Middle Ground Gaming PC Build

This build is a great gaming PC, with some budgeting in mind. The goal is to stay under $1200, and offer some future proofing by leaving room for next gen parts to replace these in the future.

This is a build I would purchase if I had a decent budget for a new PC, and wanted to get something that could last me several years, with future upgrades possibly extending that lifetime several more years.

Parts List

Newegg Build List: https://secure.newegg.com/wishlist/sd/bsrYjicIaJVvI1c0QMvZNA==

Total Price: $1,087.47

Motherboard

MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 HDMI ATX

This motherboard is a great platform to build a gaming PC on top of. With support for modern AMD CPUs, and PCIe 4.0, it would provide great performance with these components, and provides some clear upgrade paths.

CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT 6-Core 3.8 GHz Socket AM4 95W 100-100000281BOX Desktop Processor

A third gen Ryzen 5. A great processor for this system. With 6 cores, multi threading performance is going to be fantastic in this system.

GPU

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER DirectX 12 GV-N166SGAMING-6GD 6GB 192-Bit GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0

A GTX 1660 Super with 6GB of VRAM should be enough to play even demanding games at 1080 on high settings.

RAM

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model

A pair of 8GB DDR4 3600 sticks with a CAS latency of 16.

Storage

Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 Internal SSD High Performance Solid State Drive R/W 3200/2000 MB/s

A 1TB NVMe QLC NAND SSD. Definitely needs more acronyms.

Power Supply

Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 650W 80+ Gold SLI/Crossfire Ready Ultra Quiet 140mm Hydraulic Bearing

A 650 watt 80+ gold certified PSU. Plenty of power for this configuration, with a bit of room for upgrades in the future. Being fully modular makes cable management a lot easier too.

Case

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Mesh Airflow ATX Mid-Tower w/ E-ATX Support, Polygonal Mesh Front

A great looking ATX case with good ventilation and three included front fans.

Fans

Cooler Master MasterFan MF120R ARGB 120 mm Addressable ARGB Fan. R4-120R-20PC-R1.

This is meant to be installed in the rear fan space of the above case.

Upgrade Paths

The best option to upgrade is the graphics card. This setup supports PCIe 4.0, meaning you’ll get the full potential from an RTX 30 series card.

The SSD is another great contender for an upgrade. A faster SSD would give you better loading times in games. This SSD is QLC, so going with a TLC would cost more, but provide better speed and a longer life.

Of course the CPU is also a great upgrade path. This CPU is a powerhouse already, but upgrading to a faster Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 9 can improve performance still.

Disclaimer

I make no guarantee, expressed or implied, that these parts will work together or work for you.

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