Due to the abundance of mid-range components entering the market, there are plenty of ways to configure a brand-new PC that is capable of running the latest games at 1440p high settings. Both NVIDIA and AMD have already provided a range of GPUs within their RTX 4000 and Radeon 7000 series line-ups that offer top-tier 1440p gaming performance.
However, NVIDIA expanded the selection pool even further after introducing their SUPER variants into the fray at CES 2024. All of the SUPER variants released in January 2024 are excellent choices for 1440p gaming, but the RTX 4070 SUPER is the most affordable option.
If you like the sound of a mid-range gaming PC that can play a huge catalogue of AAA and competitive titles at 1440p high settings with ease, along with all the benefits of NVIDIA’s DLSS technology at a reasonable price, then this PC build we’ve put together will surely peak your interest.
PC Build Parts List
Suggested Article: Palit RTX 4070 SUPER Dual Review
GPU: Palit RTX 4070 SUPER Dual
The Palit RTX 4070 SUPER Dual is an affordable variant of NVIDIA’s refreshed mid-range GPU, providing an alternative design to the Founders Edition without having to pay any more for the privilege. As the name would indicate, this graphics card opts for a dual-fan design, which lets this card slot into a wide range of PC cases with ease.
As the first SUPER variant within NVIDIA’s 40 series of GPUs, the RTX 4070 SUPER has been designed to offer a better value for money proposition for gamers looking to build a 1440p-ready system. From our benchmarking tests, the RTX 4070 SUPER has managed to achieve this, as it was able to outperform the likes of the RTX 4070 Ti and RX 7800 XT in most of the latest titles.
|Palit Dual RTX 4070 SUPER
|Base Clock Speed
|Boost Clock Speed
Whilst the performance of the Palit Dual slightly lagged behind some of the other RTX 4070 SUPER graphics cards we’ve tested, the MSRP price point and sleeker design gives gamers plenty of reasons to pick up this version of NVIDIA’s RTX 4070 SUPER. For example, this is one of the few variants at MSRP to include RGB lighting, adding a splash of colour to the internals of our gaming PC.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-14600K
Intel’s Core i5-14600K will act as the brains of our operation, offering plenty of firepower to handle the latest titles at 1440p, with some legs at 4K to boot. This mid-range processor develops upon the strong foundations set by its 13th-Gen predecessor, the Core i5-13600K, which was heavily praised for its high-end performance compared to the rest of the market.
Lots of those qualities remain with the Core i5-14600K. And whilst the improvements provided are less than what we’d expect for a new generation, the Core i5-14600K offers a small bump in performance for a slightly higher cost, making it a strong option for anyone looking to build a mid-range gaming PC filled with the latest hardware.
|Intel Core i5 14600K
|Intel 14th Gen
|Base Clock Speed
|Boost Clock Speed
In terms of performance, the Core i5-14600K comes with a boost clock speed of up to 5.3GHz, as well as 14 cores and 20 threads. This makes the i5 14600K great at multitasking, allowing you to play a variety of games, create content, or browse the web with ease.
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CPU Cooler: Corsair A115
Corsair are well-known for providing an array of top-tier liquid CPU coolers that maintain a healthy balance between performance and visual appeal. However, the A115 is their first venture into the world of air CPU cooling for quite some time, with the hopes that their talents for liquid cooling will translate.
With a dual-tower design that utilises two AF140 ELITE fans, this air cooler packs a punch, resulting in higher levels of heat dissipation. Because of this, the A115 can keep the temperatures of more powerful components at a moderate level, something that most single-tower designs can struggle with. With this build being full of mid-range components, the strong performance at an affordable price point makes this cooler a worthy addition.
|153mm x 155mm x 164.8mm
|Max Fan Speed
|Max Fan Noise
|Number of Fans
|Fluid Dynamic Bearing
|AMD: AM4, AM5
Intel: LGA1700, 1200, 115x
On top of this, the A115 is very easy to install, offering support for the latest AMD and Intel CPUs. In terms of size, the dual-tower design could cause some clearance issues with compact PC cases, but the A115 will fit into most mid-tower cases without any trouble, and the lack of a radiator leaves more room for additional fans to maximise airflow.
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Motherboard: Gigabyte B760 DS3H AX
Gigabyte’s B760 DS3H AX is one of the best motherboards to pair up with the Intel Core i5-14600K while sticking to an affordable price point. A lot of the components used in this build are slightly above what the average gamer would expect to pay, so this motherboard will help bring the overall pricing back down to an affordable rate.
Despite being one the cheaper B760 motherboards on the market, the B760 DS3H AX still provides all of the necessary connections to put together a system packed with the latest components. The most notable inclusion is the support for up to 192GB of DDR5 memory, which allows gamers to bolster their system with high-speed RAM kits for smooth gameplay and responsive load times in the latest titles.
|Gigabyte B760 DS3H AX
|192GB DDR5 7600MHz
|PCI-E x16 Slots
|1x PCI-E 4.0
|PCI-E x4 Slots
|2x PCI-E 4.0
|1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
1x USB 3.2 Gen2
4x USB 2.0
3x Audio Jacks
Additionally, the B760 DS3H AX includes a PCI-E 4.0 slot suitable for the latest graphics cards, including the RTX 4070 SUPER, as well as two slot for M.2 drive. This will allow you to store a wide range of their gaming catalogue onto high-speed SSDs, avoiding the hassle of having to move games to different drives in order to get the best performance possible from them.
When it comes to connecting gaming peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard, the rear IO is also filled with a number of USB ports, including a USB Type-C for the latest high-end devices. As for networking, the B760 DS3H AX includes support for wired and wireless online connectivity, thanks to the 2.5Gb LAN port and WiFi 6E module.
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RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB
For the memory in this build, we’ve kept things simple with 32GB of Corsair’s Vengeance DDR5 RAM. Even though there are plenty of great RGB variants within Corsair’s Vengeance collection of memory, we’ve opted for the non-RGB version in order to focus on solid performance at an affordable price.
The particular RAM kit we’ve used for this build includes transfer speeds of 5200MT/s and a CL40 CAS latency. Whilst this means we won’t be able to take full advantage of the 7600MT/s limit on the motherboard, this will be more than capable of providing fluid gameplay that will cut loading times down to a few seconds in a range of AAA titles.
|Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB
Despite the lack of RGB lighting, the Vengeance DDR5 RAM helps to elevate the internals of a system, mainly thanks to the triangular pattern covering the DIMMs feeling right at home within a gaming PC.
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SSD: Samsung 990 Pro 2TB
When it comes to performance, Samsung’s 990 Pro is one of the best SSDs on the market, especially if you’re looking to stick to a budget. Whilst the arrival of Gen5 SSDs has given this drive a run for its money on the performance front, the drop in price of Gen4 options across the board has made the likes of the 990 Pro the best choice for PC builders looking to the best bang for their buck.
|Samsung 990 Pro 2TB
With read and write speeds of 7.45GB/s and 6.9GB/s respectively, the 990 Pro will have no problems running the latest titles, providing optimal loading times in the process. And whilst we’ve included the 2TB option in our system, the 1TB option is a great way to save some extra cash, as it will provide identical performance with plenty of space for a handful of titles.
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Case: Montech King 95 Pro
Since the ‘fish-tank’ PC case trend has taken off, we’ve built inside of plenty of designs that look to showcase your system in a fully exposed glass chamber. But out of all the chassis we’ve used, the Montech King 95 Pro might just be the best of the bunch. This mid-tower design offers plenty of support for the latest components, and does it in style!
With GPU clearance of up to 420mm, this case will have no issues accommodating NVIDIA RTX 4000 series, including the RTX 4070 SUPER used for this build. In addition, the support for 360mm radiators gives gamers access to some of the best high-end cooling solutions on the market. However, what is most surprising is the whopping 6 pre-installed fans that comes with the Pro version, which will be very useful alongside our air CPU cooler.
|Montech King 95 Pro
|Up to 360mm
|9 x 120mm
|CPU Cooler Clearance
|1x USB Type-C
2x USB 3.0
1x Mic Jack
1x Audio Jack
From an aesthetics standpoint, the curved glass panel creates a stunning unobstructed view of the components showcased inside the chassis, which is hard to find on any other PC case that has adopted the ‘fish-tank’ design. To add some more wow-factor to the build, the pre-installed fans also include a healthy dose of RGB lighting, which can be customised via Montech’s supporting software.
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PSU: MSI MAG A850GL PCIE5
To power all of the components featured in this build, we’ve picked out MSI MAG A850GL PCIE5. This PSU is one of the best choices on the market for anyone looking to a build a 1440p gaming PC, simply due to the excellent set of features provided for the price point.
Though 850 Watts is well above the recommended power requirements for the RTX 4070 SUPER and other parts used in this system, the additional firepower provides some breathing room for unexpected spikes in power consumption, along with plenty of space for upgrades and additions down the line. Plus, the surprisingly price of the A850GL PCIE5 makes it a worth investing in the additional power.
|MSI MAG A850GL PCIE5
|80 Plus Gold
This PSU includes a fully modular design, ATX 3.0 compatibility, and an 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating. This means the A850GL PCIE5 will have no issues supporting high-intensity workloads in a quiet and efficient manner, whilst also providing complete freedom when connecting components for simple cable management.
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Overall, this build offered up performance levels that can compete with the best 1440p configurations on the market. In the latest and greatest competitive titles, the RTX 4070 SUPER and Core i5-14600K combination managed to reach the 144FPS ‘sweet-spot’ fairly comfortably, allowing gamers to enjoy optimal performance with strong visual fidelity.
1440p, High Settings
Anti Aliasing: TSAA
Texture Filtering: 8x
Ambient Occlusion: High
Volumetric Lighting: High
Dynamic Shadows: Enabled
Model Detail: High
1080p, Comp. Settings
Render Distance: Far
Global Illumination: Off
Ray Tracing: Off
Post Processing: Low
1440p, High Settings
Particle Quality: High
1440p, High Settings
Particle Quality: High