The Christmas season is approaching, and if you’re looking to upgrade your PC and build the gaming rig of your dreams, I’ll give you an in-depth introduction of my own gaming machine.
This is most certainly not my first gaming rig. I decided to upgrade in October, and I went with the best high-end components so I can play most games at 1440p or 4k with a good framerate.
I went for a combination of the best CPU and the best graphics card available on the market right now, and the final cost cut at around $2,800. Check out my gaming PC walkthrough below.
Intel Or AMD?
When it comes to PC gaming, the two most important hardware parts are the processor (CPU) and graphics card (GPU). For the CPU, I decided to go with Intel’s latest Core i7 10700k chip. The i7 is one step below the flagship Core i9 10900k, but provides the best buck-per-performance ratio. I wouldn’t suggest you go for the Core i9 because it’s rather expensive, and you’ll need an expensive motherboard to get the most out of it. In fact, you’ll get the same performance in games, so you shouldn’t bother with it.
If you want to go the other route and choose an AMD option, you should consider the Ryzen 9 3900x processor. It’s similarly priced as the Intel Core i7, but it features 12-cores and 24-threads.
Motherboard & GPU Choice
There are many routes to go for when it comes to choosing a motherboard, but I decided to go futureproof. For my MOBO I picked the Asrock Z490 Taichi – a PCI 4.0 ‘ready’ board that provides the best gaming performance.
The graphics card choice was a tough one. With so many options from Nvidia and AMD, it’s hard to choose which one will suit you the most. Thankfully, Nvidia announced the new 3000-series cards back in September and made it an easy choice for me.
The Nvidia 3080 is the best high-end graphics card on the market right now. It can keep up with pretty much anything you throw at it, both at 1440p and 4k, and I absolutely love it.
- PSU: EVGA Supernova 850 P2
- Motherboard: Asrock Z490 Taichi
- CPU: Intel Core i7 10700k
- GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio 10GB
- RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 2x16GB
- SSD: Samsung 870 QVO 2TB
- Case: Cooler Master Full Tower Case K500