Announcement: Gaming Section coming to CGDirector

CG Director Author Alex Glawionby Alex Glawion   /  Updated   /   6 comments
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Over the last year we have received more and more interest and requests for Gaming PC-Builds and Hardware. Usually we would answer these requests by pointing out that we are focused on providing in-depth Hardware-Insight for Content Creators and not necessarily, Gaming.

These request though certainly churned in our heads and we recognized that CGDirector seems to be recommended to many, not just Content Creators, so we must be doing something right, that other sites can’t provide.

After some lengthy discussion within our Team (of which many are Gaming enthusiasts too), we are happy to announce that CGDirector will add a Gaming Section which will benefit from everything that you, our readers, are already used to:

In-Depth Articles, Analysis, Reviews and professional Discussion and Help in all Gaming-Hardware related topics.

After all, Content Creators want to game too and in most cases we don’t use our PC’s just for work.

CGDirector will always be a “CG” Computer Graphics focused site first, though, so in addition to our regularly posted professional CG-focused Content we will slowly but steadily be adding gaming content too over the next few months.

As always we are eager to find out what specific Content you would like to see, so do please let us know of anything in the comments! 🙂


Cheers, 🙂



Alex Glawion - post author

Hi, I’m Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I’ve built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

Feel free to comment and ask for suggestions on your PC-Build or 3D-related Problem, I’ll do my best to help out!

Also check out our Forum for feedback from our Expert Community.

Nate B.

Really exciting and very true. I originally built a PC for work (thank you so much for your motherboard and memory articles, they were life savers) and ended up playing overwatch and some other games like ghost recon like a madman every day.
Plese cover things like gaming monitors, audio and keyboards. Maybe even good furniture setups.
Could you suggest a very budget gaming pc build (under $500 if possible) for my kids? I have an unused full HD monitor laying around. They play fortnite on a tablet and I’d like to get them into PCs.

Alex Glawion

Thanks Nate,
We are excited too! Will definitely cover monitors and peripherals, some desks and chairs and a lot more on our List 🙂

Here’s an entry level Intel Gaming Build for under 500$:

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B365M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($74.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team MS30 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar MX330-G ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $462.94

Hope this helps,


HI Alex,
This is good news! Can’t wait to read your gaming focused articles!
I hope you don’t mind but can you help me put together a list of parts for a gaming build?
Thanks a lot!

Alex Glawion

Hey Raymund,
Absolutely! What’s your budget and the Games you’d like to play?



Budget is about 1000-1200$
Games – CSGO, PUBG, Fortnite

Jerry James

Hey Raymund,

For games like CS:GO, PUBG, and Fortnite, this might be a bad time to build as Intel is launching its 10th Gen parts soon.

However, If you need a build as soon as possible, I can recommend a balanced build with a couple of caveats. AMD announced that it wouldn’t be supporting the B450 chipset on Ryzen 4000 CPUs, so you can spend a bit more ($40-50) to get an X570 motherboard or wait for B550 motherboards to come to market so you have an upgrade path to next-gen Ryzen (if you need one).

If you don’t really want to upgrade anything for a couple of years and want the best value you can get right now, here’s the build:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($83.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Red Dragon Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks P300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CV 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($72.04 @ Amazon)
Total: $1035.98

I’ve left around $150+ in your budget so you have some flexibility. You can look into the following:
a) Jump up to an RTX 2070 Super (+$120~)
b) Add/reduce storage
c) Add an aftermarket CPU cooler if you want a more silent experience (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition is an excellent budget option at $40)