By request here is a new thread for PC Builders and Aspiring PC Builders to discuss tips and tricks. In the old days I would list several builds that I felt were excellent starting points at different price points to build dedicated gaming PC's. These days those feel unnecessary given the wealth of tools out there that do a great job at highlighting various builds at various prices with even use cases, so rather than focusing on keeping those builds updated I will highlight a few that I like from PC Part Pickers excellent Build Guide.
I no longer recommend a $500 PC Build for gaming.. I think that dollars is better spent on an Xbox One X which will give a great 1080P/quasi 4k gaming experience at ~$450. (I've seen them as low as $399). So many games can be played with a controller that unless you are looking at dedicated PC type games you are better served with a console. That being said PC Part has some excellent budget builds that I approve.
Without further ado here is the site I recommend.
In the $750 range this is a good option.
You can't go wrong with a Ryzen 2600 paired with a 1660Ti which will give you strong 1080P performance. I don't love the case choice though and would recommend the excellent Phanteks case below for a few bucks more. Honestly the sub $50 case market isnt all that hot but the Phanteks surprisingly punches above its weight class.
In the $1500 range this is a good build:
Again you can't go wrong with the latest Ryzen 3 for an all around strong gaming and productivity/streaming system and matched with MSI and Corsair motherboard and memory is a good option.
I would go with a 2080 Super rather than the regular 2080 as for $699 its worth the extra $50-$60 for an entry level 4K gaming GPU with really strong 1440P performance.
I would also swap out the case again as well as the PSU for either Phantek or Corsair: In the $120-$130 range I love the Phanteks Enthoo Pro which is made with fancy RGB lights as well as non flashy versions.
Slightly more expensive but overall a fantastic case is the Corsair Air 540 (I've lost count how many systems I've built with this case that will last years and years)
For the Power Supply stick with Corsair, Seasonic, or Silverstone. There are many excellent power supplies to choose from, but at $120 or so go with a Corsair RM 850 and call it a day.
In general I've been buying Silicon Power SSD's and they are rock solid.. far cheaper than Samsung and in general almost as good from a speed and quality. Many of the lesser brands (including HP and Patriot) use the same chipset and silicon as Silicon Power and Inland so save some $$ and go with Silicon Power and/or Inland (your local MicroCenter might have a great deal on Inland)
When money is no object and you want the best 4K gaming currently this build is the way to go.
Intel's top CPU for gaming the i9-9900K will still give you the absolute best performance for pure gaming so go with that.. and you will need the 2080Ti to push as many frames as currently possible. SLI/Crossfire is dead.. died with DirectX 11 as DirectX 12 introduced mGPU which should have been the holy grail for multiple GPU gaming but is completely dead from a developer support standpoint, that I've yet to see a single meaningful game get released that supports it.
I don't love the memory choice.. stick with Corsair or G.Skill even though that brand might be using good chips but why change what aint broke.
Fractal is solid but see my above choice cases.. better overall.
That's it.. happy building!