MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98)

Best Gaming Build for under $800

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 87%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 147%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 100%
Nuclear submarine
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way above expectations (96th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 4 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. This PC is likely operated by a technical master!
ProcessorWith an outstanding single core score, this CPU is the cat's whiskers: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 110%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics76.9% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive312% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
Memory16GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's more than sufficient for nearly all games. 16GB also allows for very large file and system caches, software development and batch photo editing/processing.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Run History
SystemMicro-Star MS-7B98
MotherboardMSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98)  (all builds)
Memory14.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20190117
Uptime0 Days
Run DateSep 02 '19 at 14:06
Run Duration111 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU1%

 UserBenchmark Staff PC

Benchmarks created with this setup.

 PC Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-9600K-$219
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
110% Outstanding
1-Core 156
2-Core 304
109% 230 Pts
4-Core 628
8-Core 895
99% 762 Pts
64-Core 888
60% 888 Pts
Poor: 79%
This bench: 110%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1660-Ti-$278
CLim: 2175 MHz, MLim: 3000 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 436.2
Performing way above expectations (87th percentile)
76.9% Very good
Lighting 314
Reflection 248
Parallax 279
80% 280 fps
MRender 227
Gravity 273
Splatting 188
74% 229 fps
Poor: 67%
This bench: 76.9%
Great: 79%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Adata XPG SX8200 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB-$50
182GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SS0328D Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 932 871 1070 895 264 266 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (100th percentile)
312% Outstanding
Read 2,736
Write 1,147
Mixed 122
SusWrite 716
257% 1,181 MB/s
4K Read 74.1
4K Write 245
4K Mixed 102
373% 140 MB/s
DQ Read 833
DQ Write 1,124
DQ Mixed 491
507% 816 MB/s
Poor: 139%
This bench: 312%
Great: 283%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$83
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
110% Outstanding
MC Read 42.9
MC Write 43.7
MC Mixed 30
111% 38.9 GB/s
SC Read 23.7
SC Write 45.3
SC Mixed 33.1
97% 34 GB/s
Latency 48.9
82% 48.9 ns
Poor: 65%
This bench: 110%
Great: 109%

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Desktop
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Workstation
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Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $129

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 66% - Good Total price: $951
The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-9400F $140Nvidia GTX 1660 $220Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $80
Intel Core i5-9600K $219Nvidia GTX 1660-Ti $278Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $105
Intel Core i7-9700K $350Nvidia RTX 2060 $330Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $219
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $42Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $78SanDisk Extreme 64GB $88
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $34G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $618SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $83SanDisk Extreme 16GB $24
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