The Purpose of this thread is to catch all questions about potential PC builds and/or issues you have with existing PC’s that need upgrades. I will keep as current as I can two separate “suggested” PC builds that hit two major price points (under $1200 and under $2000). Within those builds should be fairly easy and obvious ways to reduce the price $X hundred dollars down and or up which I will suggest underneath each link to the build. NOTE! Right now GPU pricing at the mid-range is still in quite a state of flux with Bitcoin Miners driving up pricing way above retail so YMMV on exact pricing. As well I've dropped the sub $1000 build for a more realistic sub $1200 build that is really more focused for 1080P+ and VR Gaming.
"Console Killer Build" 8/1/2017
This is an approx. $550 PC that will perform at 1080P comparably to current gen console platforms. This is certainly not a exhaustive attempt to optimize to the last % of performance but a general guide to a PC that will play modern titles at Med-Ultra details at 1080P at ~40-60fps.
Sub $1200 Build. 08/01/2017
This is a quality Gaming PC at a sub $1200 Price point. Target gaming resolution is 1440P/2160P @~50-60fps with High to Ultra details in all modern Games (variance is dependent on specific games) as well as a quality VR gaming experience. Specifics are 8GB of VRAM in the GPU to allow for new Cross Platform titles to select the highest quality textures. I chose to go with a small (275GB SSD) for OS and some game storage with a cheap 1TB drive for the rest of the games. The budget is blown open by getting the most GPU and CPU for the money possible as this is a gaming PC first and foremost.
Options I can suggest are
1. Swap to a 4TB Hard Drive and get more total storage for less "speed" on the OS SSD option
2. Drop down to a Nvidia 1060 or AMD 580 8GB for less GPU power but save $200 for perhaps a larger SSD and maybe a larger secondary Hard Drive. OR you just want a more powerful CPU with still solid gaming. Note with GPU Pricing right now its not really recommended to do this until pricing settles down. Those GPU's should save you $200 but right now they are not. As well Vega 56 might end up a better option than the 1070 when its released.
Sub $2000 Build 8/1/2017
This is a “high end” Gaming PC that focuses on gaming at > 1440P resolutions. 1440P/1600P/2160P @ 50-70+FPS at High to Ultra details is the target for this build. Again you will find 11GB of VRAM to allow for the highest texture levels in newer Cross Platform Titles. Additionally a large SSD and HD will be featured for no compromise disk performance.
Options I can suggest are
1. Go with an AMD Ryzen 1600X and a x370 Motherboard for a more "workstation" (more cores) like PC than the Intel and bump the memory to 32GB of ram for a similar cost. This PC can run VM's as well as more workstation demanding software better than the i7-7700K.
2. Go with the Corsair Air 540 if you need 5.25" Drive Bays for Optical Drives as well as more internal HD Storage.
What to do if your brand new PC won’t boot after you put it all together.
0. Check Motherboard to see if it has a bios code LED area that might clue you into what it might be. Usually a two digit code that you can reference either in the manual or on the internet.
1. Remove everything but the CPU/Cooler, VideoCard, 1 stick of Memory. Power supply
2. See if it boots. If it does start adding parts one at a time starting with second memory (3rd, 4th etc), then hard drives and finally optical drive and other parts
3. No dice? Check all your power cables to make sure they are seated properly.
4. Now things get tricky. Start by updating BIOS of the motherboard. Sometimes that can help with memory compatibility. Newer systems can update BIOS even without post via USB typically in one usb Port. Check the manual.
5. Sometimes you can miss something. So take everything apart and put it back together again a bit slower than last time. Inspect the CPU and socket make sure no pins are bent.
6. Make sure you have a working Power Supply. If your motherboard has lights that usually means it’s good but google the paper clip trick.
7. Missing Hard Drive or non-bootable hard drive. Check your SATA ports and manual to see if some get disabled depending on M.2 card usage and GPU or PCIe card usage.
8. Ask on the boards here to see if someone else has had a similar problems.