I have not yet purchased this computer, but plan to do so for the holidays.
The inspiration for the new PC is the huge performance boost provided by the Intel X-Series processors.
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With the arrival of the X-Series processors from Intel, its very clear the best bang for your buck is the i7-7820X. This provides ample performance and can be squeezed into a sub $2K PC.
The ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E is a pretty solid FCLGA2066 socket motherboard with all the connections I need. There is a Deluxe version but its a bit more pricey.
G.SKILL TridentZ Series is slightly taller than traditional G.SKILL dimms, but this is 3200 MHz RAM makes use of the extra large heat spreader. I chose the white/black to match the case.
This includes the latest M.2 SSD slot with the Samsung 960 EVO. While there is a Pro version available, the performance is only slightly better and not worth the extra dollar.
I chose the proven Fractal Design Define R5 due to its quiet 140mm fans all around with plenty of room for a large cooler. There are many other case options available with fully customizable designs and support for things like RGB.
It includes the air cooler due to providing better cooling performance and lower noise output compared to water coolers. Water cooling looks cool, but does not cool as well, and makes more noise.
The Seasonic PRIME TITANIUM 750W PSU is more than enough to power what will be going in this PC.
I don’t plan on getting a new GPU with the computer. Get the best Nvidia GPU you can afford. Never go SLI until you have the most powerful single card available. For a good balance between budget and performance, I recommend the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW:
A Monitor is very important to gaming and these are the qualities you want to look for.
- G-SYNC – This will keep games smooth when your FPS drops below your monitors refresh rate.
- 144 Hz Refresh Rate – You need at least a 144Hz refresh rate, anything higher is only marginally better.
- Low Response Time – Generally you want a TN panel for 1 ms response times. With an IPS panel, you can get 4ms response times.
- 1080p Resolution – If you get a 1440p monitor your FPS will take a huge hit with over 60% more pixels to fill.
The monitor I plan on ordering is the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG248Q with a 1ms response time TN panel and 180Hz refresh rate:
24″ TN 180Hz: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4II4M4
If you think you need a 240Hz refresh rate, there is a 240Hz version for about $100 more:
24.5″ TN 240Hz: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WRP3F5S
Lastly, if you want the 1440p IPS experience this is probably the best monitor on the market:
27″ IPS 165Hz: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017EVR2VM