An overclockable quadcore Coffee Lake CPU. Basically last year's i5, but for a cheaper price! Excellent gaming performance. Consider the alternative Ryzen 5 CPU options (and compatible mobos) from AMD for better multithreaded (but lower single-threaded) performance.
Single threaded : 89%
Multi-threaded : 50%
(relative to i7 8700K)
Cores/threads : 4/4
Speed : 4.0GHz. Overclockable
Socket : LGA 1151
TDP : 91W
Integrated GPU : Intel UHD Graphics 630
Stock HSF Included : No
Officially says it is x16/x16, but it is most likely x16/x4. Great mobo otherwise!
Socket : LGA 1151-301
Chipset : Intel Z370
Size : ATX
RAM : 4 slots, DDR4
PCIe : x16/x16, PCIe 3.0, CrossFireX
Ports : M.2 (over PCIe), USB 3.1, SATA 6Gb/s
The RX 570 is a rebranded RX 470, with higher clocks giving a decent performance boost (5%-10%) at the same price.
WARNING : Cards in this price range have their prices temporarily inflated due to cryptocurrency mining.
Overall Gaming : 42-46%
Synthetic Benchmarks : 48%
(relative to Titan X Pascal 2016)
WoW : N/A (1440p), N/A (4K).
Witcher 3 : 45-50 FPS (1080p), 35-40 FPS (1440p).
8GB is the recommended amount for most modern programs, and should satisfy the needs of 99% of normal users. RAM kits with normal speeds are suitable for medium tiers. At the highest tiers, faster RAM is worth the price premium.
RAM speed : In a few applications, and when using the iGPU, faster RAM gives higher performance. In most other situations, the performance differences are small. Get the fastest RAM that is reasonably priced for your budget.
RAM capacity : Getting more RAM does not necessarily mean getting higher performance. If a program only utilizes 1GB of ram, then it does not matter if you have 8, 16, or 32GB of RAM. What matters is that you have enough. If you feel that you need more (or less) RAM than what we recommend, feel free to buy what best suits your needs.
Warning : Older systems typically use DDR3 RAM, while some of the latest CPUs/motherboards are now using DDR4 RAM. Make sure that the RAM you are buying is compatible with your system.
The PNY CS1311 offers good performance for an excellent price.
Size/Interface : 2.5", SATA III
Random read : 52 MB/s
Random write : 93 MB/s
Sequential read : 488 MB/s
Sequential write : 97 MB/s
Compared to best HDD (WD Black) : 932%
Compared to best SSD (960 Pro) : 23%
Controller : Phison PS3110-S10C-12
NAND : Toshiba 15nm TLC
Warranty : 3 years
An improvement over one of the best performance/price heatsinks. Very popular, very cheap, good performance, low noise. An excellent choice for low-tier systems, or those who want a good HSF without damaging their wallets.
Fans : 120mm
Noise : 9 - 36 dBA
Airflow : 24.9 - 82.9 CFM
TDP : N/A
Weight : 465g / 1.03lbs
Height : 159mm
Socket support : LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA115X, AM3+, FM1/2.
A decent full tower, for very cheap. Comes with ony 2 fans, but plenty of space for more.
A 2TB drive will typically offer excellent storage capacity for the price. It is a bit less reliable than a single-platter drive though, so make sure to back up your important data.
HDD capacity : HDDs are for storing data. There are no performance benefits or penalties for using more or less storage. If you feel that the amount of storage we recommend is not right for you, then please feel free to buy more (or less) storage, as you see fit.
Warning : HDDs bigger than 2TB have additional limitations with old 32-bit versions of Windows, as explained in the HDD section below.
A quality 80+ Bronze, modular PSU from Seasonic.
Power : 620W
Efficiency : 80+ Bronze (82-85%)
Modular : Fully modular
PCIe : 4x 6+2-Pin
OEM : SeaSonic