1080p 120 FPS PC Build Discussion

byGrahtitude

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Hello,

I'm interested in building a decent gaming PC that will run 1080p @ 120 FPS and can stream 1080p @ 60 FPS. I have this build in mind but I wasn't sure if it would meet my standards. Could someone review and recommend upgrades or a new system? My wife may use it to edit images on adobe programs but I know AMD is a better budget build. I currently do not have a budget but I'm willing to spend what I need to in order to game/stream what I want.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($133.90 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte - Radeon RX 480 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card ($199.00 used @ eBay)
Case: Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $771.69
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-22 11:20 EDT-0400
 

fredfinks

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recently said in another post - gtx 1070 is selling on ebay for less than $250.

That said, that wont be 120fps without reducing some settings. 120+ requires decent horsepower. You want fluid 120 youre looking at 1080 +
Forget AMD for high end GPUs, they low to mid. Their CPUs are good however.
 

byGrahtitude

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So would you recommend I maybe get a Zotac 1080 Ti? Would everything else be able to hand the GPU? I'm new to this. I probably should've stated this in the intro.
 

Barty1884

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Solid enough, but it'll depend on the titles/in-game settings whether 120FPS is a realistic goal.

A couple of points, at a glance:
1. The 1400 is $15 less than the R5 1600 - the 1600 gives you two extra cores and four extra threads.
2. The RX480 for $200 is a poor choice - especially used. An RX580 8GB, new, can be had for marginally over $200.
3. a CX450 would probably be ok, but to me, it's a little on the low side - I'd opt for the 550W variant.
4. a 240GB SSD can fill up relatively quickly and, with the cost of SSDs dropping so much, you could (should?) look for higher - especially if your wife has aims of editing etc on this system too.

You could look to 2nd Gen Ryzen, but the value proposition is even greater on 1st Gen.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($154.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: Crucial - BX500 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.95 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI - Radeon RX 580 8GB ARMOR OC Video Card ($209.99 @ B&H)
Case: Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($38.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $823.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-22 11:59 EDT-0400
 

fredfinks

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A 1080. 2nd hand if you have to. Look at 580 vs 1080 benchmarks and videos. You can see what they do.
The PSU is a bit lacking. You can get this seasonic 520w for $52:
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/nB3RsY/seasonic-power-supply-s12ii620bronze

 

Barty1884

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Looking at a used GPU can certainly be a good route to go, if you're comofrtable with the (minor) risk involved.

I'd avoid the S12II 520W these days though @fredfinks, that's a really dated platform and, while not "bad" by any stretch, it's a little out of place in a modern $800ish build. The CX550M I linked is only $59 to begin with, and <$40 after a rebate.
 

fredfinks

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Youre right, didnt notice you upped the PSU. Can't beat it at $40.
 

byGrahtitude

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If I decided to upgrade the GPU to a 1080 Ti would it be overkill for 1080p @ 120 FPS? and would this build be able to handle it?
 

Barty1884

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Really depends on the title. A 1080TI may be necessary in some titles. A 1070TI/1080 would be more than sufficient for the vast majority of titles.

Realistically, a 1070 would be a great choice, provided you were prepared to drop some in-game settings. Exactly what, or to what presets, will vary title to title.
 

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I'm looking to play Destiny 2 on PC now rather than console. That will be my primary game other than dabbling with some Battlefield and maybe another FPS that may come my way.
 

Barty1884

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As far as a Destiny 2 goes, 1080p/Ultra could be done with a 1070:


If you dropped AA and/or AF down a little, I'd fully expect a pretty nice experience in the ~120FPS range, pretty consistently.
 

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Where would I be able to find similar listings for other games like the one you have here.
 

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