PC for gaming, possibly VR, and not for streaming, in 4k if budget allows. Budget is $2,000 - $2,300 USD for computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse.

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Hello and thank you for reading this thread. I am very new to PC's and PC gaming, and I am also very confused. The amount of information on this subject is endless, and, often, contradictory. I greatly need assistance is choosing the best build, at the best price, for my needs (described in additional comments section). Please know that your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Budget: . The budget is $2,000 - $2,300 USD for computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse, including shipping charges and or 3rd party assembly.

Approximate Purchase Date: I want to purchase sometime between now and August 18th, the sooner the better.

Use Case: The PC's primary use is gaming, ranging from casual simulations to detailed open world, such as Cyberpunk and GTA. VR gaming is a want, not a need; therefore, I can forgo if budget is too small. Secondary use is surfing the internet, watching videos, and listening to music.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I do need a monitor. I am unsure about the resolution because of conflicting information. Some say 1440p isn't worth the price and performance, so I should opt for 4k, and others say the exact opposite. I would like to have solid 60fps.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts? I do not have a preferred place for parts; however, I do have a micro center near me. I may decide to purchase from them. I am open to any suggestions of the best places to buy parts.

Parts Preferences: I am open to any make or model with the exception of ASUS. I have read that for a GPU the Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB is very good, so I am thinking perhaps this one; however, I am not married to this particular card.

Overclocking: No

Additional Comments: My goal is to build a PC that can play titles like Cyberpunk and GTA (6 if we ever get it) at medium to high settings. I would like the machine to last 4 to 5 years before needing to consider upgrading a part or two. I hope my budget can accommodate these. If not, I suppose my stance is longevity over performance. I am not concerned about aesthetics. I do like the all-white, RGB, etc. looks; however, I would rather put the additional cost into upgrading parts. I am also wondering if having two SSD, one for the operating system and files, and the other for games, makes sense. If so, I would like to do this. I would like to game in 4k, but honestly, I don't know if it is even necessary for the games and their settings that I want to play. Again, lots of contradictions on the topic. I have not decided on a monitor size. I am a console gamer, so I am used to sitting far from the screen. Considering that I am sitting so much closer to the screen, I am concerned that the monitor will be too large to comfortably view. A note of most likely little importance is I am almost positive that I will not assembly the machine. Rather, I will employ micro center to do this for me.
 
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Hey there! If you are wanting to build your own PC you could always go to PCPartpicker and start putting one together, for the games you mentioned I would go with a newer Intel or AMD Processor and a decent mid to high range GPU. If you don’t want to build it yourself (which will always be the cheapest route) you could go for system integrators, which are companies that simply use name brand parts that you and I can buy from Newegg, Amazon, etc. but they build it and ship it to you. (You’ll be paying a few hundred more for their build fees and warranties)

There’s so many out there now it’s always a hard choice but the ones I’ve seen and heard of the most would be:

(In no particular order)
iBuyPower
Cyberpower
OriginPC
Maingear
DigitalStorm
Xidax
BuildRedux

As far as processors I’d go with the following

Intel core i7-13700K (Intel)
AMD Ryzen 7 5700X (AMD

For RAM I’d go a minimum of 32GBs nowadays, thats just me though, you could do either DDR4 or DDR5, DDR4 is still widely used as DDR5 is fairly new but faster

Minimum: 32GB (2x16) 3200MHz

Power supply a 750 Watt 80+ Gold

Graphics: RTX 4070 or AMD 7900 XT

Monitor: if you really want 4K you could do a 120Hz 4K or do 1440p resolution with 144Hz or 240Hz, really the monitor is entirely up to you and what you want.
 
@Domenico best to start these threads about a week before you plan to purchase seeing how prices for components change on an almost daily basis. Also need to know what Microcenter you are nearest to seeing how not all Microcenter stores have the same available inventory. 1440P is the best route you can take imo for maintaining a high frame rate with your settings turned on high. Also it's the best resolution imo if you keep your monitor on your desk / table a few feet in front of your face. If you were to purchase your build today it could look something like this. Keep your documents, pics, vids, etc .. on that 1TB SATA SSD due to the fact if you ever have to do a full install everything else can be re-downloaded ... games, apps, etc ...

This build includes everything but the mouse, headset, and keyboard.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i7-13700 2.1 GHz 16-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: *Deepcool AG620 BK ARGB 67.88 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: *MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: *G.Skill Ripjaws S5 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: *Samsung 870 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: *Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: *MSI GAMING X TRIO GeForce RTX 4080 16 GB Video Card ($1141.69 @ Amazon)
Case: *Lian Li LANCOOL 216 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: *MSI MPG A850G PCIE5 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: *Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM - DVD 64-bit ($117.98 @ Other World Computing)
Monitor: *Samsung S27AG50 27.0" 2560 x 1440 165 Hz Monitor ($279.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2629.58
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-06-14 16:36 EDT-0400


A better look at those components.

https://displaysolutions.samsung.com/monitor/detail/1842/S27AG50

https://lian-li.com/product/lancool-216/

https://www.msi.com/Power-Supply/MPG-A850G-PCIE5

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/B760-GAMING-PLUS-WIFI

https://www.intel.com/content/www/u...-30m-cache-up-to-5-20-ghz/specifications.html

https://www.deepcool.com/products/C...al-Tower-CPU-Cooler-1700-AM5/2022/16082.shtml

https://www.msi.com/Graphics-Card/GeForce-RTX-4080-16GB-GAMING-X-TRIO

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The 4070 Ti 12GB version of that build up above.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i7-13700 2.1 GHz 16-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: *Deepcool AG620 BK ARGB 67.88 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: *MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: *G.Skill Ripjaws S5 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: *Samsung 870 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: *Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: *Asus TUF GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12 GB Video Card ($799.99 @ B&H)
Case: *Lian Li LANCOOL 216 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: *MSI MPG A850G PCIE5 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: *Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM - DVD 64-bit ($117.98 @ Other World Computing)
Monitor: *Samsung S27AG50 27.0" 2560 x 1440 165 Hz Monitor ($279.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2287.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-06-14 16:43 EDT-0400
 
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Can we infer from this that you are in USA?

I am also wondering if having two SSD, one for the operating system and files, and the other for games, makes sense
I always advise such a setup—and if you have a lot of bulky files like video & audio, a big cheap HDD is fine for those.

Most people don't backup their important—ie irreplaceable—stuff until after they've suffered one big data loss. If you've been thru that already, congrats—add an external backup drive to your list ad see my sig about regular system disk imaging.
 
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Hey there! If you are wanting to build your own PC you could always go to PCPartpicker and start putting one together, for the games you mentioned I would go with a newer Intel or AMD Processor and a decent mid to high range GPU. If you don’t want to build it yourself (which will always be the cheapest route) you could go for system integrators, which are companies that simply use name brand parts that you and I can buy from Newegg, Amazon, etc. but they build it and ship it to you. (You’ll be paying a few hundred more for their build fees and warranties)

There’s so many out there now it’s always a hard choice but the ones I’ve seen and heard of the most would be:

(In no particular order)
iBuyPower
Cyberpower
OriginPC
Maingear
DigitalStorm
Xidax
BuildRedux

As far as processors I’d go with the following

Intel core i7-13700K (Intel)
AMD Ryzen 7 5700X (AMD

For RAM I’d go a minimum of 32GBs nowadays, thats just me though, you could do either DDR4 or DDR5, DDR4 is still widely used as DDR5 is fairly new but faster

Minimum: 32GB (2x16) 3200MHz

Power supply a 750 Watt 80+ Gold

Graphics: RTX 4070 or AMD 7900 XT

Monitor: if you really want 4K you could do a 120Hz 4K or do 1440p resolution with 144Hz or 240Hz, really the monitor is entirely up to you and what you want.
Thank you very much for the assistance! For the CPU I first thought about going with the Ryzen 5 7600 6 core, but then I found the Ryzen 7 5800X3D 8 core. I was going to go with this one because I initially was going to go with the 7900XT until I saw the price. However, I am thinking about the RX 6800 XT. Would the 5800X3D be overkill if I went with the older GPU? Is the 5700X sort of in the middle of 7600 and 5800X3D?
 
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@Domenico best to start these threads about a week before you plan to purchase seeing how prices for components change on an almost daily basis. Also need to know what Microcenter you are nearest to seeing how not all Microcenter stores have the same available inventory. 1440P is the best route you can take imo for maintaining a high frame rate with your settings turned on high. Also it's the best resolution imo if you keep your monitor on your desk / table a few feet in front of your face. If you were to purchase your build today it could look something like this. Keep your documents, pics, vids, etc .. on that 1TB SATA SSD due to the fact if you ever have to do a full install everything else can be re-downloaded ... games, apps, etc ...

This build includes everything but the mouse, headset, and keyboard.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i7-13700 2.1 GHz 16-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: *Deepcool AG620 BK ARGB 67.88 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: *MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: *G.Skill Ripjaws S5 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: *Samsung 870 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: *Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: *MSI GAMING X TRIO GeForce RTX 4080 16 GB Video Card ($1141.69 @ Amazon)
Case: *Lian Li LANCOOL 216 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: *MSI MPG A850G PCIE5 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: *Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM - DVD 64-bit ($117.98 @ Other World Computing)
Monitor: *Samsung S27AG50 27.0" 2560 x 1440 165 Hz Monitor ($279.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2629.58
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-06-14 16:36 EDT-0400


A better look at those components.

https://displaysolutions.samsung.com/monitor/detail/1842/S27AG50

https://lian-li.com/product/lancool-216/

https://www.msi.com/Power-Supply/MPG-A850G-PCIE5

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/B760-GAMING-PLUS-WIFI

https://www.intel.com/content/www/u...-30m-cache-up-to-5-20-ghz/specifications.html

https://www.deepcool.com/products/C...al-Tower-CPU-Cooler-1700-AM5/2022/16082.shtml

https://www.msi.com/Graphics-Card/GeForce-RTX-4080-16GB-GAMING-X-TRIO

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I love this build! It is a tad outside my budget but if I can find the extra cash I will seriously consider doing this build. If I cannot expand my budget, what adjustments would you make to drop the price about $300?
 
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Can we infer from this that you are in USA?


I always advise such a setup—and if you have a lot of bulky files like video & audio, a big cheap HDD is fine for those.

Most people don't backup their important—ie irreplaceable—stuff until after they've suffered one big data loss. If you've been thru that already, congrats—add an external backup drive to your list ad see my sig about regular system disk imaging.
Yes, I am in the US. I have not had a big data loss. I am just trying to do my best to plan for any disasters!
 
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The 4070 Ti 12GB version of that build up above.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i7-13700 2.1 GHz 16-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: *Deepcool AG620 BK ARGB 67.88 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: *MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: *G.Skill Ripjaws S5 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: *Samsung 870 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: *Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: *Asus TUF GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12 GB Video Card ($799.99 @ B&H)
Case: *Lian Li LANCOOL 216 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: *MSI MPG A850G PCIE5 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: *Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM - DVD 64-bit ($117.98 @ Other World Computing)
Monitor: *Samsung S27AG50 27.0" 2560 x 1440 165 Hz Monitor ($279.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2287.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-06-14 16:43 EDT-0400
I see this is a less expensive version of your first build and this is great! What are your thoughts on going with either a Ryzen 7 5700X or 5800X3D?
 
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I just discovered this thread and I am in exactly the same boat as Domenico pricewise. Same reasons plus I got my eye on Starfield as well and my old gaming laptop is crying uncle.

Any thoughts on a decent prebuilt? I've also been playing around with CLX custom configurator--endlessly :)
 
I see this is a less expensive version of your first build and this is great! What are your thoughts on going with either a Ryzen 7 5700X or 5800X3D?
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D 3.4 GHz 8-Core Processor ($289.27 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: *Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE AX V2 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: *G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: *Western Digital Black SN770 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($112.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $624.24
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-06-17 07:09 EDT-0400
 
I just discovered this thread and I am in exactly the same boat as Domenico pricewise. Same reasons plus I got my eye on Starfield as well and my old gaming laptop is crying uncle.

Any thoughts on a decent prebuilt? I've also been playing around with CLX custom configurator--endlessly :)
I just looked at that CMX site. Once I saw their power supplies it was a 'big no'.
 
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A few things on the parts list below. First, I found a few extra dollars, so I made an AMD build. Overall, what do you think? PCPartPicker gives this note, Disclaimer: Some physical dimension constraints are currently not checked, such as CPU coolers and RAM clearance, so how would I know if all the parts will fit together? Do you think this build is overkill if I am going with a 1440 monitor in an attempt to save some money? I know this build can handle 4k monitors, but oof the price for those is a bit too much right now. I don't know which monitor I will be purchasing. The only criteria I currently have is a 1440p with at least 120hz. I am going to visit a few stores to get a feel of the monitor size. Right now I don't know if I will go with a 27" flat panel or a 31" curved or something in between.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/xMwzbK PCPartPicker Part List

CPU* AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D 4.2 GHz 8-Core Processor $438.00 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler*Deepcool AG620 BK ARGB 67.88 CFM CPU Cooler $49.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard* Gigabyte B650 AORUS ELITE AX ATX AM5 Motherboard $219.99 @ B&H
Memory* G.Skill Ripjaws S5 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory $117.99 @ Newegg
Storage* Kingston NV2 1 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive $42.70 @ Amazon
Storage* Kingston NV2 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive $84.99 @ Amazon
Video Card* ASRock Phantom Gaming OC Radeon RX 7900 XT 20 GB Video Card $779.99 @ Newegg
Case* Lian Li LANCOOL 216 ATX Mid Tower Case $106.99 @ B&H
Power Supply* MSI MPG A850G PCIE5 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $134.99 @ Amazon
Operating System* Microsoft Windows 11 Home Retail - USB 64-bit $135.99 @ Abt
Keyboard* Glorious GMMK RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard $79.98 @ Amazon
Mouse* Razer Basilisk V3 Wired Optical Mouse $54.99 @ Abt
| *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
| **Total** | **$2246.59**
| Generated by [PCPartPicker](https://pcpartpicker.com) 2023-06-18 13:13 EDT-0400 |
 

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