Gaming PC Build for Under $1400!


Hey guys, Jarrod here and today we’re going
to build a gaming PC for under $1400 USD. Alright so this computer is basically going
to be used for all sorts of things, from gaming with medium to high settings to just browsing
the Internet and watching YouTube. All the parts were purchased early in 2017, so I did
this a few months ago now. I’ve got separate videos on most of the hardware used here,
check out the links in the video description if you want more information on anything. For the CPU I went with an Intel 6700K, the
build was planned just as Kabylake was coming out and after seeing some of the benchmarks
of the 7700K I decided going ahead with the slightly cheaper 6700K would be fine for this
build. Realistically I could have saved over $100 by getting a lower tier CPU, but I was
really keen to keep the CPU for ages and the 6700K has a lot of potential. At the time I was selecting my parts there
was a shortage on most decent coolers. I was after an air cooler and ended up going with
the Be Quiet! Pure rock slim. I wasn’t sure about it at first, it’s quite a small cooler
and the 6700K isn’t exactly the coolest CPU around. The cooler claims to have a 120w
TDP cooling capacity though which should be enough so I went with it. I haven’t had
any issues on stock speeds so far, but if I go ahead with overclocking the 6700K in
future I’ll likely look at upgrading to a larger CPU cooler. As this is an overclockable chip I needed
a motherboard with the Z170 chipset. I went with the Gigabyte Z170-D3H motherboard. To
be honest I picked this one because it was fairly cheap compared to other options but
still had everything I needed including an M.2 slot for our NVMe SSD. I went with a Samsung 960 Evo 500GB NVMe SSD
as I wanted something that would be insanely fast, I wanted Windows to boot in seconds
and games to open as quickly as possible. I went with 500GB because with this SSD you’re
already paying heaps for the high speeds, so higher capacities are less worthwhile.
It’s still plenty of space for a few games, and although there is room to add more larger
hard drives, I didn’t buy any as I’ve got a NAS for that purpose. For RAM I picked 2 8gb sticks of Kingston
HyperX Fury memory at 2,133MHz, mostly because it was a good price for the speed and looked
fairly decent, which as you know makes it faster, right? This means that only two slots
of the four available on the motherboard are in use, so we have the option to upgrade to
32GB in the future if needed. As for the graphics I went with the ASUS GeForce
GTX 1060 dual fan overclock edition which is a 3GB card. With this card I was able to
reach around 60 FPS in modern games on maximum settings without many issues – it performs
great for its price and the system was made with the intention of running games at 1080p
60Hz with medium to high settings, and this card definitely manages that. To power everything I went with the Corsair
HX850i power supply, it’s an 80 plus platinum 850 watt power supply and definitely overkill
for this build. I figured it was better to go a little larger than needed just on the
off chance that anything extra is added to the system in the future. The PSU spends most
of it’s time running completely silent with the fan off as it’s not heavily loaded which
is an awesome feature. All of this hardware has been placed into
the Antec GX1200 case. It’s got some basic lighting effects, was a fairly decent price
at around $75 USD and was a pretty good size – not too big or too small. Alright so now let’s build this thing! I
didn’t have any major problems during the process, just don’t do what I always do
and forget to install the RAM after the CPU cooler! Luckily this cooler is so thin that
clearance wasn’t a problem here so I didn’t have to take it off and start over. I also
found that the PSU needed all required cables plugged in first before screwing it into the
case, there wasn’t enough clearance to add them afterwards due to the way the case is
designed which was a little annoying. I think I did an alright job of cable management,
looks good enough for me anyway! I’m running Windows 10 on it, but I tested
and was able to boot Fedora Linux and it recognized all hardware out of the box with no issues
just in case you were wondering. Now let’s check out some benchmarks. These benchmarks
were done with stock speeds, no overclocking at this stage. In GTA 5 I have disabled VSync and ran my
test with FXAA on and MSAA set to 8x with a 1080p resolution using Direct X 11. With
these settings I was able to get an average of 83 frames per second. In the Witcher 3 I used the Ultra preset,
disabled VSync and NVidia Hairworks and again ran at a 1080p resolution. With these settings
I was able to get an average of 55 frames per second, so just under that 60 target. In Shadow of Mordor with ultra settings at
1080p we averaged 89 FPS. In Heaven benchmark with the quality set to
ultra, tessellation set to extreme, and anti-aliasing set to x8 at 1080p, the 1060 averaged 61 FPS. It’s a similar story in Valley benchmark,
with the quality set to ultra and anti-aliasing on x8 at 1080p, the 1060 averaged 67 FPS. I ran both the Fire Strike and Time Spy benchmarks
from 3DMark and got scores of 10,746 and 3,907 respectively, not too bad. During my testing the hottest the graphics
card ever got was 77 degrees celsius in my room with an ambient temperature of 20 degrees
celsius. The fans didn’t get noticeably loud either, so I could keep it even cooler
as I don’t have any problems with extra noise. I ran some of the tests again with
the fans maxed out to 100%, the maximum the card got to was 64 degrees celsius though
of course it was a lot louder. The results also didn’t change, as the card must not
have been thermal throttling. While performing the benchmarks or even just
playing games there was a slight but noticeable coil whine, however I did have the whole system
running on the desk next to me. I wasn’t able to notice it at all with my headphones
on. Luckily even with my small CPU cooler the temperatures there were fine too, I measured
these at a different time with an ambient room temperature of 17 degrees celsius. At
idle 6700K with the pure rock slim was sitting 21 degrees celsius, and after maxed out for
half an hour it was around 60 degrees celsius, so I’m happy with that! The SSD was impressive too, with around sequential
read speed of around 3300MB/s and a sequential write speed of around 1700MB/s, crazy! With
the PC completely powered off the system takes just 18 seconds to fully boot up to the Windows
10 login screen. I think the performance is pretty good, I’m
happy with it anyway. The PC performs great and was easy to assemble. All up the whole
system cost $1860 AUD, which is about $1390 USD.. Damn you conversion rate! To be honest we probably need to account for
the Australia tax here too, for some reason hardware here costs much more than in the
states. So what did you guys think about my sub $1400
USD build? Overall with the lighting effects I think it looks pretty nice. The hardware
is fairly decent and it runs great. Be sure to let me know your thoughts down in the comments,
including what you’d have done differently and why? And leave a like on the video if
you found it useful. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe for future
tech videos like this one.

14 thoughts on “Gaming PC Build for Under $1400!

  1. Hello, my name is Dextro. I have made a video about my PC and I would really appreciate it if you could check it out and tell me how to make it even better and how to improve my videos. Thank you 🙂

  2. its ridiculously expensive for pc parts here in oz, but yeah better off sticking with the metabox gaming laptops it works out a lot cheaper with better specs

  3. I think if the $1400 includes tax and delivery charges, this is worth it, since you lives in Australia and all.
    I myself live in Indonesia.

  4. If i were you im gonna replace that m.2 ssd and change it with a cheaper ssd so i can change the graphics card to gtx 1070. Judt my opinion by the way! I'm impressed that you can achieve well over 60 fps on gta v with msaa set to 8x ultra preset.

  5. That is a great looking build man! My goal is to build my first desktop gaming PC when I graduate from nursing school, but for now my super on the go life makes a gaming laptop a necessity. 🙂 I am glad to live out the experience of a desktop build vicariously through videos like yours though, man! Good work!

    I also agree with your emphasis on having the OS and games you primarily use installed on a really good M.2 SSD. I just cloned my primary drive onto a Samsung 950 Pro that a friend gave me as a gift and the speeds are blowing my mind!!

  6. Curse the Australian dollar, my gaming laptop died on me and I was really liking this build till the price tag 🙁 poor student life

  7. instead of a i7-6700K i would recommend a AMD Ryzen 1700X its almost the same price and nowadays you get so much more power for the money with a
    AMD Cpu's.

  8. Hi Jarrod. 😀

    Can you please help me out. If I copy all the details from this video, and buy them. Would I have a working computer, or would I be needing to get extra details that weren't mentioned? I'm new to computer stuff.

    Also, would this set-up be equipped to handle any thing? Run everything?? Like Adobe products i.e., Photoshop, autodesk, etc??

  9. Damn you conversion rate!
    i'm from Morocco and it will be little expenssive for me ….
    cool video , ilike you clarification mate!

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