Question Another budget gaming build. 1440p gaming goal

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Hey folks, looking for advice on this: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VKCMHh

My goal is 1440p gaming at a stable 60+ fps. Is that too ambitious for this budget range?

I've read that as resolutions increase, more and more gets offloaded to the GPU, which means the CPU becomes less important for gaming. At 1440p, will a Ryzen 5 2600 (overclocked a little) be a bottleneck? If so, what would your recommendation be for a similarly priced build.
 
This should be better...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($303.51 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B360M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($67.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($706.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1403.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-12 02:15 EST-0500
 
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I've made some changes of my own to give you overclocking on the CPU.

The reason for the smaller SSD is because you don't really need an SSD bigger than 250GB. While a bigger SSD is nice and all for more SSD storage, it's not absolutely necessary as most all games still load just fine off a 7200RPM HDD, and 250GB is more than enough for the OS and main apps, and of course you can eventually add in another bigger SSD later on if you wanted to have some SSD storage for the few select games that benefit from being installed on an SSD.

I also chose a slightly more affordable option for the GPU, since it won't do any worse than any other GPU at out of the box settings by a big enough margin that would warrant the higher price tag of others. And the dual fan coolers on EVGA cards are really good.

I would personally have given you my personal favorite choice of PC case, but it cost a bit more and didn't want to disrupt the budget.
And while I normally recommend the Seasonic FOCUS Gold PSU's, the TXM series from Corsair is a quality choice and right now apparently the 750w is the same price as a 650w FOCUS Gold so kept that in there as well.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor ($259.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: NZXT - Kraken X52 Rev 2 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.85 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Black Video Card ($698.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1487.56
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-12 02:24 EST-0500
 
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Thanks for the replies folks. What if I were to stretch my budget a little and go i7-8700k. What do you think of this build? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/qbQBRJ
Changed the CPU cooler because the 212 EVO can't handle the 8700K.

Changed the SSD because the one you picked is a waste of the m.2 slot and is SATA speed so I changed it to a better SSD.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($360.37 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($143.88 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($67.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS Video Card ($700.98 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($82.90 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1644.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-12 13:13 EST-0500
 
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Nothing wrong with your original build. The Ryzen comes with a cooler, though, so I'm puzzled as to why you added a CPU cooler.

I don't know much about the EVGA PSUs, good vs bad, but you can never go wrong with a Seasonic, and after rebate, save a few bucks as well
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/gWbwrH/seasonic-focus-gold-750w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-750fm
Thanks for the input. I heard the stock cooler wasn't great if you plan to OC the 2600, so I included an aftermarket cooler. Thanks for the heads up on seasonic!
 
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Changed the CPU cooler because the 212 EVO can't handle the 8700K.

Changed the SSD because the one you picked is a waste of the m.2 slot and is SATA speed so I changed it to a better SSD.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($360.37 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($143.88 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($67.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS Video Card ($700.98 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($82.90 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1644.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-12 13:13 EST-0500
Ah, I don't know squat about m.2 storage, thanks for the catch on that and the cooler.
 
Better upgrade path, faster memory, better SSD, this should perform well...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($372.29 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler ($52.39 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z390 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($124.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($77.99 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($706.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1629.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-12 21:46 EST-0500
 

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