Best Gaming PC Builds for 2017: Ultimate Parts-List Guide

best gaming pc builds 2017

Last Updated: 27th May, 2017. 

Welcome to the latest best gaming PC builds in our constantly updated, objectively unbiased, and thoroughly researched ultimate guide to choosing the current best bang for your buck components when building a new custom gaming rig for any budget.

No need to wade through endless technical reviews and drown in confusing specs and model numbers; here at CGB we’re here to simplify PC hardware as much as humanly possible and we’ve done the extensive market research for you.

The following table shows you how to maximize gaming performance, reliability and future-proof your gaming PC build as much as possible for every price tier imaginable. If you need further guidance then be sure to check out the FAQ further down the page.

BudgetGPUCPUCPU CoolerMotherboardRAMHDDSSDPSUCase
~$300 (full review)Gigabyte RX 460 2GBIntel
G4560
StockGA-H110M-ACrucial 4GB DDR4WD Blue 320GB-EVGA 500 B1Rosewill FBM-01
~$400EVGA GTX 1050 Ti 4GBAs AboveStockGigabyte GA-B250M-DS3HAs AboveWD Blue 1TB-As AboveAs Above
~$500Sapphire RX 470 4GBIntel Core i3-7100StockAs AboveCrucial 8GB DDR4As Above-As AboveRosewill Galaxy-01
~$600ASUS RX 480 4GB or EVGA GTX 1060 3GBAs AboveStockAs AboveAs AboveAs Above-Seasonic S12II 620As Above
~$800XFX RX 480 RS 8GB or EVGA GTX 1060 6GBAMD Ryzen 5 1500XStockMSI B350MCrucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GBAs AboveSanDisk 120GBAs AboveCorsair Carbide SPEC-02
~$1000Gigabyte GTX 1070 8GBAMD Ryzen 5 1600Stock or DeepCool Gammaxx 400MSI B350 TomahawkAs AboveAs AboveSanDisk 240GBEVGA SuperNOVA 650 G3NZXT S340
~$1200Gigabyte GTX 1080 8GBIntel Core i5-7600KCooler Master 212 EVOASUS PRIME Z270-AAs AboveAs AboveAs AboveAs AboveAs Above
~$1500As AboveIntel Core i7-7700KAs AboveAs AboveCorsair Vengeance LPX 16GBAs AboveAs AboveEVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3NZXT Phantom 410
 


Best Gaming PC Builds FAQ


“How Are These Parts Chosen?”

We stay on the pulse of hardware and spend many hours researching, analyzing, and comparing parts, as well as listening to feedback from the community at large. The parts are selected based on these criteria:

  • Price (best bang for your buck)
  • Performance (specifically gaming performance as the main aim)
  • Reliability (we always recommend trusted manufacturers and brands)
  • Noise (the less the better)
  • Power consumption (the less the better)

“How Often Are These Parts Updated?”

We continually update our component recommendations whenever necessary, usually a couple times a month but sometimes up to multiple times per month depending on market changes.

“Which Build Should I Get? How Much Should I Spend?”

Whilst in general you do want to get the most powerful PC you can get your hands on to get the best performance and to future-proof your build as much as possible, there does come a point where you’re overspending on your PC if you’re aiming to

“Can I Tweak These Builds?”

Of course, feel free to modify, mix, and match these parts-lists are these are just suggestions and if you do your own homework you may find better prices and/or better components for your specific wants and needs. In fact, we encourage it – don’t just blindly trust our suggestions, and don’t blindly trust anyone else’s for that matter.

Just remember to double check whether all your parts are compatible with each other (including size, connection and cooling issues that may arise due to changing these builds). Our hardware guides are here to help if you get stuck.

“What Size SSD Should I Get?”

Whilst SSD’s are the faster storage option, they’re still a lot more expensive and so for the many budget-conscious builders getting a traditional storage drive makes sense. For most of the builds we’ve included a 1TB drive which is a nice starting point (plenty of storage yet at a price that doesn’t eat into your budget too much). However, feel free to go larger or smaller based on your storage needs. The size of your hard drive won’t effect your other component choices at all.

There is an overview of what you can expect from different SSD sizes:

120GB – You can fit the operating system and few programs or games.

250GB – You can fit a lot more games or programs on top of your operating system.

500GB – Now we start getting into real expensive territory, so we don’t recommend a 500GB SSD or larger if you’re trying to be cost-effective. At 500GB you can start considering your SSD as your main storage drive if you want to.

1TB – Not great value for money at this point in time, but will suit those who are willing to invest in a super-fast main drive to store all of their stuff on.

If you’re on a really tight budget with your gaming build, say under 300-400 dollars, you’re probably better off ditching an SSD altogether and putting that money towards your graphics or processor instead.

In the mid-range tier, say 500 – 800 dollars, a 120GB of 250GB SSD is a good option as you’re not allocating too much of your budget to your SSD but you’re still getting the benefits of being able to install your operating system and some other programs on there for super-fast loading.


Building Your PC


Putting together your components is a very straightforward process, and it doesn’t require any prior experience. It’s basically adult Legos. If you want step by step guidance check out our free guide:

How to Build a Desktop PC (3 part series)

In the rare case you get stuck during the build process, refer to your hardware manuals, do a simple google search online for your specific problem, and check out our Troubleshooting a New Computer Build guide.


Have Your Say


If you need further guidance, have suggestions or feedback for our builds, or just want to drop a line then leave a comment below. Our aim is to make these the best gaming PC builds possible.

Also, if you find our work here at CGB helpful then all we ask is to let your fellow gaming buddies know about us so they can benefit too. We hope we’ve been of some assistance : )

 

Comments

  1. Awesome information, loads to read! Can’t wait to put it all together for my build!
    Do you have anywhere users can post photos after they are done building their machine?

    Thanks mate!

    • Thanks Matt. Well, apart from our Facebook page there’s nowhere to post your build pics, but perhaps we’ll add a reader-submitted builds section in the future. Thanks for the feedback.

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