Build of the Month - October 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
New CPUs from Intel have been released but are proving challenging to actually find in stock. If you aren't in a hurry to build, it is worth waiting for next month when stock should improve for these new CPUs. They will require a new motherboard as well. We will update our build list with the 8600K and other Coffee Lake CPUs when stock improves.

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+$97
MouseLogitech G502$54
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H Monitor OR
Alienware 25" 240Hz Monitor
$444
$408
KeyboardCorsair K70$100
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$60
SpeakersLogitech Z523$74


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

Puppy

Updated October 15, 2017
$575
Case Carbide Series 200R$57
Power Supply EVGA 600B$49
CPU Intel G4500$71
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$20
Motherboard MSI Pro Z270$95
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$100
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 1050$120
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

Dolphin

Updated October 15, 2017
$942
Case Carbide Series 200R$57
Power Supply EVGA 600B$49
CPU Intel 7600K$230
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$20
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$135
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$79
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB$220
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.

Narwhal

Updated October 15, 2017
$1244
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$40
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$85
CPU Intel 7600K$230
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$140
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$162
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$260
$440
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$93
$100
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

Unicorn

Updated October 15, 2017
$1501
Case Corsair Air 540$127
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$85
CPU Intel 7600K$230
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$140
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$163
Graphics Card GTX 1070 $419
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$129
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

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