In this post, I’m going to show you how to build the most powerful yet budget optimized gaming computer around a GTX 1060 6GB, the most versatile graphics card of 2017 to play current games at 1080p + 60 FPS.

Unlike the Budget Builds, this one is not limited by a budget so it has only one simple constraint: choosing the best components to get the most out of the GTX 1060 6GB, which means avoiding bottlenecks and getting the most optimized final price.

The 1080p Queen: GTX 1060 6GB

The GTX 1060 mounts the GP106 chipset, featuring 1280 CUDA cores, 48 ROPs and 80 TMUs. As you can see it makes a big step forward compared to its previous version, the GTX 960, which featured 32 ROPs and 64 TMUs.

Its compute performance is of 4.4 TFLOPS (remember than this value cannot be directly compared with AMD graphic cards as AMD’s architecture has a higher compute performance but it’s not expressed into a real advantage over Nvidia when tested on video games), with a 192GB/s of total memory bandwidth.

With its 4.4 TFLOPs, the GTX 1060 6GB is as powerful as the GTX 980 at half of its cost!

Nvidia Pascal GPU Specs Comparison
GTX 1080GTX 1070GTX 1060GTX 980GTX 960
Base Clock1607 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz1127 MHz1127 MHz
Turbo Clock1733 MHz1683 MHz1708 MHz1216 MHz1216 MHz
Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s224 GB/s112 GB/s
TDP180 W150 W120 W165 W120 W

EVGA GTX 1060 Gaming Mini 6GB

1506 MHz / 1708 MHz 6GB GDDR5 1280 120 W


Speed: 1594 MHz / 1809 MHz 6GB GDDR5 120 W

ASUS GTX 1060 ROG Strix 6GB

1506 MHz / 1708 MHz 6GB GDDR5 1280 120 W

The Base clock will be 1506 MHz and the Boost clock 1708 MHz, but depending on the manufacturer these values could vary a little. The power consumption (TDP) of 120W is lower than the 150W of the RX 480 and will be powered by a single 6 pin connector.

Compared to the previous Nvidia generation, the GTX 1060 6GB ($250) is as powerful as the old GTX 980 ($450). And for those who don’t believe it, it has been proved several times under different gaming conditions and hardware configurations. Check the following video to see one of the best benchmarks of this graphics card:

And Now The CPU… i5 Or i7?

Now we know that the GTX 1060 6GB is an awesome GPU for playing all current AAA games at 1080p at 60+ FPS. But the graphics card won’t be able to output all its power if it’s not paired with the appropriate processor, and this single decision can make a BIG difference.

Depending on the CPU, the FPS could vary from 6 to 40, so it is critical to choose a model that won’t bottleneck the GPU. I’ve been reading through different forums on a daily basis since the new Nvidia Pascal graphics cards were released that there is no big difference between the i5-7600k and the i7-7700k.

There is also another thing to note when comparing i5 vs i7 processors: how long it will last until you get forced to upgrade it. An Intel i7 is always a winning bet for at least 4 or 5 years. On the other hand, the i5 will start to bottleneck the GPU in 2 or 3 years.

That being said and given that we are trying to build a stable 1080p 60 FPS computer, I would advise you to get the i7-7700k. You will surely get stable 60 FPS in all games and you won’t have to upgrade your CPU in a long time. But if you want to save some money then the i5-7600k is still a feasible option. Your money, your decision.

The Best GTX 1060 Gaming Build

We’ve got the GPU and the CPU. Now we can continue building the computer with the remaining parts. We will add a Z270 motherboard so we can overclock the CPU and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM.

It’s also worth to mention that this build, as every build you will find in this website, includes an SSD, which dramatically increase the games loading times and also the overall operating system common operations.

  • Case: Corsair Carbide SPEC-01
  • Motherboard: MSI Z270-A PRO
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K
  • CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper D92
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4-2400 CL15
  • GPU: ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP Edition 6GB
  • PSU: EVGA 650 GQ
  • SSD: SanDisk Plus 240GB

'GTX 1060 6GB IN OC'

Intel Core i7-7700K ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP 6GB
ATX / ATX 316 W

'Corsair Carbide SPEC-01'

'MSI Z270-A PRO'

'Intel Core i7-7700K'

'Cooler Master Hyper D92'

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

'ZOTAC GTX 1060 AMP Edition 6GB'

'EVGA 650 GQ'

'SanDisk Plus 240GB'


Like all Corsair cases, the SPEC-01 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 five fans, including dual front 140mm or 120mm fans, dual 120mm fans on top 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 ports on the front panel and dust filters for front and PSU intakes.

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


The MSI Z270-A PRO is the perfect choice if you want an overclockable system (CPU, GPU, RAM). It includes 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.


Nowadays 16 GB of RAM is the new standard for gaming and the best way to squeeze al the performance of this awesome gaming computer is to add a good pair of 2400 MHz 8gb each memories. The G.SKILL Ripjaws V offers a top-class performance and an unbeatable price!

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

Storage Unit

In order to enjoy lighting fast loading times in your games, you will definitely need a SSD. The SanDisk Ultra II is the best 240 GB model in terms of price/performance you can find around these days. The SSD prices are expected to raise during the course of the current year, so don0t think it twice and get one as soon as you can!

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

Power Supply

The EVGA 650 GQ is a semi modular, 80+ Gold certified power supply that worths every penny. A high-end PSU is essential when you are building a computer of this level.

A really good point about EVGA power supplies is their ECO mode, a feature which ensures that it stays completely silent during low to medium loads.

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 1080p and 60+ FPS, then the Asus VG245H is your choice. This 24.5″ monitor features a 1920 x 1080 TN panel, with 1ms response time and 75 Hz refresh rate.

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 in case you want to upgrade your keyboard or mouse, take a look at the Cooler Master Devastator II Keyboard and Mouse combo bundle. It has more than 500 positive customer reviews!

'Extras & Peripherals - 1080p 60 Hz'

1080p 75Hz Monitor Non-mechanical Keyboard
USB Wifi Adapter 1TB 7200 rpm HDD


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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