MID-RANGE BUILD

Our rec­om­mended build for play­ing the lat­est games

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Z370 Tom­a­hawk MSI $140 This is a nice-look­ing bit of kit at a good price. Cou­ple that with two M.2 slots, and it’s the per­fect place to house that Core i5.

Core i5-8400 In­tel $180 Bet­ter de­fault gam­ing per­for­mance and a lower price puts this chip ahead of the AMD Ryzen 2600X.

GTX 1070 SC Gam­ing ACX EVGA $410 Again, we’re mak­ing a sav­ing this month on our choice of graph­ics card. This time you can ex­pect a chunk of sav­ings.

MasterLiq­uid Lite 240 Cool­erMaster $52 This 240mm, dual-fan, all-in-one liq­uid CPU cooler is lu­di­crously cheap, but per­forms well and stays quiet, too.

Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) @2666 Cor­sair $146 16GB is the min­i­mum amount of RAM we’d rec­om­mend for a sys­tem of this cal­iber.

RMx 650W Cor­sair $91 There’s noth­ing like hav­ing a qual­ity power sup­ply. Get a de­cent ca­ble kit for this one and you can eas­ily spice up your rig.

MX500 250GB Cru­cial $65 This is still our SSD of choice. We’ve kept the ca­pac­ity the same as our cheaper build, but up­grad­ing to 500GB would be ideal.

WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM Western Dig­i­tal $44 SSDs are great, but they’re still far from cheap. This 1TB HDD will hold as many games as you can han­dle.

Eclipse P400S TG Phanteks $90 The clean lines, in­tu­itive build fea­tures, and fan­tas­tic price ce­ments the Eclipse as our midrange case of choice.

AGON AG251FZ AOC $330 Not only does this 1080p mon­i­tor have a light­ning-fast 240Hz re­fresh rate, but it pro­duces de­cent im­age qual­ity, too.

MasterKeys Pro L Cool­erMaster $110 This is one of the cheap­est me­chan­i­cal key­boards, yet it looks and feels great. It only has sin­gle-color back­light­ing, though.

Ri­val 310 Steelseries $55 A more so­phis­ti­cated de­sign and more but­tons make this a nice up­grade over the 110, and it still doesn’t cost the earth.

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