The High-End Razer-Themed Gaming PC Build (Sept 2016)

This is one of our reader-requested builds from our computer hardware help service. Check it out if you want us to thoroughly research and write-up a personalized build for your own specific budget and feature-needs (and if you don't want the build published on the site for whatever reason just mention that).

Components Requested for Build:

  • CPU
  • Aftermarket CPU Cooler
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • Graphics Card
  • Power Supply
  • Case
  • Standard Hard Drive
  • SSD
  • Dedicated Sound Card

Accessories/Software Requested for Build:

  • Operating System
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Mouse Pad
  • Dual Monitors
  • Speakers
  • Headset
  • Wireless Wifi Card/Dongle
  • Blu-ray Drive/Burner

Build Requirements: (summarized notes sent in by reader)

  • Must be able to play games (including elder scrolls, fallout) really well on high settings
  • Needs to be able to stream/record video fast
  • Budget for PC tower is around $1600 - 1800 (USD)
  • Budget for accessories is up to $600
  • So total budget requested is around $2200 - 2400
  • No brand preferences 
  • Overclocking ability 
  • SSD should be 500GB ish and standard hard drive to be large enough (but not crazy big)
  • Case to have clear side panel, neon green LED, black, medium or larger
  • Keyboard and mouse to match tower
  • Aesthetics of build are a consideration

After careful consideration and research of the above requirements, here's what we conjured up:

*Note* - All prices listed below were correct at the time of writing and may change at any time.

This build is very high-performing, sturdy, upgrade-friendly, has great built-in cooling, and looks awesome with the matching Razer case and accessories. If you want even more green, you could replace the 2 built-in case fans with green LED fans such as the reliable Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm fans (I would get 3 of these personally).

You could also throw in a NZXT LED Kit to spice things up even more if that's your thing. Another thing to keep in mind is that the NZXT S340 case does not include support for an internal optical drive, so I've included an external drive instead.

This build is also totally VR-ready, and overclocking-friendly with the unlocked i7-6700K processor and reliable 212 EVO aftermarket CPU cooler, and if you do choose to overclock I would suggest getting at least 1 extra fan (like I said the case comes with 2 already which is enough if you're not overclocking).

If you want to lower costs without sacrificing gaming performance, you could go for cheaper accessories, downgrade to a 1TB hard drive instead of 2 (if you don't need such a large amount of storage), downgrade to a smaller SSD, or downgrade to 8GB of RAM instead of 16 (8 is plenty right now for any game and streaming etc) to name a few things I'd look at first.