What can you do with a $1250 budget? You can “just” get a gaming computer to play all current games at Ultra and +60 FPS on 1080p and 1440p resolutions. Sounds good? As you will see, this is all about finding the best components while avoiding bottlenecks. Keep reading to learn how this can be achieved!

If you see errors, misleading information, or you just don’t agree with me I would really appreciate your comments so we all can improve this post together. Try to be nice with each other and be collaborative.

Benefits Of Being A PC Gamer

I want to encourage you to build your own Gaming PC. You will only get benefits from it!

  • The games are cheaper than in consoles
  • Almost every exclusive console game ends up coming out on PC
  • The online is free
  • It has the biggest community among all the platforms
  • You can enjoy awesome mods for your favorite games
  • You can upgrade your PC whenever you want without buying a whole new one!
  • PC gaming covers almost the 40% of the worldwide gaming market and growing every year

I’m very excited to help you build your next perfect gaming machine so you can be part of the PC Master Race! If you ever need any feedback or support regarding your future buys or your current rig, I would be more than happy to connect with you. Just send me a message at adrian@pcmasterracebuilds.com or leave a comment at the end of this post.

Things To Note

  • Nomenclature: the configurations are named according to the CPU and GPU brands they use:
    • IN: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU
    • AA: AMD CPU, AMD GPU
    • IA: Intel CPU, AMD GPU
    • OC: the configuration is designed for Overclocking.
  • Internal storage: the best option here is to add an SSD exclusively for the Operating System. This will increase the general performance a lot. A second standard HDD can be used to store games and general data.
  • Power supply: the chosen power supplies will give you more than enough room to satisfy the computer needs. The Intel CPU + Nvidia GPU have lower consumption rates. For example, an i5-4590 with a GTX 970 can consume a maximum of 250W. And yes, that’s really low. In that cases, the recommended power supply capacity is 450W, and it could be even lower if there were the appropriate variety.
  • Component brands: you can be sure that the brands used are first brands only, just the best of the best. There are maybe some of them that don’t sound familiar to you but they are still top brands in their respective business sector.
  • You don’t need to buy all the build components at the same time: unlike consoles, you can buy the build’s components as you could afford them and once you have all the parts start to build it. You can even buy all the parts except the GPU (if you bought an Intel CPU) and add the GPU a couple of months later.

The Best $1250 Gaming PC Build

This build has been designed with one goal in mind: getting the best 1440p at +60 FPS computer ever. The core component of this build is its GPU, a GTX 1070 8GB. This powerful graphics card is paired with the latest Intel’s Kabylake i7-7700K, which is the most powerful CPU for single GPU configurations.

  • Case: Corsair Carbide SPEC-03
  • Motherboard: MSI Z270-A PRO
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K
  • CPU Fan: Noctua NH-U14S
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4-2400 CL15
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 1070 SC Gaming 8GB
  • PSU: Corsair RM550x
  • SSD: SanDisk Ultra II 240GB

'DG ROCKIT 1250 IN OC'

Intel Core i7-7700K EVGA GTX 1070 8GB
16 GB RAM DDR4 SSD 240 GB
ATX 347 W

'Corsair Carbide SPEC-03'

'MSI Z270-A PRO'

'Intel Core i7-7700K'

'Noctua NH-U14S'

'G.SKILL Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4-2400 CL15'

'EVGA GTX 1070 SC Gaming 8GB'

'Corsair RM550x'

'SanDisk Ultra II 240GB'

Future Proofing VS Saving Money

This build has some considerations that you should take into account based on your needs, depending on whether you want to save some money on this build or future proofing it.

If you want a long term computer, just stick to the i7-7700K CPU, which is the default configuration for this build. The thing here is that getting an overclockable processor always helps to extend its lifespan, which means that you won’t need to upgrade your CPU in 4 – 5 years.

If you don’t care about long term that much but instead you do care about lowering the budget, then your best option is the non-overclockable i7-7700 CPU. If you do so, then you can also save some money on the motherboard, as you won’t need the Z chipset anymore. So, in short, you could save $32 on the CPU and $30 on a B250 board.

It’s up to you to decide whether or not a potential $60 savings is more important than an increase in one or two years of the CPU lifespan.

Build Details

Case

Like all Corsair cases, the SPEC-03 has awesome cooling features, so you’re covered if you’re overclocking, running multiple GPUs, or if you just want more airflow. There are mounting points for up to six fans, including dual front 140mm or 120mm fans, dual 120mm fans on top, a bottom-mounted 120mm fan, and a rear 120mm fan.

This aggressive look case makes it look great on the outside, but you can also enjoy the beauty on the inside thanks to the large side panel window. Tool-free installation of up to three 3.5” hard drives and two solid-state drives make it easy to add and upgrade storage. It also includes two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel.

Check the Cases Guide to see other models within the same price range.

Motherboard

The MSI Z270-A PRO is the perfect choice if you want an overclockable system (CPU, GPU, RAM). Include enough fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want. Its core features are:

  • Supports 7th / 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports DDR4-3800+(OC) Memory
  • DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
  • M.2 port and Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • X-Boost: A Great tool to boost your USB & Storage performance
  • Military Class 5, Guard-Pro: Latest evolution in high-quality components for best protection and efficiency
  • Click BIOS 5: A super easy to use and friendly BIOS interface

Check the Motherboards Guide to see other models with the same chipset.

Processor

The Intel i7-7700K is the BEST processor for single GPU setups. Featuring 4 cores + 8 threads at 3.6 GHz, delivers enough power to handle up to a GTX 1080 Ti. This CPU can be easily overclocked to 4.2 GHz without adding any extra cooling system!

Check the Processors Guide to see other models within the same price range.

Graphics Card

As or the graphics card, I’ve chosen the EVGA GTX 1070 SC Gaming 8GB, a powerful high-quality GPU to enjoy 1440p +60 FPS gaming.

I personally like this EVGA model because of its awarded cooling system, the EVGA ACX. It gives increased heat pipes and copper contact area for cooler operation and optimized fan curve for even quieter gaming. As well as optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extremely low power motor, delivering more air flow with less power.

Check the Graphics Card Guide to see other models within the same price range.

RAM

Why am I not using a single RAM module? Learn all about choosing the best modules in the RAM Guide.

Storage Unit

Do you want to learn more about SSDs and the different options currently available in the market? Read the SSDs Guide.

Power Supply

Why are PSUs so important in every computer? Find it out in the Power Supplies Guide.

Peripherals and Extras

If you want to play at 1440p and 144 FPS, the Asus MG278Q is your choice. This 27″ monitor features a 2560 x 1440 TN panel, with 1ms response time.

If you want to extend the system storage I would recommend you to get a standard 7200 rpm hard drive so that you can store the games, media files and other “big” files in it.

And as in every high end build, I always recommend a mechanical keyboard and a good quality gaming mouse. In this case, I’ve selected the Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum G7SFL and the Razer Abyssus v2.

'Extras & Peripherals - 1440p'

1440p 144 Hz Monitor Mechanical Keyboard
PCIe Wifi Adapter 1TB 7200 rpm HDD

How To Build a Computer

There are tons of tutorials and video tutorials out there about how to put together the different PC parts. The Newegg guys did a great job with a series of video tutorials which I highly recommend. It’s an easy process if you follow the process step by step and you will feel like a god when you see that you build your Gaming PC from scratch!

If you have never built a computer before don’t worry, I know the idea of putting together all the parts and dealing with all the cables can be overwhelming. That’s OK. If I can do it you can as well. What would I recommend you is to have a quick look at the following video so you can get an idea of what’s this about. And if you have any question feel free to comment at the end of this post :)!

How did you find this build? Do you think it can be improved in any way? What would you change? Do you want to go for it but not sure about something?

Comment Below!

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Adrian Benavides

I've been always an avid gamer with limited resources. This led me to learn how to build the best gaming computers within tight budgets. Now, I want to share the knowledge I've acquired over the years with the world!

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