Building New Budget Gaming Desktop

Elliot Sanbower

Junior Member
Aug 23, 2016
1. The PC will be used for gaming and will have a Plex server running in the background almost all the time
2. Budget is Around $725
3. Buying all parts from the USA
5. No brand preference really other than an intel cpu
6. I have already bought the GTX 1060
7. No overclocking
8. 1080p
9. Hoping to build in a day or two just making sure there is not anything we should switch out
10. Dont need any software

This is my first build and would appreciate any advice.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($19.99)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($39.99)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($94.99)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB G1 Gaming Video Card (Purchased For $236.00)
Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99)
Total: $690.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-23 18:25 EDT-0400


Diamond Member
Jul 24, 2016
You will still need a copy of Windows, unless you are gaming on Linux like me. Since you are planning on running a Plex server in the background, I'll advise you to up the memory from 8 to 16. I also recommend getting a 1 or 2 TB HDD as well. Games do take a lot of space.


Diamond Member
Dec 31, 2005
The plex sever can be run on a laptop if it's not to old. Don't get an H110 board!! Get B150 at the least, H170 preferable if not OCing.