need advice on budget build to play 1440p @ ultra

Discussion in 'Desktop Hardware' started by tecton3d, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. tecton3d

    tecton3d Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey guys, I am quite out of the loop with the current desktop hardware generations and as my Alienware 15 R2 is getting a little "long in the tooth" to play my fav game, Ghost Recon Wildlands, at a decent 1080 rate let alone 1440p on ultra settings I'm looking to build a new desktop. I'll also be using this machine for hobby 3d modeling but not for rendering... i.e. no multi-threaded rendering needed.

    I'm spec'ing a somewhat budget build that will need very high single thread performance with stable power, and a very good graphics card. I'm prepared to spend decent coin on a good psu as in past experience, this always pays off in the end.

    I feel like i could get by with a fast 2017 or a 2018 cpu/mobo/ram combo and drop in a gtx 1070ti or rtx 1060 super and be on my way, fragging all the day ;)

    My heartburn comes from which CPU/mobo/ram combo/generation will meet my needs but not break the bank. I'd like to have a combo that supports 64gb or more of ram for the 3d modeling work. I already have a corsair 115i pro and a 750D airflow case waiting for the other components.

    ... any advice on this is appreciated.

    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
  2. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    A Ryzen 5 3600 is the best bang for the buck CPU at the moment. As far as motherboards, one with the X570 chipset in the $150-$200 price range from ASRock, Gigabyte, or MSI would be a solid bet. Given the BIOS issues going on with Ryzen 3000 processors right now, I wouldn't cheap out and pick an older B450 or X470 board. For RAM, a DDR4-3200 kit from G.Skill should deliver reliable performance. To keep costs down on the GPU, scour fleBay and the /r/hardwareswap subreddit for a second-hand GTX 1070 Ti or GTX 1080. You might even be able to swing an RTX 2060 from someone looking to upgrade to an RTX Super or one of the new AMD RX 5700 GPUs.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2019
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