Another year just about wrapped up for us. With the year ending, it’s common to look back at what made this year as great as it was. And what better way to do that than with some data and graphs!
While we sometimes think we know what the most popular choices would be since we build all the PCs right here ourselves, it’s easy to forget or be swayed by what’s been selling recently. The following graphs are true for all PCs sold by Evatech to Evatech customers.
2019’s most popular graphics cards
A note that each GPU’s data is a combined total of OC editions, special order editions, liquid cooled variants, etc. to give a more full representation of each GPU.
Also worth keeping in mind that the Super cards only launched late July.
Since there are no AMD graphics cards here – it’s pretty clear Nvidia is dominating the gaming scene right now. But what will 2020 have in store?
2019’s most popular CPUs
Similar to GPUs, all CPU variants are combined to show each CPU’s data. eg: 9900, 9900KF, 9990K, and 9900KS are all under the “9900” umbrella.
i5 takes out the win for 2019 with i7 not far behind, and i9 (for those with larger budgets) in third place. We have some representation from AMD in the form of Threadripper (workstation/server use) as well as their consumer grade 2nd & 3rd gen Ryzen chips.
2019’s most popular cases
Again, combined case variants to represent each chassis to the fullest.
Unsurprisingly for all Evatech staff, the Corsair 270R chassis takes the crown. A massively popular case accounting for over 20% of all our builds for the year! A huge amount of cases we sell are Corsair, as you can quite easily make out from the graph. With the large amount of case options we offer, the spread is pretty large over a number of cases.
Worth noting here that the Deepcool Earlkase gets such a large slice of the pie thanks to being the case for our RTG Black/White systems.
This is why customisable PCs is so important
While we’d love to give each and every one of you an i7 or i9 with an RTX 2080 Ti (since that offers the best gaming experience right now) – we can plainly see that’s not how this works. Everyone has different budgets, different tastes, and unique needs & wants.
Our average PC price tag this year was $3,300, up just $100 on last year’s average. The most expensive single PC this year coming in at just over $13,000, up on 2018’s $11,500 but still not beating 2017’s $14,000 PC.
We’d hate to be one of those stores that just sells pre-built PCs with very little options to customise. We’re truly custom. Check it out while we’re on break, and place an order for when we’re back in the office (January 2nd) replying to emails, taking phone calls, and processing orders: putting smiles on thousands more customers in 2020.
Nvidia seems to have put a whole heap of research into this subject, and also graced us with heaps of graphs, infographics, and easy to digest information regarding high FPS and the gaming advantages it brings. Not alone in the study by any means, with Linus & friends from Linus Tech Tips also studying the field.
Back again due to popular demand! Another edition of GPU roundup so you can make a more informed decision when customising your next gaming PC.
Custom Gaming PC Graphics Card Prices vs. Passmark Score
Not much has changed compared to last roundup. Prices went up, and have come back down to just under where they previously sat. Nvidia has released a few new variants of GPUs for us to choose from, but apart from more choices, nothing too exciting.
Due to the GT 1030 and GTX 1050 Ti’s lower performance values and high price points, we have removed them from our Custom Gaming PC lineups.
They will be removed from future roundups as a result.
Although this makes for more expensive gaming PCs, it also ensures more compelling and capable gaming PCs for our gaming oriented customers. We’d prefer this than potentially misleading customers into believing they’re getting good value when they may not be happy with the very low-end price/performance the cards offered.
Speaking of price to performance…
Passmark Points per Dollar
The combination of these graphs tells us that Nvidia is currently dominating the graphics card market. No surprises there. However, it appears that if you were wanting to spend under between $700-$800 on a graphics card, your best bet should be the RX 5700 XT, which is probably the only time we’d recommend AMD over Nvidia. There’s a bit more to the story though, such as each individual game performing differently, as well as different resolution setting as well as level of detail, and also the other hardware going with the PC! Finally, Nvidia is generally better at releasing updated drivers for game releases, and often sees better gaming performance due to this.
So, GTX 1650 Super is the best value – let’s make all PCs with this graphics card! Not so fast. Just because something represents great value for money doesn’t mean it’s suited to your needs. For instance, an entry level small-sized car is great value, but isn’t well suited to racing, moving large items, etc.
The majority of our customers are satisfied enough with the performance an RTX 2060 Super offers. But there’s always those few who will settle for nothing less than the best, which is currently only achieved with Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti. Sadly though, Nvidia knows nobody competes with them at the high end, so they’re dictating a high premium on the high performing GPUs. This is not Evatech’s doing!
If you’re after something high end without what we consider “overspending” then the RTX 2070 Super is likely the one for you.
If you’re just after a graphics card, check out the insanely (good) priced Colorful range we have. GTX 1660, GTX 1660 Super, RTX 2060, RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2070 Super, and RTX 2080 Super and VERY limited stock of RTX 2080 Ti. Strictly while stocks last. So get in quick!
Evatech staff are constantly updating component pricing as supplier pricing changes due to new shipments, or market changes. At all times we do our best to deliver the lowest prices to customers.
Coming in 2020 (next year!) Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next iteration of one of the most loved simulation games. Featuring everything from light planes to wide-body jets, you’ll fly highly detailed aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.
The game will support 4K and HDR, catering to next gen-consoles and high end PC gamers. Releasing on Windows 10 (PC) in 2020, and Xbox One at a later date, and also available on Xbox Game Pass.
It’ll be 14 years since the previous Flight Simulator release back in 2006 (not including the 2014 Steam release which was the same title). And from the looks of things, Microsoft has been hard at work at least some of this time.
What took so long?
As already stated, the game will enable you to fly all over the world. To pull this off, Microsoft is using data from Bing Maps, and highly detailed satelite imagery. It will be able to generate photorealistic 3D models of buildings, trees, and terrain. The game will also have realistic physics and utilise real world weather data. For example, if it’s raining somewhere in real life: it will be raining there in game. Invidual clouds will have their own characterstics, resulting in different impacts on the aircraft. There’s animals. And Flight Simulator will even populate roads with vehicles, water will flow realistically based on wind direction, trees will have individual leaves. The game, like Earth, has over 2 million cities, and over 45,000 airports.
The size of this game is way, way, way larger than you have the space for. But this hasn’t stopped Microsoft. Instead of downloading the entire game (more than 2PB [petabytes], or 2 million GB), you will stream the data from their servers. In the settings, you’ll be able to allocate a certain amount of storage to cache, and also pre-load data required for a flight. You will be able to play in offline mode. It’s basically Flight Simulator on demand style. Or Netflix style. Everywhere will be at the tips of your fingers.
Yes, you’ll be able to find your house.
Coming soon, get ready!
To date, there are no hardware requirements mentioned. But, given it’s coming to Xbox One, minimum requirements shouldn’t be too high. However, to be able to play at the photorealistic graphics settings, 4K, HDR, and a high frame rate: you’ll likely need something extremely up to date, and high end.
With requirements not even hinted at yet, you can be assured that this game will be on our radar. Pun very much intended. We’ll be back with updates for this game. Previous Flight Simulator titles have been huge driving forces for customers buying gaming PCs from us, so we know this is a popular game.
If you pressured me for a guess at what hardware would run this game decently from current the generation? i5 9600K / R5 3600, 16GB RAM, 500GB of free storage space, and Nvidia RTX 2060. Or higher, of course.
Serious about your computer’s performance while keeping it as cool as possible? The advice has usually been to opt for liquid cooling, opposed to the often standard and alternative of air cooling. Generally speaking, this advice makes sense, liquid cooling your CPU or GPU yields better results.*
* There are exceptions, such as when comparing an entry level liquid cooler to a high end air cooler.
What’s so special about liquid?
The liquid inside liquid coolers Evatech use a mixture of water and ethylene glycol. The reason for a solution rather than pure water is to prevent freezing, inhibit bacterial growth, and prevent galvanic corrosion. They start life as non-conductive liquids.
Every substance has an intrinsic property called heat capacity. Simply put, this is how much thermal energy it can absorb before it changes temperature. Liquid has a higher heat capacity than most other common substances.
This is due to hydrogen bonding at the molecular level. The oxygen atom in a water molecule is quite electronegative. This means it attracts electrons which gives it more of a negative charge than the two attached hydrogen atoms. The more positively charged hydrogen atoms of the surrounding water molecules will stick to the oxygen atoms and prevent the molecules from moving around too much when heat is applied. Since higher temperatures are a result of more molecular motion, all of this means that water can resist temperature changes better than the metals that are commonly used in air coolers.
Back to what this means for your PC…
Using a liquid cooler for your CPU or GPU means that you will be transferring out heat into a substance that can hold much more heat than an aluminum heatsink with fans attached to it. But, this isn’t the whole story. There’s a practical limit to heatsinks you can attach to a chip before it becomes too large & too heavy. So water coolers resort to large radiators to dissipate the heat absorbed by the liquid further improving overall cooling capacity. This takes the warm liquid away from the chip you’re cooling, where it can cool down.
Other advantages of liquid cooling
Liquid cools more efficiently than a metal heatsink alone, making it possible for liquid coolers to be quieter
Compared to large air coolers, liquid coolers save on space, don’t put stress on the motherboard, and will allow you to easily install additional RAM
Generally considered more aesthetically pleasing for a clean build
You can say “my PC has liquid cooling”
Air coolers still have their place
Although it’s extremely unlikely that the high-quality liquid coolers in Evatech PCs would ever leak, it’s a possibility. Despite the liquid used being non-conductive, over time these substances may pick up ions from the metals inside the cooler and become conductive over time. This liquid leaking onto components, such as the graphics card? Bad news! Even if the liquid cooler never leaks, chances of the water pump failing over time is almost guaranteed. Pump failure typically happens after 5+ years of use (unless you’re the type to leave your system on 24/7 – not recommended/necessary).
Spending the premium to get liquid cooling in your PC may not be advantageous if your components are not high-end enough to warrant it. Similarly, if you aren’t likely to push your PC for sustained periods of time. Most games are GPU reliant more than CPU – meaning great cooling on your CPU can be rendered almost pointless as gaming performance will typically bottleneck as the GPU reaches high temperatures. Your crispy cool CPU can’t do much for your gaming performance once that happens.
Higher end air coolers can be quieter than liquid coolers as air coolers don’t have pumps. Gone are the days where desktop PCs sound like jet planes taking off when not doing anything. Many fans in systems these days don’t spin at all unless the components reach a particular temperature, and will speed up as necessary. This should prolong the life of the fan, as well as keep noise levels down.
Many of our customers may do just fine with the standard CPU cooler that comes in the CPU box. Those wanting to be extra safe can opt for one of our 120mm tower air cooler options. Leaving those chasing a “no excuses” setup to go for liquid.
The moral of the story…
Well, if this wasn’t a long-winded (hah) way of saying that either option is fine, then I don’t know what is.
Stock CPU coolers are perfectly fine for low end systems (i5/R5 and below), or i7/R7 if it’s mainly home/office use.
120mm tower air coolers are good for everyone. Can be a great way of ensuring the system lasts a long time.
Liquid coolers are best suited to enthusiasts, or those likely to upgrade the system after 5 years (or less). But they’re high performers for everyone! Liquid cooling is a great way to keep your CPU as cool as the environment allows.
If you have the option, and indeed the budget: get yourself a liquid cooled graphics card. Liquid cooled graphics cards typically only come in at the higher end of the performance spectrum. Customers going for a high-end GPU are usually looking to replace it with another high-end GPU after 3-5 years anyway. This makes the limited lifespan of a liquid cooler less of an important consideration.
Don’t forget, if you’re in doubt, you can always chat to our friendly and helpful staff.
Find us on Facebook for a chat, use our Contact page, or if it’s during business hours you can always come into our store and/or give us a call.
Certainly not a new case, nor is it one we’ve only just had the pleasure of building in. But the Corsair 270R is a sophisticated case that can look awesome with the right hardware inside it. It’s due to become end of life soon, so may be the last time we get to feature it.
This particular build is fairly high end. Featuring Intel’s 9700KF with a high performance 120mm air cooler, 32GB of RGB RAM, a blazing fast 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD, and MSI’s RTX 2080 Ti.
Get our highly skilled technicians to throw all that together with their meticulous attention to detail and professional cable management, and you end up with results. Results just like below.
Want to get your hands on your very own gaming PC? Of course you do
Check out our website. Customise your own rig. Add any keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc. and checkout. Get it delivered to your door. Unbox, enjoy. Then tell all the noobs you pwn where to upgrade their gaming experience.
It can be hard to work out which graphics card (GPU) to pair with your new gaming PC. So we’re hoping that once you get done viewing this article, your decision is easier.
Custom Gaming PC Graphics Card Prices vs. Passmark Score
So everything’s pretty in line, the more you pay the better performance you can expect. And this is something we always tell customers.
A note that we don’t recommend that anyone buys a GT 1030 with cutting edge gaming in mind. You’re setting yourself up for a bad time if that’s your thinking. This is purely graphics card price, you will need a system to go with it.
Passmark Points per Dollar
What’s clear from this is the GTX 1660 represents highest performance for your dollar. Bang for your buck, if you prefer.
So let’s customise a gaming PC with an Nvidia GTX 1660! Right? Not necessarily.
Just because something represents great value for money, doesn’t mean it is suited to your needs. For instance, an entry level small-sized car is great value, but isn’t well suited to racing, moving large items, etc.
The majority of our customers are satisfied enough with the performance an RTX 2060 Super offers. But there’s always those few who will settle for nothing less than the best, which is currently only achieved with Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti.
If you’re after something high end without what we consider “overspending” then the RTX 2070 Super is likely the one for you. To back that up, here’s another visual to consider.
Extremely happy to have a fresh case from Corsair. And it’s a beauty. This case is currently housing our Signature “Echo Mark-1” and “Echo Mark-2” gaming PCs. The images contained are from the Echo Mark-1 build.
Packing Intel’s i5 9600K with liquid cooling, 16GB of RGB OC RAM, and an RTX 2060 from Nvidia, this PC has the performance to back up the looks.
Every Evatech PC Technician for a 2 week period earlier this month
Even though we ran our Corsair suppliers dry of the 500D case, we never tire of seeing finished PC builds in the case. It always looks incredible.
Featuring none other than Intel’s i9 9900K with a Corsair H100i Platinum RGB liquid cooler, 32GB of Corsair RGB Pro 3000MHz DDR4 RAM, and an RTX 2080 Ti – this PC is sure not to disappoint in any department.
One of the first lucky customers to land a PC with AMD’s Ryzen 3900X 12 core 24 thread CPU. Cooled by a 240mm liquid cooler, and 64GB of high-frequency DDR4 RAM. More importantly, 2x RTX 2080 graphics cards in SLI.
While it may not be the flashiest or fanciest PC going around, we know this customer is less worried about good looks and more concerned with high performance and reliability. Earlier in the year, this same customer purchased a $10,000 Intel based machine.