originally posted by: CX
A returning gamer (in the loosest sense of the word), last played games in the eighties and early nineties, went from PS1.... had a break due to work
for about 25 years.....then have jumped back in with PS4 at the grand old age of 46....and I'm loving it!
I'm wanting to get/build a gaming PC though. Initially to play things like WoW and LoL, but everything else too. I've spent ages watching PC builds on
YouTube, and they now seem less daunting that I initially imagined, however, I'm worried about either spending too much on way more than I
need.....but also I don't want to get a system that's not up to playing games at a decent standard.
It all depends on the kind of monitor you are going to use. If you run a 24" monitor at either 1920 x 1080 (16:9) or 1920 x 1200 (16:10), a GTX 1060
will give you an even 60 fps in most games. A 27" running 2560 x 1440 (16:9) would probably need a GTX 1070, and moving to 4K monitors would probably
need a GTX 1080 Ti.
At the age of 47, I built my first PC in over a decade last December, and I settled on a 6 GB GTX 1060 in a Black Friday deal. This is a PC not only
for gaming, so I went for a big Corsair case, 32 GB of RAM and a 7700K processor - 4 cores at 4.2 GHz. I settled for a previous generation motherboard
and CPU since by the time THIS setup starts to feel "slow", we've moved a couple generations further anyway, and I'll just replace CPU, motherboard
and RAM. The 8 core CPUs I found to be too expensive and not a must for my current use (games, image editing, but no video or other sorts of
I selected an ASUS motherboard that had just enough connections for my current use - including a couple of slots for NVMe. I currently use a Samsung
960 Pro 500 GB M.2 for system disk, and reused a couple of 240 GB SSDs for storage. Later I will add 6 mechanical drives and make a storage space in
Windows for media files, etc.
I have a 750 W power supply from Corsair (convenient to be able to see the power usage due to the USB connection and Corsair Link), and this is the
kind of power that will support even a bunch of mechanical disks and a 1080 Ti. I don't think I've ever been much past 200 W power consumption (1060
GPU, 1 M.2, 2 SSDs, 1 DVD Writer, 1 mechanical disk in a front mounted tray, 7700K CPU).
Two excellent channels on Youtube are JayzTwoCents and Linus Tech Tips. Especially the former is a goldmine of information for any PC builder.
Jay was the one that taught me to build for my CURRENT needs, and not overdo it.
To sum up my recommendations:
- Buy a case big enough to hold enough BIG fans (120 or 140 mm), and with room for future expansion.
- Go for at least 16 GB of RAM - 32 if you plan on doing more than gaming.
- Pick a motherboard that will let you use more RAM than you start out with.
- For gaming, match monitor and GPU. Upgrade the combo every few years.
Why big fans? Because 80 mm or smaller fans do NOT sound pleasant. A typical setup will be 2 intake fans in front, 1 output fan at the back (on top),
and either a radiator or more fans on top.
When it comes to CPU, Intel or AMD is pretty much equally good choices these days. There are some quirks in both camps. Be aware that Intel has picked
a thermal paste between die and heat spreader that is more geared towards longevity than lowest possible temp. I'm using an AIO CPU cooler from
Fractal Design - a 360 mm Celsius S36, and even at stock settings (I haven't bothered with any tweaking), I will hit CPU package temps of 70-75 C
(158-167 F) under load, as long as I have the fans set to minimum RPM (600ish RPM) (this with room temps of 20-22 C (68-72 F)
Summer heat and any overclocking will undoubtedly bring more noise, as the fans will have to run faster. Still, 120 and 140 mm fans have a nice
"whooosh" sound to them that is not annoying in the same way that 80 or 60 mm fans.