Gaming PC Build : $1200 Intel Skylake (With Peripherals)

Ever since the “Gaming PC Build | $300 Intel Edition” our primary responses from you were complaints about variety, and people who simply don’t require budget components. Today, I present to you the $1,200 PC build, Intel Skylake edition. Prices may vary over time. This build is targeting performance and compatibility, while keeping an eye on the budget of around $1200.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz

This is the latest Intel Core i5 processor, at the 6th generation (Intel Skylake), it is the most powerful and fast processor in the i5 series yet. It has 4 cores and can be overclocked to over 4 Ghz (May depend on cooling). This is a way better deal at only $250 compared to the i7 priced at around $350 to $399. For the price and area of performance, an Intel i7 is unnecessary at this point.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

This is a great cooler, at a great price of $25 right now. This will help with temperatures when overclocking, preventing the CPU to overheat. Don’t expect too much, as this is still a relatively budget cooler. It will keep thermal throttling and performance issues at bay at a perfectly reasonable rate.

Motherboard: MSI Z170A PC MATE

This a a awesome MSI board with up to 2 or 3 way SLI. This is also priced only at $89 making this a awesome deal for performance. It has all other main features as well included. Compatible with all parts listed, this board won’t need to be replaced under most circumstances.

RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB)

This I think is a awesome deal right now at only $82 for 16GB of Kingston’s awesome HyperX Fury Black. By the way, I just bought 2 packs of 8GB and combined them. Surprisingly the place where I bought it priced the 16GB sticks for $89 while 2 8GB sticks were only $82.

Storage SSD: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5″ SSD

Yes my friends, this build has a SSD inside. This was at an amazing and awesome price of only $70 compared to other brands like Samsung and Intel which costs more. This performs very well, and the cost is little so we decided to go with the Kingston SSD.

Storage HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM SSD

This is a awesome priced but not as good as the SSD at the price of $64. The reason I said not as good is because hard drives tend to be more cheaper than SSDs right now. Still compared to WD this was a much better deal at the store.

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 960 4GB

This was the best deal on a well known brand GPU. The GTX 960 was only $200 which is a fair deal because the GTX 980 is about $400 to $700 and the GTX Titan Black, X or any other GTX Titan is priced at around $1000 to $1200. The GTX 980 performs great yet doesn’t cost much as a GTX 980 or any type of GTX Titan Cards.

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case

This was priced at a reasonable $50 and had everything we needed. The GPU, Motherboard, Power Supply and Storage was all compatible. This also is a very good case for its price and Corsair is well know for their awesome cases, coolers and power supplies.

Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

This is once again used in my build. This a 80+ Bronze 430W power supply compatible with all parts and is enough to power this beast. This is now priced at $25 but still this is a great deal.

Optical Drive: LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writter

You guys might think why a optical drive in 2016. Well simply because people still might need to read or burn on CDs or DVDs and is sometimes useful to install drivers without searching for it.

OS: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Honestly Windows 10 is much much better than Windows 98. Just kidding, Windows 8 but still that 1 super smart guy said lets price it the same so it  is the same price to get Windows 8 and Windows 10. If you guys are that weird people that loves Windows 8 just buy it. Or if you want and can just buy Windows 98.

Monitor: LG 20M37D-B 60Ghz 19.5″ Monitor

This is probably not the best monitor out there. This was only $83 at the time this was written and seemed like a good enough monitor. I wanted save some money here to use some more in peripherals.

Keyboards: Logitech G710 Wired Gaming Keyboard

This is a cherry MX blue keyboard which happened to be blue and matches every over peripherals in this list. This is a awesome keyboard for its price of $80. You can always change this to something else.

Mouse: Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime Moba Wired Gaming Mouse

This is a pretty good mouse for its price of only $38 for a Logitech Gaming Mouse. This is also blue like the keyboard and has RGB lighting in the rear.

Headset: Logitech G430 7.1 Channel Headset

This is a $55 Logitech gaming headset. This is really good priced Logitech gaming headset which is also blue colored.


Overall I think this is great FULL setup build. The pricing may change over the next few days but yet it so worth buying. This will perform really well in all games out right now. Apologies for the 1 hour delay. This build includes decent peripherals, and any parts can be changed. It is advised to check for compatibility, and perhaps change the cooler, headset, and peripherals as those were pushed into the budget.

Edited By: Nick Suneja

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