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Putting together a new computer. I do need to buy a monitor. I am trying to keep it under $1500 for the whole build. I am looking for a great value system that will be gaming ready for the next few years.

So far this is what I am thinking:
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kzb8f8

Intel - Core i7-7700 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor - $281.49
Asus - STRIX Z270H ATX LGA1151 Motherboard - $129.99
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory - $149.99
Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive - $159.99
Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Turbo Video Card - $274.99
Rosewill - RISE ATX Full Tower Case - $79.99
Corsair - CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply - $79.99
Asus - VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor - $259.00

Also is SuperBiiz a good place to get parts? I have always used newegg, but superbiiz has some really low prices on certain items.

Thanks in advance
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  1. Heres an option with an 8700
    Motherboard is just the cheapest ATX board available, there may be specific features you want, Dropped the PSU wattage and cost, this model is also very good and is currently on sale, just not as efficient.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($319.89 @ B&H)
    Motherboard: *MSI - Z370-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($111.78 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($159.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Turbo Video Card ($274.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill - RISE ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CX (2017) 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus - VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor ($259.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1390.62
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-18 15:03 EDT-0400
    Reply to Snipergod87
  2. I would not go with your build as it is. You chose a locked CPU on an unlocked motherboard. So you will be paying for features that you wont even use. You are also a little heavy on the CPU compared to your GPU in my opinion.

    The GPU is where you get your gaming performance. The CPU helps, but the GPU is much more important. So for a gaming rig, you really don't want to spend more on a CPU than you are on a GPU.

    Intel's 8th gen CPUs are here and they are cheaper and better than the chip you selected. It does not seem like you are into overclocking, so I would go for the 8400 and not look back. The issue is only Z boards are available and you wont be able to use that feature, so I selected a budget motherboard, but it should not matter since you wont be overclocking anyway. The AMD 1600 would be a good choice and will be about the same cost, but the 8400 performs better in games.

    You also don't need a 750 watt PSU to run that system. A quality 500 watt PSU will be more than enough and save you some money.

    This build will save you a little bit of money and you can spring for a monitor with gsync and stay under budget.

    As for SuperBiiz or Newegg, go with whatever is on sale. If you live near a microcenter, check them out as they have some really good deals on CPU and motherboard combos.

    PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/7BgJhq
    Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/7BgJhq/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.89 @ B&H)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($111.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($159.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB AMP! Edition Video Card ($269.99 @ B&H)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $928.82
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-18 15:12 EDT-0400

    This is the monitor I would recommend.

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1CZ5AX4517
    Reply to feelinfroggy777
  3. Weird combination of 1080p @ 144Hz with 1060 6gb, the card can not do 144 FPS... Do you consider steaming in the future or gaming is the only usage?
    Reply to vapour
  4. Ok, I like the idea of going 8th gen. I will do that. Does g-sync make a big difference in the monitor? For the i5-8400 build would gtx 1070 or a really good monitor make more difference.

    I only stream once in a while for fun. Mostly gaming, maybe some movies.
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  5. Just under 1500 with much better performance.
    I have bought from them and other than the very slow processing (took 2 weeks from day of order to my door) no other problems.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($279.89 @ B&H)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($121.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: SK hynix - SL308 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.69 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card ($399.95 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill - RISE ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: Asus - VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor ($259.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1498.36
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-18 16:31 EDT-0400
    Reply to Zerk2012
  6. G-sync monitors are too expensive despite they are really good for Nvidia. My suggestion for 2k 144 FPS gaming:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.89 @ B&H)
    Motherboard: MSI - Z370-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($111.78 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($90.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.69 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB TURBO Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($40.98 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: AOC - AG271QX 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor ($399.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $1429.30
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-18 16:40 EDT-0400

    Add 250 GB Samsung EVO 850 SSD later
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  7. powrie said:
    Ok, I like the idea of going 8th gen. I will do that. Does g-sync make a big difference in the monitor? For the i5-8400 build would gtx 1070 or a really good monitor make more difference.

    I only stream once in a while for fun. Mostly gaming, maybe some movies.


    In my opinion, adaptive sync (gysnc) is incredible. What it does is match the refresh rate of your monitor to the fps being rendered by the GPU. What that means is you get butter smooth game play with no screen tearing. When it is really good is when you get frame drops or poorly optimized games as gsync still looks incredible even at lower fps. Most games support v-sync, but it adds a lot of input lag which makes first person shooters a real drag. But the major problem with gsync is it is expensive and it does lock you into a Nvidia (free sync with AMD).

    The problem you have is that GPU prices are so inflated right now due to mining. It is hard to recommend a 1070. The MSRP for the 1070 is $349 and the best price you can find is $400 with reference cooling. In a perfect world, you should be able to get both a good gsync monitor and a 1070 for under 1500. But we live in inflationary times.

    I would probably go with Vapour's rig as it is a really good value for the price, but start with the SSD. It is a pain to clone the OS to another drive. The gtx 1080 will pair perfectly with a 1440p monitor.
    Reply to feelinfroggy777
  8. Input lag is a problem for me. I like a lot of online competitive games, so the faster the input the better. Maybe no gsync for me.
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  9. Gsync eliminates input lag. You can use v-sync and it will eliminate the tearing, but it has a lot of input lag.
    Reply to feelinfroggy777
  10. I’m torn between a low end 1440p or a high end 1080p setup.
    Vapour’s build is awesome, but I don’t think I can afford it if I add the ssd I want.

    What does everyone think of this build compared to vapour’s build?
    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WpZQpb
    Reply to powrie
  11. powrie said:
    I’m torn between a low end 1440p or a high end 1080p setup.
    Vapour’s build is awesome, but I don’t think I can afford it if I add the ssd I want.

    What does everyone think of this build compared to vapour’s build?
    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WpZQpb


    Sure, you can add a HDD later, good build.
    Reply to vapour
  12. powrie said:
    I’m torn between a low end 1440p or a high end 1080p setup.
    Vapour’s build is awesome, but I don’t think I can afford it if I add the ssd I want.

    What does everyone think of this build compared to vapour’s build?
    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WpZQpb


    Buy the better processor you can also fit a HDD in your budget with the case you picked.
    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/DFbhCy
    8400 vs 8600K.
    http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-8600K-vs-Intel-Core-i5-8400/3941vs3939
    Reply to Zerk2012
  13. powrie said:
    I’m torn between a low end 1440p or a high end 1080p setup.
    Vapour’s build is awesome, but I don’t think I can afford it if I add the ssd I want.

    What does everyone think of this build compared to vapour’s build?
    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WpZQpb


    If it were me, I would drop to the 250gb 850 EVO and use the money saved to get the 1080. 250gb is not a lot of storage, but it will get you started. Then get a larger hdd later. In real world applications, there is not a big difference in a 850 EVO and a 960 evo
    Reply to feelinfroggy777
  14. Best answer
    I am going to go with Vapour's build, but I decided to spend a little more to add the SSD. Now if I can just find an i5-8400 anywhere I will be set.

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.89 @ B&H)
    Motherboard: MSI - Z370-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($90.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($168.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB TURBO Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: AOC - AG271QX 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor ($399.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $1585.70

    Thanks for the help. Much more happy with this build than the one I came in with.
    Reply to powrie
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