$1,750 Build

If you're after the perfect blend of power, efficiency, and usability in a PC, look no further than our $1,750 Advanced Gaming/Productivity PC. This system combines some of our favorite components to deliver what we believe is the ideal all-around PC. Yes, this system can game, and yes, you can even dabble in serious overclocking if you wish. But what's really great about this system is that it offers a fantastic balance of components for the price.

For July 2018, we're taking advantage of huge new price drops to make this build better than ever. We start with the ultimate gaming and productivity CPU, the Intel Core i7-8700K, a 6-core, 12-thread beast that simply has no equal. On graphics duty, we go with the GeForce GTX 1080, which thanks to a recent price drop, is now at its lowest pricepoint ever. Also on board is 16GB of Corsair's newest high-speed RGB RAM. On data duty we go with a huge 1TB solid-state drive, which provides speed and storage to spare. Topping it all off is a silent yet powerful 120mm-class CPU cooler, a great power supply from Seasonic, and a stylish ultra-quiet case from Phanteks. If you need to accessorize your new build, you'll find our top picks for a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to pair with this system. For even more ideas, check out our Monitor Buyer's Guide and Peripherals Buyer's Guide!

To learn how this month's pick compares to previous builds in the $1,750 Build Archive page. Because we use real-time pricing engines, you'll always see up-to-date U.S. prices in our guide. We also provide direct links to Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, and Amazon Germany for each product, with regional substitutions made where necessary. To help support the continued development of this guide, please use the links we provide if you purchase products we recommend.

The $1,750 Advanced Gaming / Productivity PC - July 2018

    CPU:

    Intel Core i7-8700K

    For the ultimate in gaming and productivity performance, you can't beat the Core i7-8700K. It's a true six-core CPU with Hyperthreading, meaning it has 12 threads to keep all your apps running smooth.  And with a bit of work, you can overclock it up to at least 4.8GHz with the cooler we recommend in this guide.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that this CPU requires a Z370-based motherboard. Z270 boards will not work.

    Motherboard:

    Gigabyte Z370XP SLI

    This Z370 board features the Realtek ALC1220 audio codec (the best available), dual M.2 SSD slots (the lower one supporting both SATA and PCIe, the top one for PCIe drives), Intel Gigabit LAN, and eight USB ports (including USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports). This board will even support dual video cards running in SLI, giving you plenty of room to upgrade down the line.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Gigabyte's models consistently offer the best value in the entire motherboard market.

    Video Card:

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Windforce 8GB

    Now that the cryptocurrency mining craze is over, video card prices have fallen like a rock, meaning you can pick up this ultra-high-end GeForce GTX 1080 8GB model at a bargain price. It's more than powerful enough to run any game at resolutions up to 2560 x 1440. And thanks to the powerful custom cooler it uses, it has plenty of overclocking headroom.

    The Guru's Tip:

    One of the great features of GeForce cards is G-Sync frame-syncing technology, which provides ultra-smooth gaming unmatched by traditional fixed-refresh rate monitors. Our favorite pick is listed at the end of this guide!

    Memory:

    Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3000

    To get the most out of the new Coffee Lake platform, you need high-speed RAM. And now that prices on RAM have dropped considerably after an 18-month rise, this awesome new RGB-lit 3000MHz kit is the one to get. It offers tremendous performance, along with unbeatable style (which you can sync using the motherboard we recommend!). And shockingly, it's priced below most standard-issue kits!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Remember to engage the XMP profile in the UEFI to hit the full speed of this RAM; it will default to 2133MHz.

    Solid-State Drive:

    Crucial MX500 1TB M.2

    Featuring cutting-edge 3D TLC NAND, this drive offers better performance than anything at its pricepoint. And with 1TB of capacity, it can hold a huge number of games, apps, and media files. And thanks to massive price drops in recent months, this drive offers the lowest cost per GB ever witnessed on a high-end drive.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This M.2 drive slots right into the motherboard with no need for cables! Just note that you'll need a jeweler's-type screwdriver to affix it. Note that only the upper (long) M.2 slot on the recommended motherboard supports SATA-based drives like the MX500. The lower slot will only work with ultra-high-end PCIe-based drives, like the Samsung 970 Evo 1TB.

    Case:

    Phanteks Eclipse P400S Silent Edition with Tempered Glass

    The P400S is a top seller for a reason - it combines awesome looks with high-quality materials at a great price. It is definitely among the very best cases available for under $100. It uses two quiet 120mm fans for cooling, and features vent covers and acoustic padding to reduce noise. Of course, this case also features tempered glass and RGB lighting to give it plenty of extra style! 

    The Guru's Tip:

    This case comes in a variety of colors, including the very sleek white-on-black!

    Power Supply:

    Seasonic SSR-650FX

    Offering fully-modular cables, exceptional Gold-rated efficiency (that means over 90% at 50% load), unbeatable voltage regulation, and silent operation, this unit is better than anything else you'll find at this price. Plus, it's backed by an amazing 10-year warranty. 

    The Guru's Tip:

    This PSU measures just 140mm long, making it exceptionally easy to mount in the case.

    CPU Cooler:

    Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B

    The Mugen is among the most powerful 120mm-class coolers on the market, in part due to its massive tower heatsink, and yet it easily fits in just about any chassis, coming in at 155mm tall. It's also exceedingly quiet, thanks to its fantastic fan, among the best 120mm fans ever released.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Read more about this great cooler in our 120mm CPU Cooler shootout!

    Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    With Windows 10, Microsoft delivered a follow-up to the immensely-popular Windows 7 that enthusiasts could get behind. It features a fully-functional Start Menu along with numerous other usability and performance enhancements.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This USB 3.0 version of W10 installs in under 5 minutes!

Optional Components

    The Ultimate Business Keyboard:

    Corsair Strafe MX Silent

    If you're looking for great typing responsiveness with none of the noise of typical mechanical keyboards, then the Corsair Strafe is the one for you. Featuring Cherry's MX Silent keys, it really is just as quiet, or quieter, than rubber-dome based keyboards, but feels so much better!

    The Guru's Tip:

    We've tested keyboard switches from every manufacturer, and no one beats Cherry for overall feel and quality.

    The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G703 Lightspeed

    Set yourself free from cables with this wireless mouse from Logitech, which is what we use on TBG's systems. It offers the responsiveness of a wired mouse, excellent ergonomics, and fantastic battery life (24-30 hours on a charge).

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want the ultimate wireless setup? Then pick up Logitech's PowerPlay charging mouse pad, which will ensure you never have to plug in to charge again!

    The Gamer's Dream Monitor:

    Acer XB271HU

    There's simply no better monitor for productivity and gaming than this big 27" model from Acer. Featuring a 2560x1440 panel and an astounding 165Hz refresh rate, plus the benefits of Nvidia's ultra-smooth G-Sync system, it will transform your gaming experience, while also offering excellent productivity performance thanks to its IPS-type panel.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The subdued styling of this monitor is perfect for professionally-minded people who want to do a little gaming on the side!