Piecing together a build for my nephew.

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My nephew has been saving up for a while from his various jobs, and finally wants a decent gaming desktop. So I'm going to put it together for him.
PC will be primarily for gaming only. Competitive gaming, shooters, etc.
His budget is $1500 USD, tax and shipping included.
We live on Long Island, right near the Westbury Microcenter.
Literally need every part. Case, CPU, PSU, Mobo, RAM, CPU Cooler, GPU, SSD/HDD. No peripherals needed.
Will be overclocking it for him.
He will be playing games at 1080p, preferably at 144FPS with his 144hz monitor.
We plan on buying and building ASAP.
I don't think he needs a lot of crazy mobo features. Not planning on SLI or any of that.
We also will need to buy Windows 10.

While I would prefer buying everything at Microcenter for ease, if there's a really big decrease in price from buying some parts online.. we could do that. But if everything can be found at Microcenter for less than $100 more than buying everything from different stores online, that is fine :)
 

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Shouldn't be too hard accomplish with that budget.
 

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Shouldn't be too hard accomplish with that budget.
Yeah this is way better than 3 years ago when I had a budget of $1000 for myself haha. Although I'm still somehow having trouble keeping it from going over $1500 after including NY Sales Tax in there.
 

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Well if not going with Microcenter, which I would rather do, I was looking at:
8600K
CM Hyper 212 Evo (Although I'd rather an AIO water cooler)
MSI Gaming Plus mobo
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD
EVGA 1070
NZXT S340
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750w
Windows 10

Comes out to $1518.. and thats before tax and shipping, and mail in rebates, just going by PCpartpicker.
 

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Just plugged that all into newegg and a bit slightly more than that.

You might do well with:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING, 6GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) for $299
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487261

The ram could be two 8gb sticks.. same brand/model and shave off about twenty five or so.

Not to mention you should eyeball some of the bundles.. could reconfigure for a bit less.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.3579279
https://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.3698361
 
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Ohh. I'm still looking through the Newegg bundles. But I also pieced this together, all in stock at our Microcenter. And for exactly $1500. Wonder how this would all be?
$189.99 i5-7600K
$124.99 MSI Gaming M3 Motherboard
$164.99 Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB 2 x 8GB DDR4-2400
$139.99 Crucial MX300 525GB SSD
$64.99 NZXT S340 ATX Compact Mid-Tower
$149.99 EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750G G2 750 Watt PSU
$74.99 Corsair Hydro Series H60
$359.99 MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6GB
$109.99 Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Comes to exactly $1499 with tax included, and all in stock and can be picked up as soon as possible.
I'm hesitant about the cooler though. I use an Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 myself.
 

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I dig that case.

I couldn't speculate on that cooler.. seems to get pretty solid reviews for being a closed loop out of the box, but I would poke around before going for it.

Also don't forget Amazon. I saw that cooler for $65, and power supply for 119.. so there maybe room to nickle and dime it.
 

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I dig that case.

I couldn't speculate on that cooler.. seems to get pretty solid reviews for being a closed loop out of the box, but I would poke around before going for it.

Also don't forget Amazon. I saw that cooler for $65, and power supply for 119.. so there maybe room to nickle and dime it.
Ohh I'll check them on Amazon. This kid is hassling me to get all this, like he legit wants to run to Microcenter yesterday to get everything haha. Can't say I blame him.. I remember doing the same thing!

The case seems pretty nice, especially for the price. I've never ever built in a Mid-tower before. Always had big full tower cases. I might check how much the Arctic Freezer 120 is going for on Amazon.. because I love this cooler a lot.

I did see the case doesn't come with front fans. So I'll be buying him a few myself to put in there :) Gotta have front fans.
 

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Ohh The Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 is still only $68 on Amazon with Prime... I'm gonna grab it for him myself, as my late Christmas gift to him haha. So that knocks a bit off his total price and brings it closer to $1400 :)

I took your advice, my father bought him the PSU from Amazon for Christmas for $30 less. I got him the cooler. So now, he can grab a 1070 from Newegg, and the rest of the parts from Microcenter and still be at $1500 :D
 
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Good deal! Always helps to check some of the major hitters for who has the best price.
 

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Does it need speakers or did someone snag those already?
 

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Does it need speakers or did someone snag those already?
He'll mainly be using a headset he has. Don't think he has speakers. Man, I still use my good old trust Z-5500's myself haha. Bought those back in 2008 when [H] helped me put together my first build ever.
 

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>>He will be playing games at 1080p, preferably at 144FPS with his 144hz monitor.

So he has the monitor already?

Is it Free-Sync or G-Sync?

You probably want to get a GPU to match the monitor.

If the monitor has neither sync feature, then it doesn't matter.

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>>He will be playing games at 1080p, preferably at 144FPS with his 144hz monitor.

So he has the monitor already?

Is it Free-Sync or G-Sync?

You probably want to get a GPU to match the monitor.

If the monitor has neither sync feature, then it doesn't matter.

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Monitor doesn't have either. After going to multiple Best Buys and Microcenter, checking every store, and everyone was out of stock on 1070s... we just lucked out. Newegg just got in some MSI 1070 Gaming X's for $479.99 (No tax for us either), so we grabbed one :) Now just to pick another motherboard because the MSI M3 mobo I picked out has also sold out.
 
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