I’m Michael (17) and I’ve finally saved up enough money to build my first PC. Since I’ll be heading off to uni extremely soon I wanted to use the PC for light gaming (League of Legends and CS:GO) and as part of my Software Engineering degree - but I’m unsure if all of the parts are fully compatible or not, and wanted some advice on the build before I go ahead and purchase all of the parts. Please note that I have checked everything through PCPartPicker.com and no compatibility issues have been confirmed (I just want to be safe, as its a relatively large sum of finances that I’m investing towards this PC).
The parts I’ve planned to use as part of my build are:
Please note that I have provided the price I will be expecting to pay for each of these components (NZD), as it might help suggest any places where I could potentially improve this build.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600x (with the provided CPU cooler) $367
Motherboard: Asus TUF x570-Plus Gaming (Wi-Fi) $316
GPU: Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX-5700 XT (Special Edition - 3 Slot) $767
Storage: Samsung 970 Plus Pro - 500GB NVMe Drive $182
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 16GB - 3600MHz (2x8GB) $180
Power Supply: Corsair RM750X (80+ Gold) $218
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A ($150) or NZXT H710i ($250)
Total cost: $2,180 - $2,280
The PC will only be supporting one primary 1080P monitor, however I plan to upgrade to using two monitors in the near future (will also be 1080P or 1440P). I do not need to purchase any peripherals, I cover most of the bases with a gaming mouse and keyboard I have previously purchased. I won’t need an OS license as I am provided access with Windows 10 Student Edition through my tertiary education provider. I am hoping this build will supply me with enough processing power to meet my needs for the coming few years, and still be upgradable enough for the future.
In particular I have was unsure about the following few things (I apologise if these might sound like basic knowledge):
How important is airflow in a build like this? I personally prefer the aesthetic of the NZXT case much more, but understand that it offers significantly lower air cooling potential than the Phanteks. Just how important is airflow to the longevity of this build - and will this case provide sufficient airflow to keep temperatures at a reasonable level using the components mentioned above?
Will this power supply provide all of the necessary connectors to power the aforementioned build components?
For this build I am on a budget of approximately $2300, but I do have a small amount of flexibility. I’ve tried my best to make this as functional of a build as I can, while still incorporating some of the aesthetic features that I would like to have. I would love to hear your suggestions and constructive criticism - thank you so much for taking the time to read this!
A link to the PCPartPicker Page can be accessed here (the costs may not be exactly as described here, as I have found cheaper alternatives than what is offered from retailers within New Zealand).