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Completely Lost $1,500`ish Build

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Posted · Original PosterOP

      I have been out of the game since the i7-6700k.  My brother has asked me to build him a PC his and I comeback to a sea of videos and now i am completely lost in the storm of 2070s, 2070 supers, 2080Ti and giant prices ranges for all of it.  Hopefully someone takes pity on me and helps guide me through this storm.  I Plan on overclocking the CPU if that is still what everyone does.  I would want to aim for just an everyday OC something that is set it and forgot it.  I am open to up grading my GPU down the road and just buying something on the lower end for now(for my PC i bought a b stock 970 and ran that for a year or 2 and upgraded to a 1080 down the road).  As for everything else i don't really plan on touching it for the next 5 years so my CPU is my CPU and i won't really care about forward compatibility.


1. Budget & Location:  His budget will be around $1,500ish US Looking to buy the parts over the next month or 2 with all the Christmas and black Friday deals.

2. Aim: He's a gamer so that will be to focus (world of Warcraft, COD, BL3) Normal use would be to have WoW open on one monitor with Discord and 5 chrome tabs and a twitch Stream on another.  Every now and then stream game play to discord.

3. Monitors: He currently use 2 monitors Asus 1080 23.1in monitors nothing to write home about.  I will be purchasing an additional monitor At least 24inch 144hz 1080 ( i am open to bumping that up to 1440 27inch)  monitor will not be part of the 1500 budget but i am open to any suggestions i will more than likely purchase what ever one is a screaming deal this holiday season.

4. Peripherals: Has everything he needs.  



I am really just looking for a road map here since i am going to be trying to grab everything when it goes on sale.  Examples would be should i aim for 16gigs or go for 32?  what is a good price for the 3800x $315us? should i just go with the 9700k?  when picking a motherboard what should i look for?   


 Part List: 

Type                                                Item                                                                                                                            Price

CPU:                                      3800x   or I7 9700k ?
CPU Cooler:                          NOCTUA NH-D15 seems to be the best but an AOI just looks way better (open to either)

Motherboard:                    Anything that last 5 years?
Memory:                           32gigs?
Storage:                           atleast a 1tb SSD or maybe a m.2 nvme
Storage:                           maybe just 2 1tb SSDs in raid zero?
Video Card:                      nvidia ? (have heard some terrible stories about AMD video drivers)

Case:                                PC-O11 Dynamic looks amazing but might not be for my use case
Power Supply:                Anything that last 5 years?
Operating System:        Have a copy of windows 10                                                                                                                         0

Monitor suggestions:                          


I know that this is a lot of work and i want to thank Everyone for taking the time to read this post.

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22 minutes ago, Ajay1364 said:

(have heard some terrible stories about AMD video drivers)

They're fine, and have more features now actually...

you should just go for a 500GB SSD + 2TB hard drive IMO for cost efficiency, RAID isn't necessary at all.

When you upgrade the monitor go for a 1440p 100hz ultra wide, going from 16:9 to 16:9 isn't worth it IMO

Could spend a lot more money, but the performance gains just aren't really there for value per dollar. The 5700 can do 1440p 21:9 at high settings just fine

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JC8VYH

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($194.79 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Scythe FUMA 2 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler  ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($159.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($62.49 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($64.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 8 GB RED DRAGON Video Card  ($359.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: be quiet! Pure Power 11 600 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($79.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $1108.50

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/CyFVYH

Monitor: Monoprice 138035 35.0" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor  ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1518.49

I edit my posts a lot, Twitter is @LordStreetguru just don't ask PC questions there mostly...



What is your budget/country for your new PC?


what monitor resolution/refresh rate?


What games or other software do you need to run?



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Welcome to the forum!


Personally, I'd go with a 3600 as @Streetguru suggested, however I'd go full SSD storage (or at least a 1TB, with the pricing as it is there's really no reason not to), get a Noctua cooler instead, and if he's tab happy, 32GB of RAM wouldn't hurt. It's well priced right now and it'd be better to get it before prices go back up. If you're thinking of just game storage and want more of it, a 2TB SSD wouldn't be a bad idea, however don't use RAID0. There's no need for it, and it just adds more points of failure. AMD drivers aren't that bad, but judging by the rest of your build you're looking for better performance than they can provide. I'd recommend the 2080 Super. It gets 90% of the performance of the 2080Ti at half the cost. Don't get an MSI motherboard.

Current PC:




Mothballed PC:



CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red



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