Question Building a new gaming PC

Jul 14, 2020
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Hi, all. I'm new here.
Looking to build a gaming PC. Any suggestion for this build?

msi MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard quantity
Intel Core i5-9400F Processor
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660Ti 192B/T GDDR6 (6GB)
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Memory Kit
Samsung 970 EVO Plus Internal SSD (500GB) quantity
Corsair RM750 750 Watt 80 PLUS Gold Modular PSU Power Supply
Don't buy it. :)

That advice might depend on local pricing and availability, but for pricing in a lot of places, that component selection doesn't net you good value for money versus alternatives.

The i5 9400F is a mid-range CPU, from Intel's previous lineup. The Z390 motherboard is an expensive platform, intended to let you overclock the CPU (which you can't do). Combining those two gives you an expensive motherboard whose features you're not leveraging (i.e. you pay for things you then don't, and can't use). And that combo would also give you similar or actually worse performance versus something like an AMD R5 3600 and B450 mobo or even B550, which is probably going to be cheaper.


The 970 Evo SSD is fast, but it's expensive and quite possibly not worth the price premium versus alternatives.

The 1660 ti is generally not worth buying versus the 1660 Super, which is often a good deal cheaper while offering near-identical performance. Or something like am AMD RX 5600 XT.

What case are you using?

What's your budget?

Do you need a Windows licence within that budget?

What country and currency are you shopping in?

What are you using the system for?

What refresh rate and resolution is your monitor?
Jul 14, 2020
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Hi Oussebon, thanks for the suggestions.

I'm aiming for a decent gaming pc but don't wanna go super high end.

My budget is around $1000.

I already have a 1440p 144hz monitor.

So within my budget, i don't need a monitor and windows license.

I'm not sure what kind of casing I should go for.

I've only been using a laptop and not much knowledge for desktop.
For 1440p high refresh you are ideally going to want a better GPU - I'd recommend an RX 5700 as something of a minimum. Though it depends on your games of course, a 1660 Super might be fine for League of Legends or CSGO or something.

You should be able to push for a better GPU given the budget.

Maybe something like:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($171.89 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($131.65 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB PULSE Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($144.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1023.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-14 16:01 EDT-0400

B550 motherboard, for PCIe 4.0 as a nice-to-have

For the case you want something with decent airflow, and aesthetics you find nice. The current fashion is generally for tempered glass side panels and/or RGB lighting. The Phanteks P400A is good.