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.
1080p Gaming Computer Overview
Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
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.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black
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.
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI
We chose a high-quality B450 series motherboard for robust performance and long-term reliability. Gigabyte 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.
Memory (RAM): Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-3200
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.
Storage (Hard Drives): HP EX920 1TB NVME SSD
The NVME SSD was chosen for its high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.
Video Card (GPU): Zotac GTX 1660Ti 6GB
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.
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass
The case was chosen for its high build quality, room for plenty of high-end hardware, and incredible amount of cooling potential.
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650W
The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, ample power capacity, and respectable thermal efficiency. Upgrading the wattage will potentially make the fan run slower, creating less noise overall. 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.