Build of the Month - April 2018
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.

Graphics card prices are still somewhat inflated due to cryptocurrency mining right now. There isn't much you can do beyond waiting for prices to come down or purchasing from somewhere that offers a bundled card with other hardware.

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 8700K 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!

New AMD Ryzen CPUs
This month AMD released their 2nd generation of Ryzen CPUs. They come fairly close to their Intel counterparts at various price points when it comes to gaming, so we've listed a few comobs below:



Peripherals


Narwhal

MonitorDell U2414H Monitor$208
KeyboardLogitech G710+$100
MouseLogitech G502$50
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$45

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2717D Monitor$399
KeyboardCorsair K70$100
MouseCORSAIR SCIMITAR Pro RGB$64
SpeakersLogitech Z523$69


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

Puppy

Updated April 29, 2018
$664
Case Carbide Series 200R$60
Power Supply EVGA 600B$40
CPU Intel i3-8100$119
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard MSI Z370-A PRO$90
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$110
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 1050$150
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$44
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21

Dolphin

Updated April 29, 2018
$931
Case Carbide Series 200R$60
Power Supply Seasonic S12II 620$61
CPU Intel i5-8400$179
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$30
Motherboard MSI Z370-A PRO$90
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$110
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB$270
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$110
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 April 29, 2018
$1322
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$58
Power Supply SeaSonic Focus+ 650W$90
CPU Intel i5-8600K$239
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming$127
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$190
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070 Ti
$354
$510
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$110
SSD Crucial MX500 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$75
$113
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21

Unicorn

Updated April 29, 2018
$1683
Case Corsair Air 540$125
Power Supply SeaSonic Focus+ 650W$90
CPU Intel i5-8600K$240
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming$127
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$191
Graphics Card GTX 1070 Ti OR
GTX 1080
$510
$600
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$110
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$179
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$21


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