PC gaming is at its height right now in the gaming world, and it’s even taken the main stage of sports network television such as ESPN. With this increased interest comes new players to the arena who want to build their own customized PC that fits their needs.
When considering parts to build your ultimate gaming PC, there are many aspects to consider, mainly how it performs and how much it costs. How much it costs can be an important attribute, since although some products have performance advantages over other parts, the price difference can be unjustifiable.
You don’t want to be caught overpaying for a negligible boost in performance. Today we’ll be looking at the major parts of the essential gaming PC and breaking down recommendations for each section to try to determine a clear frontrunner in each part category.
These categories include the CPU, the cooler, the motherboard, the graphics card, RAM, the SSD, the power supply, and the PC case to house it all. Performance will be the main consideration, although price may be brought into the equation in some instances.
Price : $308
When comparing CPUs you really have to assess what level of gaming you’re anticipated to compete at. If you’re looking for a more mid-level model, you might want to consider a step down and go with the AMD Ryzen 5 3600.
The Ryzen 5 3600 will likely be the best bang for your buck option, but if you’re looking for ultimate performance definitely check out the Ryzen 7 3700X. This CPU is the best processor offered for desktop PCs at the moment.
It is capable of pumping out over 100 FPS in the games you love to play. It does this through the use of 8 cores and 16 processing threads. It can be overclocked as well and comes with the AMD Wraith Prism Cooler, which we’ll be getting into in our next section.
Overall, it’s a high-performance package that might hurt your wallet at over 300 dollars, but it’ll be easy on the eyes when your gaming is running smooth as silk.
Price : $99
In the last section we hinted at the AMD Wraith Prism Cooler, and that’s because it’s a great option without having to break the bank. But, as stated prior, we’re going for performance primarily.
Also, what cooler you buy is largely dependent on what processor you buy. Since we recommended the Ryzen 7 3700X the AMD Wraith Prism is a natural fit since they are sold together. However, the Noctua NH-D15 really knocks it out of the park with 6 heatpipes and 2 fans that offer overclocking capabilities and keeps your system running quietly.
Noctua has a history of making some of the best coolers in recent years, and they’ve done the same with the NH-D15.
This is a fan and heatsink cooler that can reach up to 1500 RPMs and maxes out at 24.6 dbA of noise. The only downside of the Noctua NH-D15 is that it is large. You could go with a liquid cooler and probably get better performance, but you can’t rival the 80-100-dollar price point of the Noctua. If you’re looking for a liquid model, consider the Corsair H115I Pro.
Price : $246
This motherboard offers three different M.2 PCle slots that can fit fast solid-state drives and three slots for graphics cards as well. What’s more, this motherboard looks great with two RGB headers that can manage other RGB additions on your system.
If you’re considering Asus or MSI motherboards, you might want to check out the Gigabyte first, since it offers essentially the same components for a lower price. It will give you incredibly fast WiFi with gigabit wireless performance for better video streaming and gaming, with speeds clocking as high as 1.73 Gbps.
If you’re looking for a motherboard that looks great, runs great, and costs little, then the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra is right up your alley.
Nvidia is perhaps the premiere graphics card manufacturer out there, and the 2080 Ti is the top of the line for this storied brand. Many games offer RTX features that are unique to gamers who run these cards, so the massive price point won’t be for naught, since you will be experiencing gaming differently from those who don’t have the RTX capabilities.
With all of this said, keep in mind that this card runs at around $1200 right now, and that’s money that not many of us have to throw around. So, if you’re looking for a comparable and much more affordable alternative, check out the RXT 2070 Super, which you’ll find won’t have a massive performance drop and comes at a price of only around $500.
The RTX 2080 Ti is packed with 11 GB of graphics RAM and has a memory clock speed of 14,000 MHz and it will support up to 4 monitors. With the incredible speed does come a loud noise, as reported by some users, but at least you’ll know you’re not sacrificing performance in any way.
It’s a product that offers incredible performance at an unbelievably high price, whether it’s worth it or not is up to you.
Price : $246
We’re tired just from typing that name out. This 16GB RAM kit is enough for most of the high-end PC builds that you’ll come across. This kit will give you increased bandwidth and better latency and faster load times.
It comes with a memory clock speed of 3000 MHz and comes at a price point of $75. This RAM will suffice for your PC gaming needs.
SSD and Storage
This SSD is the best you’ll find with impressive transfer speeds and durability at a reasonable price. It’s a testament to the leaps that have come in SSD prices, since it has performance that not long ago would be considered top of the line and at a price of just $150 for 1 TB. It can read at 550 MB/s and write at 520 MB/s.
And the reliability has something to say for itself with 1.5 million hours reliability. If you’re considering a slight increase in the performance offered here, check out the Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB option for only about $20 more.
This 1600w PSU is rated 80+ Titanium, meaning that it runs at peak efficiency. Furthermore, it’s made with gallium capacitors which helps it to reach such a high efficiency score since gallium decreases the losses in switching as compared to silicon capacitors. Through the Corsair LINK software, you can monitor and alter your power settings to give you the power that you need.
This is a fully modular PSU and comes with a Zero RPM Fan Mode, which can help to decrease the noise that comes from your PSU and system as a whole. There are many voltage, current, and surge protections built in as well to keep your system safe. If you’re looking for a highly efficient 1600w power source, you won’t find many more efficient and with more features than this one.
This PC case is impressive all around, and comes at a price to match that. There are integrated RGB lights in the case, curved glass paneling, it is a real thing of beauty. It comes with plenty of space if you’re considering packing in some larger and maybe more powerful components, and offers 2 2.5” drive bays and 8 3.5” drive bays. It’s a full tower that comes with the full package.
The Cooler Master Cosmos have been reputable for years to come, and this newest model lives up to the legacy that its forbears created. It comes at the whopping price of $565, so don’t buy this case unless you’re really going to be packing it out with some of the greatest modern components. Otherwise, it just isn’t worth it if you’re looking for more moderate build.
As with anything, cars, houses, clothes, and PC builds, you often get what you pay for. So, many of our recommendations will come with a larger price tag attached. There are more budget options out there, and we’ve covered some of them in this article as well. The beauty of PC building is that you can build a PC that is perfect for you. That means if you want a moderate build, you can do that, if you want a pro-level build, you can do that as well. The customizability is more prevalent now than ever and there are so many options for PC builders. So, don’t stress over the fact that you can’t afford the RTX 2080 Ti for $1200, because we can’t either. What you can afford is perfect for you and you’ll be having just as much fun no matter what you’re running.