Build of the Month - November 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. 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. If you can find an 8600K in stock, be sure to use a Z370 motherboard, as older motherboards are not compatible even though they have the same pin count.

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+$90
MouseLogitech G502$45
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2717D Monitor$410
KeyboardCorsair K70$115
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$50
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 November 19, 2017
$575
Case Carbide Series 200R$60
Power Supply EVGA 600B$54
CPU Intel G4500$77
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard MSI Pro Z270$84
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$110
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 1050$120
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21

Dolphin

Updated November 19, 2017
$942
Case Carbide Series 200R$60
Power Supply EVGA 600B$54
CPU Intel 7600K$200
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$100
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$110
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB$213
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21


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

Narwhal

Updated November 19, 2017
$1244
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$55
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$76
CPU Intel 7600K$200
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$145
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$189
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$270
$440
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$80
$90
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21

Unicorn

Updated November 19, 2017
$1501
Case Corsair Air 540$100
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$76
CPU Intel 7600K$200
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$145
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$195
Graphics Card GTX 1070 $419
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$110
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21


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