Is this $1700 to $1800 build a good gaming pc setup? Or can I get anything better and cheaper at the same time?

Jun 29, 2018
I wanted the highest performance pc with recent hardware and software but was trying to aim under $1500. I am willing to do something between $1500 to $1800 for a gaming build. I want to get the cheapest but best high performance rates on my hardware. Here is my idea:

Case –$59.99 Corsair Carbide 270R Mid-Tower Case

Case Cooler Fan- $25 Noctua 140mm Premium Quiet Quality Case Cooling Fan NF-A14 FLX

CPU - $239.99 Intel Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor

CPU Cooler- $79.99 Noctua NH-D14

GPU –$449.99 GeForce GTX 1070 ti Founders Edition

Motherboard- $139.99 ASRock - Z370 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard                

RAM-$138.99 Corsair Vengeance 8GB x2 sticks

Power Supply –$119.99 EVGA SuperNova G3 850w

Hard Drive –$44.99 WD Blue 1TB Seagate

SSD –$74.99 PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA

Monitor- $139.99 ASUS PB287Q - 28" LED Monitor with Speakers - 4K UltraHD - Black

Keyboard- $99.99 SteelSeries Apex M500 US - Cherry MX Blue

Mouse- $19.99 SIIG JK-WR0L12-S1 - Wireless Optical Mouse - Black

Windows 10- $99.99 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-Bit) - Windows

Can anybody think of anything better that will be cheaper?


May 12, 2015
A few things. Grab that monitor immediately. That's a fantastic deal for it. As for the PSU, you definitely don't need 850 Watts. 750 Will fit an OC quite comfortably and leaves plenty of room for expansion. The founders edition is a pretty poor card if you want high-performance/OC'ing capacity. As for the keyboard, the MX blue switches honestly aren't that good for gaming. It's really a subjective matter. You can't go wrong with the fantastically priced $55 Cherry MX Red board from Corsair.

Was able to fit in a MUCH larger/better quality SSD, an additional 1 TB of HDD space, a higher-tier 1070 Ti, a case with MUCH more room/airflow built-in (no need for that noctua case fan), and a cooler that is far more compatible with RAM layouts. All at or around the same price as you initially specced out (after factoring in the mouse etc.) One question though- If you don't need the built-in wifi of the board, you could save around $40 and still get a decent quality Z370 board.

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($238.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua - NH-D15S 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($138.99)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($113.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.87 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Mini Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg Business)
Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass (Black/White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.89 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus - PB287Q 28.0" 3840x2160 60Hz Monitor ($139.99)
Keyboard: Corsair - K63 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1700.45
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-29 01:37 EDT-0400
Jun 29, 2018

Thank you so much, profoundnoah. You helped me a lot here. Thank you for spending your time on this thread for me. Your solution cut me back $84 and is way better, thank you.

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