Ap­prox­i­mate Price:

$1,405

Maximum PC - - BLUEPRINT -

THE SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION for our mid-range ma­chine has re­mained sta­ble this is­sue as well, with the only change be­ing the graph­ics card, as we found the Gigabyte card for $10 less than the Zo­tac we used last is­sue. At the time of writ­ing, the GeForce RTX 2070 is im­mi­nent, but we’re not sure how it’ll per­form in ray trac­ing and DLSS ti­tles, so we will hold fire on rec­om­mend­ing it for now. Of all the RTX cards, this is the one that has the most sen­si­ble pric­ing, so it’s worth watch­ing this space. As with our bud­get build, there’s a healthy price drop over last month’s sys­tem, and once again, it’s the AMD pro­ces­sor that brings the big­gest sav­ing, at a whop­ping $40 over last is­sue. The Ryzen 7 2700 is a se­cond-gen­er­a­tion Ryzen CPU, though, so that price drop may just be AMD try­ing to spoil the launch of In­tel’s 9000-se­ries chips. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see whether the Core i5-9600 can throw a mon­key wrench in AMD’s plans next is­sue.

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