Setting up a PC can be complicated, not only because of the decisions we must make when it comes to choose the components that we will use, but also for all the mistakes we can make during the assembly process.
Choosing the components is the first stage that we must overcome to mount a PC, and frankly it is very important. We must be aware of the prices that move in the market, as this will help us avoid components that are priced too high, and it is also important that we know how to "combine" them to avoid bottlenecks, incompatibilities and problems Feeding and over temperature.
With that simple explanation we can understand that many users still prefer to buy a PC riding before venturing to choose their own configuration, and that is they don't want to take risks. However, opting for a PC mounted by parts has many advantages, and it allows us to "mold" it to our liking, distribute the budget as we want and get, in most cases, a Best price-performance ratio.
Personally I think that setting up our own teams is the best option that exists right now. The market has changed a lot since we published our latest guide dedicated to assembling a PC to play in 1440p, and that is why we have decided to update it. In this article we will share with you a selection of components that will allow you to shape a team to play with all the guarantees to that resolution, and without having to give up anything, that is, it will be perfectly balanced.
As we have always chosen to look for a good value in relation price, quality and performance in all components, and we have avoided imbalances. We could have made some sacrifices to reduce the price, but the experience of use and the real value of the equipment would have been much lower.
Without further ado we enter into matter. I remind you that you can leave any questions in the comments and we will help you solve it.
What should have a PC prepared to overcome the leap to the new generation?
It is the first question we must ask ourselves before venturing to choose the components. We already know that both PS5 and Xbox Series X will have a Zen 2 processor with eight cores and sixteen threads trimmed at the level of caches, and that this will work at an approximate frequency of 3.5 GHz. We also know that they will come with a Radeon GPU with a power similar to the AMD Radeon RX 5700, although it will use a semi-customized architecture, which will allow it support ray tracing and variable rate shader.
It has not yet transcended the amount of unified memory they will have, but everything seems to indicate that it will be around 16 GB and 20 GB. Finally it is confirmed that both consoles will rely on a High Performance PCIE SSD, and that will maximize the potential of said unit to reduce loading times.
Well, if we make a joint assessment of this we need meet the following keys:
- Processor with eight cores and sixteen threads.
- 16 GB of RAM.
- Radeon RX 5700 graphics card.
- PCIE SSD unit.
We aim to shape a balanced team, but without the budget going off. Taking into account the importance that we must give to each invested euro and the weight that it acquires, in addition, the possibility of expanding in the medium and long term without having to make great sacrifices, we believe that it is best to go for the platform AM4 from AMD.
This platform has matured a lot with the passage of time, offers total stability, a great scalability even on the most economical motherboards and has A very affordable cost.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE B450 AORUS M
It is a motherboard that has everything we need and that also presents an excellent build quality. We have a 4 + 3 phase VRM, passive cooling at all key points on the board and four slots for DDR4 memory (up to 64 GB) at a maximum of 3,200 MHz
The slot where the M.2 SSD is inserted also comes with a system of passive cooling «Thermal Guard», which means that if we use a high-performance PCIE storage unit we will not have to worry about working temperatures. This unit may work at full power at all times, without the thermal throttling making an appearance.
It offers excellent value for money in its version reconditionedas it keeps the two year warranty and has a price of 65.10 euros.
Processor: Ryzen 7 2700
We are facing one of the best processors that exist right now in relation to price-performance. Your CPI is very good, supports overclock and allows us to reach the minimum number of cores and threads we need without having to make a large investment.
It has a price of 149.99 euros, includes a free game to choose between Borderlands 3 and The Outer Worlds and also comes with three free months of Game Pass subscription. A round value that makes it an excellent purchase. It is identical to Ryzen 7 2700X, it only differs from that in working frequencies.
- Zen + architecture in 12 nm process.
- Eight cores and sixteen threads at 3.2 GHz-4.1 GHz, normal and turbo mode.
- Supports overclock with chipset B350 and higher.
- 16 MB of L3 cache.
- 65 watt TDP.
- AM4 socket compatible.
With this processor we do not need to acquire a separate cooling solution. The fan Wraith Spire LED What it includes is more than enough to keep its temperatures at acceptable levels.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB CL16 at 3.2 GHz
We have said that we need to have at least 16 GB of RAM. To take full advantage of our configuration we have opted for a kit of two 8 GB modules Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro running at 3,200 MHz and with CL16 latencies.
Ryzen second-generation processors have a strong dependence on the speed and latency of RAM to develop their full potential. When buying a kit like this we surpass the acceptable minimum (2,666 MHz) and we reach a level that we can consider as totally optimal.
We have also reached the maximum speed that the motherboard supports that we use in this assembly, and we have two more slots free in case we need to expand in the long term.
To this we must also add the excellent build quality that present these memories, and the touch of color that will give our team without firing the price. They cost 96.99 euros.
Graphics card: Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 8 GB
It is a fundamental component to fulfill our objective of playing with guarantees in 1440p. We could have opted for an RTX 2060 for that of mounting a PC that has acceleration of ray tracing by hardware, but the price of these graphics cards in Spain it has shot Too much and its price-performance balance has decreased significantly.
Therefore we have decided to mount a Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 8 GB, a graphics card that exceeds the RTX 2060 in gross performance and has more than enough power to play with maximum qualities and a total fluidity at 1440p.
This model is available in a reconditioned version (two year warranty) for only 321.15 euros. These are its specifications:
- Navi 10 graphic core (RDNA architecture).
- 2,304 shaders.
- GPU at 1,700 MHz game mode and 1,750 MHz in turbo mode.
- 144 units of texturing.
- 64 raster units.
- 256 bit bus
- 8 GB of GDDR6 at 14 GHz.
- 180 watt TDP. It requires two power connectors, one with 6 pins and another with 8 pins.
Storage Unit: Crucial P1 CT1000P1SSD8 1TB
I know this is a point where we could have cut expenses to reduce the overall cost of the equipment, but we have started from a clear idea: to shape a PC balanced and capable of overcoming that transition to the new generation, so mounting a PCIE SSD is "essential".
We have chosen the Crucial P1 CT1000P1SSD8 of 1 TB because it offers a good value in relation to performance, storage capacity and price. Reach the 2,000 MB / s read speed and 1,750 MB / s write speed, uses 3D NAND QLC memory and a very reasonable price for what it offers: 134.84 euros.
I remind you that mounting a PCIE SSD is not going to be essential to enjoy the new generation games, but it is highly recommended if we want Avoid long and tedious loading times.
Power supply: Cooler Master MasterWatt 550 550W 80 Plus Bronze
We have a team that consumes, on average, about 405 watts in charge, although it may have spikes that will be around 440 watts This means that a 550 watt power supply covers our needs to spare and it also leaves us a considerable margin if we need to expand the PC.
The supply of power supplies that we can currently find in the market is huge, but at the time of writing this article the 550W Cooler Master MasterWatt It has been the most interesting option we have found. It has a power of 550 watts, has 80 Plus Bronze certification, has two 6 + 2 pin PCIE connectors and reaches a 45.8A amperage in the 12V lane.
It also has a design semi-modular, which will help us to manage the wiring in a more efficient way, and its price is quite good. It costs 59.99 euros. If we don't care about the semi-modular design, the Corsair CV550 that we recently analyzed is an excellent option.
Chassis: Cooler Master MasterBox K500L USB 3.0
We already have all the components, now we only need the chassis where they will be mounted. This point is important, since we must ensure that the chosen model it will have space to house all the components, and that you can create an optimal air flow.
It also plays an important role for the aesthetics of the PC, but we must never neglect those keys in favor of that, since we will be committing a major mistake That will end up being very expensive.
In this case we have opted for the Cooler Master MasterBox K500L USB 3.0, a chassis with an attractive design that has plenty of space for everything we want to assemble and that also comes with three preinstalled fans, two in the front and one in the back.
We can get it for a price of 51.99 euros.
Final notes: PC price and performance
The total cost of this configuration is 880.05 euros, a pretty good figure if we consider that you can move any current game in maximum qualities and 1440p resolution with total fluidity, and that we have not made important sacrifices in any of its most important components.
As we anticipated we could reduce that cost opting for cheaper memories that work at a lower frequency, buying a lower capacity SSD or resorting to an HDD, or even opting for a lower power source, but we would be making sacrifices that are not consistent with that idea of balance and being "Prepared for the new generation" to which we have referred.
Before finishing I leave some performance data so that you have an idea of What we can expect from this team:
- Red Dead Redemption 2 in 1440p and maximum quality (DirectX 12): 51 FPS.
- Gears of War 5 in 1440p and maximum quality (DirectX 12): 67 FPS.
- Battlefield V in 1440p and maximum quality (DirectX 12): 95 FPS.
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider in 1440p and maximum quality (DirectX 12, PureHair): 71 FPS.
- The Witcher III in 1440p and maximum quality (DirectX 11): 74 FPS.