Best PC build For 144hz Gaming

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So, you plan on upgrading your gaming rig to 144hz and wondering what specs you should get to play games at 144fps+? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

First, understand that gaming in 1080p with 144fps can be tough. Think about it. Gaming in 144hz means getting 144fps+ CONSISTANTLY. It can be very hard on your specs with AAA games at ultra settings.

But don’t worry, it’s definitely achievable.

The only limitation is your budget. You want to aim for the really high-end specs. The specs I’m going to list are expensive, but will assure you to get you 144fps+ in every AAA game.

1440p resolution requires even better specs. This resolution is really not a requirement, but can give you a slight advantage in competitive games. For example, it will be easier to see an enemy that’s far away, since the pixels are crisper and more defined. It’s also a generally better resolution.

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High-end 144hz Gaming build

First, I’m gonna list the best specs for a 1080p/144hz build. This is the “more affordable” build since gaming in 1080p is really a standard, and most high-end GPUs can handle it.

Video Card:

The RTX 3070 is my number 1 choice of graphic card for gaming in 1080p with 144hz monitor.

It’s from Nvidia’s latest 3000 GPU series, assuring you to stay relevant with today’s gaming technologies.

Obviously, the RTX 3070 is an Nvidia RTX series card. Which means it supports Ray Tracing! Yay!

CPU:

A great CPU is very important for good gaming experience. Don’t want to risk getting under 60 FPS because wanted to save on the processor. I really recommend to invest in a great CPU for gaming.

That’s why I recommend the Intel i7 8700K. It’s one of the best CPUs on the market. The reason I chose intel over an AMD CPU is because Intel CPUs are known to be optimized for gaming. They also tend to overheat less than AMD.

The i7 8700 is one of the best CPUs you can get for the price. It released in 2017, but it’s still extremely powerful.

Of all the benchmark videos I’ve watched on YouTube, it showed zero sign of bottlenecking. Its usage was kept under 60% most of the time.

It’s a great CPU.

Memory:

For the RAM, I suggest getting 16GB. 32GB would be excessive, and you won’t even see any difference since gaming is limited by mostly the CPU and GPU.

I wouldn’t go under 16GB though. Almost all of today’s games require at least 16GB.

Storage:

For the storage, I suggest the Samsung 860 EVO Series 2.5″ 1TB. Having a SSD is very important for a great gaming experience. HHD are fine for gaming, but a SSD will give noticeable improvement on loading textures, loading screens time, etc.

Case:

I suggest the H710i case. I chose it because I thought it was a really great looking case!

There’s a plastic glass on its left side, exposing the illuminated interior of the PC.

This case comes with 2 fans, and is not designed for airflow. If you plan on doing intense gaming, I recommend purchasing additional fans to allow for better airflow.

But if you only plan on playing games at 144hz casually, non-optimal airflow won’t be an issue.

Power Supply:

Since you’re planning to play games with 144hz, you’re going to need a power supply powerful enough to support the components. I recommend the SeaSonic Focus Plus 650W Gold power supply. Like the name suggests, it’s a 650W.

It offers a fanless mode, which activates when power demands are low for silence operation. This is great when you’re just using your computer to work on small things like video editing, or using Microsoft Word.

Mid-range 144hz Gaming Build

Alright. So, what if you want to push it a little further with 144hz at 1440p resolution? Well, here are some specs that are slightly more powerful than the ones above, allowing to game smoothly in 1440p resolution.

Yes, they cost a little more money, but will assure you to get 144fps+ in all AAA games.

It might not be possible to play at MAX settings in EVERY game, because let’s be honest, playing in 2k at 144fps CONSISTANTLY is hard to achieve.

Even though the best graphic cards on the market can achieve it, there will be moments where you will have to lower the graphic in order to maintain 144fps.

So let’s start with the GPU.

Video Card:

For the graphic card, the RTX 3080 is your first choice. You heard it right. The all new Nvidia GPU is the only graphic card that can allow you to game at 144hz CONSISTANTLY. And the price is great!

I’ve analyzed some RTX 2080 Ti benchmarks, and concluded that it’s not powerful enough for 2k 144hz gaming. Some games ran at acceptable performances with 150fps, but some with 90fps and less.

So yeah, the RTX 3080 is a solid choice for smooth 144hz 2k experience.

CPU:

The i7 9700k is my first choice. Even though it’s an already powerful processor, you can overclock it to maximize performances in games with high CPU demands.

Also, Intel CPU are slightly superior over AMD in terms of gaming performance. They’re more reliable and consistent.

If you’re going to overclock, Intel pulls ahead as far as performance in pure gaming performance compared to AMD.

Memory:

Like explained in the other build section, 16GB is plenty enough for gaming. Even in 1440p.

Of course, if you have the money, having more 32GB RAM can always be useful for high-memory demanding applications, like video editing, etc. But for gaming, 16GB is often more than enough.

For 16GB, I recommend the Kingston HyperX Predator 16 GB.

Motherboard:

For the motherboard, I’ll recommend going for the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro. It’s great if you plan for overclocking your CPU.

I also made sure it supports the 9th gen intel CPUs. And it also supports 8th gen.

It features a USB 3.1 front port, allowing for ultra-fast data transfer.

Storage:

The Crutial MX500 is my first choice. It provides 1TB of storage. I really recommend this over a hard drive, since SSDs are incomparably faster than hard drives. This is a crucial for a great gaming experience.

SSD also give better in-game performance than Hard Drives. It can make all the difference when you play competitive games. And you definitely don’t want any texture glitch/lag during a CS:GO match!

Power Supply:

The SeaSonic Focus Plus 650W Gold is again my first choice for the power supply. It offers more than enough power that you’re going to need. The excessive power can always be used in the future, when next-gen GPUs and CPUs will need even more power.

The SeaSonic Plus 650W Gold will still be relevant and will provide enough power.

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