$1500 Budget Gaming / Audio PC Build Advice

Nov 16, 2018
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Hi,

I haven't build a PC in ten years sooo looking to build a new one for gaming and audio recording.
Budget will be around $1500 (not including monitor).

At least from my research so far I've decided I want to go with the Intel i5 8600k or 9600k (theyre basically the same price)
I want this build to be RGB heavy (cooling, ram, case - eyeing up CM Masterbox MB530P, mobo) etc...
Would like to do a SSD and HDD - possibly.
Graphics card not sure if we should be going Vega 64, 1070, 1080, or 2070.
Wasn't sure on mobos 370/z390? (asus / msi) ... One with wifi. Looking at either Asus, MSI, Giga, or ASROCK.

Tossed this together real quick... Just wondering how I can possibly optimize this system while cutting costs but retaining aesthetics.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240R RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus - Prime Z370-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($159.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($87.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team - T-FORCE DELTA RGB 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB DUAL OC Video Card ($589.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master - MasterBox MB530P ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1546.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-16 20:52 EST-0500]
 
You don't have to pay full price for Windows 10, so I deducted it from the total.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i RGB PLATINUM 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($151.99 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Team - T-FORCE DELTA RGB 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB AORUS Video Card ($599.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1501.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-16 22:03 EST-0500

Check out that graphics card:
https://www.gigabyte.com/Graphics-Card/GV-N2070AORUS-8GC#kf
You might want to get a vertical GPU mount for that graphics card!

You asked for RGB :)
 
Nov 16, 2018
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Good call taking out the windows. Looking at that mobo though, I think that would be a bad choice for the 8600K. I want a mobo that I can OC it up to 5ghz rather easily.
 

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Very true, you would be better off with a setup like this:

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nvD3YT
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nvD3YT/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($288.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240R RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock - X470 Master SLI/AC ATX AM4 Motherboard ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Team - T-FORCE DELTA RGB 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB DUAL OC Video Card ($539.89 @ OutletPC)
Case: Cooler Master - MasterBox MB530P ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($96.96 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1542.66
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-13 01:06 EDT-0400
 

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