1080p is still the resolution of choice among the majority of PC gamers. This is especially true for folks who are into eSports and fast-paced shooters like Call of Duty, Counter-Strike and PUBG. In this post, we’ll be listing the best components for building a 1080p gaming PC under the $800 mark. Here’s a brief overview of the components:
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3600||$195|
|Motherboard||ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F||$130|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super||$229|
|Memory||CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB||$75|
|SSD||Western Digital WD BLACK SN750||$80|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX450||$50|
|Cabinet||Phanteks Eclipse P300||$50|
Best CPU for 1080p Gaming: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
|Memory Support||DDR4 3200MHz|
Now that the Ryzen 5 3600 has dropped to sub-$200 prices, we’ll be switching from the Core i5-9400F to the former. The Ryzen 5 3600 performs within 5% of the Core i5-9600K in gaming workloads while costing a good $50+ less. In content creation, encoding and everything else, the Matisse part crushes the Intel competition, offering near-Core i7-9700K performance despite costing less than half as much.
Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F
ASUS makes some of the best motherboards. 8-channel SupremeFX HD, Japanese capacitors, AuroSync RGB lighting sync, RGB headers, an extremely user-friendly BIOS UI and the signature ROG design. In terms of storage, you get six SATA 6GB/s ports and dual NVMe slots. It supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory @ 3466MHz (OC) as well as 3-way XFireX. It’s not exactly ideal for overclocking considering the 4 phase VRM, but considering how little the lower-end Matisse parts overclock, that won’t be a problem.
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB
A 3600MHz CL18 (8GB x2) memory kit will be more than enough for our budget 1080p gaming build. AMD recommends a dual-channel 3600MHz memory configuration for best performance and that is exactly what you’re going with.
Best Graphics Card for 1080p Gaming: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super
|GPU Length||216 mm|
With the launch of AMD’s Radeon 5600 XT the budget graphics card market is more competitive than ever. You’ve got so many options that there is no correct choice here. If you’re on a strict budget, then the GTX 1650 Super 4GB is a good option. However, we’d recommend opting for the GeForce GTX 1660 Super. It delivers 75+ FPS across even the most taxing titles. Have a look:
Storage: Western Digital WD BLACK SN750
These days, thanks to TLC NAND, SSD prices have dropped significantly. It’d be a mistake to opt for an HDD at this point. You can snag a 500GB NVMe based drive for less than $100. That’s just crazy. After experiencing speeds in excess of 3000MB/s, you’ll never go back to magnetic storage.
Power Supply: Corsair CX450
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300
For a budget 1080p gaming build, you need a reliable 450W power supply that doesn’t set your PC on fire. The Corsair CX 450 fits the bill perfectly: Economical, an 80Plus Bronze Certification, however, you’ll have to wrangle with the cables as it isn’t modular. You can look for a modular SMPS if you can afford it, but I suggest sticking to the CX450 unless you have some experience building PCs.
Alternative: Antec Dark Phantom DP501
Phantek’s Eclipse P300 is one of the sweetest cases for a budget-oriented build. A clean design, tempered glass side-panel and a hint of RGB at the right places. Plus thanks to a discount, you can get it for just $49 at the moment. Perfect. For subcontinental consumers, the Antec Dark Phantom DP501 is the alternative.
Monitor Suggestion: Acer HA270 Bbix
|Display Colors||16.7 Million|
|Response Time||1 ms VRB|
|Horizontal Refresh Rate||55 kHz to 83 kHz|
|Adaptive Sync Technology||AMD FreeSync|