Well its finally time to leave the comfort and conformity of console life and start something new, started this journey down the rabbit hole because all i wanted to do was up the memory a bit in my Lenovo Y700. I found myself getting fascinated with learning what is compatible with what so i decided this is gonna be my new hobby which i desperately needed.
I live in America so $=USD
Building something for gaming, not into streaming or content creation. I want it to be able to play today's games (Witcher 3, RDR2, AC Odyssey, etc.) at 60+ fps in 1080p (Just not interested in that 1440 life yet)
Got a budget of $1,100 but willing to push $1,200 if need be (Not including shipping, tax, and warranties). Seems like prebuilt sites want to charge me over $1,500 for the things i want.
I have spent the past 2 weeks compiling and comparing parts on PC part picker and i am 90% i have put together what i need but i wanna see what my favorite PC building community thinks before i pull any triggers.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-core processor
This was recommended by PC gamer in their 2020 build guide which is where i started, doing some research i found nothing that said i shouldn't so i rolled with it
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 Motherboard
I chose the recommended chip set for my CPU and chose the best rated one for under $200, if you know of something better please feel free to say something. B450 seemed popular but X570 sounds like it comes ready for my cpu, no flash needed.
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2x8) DDR4-3600 Memory
Just kind of went off Linus' recommendation in that video about RAM for 3rd gen Ryzen. Sue me it's RAM.
Storage: Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD (Why not?)
Seagate Barracuda Compute 2TB 3.5" HDD (I'm cheap)
GPU: MSI Geforce GTX 1660Ti 6 GB Ventus XS OC
I wanted to go team red on this at first, thought it would pair well with the cpu, but any Radeon i liked people were having major driver issues with according to their reviews and i just don't want that headache, so team green it is! 1660Ti's price point seems appealing to me and is more than enough for 1080p in modern games according to several benchmarks from different people. Open to arguments for going back to Radeon or even scaling back to a 1660 super since that seems to be something people like talking about.
PSU: Corsair RM 650 W 80+ Gold Fully Modular
Gold. Modular. Good(?)
Case: Fractal Design Define R5 ATX Mid Tower Case
i can only describe this thing as elegant overkill, the amount of expansion is ridiculous, the cable management in most other builds looks amazing and i just want it.
Here's a link to my PC part picker parts list if you wanna see it (aaand lookie there it just put it all there in a nice list, huh), projected total is looking around $1,180 including windows 10, so looking within budget so far
PCPartPicker Part List
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
$174.99 @ Amazon
MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard
$159.36 @ Amazon
G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory
$82.99 @ Newegg
Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
$87.99 @ Amazon
Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
$53.98 @ Newegg
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card
$274.99 @ B&H
Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
$129.99 @ Amazon
Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
$109.86 @ Newegg
Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
$99.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-26 05:03 EST-0500
Thanks in advance! I look forward to hearing some opinions!