Best Gaming PC Build 2019

Best Gaming PC Build 2020 – Budget, Mid-Range and High-End

We often get asked this question, how can I build my own gaming PC with minimum stress and without complications? Is it even feasible, compared to buying an off-the-shelf pre-built computer? Well, this article answers your questions in a straightforward way. I’m going to lay-out all you need to know, including hardware recommendations for the best gaming PC build in 2020, whether you are on a budget, or want a mid-range option. What about high-end enthusiast build? We’ve got you covered.

As you probably know, gaming places a huge demand on the processor and graphics card. This is because the processor is responsible for processing the game engine, while the graphics card is responsible for outputting the game frames to a monitor. Before you build a gaming PC, you should ensure your processor and graphics card will work together to produce the desired results. You don’t want to invest in a high-end powerful processor, only to pair it with a low powered GPU. 

This is not wise. That is why we have researched the best components you can get for gaming on a budget, for mid-range builds, and the high-end categories of PC gamers.

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PART RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BEST GAMING PC BUILD IN 2020

We are going to list out our recommendations for a gaming PC build, for both AMD and Intel platforms.

AMD GAMING PC BUILDS

Take your pick from 3 options – Budget, Mid-range and High-end builds

BUDGET AMD GAMING PC BUILD

best gaming PC build 2020

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
AMD Ryzen 5 3600
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Graphics Card Options
(Please ensure you match an AMD GPU with a Freesync monitor below or Nvidia GPU with a G-Sync monitor)
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Super
AMD Radeon RX 580
GeForce GTX 1650
AMD Radeon RX 570
AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 560
Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
GeForce GT 1030
GeForce GTX 1060
GeForce GT 710
Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Alternatives
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB
Toshiba 2TB HDD
Seagate BarraCuda 3TB
Western Digital Blue 3TB

Boot Drive Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB

Alternatives
Crucial MX500 250GB 3D NAND SATA
Kingston 240GB A400
Silicon Power 256GB SSD 3D NAND
PNY CS900 240GB SATA III
Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD
Samsung 860 EVO 500GB
Kingston 480GB A400 SATA 3

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB

Alternatives
Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series 3000MHz 8GB
Patriot Viper Elite Series DDR4 8GB
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 3000MHz DDR4 8GB
HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB 8GB

CPU Cooler Bundled
Power Supply Thermaltake Smart 500W

Alternatives

Thermaltake Smart 430W 80+
EVGA 450 BR, 80+ BRONZE 450W
Corsair CX Series 450 Watt 80 Plus
SilverStone Technology 450W 80 PLUS Bronze
Rosewill Arc Series 450 Watt 80 Plus Bronze
EVGA 500 80+ Bronze 500W
GIGABYTE 80 Plus Bronze 500W
ROSEWILL Modular Power Supply, 80 Plus Gold 500w 

Cooler Master MWE 500 Bronze, 80+ 

Corsair CX Series 500 Watt 80 Plus Bronze 

Corsair CX Series 550 Watt 80 Plus Bronze

Cougar VTX450 Power Supply 80+ Bronze Certified 450W

Apevia Astro 500W ATX Power Supply

Motherboard Options Gigabyte GA-A320M-S2H
GIGABYTE B450M
MSI ProSeries AMD A320
ASRock AM4 MicroATX
Asus Prime B450M-A
Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo

Alternatives
Redragon S101 Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse
Redragon K552-RGB-BA Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and Mouse
Cooler Master MS110 Combo
Razer Cynosa Chroma Gaming Keyboard
HyperX Alloy Core RGB – Membrane Gaming Keyboard

Case Options ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
NZXT H210 Mini-ITX PC Gaming Case
Enermax LL30 RGB Mid Tower
CORSAIR 110Q Mid-Tower Quiet ATX
darkFlash Micro ATX
Cooler Master MasterBox MB511
Zalman T7 ATX Mid Tower
Cooler Master MCB ATX
Display Options
(Freesync Monitors must work with AMD Graphics Card while G-Sync Monitors must work with Nvidia Graphics Card)
Acer Nitro VG220Q 21.5″ Full HD (Freesync) 
ViewSonic VX2252MH 22 Inch 1080p 
Sceptre IPS 24” Gaming Monitor FHD (Freesync) 

Pixio 24″ 144Hz IPS FHD (Freesync) 
BenQ 24″ IPS Monitor | 1080P
ViewSonic 22″ Gaming Monitor (Freesync)
Asus 21.5” Full HD (Freesync)
Acer 24″ Gaming Monitor FHD (G-Sync)

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MID-RANGE AMD GAMING PC BUILD

best gaming PC build 2020

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options Ryzen 7 1700X
Ryzen 7 2700X
Ryzen
 7 2700
Ryzen 7 2700X
Ryzen 7 1800X
Ryzen 7 3700X
Graphics Card Options
(Please ensure you match an AMD GPU with a Freesync monitor below or Nvidia GPU with a G-Sync monitor)
GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 980
Radeon RX 590
AMD Radeon R9 390
Radeon RX Vega 56
Radeon Rx 5700 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Motherboard Options MSI Arsenal Gaming AM4 ATX
Gigabyte B450 AORUS Elite
ASUS ROG Strix B450-F
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB

Alternatives
Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 16GB
XPG Z1 DDR4 3000MHz 16GB
HyperX Fury 16GB 2666MHz DDR4
G.Skill RipJaws V Series 16GB DDR4
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB DDR4
TEAMGROUP T-Force Delta RGB DDR4 16GB 3200MHz

CPU Cooler Bundled
Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 3TB

Alternatives
Seagate BarraCuda 4TB
WD Blue 4TB
Toshiba 6TB Performance Desktop & Gaming HDD
Seagate BarraCuda 6TB

SSD Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD

Alternatives

Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD
Samsung 860 EVO 500GB
Kingston 480GB A400 SATA 3

WD Blue 1TB NVMe

Power Supply Thermaltake SMART 600W

Alternatives

Corsair CX Series 750 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified 
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W 80+
EVGA 850 80+ Bronze 850W
GAMEMAX Rainbow 750W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
GAMEMAX Rainbow 850W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 850W

Case Options

NZXT H510 Compact ATX

darkFlash Darwin Black ATX Mid-Tower

MSI Premium Mid-Tower PC Case

Cooler Master MasterCase ATX Mid-Tower

Fractal Design Define R5 Mid Tower Computer Case

Thermaltake Commander C36

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500

Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Redragon S101 Wired RGB Backlit Gaming Keyboard and Mouse

Alternatives
ASUS TUF K5 Mechanical Membrane RGB PC Gaming Keyboard

ASUS RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard

Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical RAPIDFIRE Gaming Keyboard

Corsair Nightsword RGB Gaming Mouse

Redragon M908 Impact RGB LED Mouse

Display Options
(Freesync Monitors must work with AMD Graphics Card while G-Sync Monitors must work with Nvidia Graphics Card)
Acer Predator 27″ WQHD Monitor (G-Sync)

Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor (Freesync)

ViewSonic XG2401 24 Inch (Freesync)

Asus TUF Gaming VG249Q 23.8” Monitor (Freesync)

ASUS 27” Gaming Monitor, 1080P (G-Sync)

Viotek 34-Inch 21:9 Ultrawide Curved QHD (Freesync)

VIOTEK True 4K Monitor 32-Inch (Freesync)

Sceptre 24″ Curved 75Hz Gaming Monitor (Freesync)

Dell 24″ WQHD 165Hz Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)

AOC 25″ Frameless Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)

Sceptre 24-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor (Freesync)

AOC 27″ Curved Frameless Gaming Monitor (Freesync)

Sceptre 25″ 144Hz Gaming Monitor (Freesync)

HIGH-END AMD GAMING PC BUILD

best gaming PC build 2020

PART BRAND
Processor Options Ryzen 7 3800X
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Graphics Card Options
(Please ensure you match an AMD GPU with a Freesync monitor below or Nvidia GPU with a G-Sync monitor)
AMD Radeon VII
GeForce GTX 1080
GeForce GTX 1080 TI 
Radeon RX Vega 64
GeForce GTX TITAN X 
GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK
GeForce GTX TITAN Z
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition
GeForce RTX 2080 Super
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition
NVIDIA Titan RTX
Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 6TB HDD

Alternatives
Seagate BarraCuda 8TB
WD Black 6TB

Boot Drive Samsung 970 EVO 1TB – NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

Alternatives
Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2
WD Blue 1TB NVMe
Silicon Power 1TB NVMe M.2
Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe M.2 Extreme
Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD
Sabrent Rocket Q 2TB NVMe PCIe M.2
Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 2TB – M.2 NVMe
XPG Pro 2TB 3D NAND NVMe
WD Blue 1TB NVMe

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB

Alternatives
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB
G.SKILL 32GB Ripjaws V Series
HyperX Fury 32GB 2666MHz DDR4
Crucial Ballistix DDR4 32GB

CPU Cooler (Optional)
(Get this if you are overclocking)
Cooler Master RGB CPU Air Cooler

Alternatives
Noctua NH-U9S Premium CPU Cooler
be quiet! Dark Rock 4

Power Supply Apevia ATX-SN900W Signature 900W 80+ Bronze Certified Active PFC ATX Modular Gaming Power Supply

Alternatives
Corsair CX Series 750 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified 

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W 80+

EVGA 850 80+ Bronze 850W

GAMEMAX Rainbow 750W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  

GAMEMAX Rainbow 850W Fully Modular 80+ Gold 
 
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 850W

Rosewill Gaming 80 Plus Bronze 1000W PSU

CORSAIR HX1200, 1200 Watt, 80+ Platinum Certified

EVGA Supernova P2 80+ Platinum 1200W

ROSEWILL Gaming 80 Plus Gold Certified 1600W
Full Modular

Motherboard Options Gigabyte B450 AORUS Elite
ASUS ROG Strix B450-F
Asus ROG Strix X570-F ATX Motherboard
MSI Enthusiast Gaming AMD X470
ASROCK AMD X470 ATX Motherboard
Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Redragon S101 Wired RGB Backlit Gaming Keyboard and Mouse

Alternatives
Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboard
Razer BlackWidow Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse
Razer Viper Ultimate Hyperspeed Lightest Wireless Gaming Mouse
UtechSmart Venus Pro RGB Wireless MMO Gaming Mouse

Case Options darkFlash Phantom Black ATX Mid-Tower
ASUS TUF Gaming Mid-Tower
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
MSI Premium Mid-Tower Case
Display Options
(Freesync Monitors must work with AMD Graphics Card while G-Sync Monitors must work with Nvidia Graphics Card)
LG 32″ QHD Gaming Monitor 144Hz (G-Sync)
Asus ROG Swift 35” Curved Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)
MSI 32″ Full HD RGB LED Gaming Monitor (Freesync)
BenQ 34″ Ultrawide Curved QHD Monitor (Freesync)
LG 38″ Nano IPS 1ms Curved Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)
Acer Predator X35 Curved 35″ QHD (G-Sync)
Asus ROG Swift 27″ Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)
Asus ROG Strix 49” Curved Gaming Monitor (FreeSync)
Acer 49″ Curved DFHD Gaming Monitor (FreeSync)
Alienware 34″ Curved Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)
Acer Predator X34 Curved 34″ Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)
Samsung 49″ Curved Gaming Monitor (Freesync)
Philips Momentum 43″ Gaming Monitor (Freesync)
AOC Agon 27” 4K Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)
ASUS ROG Swift 34″ Gaming Monitor Curved Ultra-Wide (G-Sync)

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INTEL GAMING PC BUILDS

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BUDGET INTEL GAMING PC BUILD

best gaming PC build 2020

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options Intel Core i3-9100F Desktop Processor 4 Core
Graphics Card Options AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Super
AMD Radeon RX 580
GeForce GTX 1650
AMD Radeon RX 570
AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 560
Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
GeForce GT 1030
GeForce GTX 1060
GeForce GT 710
Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Alternatives
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB
Toshiba 2TB HDD
Seagate BarraCuda 3TB
Western Digital Blue 3TB

Boot Drive Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB

Alternatives
Crucial MX500 250GB 3D NAND SATA
Kingston 240GB A400
Silicon Power 256GB SSD 3D NAND
PNY CS900 240GB SATA III
Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD
Samsung 860 EVO 500GB
Kingston 480GB A400 SATA 3

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB

Alternatives
Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series 3000MHz 8GB
Patriot Viper Elite Series DDR4 8GB
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 3000MHz DDR4 8GB
HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB 8GB

CPU Cooler Bundled
Power Supply Thermaltake Smart 500W

Alternatives

Thermaltake Smart 430W 80+
EVGA 450 BR, 80+ BRONZE 450W
Corsair CX Series 450 Watt 80 Plus
SilverStone Technology 450W 80 PLUS Bronze
Rosewill Arc Series 450 Watt 80 Plus Bronze
EVGA 500 80+ Bronze 500W
GIGABYTE 80 Plus Bronze 500W
ROSEWILL Modular Power Supply, 80 Plus Gold 500w 

Cooler Master MWE 500 Bronze, 80+ 

Corsair CX Series 500 Watt 80 Plus Bronze 

Corsair CX Series 550 Watt 80 Plus Bronze

Cougar VTX450 Power Supply 80+ Bronze Certified 450W

Apevia Astro 500W ATX Power Supply

Motherboard MSI ProSeries Intel B365 LGA 1151 Motherboard

Alternatives
ASUS LGA1151 (300 Series)
GIGABYTE H370M DS3H LGA1151
MSI ProSeries H310 LGA 1151
Asus Prime H310M-E R2.0 DDR4 Micro ATX 
GIGABYTE B365M LGA1151

Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo

Alternatives
Redragon S101 Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse
Redragon K552-RGB-BA Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and Mouse
Cooler Master MS110 Combo
Razer Cynosa Chroma Gaming Keyboard
HyperX Alloy Core RGB – Membrane Gaming Keyboard

Case Options ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
NZXT H210 Mini-ITX PC Gaming Case
Enermax LL30 RGB Mid Tower
CORSAIR 110Q Mid-Tower Quiet ATX
darkFlash Micro ATX
Cooler Master MasterBox MB511
Zalman T7 ATX Mid Tower
Cooler Master MCB ATX
Display Options
(Freesync Monitors must work with AMD Graphics Card while G-Sync Monitors must work with Nvidia Graphics Card)
Acer Nitro VG220Q 21.5″ Full HD (Freesync) 
ViewSonic VX2252MH 22 Inch 1080p 
Sceptre IPS 24” Gaming Monitor FHD (Freesync) 

Pixio 24″ 144Hz IPS FHD (Freesync) 
BenQ 24″ IPS Monitor | 1080P
ViewSonic 22″ Gaming Monitor (Freesync)
Asus 21.5” Full HD (Freesync)
Acer 24″ Gaming Monitor FHD (G-Sync)

MID-RANGE INTEL GAMING PC BUILD

best gaming PC build 2020

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options Intel Core i7 6700K
Intel Core i7-9700
Intel Core i7-8700
Intel Core i7-9700K 
Graphics Card Options GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 980
AMD Radeon RX 590
AMD Radeon R9 390
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Super 
Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 3TB

Alternatives
Seagate BarraCuda 4TB
WD Blue 4TB
Toshiba 6TB Performance Desktop & Gaming HDD
Seagate BarraCuda 6TB

Boot Drive Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD

Alternatives

Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD
Samsung 860 EVO 500GB
Kingston 480GB A400 SATA 3

WD Blue 1TB NVMe

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB

Alternatives
Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 16GB
XPG Z1 DDR4 3000MHz 16GB
HyperX Fury 16GB 2666MHz DDR4
G.Skill RipJaws V Series 16GB DDR4
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB DDR4
TEAMGROUP T-Force Delta RGB DDR4 16GB 3200MHz

CPU Cooler Bundled
Power Supply Thermaltake SMART 600W

Alternatives

Corsair CX Series 750 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified 
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W 80+
EVGA 850 80+ Bronze 850W
GAMEMAX Rainbow 750W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
GAMEMAX Rainbow 850W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 850W

Motherboard Options Gigabyte Z390 UD 1151 Motherboard
MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA1151 
Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming Motherboard
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming PRO Carbon LGA1151
Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Redragon S101 Wired RGB Backlit Gaming Keyboard and Mouse

Alternatives
ASUS TUF K5 Mechanical Membrane RGB PC Gaming Keyboard
ASUS RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard
Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical RAPIDFIRE Gaming Keyboard
Corsair Nightsword RGB Gaming Mouse
Redragon M908 Impact RGB LED Mouse

Case Options

NZXT H510 Compact ATX

darkFlash Darwin Black ATX Mid-Tower

MSI Premium Mid-Tower PC Case

Cooler Master MasterCase ATX Mid-Tower

Fractal Design Define R5 Mid Tower Computer Case

Thermaltake Commander C36

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500

Display Options
(Freesync Monitors must work with AMD Graphics Card while G-Sync Monitors must work with Nvidia Graphics Card)
Acer Predator 27″ WQHD Monitor (G-Sync)
Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor (Freesync)
ViewSonic XG2401 24 Inch (Freesync)
Asus TUF Gaming VG249Q 23.8” Monitor (Freesync)
ASUS 27” Gaming Monitor, 1080P (G-Sync)
Viotek 34-Inch 21:9 Ultrawide Curved QHD (Freesync)
VIOTEK True 4K Monitor 32-Inch (Freesync)
Sceptre 24″ Curved 75Hz Gaming Monitor (Freesync)
Dell 24″ WQHD 165Hz Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)
AOC 25″ Frameless Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)
Sceptre 24-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor (Freesync)
AOC 27″ Curved Frameless Gaming Monitor (Freesync)
Sceptre 25″ 144Hz Gaming Monitor (Freesync)

HIGH-END INTEL GAMING PC BUILD

best gaming PC build 2020

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Intel Core i9-9900KF 

Alternatives
Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i7-9700K
Intel Core i9-9900

Graphics Card AMD Radeon VII
GeForce GTX 1080
GeForce GTX 1080 TI 
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
GeForce GTX TITAN X 
GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK
GeForce GTX TITAN Z
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition
GeForce RTX 2080 Super
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition
NVIDIA Titan RTX
Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 6TB HDD

Alternatives
Seagate BarraCuda 8TB
WD Black 6TB

Boot Drive Samsung 970 EVO 1TB – NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

Alternatives
Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2
WD Blue 1TB NVMe
Silicon Power 1TB NVMe M.2
Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe M.2 Extreme
Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD
Sabrent Rocket Q 2TB NVMe PCIe M.2
Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 2TB – M.2 NVMe
XPG Pro 2TB 3D NAND NVMe
WD Blue 1TB NVMe

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB

Alternatives
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB
G.SKILL 32GB Ripjaws V Series
HyperX Fury 32GB 2666MHz DDR4
Crucial Ballistix DDR4 32GB

CPU Cooler
(Get these if you’re overclocking)
Cooler Master RGB CPU Air Cooler

Alternatives
Noctua NH-U9S Premium CPU Cooler
be quiet! Dark Rock 4
Power Supply GAMEMAX Power Supply 850W Fully Modular 80+ Gold 

Alternatives
Corsair CX Series 750 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified 
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W 80+
EVGA 850 80+ Bronze 850W
GAMEMAX Rainbow 750W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
GAMEMAX Rainbow 850W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 850W
Rosewill Gaming 80 Plus Bronze 1000W PSU
CORSAIR HX1200, 1200 Watt, 80+ Platinum Certified
EVGA Supernova P2 80+ Platinum 1200W
ROSEWILL Gaming 80 Plus Gold Certified 1600W Full Modular

Motherboard ASUS Prime Z390-A Motherboard LGA 1151

Alternatives
MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA1151 
ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390
EVGA Z370 FTW LGA 1151
ASUS Socket WS Z390 PRO 1151 ATX Motherboard
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi 

Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Redragon S101 Wired RGB Backlit Gaming Keyboard and Mouse

Alternatives
Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboard
Razer BlackWidow Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse
Razer Viper Ultimate Hyperspeed Lightest Wireless Gaming Mouse
UtechSmart Venus Pro RGB Wireless MMO Gaming Mouse

Case darkFlash Phantom Black ATX Mid-Tower
ASUS TUF Gaming Mid-Tower
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
MSI Premium Mid-Tower Case
Display Options
(Freesync Monitors must work with AMD Graphics Card while G-Sync Monitors must work with Nvidia Graphics Card)
LG 32″ QHD Gaming Monitor 144Hz (G-Sync)

Asus ROG Swift 35” Curved Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)

MSI 32″ Full HD RGB LED Gaming Monitor (Freesync)

BenQ 34″ Ultrawide Curved QHD Monitor (Freesync)

LG 38″ Nano IPS 1ms Curved Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)

Acer Predator X35 Curved 35″ QHD (G-Sync)

Asus ROG Swift 27″ Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)

Asus ROG Strix 49” Curved Gaming Monitor (FreeSync)

Acer 49″ Curved DFHD Gaming Monitor (FreeSync)

Alienware 34″ Curved Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)

Acer Predator X34 Curved 34″ Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)

Samsung 49″ Curved Gaming Monitor (Freesync)

Philips Momentum 43″ Gaming Monitor (Freesync)

AOC Agon 27” 4K Gaming Monitor (G-Sync)

ASUS ROG Swift 34″ Gaming Monitor Curved Ultra-Wide (G-Sync)

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BUILD YOUR GAMING PC

If you want to build your own PC for gaming, you should have a few considerations in mind. We’re going to state that in the following section.

UNDERSTAND YOUR NEEDS

You should know exactly the kind of games you are going to be playing on your gaming PC, and this should tie in perfectly with your budget. If you are a beginner and your budget is lean, understand that you can still play your games, but you can’t be able to do so at the highest settings and resolution. Your budget determines exactly the playing experience to expect.

If you are a hardcore gamer, are a regular attendee of LAN parties, and are going to be playing the latest titles like Metro Exodus, Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal, Apex Legends, Assassins Creed Odyssey, Monster Hunter: World, Far Cry New Dawn, or Hitman 2 on the highest resolutions and settings, then your budget will likely hit the $1000 plus category.

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BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET…

Building a gaming PC requires some essential components, which we are going to list here. PC Gaming is a huge industry, with lots of options for customization. If you don’t know what you want, it’s quite easy to get confused with the plenty of options available. Having said this, here are some budgetary considerations to bear in mind.

First of all, the major question is, how much are you prepared to spend on your gaming PC? We are going to focus on 3 budget categories for gaming PC builds:

Budget, Mid-Range, and High-End.

Typical budget PC builds range from $300 to $700. Well, if your budget falls in this category, then please understand that you will not be able to play the latest game titles at the highest resolutions. You just have to make do with playing games at reduced resolutions and ditch the eye-candy.

For mid-range builds, you should be prepared to spend something in the range of $800 to $1200. With this budget, you should play the latest games. Yes. It depends on the settings you dial in. 

For high-end builds, you are looking at budgets of at least $1,200 to $10,000 and above. This is for those who are prepared to pay a premium for hardware. With this level of budget, anything is possible. You can play the latest games, at the highest resolutions, and the highest settings. You can even take it up a notch and invest in multiple monitors to create mega screens for maximum display capabilities. Just go ahead and throw in the money. It’s all good.

THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENTS FOR A GAMING PC BUILD

THE PROCESSOR

Apart from the graphics card, this is equally important. Without the processor, your graphics card will not have information to output to the monitor. You need a fast processor, preferably a quad-core or Hexa-core processor. Anything higher than this would be unnecessary because of the fact that most games cannot take advantage of the extra cores. A high clock speed is also another factor. Something in the region of 3Ghz to 5GHz will do just fine, allowing you to dial up your game settings considerably.

GRAPHICS CARD

The single most important component is the graphics card. This is because the graphics card is responsible for rendering the game graphics on your monitor. A fast graphics card gives you the best results, apart from its features. As usual, your budget determines the graphics card you should buy. Here are some recommendations for all categories of buyers:

Budget GPUs Mid-Range GPUs High-End GPUs
Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Nvidia GTX 1050 Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 AMD Radeon VII
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti AMD Radeon RX 590 Nvidia Titan XP
AMD Radeon RX 560 AMD Radeon R9 390 AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
AMD Radeon RX 570 AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super
AMD Radeon RX 550 AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti  
AMD Radeon RX 580 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
AMD Radeon RX 5500XT Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Nvidia Titan RTX     
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070

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QUICK TIP FOR BUYING GRAPHICS CARDS

If you are going to buy a high-end graphics card, then make sure you are going to match it with an equally powerful processor to avoid bottlenecking (this happens when a component is not fast enough to process data being relayed to it by another component in the computer data processing workflow.
When this happens, a hang-up occurs, which is resolved when the slower component eventually catches up). Scroll down for our recommendations for the different build categories.

MONITOR

Your monitor plays an important role in your gaming setup. Typically, a 1080p LED IPS gaming monitor will suffice for most gamers, but if you want the best performance, you should go for a 1440p 125Hz monitor. This is the sweet spot for gamers today.

MONITOR RESOLUTION

Monitor resolution is simply the amount of pixels your monitor can display at any time, as received from the graphics card. It is measured in pixels, or px. Most budget gaming monitors are 1080p monitors. But when you get to the high-end stuff, you begin to see up to 4K monitors. When buying a gaming monitor, the higher the resolution, the better the images appear. Here’s a table showing the different resolutions available for gaming monitors.

MONITOR RESOLUTION DIMENSIONS
5K resolution 5120 x 2880 px
4K resolution 3840 x 2160 px
Ultra HD (UHD) resolution 3840 x 2160 px
2K or 1440p resolution 2560 x 1440 px
WUXGA resolution 1920 x 1200 px
Full HD (FHD) or 1080p 1920 x 1080 px
HD or 720p resolution 1280 x 720 px

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MONITOR SIZE

Typical monitor sizes range from 22-inch up to 42 inches, with room for more. The sweet spot right now for gaming monitors is between 24 and 32 inch displays. Typical budget monitors are 22 to 24-inch screen size, whereas high end monitors are between 27 to 32 inches, though there are exceptions to this rule.

When it comes to monitor size, it’s not really a big issue. Monitors can be combined in multi-monitor setups, with up to 6 monitors to create a maximum gaming experience.

MONITOR PANEL TECH

There are three major LCD panel technologies used in today’s PC monitors including twisted nematic (TN), vertical alignment (VA) and in-plane switching (IPS). Each has several variations that offer different advantages.

TN panels offer the best performance in terms of lower response times, highest refresh rates, minimal motion blur and low input lag. On the flip side, TN panels have the worst viewing angles and also poor color reproduction. They are also the cheapest in terms of price. TN panels are best for gaming monitors

VA panels typically have longer response times and higher refresh rates available. They also have beter viewing angles than TN panels, but worse than IPS panels. They are also able to reproduce color and pixel depth better than TN panels. In terms of price, the most expensive VA panels are at par with TN panels when it comes to performance.

Finally, IPS panels are best for professional monitors, have the best viewing angles and best color reproduction, they are also the most expensive. In terms of response times, they are much slower than TN panels, but faster than VA panels.

In summary, when going for gaming monitor, pay attention to the response time. A lower number is better, with most gaming monitors having 1 millisecond response time, or even less. Other gaming panels have response times between 1 and 5 milliseconds.

Also pay attention to the refresh rate. A higher number is better. Typical refresh rate is 60Hz, while the better and more expensive monitors have refresh rate of 144Hz. If your monitor of choice is limited to 60Hz, then G-Sync or Freesync must be enabled on the monitor.

FREESYNC OR G-SYNC?

When you play a game, there is the tendency for the screen images to tear or stutter. This can happen if your graphics card is not powerful enough to process the data and relay it to the monitor, and the frame rate of the game and the monitor refresh rate go out of sync, or alignment.

AMD has a solution for this, called Freesync. Nvidia’s solution, G-Sync monitors are more expensive than Freesync monitors. On the other hand, Freesync monitors are more rampant.

FREESYNC G-SYNC
Vendor AMD Nvidia
Cost Less expensive displays More expensive displays
Availability More rampant Less rampant
Connectivity HDMI, DisplayPort DisplayPort
GPU Platform Support AMD Graphics Cards Nvidia Graphics Cards
Refresh rate compatibility Less consistent More consistent

For more information refer to our exhaustive guide on the best 24 inch Monitor for 2020. There is a gaming monitor reviewed there. We also reviewed the best monitor for Graphic Design in 2020.

MOTHERBOARD

You need a motherboard that is tailored to your needs, and there are plenty to choose from. If you are a hardcore gamer, you will probably need a high-end motherboard that supports overclocking. Please understand that overclocking can void your processor warranty, even though it is supported by the processor. 

SSD STORAGE

In addition to the graphics card, you need an SSD drive for installing your operating system and games. SSDs offer much better performance than mechanical hard drives. Your best bet is to get an m.2 SSD for the best performance. 

GAMING KEYBOARD AND MOUSE

These play an important part in helping you control the game characters. For the best experience, go for a gaming keyboard and mouse, with their distinctive characteristics.
Some gaming keyboards have color-coded keys for easier gaming, while some have backlit keys. Yet others have a combination of these characteristics. Gaming mice, on the other hand, have much higher responsiveness due to the high resolutions they support. Go for the best your money can buy.

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STEP BY STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO BUILD YOUR GAMING PC

For a list of components for an AMD budget gaming PC, refer to our comprehensive guide on the best budget gaming PC build. If you are building a mid-range to high-end gaming PC, the difference is just the hardware configuration. The steps are the same for all builds, whether budget or high-end. Refer to the tables above for our best pick for all categories.

Basically, you can build either an Intel-based gaming PC or an AMD-based gaming PC. The reason for this is: you can’t use an Intel processor on an AMD-based motherboard, and vice versa. So, if you’re going for an Intel processor, you must use an Intel-based motherboard. On the other hand, your RAM must match your motherboard socket, i.e., DDR3 RAM goes with DDR3 socket motherboard, the same for DDR4. Click here to move to the step-by-step guide on how to build your own PC.

CONCLUSION

If you like this article, please share using the buttons below. If there is something I missed, please don’t hesitate to comment in the comments section below. We are here for you. Other articles you might want to check out include the best 4K PC build for video editing and best 3D Animation and rendering build featuring the AMD Threadripper. We’ve also got a guide for building a PC for Graphic Design, a PC Build for Music Production, a Video Editing PC Build, the best Laptop for Solidworks 2020, and others. Check them out if you care. You may also check out our PC Build Cost Calculator.

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