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Need help with pc building and compatibility :)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have a okay-ish pc right know but want to make a better rig it would be used for like 99% gaming and like 1% work I have a budget of 1400 right now and this is what I made.

When it comes to the parts I dont care about much other than I would like an 1tb ssd and a tempered glass case and at least a 1660ti everything would be better if it was Canadian.

Thanks in advance!

(This is my first pc so I have no idea so even my recommendations don't mean much! :D)


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Looks fine to me!

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what parts do you have now?

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1


Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync


Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Unless you need that motherboard for some particular features or color theme, you can save some money by going with other models that are just as good.

Also, I would change the CPU to Ryzen 3600 ... yes, it's just 6 cores instead of 8, but you get a newer generation with higher IPS (more instructions per clock) so it's actually faster, and you also have pci-e 4.0 support for the future, if you'll decide to upgrade the motherboard later.

Also, you should take advantage of having m.2 connectors and nvme for faster speeds so changed to a nvme drive

Also upgraded the video card. Another good option would be a 5600 XT or 5700 from AMD, but right now for these particular models, the drivers are a bit crappy, some users experience crashes or problems. but if you want to go with those models, they should be about 50$ cheaper and probably on average less than 5% slower than 2060 super


edit: the mb is fine, but it doesn't have usb type c in the back, and fewer usb connectors in total

If your budget allows, better boards would be msi gaming plus max or msi tomohawk max , but you're getting close to 130-140$ so by that point the Asus you chose becomes an OK choice.

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (B450 TOMAHAWK MAX) - PCPartPicker




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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($238.00 @ Vuugo) 
Motherboard: MSI B450-A PRO MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($109.99 @ Canada Computers) 
Memory: OLOy WarHawk RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($84.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($129.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB PULSE Video Card  ($509.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop) 
Case: Corsair SPEC-DELTA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case  ($89.99 @ Corsair) 
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada) 
Total: $1262.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-19 21:24 EST-0500

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700@3.8Ghz Heatsink: Gelid Phantom Black GPU: Sapphire RX 5700 XT RAM: Qidian DDR4 2x8GB 3000Mhz mobo: Biostar X370GT7 case: Fractal Design Define C PSU: Superflower Leadex Gold 650W


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Posted · Original PosterOP

These build look awesome just want to know if they are compatible i'm going to assume they are as they were recommended by you guys but pcpartpick say they are incompatible... do PPP have a bad compatibility check?

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The compatibility warning is about mixing a Ryzen 3rd generation processor with motherboards using the B450 chipset.

Some motherboards with that chipset require a BIOS update to be installed in order to get 3rd generation processors working on them. By now, most motherboards already come with compatible BIOS from the factory, but PC Part Picker has no way of knowing that, so they give you a general compatibility warning.


In our specific examples, we both recommended the MSI B450-A Pro MAX motherboard. All motherboards from MSI with the keyword MAX in their name were released after Ryzen 3rd generation processors were launched, so ALL of them come with a compatible bios from the start, so there's 100% guarantee they'll work and that compatibility warning does not apply to these motherboards.

My second suggestion, MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX, is also compatible 100%, as it has the MAX keyword in the name.



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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks for the reply ill definitely check all of these out! The help is awesome and I am super excited to get started :)

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