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.
Base 1080p Gaming Computer Overview
Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
We chose the Ryzen 3 1300X for its competitive single-core performance, attractive price point, and low thermal design power. In 1080p resolution, a large chunk of the processing weight shifts to the CPU, and the Ryzen 3 1300X 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: Stock AMD Ryzen 3 Cooler
We've opted to use the stock cooler from AMD, as it provides ample cooling capacity for the Ryzen 3 1300X.
Motherboard: MSI B350 Tomahawk
Because we didn't opt for a multi-GPU ready motherboard, and still wanted a fair amount of tech, we chose a B350 series motherboard. 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.
Memory (RAM): Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4-2666
We went with 8GB 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 relatively fast model.
Storage (Hard Drives): Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD
The HDD was chosen for its high speed, relatively low cost, and high reliability.
Video Card (GPU): Zotac GTX 1050Ti 4GB OC Edition
The video card was chosen for its high memory capacity, powerful 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 P300 Tempered Glass (Black)
The case was chosen for its low cost, high build quality, and ample amount of cooling potential.
Power Supply: EVGA 500W
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.