Budget to High-End Gaming PC Build: $600, $800, $1200 to $1500 (2020)

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The top Gaming Build Parts: $1500 Gaming Beast

CPU
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core, 16-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler
Motherboard
GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Ultra (AMD Ryzen 3000/X570/ATX/PCIe4.0/DDR4/USB3.1/Realtek ALC1220-Vb/Fins-Array Heatsink/RGB Fusion 2.0/3xM.2 Thermal Guard/Gaming Motherboard)
Graphics Card (GPU)
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mini 8GB GDDR6 256-Bit 14Gbps Gaming Graphics Card, Ice Storm 2.0, Super Compact, ZT-T20710E-10M
RAM
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4-25600) C16 Desktop Memory - Black
Power Supply (PSU)
Seasonic Focus GM-650, 650W 80+ Gold, Semi-Modular, Fits All ATX Systems, Fan Control in Silent and Cooling Mode, 7 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application
Case
be quiet! Dark Base 700, BGW23, Midi Tower ATX, 2 Pre-Installed Fans, RGB LEDs, Tempered Glass Window,Black
Component
CPU
Motherboard
Graphics Card (GPU)
RAM
Power Supply (PSU)
Case
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent June 2020
Test Result 9.7/10 Very Good June 2020
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent June 2020
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good June 2020
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good June 2020
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good June 2020
Model
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Ultra
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4
Seasonic Focus GM-650
be quiet! Dark Base 700
Performance
Value for money
Recommended by us?
CPU
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core, 16-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler
Component
CPU
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent June 2020
Model
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
Performance
Value for money
Recommended by us?
Motherboard
GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Ultra (AMD Ryzen 3000/X570/ATX/PCIe4.0/DDR4/USB3.1/Realtek ALC1220-Vb/Fins-Array Heatsink/RGB Fusion 2.0/3xM.2 Thermal Guard/Gaming Motherboard)
Component
Motherboard
Test Result
Test Result 9.7/10 Very Good June 2020
Model
GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Ultra
Performance
Value for money
Recommended by us?
Graphics Card (GPU)
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mini 8GB GDDR6 256-Bit 14Gbps Gaming Graphics Card, Ice Storm 2.0, Super Compact, ZT-T20710E-10M
Component
Graphics Card (GPU)
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent June 2020
Model
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Performance
Value for money
Recommended by us?
RAM
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4-25600) C16 Desktop Memory - Black
Component
RAM
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good June 2020
Model
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4
Performance
Value for money
Recommended by us?
Power Supply (PSU)
Seasonic Focus GM-650, 650W 80+ Gold, Semi-Modular, Fits All ATX Systems, Fan Control in Silent and Cooling Mode, 7 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application
Component
Power Supply (PSU)
Test Result
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good June 2020
Model
Seasonic Focus GM-650
Performance
Value for money
Recommended by us?
Case
be quiet! Dark Base 700, BGW23, Midi Tower ATX, 2 Pre-Installed Fans, RGB LEDs, Tempered Glass Window,Black
Component
Case
Test Result
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good June 2020
Model
be quiet! Dark Base 700
Performance
Value for money
Recommended by us?

Budget to High-End Gaming PC Build: $600, $800, $1200 to $1500

You want to assemble a gaming PC but have no idea about the current market situation?

In our purchase guide for gaming PC configurations, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of do-it-yourself PCs compared to ready-made PCs and explain what you need to pay particular attention to when assembling a do-it-yourself PC for gaming.

We also present current configurations for do-it-yourself PCs up to 600, 800, 1200 and 1500 Dollar.

Do-it-yourself PC vs. complete PC – the advantages

You would not have ended up in this post if you wanted to buy a Ready-PC (still become a Ready-PC Buying Advisor).

Nevertheless, as a member of PC Master Race, it is never too bad for me to downplay the advantages of a do-it-yourself PC compared to a ready-built PC.

Even for those who feel overburdened with the tinkering work, the amount of 50 to 100 Dollar in the enthusiastic hobbyist buddy or an online assembly often more than pays off in view of the lifespan of the do-it-yourself PC.

1. Maximum Individuality

Those who assemble the new gaming PC themselves benefit from the maximum variety of components compared to ready-made PCs and can concentrate on one or even several focal points.

Silent Build, maximum performance, RGB escalation, maximum performance RGB escalation?

It’s up to you and the limit is usually only set by the available budget.

2. The best price-performance ratio

You almost always get more for your money if you assemble the PC yourself.

The disproportion increases with the absolute price.

Meaning: The more expensive a finished PC is, the worse the price/performance ratio is normally.

Example: You can get a finished PC for up to 1500 Dollar in our shop with a GeForce RTX 2060 Super.

With this budget, an RTX 2070 Super or, with compromises, an RTX 2080 Super can be built without problems.

3. Long lifetime

The calculation from point 2 does not even take into account the entire service life.

Branded components are more expensive than OEM goods, but the hardware can easily last 5 years or more if it is treated properly.

The keyword is compatibility.

I still use my ten year old brand power supply just like my case of the same age.

Even my large Noctua NH-U12P CPU fan is now running on the third processor thanks to great support in the form of free mounting kits.

4. Long-term upgrade plannable

With proper planning, you can use many components across multiple CPU or GPU generations.

A spacious and modular case and a well-equipped mainboard are especially important.

Think carefully about how big or small the enclosure really needs to be, and whether a motherboard with more PCIe slots, M.2 ports, and SATA connectors will ultimately pay off with upgrade options for expansion cards, SSDs, and more.

5. Efficient cooling concepts with low noise

While finished PCs are often sewn on edge, and this is particularly apparent with the heat sinks and fans used, you set the temperatures and, in parallel, the volume for the home-built PC itself.

A large and efficient processor cooler, the quietest triple fan graphics card and case fan with a 140 mm diameter?

Your ears will thank you just as much as the components that run quieter, stay cooler and ultimately last longer.

Note: Large fans can move as much air at lower rpm as small fans.

And: The faster a fan rotates, the louder it gets.

So it’s best to use as large a fan as possible.

Even better temperatures can only be achieved via water cooling.

However, modern AiO water cooling systems for the CPU are quickly installed.

Ambitious hobbyists can ensure extremely quiet operation of the processor and graphics card with a complete water cooling system, even for very computationally intensive applications and games.

6. Maintenance and sales

OEM hardware is rather unmaintainable because the components are not available to end users and are often difficult to replace.

With a home-built PC, the exchange of SSD, RAM, power supply or graphics card is done in a few easy steps.

This applies to both upgrading and maintenance. So if the GPU should ever give up the ghost, a new graphics card can be ordered and installed quickly.

More effort is required, for example, when replacing the processor if you have to change the mainboard socket.

So you don’t have the problem of having to send the whole finished PC to the manufacturer, should a defect occur.

Thanks to the compatibility of the components, you can sell the old hardware without any problems and pay for the new RTX 2070 Super with the proceeds from the old GTX 1080.

Even if the GPU of the finished PC can be removed, the trimmed OEM components are not interesting for many hobbyists.

7. Learning effect and happiness hormones

No one is born a professional handyman.

If you take on the task of building your own PC, you will often have to deal with instructions, video tutorials and perhaps even a visit to the service workshop.

Not only will you get to know your PC and the way the components work, you will also become more independent in case of repairs and hardware upgrades, because you can carry out the necessary steps yourself.

And let’s be honest:

The joy you experience when you first switch on your new gaming PC is by no means comparable to unpacking a complete PC.

Provided that everything works. For some do-it-yourselfers, this joy is so great that they find assembling the PC more exciting than the game itself.

Do-it-yourself PC vs. complete PC – the disadvantages

You already notice that I, as an enthusiastic hobbyist, always prefer the do-it-yourself PC over the finished PC.

Nevertheless the complete PC has a legitimate right to exist for many users.

Many gamers don’t dare to assemble a PC or simply don’t have the time for hours of handicrafts.

They therefore often consider the disadvantages of the do-it-yourself PC to be much more serious than the advantages.

But where else can the finished PC show off its advantages compared to the home-made PC?

1. The time factor: research, assembly, troubleshooting

Ordering, unpacking, placing, connecting, gambling:

The journey to the finished do-it-yourself gaming PC is by no means as relaxed as with a complete PC.

Which components fit together?

What does the PC cost in the end?

Does this screw have to be left over? Why does the PC damn well switch off at startup?

These questions are certainly familiar to most hobbyists.

If the time needed for research, assembly and potentially necessary troubleshooting is included in the cost calculation for the new gaming PC, then a homebuilt PC is much more expensive.

In addition, you don’t have to pay attention to the availability of the individual components and different delivery times.

2. Knowledge and ambition necessary

The time needed for the assembly and installation depends strongly on your existing knowledge and your dexterity.

If you don’t enjoy browsing through forums, buying advisors and instructions, are a proud owner of two left hands and have to push the assembly into the night on weekends that are already packed anyway, you might do yourself a bigger favour with a ready-made PC.

3. Periphery costs extra

Finished PCs are often delivered with input devices.

Although these are rarely of high quality, the PC is nevertheless immediately ready to start.

For a do-it-yourself PC, you have to take a gaming mouse and keyboard into account.

The advantage?

You can choose what you want to have, and then go straight to higher quality input devices with the functions that are relevant to you.

4. Warranty and service jungle

Another disadvantage of a do-it-yourself PC are the different modalities of warranty, service etc.

If something really happens, you have different contact persons and in case of doubt you have to check exactly which manufacturer is responsible for which damage.

Should a component refuse to work, it is also up to you to find the fault.

For a finished PC, however, you would have to send in the complete PC.

In return you will get the complete PC repaired and returned in one piece.

5. More packaging waste

For many users today, the environmental balance is no longer completely unimportant.

Many small and large parcels generate significantly more packaging waste than a large parcel.

In addition, the delivery effort is greater and many small parts are left over.

However, this can also be an advantage for later upgrading.

What do you have to pay attention to when building a gaming PC?

When assembling a do-it-yourself PC, there are a few things you should be aware of.

Of course you have to consider which components fit together best. It is also important to distribute the budget between the components in a sensible way.

In addition there are individual requirements:

How big can or should the gaming PC be?

Should it be as quiet as possible?

Which games do I want to play in which resolution?

How many years do I want to use the gaming PC?

In the end, the most important factor is the available budget.

The right planning

Many gamers approach a new gaming PC as follows: I can spend 1000 Dollar.

What is the maximum performance I get for that?

This is not wrong in principle, but many relevant aspects such as the power supply or the coolers are neglected.

The problem becomes especially tangible when in the end only 30 Dollar are left for a power supply, because otherwise you would exceed the 1000-Dollar mark.

So leave yourself some leeway so that you don’t have to force a weak point on your new PC from the start.

To reduce the time needed for extensive research, I have listed recommended configurations with different budgets for you at the end of this article.

Nevertheless, I will briefly describe each component and the respective features you should consider in the following.

The graphics card is most important for games

Many gamers divide the majority of the available budget equally between the graphics card and the processor.

The graphics card is the most important for calculating the resolution and graphics details in most games.

As a rule of thumb, depending on the absolute budget, about 30 to 50% should be invested in the GPU.

This means that for a 1000 Dollar gaming PC, Dollar Dollar can be reserved for the graphics card, as it takes over the bear part of the computing power.

But it should not be much more proportionate then, unless you aim for a sleeper build.

The desired model is often offered by several manufacturers with different cooling designs and overclocking ex works.

Here the comparisons of the partner cards as well as the overview page of Computerbase are highly recommended.

Cooling designs with only one active fan should be avoided with high-performance graphics cards, as they become very loud and warm under load.

One processor for playing and working

While in most games the graphics card is the main source of computing power, strategy games and simulations like Frostpunk, Anno and Co. are an exception.

There the CPU calculates the many small objects.

FPS and first-person shooters like CS:GO or Battlefield also attach great importance to a fast CPU.

The decisive factor is not the number of cores, but the highest possible clock rate or single-core performance.

Since Intel processors often achieve even higher clock rates despite fewer cores, these CPUs are currently the better choice for gamers.

If you also work with applications such as Adobe Photoshop or DaVinci Resolve on your gaming PC, a current Ryzen processor is better advised.

For example, the Ryzen 7 3700X is only 6% slower in games than the Intel Core i7-9700, but 32% faster in applications.

It also costs about 50 Dollar less.

Ryzen 4000 should once again clearly confuse the market.

Since the performance leaps in processor generations have always been rather manageable, flagships usually last 4 to 5 years.

The right case for your needs

There are now countless housings on the market.

Large, small or angular, with glass, mesh and RGB lighting, insulated, simple or open design.

While the look remains a matter of taste, the form factor is especially important and must match your desired motherboard.

ATX is the standard. Somewhat more frequently represented are the larger E-ATX and the small Mini-ITX format, which must be installed for example in the Fractal Design Era.

I personally attach importance to a tool-less installation in the interior, a simple design, folded edges and generally a clean finish, dust filters, enough space for large graphics cards and high CPU coolers as well as an easy to realize cable management.

Modern connections such as USB type C on the front should be available as well as enough drive bays for internal SSDs or HDDs and a good airflow.

At the last point you should make sure that large 140 mm fans are installed or that there is room for water cooling with large radiators so that the PC runs nice and quiet.

The trick? With a very good airflow, even an uninsulated case won’t get loud.

An exemplary, even if not quite cheap case is for example the Fractal Design 7.

If you like it more conspicuous, you can choose the Fractal Design Define S2 Vision.

With Fractal Design, you won’t do anything wrong in most cases, but also manufacturers like be Quiet!, Corsair and Co. have very good cases on offer.

PC towers can easily accompany you for 10 years.

If they are still standing in your living room and “being seen”, I would not plan on less than 100 Dollar for a reasonable case.

At the latest with the assembly you will thank yourself for it. You can find more detailed information here.

Pay attention to the socket and chipset of the mainboard

Just as the form factor of the case must fit the motherboard, it is the other way around.

You are not doing anything wrong with the ATX format.

If you have chosen a processor, the socket of the motherboard must support the CPU.

Intel’s current 10th generation (Comet Lake-S) uses the LGA 1200 socket.

For AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen processors, you need to use the AM4 socket.

The chipset of the motherboard reveals how extensively the motherboard is equipped.

The better the chipset, the more expensive the board.

This includes M.2 and SATA interfaces, RAM banks, WiFi, etc.

Prices are currently skyrocketing thanks to pre-installed water cooling, special heat sinks or RGB lighting.

Please note: With new AMD CPUs and older chipsets, complications can occur because the motherboards need a bios update or no longer support the CPUs.

The mainboards are therefore often marked with “Ready-for-Ryzen-X000” stickers or you should look for them on the product pages.

Intel “skilfully” avoids this problem by introducing a new socket with almost every new processor generation.

This makes a new motherboard necessary anyway.

16 GB RAM is enough, but more is always better

In addition to the graphics card and the processor, the RAM is also decisive for the performance of a gaming PC.

With RAM, size, speed, reaction time and timing are all relevant.

In addition, two modules in dual-channel mode work significantly faster, especially in conjunction with current Ryzen processors.

It is therefore better to use two 8 GB DIMMs instead of one 16 GB DIMM.

A motherboard with four RAM banks offers the possibility to upgrade the RAM later without problems.

For current games, 16 GB DDR4 RAM is completely sufficient.

Applications like Google Chrome or Adobe Photoshop, on the other hand, make extensive use of RAM.

Even 32 GB can be quickly used to capacity.

You should take care to use modules of the same type and speed (e.g. 3200 MHz), since the slowest module determines the speed.

In addition the mainboard must support the speed of the RAM.

The response time or timings are given in the form of “CL16-18-18”.

The lower the values, the lower the latency or the faster the RAM.

But in practice the differences are often not really noticeable.

The topic “latencies and timings” is very complex and especially relevant for overclockers.

A mid-range SSD is sufficient

When choosing the data carrier, you should always choose an SSD in 2020.

The operating system, games and programs boot much faster from an SSD than from an HDD, and SSDs are silent.

SSDs come in more or less three formats: As 2.5″ SSD with SATA connector, as M.2 SATA SSD and as M.2 NVMe SSD.

The difference between an M.2-SATA SSD and an M.2-NVMe SSD is not so noticeable in practice as long as no huge files are moved.

For most gamers, a cheap 2.5″ or M.2 SATA SSD is therefore sufficient.

Recommended models with a good price-performance ratio are for example the Intel SSD 660p or the Crucial P1.

In view of the size of current games, you shouldn’t plan on less than one TB for your main partition.

HDDs are still recommended for storing large amounts of data due to the lower price per gigabyte.

It’s not worth saving on the power supply

The power supply unit is often one of the components where savings are most likely to be made.

Cheap Chinese power supplies, however, pay off in the least cases.

Often neither the specified power is achieved nor are the power supplies particularly energy efficient and therefore expensive to operate.

With undersized fans, they not only become an annoying source of noise, but in most cases they also die out much earlier than their high-quality brand counterparts.

So what is important to pay attention to?

In addition to the format, the performance must also match your system.

be Quiet!, as a generally highly recommended supplier of high-quality power supplies, offers a power supply calculator, which is very generous in its calculation.

However, it always makes sense to leave some leeway for possible future upgrades.

However, more than 600 watts are only really necessary in very rare cases.

Normally, the efficiency of the power supply increases with the price, and more expensive power supplies are also modular, which makes installation and cable management significantly easier.

Of course the power supply should provide enough power connections and cables for your components.

Please use only the original accessories for each power supply.

Since PSUs almost always have an active fan, you should make sure that a large and quiet fan is used.

A good example is the DARK-POWER-PRO-11 series from be Quiet!, which uses a 135 mm fan.

There are even power supplies without an active fan.

However, these are very expensive, can only be realized up to a certain power and should only be used if a good airflow is guaranteed in the case.

An efficient CPU cooler is necessary for strong CPUs

The processor is the component in the PC that develops the highest temperature under load.

Accordingly, a powerful heat sink that can keep the temperatures in check is very important. In the past, buyers of Intel and AMD CPUs could simply be satisfied with the included boxed coolers.

However, due to the increasing performance, the demands on the CPU coolers have also increased.

The included boxed coolers from AMD are sufficient for everyday use, but are neither the most beautiful nor the quietest companions.

With powerful Intel CPUs, a boxed cooler is sometimes even dispensed with.

For particularly quiet operation or with very powerful CPUs, a large CPU cooler is therefore more of a must than a freestyle.

The coolers also ensure a longer service life for the processor, as the cooling performance is better.

Personally, I’ve had very good experiences with Noctua, as the CPU coolers can still be used when changing processors thanks to free mounting kits.

With large coolers like the be Quiet! DARK ROCK 4 or the NOCTUA NH-D15 chromax.black, you’ll have to make sure that your case offers enough space in width.

Another problem are RAM bars with high heatsinks, because they often collide with the CPU cooler.

If you want to reduce the noise level under load to a minimum, it is best to use an AiO water cooling.

Is a sound card superfluous nowadays?

Current mainboards are nowadays mostly equipped with decent sound chips, which are completely sufficient for the gaming headset or 2.1 system on the PC.

A dedicated sound card is only recommended if you want to use studio headphones with more than 32 Ohm as a headset on the PC and need an internal amplifier.

If the case or mainboard does not provide a free slot, external DACs are also an option.

The configuration must match

The bottom line is that when you configure a new gaming PC, you should make sure that the overall constellation is compatible.

Intel Core i7-10700k, RTX 2080 Super and 8 GB RAM, for example, do not make a sensible team.

Likewise, CPU and GPU should match in terms of performance so that no bottleneck occurs.

To make this task easier for you, I have listed some configurations for the most relevant price ranges below.

AMD, Intel and Nvidia can of course be combined as you like.

$600 Gaming PC Build

ComponentAMDIntel / Nvidia
Processor (CPU)AMD Ryzen 3 3200GIntel Core i3-9100
(+ 7% performance)
CPU coolerBoxed coolerBoxed cooler
MotherboardASRock B450M PRO4-FASUS Prime B360-Plus
Graphics CardMSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Mech 8G OCMSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super
(+ 22% performance)
RAMG.SKILL Aegis 16GB Kit DDR4-3000G.SKILL Aegis 16GB Kit DDR4-3000
Power Supply Unit (PSU)EVGA 450 BREVGA 450 BR
StorageKingston A400 SSD 480GB / Crucial P1 SSD 500GB M.2Kingston A400 SSD 480GB / Crucial P1 SSD 500GB M.2
CasingAeroCool Scar Tempered Glass RGB Mid TowerAeroCool Scar Tempered Glass RGB Mid Tower

600 Dollar is the minimum you should plan for a gaming PC.

Intel offers a bit more gaming performance with the Core i3-9100. If you’re still waiting, you can go straight to the Core i3-10100 (10th gen).

With this budget you’ll have to come to terms with the boxed cooler.

Whether ATX or µATX mainboard doesn’t matter, as long as it is certified for the current processors.

If you have a bit more money at your disposal, you’d better reach for the GTX 1660 Super, as it offers considerably more performance for a small extra charge.

The cases are only two suggestions for the price range up to about 40 Dollar.

$800 Gaming PC Build

ComponentAMDIntel / Nvidia
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3600Intel Core i5-10400F
(+ 4% performance)
Processor coolerBoxed coolerBoxed cooler
MotherboardMSI B450 Gaming Plus MaxGigaByte Z490M
Graphics CardMSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Mech OC
(+ 16% performance)
Gainward GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Ghost 6GB
RAMG.SKILL Aegis 16GB Kit DDR4-3000G.SKILL Aegis 16GB Kit DDR4-3000
Power Supply Unit (PSU)EVGA 100-W1-0500-KR 500 WEVGA 100-W1-0500-KR 500 W
StorageCrucial P1 SSD 500 GB M.2Crucial P1 SSD 500 GB M.2
Casingbe quiet! Dark Base 700be quiet! Dark Base 700

With 800 Dollar, a little more is already possible.

If you rely on Intel, you’ll get a bit more gaming performance, but you’ll also have to resort to the more expensive Z490 mainboard.

Cheaper mainboards with the H470 chipset for Intel CPUs of the 10th generation are currently still hardly available. For this reason it remains with the GTX 1660 Super.

At AMD it’s worth upgrading to the Ryzen 5 3600 with six cores and the Radeon RX 5600 XT, which is about 16% faster than the 1660 Super, but is also significantly more expensive.

While the rest hardly changes compared to the 600-Dollar-config, you should put the remaining budget into a higher quality case.

The Bure Base 500 with two pre-installed 140mm fans is a very good choice.

$1200 Gaming PC Build

ComponentAMDIntel / Nvidia
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3600Intel Core i5-10400F
(+ 4% performance)
Processor coolerincludedbe quiet! DARK ROCK 4
MotherboardMSI B450 Gaming Plus MaxMSI Z490-A PRO
Graphics cardRadeon RX 5700 XT 8GZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super
(+ 10% performance)
RAMG.SKILL Aegis 16 GB Kit DDR4-3200G.SKILL Aegis 16 GB Kit DDR4-3200
Power Supply Unit (PSU)Seasonic Focus GM-650Seasonic Focus GM-650
StorageKingston A2000 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMeKingston A2000 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe
Casingbe quiet! Dark Base 700be quiet! Dark Base 700

With a budget of 1200 Dollar, one is in the upper middle class for do-it-yourself PCs.

While many components don’t change in comparison to the configuration for 1000 Dollar, the additional budget mostly flows into a faster graphic card.

As the most important performance supplier in games, the money is in the best hands with it.

The GeForce RTX 2070 Super offers about 10% more performance, but is also more expensive than the Radeon RX 5700 XT.

If you rely on the Nvidia GPU, you’ll have to save on the CPU, because the price jump to the Core i7-10600K is very high.

Dedicated CPU coolers are therefore a sensible investment for more quietness in everyday use.

$1500 Gaming PC Build

ComponentAMDIntel / Nvidia
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 3800XIntel Core i5-10600K (without cooler)
(+ 6% performance)
Processor coolerbe quiet! DARK ROCK 4be quiet! DARK ROCK 4
MotherboardMSI X570-A PROMSI Z490-A PRO
Graphics cardZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 SuperZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super
RAMCorsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2x16GB)Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2x16GB)
Power Supply Unit (PSU)Seasonic Focus GM-650Seasonic Focus GM-650
StorageKingston A2000 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMeKingston A2000 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe
Casingbe quiet! Dark Base 700be quiet! Dark Base 700

Phew, I had thought that 1500 Dollar budget would solve more problems than it creates.

But upgrading to Core i7 or Ryzen 7, 32 GB RAM and an RTX 2080 Super is difficult to realize with 1500 Dollar.

So you have a choice: stay with Ryzen 5 3600X or Core i5-10400F and 16 GB RAM and invest half of your budget in an RTX 2080 Super – or split your budget between a Ryzen 7 3700X or Core i5-10600K and 32 GB RAM, a more efficient CPU cooler (required for Core i5-10600K) and a fully-equipped motherboard and case.

I tend to go for the second option, because the RTX 2070 Super offers a much better price/performance ratio than the 2080 Super and a graphics card upgrade can still be realized very easily later.

A third and likewise meaningful option would be to simply add 50-100 Dollar and treat yourself to the RTX 2080 Super in addition to 32 GB RAM and Ryzen 7.

I don’t think the Radeon RX 5700 XT is recommendable in this price range anymore and AMD currently offers no alternative to the RTX 2080 Super.

Of course the configurations are not set in stone.

With regard to different budgets and personal taste, there is room for manoeuvre everywhere.

Whether the adapter is from be Quiet!, Seasonic or Corsair, for example, doesn’t matter.

This also applies to cases, graphic cards, mainboards or the RAM.

Recommended hardware is available from many manufacturers, but you won’t go wrong with the mentioned components in any case.

What hardware can we still expect in 2020?

If you are not sure whether the investment in current hardware is even worthwhile, a look into the crystal ball will help.

Anyone who buys hardware shortly before the end of the product life cycle is often annoyed in the end.

So what else will happen in 2020?

While Intel is already through for this year with the 10th generation of desktop processors (Comet Lake-S), AMD will probably present the upcoming Ryzen 4000 CPUs (Vermeer) for the desktop at Computex in Taipei at the end of September.

When and if the processors will be on the market this year is unclear.

It should be more exciting with the next GPU generation.

Both AMD and Nvidia are expected to introduce new graphics cards in September.

Compared to the previous generation, there is speculation about a significant performance leap in the RTX-3000 series (amps).

While AMD only meets Nvidia at eye level with the current Radeon RX GPUs in the entry and middle class, this should change with the introduction of Big Navi in autumn.

According to rumors, Big Navi will launch an attack on the performance crown in the GPU segment with the RDNA2 architecture.

We remain curious.

So, if your gaming PC hasn’t just got its hooves up and you want to be perfectly equipped for Cyberpunk 2077, it’s definitely worth waiting for the new graphics cards.

It’s not important who is going to be ahead in the end.

The main thing is that we get more performance!


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