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First New Intel $1,500 Gaming Build Help For Teenage Nephew

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Jul 12, 2007
I compiled a pcpartpicker list for my 15 yo nephew's first PC biuld. The maximum budget is $1,500.

The primary use is for FPS shooters.

No peripherals or OS system is needed.

He is pretty much set on an Intel/Nvidia build even though I think he should go AMD route.

He is not going to be overclocking so I do not think he needs an aftermarket CPU cooler.

I also need help in choosing the right video card.

I am open to buying a used CPU and GPU.

Purchases are planned for BF.

I appreciate anybody's input and thanks in advance!

$349.11Intel Core i7-10700 2.9 GHz 8-Core Processor
$129.28MSI MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE WIFI ATX LGA1200 Motherboard
$86.18G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory
$101.81Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
$107.73NZXT H510i ATX Mid Tower Case
$123.90Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
$199.33AOC C24G1 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor
$1,183.54Grand Total (https://pcpartpicker.com/list/4Z8wgt)
I'd get a larger monitor personally. 24" should be phased out of existence entirely. They are too small for any real use except office gnome work. 32" is ideal, 27" is acceptable. You would be better off getting a 10600K and putting the extra money toward a better GPU. A 2060 wont run 144 hz at 1080p unless you turn the settings down quite a lot.
Yeah, 27" is nice. I have a 27" panel. Personally, I do not want anything larger. I'd definitely recommend Ryzen 5000 series for value. You can build a good gaming PC for $1000 and then you have some left over for a nice monitor.
Looks good overall..

I'd get CL16 RAM just because CL18 @ 3600 seems slow. The reality is little difference performance wise, but, CL18 makes me shudder at that speed, lol.

As far as monitor, if you're going 27+, go up in resolution. I don't like the (lack of) pixel density of 1080p at arm's length away. Maybe I'm spoiled.

If you're dropping down to a 10600K, I'd rather rock the Ryzen 5 5600X right now and a B550 motherboard. Performance is the same in gaming and better in multi-threaded and most single threaded functions. As was said, if you go down on the CPU, you can put that towards a 27" 2560x1440 monitor and a better GPU. You have the budget. :)
The trick with a 5*** processor is finding one. If you aren't on stock watching apps/streams you won't be getting one for months