$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 Build. This system combines some of our favorite components from TBG's in-house builds with many of the latest products 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 looks fantastic, it's easy to build, and it's incredibly powerful right out of the box.

For October 2017, this system sticks with the Intel Core i7-7700K, the fastest quad-core ever released. While Intel launched several new processors on October 5th, they won't ship until next month, and to get a CPU faster than the 7700K would add nearly $100 to the cost. Luckily, the 7700K has proven itself to be an absolutely amazing gaming and productivity CPU, thanks to its high boost rates, large amount off cache, and great overclocking capability. In the graphics department, we continue to recommend the GeForce GTX 1080 8GB. Introduced in May 2016, it's still unquestionably fast, and makes this PC a serious gaming powerhouse. For better or worse, AMD's recent release of the long-awaited Radeon RX Vega changed absolutely nothing - the GTX 1080 still reigns supreme at its pricepoint. And luckily, after a long period of price and availability issues caused by cryptocurrency mining, it's back in stock at a great price. To round out the system, we suggest a 1TB solid-state drive, 16GB of DDR4-3000 memory, and an excellent new case from Thermaltake!

To learn how this month's build compares to previous builds in the $1,750 Build Archive page. If you need help building your new PC, you'll want to read through our step-by-step Guide to Assembling a High-End PC (2017). Also, feel free to stop by our Reader Forum to share questions or ideas about this build. And if you're looking for a complete PC setup, also check out our Monitor Buyer's Guide and Peripherals Buyer's Guide for all the best add-ons!

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 - October 2017

    CPU:

    Intel Core i7-7700K

    The Core i7-7700K released in January 2017 is the fastest quad-core ever released, running at 4.4GHz under full load, thanks to its very aggressive Turbo boost. Plus, it has overclocking headroom for far greater speeds, with 5.0GHz an easy target.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The follow-up to this CPU, the Core i7-8700K, was "paper launched" by Intel on October 5th, and will not be shipping until the end of October, with total system costs about $100 higher due to both the CPU and motherboard prices.

    Motherboard:

    Gigabyte GA-Z270XP-SLI

    Packed with great features at an amazingly-low price, this board is a perfect match for this build. Based on the Z270 chipset, this board doesn't skimp on connectors. It has eight USB ports (including USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports), a full array of PCIe slots, and an M.2 slot that will work with either SATA M.2 solid-state drives or high-end PCIe SSDs.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Please take note: this board will not support next-gen "Coffee Lake" processors shipping later this month.

    Video Card:

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Windforce 8GB

    Because of the massive cryptocurrency mining craze that put a strangle-hold on worldwide GPU supplies this summer, it's been nearly impossible to find most video cards in stock on any given day. Luckily, the GTX 1080 is finally showing up on store shelves, and this model comes in at a great price given its big factory overclock and powerful cooler. If you find it in stock, though, don't hesistate - it's been selling out on a regular basis.

    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. Need help picking a great G-Sync monitor? Check out our Monitor Buyer's Guide, which profiles all the leading Nvidia G-Sync models on the market.

    Memory:

    Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 Black

    To get the most out of the Kaby Lake platform, you need high-speed RAM, as we found in our DDR4 Benchmarking article. This 3000MHz kit offers the best combination of speed, reliability, and value on the market today. Just remember to engage the XMP profile in the UEFI to hit this speed; it will default to 2133MHz.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We've been warning our readers about this for months: RAM prices are spiraling out of control, due to very serious worldwide chip shortages. They are now well over double what they were just a year ago, and go up in price every week by a few dollars.

    Solid-State Drive:

    SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB

    While all of its competitors have seen fit to raise prices lately, SanDisk has swooped in with a brand-new drive, the Ultra 3D 1TB, at an amazing pricepoint. Featuring cutting-edge 3D TLC NAND, it offers performance to match any SATA drive on the market, despite a price that undercuts nearly every model on the market.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that SanDisk is now owned by Western Digital, which offers the exact same drive marketed as the WD Blue 3D 1TB.

    Case:

    Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Tempered Glass Edition

    The F31 offers fantastic features for the price, including 140mm intake and exhaust fans, great craftmanship, and plenty of space for big video cards and CPU coolers, making it perfect for a serious gaming machine. And with its solid front panel, it also offers good noise suppressions (hence the name Suppressor!).

    The Guru's Tip:

    This new model even has a tempered glass side panel, which is not only attractive, but also much more durable than the acrylic side panels used on many previous cases.

    Power Supply:

    Seasonic SSR-750FX

    Seasonic is back with a vengeance, and its new FX series is ready to beat the competition. 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:

    Cryorig H5 Ultimate

    For the "ultimate" in powerful, silent cooling at an amazing price, you can't do better than the H5 Ultimate from Cryorig. After a recent price drop, it's now by far the best cooler under $50. We've tested this model, and is clearly a step ahead of anything in its price class, and comes with an awesomely-quiet 140mm fan.

    The Guru's Tip:

    To soup up your build even further, consider getting a tube of Noctua's NT-H1 thermal paste!

    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:

    The USB version of Windows installs in under 5 minutes, versus about 25 minutes for the older DVD version.

Optional Components

    Optical Drive (Optional):

    LG 24x DVD Burner (Opt.)

    We're now moving optical drives to "legacy" status in all our builds, so this is strictly an optional purchase. A lot of "purists" consider a DVD burner unnecessary, but if you have legacy software to install, it's certainly worth the moderate cost.

    The Guru's Tip:

    If you want to read or write to Blu-Ray discs, pick up this LG BD Burner. Keep in mind that you'll need to buy software to play Blu-Ray movies, like PowerDVD 16 Ultra.

    Fan:

    Thermaltake Riing 14 Blue

    Thermaltake's "Riing" fans are truly unique in terms of style, and they also offer hydraulic bearings to make sure their performance lives up to their looks.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This is the exact same fan pre-mounted in the rear of the case. Note that the case's pre-mounted front fan does not actually have lights.