CPU-GPU combo is the most crucial one when building a Gaming PC. It’s the only combo that almost every gamer considers for getting the most out of their money and for eliminating 90% of the bottlenecking issues. One of the most common resolutions today is the 1080p and there are currently so many options today to consider for building a Gaming PC for this resolution.
In this post, I am going to list out some of the best combinations you can possibly make with the available CPUs and GPUs. Each of these will provide you with not only a good Gaming experience but also a great system for doing other works as well. Each of these combos has a different cost and will provide you with the best value for their respective prices. So, let’s get into the list right away!
Best CPU-GPU Combos for 1080p 60fps
Up until 2018, GTX 1060 was considered as the best 1080p Graphics card because it could easily max out most of the games at that resolution with 60+fps and that’s true. I still have one of those installed in my second PC but AMD released a great competitor to the GTX 1060 that outperforms it in every game easily and that is the RX 590 having 8GB of VRAM.
Combining it with something like i3 9100F which is around 5-10% faster than the i3 8100, you will definitely get over 60 fps quite easily in most of the games on ultra settings. There will be hardly any game that will make you lower down some settings to surpass that fps number and it’s great considering that RX 590 costs just $200.
Taking a look at the CPU, the Intel Core i3 9100F is a 4 Core beast processor which not only has faster single-core performance but also has a Turbo clock mode which takes its base clock from 3.6GHz up to 4.2GHz. This is the cheapest yet the most valuable combination I can recommend for Gaming PCs costing from $500-$700.
Intel Core i5 9400f is a six-core unpopular monster which is very much similar to the i3 9100f but with a lower base clock speed of 2.9GHz. However, it can easily reach up to 4.1GHz with the Turbo boost technology. The great thing about this CPU is that it is the only 6 core CPU which can provide the maximum performance in gaming for less than $150. Intel got in pressure due to the AMD’s Ryzen 3rd gen processors especially from the Ryzen 5 3600 which is a 6 core 12 threads processor that outperforms every Intel processor overall for $200.
This was the reason Intel decreased its price to now less than $150 but it is really great for gamers who can now build a very powerful gaming system with this 6 core beast which will ensure that no game sees any significant dip in fps with any mid-high-end GPU like the GTX 1660 Ti which is the best match for this processor. GTX 1660 Ti doesn’t compromise on graphical settings and you can max out the graphical settings in intensive AAA titles and still get over 60 fps easily. This combination is the best combination for 1080p 60fps gaming if you want no compromise, be it a CPU-dependent game or a GPU-dependent game.
Best CPU-GPU Combos for 1080p 100+fps
Coming to the high-performance combos, we have the i5 9600K and RTX 2060 Super as one of the best combos for getting more than 100 fps on most of the CPU-GPU intensive titles at 1080p. As there are enthusiasts who play on a monitor with higher refresh rate such as myself :P, you will have to switch to a higher-end graphics card at the minimum to reach that fps number.
There are currently monitors with refresh rates like 100Hz and 144Hz on which you can only see that much refresh rate in a game if your CPU-GPU combo is able to display more than 100fps and 144fps respectively. Some games like CSGO, Overwatch, Fortnite can easily reach much more than 100fps and it makes a lot of difference in gameplay when you play them at 60fps and 100+fps.
The GPU I chose is although, among the slowest in the RTX series, it’s considered as a 1440p graphics card as it can play most of the games at 60fps at that resolution. So, it’s quite obvious that it can reach more than 100fps at 1080p resolution. With 8GB of VRAM, you can max out every possible graphical setting in the games which result in lowering down the fps with mid-end cards. But with this GPU, you don’t have to worry for a moment.
Ryzen 5 3600 is indeed “The Best Value CPU” today which features 6 cores and 12 threads for only $200. This is not the first time we are seeing a hyperthreaded 6 core processor from AMD because there were CPUs from the Ryzen 1st and 2nd gen series which were featuring the same amount of cores and threads but now there are significant improvements over those CPUs. Ryzen 5 3600 is roughly 10% faster than the Ryzen 2600 and it barely gets beaten by the i5 9600K but its 12 threads make it a winner if you don’t only game but also do things like streaming, content creation such as videos, rendering and several other CPU-dependent tasks.
RX 5700 is the best match for this CPU that is a little faster than RTX 2060 Super in some of the games but costs much lower. The price difference is around $50 or more so in case you are going with the previous combination, you can also switch the graphics card to the Navi RX 5700 if you are fine with the AMD blower-style GPU. The performance of this combination will be similar to the previous combo and you should be able to play with much over 100fps in most of the games.
This year has proven itself to be one of the best for gaming as Intel, AMD and Nvidia are competing furiously, they are forced to release better and better products for a lower price to beat one another. This makes the current time the best for building a PC because we don’t know when can inflation hit the market which can result in increased prices of components such as RAM and Graphics Cards which we saw in the last of 2018 and also at the beginning of 2019.
If you have any doubts regarding the combos, you can contact me in the comments section.