Good PC Build Under $800, The Best Custom PC For 2019

You may be wondering what the best steps would be towards getting a good PC build for under $800. Any custom PC within the $600-$800 range is going to be a beast of a system and trust me when I say that you would never regret the day you decided to build a custom PC within this budget range.

 

Good PC Build Under 800

 

$800 Is A Great Way To Go For A Gaming Rig


If you have never built a PC before then it may sound like something that would be to complicated to get done.

Through personal experience I can tell you that it’s really not that hard at all even though the thought of it might intimidate you. When I first got interested in building custom computers on whatever budget I desired I always thought that I would never be able to actually build a PC.

One day I said screw it and grabbed all of my parts to build the gaming computer of my dreams.

When I went to go build my first computer I followed a simple step-by-step video by Newegg and everything went just fine. I have added the video to this post so if you’d like you can bookmark this post and come back to it whenever you go to build your computer that way you can be ensured that you have an awesome result!

 

How To Build A Computer


If you’re new to the whole custom computer scene then I’d highly suggest going through the first half of this video before you go and try to build your computer.

Sure it’s a lengthy video but the content is right on point and the instructions are extremely easy to follow. When you actually order your parts and go to build your computer then be sure to follow this video as you go to build your computer. This way you won’t miss a step and you’ll be able to build it like a pro!

Also, once you get this process down you can then build computers for friends/relatives and maybe even have them give you a small charge for the work you do. ūüėČ

After building about 8 computers for various friends/family I am now able to build a computer around a hours worth of time. Personally, I think the process is fun and easy so why not develop a new skill right? ūüôā

With all that being said, let’s go over which parts are going to be optimal within this budget range.

 

Optimal Hardware On A $800 Budget


 

Last Updated: September 23rd, 2019

* = Optional, final price DOES NOT include optional part.

Read below for more details.

 

Apevia X-SNIPER2 CaseApevia X-SNIPER2 Mid Tower

 ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 2700

MSI B450M Bazooka V2 MotherboardMSI B450M Bazooka V2

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 6GB Video CardZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single¬† RAM ‚Äď Crucial Ballistix Sport LT Single 8GB 2666 MHz

EVGA 600W BR PSU¬†Power¬†Supply¬†‚ÄstEVGA 600W BR PSU

WD Blue 1TB HDD¬†Hard Drive ‚ÄstWestern Digital Blue 1TB HDD

cd* CD Drive (Optional) –¬†Asus 24x DVD-RW

 

Final Price: $807.26

 

Build Details


This build is AMAZING. ūüėÄ

Seriously, the combination of the Ryzen 5 2700 and this graphics card really packs a powerful punch and you’ll be set for years to come.

If you’re looking to have a build that can stand the test of time and give you a gaming experience like you’ve never experienced before then this is the build for you. As of the time of this writing, there’s even a bit of leg room in the budget for your peripherals or whatever else you’re looking to add in with the build.

The 2700 is still the ideal choice even at this budget point. It’s an amazing CPU!

The Ryzen 2700 offers 8 physical cores and starts out clocked at 3.2GHz. You can go up to 4.1GHz using Turbo Boost.

This processor can be overclocked¬†and it leaves plenty of room for an upgrade path down the road. Though to be honest, with the amount of power that it provides, you won’t be needing a CPU upgrade for a long while. A nice overclock will give a crazy amount of performance!

Overclocking gives the CPU more performance power per dollar spent and in comparison to say an i5-9400 – you’ll be able to match if not have even more overall performance after a slight overclock. It’s doable even with the stock cooler that it comes with which makes it even more valuable.

All in all, it’s going to be a great CPU for down the road. Then if/when you decided that you’re wanting more processing power whether for extreme content creation or for the highest quality VR gaming you’d be able to do so. Even without the overclock, it’s still good enough to get those tasks done.

In the past we had listed a previous generation motherboard which required a BIOS update before using the above CPU. This is no longer the case.

Now that the newer B450 motherboards have been out on the market long enough and the pricing/timing of them is at a good point then it’s high time that we start using them! No more having to get a loaner CPU from AMD or updating the BIOS with other methods – this can now be put together right out of the gate without any updates needed.

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

A RTX 2060 6GB card is more than enough for high FPS rates at 1080p in most titles.

Another obvious factor towards overall gaming performance is the video card. At this time, a RTX 2060 6GB variant is definitely the way to go. For the longest time the RX series video cards were far too overpriced to even consider including it into the build, but times have changed.

As far as the future, the RTX 2060 is capable of handing it. Sure, it’s an ideal card for 1080p but it’s also going to have nice performance in VR gaming as well. If you’re thinking about trying out VR in the future then a build including a card like this is essential.

This will be very easy to do once you install the drivers for your motherboard after building your PC. Also be sure to check out YouTube tutorials over it! There are plenty of people out there that have successfully overclocked the 2700 with the stock cooler.

As per usual, you’ll be able to have 1TB of hard drive space with this build. After doing thorough research, I found it better to not include a solid state drive at this budget point as of today. It’s more worth getting the performance power versus having a SSD in the mix. We used to share having a 1TB SSD included which fit in the budget at the time, but it will not fit within the budget any longer. However, if you have the room in your budget, you should still try to include a SSD of sorts into your build!

Hopefully as new hardware comes out we’ll be able to put a SSD back into the build list while still being able to stay within the target budget range. Until then, this will have to do.

The case is your choice. The case that I have listed above will fit the video card and it is the USB 3.0 option. If you want a different looking case then you can go ahead and browse some cool ones by Clicking Here.

* A CD drive is completely optional because you can install your operating system via booting through a USB and you will be able to find your drivers online. I only share using the CD drive because it streamlines the process for those that are new to putting a PC together.

If you are¬†in need of a keyboard and mouse for your build then you should check out¬†the review that I did on a great keyboard/mouse combo for a lower price! It doesn’t break the bank and¬†it still gets the job done.

Keyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator 3

The video card will put you in awe with the amount of power it holds. You can feel very comfortable if you’re planning on playing at a 2560 x 1440 resolution with the graphics settings set to high with this card. ūüôā

Down the road when 4K monitors become the norm then I would maybe suggest a GPU¬†upgrade but this graphics card is going to give you power for years to come. This card performs about 200% better than today’s consoles. ūüėČ With that though, there is a card that you should get once it’s at the right price point. That would be the GTX 1070/1080¬†– it’d be the better pick to go with for the future.

The reason why I don’t have it listed today is because it’s not available at the right price yet. Once it is though, this build will definitely have it listed. Years down the road it’ll make more sense to add parts like that to a build at this budget point.

As for a monitor, as I said, you’re not going to want to go with something like 4K for a while. However, this build would perform very well at a 1080p resolution so you should definitely get a monitor that delivers on that res.

71r1E7x7PlL._SL1500_MonitorAsus VS228SH

Be sure to go with 700+ watts of power with this build. If you ever feel like upgrading down the road whether it’s the GPU or CPU then you’re also going to want to increase the amount of power you can give to the whole computer.

The 500W power supply that I have listed above is one of the most trusted and most protected brands in power supplies so you for sure won’t have to worry about having any power issues with this build!

 

Operating System And Internet Connection


Choosing an operating system is going to be up to you to decide.

There are many ways of acquiring Windows but actually purchasing a real copy will ensure the highest quality experience with your OS.

I recommend getting Windows 10 since it’s the most compatible when you’ve got your build strictly with gaming in mind. It’s a mixture of the Windows 7 start menu¬†ease combined with¬†the modern feel and look of Windows 8. They got rid¬†of Internet Explorer (FINALLY. Lol.) and replaced¬†it with some new browser they created called Edge. I’d recommend a different browser still, but it’s good to know that they are wanting to trash out their outdated web browser.

Now if you can’t afford to purchase a Windows operating system for about $90 more just know that I completely understand that. Some work arounds would be to throw a free, Linux based operating system like Ubuntu on your build. Ubuntu is an open-source and free operating system that works great for every day use. The only down side to having a Linux based operating system is that not every game out there is compatible with Linux.

There are some 3rd party programs that are out that help with this issue but it’s still kind of an annoying problem. If you don’t mind trying to problem solve and emulate games then you’d be able to use Linux just fine but it’s still a pain to have such a little problem.

That’s why Steam is making their own operating system called SteamOS. Valve wants to base it off of Linux and have it be compatible with every Steam game in existence. I’m pretty excited about that! ūüėÄ

But if you still want to go with Windows then I would suggest throwing Linux on your computer temporarily¬†until you have saved enough money to grab a Windows disk. Then you could either dual boot both operating systems or switch entirely over to Windows. You also have the choice of trying to get a copy of Windows through pirating but I don’t suggest that you do that.

Reason being is because it’s illegal and your operating system won’t run 100% perfect by trying to throw a cracked copy of it on a brand new computer. It’s best to just wait and save up for it and have a legit copy that way you can know that everything is going to

Also, if you need a way to connect to internet then I highly recommend picking up a broadband¬†wireless network adapter. It plugs right into a USB slot and it’ll give you the most reliable connection. I’ve included links to both a 64bit version of Windows 10 and a good USB network adapter that is also compatible with Windows 10.

windows 10 64bit¬†Windows 10 64bit –¬†Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit

81CsUmlJ+iL._SL1500_¬†USB Wireless Network Adapter –¬†Panda 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter

One thing that you need to be certain of is grabbing a 64bit version of Windows because if you don’t then you won’t be able to use all 8GB of your RAM, and that is extremely important to have especially as we move forward with how the PC gaming industry is growing.

 

To Conclude


There you have it, this is how you can get a good PC build under for $800. 

So what do you guys think? Are you going to be grabbing this build?

Let me know in the comments below and if you have any questions feel free to ask away! ūüôā

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701 Responses to Good PC Build Under $800, The Best Custom PC For 2019

  1. nate says:

    Hey I think I’ll go with your build but with a couple tweaks
    Does this look good and fair for the price? And with this build I wouldn’t need to upgrade any parts for a few years?

  2. Ben says:

    hey colton, I was wondering if it the nzxt 410 phantom series would work on this build?

  3. Alan says:

    Hey Colton! Loving the build here , but thinking about doing a few aesthetic changes,

    I was wondering if there is a different motherboard that was more black and less blue, I liked the one that was on here previously , but i think that one got updated or something.

    Was planning on using a Corsair C70 for a case, the black edition, I feel like the green one is too overpowering and black would be more neutral

    I was also wondering If there was another graphics card in the same price range that is black as well with pretty much the same features. Pretty much planning to build something that can play Wolfenstien, Fallout 4, Warthunder, and Kerbal with multiple mods.

    Any ideas what would be good?

  4. nate says:

    Hey colton love the site and I commented before but I was wondering if this build would be worth the extra money as I don’t want to have to upgrade for awhile. Please compare this build to your 800$ Build and let me know which would be more future proof thanks.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Nate,

      Checked out the build, I’d only recommend the R9 390 if you know for a fact that you’re going to be gaming past 1080p resolution. If you’re gaming at 1080p then something like the 380x or a 970 would be a lot more optimal. 8GB of VRAM is good for higher resolutions, not necessarily better game performance.

      The 6500 would be the way to go if you aren’t interested in overclocking. As far as which one is more “future-proof”… for gaming specifically I’d personally say the above build simply for the overclocking and eight cores. Both builds are pretty great for gaming though.

      • nate says:

        If I were to use the 800$ build would you recommend the 380x or the 970? Oh and also would it be good for me to pair the 1 TB HDD with this sandisk SSD http://amzn.to/1Z1Affp

        • Colton P says:

          I’d definitely recommend the 970. It has proven to have a better performance at 1080p significantly. It even has better performance in most cases when compared with a 390.

          And yes, that SSD would work just fine. Make sure you install your OS to the SSD!

          • nate says:

            Right on I’m probably gonna get the GTX 970 but in your opinion which version (GTX 970 SC, GTX 970 SSClk 2.0+, GTX 970 ACX 2.0 etc.) Gives the best bang for your buck
            http://amzn.to/24ydSSk

          • Colton P says:

            As of today, here and now, the best one to pick up would be the ACX 2.0 SC+ version because it’s significantly cheaper and it’s going to have all of the features you’ll need for down the road.

          • nate says:

            Also which brand of the 970 seems better. From what I read it looks like the best of either the gigabyte g1 or the MSI version thanks for indulging me.

          • Colton P says:

            I have a EVGA brand one in my build and I’m absolutely loving it. The performance is amazing at 1080p.

            The G1 has the most overclock potential and has a bit of a higher stock clock speed but the MSI one seems to be cheaper most of the time…

            If you go with the G1 you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got a case that’s going to fit that card because it’s a pretty big card.

  5. Raymond says:

    Thanks Colton!!!

  6. Raymond says:

    Hey again Colton,

    Also couldn’t find the motherboard you listed for a reasonable price anywhere and decided to go with this one: http://amzn.to/1rd7otW

    Will this perform the same or be considered a upgrade to the one you have listed?

    Thanks,
    R

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Raymond,

      That board would work, I’ve also just updated the part list with a motherboard that still has overclocking options.

      That board wouldn’t necessarily be a complete “upgrade” from what is currently there. It comes down to which has a better overall experience and although the board you that you linked would definitely have the best overall experience, you’ll still be able to overclock and do what this build is capable of with both boards.

  7. Raymond says:

    Hey Colton,

    I am going to build this with a few minor tweeks. I was thinking of switching to 16gb of ram by Kingston.

    Listed here: http://amzn.to/1QxjDpN

    My concern is it states it automatically over-clocks. I did not plan on over-clocking this PC as I dont really know anything about it lol. Will this ram be ok in this build with the stock heatsink that comes with the processor?

    Thanks,
    R

    • Colton P says:

      That RAM would be compatible and it’s not going to take a toll on the build, it doesn’t actually overclock the CPU it overclocks itself to the higher speeds which will still be OK with the build.

  8. Andrew says:

    Hey colton, I want to know if every thing here would be compatible and work well:
    http://amzn.to/1U8Rig8

    • Colton P says:

      Andrew,

      The link you put in there just leads to a cart, I’d need a link to a list of parts instead.

      The link isn’t your cart, it’s just the Amazon cart area.

  9. Calle says:

    Am I going to get over 100 fps on cs go whit this computer and screen

    • Colton P says:

      Calle,

      Not with this screen. You’d need a monitor that has a higher Hz.

      A 60Hz monitor can display up to 60 fps. A 144Hz monitor can display up to 144 fps.

  10. Greg says:

    Hi again Colton,

    I decided to go with this build, but the only issue I’m having is getting the video card, everywhere that I’ve checked it’s sold out. Is there another part that I could substitute it for that will give the same performance and have a similar price tag?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Greg,

      I’ll be updating all of the builds today to make sure everything is in stock and what not, odds are that I’ll be changing this specific build’s GPU to this one by Asus.

      It’s about $10 more but it’s going to have about the same awesome performance.

  11. Charlie says:

    Hi again, I appreciate your above advice, and I’m looking to start a build, maybe this one, soon. I was looking for a really cool case for this, and I was thinking the NZXT phantom or guardian, are either of these significantly better than the other?

    • Charlie says:

      Actually, I correct myself now I’ve looked at the page more, what would you recommend for a case from NZXT?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey again Charlie,

      Are you referring to the Phantom 410 series cases? If so then yeah, they’d definitely be compatible. As far as being significantly better… the above case and the Phantom series cases are both very high quality.

      I can’t say that the Guardian series cases would work though, mainly because they don’t include USB 3.0 compatibility.

      • Charlie says:

        Yeah, I noticed that later on, and I had my eye on the phantom 410 series as well. I have one final (I think/hope) big question before I build, and that is which build to use. This is my top at the moment, but I was wondering if you could check these others out real quick to see if any of their components are better than the ones above (No offense to your selection, I just want to get the most bang for my buck).
        My other options are:

        Thanks again for the help, good to find pages like this that are truly focused on helping people like me.

        • Colton P says:

          If you know that you’re gaming at 1080p then the GTX 970 config would be your best bet. If you want to have further potential in the realm of VR gaming then you’ll want the above processor as well…

          Go for the AMD build if you are gaming above 1080p. If you know that you’re not venturing past 1080p for a long time then the 970 is definitely the better choice.

  12. Tyler Dimalanta-KIm says:

    Hi, I am interested in your build, but will this hybrid sshd work?

    http://amzn.to/1M161I9

  13. Isaac Park says:

    Hi Colton,

    Thank you so much for these useful info. I’m trying to build my first gaming computer and it’s really helpful. The only question I have is which is better for a buck when it comes to Skylake i5 6600K vs. 4690k? Also, could you please take a look at this build and tell me if it’s really worth for the $ spent or I should downgrade in some area to save some buck.
    http://amzn.to/1oeLq7L

    Lastly, what would be an option if I’m not really looking into overclocking my computer? Which parts should I change?

    Thank you so much and I really appreciate your help!

    • Colton P says:

      Hi Isaac,

      As far as raw performance for the dollar is concerned, the 6600k is going to be the better choice. It has better results in the passmarks and what not when comparing it to the 4690k and it’s worth grabbing since you are making your PC from scratch. Might as well have the newest technology if you can afford it.

      With that said, the 4690k is still a very good processor. It’s just that with the 6600k not being that much more, it makes it worth it.

      If you don’t want to worry about overclocking at all then you’ll want to go with a CPU that doesn’t even give you the option to do so simply because it’ll be a little cheaper and it’ll also come with a stock cooler, meaning you won’t have to add the aftermarket cooler.

      If that’s the case, take a look at the i5-6600. It’s not the “k” version and the only difference is that it cannot be overclocked which is why it comes with a stock cooler in the first place!

  14. Sean Taylor says:

    Hey! One more question!

    Would this fan work in this case with the rest of the build? Friend says it’s the best bang for my buck and for just $25 it’s better safe than sorry as far as fan vs no fan. I probably will never over clock but he thinks I should still get a fan. Do you agree and if so, will this fan do the trick?

    Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Sean,

      What fan are you referring to here though?

      If you’re never going to overclock then you don’t need to worry about getting a different cooler man. It’ll come with a stock Intel cooler which will do just fine to keep it cool. You should only pick up the aftermarket cooler when you know for sure that you’re going to overclock.

      I would say just to grab the i5 4690 not the 4690k but they are at the same exact price, makes sense to go with the one that can perform even better down the road.

  15. William Merzlak says:

    Would a 500w EVGA power supply work with this build? Also, I’m have 16gb of ram and a GTX 980 I’d like to put in this build instead. The reason I ask is because I already have a spare EVGA 500w power supply and would like to use it if it’s possible. I’m just waiting on the cpu to arrive.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey William,

      I wouldn’t recommend it. Since you’re adding the 980 and the 16GB of RAM you’re going to want a bit more power to be on the safe side. Plus, when you decide to overclock down the road, 500w definitely wouldn’t be enough to get the job done.

      • William Merzlak says:

        Thanks for the reply. I just got the last of the parts in today and started the build. I’ve run into an issue with the EVGA 750w power supply and the motherboard. I have both exact items listed in this build. However the motherboard uses an 8pin CPU connector, while the power brick also has an 8pin cpu cable. Only 4 pins match the motherboard.

        This is what the Power supply cpu cable looks like.
        http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Tagan/SuperRock_680W_TG680-U33II/images/12v.jpg

        And this is what the motherboard connector looks like.
        http://i.stack.imgur.com/OZrET.jpg

        These are pictures I pulled off google but the problem is that the cpu cable has 4 rounded breakaway tips. And the motherboard requires a set of four square on top, round on bottom pins. How did you guys get passed that?

        • Colton P says:

          And they don’t both come together to be used there?

          Which slot is that called on the motherboard, does you manual tell you what that port is called?

          • William Merzlak says:

            The slot on the motherboard is labeled CPU Fan.
            The cable on the PSU is labeled CPU1.

            Both the motherboard and PSU manual specifically indicate the fan cable going to the fan control on the motherboard. But the cable has different shaped pins and I’ve always been told “If it doesn’t fit than it shouldn’t go there” But some google searching has turned up multiple people who have run into the same situation. They just pushed and crammed the cable into the motherboard anyway. And the crazy part is, they said everything works like normal. So I’m contemplating just cramming the psu cpu fan cable into the motherboards cpu fan slot despite it not fitting.

          • Colton P says:

            William,

            And that CPU fan slot on the motherboard is not for the CPU fan? Or have you plugged the CPU fan into a different slot?

            Try putting your CPU fan’s cable into the CPU fan slot if I’m understanding you correctly here anyway? Let me know, don’t be cramming stuff just yet lol

          • William Merzlak says:

            That’s the thing. The CPU fan cable doesn’t fit the CPU slot on the motherboard.
            In the pictures I provided. You see the cable with square and round pins. Which do not match up the pins on the motherboard. I read dozens if not more articles online saying to just use extra force and push the cable in. Despite it not fitting correctly. Anyway. I did that and turns out it worked! This is clearly just a compatibility issue.

            But I just want to say that it works great now! I’m using the exact parts mentioned in this sites $800 build. Same motherboard and same PSU. Just thought I’d give a heads up on the pin configuration as it did leave me guessing for a while. But the square pins on the PSU cable are supposed to go in the round pins on the motherboard.

          • Colton P says:

            Right on man, I’ll have to look deeper into the actual pins and what not to get a better picture for myself but I’m really happy to hear that you got the build going, I knew these parts were going to be compatible.

            You’re set very nicely man, enjoy the build and happy gaming! ūüôā Be sure to check back here and there for new posts and what not, would love to hear from you down the road!!

  16. irving says:

    would it be wise to change the processor for an i7?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Irving,

      I mean, it’s not essential to have a quality gaming experience, the above i5 is definitely a top notch processor for gaming and it’s ready for vr, especially with an overclock down the road.

      The i7 is an even better processor, it’d be more ideal to upgrade to it if you are also doing any sort of rendering or using any graphics programs as the difference would be significant enough. It also has a bit more future proof behind it but even the above i5 is going to last many years in the industry… all in all, it’s up to you! If you have the room in your budget, then why not?

  17. Charlie O'Brien says:

    Hi, I am looking to build my very first PC in just a month or two, I came across this build, which is a bit cheaper than my previous ideas, but I still have the same concerns. First, I do not plan on overclocking, I want to make a solid machine for gaming, but I don’t want to deal with overclocking and aftermarket parts and such, and I am wondering if this is the type of computer in which that decision will make a big impact. Second, I want to make sure this will still work on new titles several years from now, can anyone confirm that the Rainbow six siege of 4 years from now will work fine on this? Thanks for any feedback.

    • Colton P says:

      Hi Charlie,

      If you for sure know that you don’t want to overclock then you’d just have to go with the i5 4690 that is not the K version. It’s not overclockable but it is the same CPU at stock settings.

      As far as wondering which games are going to run 4 years from today, I can tell you that my old build lated about 4 years and it cost me about $500 to build at the time. So an $800 build, you could assume, will last a bit longer than that as it has even better hardware inside.

      There’s absolutely no way you’ll ever know if a future game is going to run until you know what the confirmed minimum specs are and then it’s also good to see other PCs run it to see if it is well optimized. It’s impossible to really know, but you can safely assume that this rig will definitely work with titles coming out 4 years from today. I just wouldn’t expect 100% absolute maximum graphics settings from them.

  18. Michael says:

    Colton,

    Thanks so much for this site. I can’t believe I didn’t come by it sooner. I’m looking at building a PC for the first time in 18 years. Things have really changed since then, specifically in the cooling aspects.

    The PC will be located in our bedroom and my wife wants to make sure it will run quietly. It seems like the cooling fans that come with the CPUs are loud. Would adding liquid cooling or a 3rd party cooler help in that endeavor? Also, is a liquid cooling system used both on the CPU and GPU? The last PC I built sounded like a tornado when strained and could heat our entire office room (but it was an AMD which weren’t known for their cool operating abilities).

    • Colton P says:

      Michael,

      The stock cooler for the Intel CPU is definitely A LOT quieter than a stock cooler that comes with an AMD CPU… though I do understand if you’re looking to have it as quiet as possible.

      As far as aftermarket cooling goes, I’d recommend this one by Noctua if you’re looking for something that is easy to install and very quiet. I have not personally messed with any liquid cooler though I know that they can be pretty quiet as well, you’d have to have a separate liquid cooling system for the GPU though.

      Also, if you’re going to be using an aftermarket solution, you’ll also want to look into getting high quality thermal paste as well as the thermal paste that comes with most aftermarket coolers aren’t really the best to go with.

      • Michael Graham says:

        Thanks! I took your advice and got the Noctua cooler. One thing I have noticed on both here and in the videos is that there is nothing about “burn in.” The last time I built a PC, you put on software that essentially maxed out all of your components for a set period of time (normally 6-12 hours) to “burn in” your system. I take it that is not necessary anymore? To be honest, I didn’t understand why we did it back then either.

        • Colton P says:

          It’s a pretty good cooler man! And honestly, I’ve never heard of that term. Maybe that was some sort of application to test the hardware a while ago but I don’t think that it’s really necessary any more?

  19. Chris C says:

    Hi again! I just noticed the NZXT S340 case that I love so much doesn’t have an optical drive. I was just wondering the pros and cons to not having an optical drive in your opinion.

  20. Jake says:

    I love the build you listed, but I would prefer a smaller case. Do you think this will be a match?

    Cosair 240

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