This gaming desktop build generally runs under $750 and utilizes the brand new workhorse 6th generation Intel i5 Skylake processor. It is all you need to run any current game on a 1080p HD monitor at ultra max settings. It can even run most games on a 1440p HD monitor! You can go above and beyond and spend more but then it’s only for bragging rights. This Intel i5 will blow the AMD desktop away and perform much better than a next generation video game console such as an XBOX One or a Playstation 4. Keep in mind with this powerful desktop you can still easily upgrade it later with a different processor, new graphics card, extra RAM or more hard drive space. The motherboard LGA 1151 Socket can also fit the i7 Processor. This specific desktop will handle many other heavy task like video editing, Photoshop, large file processing and so on.
Intel Power Build Parts List
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- CPU: Intel i5 6500 3.2GHz Skylake [view]
- Mobo: Gaming H170 LGA 1151 Socket [view]
- GFX Card: GTX 1060 Mini 3GB [view]
- Memory: 16GB DDR4 RAM [view]
- Hard Drive: 1 Terabyte SATA 7200RPM [view]
- Power Supply: 450W PSU [view]
- Computer Case: [view] [better cases]
i7 Beefy Upgrades
- i7 6700k Skylake 4Ghz [current price]
- GTX 1070 FTW Super GFX Card [current price]
- 250GB SSD [current price]
- CPU Fan: Needed for i7 [current price]
An SSD is honestly the best possible upgrade you can get for a gaming computer. Why? Well I won’t go into details here but I have a full article on the SSD advantage here.
Most of you already know the SSD Upgrade and would like to know which drive to buy. The 250GB Evo is the prime medium. I personally have the 500GB but you may be fine with a 250GB as it will host Windows and many applications and games. Even if you get the 250GB SSD you can still get the 2nd 1TB magnetic disc hard drive for all of your storage and downloads.
The i7 upgrade is not mandatory for gaming, however with more and more games utilizing it’s multi threading quad core processing, it may be a good time to just get the i7 and be ready for the next wave of games. Plus if you’re going to do heavy stuff like video editing and processing, you should.
Processor: Intel Quad Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Skylake CPU
The brand new industry busting 6th gen i5 with the Skylake chipset is the best choice for a Power Build under $750 dollars. The i5 passes benchmarks with flying colors continuously and for it’s price, it’s all you need. It’s a LGA 1151 Socket and will work perfectly with the motherboard and graphics card paired. It kills benchmark tests when faced with the AMD.
This specific i5 is often out of stock due to high popularity so you may have to order it now and wait a few days. It’s worth it. If you’re wondering why we’re not recommending the i7 for this build, it’s because you honestly do not need it for gaming. The hyper threading will not give you a performance boost for the current round of modern games. It may in the future, but when that time comes you can upgrade.
Motherboard: LGA 1151 H170 Chipset PCI-E 3.0 DDR4
This ASUS H170 board supports the LGA 1151 socket and fits perfectly with the i5 series processors. You can also put a i7 in it or upgrade later. It’s a great board. If you decide to get another motherboard be sure to get LGA 1151 for this processor.
GFX Card: GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 3GB GDDR5 VS R9 480 4GB
You’ve probably already heard about this card or had your eyes on it. Well, you were right, this is the card you want for this build. You’ll be able to run the current generation of games on ultra and get at least 65 frames per second or higher. If you look around, you’ll see many advocating for the R9 480, but why? Well, I kind of feel it is a covert advertising campaign in the form of forum users. Trickery. Almost every benchmark you’ve come across was using the GTX 1060 against the R9 480 shows the GTX 1060 being the better card.
RAM: 16GB DDR4 Gaming RAM
16 Gigs is going all out but you can upgrade this to 32GB if you want. Seriously, you won’t be able to tell the difference between 16GB and 32GB when gaming but if you’re like me, you’re going to go for 32GB of RAM anyway. Yeah, overkill.
Hard Drive: Fast 1 Terabyte 7200rpm
Same idea as before, internal drive but if you can afford it get the 250GB SSD for the OS installation. It is mentioned below in the Computer Upgrades. An SSD can be the single biggest boost to speed for your computer. If you have the extra money in your budget, do not skip this component.
PSU: Non Generic 450w PSU
A known and trusted name brand power supply unit with 450w, more than enough to run this beast. If you plan on adding a 2nd video card you would have to get a bigger PSU.
Computer Tower: Perfect ATX Gaming Case
I personally spent more and went with the 500R but this case here is so cheap and has all that you need. It’s a super budget gaming case and really helps you put more money into things like the graphics card and random access memory. If you want to be proud of your gaming rig though, you may want a better looking case.
Intel i5 Build Summary
This cheap power PC build packs a lot of power for it’s low $750 price range. If there was one thing I would change about it, is I would get an SSD Drive for the main OS Partition. The Solid State Drive will surely increase performance immensely. My Windows installation boots up in under 10 seconds with the SSD installed. This computer will kill existing pre-builds that can cost well over $1,000 and for only around $700 and a little assembly you get the best money can buy. It will run any of today’s games on Ultra and look amazing. It’s pretty much what you’ve been waiting for.