Best gaming PC builds 2019 (June) | PCGamesN

Best gaming PC builds 2019 (June)

Want to build the best gaming PC on the planet? We’ve picked the best components to build three different tiers of PC perfection.

Best Gaming PC

Buiding the best gaming PC can be quite a challenge. So we’ve picked three separate tiers of PC gaming, from a great-and-great-value gaming PC, a wallet-busting high-end rig, or a serious cheap gaming PC. But whether it’s sporting an AMD or Nvidia graphics card, an AMD Ryzen or Threadripper CPU, or a motherboard from Gigabyte, Asus, ASRock, or MSI we’ll find the best prices for the best parts to build the best gaming PC for you.

Part of the beauty of putting together your own gaming rig is that you can choose each of the individual components yourself, whether that’s based on pricing or manufacturer preference. That’s because building the best gaming PC is a very personal thing. Some people might not raise a sculpted eyebrow at spending four grand on a gaming PC, while most of us would struggle to scrape together $700 for a prospective build.

But all are welcome in the world of PC gaming, and there are brilliant gaming rigs you can create no matter whether you’re an oligarch or ruthlessly raiding every piggy bank you’ve ever owned to afford a new machine.

We’ve split our builds up into three tiers, to give you an idea of what’s possible, and we’ve also added our pick of the best monitors and peripherals around right now.

Zotac GTX 1660 Ti graphics card top down shot

 

Best gaming PC

Product $ £
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 $165 £144
CPU cooler included with CPU
Motherboard Asus B350-Plus $103 £75
Memory 8GB Ballistix Sport LT (2x 4GB) $50 £47
Storage – SSD 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSD $78 £73
Storage – HDD 1TB WD Blue $49 £38
Graphics card Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti $280 £250
PSU 550W EVGA 550 B3 $65 £61
Chassis Corsair Carbide 100R $55 £45
OS Windows 10 Home 64bit $27 £20
$872 £753

 

CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Cores: 6 | Threads: 12
Price: $165 | £144
The six-core 2nd Gen Ryzen is a great-value chip, able to deliver impressive gaming chops and serious computational power too.

Motherboard – Asus B350-Plus
Chipset: B350 | Socket: AM4
Price: $103 | £75
Asus’ powerful B350 board is one of our favourite AM4 motherboards, and not just because of its low price.

Memory – 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4
Kit: 2 | Speed: 2,400MHz
Price: $50 | £47
AMD’s Ryzen loves speedy memory, and for the money the Ballistix kit delivers a high frequency and a dual-channel setup.

SSD – 500GB Samsung 860 EVO
Socket: SATA | Memory: MLC
Price: $78 | £73
The drop in NAND pricing means that in where we once recommended a 250GB 850 EVO SSD, a 500GB 860 EVO can be had for the same price.

HDD – 1TB WD Blue
Socket: SATA | RPM: 7,200
Price: $49 | £38
That 500GB SSD is still going to necessitate some game library management, so you’ll want a little extra spinning data storage too.

Graphics card – Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
GPU: TU116 | Cores: 1,536
Price: $280 | £250
This is where the bulk of your budget is going to be spent, and Nvidia’s latest mid-range GPUs are well worth a look right now. Though in the UK see if you can bag a GTX 1070 for less, there are a few around…

Power supply – EVGA 550 B3
Capacity: 550W | Modular: Yes
Price: $65 | £61
This 550W PSU is reliable, relatively efficient, and won’t break the bank. It’s also fully modular for easy building.

Chassis – Corsair Carbide 100R
Window: Yes | Support: ATX
Price: $55 | £45
Corsair makes some gorgeous PC cases, but it also makes very affordable ones too. This is a simple, no frills chassis, but no less solid for it.

OS – Windows 10 Pro 64
Price: $27 | £20
Unless you want to sacrifice half your Steam library to the vagaries of Linux support, you’re going to need an OS. You can purchase real license keys very cheaply, however.

Total: $872 | £753

 

Best high-end gaming PC

Product $ £
CPU AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X $840 £800
CPU cooler be quiet! Dark Rock PRO TR4 $90 £70
Motherboard Asus STRIX X399-E Gaming $347 £370
Memory 32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB (4x 8GB) $294 £295
Storage – SSD 1TB Samsung 970 Pro $346 £290
Storage – SSD 1TB Samsung 860 EVO $368 £189
Graphics card Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti $1,330 £1,166
PSU 1KW EVGA SuperNOVA T2 $290 £227
Chassis Corsair Graphite 780T $180 £180
OS Windows 10 Home 64bit $27 £20
$4,112 £3,607

 

CPU – AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
Cores: 16 | Threads: 32
Price $840 | £800
If you’re going big with your gaming rig, while looking for some computational power for your other hobbies, it’s got to be Threadripper.

CPU cooler – be quiet! Dark Rock PRO TR4
Cooling: 250W TDP | Fans: 2x
Price: $90 | £70
Designed for the expanded surface of the Threadripper chips, the Dark Rock PRO TR4 has excellent high-end cooling performance.

Motherboard – Asus STRIX X399-E Gaming
Chipset: X399 | Socket: TR4
Price: $347 | £370
Of course you could spend almost the cost of your CPU again on the top-end ROG X399 board, but the STRIX version has almost all the capabilities without breaking the bank.

Memory – 32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB
Kit: 4x 8GB | Speed: 3,200MHz
Price: $294 | £295
You absolutely have to have decent memory to fill out your Threadripper rig or you’ll miss out on the performance of AMD’s high-end CPU proposition. And you ought to do it with RGB sticks too, obvs.

SSD – 1TB Samsung 970 Pro
Socket: M.2 | Memory: 2-bit MLC
Price: $346 | £290
The Samsung 970 Pro is a stunning NVMe drive which packs performance, capacity, and reliability, into a tiny form factor.

SSD – 1TB Samsung 860 EVO
Socket: SATA | Memory: 3-bit MLC
Price: $368 | £189
Samsung’s older SATA tech is still a great option for some capacious data storage with a little more nip than a creaky ol’ spinning platter hard drive.

Graphics card – Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti
GPU – TU102 | Cores: 4,352
Price: $1,330 | £1,166
If you really wanted to push it you could grab the Titan RTX for more than twice the price, but it’s only going to deliver a little extra performance for the extra cash.

Power supply – EVGA SuperNOVA P2
Capacity: 1KW | Modular: Yes
Price: $290 | £227
A 1KW PSU is probably still overkill for this setup, but this over-specced unit gives you a lot of headroom and a slight boost to efficiency too.

Chassis – Corsair Graphite 780T
Window: Yes | Support: ATX
Price: $180 | £180
The old 780T is years old now, but still one of the most beautiful, large-scale, PC chassis around. And in white it has that Portal sentry turret aesthetic too.

OS – Windows 10 Pro 64
Price: $27 | £20
Unless you want to sacrifice half your Steam library to the vagaries of Linux support, you’re going to need an OS. You can purchase license keys very cheaply, however.

Total: $4,112 | £3,607

 

AMD Raven Ridge

Best budget gaming PC

Product $ £
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2400G $150 £125
CPU cooler included with CPU
Motherboard ASRock AB350M $89 £65
Memory 8GB Ballistix Sport LT $50 £47
Storage – SSD
Storage – HDD 1TB WD Blue $49 £38
PSU 450W EVGA 450 BT $44 £35
Chassis Corsair Carbide 100R $55 £45
OS Windows 10 Home 64bit $27 £20
$464 £375
Optional
Graphics card AMD RX 570 4GB $150 £127
$614 £502

 

CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 2400G
Cores: 4 | Threads: 8
Price: $150 | £125
The Raven Ridge 2400G APU is a seriously impressive piece of engineering, which has delivered Vega graphics power into a CPU which also has four cores and eight threads of processing power in it.

Motherboard – ASRock AB350M
Chipset: B350 | Socket: AM4
Price: $89 | £65
The smaller-scale ASRock B350 board is great-value option, and with that diminutive size you’re only really sacrificing the needless potential for multi-GPU support.

Memory – 8GB Ballistix Sport LT
Kit: 2x 4GB | Speed: 2,400MHz
Price: $50 | £47
Higher-speed RAM can make a big difference to a Raven Ridge setup, and filling those two memory channels is important too, even on a budget.

HDD – 1TB WD Blue
Socket: SATA | RPM: 7,200
Price: $49 | £38
At this level it’s tough to finance the installation of an SSD with enough space to act as a boot drive and have enough space for games, so a HDD is a necessary evil to start with.

Power supply – EVGA 450 BT
Capacity: 450W | Modular: No
Price: $44 | £35
This 450W PSU gives you room to grow in terms of both CPU and GPU, but you’re necessarily sacrificing the modular design to hit this lower pricepoint.

Chassis – Corsair Carbide 100R
Windowed: Yes | Support: ATX
Price: $55 | £45
Corsair makes some gorgeous PC cases, but it also makes very affordable ones too. This is a simple, no frills chassis, but no less solid for it.

OS – Windows 10 Pro 64
Price: $27 | £20
Unless you want to sacrifice half your Steam library to the vagaries of Linux support, you’re going to need an OS. You can purchase license keys very cheaply, however.

Total: $465 | £375

 

Optional extra…

Graphics card – AMD RX 570 4GB
GPU: Polaris 20 | Cores: 2,048
Price: $150 | £127
With the 2400G APU you don’t need a graphics card, as it will net you 1080p gaming performance on its own, but adding a little budget AMD discrete GPU action can make a massive difference.

Best of the rest - HyperX Cloud Alpha headset

And the rest…

So those are our picks for the best components to fill out your PC, but then you need to decide whether you’re going to need to make a change to the rest of your gaming gear too. If you want to change monitor, or your choice of peripherals, these are what we’d have sitting on our desktops.

Monitor – Asus ROG Swift PG279Q
Size: 27-inch | Res: 1440p
Price: $699 | £668
This Asus screen is packing in the best gaming panel I’ve ever seen, and it’s calibrated beautifully out-of-the-box too. It might be expensive, but you pay for the best.

Monitor – Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB
Size: 43-inch | Res: 4K
Price: $1,000 | £550
If you’re going 4K, then you might as well go big. In fact, to get the most out of a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution it really needs to be writ large.

Monitor – BenQ GW2270H
Size: 21.5-inch | Res: 1080p
Price: $89 | £94
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a decent monitor for your rig. The VA panel in this bargain BenQ is a great option at this price.

Keyboard – Corsair K70
Type: Mech switch
Price: $100 | £90
Corsair’s brilliant K70 design is still my absolute favourite gaming keyboard of all time. There are lots of different options of K70, but the basic design has yet to be bettered.

Mouse – Logitech G Wireless Pro
Sensor: Optical
Price: $150 | £130
Logitech has once more created a rodent that can happily be described as the best gaming mouse ever made. It just keeps doing it…

Headset – HyperX Cloud Alpha
Freq. range: 13Hz – 27kHz
Price: $100 | £90
Kingston has improved upon the brilliant original Cloud design in almost every way, and still retained the relatively reasonable price tag too. Quite simply the best overall gaming headset there is.

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