A Percentage measures of a PC's suitability for gaming, desktop and workstation use.
UFO »100%
Nuclear submarine 90%
Aircraft carrier 80%
Battleship 70%
Battle cruiser 65%
Destroyer 60%
Gunboat 55%
Yacht 45%
Speed boat 40%
Jet ski 35%
Sail boat 30%
Raft 25%
Surfboard 15%
Tree trunk 0%
PCs are assigned a performance classification from the above hierarchy for gaming, desktop and workstation usage. All five component classes (CPU, GPU, SSD, HDD, RAM) are required for a complete PC score, but the HDD can be excluded without a material penalty. When a build has more than one component of the same type, the faster component is used. The results from millions of PCs are available on the custom build page.
Gaming

Gaming
3D Gaming and graphics.

This formula is weighted towards GPU performance:

25%*CPU Bench + 50%*GPU Bench + 15%*SSD Bench + 10%*HDD Bench

(CPU Bench† - Quad > Single > Octa > 64-core )
†For games that can't use six cores the desktop CPU Bench is a better indicator of performance.
Desktop

Desktop
Surfing, email, office apps, music/video playback.

This formula is weighted towards single-core CPU performance:

50%*DCPU Bench + 10%*GPU Bench + 30%*SSD Bench + 10%*HDD Bench

(DCPU Bench - Single > Quad > Octa > 64-core)
Workstation

Workstation
Number crunching, virtual machines, databases, audio/video encoding.

This formula is weighted towards multi core CPU performance:

40%*WCPU Bench + 20%*GPU Bench + 25%*SSD Bench + 15%*HDD Bench

(WCPU Bench - 64-core > Octa > Quad > Single)

The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-9400F $148Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $270Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-9600K $200AMD RX 590 $180Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $150
Intel Core i7-9700K $369Nvidia GTX 1650S (Super) $160Samsung 850 Pro 512GB $230
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $37Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $65SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $38Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $63SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $613SanDisk Extreme 16GB $24
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