Building a new gaming rig. Recommendations are very welcome!


Junior Member
Mar 19, 2019
My current gaming rig (Gigabyte GTX970 + i5-4690K + Asus Z97 Sabertooth + 8Gb x 4 Gskill DDR3-1600 + Crucial 240GB SSD + CM Storm Trooper case) has served me well for more than 5 years and has just filed for his retirement. I'm now looking for his replacement. Here are my requirements and expectations:

1. Can play CS:Go with 250+ fps in 1920x1080 resolution + Medium in-game video settings

2. Can play PUBG, APEX Legends, and Overwatch with more than 100fps in 1920x1080 resolution + Ultra in-game video settings

3. Can play Dota2 and Heroes of the Storm with more than 100fps in 1920x1080 resolution + maximum in-game video settings without lags/freezes (I have a 20Mbps fiber broadband connection so internet connection is not an issue. And I always play in servers with the the least latency possible)

4. Can play strategy games i.e. Starcraft 2 more than 100fps in 1920x1080 resolution + maximum in-game video settings without lags/freezes (internet is excellent as stated above).

5. Can play other non-competitive games like tactical turn-based game (i.e. XCOM2, BattleTech, etc.), RPG/MMORPG (i.e. Diablo 3, Monster Hunter, etc.) more than 100fps in 1920x1080 resolution + maximum in-game.

6. Can play current games such us Battlefield V, Metro Exodus, Anthem with more than 100fps in 1920x1080 resolution + Ultra in-game video settings. (no ray tracing since my monitor is not 4K but if DLSS can be used for better anti-aliasing then much better).

7. Can do streaming without compromising fps expectations stated above

8. Looks good. you know... I also got infected with this "RGB epidemic" so yeah I want some RGB blings for my new rig. But I still want my case to be black, with tempered glass side panel, with very good ventilation/heat dissipation, and quiet at night.

9. Can do safe, light CPU overclock via BIOS utility or 3rd party software

10. future-proof at least for another 5 years. I might switch from 1080p to 1440p monitors soon if 1440p 144hz monitor prices goes further down.

Furthermore, I also need to replace my 8-year old, very beaten up Razer Arctosa keyboard with a mechanical wired gaming keyboard. Preferably a silent one; sleeping wife-proof and sleeping baby-proof, but has comparable performance with leading mechanical gaming keyboard brands. keyboard backlight/key illumination is a mandatory. RGB is a not mandatory but nice to have.

I already have a 24" 144Hz 1080p monitor, mouse, and a secondary storage (a 2TB HDD storage main for audio/video file and documents). While it's possible to salvage the full tower CM Storm Trooper case as well, I am now opting to go for a smaller mid-tower case this time due to space constraints and other practical reasons.

My budget is $1,500. This is what I've considered so far:

[PCPartPicker part list]( / [Price breakdown by merchant](

**CPU** | [AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor]( | $288.99 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard]( | $124.99 @ Amazon
**Memory** | [G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory]( | $129.99 @ Newegg Business
**Storage** | [Crucial - P1 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive]( | $149.89 @ OutletPC
**Video Card** | [EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Black Video Card]( | $489.99 @ Amazon
**Case** | [Corsair - SPEC-DELTA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case]( | $79.99 @ Corsair
**Power Supply** | [Thermaltake - Toughpower Grand RGB 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply]( | $89.98 @ SuperBiiz
**Keyboard** | [Corsair - STRAFE RGB MK.2 Wired Gaming Keyboard]( | $149.99 @ Corsair
| *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
| **Total** | **$1503.81**
| Generated by [PCPartPicker]( 2019-03-19 04:02 EDT-0400 |

Any suggestions/recommendations to optimize my planned build will be highly appreciated.


Junior Member
May 24, 2016
1) This should be achievable at medium settings with the 2700x, but all of the data I've found for streaming has the game running at max settings where streaming drops down to below 200 FPS, so I can't be sure.

2) This won't be possible with the 2700x. During streaming, the 2700x averages only 90 FPS in PUBG at ultra. There's only 2 chips on the market right now that will breech 100 FPS while streaming: the 9700K and the 9900K. See this video for reference:

3, 4, & 5) should be achievable

6) Not a chance. Metro Exodus even on a 1080 Ti (which is faster than the RTX 2070) has issues maintaining 60 FPS at 1080p on two of its maps at ultra settings (And it's worse on extreme settings), let alone 100+ FPS. That's without ray tracing! The only card that can maintain above 60 FPS on all maps at max settings is the RTX 2080 Ti.

7) This is the main issue for number 1 and 2. Those games easily get your target framerate, but not while streaming.

8) I understand this completely, but you might want to cut back on the eye candy to get closer to your target performance.

9) Any of the chips you'd get at this price range should be capable of a moderate safe overclock via BIOS.

10) Future proof with the above requirements for FIVE YEARS!? Even if you got a 9900K and a 2080 Ti, it's going to stuggle to keep up high frame rates like that in upcoming titles if you bump up to 1440p. Metro Exodus is the prime example of that right now. It won't even maintain over 100 FPS on a 2080 Ti at 1080p with ray tracing off. Here's a video (in the video ray tracing is on, and it's extreme settings, but dropping to ultra and disabling ray tracing still does not net you anything more than 85 FPS on average. That's from my own testing):