Building my first gaming PC budget $2000 suggestions? — Micro Center

Building my first gaming PC budget $2000 suggestions?

Intel Core i7-9700K Coffee Lake 3.6GHz Eight-Core.      $359
MSI Z390-A Pro Intel LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard.         $129
G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-2560 $69
Lian Li Lancool II Tempered Glass eATX Full Tower.        $89
Seasonic USA Focus Plus 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX.   $149
Samsung 970 EVO+ 500GB SSD V-NAND M.2 2280.      $104
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5"  $51
Microsoft Microsoft Windows 10 Home 32/64-Bit.         $139
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Ventus                                  $369
Corsair Hydro H115i Pro 280mm RGB Water.                    $164
ASUS PCE-AC88 4x4 802.11ac Wireless-AC3100 PCIe   $106

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  • TSIanLTSIanL admin
    Greetings. If you wish to go with Intel, I would probably suggest looking for a motherboard that has WiFi built in than using a PCI-e adapter for wireless, it will most likely be a cheaper route. You could easily cut the power supply price in half with something such as https://www.microcenter.com/product/485312/powerspec-650-watt-80-plus-bronze-atx-semi-modular-power-supply and put the extra money towards a better video card. 
  • Hello Phantom, assuming  you wanted to stay intel instead of swapping to Ryzen I put together a build for you that comes to 1992 bucks pre tax.  But I left some wiggle room in selecting a pretty beefy 360 AIO and getting a 1tb nvme drive as well as a 2tb spinning drive for storage.  All of which could be toned down to bring the price down to something closer to 1850 to allow for a windows key or for tax to not take you as far over 2k.  I also put you on the newest intel 10th gen because for 50$ more can get you what is essentially a 9900k in the new 17-10700k as well as a wifi z490 mobo.  Kept the case because you had a really solid choice in the lancool 2.  Hope this helps with your choices and have fun building.

    CPU: (1) Intel Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 3.8GHz Eight-Core LGA 1200 Boxed Processor ($409.99 EACH)
    Motherboard: (1) MSI Z490 MPG Gaming Edge WiFi Intel LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard ($199.99 EACH)
    RAM: (1) G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3200C16D-16GVKB - Black ($69.99 EACH)
    Case: (1) Lian Li Lancool II Tempered Glass eATX Full Tower Computer Case - Black ($89.99 EACH)
    Power Supply: (1) Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 650 Watts 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply ($119.99 EACH)
    Video Card: (1) EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Black Gaming Dual-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card ($719.99 EACH)
    M.2 SSD: (1) Inland Premium 1TB SSD 3D NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive ($129.99 EACH)
    Hard Drive: (1) Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 EACH)
    Water Cooling Kits: (1) Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB 360 TT Premium 360mm RGB Water Cooling Kit ($199.99 EACH)
    Total: $1,991.91
  • TSTonyVTSTonyV admin
    Along with what the previous two commenters said, I'd like to make the point that for a gaming machine, the new Intel i5-10600k is actually a really compelling option. It often matches or comes the i7 and i9 CPUs in gaming, or comes very close. 

    If you're making this build specifically for gaming, I'd drop down to either the 10600k or a Ryzen 5 3600X and upgrade your GPU to something like a 2070 Super. The mid-range CPUs are more than sufficient for gaming even on the very high-end cards, and being able to put more money into your GPU will give you better performance overall. 

  • TSTonyV said:
    Along with what the previous two commenters said, I'd like to make the point that for a gaming machine, the new Intel i5-10600k is actually a really compelling option. It often matches or comes the i7 and i9 CPUs in gaming, or comes very close. 

    If you're making this build specifically for gaming, I'd drop down to either the 10600k or a Ryzen 5 3600X and upgrade your GPU to something like a 2070 Super. The mid-range CPUs are more than sufficient for gaming even on the very high-end cards, and being able to put more money into your GPU will give you better performance overall. 

    Is that SSD better than Samsung?
  • I really don't know understand power supplies is that a good brand I could trust why quiet. etc
  • TSTonyVTSTonyV admin
    When it comes to SSDs, Samsung is generally considered to be the "best" manufacturer, but realistically any of the SSDs will perform extremely similar. The Inland SSDs are perfectly good and considering that they're usually a fair bit cheaper than the Samsung, that's the direction I'd personally go. 

    As for power supplies, there's a pretty wide variety of good power supplies available you can choose from. EVGA's Supernova Series and the Seasonic Focus series of power supplies are both good options, among others. We actually have a guide on how to choose a power supply here: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/2872/how-to-choose-your-parts-part-5-the-power-supply

    I think it'd be worthwhile to read through. I'm not familiar with the power supply the TheITDad listed in his build, but it appears it's not a pwoer supply we carry anymore. 
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