Build of the Month - July 2016
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
Important: The GTX 1080 ($700) and GTX 1070 ($450) are here. Unfortunately stock is very limited, resulting in expensive cards. Differnet versions with nicer coolers are starting to come in stock. New cards from AMD are also on the way.


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$222
KeyboardLogitech G710+$138
MouseLogitech G502$60
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H$475
KeyboardCorsair K70$110
MouseRazer Naga 2014$62
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 July 10, 2016
$555
CaseNZXT Source 210$47
Power SupplyEVGA 600B$40
CPUAMD FX-6300$99
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$25
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0$105
Memory8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1600$37
Graphics CardGigabyte R7 370$110
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 1TB$70
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

Dolphin

Updated July 10, 2016
$671
CaseNZXT Source 210$47
Power SupplyEVGA 600B$40
CPUAMD FX-8350$160
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$25
MotherboardASUS M5A99FX PRO$115
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600$42
Graphics CardR9 380 / GTX 960$150 / $180
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 1TB$70
DVDAsus 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 July 10, 2016
$1047
CaseCooler Master HAF 912$63
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W$90
CPUIntel 6600K$240
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4$55
MotherboardASUS Z170-A$155
Memory16GB Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4$79
Graphics CardR9 380 / GTX 960$150 / $180
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 2TB$123
SSDCrucial BX200 250GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$70
$92
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

Unicorn

Updated July 10, 2016
$1282
CaseCorsair Air 540$130
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W$90
CPUIntel 6600K$240
HeatsinkNoctua 6 NH-D15$88
MotherboardASUS Z170-A$155
Memory16GB Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4$79
Graphics CardGTX 970 OR
GTX 1070
$250
$504
Hard DriveWestern Digital Black 2TB$123
SSDSanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB OR
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB
$105
$127
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

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