- 1 month ago
I'm just getting back into PC building, and in my absence, things have gotten more complicated. I'd appreciate some advice in selecting CPU and GPU for my new machine.
Use case: 85% gaming, 15% compute (with Mathematica). I tend not to play FPS style games unless they've got CRPG elements, so I'm looking at games like The Outer Worlds, Fallout 4 (a bit older), etc. I play a fair amount of "classic" games as well (like the original Fallout series).
I'm looking to future-proof a bit, which is driving me toward AMD Ryzen chips since x570 boards offer a pretty clear upgrade path. Also Intel keeps having to issue mitigations for security flaws. Because of the compute requirements, I've been considering a 3700X or 3900X. I'll be using an AIO cooler, so I can push the processor a bit, but I'd rather just turn on PBO than fuss with hours of overclocking CPU and memory.
Monitor is my 55" TV, capable of 1080p or 4KHDR/120Hz over HDMI, which limits me to those two resolutions, effectively--I don't think it can do 1440p. Although maybe I can upscale the signal with integer scaling.
I'm kind of torn on which graphics card to go for given the current offerings. It appears to me that a 2060 Super or a Radeon 5700 would suffice for 1080p gaming for the foreseeable future, but that locks me out of 4K gaming to a large extent. Do people tend to get acceptable performance on 4K from something like a 2070 Super/2080 Super or does one have to step up to the 2080 Ti? Nvidia's pricing on those cards seems...predatory. I'm not particularly budget-limited on this project, but I kind of choke on paying $1200-1500 for a graphics card.
I was thinking it might be best to get a card capable of stellar 1080p gaming and pretty good 4K, like a 2070 Super, for using over the next couple of years. Once Nvidia and AMD come out with their next latest-and-greatest, perhaps the cost of high settings 4K will have dropped.
Does that make sense? (I know I rambled a bit.) What's your idea of a good CPU/GPU combination for the above use case?
Regards, Dan K.