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
6 GB GDDR5
EVGA GTX 1060 Gaming Mini 6GBlaunch
ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Dual-fan OC Editionlaunch
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…
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.
There is also another thing to note when comparing Intel and AMD processors: how long it will last until you are forced to upgrade it. Coffee Lake processors are a little less future-proof investments since it’s already known that it won’t be compatible with future chipsets, you could expect to upgrade both the CPU and motherboard in 2 or 3 years.
On the other hand, the Ryzen processors will supposedly be compatible with future chipsets, so maybe you can hold it 1 or 2 years more than the Intel cpu.
That being said and given that we are trying to build a stable 1080p 60 FPS computer, I would advise you to get the i3-8350K, or the AMD equivalent: the Ryzen 5 2600. You will surely get stable 60 FPS in all games and you won’t have to upgrade your CPU in a long time.
The Best GTX 1060 Gaming Build
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!