Build of the Month - May 2016
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
New GPUs with significant performance improvements are on the way from Nvidia! The GTX 1080 ($600) and GTX 1070 ($380) will be available at the end of May and middle of June, but it may take a little longer for them to be available everywhere. If you aren't in a hurry, these are worth waiting for. The Intel 6600K has integrated graphics you can use while you wait (not for gaming) or you may be able to reuse your old graphics card. Benchmarks from independent reviewers should be released in a few weeks.

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 6700K and should spend 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$229
KeyboardLogitech G710+$110
MouseLogitech G502$69
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$60

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H$468
KeyboardCorsair K70$130
MouseRazer Naga 2014$55
SpeakersLogitech Z523$81


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

Puppy

Updated May 8, 2016
$561
CaseNZXT Source 210$48
Power SupplyEVGA 600B$50
CPUAMD FX-6300$99
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0$95
Memory8GB Kingston HyperX FURY DDR3 1866$32
Graphics CardGigabyte R7 370$110
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 1TB$74
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23

Dolphin

Updated May 8, 2016
$676
CaseNZXT Source 210$48
Power SupplyEVGA 600B$50
CPUAMD FX-8350$150
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
MotherboardASUS M5A99FX PRO$104
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600$42
Graphics CardR9 380 / GTX 960$160 / $155
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 1TB$74
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23


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

Narwhal

Updated May 8, 2016
$1010
CaseCooler Master HAF 912$50
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W$90
CPUIntel 6600K$247
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4$52
MotherboardASUS Z170-A$135
Memory16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$70
Graphics CardR9 380 / GTX 960$160 / $155
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 2TB$123
SSDCrucial BX200 250GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$65
$89
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23

Unicorn

Updated May 8, 2016
$1304
CaseCorsair Air 540$130
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W$90
CPUIntel 6600K$247
HeatsinkNoctua 6 NH-D15$90
MotherboardASUS Z170-A$135
Memory16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$70
Graphics CardGTX 970$289
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 2TB$123
SSDSanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB OR
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB
$107
$127
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$23

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