[SOLVED] New PC Build for Gaming - Think it could be better

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So I'm looking at building a new gaming computer in the mid-high end range. I've put together a list (https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Sam095/saved/#view=gQf9cf) but I feel like for the price, I could probably get a better build (or a similar build a bit cheaper), so I'm looking for some help. I'd say my max budget would be ~$1500. I want this computer to last me for at the very least the next 5 years or so, and be able to play most current games out today on Ultra settings, 1080p. Will this build check those boxes?

Some things to note:

I already own a GeForce 1660 Ti GPU, and want to purchase a second graphics card for a second monitor. Will this GPU be sufficient to deliver ultra-quality graphics on major titles out today, or should I look to upgrade and use this card for my second monitor? If the 1660 ti will be enough, I'd probably just use the onboard graphics for my second monitor. I don't plan on getting into 4K gaming at the moment, but I would like the ability to if I decide to upgrade my monitor.

If I get a second graphics card, will I need to get a bigger power supply?

I see the Intel i-5's suggested a lot for mid range gaming pc's, how much difference would there be between an i-7 and an i-5 in terms of performance?

In advance, thank you for any and all help. I used Tom's Hardware forum to get help with my first PC build about 6 years ago, and was extremely impressed with the resulting build that I went with.
 
Here's a few components to have a look at.

https://www.newegg.com/seasonic-core-series-core-gm-650-650w/p/N82E16817151244
Seasonic CORE GM-650, 650W 80+ Gold, Semi-Modular $89.99

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-TUF-Z490-Plus-Motherboard-Addressable/dp/B087YP3HBT
ASUS TUF Gaming Z490-Plus, LGA 1200 $179.99

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-10600k-core-i5-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118124
Intel Core i5-10600K Comet Lake 6-Core 4.1 GHz LGA 1200 $269.99

https://www.newegg.com/intel-665p-series-1tb/p/N82E16820167469
Intel 665p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D3, QLC Internal SSD $99.99

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/TUF-GAMING-Z490-PLUS/ <--- that Asus board has a slot for the intel desktop kit below this that gives that board wi fi 6 along with bluetooth 5.2

https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Wi-Fi-Gig-Desktop-AX200-NGWG-NV/dp/B085M7VPDP
Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) Desktop Kit, AX200, 2230, 2x2 AX+BT, vPro $24.99

The next time this card becomes available I'd jump on it. The RTX 3060 Ti owns all other cards @ 1080P although the RTX 3060 was unveiled today and that card is supposed to retail for $70 - $80 cheaper. The reviews/benchmarks for that card should be showing up on sites like this within the next few weeks.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060-ti-8gb-gddr6-pci-express-4-0-graphics-card-steel-and-black/6439402.p?skuId=6439402
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 $399.99


https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060-12gb-announced
Nvidia RTX 3060 (12GB) Coming in Feb for $329

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i5-10600k-cpu-review
Intel Core i5-10600K Review: The Mainstream Gaming Champ
 
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Sorry this is only a partial answer. If your GPU has more than one output, it can probably run more than one monitor - you don't necessarily need (or even want) one monitor per GPU. I ran three monitors off my old RTX 2060 quite happily.

Edit: You still have a bit of budget to spare. I'd suggest swapping the SSD for an m.2 NVME drive and a better GOU if you can. You may be able to skimp a little on the motherboard - it seems pretty pricey vs the rest of the hardware.
 

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you don't necessarily need (or even want) one monitor per GPU. I ran three monitors off my old RTX 2060 quite happily.
I'm mostly wondering if I should upgrade the GPU that I already have. If I need to I'd either sell the 1660 or use it for my second monitor since I already have it. Do you think the GPU that I already have is good enough to play modern games on ultra settings 1080p?
 
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I'm mostly wondering if I should upgrade the GPU that I already have. If I need to I'd either sell the 1660 or use it for my second monitor since I already have it. Do you think the GPU that I already have is good enough to play modern games on ultra settings 1080p?
I suspect it would struggle on ultra settings, more likely medium settings would be ok. I suggest looking at different requirements settings for games you are interested in.
 

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I suspect it would struggle on ultra settings, more likely medium settings would be ok. I suggest looking at different requirements settings for games you are interested in.
Hmm I'll probably do that. Honestly I can use the 1660 in the meantime and look to upgrade it in a year or so. Thanks for the help! I'll look into a different motherboard.
 
Here's a few components to have a look at.

https://www.newegg.com/seasonic-core-series-core-gm-650-650w/p/N82E16817151244
Seasonic CORE GM-650, 650W 80+ Gold, Semi-Modular $89.99

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-TUF-Z490-Plus-Motherboard-Addressable/dp/B087YP3HBT
ASUS TUF Gaming Z490-Plus, LGA 1200 $179.99

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-10600k-core-i5-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118124
Intel Core i5-10600K Comet Lake 6-Core 4.1 GHz LGA 1200 $269.99

https://www.newegg.com/intel-665p-series-1tb/p/N82E16820167469
Intel 665p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D3, QLC Internal SSD $99.99

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/TUF-GAMING-Z490-PLUS/ <--- that Asus board has a slot for the intel desktop kit below this that gives that board wi fi 6 along with bluetooth 5.2

https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Wi-Fi-Gig-Desktop-AX200-NGWG-NV/dp/B085M7VPDP
Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) Desktop Kit, AX200, 2230, 2x2 AX+BT, vPro $24.99

The next time this card becomes available I'd jump on it. The RTX 3060 Ti owns all other cards @ 1080P although the RTX 3060 was unveiled today and that card is supposed to retail for $70 - $80 cheaper. The reviews/benchmarks for that card should be showing up on sites like this within the next few weeks.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060-ti-8gb-gddr6-pci-express-4-0-graphics-card-steel-and-black/6439402.p?skuId=6439402
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 $399.99


https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060-12gb-announced
Nvidia RTX 3060 (12GB) Coming in Feb for $329

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i5-10600k-cpu-review
Intel Core i5-10600K Review: The Mainstream Gaming Champ
 

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Here's a few components to have a look at.

https://www.newegg.com/seasonic-core-series-core-gm-650-650w/p/N82E16817151244
Seasonic CORE GM-650, 650W 80+ Gold, Semi-Modular $89.99

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-TUF-Z490-Plus-Motherboard-Addressable/dp/B087YP3HBT
ASUS TUF Gaming Z490-Plus, LGA 1200 $179.99

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-10600k-core-i5-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118124
Intel Core i5-10600K Comet Lake 6-Core 4.1 GHz LGA 1200 $269.99

https://www.newegg.com/intel-665p-series-1tb/p/N82E16820167469
Intel 665p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D3, QLC Internal SSD $99.99

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/TUF-GAMING-Z490-PLUS/ <--- that Asus board has a slot for the intel desktop kit below this that gives that board wi fi 6 along with bluetooth 5.2

https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Wi-Fi-Gig-Desktop-AX200-NGWG-NV/dp/B085M7VPDP
Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) Desktop Kit, AX200, 2230, 2x2 AX+BT, vPro $24.99

The next time this card becomes available I'd jump on it. The RTX 3060 Ti owns all other cards @ 1080P although the RTX 3060 was unveiled today and that card is supposed to retail for $70 - $80 cheaper. The reviews/benchmarks for that card should be showing up on sites like this within the next few weeks.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060-ti-8gb-gddr6-pci-express-4-0-graphics-card-steel-and-black/6439402.p?skuId=6439402
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 $399.99


https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060-12gb-announced
Nvidia RTX 3060 (12GB) Coming in Feb for $329

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i5-10600k-cpu-review
Intel Core i5-10600K Review: The Mainstream Gaming Champ
Oh wow thank you so much! I will probably end up using most of the stuff from this list. I'll use my 1660 until I can get my hands on a 3060. This was incredibly helpful.
 
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