I'm planning on putting together my first gaming rig. Any opinions on the parts list or advice for changes is welcome. Games I play:
- Witcher 3
- Tomb Raider
I play on a 1920x1080 144Hz monitor currently. I'm more curious to see if I actually need such a powerful CPU or if there are suggestions for other options. Thanks!
For high refresh rate gaming at 1080p, the i5-8600K/i5-9600K is the right way to go about it! That doesn't mean it's necessary as the cheaper Ryzen 2600X isn't too far behind in single threaded performance. Although, if overclocking is of interest, again the i5 offers plenty of additional performance for the long run.
In my personal view, you should target the best possible CPU within your means and look to trim off expense in other areas for a more robust system with future proofing in mind
If not overclocking, a $30/$40 air cooler is more than adequate
A single 1TB SSD for the OS, applications and games comes in cheaper: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/9nhKHx/intel-660p-series-1tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ssdpeknw010t8x1
A bit of savings on the GPU: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/qRdxFT/gigabyte-geforce-rtx-2060-6-gb-windforce-oc-video-card-gv-n2060wf2oc-6gd
Maybe adopt the standard ATX form factor with a large case and motherboard: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/3yrmP6/msi-mag-z390-tomahawk-atx-lga1151-motherboard-mag-z390-tomahawk
Spending a little extra for a better quality PSU would do the build greater justice: If not overclocking, this 550W unit is perfect for the task: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/dDH48d/corsair-txm-gold-550w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020133-na (semi-modular) or if overclocking a 650W unit for $108 https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/qn7v6h/seasonic-focus-gold-650w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-650fm (semi-mod)