Recommended Hardware for 1080p Gaming Computer

Hardware We Recommend for Gaming at 1080p

Designing the right system for the current scenario is a core element of our mantra at Top Flight Computers. If you don't get the right parts, it doesn't matter how much you spend on your computer...you'll be stuck with expensive hardware that doesn't work well with your situation.

Gaming PC Build Index

Base 1080p | 1440p | 4K | Max 4K

Processor (CPU) | CPU Cooler | Motherboard | Memory (RAM) | Storage (Hard Drives) | Video Card (GPU) | Case | Power Supply

1080p Gaming Computer Overview

This 1080p Gaming Computer is built around the AMD Ryzen platform, providing an very high amount of single-core speed, ensuring high FPS when gaming at 1080p.

Games are mainly single-threaded applications, so this system is built around a speedy AMD Ryzen 5 2600X six core CPU, making it ideal for the vast majority of 1080p gaming at high settings.

1080p ESports Gaming Computer Overview

System Design

This system has been configured with 12 high-speed CPU threads, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a powerful and efficient GTX 1660Ti video card, and multiple storage options.

This 1080p Gaming Computer performs well at 1080p on high settings.

Let’s Do It!


We chose the Ryzen 5 2600X for its competitive single-core performance, attractive price point, and high multithreaded performance/price.

In 1080p resolution, a large chunk of the processing weight shifts to the CPU, and the Ryzen 5 2600X provides enough horsepower to power through most games, and properly feed data to the video card.

This provides a very stable platform for a multi-year gaming system.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core Processor

System Change: If you come across a need for more clock speed, or more cores, you can easily upgrade to a Ryzen 7 with no need to change the system otherwise.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler

To ensure that the CPU remains cool under load, we've selected a very good aftermarket air cooler. While water cooling does cool better than air does, a big air cooler will do quite well when leaving the CPU at stock settings.

Air coolers are also more reliable, as they don't have a pump that can fail. If the fan on this air cooler fails, the system has enough internal cooling to allow you to quickly order a new fan, and finish your work.

That being said, higher-end closed-loop liquid coolers do come with very long manufacturer warranties (upwards of 7 years), so the failure rate is extremely low.

System Change: If you come across a need for more cooling capacity, you can easily upgrade to a bigger air cooler with no need to change the system otherwise.

And, if you want to change to a closed-loop liquid CPU cooler, you still don't need to change anything else about the system.

If you are unsure if your cooling idea will work with this case, please contact us for further review and assistance.


We chose a high-quality B450 series motherboard for robust performance and long-term reliability.

MSI is a very good manufacturer of motherboards, and has priced this motherboard at a very attractive level.

This motherboard has excellent power delivery, a simple visual design, two PCI 3.0 slots, support for an M2 NVME drive, and up to 64GB of memory.

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MSI B450 TOMAHAWK Motherboard

System Change: Please contact us if you have a question about a potential system upgrade being compatible with your motherboard.


Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4-2666 Memory

We went with 16GB of Vengeance LPX memory due to the extremely high quality of the internal chips.

This setup will give the user plenty of room for open applications.

The AMD Ryzen architecture benefits greatly from faster memory, so we’ve picked a very fast model.

System Change: The motherboard selected supports a maximum of 64GB of memory, in a 4x16GB array. Needing more than 64GB of memory would require a motherboard change as well as a CPU change.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD

The SSD and HDD were chosen for their high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.

Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD

System Change: If you come across a need for more storage, you can easily upgrade to a bigger SSD or HDD, with no need to change the system otherwise.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Video Card (GPU)

Zotac GTX 1660Ti 6GB Video Card (afl)

Zotac GTX 1660Ti 6GB Video Card

The video card was chosen for its large memory capacity, ample CUDA cores, and support for 4K resolution.

This video card has a very capable aftermarket cooling solution, and will prevent any sort of thermal throttling from taking place.

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System Change: If you come across a need for more graphical horsepower, you can easily upgrade your video card with no need to change the system otherwise.

Contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


The case was chosen for its high build quality, room for plenty of high-end hardware, and incredible amount of cooling potential.

Phanteks Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Case

System Change: Reasons for changing the case can be very hard to pin point.

If you have a question about the compatibility of the case selected with an upgrade, please contact us.


SeaSonic G 550W Semi-Modular Power Supply

The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, ample power capacity, and respectable thermal efficiency.

A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load.

Using a high quality power supply means better power delivery, and cleaner power. Messy power can result in a system failure, corruption of data, or even a hardware crash.

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System Change: If you decide to upgrade any single major draw of power, you do not need to change the power supply. If you change multiple draws of power, you may need to upgrade the wattage on the power supply.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


About Top Flight Computers

Top Flight Computers designs high-performance custom-built computers. We specialize in workstations, gaming computers, water cooling, and network storage solutions.

We are based in Cary, North Carolina, and we ship across the USA. Check out our previous builds and our page on Facebook.