Build Advice 3K Budget Gaming PC

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Hey

I'm so overwhelmed with information i'm going to need some help deciding on what's best to go with on a 3K budget.

Is a 2080 necessary over a 2070 due to the 1440p monitor?

I'm taking the PSU, storage, keyboard & mouse and case from my current build to use in my new one and this list is what I've got together so far.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $649.00 @ Newegg Australia
CPU Cooler | be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler | $99.00 @ PCCaseGear
Motherboard | Gigabyte - Z390 AORUS ELITE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $285.00 @ Austin Computers
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $196.83 @ Amazon Australia
Storage | Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive |-
Storage | Western Digital - BLACK SERIES 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $0.00
Video Card | Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card | $787.38 @ Amazon Australia
Case | Corsair - 450D ATX Mid Tower Case | Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply | Cooler Master - V850 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $0.00
Monitor | Acer - Predator XB271HUA 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor | $769.00 @ Scorptec
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $2786.21
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-03 10:03 AEDT+1100 |

I plan to purchase the parts i need ASAP so any help is appreciate.

Thanks!
 
The 2070 is quite competent at 1440P, but, if hoping for 144 Hz refresh at 1440P, I might then consider the 2080...(Ouch, your monitor is 165 Hz? Might want to check with others on how it games with fps well below that, or how it looks at 1080P res, etc..; hoping for 165 fps min at 1440P on many newer games might be a stretch)
 
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The 2070 is quite competent at 1440P, but, if hoping for 144 Hz refresh at 1440P, I might then consider the 2080...(Ouch, your monitor is 165 Hz? Might want to check with others on how it games with fps well below that, or how it looks at 1080P res, etc..; hoping for 165 fps min at 1440P on many newer games might be a stretch)
Thanks for the response, i think i'm actually going to go with a 1440p 144hz IPS panel monitor after i go through some reviews.
 

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For 1440p 144hz, I do think that an RTX-2080 is necessary. RTX-2070 might be able to do it, but with reduced settings. This would depend specifically on the games you decide on playing (which i'm assuming you're going to be doing some of due to the refresh rates you're choosing).
 
Here is the list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($469.00 @ Shopping Express)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard ($145.00 @ Umart)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($139.70 @ Newegg Australia)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($99.00 @ Umart)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.00 @ Austin Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($1098.00 @ Shopping Express)
Case: Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case ($85.90 @ Amazon Australia)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($161.70 @ Newegg Australia)
Monitor: Acer - Predator XB271HUA 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor ($769.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $3045.30
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-03 20:25 AEDT+1100


Even RTX2080 cannot hit 100+ fps in majority of intensive titles. RTX2070 is out of question. RTX2080 can manage to get majority of titles above 60fps. No reason to play games on setting below max. At max settings not all titles will go above 100fps.
 

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For pure gaming, an I5-9600k will perform almost identically to an i7-9700k, especially when overclocked, simply because of the clock speed similarities. An RTX-2080 should be used instead of 2070 for 1440p, 100hz+ gaming. I don't think AMD processors would be better here simply because for gaming, Intel is better.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor | $408.00 @ Shopping Express
CPU Cooler | be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler | $99.00 @ PCCaseGear
Motherboard | Gigabyte - Z390 AORUS ELITE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $285.00 @ Austin Computers
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $196.83 @ Amazon Australia
Storage | Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive |-
Storage | Western Digital - BLACK SERIES 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $0.00
Video Card | Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB ROG Strix Gaming OC Video Card | $1299.00 @ PCCaseGear
Case | Corsair - 450D ATX Mid Tower Case | Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply | Cooler Master - V850 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $0.00
Monitor | Acer - Predator XB271HUA 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor | $769.00 @ Scorptec
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $3056.83
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-03 21:12 AEDT+1100 |
 
For pure gaming, an I5-9600k will perform almost identically to an i7-9700k, especially when overclocked, simply because of the clock speed similarities. An RTX-2080 should be used instead of 2070 for 1440p, 100hz+ gaming. I don't think AMD processors would be better here simply because for gaming, Intel is better.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor | $408.00 @ Shopping Express
CPU Cooler | be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler | $99.00 @ PCCaseGear
Motherboard | Gigabyte - Z390 AORUS ELITE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $285.00 @ Austin Computers
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $196.83 @ Amazon Australia
Storage | Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive |-
Storage | Western Digital - BLACK SERIES 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $0.00
Video Card | Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB ROG Strix Gaming OC Video Card | $1299.00 @ PCCaseGear
Case | Corsair - 450D ATX Mid Tower Case | Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply | Cooler Master - V850 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $0.00
Monitor | Acer - Predator XB271HUA 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor | $769.00 @ Scorptec
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $3056.83
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-03 21:12 AEDT+1100 |
Yes there is not big difference in performance at 1440p when comparing CPUs based on clock speeds but having more comput cores can be useful for some games. Varies from game to game.
 
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If OP needs more cores for certain games/applications, then go for r7 2700x, if OP needs performance for mainly just gaming, then still go with i5-9600k. Generally, if you're doing anything else while gaming, an R7-2700x is gonna be a better bet.
 
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