2017 PC Hardware Configurations for your Gaming Rig Print E-mail

Building a PC in 2017/18 can be a challenge if your not sure what to get.  Will you be using it mostly for the games? applications, graphics intensive software? or just plain average mainstream home use?  There are several ways at approaching building your power house PC, you can work within a budget and stay within your limits or you can build according to the preferred system configuration the manufacturer of the games or software suggests for performance.  Otherwise if you want to make sure you can run anything and everything just build an Enthusiast PC.

Below PCWizKid has setup by category from Mainstream to Extreme Gaming Rig configurations some recommendations for you to chose from and decide from there. To makes things easy for you, PCWizKid has put together 3 main configurations to meet each budget and category.  If money is not an issue then check out PCWizkid's Extreme Dream Machine at the bottom of the page.

Remember the pricing for each configuration is approximate and in USD* but will give you a good idea on what to get and what works well together.  For the most recent pricing and hardware list click the links beside each hardware component below.  Please note the prices may not include the LCD/LED monitor, peripherals or the operating system, so check the description details of each system.

This entry level system (Intel or AMD) is for someone who has a tight budget and cannot spend more than about $1000 USD roughly.  Or perhaps you just need a fast , stable PC for the home office and not for gaming.  Yes you could always get something better if you spend another $50 here and there and before you know it the initial system that you had planned to only spend $500 is now $750.  If you dont mind play games at lower graphic settings and you just want to watch movies surf the net, its all good. Anything can be changed for more expensive better components later on also.  These are quality performing entry level parts for the price $800+ USD approximately.

Intel Core i5 Gamer Mainstream Level - $800 USD

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Xtreme S550 Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7600 (3.50 GHz) 8 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Xtreme S550 Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7600 (3.50 GHz) 8 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Xtreme S550 Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7600 (3.50 GHz) 8 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB Type: Gaming & Entertainment Part Number: GXS550 Usage: Consumer Processor: Intel Core i5-7600 3.5 GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit Quad-Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 6 MB L3 Cache Memory: 8 GB DDR4 + 16 GB Optane Memory


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AMD Ryzen Gamer Mainstream Level - $800 USD

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA440 Desktop Gaming PC (AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz, AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, 24X DVD?RW, WiFi & Win 10 Home) Black

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA440 Desktop Gaming PC (AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz, AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, 24X DVDRW, WiFi & Win 10 Home)

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA440 Desktop Gaming PC (AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz, AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, 24X DVD?RW, WiFi & Win 10 Home)


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Gamer System - Price range $900 - 1300

This Gamer system (Intel or AMD) caters to those who want higher performing parts that can take advantage of the latest technologies and software.  For example, a system like this can do video editing, play directx 12 games, run Windows 10 smoother and multitask better while watching movies, surfing the net and doing more than average.  With a system like this you have the option to later upgrade easier to a more extreme system easily.  A gamer system will extend the life and usage of it for a longer period than a entry level system without the need for immediate upgrades, so in the long run this is the most popular choice.

Cyberpowerpc Gamer Master Gma390 W/ Amd Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5Ghz Cpu, 16Gb Ddr4, Nvi

Cyberpowerpc Gamer Master Gma390 W/ Amd Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5Ghz Cpu, 16Gb Ddr4, Nvi

Cyberpowerpc Gamer Master Gma390 W/ Amd Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5Ghz Cpu, 16Gb Ddr4, Nvi Electrical Outlet Plug Type: See Details


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CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Xtreme 1528 Intel Core i7 7800X (3.50 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Xtreme 1528 Intel Core i7 7800X (3.50 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Xtreme 1528 Intel Core i7 7800X (3.50 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB GDDR5 Type: Gaming & Entertainment Part Number: GX1528 Usage: Consumer Processor: Intel Core i7-7800X 3.5 GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit 6-Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 8.25 MB L3 Cache


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CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Xtreme S580 Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7600 (3.50 GHz) 8 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Xtreme S580 Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7600 (3.50 GHz) 8 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Xtreme S580 Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7600 (3.50 GHz) 8 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB Type: Gaming & Entertainment Part Number: GXS580 Usage: Consumer Processor: Intel Core i5-7600 3.5 GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit Quad-Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 6 MB L3 Cache


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Enthusiast System $1500 to $2200 USD

An enthusiast gaming rig system by definition is a high end PC.  The hardware components are premium parts which are on priced higher as you would expect.  A system like this takes the Gaming system to the next level by pushing the boundaries of the hardware beyond the default advertised limitation.  These systems outperform and exceed expectations making them the top performers in every category.  However, owning an enthusiast system does not have to be costly.  Even though you may find many so called enthusiast gaming rigs out there, the cost of owning one averages at aprox $1500+ USD.  It all depends on what you want to customize and add.  Do you want 2 Video cards in crossfire or in SLI?  Do you want them to be lesser performing AMD RX 460, step up to a RX 560 or go all the way to the high end AMD RX 580 or do you have the $$$ to get several Nvidia GTX 1070's or the top of the line GTX 1080?  Will you use water cooling throughout or just modify (mod) the system case fans? Do you want one hard drive or several, or even do you want a SSD drive? These are examples of what an enthusiast will go through to kick it up a notch.  Every upgraded part means more $$$!!! The rewards in speed and performance are really noticable though as seen in PCWizKid's benchmark reviews.

AMD Enthusiast Rig ~ $1400 to 2000 USD

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA320 w/ AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz CPU, 16GB DDR4, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB, 2TB HDD, 24X DVD+-RW & Win 10 Home 64-Bit

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA320 w/ AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz CPU, 16GB DDR4, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB, 2TB HDD, 24X DVD+-RW & Win 10 Home 64-Bit

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA320 w/ AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz CPU, 16GB DDR4, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB, 2TB HDD, 24X DVD+-RW & Win 10 Home 64-Bit


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CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Master 2007 GM2007LQ Ryzen 7 1800X (3.60 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 4 TB HDD 1 TB SSD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Master 2007 GM2007LQ Ryzen 7 1800X (3.60 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 4 TB HDD 1 TB SSD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Master 2007 GM2007LQ Ryzen 7 1800X (3.60 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 4 TB HDD 1 TB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB Type: Gaming & Entertainment Usage: Consumer Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6 GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit 8-Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 16 MB L3 Cache Memory: 16 GB DDR4 2400 Storage: 4 TB HDD + 1 TB SSD


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Intel Enthusiast System ~ $1500 to 2200 USD

CYBERPOWERPC  Intel Core i7-7700K, 16GB, 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD, Windows 10 Supreme Liquid Cool Gamer PC

CYBERPOWERPC Intel Core i7-7700K, 16GB, 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD, Windows 10 Supreme Liquid Cool Gamer PC

CYBERPOWERPC 4.2GHz Intel Core i7-7700K Quad-Core Processor 16GB DDR4 SDRAM / 128GB SSD + 2TB 7200rpm HDD 8GB Dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics Windows 10


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CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Panzer VR PRO 3370 Intel Core i7 8th Gen 8700K (3.70 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 4 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Panzer VR PRO 3370 Intel Core i7 8th Gen 8700K (3.70 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 4 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Panzer VR PRO 3370 Intel Core i7 8th Gen 8700K (3.70 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 4 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB GDDR5X Type: Gaming & Entertainment Part Number: PVP3370LQ Usage: Consumer Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K 3.70 GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit 6-Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 12 MB L3 Cache


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CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Panzer VR XL 1200 Intel Core i7 7800X (3.50 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 2 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Panzer VR XL 1200 Intel Core i7 7800X (3.50 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 2 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Panzer VR XL 1200 Intel Core i7 7800X (3.50 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 2 TB HDD 16 GB Optane Memory NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Graphics: Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5 SLI Type: Gaming & Entertainment Part Number: PVX1200LQ Usage: Consumer Processor: Intel Core i7-7800X 3.5 GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit 6-Core Processor Cache Per Processor: 8.25 MB L3 Cache


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PCWizKid's Wish - Xtreme Dream Machine ~ $3000 USD

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Panzer VR 4250 Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (3.40 GHz) 32 GB DDR4 3 TB HDD 500 GB M.2 SSD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Panzer VR 4250 Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (3.40 GHz) 32 GB DDR4 3 TB HDD 500 GB M.2 SSD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CyberpowerPC Desktop Computer Gamer Panzer VR 4250 Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (3.40 GHz) 32 GB DDR4 3 TB HDD 500 GB M.2 SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB GDDR5X Type: Gaming & Entertainment Part Number: PVR4250LQ Usage: Consumer Processor: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 3.40 GHz Processor Main Features: 64 bit 16-Core Processor Memory: 32 GB DDR4


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NOTE: Approximate pricing on each system is based on newegg.com sale parts as of Spring 2017. Prices are subject to change and total's are approximate in US dollars and do not include taxes and shipping or a display monitor (unless specified).
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