When it comes to any bit of technology at first glance the subject can flood you with buzzwords. Often people end up over buying for what is their requirements. I’m willing to admit I have done that in the past when it comes to laptops and other devices.
Any project requires research personal computers is no different and often confusing for new people.
Pre built vs DIY efforts
Here some things to keep in mind
Quick overall of the cards and from what I understand the performance you get from them.
Once gamers start to enter this resolution things become a strain for single GPU cards on some of the newest titles. Single GPUs can still hit the magic 60fps but you need to spend more to do so compared to 1080p.
280x average is 30fps yep half the frames per second you would get on 1080p. 290x can do 60 or higher so can 295.
For the price point the 970 is outstanding with the 980 being a monster but at a monster price point. 1440p is rather demanding but a single 970 can hold it own on many titles 60fps across the board. Depends on the settings but may find certain titles unable to hit 60fps with a single card. SLI 970 can give you some great perfomrance for quite a cheap price point but you need to double down on GPUs. Best advice is to google benchmarks of the games you want to play to see which GPU fits your build the most. If you want to play 2K CS:GO you can get away with a lower end GPU compared to a 970. Don’t always get twice the performance sometimes certain titles in SLI can be far worse performance wise.
i7 is not worth it for gaming simple as that unless you want to twitch the latest titles and record video at the same time. i5 or AMD CPUs are far better choices gaming machines i3 or dual core systems are great choices for entry level systems.
Good middle of the road CPUs?
AMD 6300/8350 are good choices, for entry level to middle range CPUs.
Intel you want 4000 series, the 3000 series is also a good choice but showing it age.
Intel wise 4460-4590 are good choices. If you have some money to spare move up or down your CPUs.
K versions are designed to be overclocked far higher compared to non K but you pay a premium. That said every CPU can be overclocked as long as your mobo supports it. Certain models are easy to do and others you’re limited.
One thing to note i3 and some dual core CPUs can give quad core CPUs a run for their money. G238 being the most obvious one cheap CPU when overlocked can rival i7 single thread performance.
If you want to play older games which are less of strain look towards dual core CPUs.
SSD 120 to 500Gb sweet spot is 240gb looking at paying a heavy premium for a SDD due to the higher $ per Gb cost. Most people use the SSD for hosting your OS and any games you want to load quickly. SSD is nice but not a must have item.
HDDs you want a decent performance for a good price off the top of my head WD black is one of the best choices around. HDDs may be cheap but you don’t want to cheap out on a HDD always check reviews.
Before you review my builds just like to point out the focus has been on budget and you could make some changes to get more performance if you wanted. Bare in mind these builds are designed to work with 1080p so the motherboard choice suits that.
Here are the builds I have created….
But what about 1440p I have not created builds which are good for 1440p because most people won’t be playing in 1440p. Same idea goes for 4k right now 75% of people are on 1080p.
Feedback is welcome on the quality of the post
Going to update this post later today with 300 series GPUs