck it up if you are good at following instructions and watch the right guides. When I built my first computer it only took a few hours.
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@Cavasi I've found the monitor I want to be as my main one, but I need to get a good 60hz one for my second one, can you recommend anything? Thank you for the help
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