[SOLVED] High end gaming build - recommendations?

TprSmid

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Hi all,

I'm looking to splash out on a high end gaming build. I built my current PC myself (six years ago, so it's getting on a bit now) and would like to do so again.

I use my PC primarily for gaming, along with a few work-related tasks (in MS Office, so nothing demanding like video editing). I want something that will run max settings at 1440p and will handle 4k gaming with ease when I get round to upgrading my monitor.

Key questions:

1) CPU - Intel or AMD? Seems like the i9-9900k or AMD R9 3900X are the best options. While clearly I want something that will deliver high FPS at the moment, it would also be good to have an element of future proofing.

2) GPU - going for an RTX 2080 ti

3) PSU - thinking of a Corsair 850W Gold

4) Cooling - Interested in people's thoughts. Torn between a Nocturna NH-D15 and a Corsair H150i Pro

6) Case - open to suggestions. I'm not really fussed about RGB and tempered glass. I don't plan to overclock the hell out of my system and would like to keep noise to a minimum. Would a Fractal Define R6 silent case offer enough cooling and space? I guess my priorities are Noise > Size > Ease of build > Cooling > Looks. I'd rather avoid a full tower if possible. I may fit an optical drive (Blu-ray) and plan to have 1 x SSD and 1 x PCI.e M2 drive.

7) Storage - see above. 1 x 1Tb Samsung 860 QVO SSD + 1 x 1Tb Samsung 870 Evo M2 (for the operating system and demanding games)

8) Mobo - Clearly dependent on the CPU choice. Would be using a wired connection but it might be useful to have onboard Wifi in case my powerline adapters cream in (which they do occasionally) to provide some redundancy.

8) RAM - 32Gb (2 x 16Gb) DDR4 3200Mhz - Advice welcome here. I've lots of conflicting things about DDR speeds - e.g. that Intel Z390 mobos can't read RAM at more than 2933Mhz.

Final point - while I'd love a top-end rig at my disposal now, it's not essential and I am happy to wait 6 months or so if there is going to be new hardware coming out in that timeframe that is worth waiting for (or would result in current prices coming down a lot). So let me know if you think I should wait!

I would really appreciate your advice. My budget is c.£3,000-£4,000, but equally I don't want to spend money for the sake of it, and if I can pay less, or towards the lower end of that, I can get a really decent gaming monitory with G-Sync etc.

Thanks!
 
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor (£680.00 @ Currys PC World)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£152.07 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 AORUS ULTRA ATX AM4 Motherboard (£284.23 @ Technextday)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory (£218.49 @ Alza)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£256.97 @ Laptops Direct)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING OC Video Card (£1079.47 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define 7 ATX Mid Tower Case (£134.39 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£113.47 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-16D1HT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£79.99 @ AWD-IT)
Total: £2999.08
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-29 15:29 BST+0100
 
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Intel will give you better FPS and that's it. AMD is cheaper, more future proof, power efficient, better for multitasking and for rendering. I'd personally go AMD. I'm not a fan of AIO liquid coolers, but they perform better and is more suitable for high end builds. Even though I have to admit I'm not too good at recommending cases, I believe in most cases they are subjective depending on the looks. They are mostly very similar to each other when it comes to acoustic performance and ease of build. Samsung 970s are expensive, ADATA's NVMes are as fast and almost as reliable with cheaper prices. I also don't see any reason why you should split SSDs into two. With cheaper NVMe drives available these days, SATA SSDs make less sense. I doubt there will be any major hardware release in the next 6 months.

PCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/KqZtrV

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor (£419.99 @ AWD-IT)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£152.07 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi ATX AM4 Motherboard (£288.40 @ Alza)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£144.99 @ AWD-IT)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£256.97 @ Laptops Direct)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card (£1159.98 @ Box Limited)
Case: Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C ATX Mid Tower Case (£151.14 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£134.18 @ Aria PC)
Total: £2707.72
 
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If you are primarily gaming, Intels faster cores will be better for you. But the current Intel gen. is almost on its way out, and the next gen. is due later this year...
https://www.techpowerup.com/review/future-hardware-releases/

So, either wait for that or get something like this...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor | £419.99 @ AWD-IT
CPU Cooler | CRYORIG R1 Ultimate 76 CFM CPU Cooler | £73.99 @ Currys PC World
Motherboard | Gigabyte X570 AORUS ULTRA ATX AM4 Motherboard | £284.23 @ Technextday
Memory | G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | £218.49 @ Alza
Storage | ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | £142.99 @ AWD-IT
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING OC Video Card | £1079.47 @ Scan.co.uk
Case | Corsair 275R Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case | £80.99 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply | Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | £103.47 @ Scan.co.uk
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit | £89.99 @ AWD-IT
Monitor | Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ 27.0" 3840x2160 144 Hz Monitor | £729.98 @ Laptops Direct
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £3223.59
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-29 16:25 BST+0100 |
 
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TprSmid

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So should the given budget include the monitor? If so, what size monitor? 16:9 or 21:9 aspect ratio?
No, don't include the monitor. But if you did have any suggestions on that front, fire away! Must be 1440p minimum, and I'd quite like a wide aspect / curved one, preferably with GSync too.
 
Oh yes, one more thing. I completely forgot that Comet Lake is supposedly launching in the next quarter. We know that it's another Skylake refresh with higher clocks and we know that it has 10C/20T, so it MIGHT be a possible alternative to AMD's 3900X. However, I don't see the point of waiting for it, as it is still uncertain if a next quarter release is really the case. With a good X570 board with you, you can likely pop in something like a 4900X later this year or next year and have similar performance to Intel's upcoming 10900K.
 
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No, don't include the monitor. But if you did have any suggestions on that front, fire away! Must be 1440p minimum, and I'd quite like a wide aspect / curved one, preferably with GSync too.
No problem there, the list of 34", 3440 x 1440, high refresh rate monitors is fairly small. So you shouldn't have much trouble reading through reviews on each of them to decide which one you want.
The Nixeus Edg34 is a good one.
 

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