Recommended Hardware for Starting Gaming in Base 1080p

Hardware We Recommend for Starting Gaming in Base 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

1080p Start | 1440p Start | 4K Start

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

Gaming-Only Base 1080p Computer Overview

This 1080p Gaming Computer is built around the AMD Ryzen platform, providing a 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 high-powered AMD Ryzen 2600X six core CPU, making it ideal for the vast majority of 1080p gaming at medium/high settings.

This system is designed with a focus on long-term performance at 1080p on medium/high settings.

Some parts are more effective at price/performance, and others are raw performance…this is in the middle.

Photography Workstation Overview

System Design

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

This Gaming-Only Base 1080p Computer performs well at 1080p on medium/high settings.

Let’s Do It!


We chose the Ryzen 5 2600X 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 5 2600X provides enough horsepower to power through most games, and properly feed data to the video card.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core Processor

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

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


Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black CPU Cooler.jpg

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.

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


Because this system requires a high degree of reliability, we chose a high quality motherboard from Gigabyte.

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

Let’s Do It!

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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.

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.


Storage (Hard Drives)

HP EX920 1TB SSD (afl)

The main NVME SSD was chosen for its high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.

HP EX920 1TB Solid State Drive.jpg

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 1060 6GB Video Card (afl)

The video card was chosen for its decent 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.

Let’s Do It!

Zotac GTX 1060 6GB Video Card.jpg

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.


NZXT H500 White Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Case

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

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.


We have selected a set of high-quality pressure-optimized fans to ensure sufficient airflow in the case to keep the system stable under heavy load.

Having high quality fans also means less noise, even when the fans are spinning at high RPM.

Phanteks PH-F120MP Fans

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

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


EVGA GQ 650W Semi-Modular Power Supply

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.

Let’s Do It!

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, and water cooling.

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