Although 2020 hasn’t been the best year with coronavirus wreaking havoc across the globe, let’s do something to bring in the holiday cheer, shall we?
With Christmas right around the corner, there’s no better way for a gamer to get into the holiday spirit than by putting together a powerful gaming PC that you can use for playing the latest games with friends and family to stay and feel connected to people.
Trying to play games on an aging gaming PC is much like getting around in a rusted, old car. It works, but it ain’t pleasant. Dropping framerates, frequent stutters, and religiously looking up system requirements can become tiresome – you certainly won’t feel the holiday spirit. An upgrade brings a substantial performance boost and the ability to enjoy the newest games without compromising on visual detail.
We’ve gone ahead and put together a list of parts for a holiday gaming PC that will have you playing even the most graphics-intensive games at the highest resolutions without affecting smoothness and fluidity. In addition to picking out parts, we’ll also explain our rationale behind each choice and what specifications you can keep in mind when gathering hardware for a PC build.
This Holiday PC build can also be the perfect gift for a family member who is into gaming. It features the highest-end parts available on the market and will undoubtedly make their Christmas this year extra special!
The full build comes in at a budget of under $2500 (USD), and it’s a beast.
AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800X
When picking a gaming CPU, you have to ensure you get the right mix of single-core and multi-core performance. Although games generally prefer higher single-core performance than multi-core, we’ve started to see a new generation of games that witness an FPS drop when using fewer cores. So, maintaining a balance is critical.
Thankfully, with the launch of the Ryzen 5000 series of processors, AMD has a lead in both those metrics – making these processors the best choice for a gaming desktop right now. When using motherboards that can fully leverage the boost technologies and PCI-E 4.0 support, you can expect a very future-proof system that will last you a long time.
The AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800X is an 8-core, 16-thread CPU that should handle even the most demanding games of today and tomorrow with ease.
Motherboard: MSI MEG B550 UNIFY
Picking a motherboard can be a bit more complicated than other parts because you have to consider quite a few factors. For example, you have to think about what sort of networking you need (wired/wireless/speeds), what types of processor upgrades you can opt for, the motherboard form factor you need, and the number of expansion cards, storage devices you want to use to name just a few.
For this build, we’ve gone with an MSI MEG B550 UNIFY for a few reasons.
The VRMs (components related to power delivery) on the motherboard are more than capable of handling even a 16-core processor if you ever want to upgrade in the future. The option remains open to you without any performance loss and without requiring a motherboard change.
In addition to top-notch power delivery, the UNFIY also comes with 4 M.2 slots, so you can use multiple high-speed storage devices without any issues whatsoever. Moreover, the motherboard also comes equipped with PCI-E 4.0 support – allowing it to run the newest generation of graphics cards available in 2020 without losing even an ounce of performance in any scenario.
CPU Cooler: MAG CORELIQUID 240R
Thanks to AMD Ryzen’s efficient 7nm process, the processor doesn’t need abnormally powerful cooling to keep in check. That said, having excellent thermal headroom means that your processor can boost even higher than usual for better performance.
The MAG CORELIQUID 240R is a high-performance 240mm AIO liquid CPU cooler that will ensure that you get the most out of your brand-new gaming PC. It also features an ARGB-lit mounting plate, which can easily showcase the colors and effects of your choosing. It’s stunning when paired with the right PC case and memory modules.
G.SKILL Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 32GB(16GBx2)
When it comes to getting the most out of your gaming PC, make fast, low-latency memory modules a priority. These G.SKILL memory modules deliver excellent value with a 3600MHz clock that’s perfect for Ryzen 5000-series processors along with a CAS Latency (CL) of 16 for snappy performance.
Performance is excellent, but there’s more. Each of these modules features stunning RGB lighting that you can match with the rest of your build. Remember that CORELIQUID 240R cooler? These modules support MSI’s Mystic Light Sync – allowing you to sync all the lighting in your system using a single interface, so it all looks…seamless and gorgeous.
Storage (SSD): SEAGATE FireCuda 520 M.2 SSD
The newest-generation storage devices feature mind-boggling read and write performance – perfect for today’s games that take up a significant chunk of space.
With Microsoft’s DirectStorage technology in the works, games will most likely start using the blazing-fast speeds on offer with PCI-E 4.0 SSDs. You can enjoy near-instant responsiveness and game loads, in addition to astounding read and write performance, with an ultra-fast SSD like this one.
The FireCuda 520 is SEAGATE’s brand-new offering with PCI-E 4.0 x4 speeds that tie in nicely with the B550 UNIFY motherboard. It boasts a substantial 5-year warranty that will ensure peace of mind and peak performance for the foreseeable future. With a newer storage solution like this one, you won’t need to think about upgrades any time soon.
Power Supply Unit (PSU): MSI MPG A850GF 850W 80-PLUS GOLD Fully Modular PSU
The MPG A850GF power supply offers a premium power delivery experience and can handle even the highest requirements and the most powerful of hardware with ease. It boasts an 80-PLUS GOLD certification badge of high efficiency to ensure that your power consumption remains as low as possible.
MSI has outfitted the power supply with top-notch components to ensure long life without any stability issues. It’s backed by a solid 10-year warranty that will have you covered across the lifetime of your gaming PC easily.
PC Case: MSI MPG SEKIRA 100P
When you’re building a high-end gaming PC, you need a case to tie it all together wonderfully. The MPG SEKIRA 100P case offers an elegant design that looks classy as well as luxurious. A brushed aluminum, clean, premium look greets you from the front as you look at it. But there’s more when you take a closer look.
The case also comes with a clear tempered glass window panel to ensure that all the gorgeous hardware you picked for your PC can be shown off – lighting and all. An LED button on the front panel allows for convenient lighting changes whenever you want.
Now that we have our parts picked out let’s get building! Once your PC is up and running, set it up to reflect the holiday mood by lighting it white for a white Christmas or a colorful flashing display to match your Christmas tree.
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