Recommended PC spec 2019

We have set up a recommended specification for a desktop PC for 2019. The PC
will cost an estimate of R 18 000 and will last you for the 3 years of your studies.
Some recommended stores:

  • (based in Centurion)
  • (based in Midrand)
  • (online store)
  • (based in Pretoria East)

Please note that this estimated price excludes the costs for Windows operating
system, any software, mouse, keyboard and audio devices (earphones or speakers)
which will also be required.
The following list of components is just for guidance and therefore any desktop or
laptop with a similar performance should also last for the 3 years of your studies.

  • Intel Core i5-8400 CPU 8 th gen (1151 slot) – best value for money
    • Intel Core i5-9600K CPU 9 th gen (1151 slot) – good for future proofing (extra ±R1000)
    • Stock cooler is sufficient but closed loop liquid cooler is recommended (extra ±R900)
  • MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Plus Intel Motherboard (1151 slot)
    • Supports 8 th and 9 th generation CPUs
  • HyperX Predator DDR4 3200Mhz 8GB x2
  • MSI RTX 2060 Ventus 6GB OC
  • Seagate FireCuda SSHD 1TB HDD/8GB SSD 3.5″ SATA6G
  • Antec P7 Silent Windowed Black Gaming Case
  • Antec VP500P 500W 80+ Silent Power Supply
  • 120mm fan x2


  • 6 physical cores
  • 6 threads
  • Base frequency: 2.80GHz clock speed
  • Max Turbo frequency: 4.00GHz


  • 1151 CPU slot
  • SATA slots x4
  • 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4400(OC) MHz
  • 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2: x16 3.0) (for the graphics card)

Memory: 16GB DDR4 RAM

Storage: 1TB HDD/8GB SSD SATA6G Hard drive

Graphics card:

  • Cores: 1920
  • Boost Core Clocks: 1710 MHz
  • Memory speed: 14 Gbps
  • Memory: 6GB GDDR6

Power supply:

  • 500w+
  • Connectors + (6+2 pin for the graphics card)
  • CPU 4+4 Pin x 1
  • PCI-e 6+2 Pin x 2 (for the graphics card)
  • SATA x4 (for hdd)
  • Peripheral 4 Pin x 3


  • length: 230mm+ (to fit graphics card)
  • 120mm fan placements x2 (1 for front, 1 for rear)
  • Must fit accompanying power supply
  • Must fit accompanying motherboard

Cooling: 120mm fan x2
Display: 22″ full HD monitor
Mouse & keyboard: standard
Audio: 2.1 speakers