Our rec­om­mended build for play­ing the lat­est games


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 $280

Bet­ter de­fault gam­ing per­for­mance and a lower price puts this chip ahead of the AMD Ryzen 2600X.

GTX 1070 SC Gam­ing ACX EVGA $424

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 $55

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 $133

16GB is the min­i­mum amount of RAM we’d rec­om­mend for a sys­tem of this cal­iber.

RMx 650W Cor­sair $100

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 $53

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 $46

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.


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

MasterKeys Pro L Cool­erMaster $130

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

AW958 Elite Alien­ware $73

Suit­able for any grip thanks to its add-ons, and there’s just some­thing about those mas­sive me­tal­lic but­tons.

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