build of the month

Build of the Month

Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!
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There is currently a shortage of GPUs, resulting in availability issues and drastically increased prices.

The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 7700K and would get more performance from spending that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Peripherals

Puppy

$190
Monitor ASUS VS228T-P 22-Inch Monitor $98
Keyboard Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600 $13
Mouse Logitech G Pro $50
Speakers Creative A250 2.1 $30

Dolphin

$262
Monitor ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor $139
Keyboard Logitech G105 $29
Mouse Razer DeathAdder Elite $62
Speakers Logitech Z313 $32

Narwhal

$420
Monitor Dell U2414H Monitor $225
Keyboard Logitech G710+ $99
Mouse Logitech G502 $50
Speakers Logitech Z323 2.1 $50

Unicorn

$770
Monitor Dell U2715H Monitor $533
Keyboard Corsair K70 $103
Mouse Razer Naga Chroma $60
Speakers Logitech Z523 $75
Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.

Puppy

Updated June 25, 2017

$555
Case Carbide Series 200R $55
Power Supply EVGA 600B $47
CPU Intel G4500 $70
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $30
Motherboard MSI Pro Z270 $115
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 $76
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 1050 $92
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB $50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW $20

Dolphin

Updated June 25, 2017

$841
Case Carbide Series 200R $55
Power Supply EVGA 600B $47
CPU Intel 7600K $240
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K $140
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 $76
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB $160
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 1TB $73
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW $20
Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.

Narwhal

Updated June 25, 2017

$1127
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 $60
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W $88
CPU Intel 7600K $240
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S $58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A $155
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 $127
Graphics Card GTX 1060
OR
GTX 1070
$250
$400
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB $117
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$100
$103
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW $20

Unicorn

Updated June 25, 2017

$1500
Case Corsair Air 540 $125
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W $88
CPU Intel 7600K $240
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15 $90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A $155
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 $127
Graphics Card GTX 1070 $400
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB $117
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB $138
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW $20