Gaming computers are very much alive! Analysts Jon Peddie Research (JPR) reports record sales of equipment for gamers. According to experts, in 2016, spending on computer hardware and peripherals for the first time reached 30 billion U.S. dollars. 43% of designated amount is at the top gaming equipment. In the data very hard to believe, because manufacturers of graphics cards — AMD and NVIDIA — also hit records. Statistics suggest certain thoughts, and, considering the growing interest in PC gaming and the ever-increasing number of enthusiasts, we decided to launch the rubric of “Computer of the month”.

Computer of the month — February 2017

To assemble the system yourself or trust the professionals? A simple answer to this is to some extent a philosophical question not. Each approach has its pros and cons. Know exactly what is the most difficult and important — is the selection of iron. “Computer of the month” just solve this problem. The article presents five relevant assemblies. For each device we take the average price specified at the moment of writing of article on the website “Yandex.Market” (the region of Moscow). Obviously, some stores offer components are more expensive, others cheaper, but to focus on these prices is quite possible. But the software cost in the calculation does not take into account estimated on only the hardware.

Unfortunately, not all assemblies there is competition. Intel yet finished, releasing a range of chips Skylake RefreshKaby Lake. From AMD waiting for new, powerful and promising Ryzen desktop processors and motherboards based on modern platform AM4 — but with their output and the answer of Intel to the novelty and begin the real competition. The wait is long, the most interesting — ahead.

Starter Assembly

The budget of 30-35 thousand rubles. System relevant for modern games in Full HD resolution with medium/high graphic settings.

Starter Assembly
Processor AMD FX-8320E, 8 core, 3,2 (4,0) GHz, 8 MB L3, AM3+ (review)

6 500 RUB.

G4560 Intel Pentium, 2 core, 3.5 GHz, 3 MB L3, LGA1151

4 500 RUB.

Motherboard AMD 760G Examples:

  • MSI 760GM-P23 (FX);
  • ASUS M5A78L-M LX3;
  • GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P

3 000 RUB.

H110 Intel Express Examples:

  • GIGABYTE GA-H110M-S2;
  • MSI H110M PRO-D;
  • H110M ASRock-DGS;
  • ASUS H110M-K

3 500 RUB.

RAM 1 × 8GB DDR3-1866 for AMD;
1 × 8 GB DDR4-2133 for Intel

4 000 RUB.

Video card AMD Radeon RX 470, 4 GB GDDR5 (review)
or
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 3GB GDDR5

13 500 RUB.

Drives HDD: 1 TB, 7200 rpm

3 300 RUB.

SSD: no

CPU cooler Examples:

  • Deepcool gammaxx Deepcool 200T;
  • Zalman CNPS5X Performa

1 000 RUB.

Case Examples:

  • ACCORD P-25B;
  • 3Cott 1811

1 200 RUB.

Unit Examples:

  • Chieftec GPA-500S;
  • FSP Group ATX-500PNR;
  • Zalman ZM500-LE

2 700 RUB.

Total

AMD: 35 200 RUB.

Intel: 33 700 RUB.

Familiarity with processors Kaby Lake has left a mixed impression. On the one hand, the chips become faster by increasing the clock frequency. Plus Intel has significantly improved integrated graphics HD Graphics 630/610. On the other hand, we have all the same solutions on the Skylake architecture. But because the difference in performance between Core i7-6700K and Core i7-7700K is minimal. The real revolution happened “below”. For the first time in a long time, the Pentium back support Hyper-Threading technology. Now the models G4560, G4600 and G4620 in the presence of four streams, like the desktop Core i3. For a gaming computer this is important. Practice shows that the Pentium G4560 in games is not inferior to the Core i3-6100, but costs less. Saved money, of course, invest in a more powerful graphics card. Radeon RX 470 with 4 GB of VRAM would be perfect.

SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 470 NITRO

Important point — the market is already quite a lot of motherboards on chipset Express B250. And now even budget solutions for Kaby Lake received a M. 2 interface. The cheapest fees are on average 4 500-5 000 rubles. Much sense to chase M. 2 we do not see. In the case of the starter Assembly it is better to take charge in H110 Express. They also support processors Kaby Lake, it is only necessary to reflash the BIOS to the latest version. If Skylake is not at hand, when buying parts, ask the store staff in advance to update the firmware.

Both systems used a simple matplot, in which there are only two DIMM slots. Built-in memory controllers have processors — dual-channel, but in the basket we put only one module of 8 GB. Just with time it will be easier (and cheaper) to update the array RAM to 16 GB. Another obvious maneuver to upgrade is to buy an SSD. Well, Pentium G4560 a few years will change some Core i5 or even Core i7.

But the platform AM3+ is not as flexible in terms of future upgrading the system. We are all waiting for the first decisions on the architecture of Zen. If you build a system with FX-processor, it is better to invest in dosimetery. Performance (modern) chips for this platform will be gone. To recommend a build with a FX-8320E on Board all those who are short of cash, but to whom the performance of eight cores is still necessary.

The base Assembly

Budget — 50-55 thousand rubles. System relevant for modern games in Full HD resolution with high/max graphic settings.

The base Assembly
Processor AMD FX-8350, 8 core, 4,0 (4,2) GHz, 8 MB L3, AM3+ (review)

11 000 RUB.

Intel Core i5-7500, 4 cores, 3,4 (3,8) GHz, 6 MB L3, LGA1151

14 000 RUB.

The parent Board AMD 970/990 Examples:

  • MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition;
  • ASRock 970A-G/3.1;
  • ASUS M5A97 R2.0;
  • GIGABYTE GA-990X-SLI Gaming

6 000 RUB.

H110 Intel Express Examples:

  • GIGABYTE GA-H110M-S2;
  • MSI H110M PRO-D;
  • H110M ASRock-DGS;
  • ASUS H110M-K

3 500 RUB.

RAM 2 × 8 GB DDR3-1866 for AMD;
2 x 8 GB DDR4-2133 for Intel

8 000 RUB.

Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB GDDR5 (review)
or
AMD Radeon RX 480, 8 GB GDDR5 (review)

18 000 rubles.

Drives HDD: 1 TB, 7200 rpm

3 300 RUB.

SSD: no

CPU cooler Examples:

  • Zalman CNPS10X Optima AMD;
  • Deepcool deepcool gammaxx 300 Intel

1 700/1 300 RUB.

Case Examples:

  • Zalman Z3 Plus Black;
  • AeroCool Aero-800;
  • Thermaltake Versa H25;
  • Fractal Design Core 1300

3 000 RUB.

Unit power Examples:

  • Deepcool DA550550 W;
  • AeroCool Kcas 600W;
  • Enermax MAXPRO 500 W

3 500 RUB.

Total

AMD: 54 500 RUB.

Intel: 54 600 RUB.

Compare platform AM3+ and LGA1151, to put it mildly, incorrect. But nothing is more relevant in AMD to date, no. Before the release of processors Ryzen there is not much time, but the younger the chips will be available more soon. OCTA-core FX-8350 graphics card-level GeForce GTX 1060 “pull”.

The motherboard and cooler for the AMD platform is selected based on overclocking the CPU, although in this case you can use any FX chip. For example, the same FX-8320E used in the launch Assembly. Junior cosmedent Vishera easily pursues to 4.5 GHz, and the money saved spent on an SSD. But take into account the capabilities/desires of all users. Someone is not able to disperse, someone does not want — in this case, FX-8350, operating at 4 GHz, will be a viable option.

AMD FX-8370

As for Intel, the Assembly for 50-55 thousand rubles, and would like to see Core i5 and 16 GB of RAM, and a full version of GeForce GTX 1060. Why skimp on the mother Board, that is, again, orientirueshsya on H110 Express. If your budget allows you to roam, then look to the side boards level B250M ASRock Pro4 (5 500 rubles) or even the Gigabyte GA-H270-HD3 (7 000 RUB).

While the processors Skylake Kaby Lake is more expensive on average 1 000 roubles. There is a sense to overpay? Here for Core i5-7500 the stated base frequency of 3.4 GHz. When loading all four cores the speed increases to 3.6 GHz. The cheaper Core i5-6500 boasts 3.2 and 3.3 GHz, respectively. Good still increase it.

In the case of the basic Assembly, you can use a couple of tricks. The first is to buy a Core i5-6400 and motherboard level ASUS Z170-P or ASRock Pro4 Z170. Install special firmware allows to overclock the processor at a frequency of BCLK. We managed to raise the frequency of the Core i5-6400 to 4.7 GHz is a great result. Yes, there are some limitations, but in most cases it’s worth it. Unfortunately, Kaby Lake without the unlocked multiplier on the bus chase. Disappoint, but “freebies” are no longer welcome. Those BIOS versions that allow you to drive Skylake on the bus are using outdated microcode. At Kaby Lake all closed initially.

Second life hack is the acquisition in China engineering sample Core i7-6400T. Again, full of happiness need a fee on the basis of logic Z170 Express. And a little luck. If all goes well, it is feasible to acquire the chip-level Core i7-7700 at the price of Core i3. The nuances are there and they are all painted in this article.

Optimal Assembly

Budget — 75-80 thousand rubles. Relevant for modern games in resolutions Full HD and WQHD high/maximum graphic settings.

Optimal Assembly
Processor Intel Core i5-7600, 4 cores, 3,5 (4,1) GHz, 6 MB L3, LGA1151

16 000 RUB.

The parent Board H270 Intel Express Examples:

  • ASUS PRIME H270-PLUS;
  • Gigabyte GA-H270-HD3;
  • H270 MSI PC MATE;
  • ASRock Pro4 H270

7 500 RUB.

RAM 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2400

8 000 RUB.

Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5 (review)

30 000 RUB.

Drives HDD: 1 TB, 7200 rpm

3 300 RUB.

SSD: 120-128 GB (review)

4 000 RUB.

CPU cooler Examples:

  • Deepcool deepcool gammaxx S40;
  • Zalman CNPS10X Optima

1 700 RUB.

Case Examples:

  • Zalman Z9 Plus;
  • AeroCool LS-5200;
  • SilverStone RL05BR-W;
  • Thermaltake View 27

4 000 RUB.

Unit power Examples:

  • AeroCool Strike-X 600W;
  • Deepcool DQ550ST 550 W;
  • MAXPRO Enermax 600 W;
  • Cooler Master B600 ver.2 600 watts

4 000 RUB.

Total

78 500 RUB.

With the AMD platform is clear — it in optimal, advanced and extreme no builds. If you want to maintain “red”, save savings to output Ryzen processors and boards on the chipsets X370/B350. The second point: all the existing FX chips are too weak for your graphics card of GeForce GTX 1070. Third in the ranking Pascal-adapter — pride-optimal build.

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 1070 X3

With the system on Intel it is not so simple — our version is specified in the table. Really want to see the SSD in the system. Another “scheme” is to buy a Core i5-7600K (17 000 rubles) and Board level Z270 ASRock Pro4 (8 500 RUB.), but in this case, to stay within the budget will not succeed. CPU overclocking in conjunction with the GeForce GTX 1070 doesn’t exactly hurt, for example, in Battlefield 1 any Core i5 processor loaded on 100%. And these games are becoming more.

The third option is aimed at extraction of maximum performance. Put off buying an SSD later, but the Core i7-7700. CPU at full load all four cores running at 4 GHz is a decent indicator. Eight threads are useful “in your battlefield” (do not forget that with the game on the computer, usually running multiple apps).

Advanced Assembly

Budget — 100 thousand rubles. Relevant for modern games in resolutions Full HD and WQHD high/maximum graphic settings.

Advanced Assembly
Processor Intel Core i7-7700K, 4 core, 4,2 (4,5) GHz, 8 MB L3, LGA1151 (review)

25 000 RUB.

The parent Board Intel Z270 Express Examples:

  • Z270 MSI SLI PLUS;
  • ASUS PRIME Z270-A;
  • GIGABYTE GA-Z270-Gaming K3

12 000 RUB.

Operational memory 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2400

8 000 RUB.

Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5 (review)

30 000 RUB.

Drives HDD: 1 TB, 7200 rpm

3 300 RUB.

SSD: 240-256 GB (review)

6 000 RUB.

CPU cooler Examples:

  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (review);
  • Deepcool NEPTWIN V2 (overview);
  • Deepcool Lucifer V2

2 300 RUB.

Case Examples:

  • Cooler Master Storm Enforcer;
  • AeroCool Dead Silence 230;
  • Corsair SPEC-ALPHA;
  • Thermaltake Core V41

6 000 RUB.

Unit power Examples:

  • Thermaltake “Ural 650 W”;
  • Zalman ZM650-EBT 650 W;
  • CX650M Corsair 650 W;
  • Cooler Master V650 Semi-Modular 650 W

6 000 RUB.

Total

98 600 RUB.

The increase in the budget of 20-25 thousand rubles relieves headaches when choosing components. We reserve the GeForce GTX 1070, but money enough to buy a Core i7 motherboard for overclocking and SSD in the 240-256 GB. While reserve funds are sufficient to purchase a higher quality case and power supply.

In fact, we have the maximum configuration for the LGA1151 platform in 2017. Core i7-7700K when loading all four cores operates at a frequency of 4.4 GHz. GeForce GTX 1070 such indicator is quite enough. But the possibility of additional overclocking processors Kaby Lake chase better Skylake. If you’re lucky, there’s a chance to get the “stone” which can get up to 5GHz even with the use of air cooling. However, it in any case comes to supercooler or ITS maintenance-free, because under the lid at Kaby Lake is still used poor quality thermal grease. Therefore, in most cases, the count is still 4.6-4.8 GHz.

Intel Core i7-7700K

In addition to acceleration, nutplate on the chipsets Z170/Z270 Express technology support CrossFire/SLI. Our recent experiment showed that games in UHD/Ultra HD it makes sense to use the new HB-bridge with GeForce GTX 1070/1080.

Extreme build

Budget — 150 thousand rubles. Relevant for modern games in resolutions WQHD and Ultra HD with high/maximum graphic settings.

Extreme build
Processor Intel Core i7-7700K, 4 core, 4,2 (4,5) GHz, 8 MB L3, LGA1151 (review)

25 000 RUB.

The parent Board Intel Z270 Express Examples:

  • Z270 MSI GAMING PRO CARBON;
  • ASUS STRIX GAMING Z270F;
  • GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming

14 000 RUB.

Operational memory 2 x 16 GB DDR4-2400

17, 000.

Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, 8 GB GDDR5X (review)

45 000 RUB.

Drives HDD: 2 TB, 7200 rpm

5 000 RUB.

SSD: 1 TB

20 000 RUB.

CPU cooler Examples:

  • Noctua NH-D15S (review);
  • CRYORIG R1 ULTIMATE (review)

6 000 RUB.

Case Examples:

  • Fractal Design Define R5;
  • Thermaltake Suppressor F51;
  • NZXT H440;
  • MasterCase Cooler Master 5

8 500 RUB.

Unit power Examples:

  • Zalman ZM750-EBT 750 W;
  • RM750x Corsair 750 W;
  • Enermax REVOLUTION DUO 700 W;
  • Thermaltake “Neva 750W”

8 000 RUB.

Total

148 500 RUB.

In the presence of 150 thousand rubles you have two options. The first is to buy a Core i7-7700K. The second is the purchase Core i7-6800K for the platform LGA2011-v3. For the option of Kaby Lake says a more modern architecture and a very high clock frequency, that is, right out of the box. For Broadwell-E, with six cores and 12 threads that will be useful in such tasks as design, video editing, and 3D graphics. Tests show that in most games still more preferable is Core i7-7700K. Core i7-6800K quite casually accelerates to 4.2-4.5 GHz, but it also will require supercooler or maintenance-free liquid cooling system.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming

With the release of processors Broadwell-E platform LGA2011-v3 has acquired a finished look. The new chips for this socket will be no more. The upcoming Skylake-X are compatible with platform LGA2066. But LGA1151, if nothing extraordinary happens, will take another generation desktop Core processors — Coffee Lake. Rumor has it that with the release of these decisions 6-core CPU will finally become mainstream.

Opting Kaby Lake opens the possibility of buying a capacious SSD. A power supply unit enough to install the second GeForce GTX 1080.

Materials on the subject:

  • Overview of CPU Core i7-7700K: Kaby Lake or Skylake Refresh
  • Browse video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • The review and testing of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070: follow the leader
  • Browse video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060: the struggle for a new generation
  • Overview of AMD Radeon RX 470: don’t mix them up

Source: 3dnews.ru

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