GTX 1060…Choices, Choices
Nvidia’s launch of the GTX 1060 is giving anyone building a gaming PC even more options – it’s a great position to be in. Let’s build a GTX 1060 PC that’ll get you into virtual reality and tackle (almost) everything you throw at it.
When AMD surprised everyone and launched its RX 480 mid-range card shortly after Nvidia had blown everyone away with the high-end GTX 1080, it was seen as a shrewd marketing move and a way to get a head start on its rival in promoting a cheap video card that was VR-capable.
We all knew it wouldn’t be long before Nvidia responded and it’s done just that in the shape of the RX 480-busting GTX 1060.
Yes, it’s a slightly more expensive card but it delivers GTX 980 performance (remember that one?) at a fraction of the price – while the RX 480 provides performance similar to the GTX 970.
Ultimately, for most of us when we’re building a gaming PC our decisions are based on price. So the choice the GTX 1060 now throws at anyone looking to build a system is do you spend around $280 for a GTX 1060 or around $250 for an RX 480?
Bearing in mind the age of the card and that they’re in high demand, it may be worth keeping your credit card in your wallet for a few weeks until the full range of aftermarket options are available.
Build a GTX 1060 PC – $1,000
The below build features a fast and overclockable i5-6600K CPU, which is THE goto processor for gamers, and along with Noctua’s NH-D14 CPU fan and cooler you’ll easily be able to take it’s stock speed above the factory setting of 3.5GHz.
There’s also two hard drives to store your games and data on. A Crucial BX200 solid state drive for your operating system, and a 2TB WD Caviar hard drive for games, photos and everything else.
The centre-piece of the build is Zotac’s GTX 1060 AMP edition video card.
The Zotac GTX 1060 features 1280 CUDA processing cores, a memory clock of 8,000MHz, 6GB of GDDR5 RAM, a base clock speed of 1,556MHz and a boost speed of 1,771MHz.
Total Cost: $1,000
(Please note prices are subject to daily fluctuations)
I’ve covered VR-Ready gaming PCs quite a bit on the site, with a wide range of builds for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Rest assured, the GTX 1060 is fully VR-ready and has been designed (like the RX 480) to provide VR ‘to the masses’.
Other Bits n’Bobs
Before you can fully enjoy your new gaming PC, you’ll want a few other things, including a keyboard and mouse, operating system and monitor.
Be sure to check the menus above for a wide range of components that I’d recommend checking out.
Building a Gaming PC
First of all, if you’ve not built a gaming PC before, don’t stress – it’s pretty easy.
I’ve prepared a series of really short videos you can check out to put your new PC together.
They’re deliberately simple to follow, and outline how to install a CPU, how to install a video card, and plenty more.
If you click the menu link in the top left of the video below you can choose which video to play.
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If you don’t want to build a GTX 1060 PC, there’s plenty of different setups to try.
If you have any questions on how to build a GTX 1060 PC, or want recommendations on other components or hardware you could use, drop me a line on Twitter, send me a picture on Instagram, or join my community on Facebook.
If you want a simple to follow overview of how to put a gaming PC together, including short video tutorials, have a look at my guide.
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