Gaming PC Build Recommendation 2019

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So, you’re looking for a new gaming PC build in 2019. In this story, I’ll share my gaming PC build recommendations. Since this will mostly be a goal high-end build, some of these options may not be the most budget-friendly.

As always, remember to check the compatibility of all components before purchasing them.

CPU

We start with one of the latest entries in the Ryzen series — Ryzen 3600. At this price point, this CPU offers unbeatable value. Besides an amazing single-core performance, this CPU ensures you’ll have future-proof productivity power with its 6 cores (12 threads).

Alternatives include the 3700X if you want even more CPU power and are willing to pay for it, however don’t expect much of a difference when it comes to gaming performance. If you’re looking for something a little cheaper, check out the prices on previous-gen Ryzen. Also, consider acquiring a compatible aftermarket cooler with an AM4 bracket.

Motherboard

The MSI B450 Tomahawk is considered one of the best B450 boards on the market. To be compatible with one of the newer Ryzen, however, you need to update the BIOS using the Flash BIOS Button procedure:

If you want to go all the way, not have to deal with updating BIOS and get the brand new PCIe 4.0, you can get one of the newer X570 boards. However, in my opinion, they’re way too expensive at the moment.

RAM

In terms of RAM, things can get a bit more complicated and potentially expensive. Ideally, try to find the cheapest 2x8GB kit of DDR4–3600 with the lowest CAS Latency in your region. If none fit your budget, try lower speeds or higher CAS Latency.

I highly suggest checking out this Linus video for more information:

SSD

You’ll want a super-fast SSD to store your operating system and your most-used apps and games. The 970 Evo seems like a very good option with many positive reviews.

The 1TB 970 Evo variant might be a better option depending on the price in your region. You may also check out a cheaper SATA SSD/HDD with a higher storage capacity to store data that doesn’t need that much read/write speed.

PSU

It’s always a good idea to buy a good quality Power Supply Unit, even if it means paying a little extra. You shouldn’t worry too much about wattage, as even 650W is overkill for most builds. Instead, try to find a good and safe PSU with good customer support and good reviews that will last you a long time without any issues.

I highly recommend Seasonic as a PSU brand if you can find good deals in your region.

CASE

The NZXT H500 is a good option for an ATX Mid Tower case. It features the H design which many people like with good cable management and a tempered glass to show off your new build. The Phanteks P400 is also a great alternative.

Cases are very subjective so be sure to look at what’s available before deciding. Search for something that you like the looks of, with enough space for your components, good build quality, and easy cable management.

GPU

It’s not a gaming PC build without a GPU. If you have the budget and want the latest bells and whistles like RTX, I suggest the RTX 2070 Super.

However, if we’re being totally honest, I would skip this generation entirely and try to find something like a cheap used 1080Ti. You’ll get almost the same performance or better, albeit without the new features, for a fraction of the price. Very few games currently support RTX and that also comes with a significative performance hit. If you’re strictly looking for 1080p 60fps for now, you should be able to grab something like a used GTX 970 for very cheap, which might suit your needs.

If you really want a new GPU but prefer something cheaper, consider the GTX 1660Ti. The more powerful and expensive RX 5700 XT might also be an option to consider if you prefer AMD. As always, it’s important to do your own research and check out benchmarks for quick comparisons and a reference to how the different GPUs perform.

Take this list with a grain of salt. As always, these types of lists are always subjective. This list does not include peripherals, I’ll save those for a future story.

I highly recommend checking out communities like r/buildapc for your PC building needs. Those guys know a lot more than me and will gladly help you out!

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Nuno Góis

https://www.nunogois.com — Full-Stack Developer with too many hobbies - including video games, writing, reading, traveling, music, movies and series.