Building a PC can be fun, but picking the right parts and spending just the right proportion of your budget on each part to maximize gaming performance is a tricky endeavor, even for veterans! With Intel’s 13th Generation Core CPU lineup, gamers now have access to a range of parts across several price points – allowing for more flexibility without the performance and platform compromises of shopping for last-gen parts.
This guide will present you with an Enthusiast, Value, and Budget Gaming build that you can use as a template to build your first gaming PC! Well, without further ado, let’s dive right in, shall we?
Best Gaming PC Build
The gaming PC that aims to be the best has no option but to use the best hardware on shelves right now. For this build, we’ll pair an Intel Core i9 13900K with an MSI GeForce RTX 4090 to create the ultimate gaming PC capable of handling even the most demanding games on the market today at even gorgeous 4K!
Processor (CPU): Intel Core i9 13900K
While Intel’s Core i9 parts have nearly always delivered top-tier performance in even the most demanding games, nothing comes close to what the Intel Core i9 13900K can do! With a whopping 24 cores (8 P-cores, 16 E-Cores) and 32 threads, it can breeze through even the most CPU-intensive tasks with its eye-watering 5.8 GHz turbo boost frequency.
The Core i9 13900K is an obvious choice when building a top-spec Intel-based gaming PC in 2023. Only something this fast can keep pace with the best GPUs on the market today – ensuring fewer bottlenecks in your brand-new gaming PC.
Motherboard: MEG Z790 ACE
MSI’s Z790 ACE would be the perfect platform for a top-tier Gaming PC thanks to its rich feature set and incredible construction. It uses premium server-grade materials, 2oz thickened copper traces, and an 8-layer PCB for uncompromising longevity, stability, and performance.
You’ll also find an aggressive 24+1+2 Duet Rail Power System (DRPS) with 105A Smart Power Stages to deliver stable power to even an overclocked Core i9 13900K. An intelligent thermal design cools these critical components using a combination of an Extended Heatsink and 7W/mK Thermal Pads – ensuring cool operation even during demanding tasks and gaming sessions.
Gamers will find ample high-speed storage expansion with a whopping 5 built-in M.2 slots featuring double-sided M.2 Shield Frozr heatsinks. The Lightning Gen 5 M.2 slot boasts incredible transfer speeds of up to 128 GB/s to leverage the full capabilities of PCIe 5.0 with the latest Gen 5 NVMe SSDs! A tool-free M.2 Shield Frozr heatsink allows you to install/upgrade high-speed storage without dealing with those tiny annoying screws.
With Wi-Fi 6E and Dual 2.5 Gigabit LAN ports on the MEG Z790 ACE, you can rest assured that you’ll get the most out of your gigabit+ internet connections on both wired and wireless.
In addition to bringing PCIe Gen 5 and DDR5 support for the best hardware today and tomorrow, the MEG Z790 ACE also offers a premium feature set at an attractive price. Since we’re going with a modern MSI motherboard (PCIe 4.0 and above) and an MSI GPU, you’ll also gain access to MSI’s FROZR AI Cooling feature. It automatically detects your CPU and graphics card temperatures to adjust the fan curve for optimal cooling. Pick between Silent, Performance, or Manual modes for more control!
Graphics Card (GPU): MSI GeForce RTX 4090
If you’re picking the best Intel CPU on the market, your GPU should be powerful enough to feed it. The GeForce RTX 4090 offers fantastic performance for professional tasks and the most demanding games with real-time ray tracing – often delivering well over double the performance of its last-gen counterparts.
In addition to terrific performance, the GeForce RTX 4090 also boasts 24GB of GDDR6X memory (VRAM) to handle even the most memory-intensive workloads and games without breaking a sweat. Whether rendering a heavy CG scene or playing the latest ray-traced games in gorgeous 4K, an RTX 4090 delivers a sublime experience like no other.
CPU Cooler: MEG CORELIQUID S360 AIO Liquid Cooler
With an advertised base and turbo power of 125W and 253W, respectively, taming Intel’s Core i9 13900K isn’t for anything second-tier in the cooling department. The more robust the cooling solution you pair with your processor, the faster it can run for longer stretches!
That’s precisely why we’ve brought out the big guns in our arsenal to handle the mighty Intel Core i9 13900K – the MEG CORELIQUID S360 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler. It features a hefty 360mm radiator with three powerful MEG Silent Gale P12 fans and a gorgeous waterblock with a 2.4” IPS display.
However, that’s not all. While many other mainstream liquid CPU coolers have a pump and waterblock, the MEG CORELIQUID S360 Liquid CPU Cooler takes it further. It houses a compact 60mm fan within the waterblock to facilitate airflow over components around the CPU socket like M.2 slots, VRMs, and memory for even better thermals and performance.
The MEG CORELIQUID S360 Liquid CPU Cooler was designed to be robust and long-lasting with superior construction and materials. You’ll find three layers of netted plastic and a reinforced mesh exterior on the tubing to prevent evaporation from the loop.
Power Supply (PSU): MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 Power Supply
The MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 power supply adopts all the newest standards to handle next-gen hardware with zero hassle. In addition to its impressive 80-PLUS Platinum rating and 1300W power delivery, it is also fully ATX 3.0 and PCIe 5.0 compliant.
For you, this means superior stability and support for top-tier graphics cards with a single native 16-pin power connector rated to deliver up to 600W!
Not only is the MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 PSU ready for the hardware of today and tomorrow, but it’s also built with the most premium materials and components possible. Every connector terminal is crafted using alloy copper, allowing for better stability during surges. It uses only top-notch Japanese capacitors for unwavering quality and performance, even under high loads.
Its Gaming Intelligence features add another dimension to improving your gaming experience with software sync, real-time monitoring, and an intelligent Zero-RPM fan mode. It’ll make the perfect pair to power your Intel Core i9 13900K and GeForce RTX 4090 gaming rig!
PC Case: MEG PROSPECT 700R PC Case
While the MSI GeForce RTX 4090 lineup offers incredible performance and excellent thermals, it does need quite a bit of space to fit comfortably. The MEG PROSPECT 700R PC case was designed for top-tier hardware that needs to breathe and can easily accommodate even the heftiest MSI GeForce RTX 4090 on the market!
You can install up to an E-ATX motherboard, two 360mm radiators, and three 140mm case fans to meet even the most demanding CPU and GPU cooling needs. It also features a crisp 4.3” touch panel that can display a broad range of system information or custom graphics to bring a more personal touch to your gaming nook.
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