This list reviews and recommends all the components you need to build a high-end gaming, streaming, and content creation PC in 2017. All the items have been tested and proven to provide the best performance for the price. If you want to game at 2160p(4K)/60fps or 1440p/144fps+, ultra-quality, then this guide is for you. If you have any difficulties when you set up your PC, please contact us and we will help you troubleshoot. If this guide is of value to you, please consider donating Bitcoin with the button below.
The 8-core AM4 Socket Ryzen 1700X shocked the computing world by delivering superior multicore performance at a budget price. This CPU is perfect for a multipurpose PC, but if you want to build a rig that is dedicated to Gaming alone and don't plan to stream or create much content, then pricier Intel models still reign supreme. The 1700, 1700X, and 1800X all have similar features and top out at about 4GHz overclocked, but for stock clocks out the box, the 1700X is the best value. If you plan to overclock your Ryzen CPU yourself, then save some money and go with the basic 1700.
This ASUS motherboard is simply beautiful, with a built-in WIFI adapter, RGB lighting, and all the features you could dream of, this is the motherboard you need to squeeze the higest clock speeds out of your AMD CPU and RAM. The X370 chipset provides the best support for dual-GPUs if you plan to run SLI or Crossfire video cards. However, if you plan to stick to just one GPU, then the ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F should be sufficient at a lower price.
Austrian-designed Noctua heatpipes and fans are state of the art. With a 6-year warranty, you know your CPU will be safe with Noctua providing cooling nearly as powerful as more expensive, more complicated water-cooling solutions. This special-edition bundle is mountable on AM4 CPUs like Ryzen, but if you can only find the normal model in stock, then you can acquire an AM4 adapter free of charge at Noctua's website. This cooling solution is sufficient for Ryzen even if you plan to overclock.
If your computer will be dedicated solely to gaming, then the 7700k Kaby Lake CPU still delivers the highest clock speeds to sling frames at your monitor as fast as possible. This 4-core LGA 1151 Socket i7 can overclock as high as 5GHz and beyond, depending on your cooling solution. But the 4.5GHz stock boost clock will be sufficient for most users. The 7700k with a Z270 chipset provides built-in HDCP 2.2 support for protected content like Netflix 4K streaming.
The ROG STRIX has a sexy carbon black PCB design with RGB lighting and heatsinks allover. It has a high-end audio SupremeFX S1220A chipset better than many dedicated soundcards, onboard WIFI adapter, and maximum overclock potential with the industry-leading ASUS BIOS. There is also a ROG STRIX Z270F model that is cheaper but removes the WIFI functionality. If you want to build a custom water-cooling solution, then the much pricier ASUS Maximus Formula/Extreme models may be what you need.
Intel used a new type of thermal paste inside the 7700k that is meant to last longer but results in higher operating temperatures. But don't be mislead by software monitors that report CPU temperatures of 70-80C, the real temperature inside the chip's core is closer to 50-60C under load. Nevertheless, to overclock the chip to 5GHz you will need a powerful water-cooling solution, and Corsair's Hydro series is a solid choice. If you'd still prefer air cooling, then the LGA1151 model of Noctua's legendary NH-D15 heatpipe can be found at this link.
The new Lake 8-core, 16-thread Sky Lake i7x is the only other processor I'd recommend until Intel Coffee Lake and AMD Threadripper arrive. This CPU is like two 7700k's in one! It boosts to clock speeds as high as the 7700k out the box, and has a bit of room for overclocking as well. Other x-series CPUs don't offer quite so much performance per dollar, but this is right in the sweet spot for value. The downside is it is sold out nearly everywhere! You will also need a pricier motherboard that utilizes the X299 chipset.
Yes sir, this is pretty, and expensive. Thankfully it includes tons of features and accessories, even a HB SLI Bridge. You can mount on this motherboard any cooling solution that fits a LGA 2011, including the normal Noctua NH-D15 and the Corsair H115i.
This is Intel's new accelerator technology that is compatible with the Z270 and X299 chipset motherboards. It fits into a M2 slot and acts as a hybrid of RAM and an SSD. If you use it with a system that has larger, regular mechanical HDD it will accelerate data transfers throughout your system. If you don't use any HDDs then you may not see much benefit in using it and should instead use your extra M2 slot for a second SSD.
For the price, Corsair Vengeance is the best DDR4 RAM currently on the market. And this model has a nice White LED to add a little bling to your build. 16GB should be sufficient for most contemporary builds, but if you deal with large files or just want extra capacity to future-proof your PC, then go ahead and order two sets for 32GB. Slower DDR4 RAM can be found for a lower price, but you do not want to compromise on speed with this component. To maximize its performance, be sure and turn on XMP in your motherboard's BIOS.
This M2 Solid State Drive plugs right into your motherboard for blazing-fast speeds. Install your operating system and core programs here and your PC will boot and load faster than you can read this sentence. If your motherboard has room for two M2 drives, then buy a pair and put them in RAID mode for even better performance.
This hybrid drive combines the larger storage capacity of traditional HDDs with the speed of newer Solid States. Be sure to install Intel's Rapid Storage Technology Drivers and this drive will autotune itself to improve the load speeds of files you frequently access.
The G3 is EVGA's newest model of PSU, comes with a 10-year warranty, EVGA's legendary "No questions asked" customer service, outstanding cables, and even though it is rated at 80+ Gold power efficiency, it scores nearly as high as Platinum-rated PSUs. JonnyGuru.com even gave these models a nearly perfect 9.8/10. A 850W PSU should be sufficient for most computing needs, even SLI 1080TIs, but if you have a lot of extra devices you need to boost, then consider the 1000W G3.
Nvidia's 1080 Ti is the best consumer video card available, and the MSI Gaming X provides a stellar ratio of performance, cooling, and low noise levels for the price. Additionally, it is only 2 slots wide, so it is more suitable for dual-GPU SLI builds than other after-market cards; it may be wise to buy one now, then add a second later when prices come down. However, if you plan to only ever have one GPU, then you may prefer the similarly-priced 2.5 slot ASUS ROG STRIX 1080 Ti to match your motherboard. No 1080 Ti model will overclock higher than 2050 MHz when air-cooled, so you should primarily buy on size, silence, temperate and aesthetic. You can view an unboxing of the MSI Gaming X at our YouTube Channel.
Although it is possible to bridge two video cards with the older, flexible, single Bridges, the new High-Bandwidth Bridge allows for much faster data transfer between the GPUs. If you plan to game at resolutions of 4K or higher, then you need the High-Bandwidth Bridge to maximize frame rates and image quality, especially for games with massive textures; it can deliver FPS increases as high as 10-20 FPS over the old bridge in some games. The Medium-size model is designed for motherboards that have GPU's installed into the 1st and 4th slot, while the Large, or L, model is designed for 1st and 5th slot installations. You can view an unboxing on YouTube here. Other GPU manufacturers also make branded HB bridges, so buy whichever you want.
The Corsair Air 740 is one of the biggest, sexiest, most functional cases on the market. At 16.8 x 20.1 x 13.4 inches it takes up some space, but there is plenty of room to easily install your PC components. It has two chambers, to separate your HDDs and PSU from the motherboard to decrease temperatures and increase airflow. It has a clear side-panel to show off your RGB and LED components. And it has space for THREE water-cooling radiators or up to EIGHT fans, and even comes with 3 custom Corsair 140mm silent fans for intake and exhaust. The only case I'd consider as an alternative is the similar, but slightly smaller Corsair Air 540 for a similar price. You can view a breakdown of the 740 on YouTube.
One of, if not the best 140mm fan on the market. Noctua makes amazing fans, but the brown aesthetic can be a little offputting to some. However, I think it looks quite classy when viewed through grating on a black case. There are 3 version of this fan, the PWM, FLX, and ULN, but the PWM offers the highest performance. To me, it is silent, but it includes a low-noise adapter, as well as rubber anti-vibration mounts. You can use these fans to replace your case's stock fans, or add them for additional cooling. View an Unboxing video on YouTube here.
These 120mm fans are absurdly powerful, nearly as strong as the 140mm Noctuas! They are, however, a bit noisy when running at full speed, but nearly silent at anything less. I recommend these fans only because Noctua doesn't make an LED fan, and the Red, White, and Blue LED models here are quite stunning. View an unboxing of these fans at our YouTube Channel. Like the Noctua's, these are 4-pin fans, and you may want extra NA-SAV4 anti-vibration mounts for easy installation, and a SilverStone PWM Fan Hub if you need to power more fans than your motherboard will naturally support.
This 60Hz 4K monitor is an absolute steal. It is a TN monitor with a low 1ms response time for gaming, but it provides nearly the same wide viewing-angle and rich color depth as IPS monitors. It is from Korea, but it includes adapters for American electrical sockets, and it is very easy to change the menu settings to English. Although you may need to spend some time with the setting to make the 1 billion colors pop, and the stand it comes with isn't very functional, the value can't be beat. And the stand is easily replaced with an extendable one of your choice, or you can even mount it to a vertical surface with a VESA adapter. You can view an unboxing and demonstration of the screen here on YouTube. It defaults to 60hz at lower resolutions, but you can overclock it to 120hz or higher even at 1440p!
If you want a full-size television for gaming, then the 60Hz Sony 800E is the best choice under $1000. Full HDR10 support, beautiful image quality, and incredibly functional Android TV features make this set the full package. It also comes in 49 and 55-inch models if you have the money and the space.
If you mostly play first-person games, then you may prefer the higher refresh rates available on 1440p monitors. This ASUS ROG SWIFT screen delivers a stunning picture and can handle as many frames as your GPU can sling at it. It also includes G-SYNC support to eliminate screen tearing at lower frame rates without needing to enable the V-Sync settings in games that increase input lag. There is also a TN model that cost less. Even your high-end CPU and GPU will be pushed to the limit to fully utilize this impressive monitor. Keep in mind that you will need DisplayPort adapter to run these monitors at such high refresh rates.
With red LED backlit keys and a frameless design, this keyboard is very sexy and very easy to clean. It is available with Cherry MX switches in Blue, Brown or Red (with Blues being the loudest and most tactile), and offers anti-Ghosting functionality to sense more than two simultaneous keypresses - perfect for gaming. You can view an unboxing and demonstration of the keyboard here on YouTube.
The gaming mouse par excellence. Comfortable, precise, colorful, and massive functionality, this mouse will serve you will. 12 buttons on the side are fully customizable, or can simply be used as a numpad built right into your mouse! If you want to save a little, then the Redragon M901 Perdition is a suitable alternative.
Created by Valve, the Steam Controller is an incredible game pad. It is customizable in ways you would't imagine, and can function on its own as a keyboard and mouse combo. Its analog sticks are incredibly precise and the aesthetics are mind-blowingly cool. It may take you a while to adjust to its complexity, but you may grow to prefer it over the classic keyboard + mouse combo, even for first-person games!
APC is one of, if not THE best manufacturers for Surge Protectors and Uninterruptible Power Supplies. This surge protector offers protection of up to a cumulative 2525 joules, with a lifetime warranty and $150,000 equipment protection policy. If you don't want to pay a little extra for an uninterruptible power supply, be sure to at least buy a surge protector for a little piece of mind to protect your investment.
This is a sexy little flash drive that you can use as a boot disk to install your Windows 10 or Linux operating system, or simply backup and transfer important data. It has a metal case and a loop to attach to a keychain or lanyard to take your data on the go.
These are the official headphones for many professional gaming organizations, and it is easy to hear why. They are comfortable as hell. There have noise-cancelling built right into the Microphone, it comes with an inline USB DAC/AMP to boost the signal to your headphones, the ear pads reduce all external noise to near-zero, and the sound quality is simply superb for the price. The only headphones I'd recommend over this model is the audiophile-grade Sennheiser HD 600.