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Not for casual gaming
This PC is only meant for gaming at least 1440p ultra settings. This is the beast you will require if you want your rig to last at least 2-3 years playing any game at 1080p/1440p ultra settings. If you are an enthusiast and want to max out everything at 1080p and at 1440p, this is the gaming PC you should consider. As my other gaming PC’s that costed under 1000 dollars, i.e., $500 gaming PC, $600 gaming PC or any Cheap Gaming PC are not that powerful for 1080p Ultra, you can get the maximum performance by spending a little more and get this one instead.
As this build uses some of the highest quality and best performing components, you will be going to enjoy the games as never before. I have named this PC “THE HITMAN” which came in my mind randomly and I think it suits it very well because this build is for serious gamers.
Not only this gaming PC performs best at its price but also be future proof as it uses the latest 9th generation Intel processor and the latest GPU from Nvidia. To know more in detail continue to read the whole article and get what you want.
If you don’t know how to build a gaming PC or need a complete guide for building it from scratch, then you can grab my guide HERE.
Intel Core i5 9600K
The fastest mid-end processor which has no competition whatsoever for $230 is the Intel Core i5 9600K which features 6 cores and 6 threads. Unlike the previous 6th and 7th gen i5s, it features 6 real cores and thus it is more efficient in Gaming as well as productivity as some of the latest games have started to use up to 6 cores.
I chose this one over the Ryzen 5 2600X because of several reasons. First one is that Ryzen 5 2600X is around 10-20% slower in Gaming although it is cheaper and features double the threads but here what I want is the best Gaming performance under $1000 for you and anyways, 6 cores is enough for a high-end Gaming PC.
The second reason is the absence of any other option than the graphics card I listed down below. For a mere $60, you cannot upgrade to a better GPU than what I have listed. So, it’s better to invest in a better CPU here which will make a lot of difference.
Do not underestimate this processor as it can max out any game with the help of any high-end graphics card and won’t even bottleneck something like RTX 2080 Ti. It is very capable of Gaming at 1440p and will be great in other applications also. Make sure that you use a Good Aftermarket CPU Cooler for this processor to maintain the temperature for a stable longer operation.
Also see: – Best gaming CPU
Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED Turbo
For cooling, I chose the Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED Turbo which is the successor of the famous Hyper 212 EVO cooler. It costs a few bucks more but provides better cooling and better aesthetics. With switchable top covers, you can either make it look Red from above or Black depending on how you want your Rig to look like and match your overall theme.
This cooler is among the top performers in the budget category and features 4 copper heat pipes that are exposed at the base where the aluminium base and heat pipes meet the chip to cool it down. It has got two 120mm fans that are very easy to attach and work in a pull-push configuration which makes cooling more efficient. These fans are equipped with RED Led lights which are although not that attractive but will illuminate your RIG from inside. I have tested this cooler myself and here is the Review if you want to know its performance.
MSI Z390-A PRO
Intel 9th gen processors are only compatible with the LGA 1151 Z370 or Z390 chipset motherboards. Previous chipsets like Z170 and Z270 won’t work with 9th Gen processors but fortunately, the Z390 chipset motherboards are priced similar to the previous chipsets and this one costs only $130 providing you all the features you want.
It has a 6+3 power phase VRM which is decent for overclocking and the heatsink on the VCore phases will keep the temperature down so that you can overclock i5 9600K for a long time with stability. This motherboard has all the features of a high-end motherboard except for a very powerful VRM and onboard troubleshooting buttons although it does come with EZ Debug LEDs for knowing the problems.
It has 2x M.2 slots for fast NVME SSDs and 6x SATA ports for upgrading the storage as much as you want. For the graphics card, it has 2x PCI-Ex 16 slots out of which one is covered with Steel Armor for more strength that can support heavy graphics cards. For cooling, it has 6 Fan headers that are enough for powering up enough fans in your chassis. This board is a perfect choice for getting the most out of the money and yet doesn’t falls back in any area.
Also, See- Best LGA 1151 motherboards.
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 8GB
For memory, all you need is a single 8GB ddr4 ram stick. Corsair memories are very famous due to their awesome performance on a low price. This ram modules costs only around $35 and is clocked at 2400Mhz which is enough for gaming. This memory module has a decent and heavy aluminium heatsink which will dissipate heat effectively during long hours of operation.
The motherboard we used supports memories clocked up to 4000+Mhz but you cannot get that much highly overclockable memory for a cheap price. You will still get reasonable and good performance with 2400Mhz clocked ram and the difference will be minimal. With this stick installed you still have 3 more DIMM slots left which you can use for increasing the ram capacity up to 32GB easily in the future.
XFX RX 5700 8GB GDDR6 DD Ultra
If you want a beastly performance at 1440p, then there is no other card that can do the job under $400. For a $1000 build like this, this GPU is a beast for any game you throw at it. This one is the cheapest 1440p card you can get for your monitor which can easily max out games at that resolution.
It’s based on the Navi architecture which is more power-efficient than the previous generation cards and features better performance per dollar than Nvidia cards. Although it doesn’t have any ray tracing, it really doesn’t impact gaming that much today because Ray Tracing is still not that prevalent in the game.
This card has 8GB of GDDR6 memory which is way more faster than the GDDR5 and GDDR5X and operates at 14Gbps speed. The clock speeds of this card, on the other hand, are just enough for taking the performance in Gaming to the max. There is no other better card for this $1000 build other than the RX 5700 and you must go with this one only.
Silicon Power 1TB SSD
Previously I used the 1TB of storage from Western Digital but that was the traditional Hard drive but now the SSDs have become much more affordable. That’s the reason I chose the 1TB storage from Silicon Power which features the same capacity but now with 6 times faster speed which will enhance the overall performance of your system.
Solid State Drives are best for operating systems as they load the OS very fast and you don’t have to wait for a long time to load up every application. Also, an SSD is very helpful in Gaming as they load up the games faster but don’t think that it will help in increasing the fps.
EVGA 650 Watts GQ 80+ GOLD
For the power supply, EVGA is one of the best PSU manufacturers and provides them at a cheaper price as compared to other brands. The power supply has 650 watts maximum capacity which will be enough for all of our components and there will be still room for further upgrades like Custom fans, radiators or Storage devices. This is not a regular 80+ power supply, it’s 80+ Gold GQ edition which has the highest quality Japanese capacitors which will ensure proper and reliable operation.
As it is an 80+ Gold power supply, you will at least get 90% of power efficiency at 100% load and a maximum of 92% efficiency on typical loads. The more the efficiency the more is the power available to the components and the lower will be the heat generated. This power supply is also CrossfireX and SLI ready. Right now we are not combining two graphics card and it will be good enough for a single one. You will also get 5 years of warranty from EVGA and good customer service.
Phanteks Eclipse P350X
I like to follow the latest trends in computer hardware if they are worth it. As RGB is the most popular thing amongst gamers and builders, this case has one of the Best display of RGB that will be visible from every angle. This case is very much like the P400 except the design from outside but from inside it features specs almost similar to the latter.
This case doesn’t use rubber grommets on the routing holes, rather it uses a cable cover similar to what we have seen in some of the NZXT’s mid-tower cases which hide the cables better. It has a big cutout on the motherboard tray for easy cooler installation. For routing the cables, there are multiple cutouts in the chassis through which you can easily manage all of the cables and you can tie up everything extra in the PSU shroud which covers the full bottom space along with the hard drive cages.
The case has awesome cooling as it has a lot of slots for installing 120mm fans at the top, rear and front but the front panel doesn’t have a very good ventilation as compared to some of the best airflow cases I have listed in a post but instead of that Phanteks implemented a better aesthetical feature which is the LEDs. The LED strips from top to bottom and below the tempered glass panels are a great touch of aesthetics that isn’t found on most of the cases and can be synced with other components featuring RGB as well.
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|Intel Core i5 9600K|
|CM Hyper 212 LED Turbo|
|MSI Z390-A PRO|
|CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 8GB|
|XFX RX 5700 8GB GDDR6 DD Ultra|
|Silicon Power 1TB SSD|
|EVGA 650 Watts GQ 80+ GOLD|
|Phanteks Eclipse P350X|
TOTAL~ $967 (As of 29th November 2019)
Getting OS is also important especially if you are spending a lot of money in your system, you should consider OS also. As all the new components support windows 10, there will be no compatibility and you should get it for removing any possible incompatibility.
Recommended Peripherals for this build:-
Monitor: – ASUS MG278Q: Check Amazon Price
- 27-inch, WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution display with 1ms response time
- 144Hz refresh rate and Adaptive-Sync technology for seamless visuals and smooth gameplay
- ASUS Rapid Replacement: 3 Years Warranty
Keyboard: –Redragon K552-RGB KUMARA: Check on Amazon
- Custom mechanical switches (Cherry Blue equivalent)
- RGB LED adjustable lighting
- Metal and ABS construction, mechanical keys, and gold-plated USB connector stand up to hardcore gaming
- 87 standard conflict free keys, 12 multimedia keys, and splash-proof design
Mouse: –SteelSeries Rival 100: Check on Amazon
- Six programmable buttons
- Customizable CPI up to 4000
- 30 million click switches
- 16.8 million colour RGB illumination
- Available in 3 colours currently
- Easily setup a highly secured wireless link with WPS
- Hassle-free installation
- Seamlessly compatible with 802.11n/b/g products
- Industry-leading 2-year warranty