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There’s no better time to join the PC Master Race — get started on your PCMR journey with MSI (Part 1)
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There’s no better time to join the PC Master Race — get started on your PCMR journey with MSI (Part 1)

by Vyncent ChanOctober 12, 2020
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With the recent price reductions on last-gen graphics cards and more performance-per-ringgit than ever from the newer cards, it is a great time to join the PC Master Race. Joining the PCMR is probably a little bit daunting considering that PCs are made up of multiple components, but here are some suggestions from MSI according to your budget to help you get started in no time.

Premium Build – around RM15 000

If you are looking to start off at the high end segment, well, this is the build for you. This build is definitely more than just for gaming, as you will be getting a top-notch overclocking motherboard with the MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY and plenty of cooling from the MAG Coreliquid 360R, perfect for pushing the Intel Core i9-10900K for maximum performance. Cram all of that in the MSI MPG SEKIRA 500X and you have a showpiece that performs great as well.

You can probably play around with the other components in the build, but key to delivering the premium gaming experience that you would expect when you spend top dollar is of course the GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio 10G and the MAG322CQR. Overall this combination would deliver a stunning visual experience, especially when you turn up all the graphics to the max.

Premium Build Specs and Pricing

Model Price Where to Buy
Processor Intel Core i9-10900K RM2700  
CPU Cooler MSI MAG Coreliquid 360R RM729 Lazada
Motherboard MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY RM1399 Lazada
Memory 32GB (2 x 16GB) KLEVV CRAS XR DDR4-3600 RM729
Graphics MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio 10G RM3590
Storage 2TB (1TB x 2) WD Blue SN550 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD RM1178  
PSU Cooler Master V850 Gold V2 RM579  
Case MSI MPG SEKIRA 500X RM999 Lazada
Display MSI Optix MAG322CQR, 32″ 1440p, 165Hz refresh rate, 1500R curvature RM2249 Shopee
Total RM14 152  

This build is ready for pretty much everything you can throw at it, and while the MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY does not sport any form of RGB lighting, it does fully support Mystic Light, which will allow you to take advantage of the RGB fans on the MSI MAG Coreliquid 360R as well as the MSI MPG SEKIRA 500X. Not to mention the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio also comes with some sweet RGB lighting to bling up your PC.

Overall, this system will give you a great experience, with the following breakdown of its feature set:

Pros Cons
+ Great overclocking potential
+ 20GB/s USB-C port on the motherboard and 10GB/s USB-C port on the case
+ Dragon Center allows for easy monitoring of entire system
+ 2.5G LAN and WiFi 6 for great connectivity, wired or wirelessly
+ Top notch gaming performance
– Motherboard is not as flashy as MSI’s other designs
– Might be difficult to source a Core i9-10900K

Upper mid-range build – around RM10 000

Say you still want a great gaming experience but you don’t exactly have RM15 000 just lying around. Well then you can probably consider this upper mid-range build which can still throw some heavy punches, with an Intel Core i7-10700K AND MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X. Mated to a MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge WiFi board, you still get most of the great features like 2.5G LAN and WiFi 6 baked into a flashier looking board too. And with the MSI MAG Coreliquid 360R, you will have plenty of thermal headroom to overclock the system to squeeze more performance out of the Core i7-10700K.

The overall cost of the system is also reduced by using a more affordable MSI MPG GUNGNIR 110R case and MSI Optix MAG272CQR display, which still offer most of the features from their pricier brethren used in the Premium Build above. The case looks even flashier and yet has plenty of room to build in, and the monitor is slightly smaller, but is by no means inferior with a similar 1440p resolution, 165Hz refresh rate and the same 1500R curvature. Some might even say the smaller monitor will look better, thanks to a higher pixel density.

Upper mid-range build Specs and Pricing

Model Price Where to Buy
Processor Intel Core i7-10700K RM1649  
CPU Cooler MSI MAG Coreliquid 360R RM729 Lazada
Motherboard MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge WiFi RM999 Lazada
Memory 16GB (2 x 8GB) KLEVV CRAS XR DDR4-3600 RM399
Graphics MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X RM1505 Lazada
Storage 1TB WD Blue SN550 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD RM589
PSU Cooler Master V750 Gold V2 RM519
Case MSI MPG GUNGNIR 110R RM449 Lazada
Display MSI Optix MAG272CQR, 27″ 1440p, 165Hz refresh rate, 1500R curvature RM1999 Shopee
Total RM8837  

Overall, this system will give you an excellent experience for your money, with the following breakdown of its feature set:

Pros Cons
+ Great overclocking potential
+ Core i7-10700K offers all the gaming performance of Core i9-10900K while being significantly more affordable and easier to source
+ 10GB/s USB-C ports on the rear I/O and case front panel
+ Dragon Center allows for easy monitoring of entire system
+ Mystic Light can synchronize lighting on case, graphics card, case and CPU cooler for some interesting effects
+ 2.5G LAN and WiFi 6 for great connectivity, wired or wirelessly
– GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is not great for 1440p gaming at maxed graphics

Mid-range build – around RM6000

MSI B460M Mortar (Custom)

Going further down the scale, MSI still offers plenty of options for gamers who are on a tighter budget. For the sub-RM6000 build, you will be well served by a locked Intel Core i5-10400, which offers up to 12 processing threads for greater performance in games that can take advantage of more processing threads. Paired with either the MSI MAG B460M MORTAR or MAG B460M MORTAR WiFi, depending on whether you need wireless internet connectivity, you are well on your way to some good performance.

Better cooling is never wasted, so the MSI MAG Coreliquid 240R is recommend for this build. The case is going to be a very affordable MSI MAG FORGE 100R that delivers plenty of airflow for cooler components. Cooler components run better and last longer, so it is always nice to have more cooling than less of it. The graphics will be the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER VENTUS XS, which will deliver good frame rates at the 1080p resolution of the MSI Optix G24C4, taking full advantage of the 144Hz refresh rate of the display.

Mid-range build Specs and Pricing

Model Price Where to Buy
Processor Intel Core i5-10400 RM839  
CPU Cooler MSI MAG Coreliquid 240R RM549 Lazada
Motherboard MSI MAG B460M MORTAR WiFi RM639 Lazada
Memory 16GB (2 x 8GB) KLEVV BOLT XR DDR4-3600 RM319
Graphics MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Ventus XS RM1359 Lazada
Storage 1TB WD Blue SN550 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD RM589
PSU Cooler Master V650 Gold V2 RM469
Case MSI MPG FORGE 100R RM259 Lazada
Display MSI Optix G24C4, 24″ 1080p, 144Hz refresh rate, 1500R curvature RM999 Shopee
Total RM6021

Here’s a breakdown of what’s good and not with this mid-range build:

Pros Cons
+ USB-C ports available on rear I/O
+ + Dragon Center allows for easy monitoring of entire system
+ 2.5G LAN and WiFi 6 are great features at this price point
– Non-overclockable processor takes the fun out of an Intel platform
– Case does not offer USB-C port to take advantage of motherboard header

That’s it for our recommendations for Intel builds, but stay tuned for Part 2, in which we will discuss builds featuring AMD processors instead!

This is an exclusive article for MSI Malaysia.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.