Build of the Month - May 2017
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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This month
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.

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

Peripherals


Narwhal

MonitorDell U2414H Monitor$225
KeyboardLogitech G710+$83
MouseLogitech G502$56
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$38

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H Monitor$470
KeyboardCorsair K70$100
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$63
SpeakersLogitech Z523$75


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.

Puppy

Updated May 21, 2017
$631
Case Carbide Series 200R$59
Power Supply EVGA 600B$48
CPU Intel i3-7100$115
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$25
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$140
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$74
Graphics Card ASUS RX 460$100
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

Dolphin

Updated May 21, 2017
$839
Case Carbide Series 200R$59
Power Supply EVGA 600B$48
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$25
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$140
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$74
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 May 21, 2017
$1185
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$60
Power Supply SeaSonic SSR-650RM 650W$80
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$150
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$127
Graphics Card GTX 1060$230
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$100
$108
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

Unicorn

Updated May 21, 2017
$1333
Case Corsair Air 540$128
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W$90
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$150
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$127
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$230
$370
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$138
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

Comments 1 Comment
  1. Lathais's Avatar
    Seriously suggesting an i3 in the puppy? The G4560 is pretty much the exact same CPU and it is HALF the price. Nobody should be buying or suggesting i3s in the current market. Either get a g4560 or step up to i5/R5.

    Personally I do not think the i5s are really worth it either, but that's more of a personal preference thing. Still would be nice to see an option for R5-1600 alongside the intel recommendations.

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