A lot of beautiful games are coming out right now. Titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Here’s our PC parts guide that will ensure you can play these games at max settings without hesitation.
Cases might not seem very important to building a great PC, but that’s not the case (pun intended). Cases affect what components you can fit and use. If you pick out a mini-ITX case but want a crazy tricked-out water cooling loop, you’re going to have some trouble. A case even affects how well your components are cooled by changing airflow. Choosing the right case can also affect how easy it is to build your PC. And we can’t forget about aesthetics. No one wants an ugly PC.
For those reasons we recommend the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X. This the upgraded version of the Enthoo Evolv and features some great additions. The Evolv X features enhanced airflow, an aluminum body, tempered glass side panels, great radiator support, tons of drive bays and slots, a vertical GPU mount, and so much more.
AMD released their Ryzen 3rd Generation processors earlier this year and they’re bangers. AMD really brings the competition to the table with Intel. The Ryzen 3900X is a great competitor to the Intel i9 9900K. It has 12 cores and 24 threads clocked at 3.6GHz. All Ryzen processors are unlocked, so that means we can overclock it for more performance. With so many cores and threads, tasks like streaming and gaming on the same PC is a cakewalk for the 3900X. This CPU will chew up and spit out anything you throw at it.
With our choice of the Ryzen 3900X, we want to keep it nice and cool. Keeping the temperatures down can help with overclocking headroom and thus allowing for more performance. It also increases the lifespan of the processor.
The Corsair H150i Pro RGB should keep our Ryzen 3900X chilly and well under max temps. The H150i Pro features 3 of Corsair’s Magnetic levitation ML series fans. Along with the 360mm of radiator space, this PC will run dead silent.
The motherboard is the heart of your PC and all the components connect to it. Motherboards are usually skimped on, but a good motherboard like all parts, can provide a lot of useful features.
The MSI MEG X570 Godlike is a beast of a motherboard with a plethora of features. Those features include Wi-Fi 6 support, 10G networking, 3 M.2 slots with an additional expansion card, physical power and reset buttons, and many more. This motherboard has everything you’ll ever from a motherboard. It truly is top spec.
One of the center pieces to your gaming PC is of course the graphics card. This part serves up the frames that will be displayed by your monitor. We want something beefy. We’ll be going with none other than the RTX 2080Ti. This is NVIDIA’s top of the line gaming graphics card and is rivaled by no other gaming GPU.
The EVGA RTX 2080Ti FTW3 Ultra is the exact card we’re choosing. EVGA cards are always fantastic. The beefy cooler on this card will make sure your shiny RTX 2080Ti will never overheat.
Prices for RAM are no longer at an all time and having more than 8GB is becoming standard. Some games can chew right through 8GB of RAM by themselves. For the PC we’re building, we need enough RAM to do whatever we want without compromise. That’s why we chose to get a 3600MHz 32GB kit of G.Skill’s classic Trident Z RGB RAM.
Storage these days is getting pretty cheap. If you’re building a PC today, there’s no excuse not to go with a solid state drive of some kind. Whether it’s an NVMe drive or just a normal SATA drive. They’re cheap enough to almost entirely replace spinning disk drives.
Solid state drives
Samsung’s 970 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD is wicked fast. We’ll pick up a pair of the 1TB capacity drives. One for the OS drive and other applications and another for strictly games. Drives this fast will blow past loading screens. No more waiting an eternity for your games to start and load up.
The only reason these days to get hard drives are to store files that don’t need to be accessed quickly for the low. We recommend at least this 2TB Western Digital Black hard drive. The WD Black series are very reliable hard drives, so you we won’t have to worry about a drive failure.
A bad power supply can ruin your entire build. A cheap Chinese power supply can blow up and take every component with it. For this reason, we chose the Seasonic Prime 1000 Titanium. With 1000 watts, this much power will give us enough juice for overclocking, adding more components, and running more efficiently. This power supply is also fully modular. This will cut down on cable clutter and ease the building process.
A commonly overlooked component is the monitor. Your graphics can pump out 500 frames, but it’s not really going to matter if your monitor can’t show them. Monitors usually stick around for a lot longer than other PC components, so you want to buy something with room to grow.
We recommend the Acer Predator XB273K. This monitor boasts a 4K resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate. Paired with a 2080Ti, you’ll definitely be taking advantage of the high refresh rate. With G-Sync thrown in there, there’s no worry of screen tearing. This monitor has fantastic colors too, being an IPS panel with HDR400 support.
Having good peripherals can change the way you interact with your PC. If you hate typing or gaming with your $10 rubber-dome keyboard, what’s the point of having a ballin’ gaming rig? The same applies for mice. You’re not going to be able to flick to the enemy’s head in a pinch with your grandma’s old mouse from 2006.
For gaming we recommend the SteelSeries Apex Pro. It features SteelSeries’ own OmniPoint switches. These innovative switches offer up to a 0.4mm actuation. This is insanely fast. For comparison, Cherry MX Speed switches have a much higher actuation point of 1.2mm. You’ll be faster than anyone else. Since this keyboard is mechanical, it offers a much better feel than a mushy rubber dome keyboard. The Apex Predator also has a great build. The full, aircraft-grade, aluminum body means that this keyboard can take a beating.
The Logitech G502 Lightspeed is a great mouse. You can catch our review of it here. This mouse has all the bells and whistles you need for an incredible gaming experience. It’s made even better with Logitech’s Lightspeed technology. This updated version of the classic and beloved G502, takes no downgrades and goes completely wireless and manages to become even lighter than its wired counterpart.
This PC is sure to breeze through any task you throw at it. It has a ton of power and looks amazing, too. You’re sure to impress all of your friends and even people who know nothing about PCs.
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