BUD­GET

Maximum PC - - BLUEPRINT -

Ap­prox­i­mate Price: $634

THERE ISN’T MUCH IN THE WAY OF CHANGES this month, as our bud­get sys­tem sees a cou­ple of price hikes, but lit­tle in the way of options to see us switch­ing out for cheaper com­po­nents. The one area where we did see a bet­ter deal is on the graphics card front, where our pre­vi­ous se­lec­tion of the Gi­ga­byte GTX 1050 Ti saw a $10 price in­crease, prompt­ing us to move over to MSI for the same GPU. We also saw a price in­crease on the Enthoo Evolv ITX, but we’re so sold on this case at the mo­ment, that we just ab­sorbed the $5 hike. The story of DDR4 pric­ing con­tin­ues to frus­trate, with the Pa­triot Viper Elites see­ing an $11 in­crease in just a month. Un­for­tu­nately, we couldn’t find any­thing cheaper, so ul­ti­mately had to ac­cept that in­crease as well. Overall, we’re look­ing at a to­tal price in­crease of $16 com­pared to last month, for the ex­act same per­for­mance.

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