Best Builds 2017 - $2,500 Budget Category

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Jsimenhoff

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The submission period is now over. Please cast your vote here.

We recently updated our rules for Best PC Builds. m-ITX builds no longer require WiFi. Please see below for our full list of rules.

The Best PC Builds. Our title is practically self-explanatory. Unlike the System Builder Marathon, these configurations are not chosen by Tom's Hardware's editors. They are submitted and selected by our forum members based on defined pricing tiers. Every so often, we ask the community for its help picking parts based on performance and features for the price.

It's a new year and while certain parts of the industry could be labeled as stagnant, *cough* CPU architectures *cough*, there has been drastic progress in form factors and distribution. With the introduction of "mini" sized graphics cards such as the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX and the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini, as well as the near standard requisite of space for full sized graphics cards, the mini-ITX form factor is now a viable form factor for any budget. The coming advent of true on-demand streaming from the likes of Nvidia further solidifies the mainstreaming of m-ITX. And so, for the first time ever, mini-ITX and SFX builds may compete in every single budget category. Are you up to the challenge?

The voting period will run until Wednesday, February 22nd, so be sure to vote for your best build by that date. Click on this link to vote for your favorite build in each category.

This thread is for the $2,500 budget category. Please only submit builds within the $2,500 budget category to this thread. All other builds will be disqualified.

Here are the ground rules:

  • Only one build per budget category, per user. Multiple builds from a single user or duplicate accounts will be disqualified.
    ■Do not go over budget.
    ■Use only Amazon OR Newegg to source parts.
    ■Use list prices only: coupons, rebates, bundles or any other limited-time offers will not be accepted.
    ■Do not include shipping or tax in your final budget.
    ■Do not include the Operating System, Monitor or VR Headset, Keyboard, Mouse or Gamepad.
    ■Do not put your forum handle in the name of your build, and avoid odd capitalizations & symbols.
    Provide links to the Amazon or Newegg product pages of each component — we encourage users to use PCPartPicker's System Build for speedy construction. Do not post a link to your build, but rather please be sure to export as BBCode for a quick copy/paste to the forums.
Quick update from the Tom's Hardware Editor in Chief, Fritz Nelson:



Here are links to all eight build categories:

$500 Budget Build
$750 Budget Build
$1000 Budget Build
$1250 Budget Build
$1500 Budget Build
$2000 Budget Build
$2500 Budget Build
Unlimited Budget Build

Good luck and may the best build win!
 

logainofhades

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($100.26 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus STRIX Z270H ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($173.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX300 1.1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($277.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($591.48 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($591.48 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Air 540 Silver ATX Mid Tower Case ($130.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.89 @ Newegg)
Other: Team Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model TLGD416G3000HC16CDC01 ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $2470.15

Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-26 18:14 EST-0500
 

joz

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($424.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI X99A SLI PLUS ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 960 Evo 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE 6TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($289.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card ($594.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Fractal Design GP14-WT 68.4 CFM 140mm Fan ($13.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2477.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-29 20:19 EST-0500



*Extra fan included for front mounting, for 2 intake 1-out config (in addition to PSU and GPU and CPU fans.)*
 

Aeacus

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z270 GAMING M7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($253.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LED 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($235.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 960 Evo 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GAMING X 8G Video Card ($694.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 760T Black V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($162.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic PRIME 650W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($155.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2493.89
Shipping: $14.97
Total without shipping: $2478.92

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-27 05:11 EST-0500

 
2D/3D CAD / Graphic Design Workstation_ALT: Gamer / GPU Rendering / 4K Video Processing_ 2.4.17

Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1650 V4 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($667.12 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212X Dual Fan 82.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X99 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($204.98 @ Newegg)
Storage 1: SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 250GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V6E250BW ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage 2: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: NVIDIA Quadro M4000 8GB Video Card ($783.99 @ Newegg)
___Video Card_ALT: 2X Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card (2-Way SLI) $758.76 ($379.38 each @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Core X5 ATX Desktop Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118CB/BEBE DVD/CD Drive ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Other: 32GB 4X Kingston ValueRAM 8GB ( x 8GB) DDR4 2400 RAM ECC A DIMM (288-Pin) KVR24E17S8/8MA ($315.52)

Total: $2497.43 with Quadro M4000
Total: $2472.23 with 2X GTX 1070

Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-11 08:34 EST-0500

Notes:

1. The Xeon E5-1650 v4, 6-core @ 3.6 / 4.0Ghz has a Passmark CPU mark of 14340 and Single Thread Mark of 2193, the 2nd highest for Xeon E5. The comparable i7 is the i7-6850K with 14511 and 2174. The performance on the ASRock X99 Extreme4 motherboard is very good, having a Passmark CPU Mark up to 14872 where the lowest is 12614 and the highest is 15289 (Dell Precision T5810).

2. The Quadro M4000 8GB 256-bit has a Passmark average 3D Mark of 6632. For comparison, the GTX 770 is rated at 6119

3. By substituting the Quadro M4000 (Passmark G3D = 6619) for 2X GTX 1070 (G3D= 10970 (single), having a total of 2X GPU's, 16GB GDDR5 memory, and 3,840 CUDA cores @ $760, the system has a high potential for gaming, GPU rendering, 4K video editing, and simulation.

Compare the 2X GTX 1070 specifications to: GTX 1080: 1X GPU, 8GB GDDR5X, and 2,560 CUDA cores @ $700 and Titan X Pascal 1X GPU, 12GB of GDDR5X, and 3,584 CUDA cores @ $1,200.

 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG A80 128.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($135.81 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($245.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3333 Memory ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M8Pe 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar NAS 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Xtreme Gaming Water cooling Video Card ($781.04 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT H630 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($212.75 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic PRIME 650W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($155.98 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: NZXT FZ-200mm NONLED 103.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($26.25 @ Amazon)
Base Total: $2499.44
Prices DO NOT] include shipping, taxes, and discounts
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-13 15:08 EST-0500
 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($43.53 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270P-D3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal) 12GB Video Card ($1603.44 @ Amazon)
Case: Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2491.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-27 13:58 EST-0500
 
Brute Force SLI
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($200.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3333 Memory ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($589.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($589.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 USB3.0 ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.18 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($126.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2486.01
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-27 14:40 EST-0500
 

Dark Lord of Tech

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6850K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.19 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X99M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($203.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($116.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: MyDigitalSSD BPX 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($123.01 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($575.71 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($575.71 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($158.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2551.55
Minus Shipping: - $57.63
Base Total: $2493.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-05 18:06 EST-0500
 

Geekwad

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($394.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 74.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($255.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($384.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($205.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($205.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 8GB Video Card ($634.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Deepcool DUKASE V2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.89 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Total Base Price: $2496.79

Total Base Price DOES NOT include shipping, taxes, and/or discounts
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-27 23:30 EST-0500
 
The Counterattack

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG A40 83.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.45 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Motherboard: Asus STRIX Z270-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($203.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($99.59 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($177.68 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 600p Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB TURBO Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($589.77 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB TURBO Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($589.77 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox 5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total (from site and includes shipping): $2502.19
Shipping: -$31.57
The Actual Total: 2470.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-28 13:33 EST-0500
 
Trigger Ready 2500

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($419.96 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool CAPTAIN360EX 229.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X99 Extreme3 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($191.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M8Pe 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($600.06 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($600.06 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Core V71 ATX Full Tower Case ($169.72 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($102.82 @ Amazon)
SLI Bridge: EVGA]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814998131&cm_re=sli_bridge_hb-_-14-998-131-_-Product]EVGA PRO SLI BRIDGE HB (2 Slot Spacing) Model 100-2W-0027-LR[/url] ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $2477.86
Total: $2543.55
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-13 02:08 EST-0500

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The best u can get without a $1000 10 core cpu ;)
 

SvrakaEK

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus TUF Z270 MARK 1 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($253.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB STRIX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB STRIX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2495.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-28 17:33 EST-0500
 

Jarmund

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Overburden

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($357.51 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($160.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 600p Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($590.71 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($590.71 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT H440 (Matte Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.56 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2554.41
Minus shipping: -$55.10
Base total: $2499.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-10 03:12 EST-0500

Edit: i didn't like my previous build... i did that on a rush and end up bein' a mess IMO. so i basically made a new one! :D
 
Do we have to include fans too here? pc partpicker doesnt give a compatibility issue but without them we can kiss our rig bye-bye to the tundra. Some of us, including me, just chose a damn cheap case without fans to squeeze into the budget!
 

Jsimenhoff

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Fans are not necessary, but your build's thermal efficiency will be judged. You should primarily be concerned with building the best PC with the best parts for the least amount of money. Let's say there are two builds with the exact same parts, however, one has better fans. The build with the better fans will be judged as the better PC.
 


Got it. Thanks !

 
H.A.L. 9000

Red and black theme in a mini tower with sound deadening, cable management and dust filters. The GPU's 120mm AIO installed on the rear, and the CRYORIG 240mm on top to cool the CPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($419.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG A40 ULTIMATE 83.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.44 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus X99-M WS Micro ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($270.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX300 1.1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($277.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Xtreme Gaming Water cooling Video Card ($781.04 @ Amazon)
Case: Aerocool DS-Cube Red MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($106.19 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Thermaltake AC0031 USB 3.0 Card Reader ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Silverstone FF121 120mm Fan Grille and Filter Kit ($4.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Silverstone FF121 120mm Fan Grille and Filter Kit ($4.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Silverstone FF121 120mm Fan Grille and Filter Kit ($4.99 @ Newegg)
Sub Total: $2516.55
Shipping: -$20.04
Total: $2496.51
 
Platinum Plated
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.89 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($56.64 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus STRIX Z270-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($199.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 960 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($589.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($589.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Base Total: $2495.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-31 01:53 EST-0500
 

GraySilencer

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Multitasker FTW

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($394.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H115i 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X99 Taichi ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 960 Pro 1.0TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($629.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Hybrid Gaming Video Card ($669.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT S340 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: *EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $2439.92
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-13 18:16 EST-0500
 

Beddah

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool CAPTAIN 240 EX 153.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($145.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($161.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($161.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($121.05 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($605.06 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($605.06 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair SPEC-ALPHA ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2500.47
No shipping: $2455.99
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-02 13:27 EST-0500
 

g-unit1111

Titan
Moderator
"The Glass House":

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($56.64 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z270 GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($203.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($148.05 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($594.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($594.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Lian-Li PC-O8WX ATX Mid Tower Case ($325.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.59 @ Amazon)
Total: $2474.18
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-31 18:24 EST-0500

So to explain this build, I wanted to use Lian Li's amazing (but expensive) PC-08B with tempered glass for the base. I also wanted Kaby Lake, and a pair of 1080s (Titan X wasn't doable with the budget parameters). And then I went with my go-to EVGA G2 PSU, and wanted to use G Skill TridentZ RGB RAM but it went way outside of budget so I went with less expensive RAM and dropped the mechanical storage in favor of M2-2280 only.
 

yoavain

Commendable
Feb 3, 2017
1
0
1,510
0
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($343.49 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($229.00 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LED 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($235.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LED 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($235.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($169.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Red 6TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($233.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card ($639.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Titanium) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($153.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2442.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-03 15:24 EST-0500
 

fourseven

Reputable
Aug 14, 2016
288
0
4,960
50
White Again XD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool CAPTAIN 240EX WHITE 153.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z270 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($153.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($111.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.49 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($565.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($565.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide 400C White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2437.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-03 23:34 EST-0500
 

RyanOCallaghan

Reputable
Jun 22, 2015
64
0
4,660
7
It doesn't NEED a name, right?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($424.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X99-Ultra Gaming ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($254.55 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($235.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 960 Evo 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card ($565.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Base Total: $2465.48
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-04 05:26 EST-0500
 
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