Mwave already has a bunch of pre-built gaming PCs, but for those looking to build a new gaming PC or those thinking of upgrading, we’ve assembled three builds that these processors would flourish in – ranging from the absolute high-end to the more budget-friendly price tags.
If you’ve been saving up for some time and feel the need to splurge some cash or finally hit the upgrade button on that old rig of yours, look no further than this high end i9 build capable of pushing out all the frames.
Loaded with an 8-core i9-11900K 3.5GHz processor and MSI’s fantastic RTX 3070 Suprim X graphics card, you’ll be set for quite some time. This $4,000+ rig comes packing some serious heat – especially suited for those wanting to stream, game and do the odd work project every now and again.
Complementing the rig is the ever-dependable Gigabyte Z590 Aorus Ultra motherboard, 32GB of Corsair’s Vengeance Pro DDR4-3600MHz RAM, a 500GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVME drive for Windows and your go-to games and 4 terabytes of basic hard drive storage.
We’ve decided to pair these parts with Corsair’s beautiful iCUE 4000X ATX mid tower case due to the ample space available and ease of building within. Working with an i9 processor means we need to cool the rig as much as possible, and including Gigabyte’s Aorus 360 Liquid Cooler was a no brainer.
Theoretically, this machine will be as future proof as they come; expect to get great framerates from AAA titles for many years. We didn’t want to completely skyrocket the cost of this build, so including the 3070 as opposed to the pricier 3080 or 3090 seemed to make the most sense and give the rig a good sense of balance between power and price.
We know $4,000 isn’t going to be easily accessible for everyone, and the sweet spot for PC builds of late seem to fluctuate between the $2,000 – $3,000 mark. So here’s a build that suits exactly that – great value for a relatively solid budget.
Again, we kick this build off with one of Intel’s new processors – the i7-11700K. Capable of overclocking and being thrown through many Ubisoft open worlds, the i7 line of processors has personally been my go-to for many years. This one sits at around 3.6GHz and, like the i9, is an 8-Core processor. Pairing this up with Gigabyte’s RTX 3060 made the most sense – we didn’t want to go too overboard on the GPU, and the 3060 is great value for a high-end graphics card capable of DLSS and Ray Tracing.
What this combo will give you is, like the high-end build, a future proof system capable of running the best of the AAA space and then some. Don’t expect it to wear thin anytime soon, though I can’t promise Cyberpunk won’t give it unnecessary hassles every now and again.
Moving on from the CPU and GPU, this build is complemented by the dependable Gigabyte Z590 Aorus Elite, Corsair’s H100i RGB Liquid CPU Cooler for the CPU, 16GB of RGB-enabled DDR4 3200MHz Corsair Vengeance RAM and, most importantly, 500GB of Samsung 970 Evo M.2 NVME SSD storage and a 2TB Barracuda HDD. We opted for less RGB with the case this time, with the Corsair 4000D Mid Tower case subbing in for the iCUE case.
While compromises have been made, this rig is still packing some serious punch. It’ll excel in the litany of battle royales out there alongside anything AAA publishers throw at it. Most importantly, it’ll last and comes with the one-two punch of a great CPU and GPU.
For those working on a tighter budget, we’ve also come up with a build that’ll still get you some great performance out of the industry’s biggest titles and multiplayer experiences. Pairing Intel’s fantastic i5-11400 processor with the Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti, this budget friendly rig will cope with the latest and greatest on medium to high settings and won’t break a sweat when it comes to games like Fortnite and Rocket League.
Once again, we’ve paired a Gigabyte Z590 Aorus motherboard with this build. This time, we’re making use of the Aorus Elite, a Corsair H100x Liquid CPU Cooler, 16GBs of Corsair’s Vengeance memory and their RMx 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular Power Supply – all placed in the Corsair 4000D ATX Mid Tower Case.
Function over fancy is the theme of this build, and that continues with the rig’s storage. Rocking a Samsung 970 Evo 500GB M.2 NVME SSD and a 1TB Seagate Barracuda drive, there’ll be enough space for quite a few AAA games and other files.
Sitting at right around the $2,000 mark, you’ll find value and function with this rig as opposed to having all the fancy bells and whistles. Ultimately, that’s what’s most important for those sticking to a specific budget.
Total price: $2,000+
PC gaming continues to flourish, and the introduction of Intel’s new range of 11th gen processors will only serve to help the space grow and develop even more. We hope this build guide has given some insight into what’s possible and, at the very least, helped with some budgeting ideas for the future.