Gaming PC Build for 2018

The first item we will look at is the case for your rig. I would suggest this ATX mid sized tower. It is manufactured by Phanteks, and comes with a whopping two, 120mm fans, one in the front, and one in the back, for maximum air flow to the CPU and GPU. Also you have the ability to upgrade, and add additional fans. This beast has a full plate of steel armor, on the exterior and chassis. Built by the dwarves of Dwemereth..

To top it all off, it sports some sick 10 color RGB lighting that will make any machine look like a monster in the night. You know what I’m talking about. I’ve woken up half asleep, with a dream in mind, turned over, and see these red, or green eyes looking back at me. It can get scary! The cable management on the this case gives me good dreams though.

 

 

The second item will be the motherboard, or for you tech brother’s jargon, MOBO for short. Connecting all these beautiful parts together is the Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 5 WiFi, it supports AM4 CPU’s (Central Processing Unit) aka AMD’s Ryzen processors. These guys are on the same level as Intel or above. Dual Channel DDR4 RAM with 4 slots. Built it WiFi, and if you spend a little more on this board, you’ll be able to upgrade to the newer gen CPU’s later on.

  • Supports AMD Ryzen 1st & 2nd Gen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics/ 7th Generation A-Series/ Athlon X4 Processors
  • Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • 8+3 Phase Hybrid Digital PWM Design
  • 2-Way CrossFire/ SLI Graphics Support
  • Intel 802.11ac Wave2 2T2R WIFI & BT 5
  • ALC1220-VB with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with One Thermal Guard
  • RGB FUSION w/ Multi-zone LED Light Show Design
  • Intel Ethernet LAN with cFOS Speed

 

 

The third item is going to be the RAM this is also a big part of the circle when building a PC, you need to have fast RAM. You don’t necessarily need a lot of RAM but 16 gigs should do just fine. Corsair is a brand that many people look toward when buying high end hardware. It wont break the bank but you wont need to replace it in a few years either. Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz.

  • Pure aluminum heat spreader, faster heat dissipation, cooler operation, eight-layer PCB helps manage heat and provides superior overclocking headroom
  • Available in multiple colors to match your motherboard, your components, or just your style
  • Vengeance LPX is optimized and compatibility tested for the latest AMD Ryzen and Intel 200 Series motherboards and offers higher frequencies, greater bandwidth, and lower power consumption
  • The Vengeance LPX module height is carefully designed to fit smaller spaces
  • Format: Unbuffered DIMM ,Pin Out: 288 Pin , Heatspreader: Anodized Aluminum

 

 

The fourth and one of the most important of them all especially for a gaming rig, is the graphics card, or GPU, to be able to play all games currently, and for the years to come, you need at least a Gigabyte GTX 1080 this is a cheaper version of a NVIDIA GeForce brand think of it as the same, but with a different skin. It comes over clocked for better, and more performance, with extra cooling. This card can run any game out right now on ultra settings.

  • Powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • Integrated with 8GB gddr5x 256-bit Memory
  • WindForce 3x with Blade fan design
  • Support up to 8K Display @60Hz
  • Display connectors – DP1.4 x 3, HDMI 2.0b, dl-dvi-d

 

 

The fifth and most important out of everything on this list is the processor. It doesn’t get any better than this. AMD has yet again rocked the socks off of Intel with this monster piece of hardware built with Valyrian steel, and the sweat of the gods.. It makes my mouth water. It’s the Ryzen 7 2700 Processor, and it comes with a Wraith Spire LED Cooler. It is a little pricey but its worth it in every way.

  • 8 Cores/16 Threads UNLOCKED. Supported Technologies- AMD StoreMI Technology, AMD SenseMI Technology, AMD Ryzen Master Utility
  • Frequency: 4.1 GHz Max Boost
  • Includes Wraith Spire Cooler with LED
  • 20MB of Combined Cache. PCI Express Version : PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Socket AM4 Motherboard Required

 

The sixth item on our list is the hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) either one will work. Solid state is a lot more expensive but is faster than a hard drive. These really don’t affect gaming that much so to speak, the SSD decrease’s load times slightly. Both of these are my top picks. The HDD on this list is a 2 Terabyte it is equal to 2000 Gigabytes, so its going to hold a hell of a lot more games than the Solid State listed below at only 500GB.

 

Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive

 

Samsung 860 EVO 500GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD

 

 

Last but no least a power supply unit or PSU. You want to go for a fully modular that’s gold certified. This means you will have all the cables you need to get everything connected. I have chosen the Corsair due to the high quality of these units. They last longer than any power supply I have ever owned.

 

This is not the cheapest rigs around, but it sure isn’t the highest priced. All in all you get a machine that can run current, and next-gen games, along with lasting for many, many years. Total of this build is in the neighborhood of $1,447.29. That is with Amazon Prime as well. All of these parts can be bought from Amazon from the links I have provided. Amazon is more competitive in price than any other outlet I have purchased from.

 

Thank you! I hope you found this helpful.

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