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Analysis Paralysis - Gaming/Recording PC - $1,600

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Let me start by saying thank you to any and all who provide advice, I appreciate your time.

 

Budget (including currency): USD 1,600

Country: USA

 

Games: 

Smite, FPS style games and other various free and paid games in the future.

 

Programs or workloads: 

The goal is to play games on high settings and record for YouTube. Potential streaming in the future. Not sure what software I will use. 

 

Other details:
I want to see about building the PC from parts although I have no experience doing that. I’ll probably get some hate for this, but I was entertaining the idea of going pre-build options whilst doing research. For fun while researching I was able to build an Alienware Aurora R10 with the following for $1,599.

 

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Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 7 3700X (8-Core, 32MB L3 Cache, Max Boost Clock of 4.4GHz)

 

Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER™ 8GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)

 

Memory: 16GB Dual Channel HyperX™ FURY DDR4 XMP at 3200MHz; up to 64GB

 

Hard Drive:1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage)

 

Chassis Options: High-Performance CPU Liquid Cooling and 850W Power Supply

 

Wireless:Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.0

 

From researching I believe the most important components needed for recording are the CPU, RAM and Storage.

 

The main components I was looking at buying minimum (and someone correct me if I am ignorant) are AMD R7 3700X, GeForce RTX 2070 Super, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD / 1 TB HDD.

 

The budget indicated would be for the desktop only. I also plan on getting two monitors, a keyboard and mouse (any recommendations please). Hopefully for a steal during memorial weekend. I don’t want to spend more than $100 per monitor and keyboard mouse combo.

 

I don’t really have knowledge on what refresh rate to play on or record on, etc.

 

As you can see I’m a little all over the place. Any and all help is very appreciated.

 

Much love,

zChase

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pc specs:
CPU: 
Intel i7 8700K MOBO: ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming RAM: 16GB (2x8) DDR4 G Skill TridentZ 3000 MHz GPU: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING OC CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv STORAGE: Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB M.2 NVME SSD,
T-Force Delta RGB 250GB SSD, 4TB Seagate Barracuda HDD PSU: 750 Watt EVGA SuperNova G3 MONITERDell S2716DGR 1440p 144hz G-Sync, BenQ PD2700U 4K 60hz CPU COOLER: Corsair H115i RGB Platinum OS: Windows 10

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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 5/22/2020 at 5:45 PM, Shrekpad said:

Thank you for that pc part list! I had to replace certain items that were out of stock. I’m also confused on if the air cooler or an AIO water cooler is the right way to go. Keep reading back and forth things.  Unfortunately I can’t find a RTX 2070 in stock anywhere at a decent price. Also having trouble finding a PSU in stock. Thoughts on the modified list?

 

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/zzzChase/saved/HfgW3C

 

Trying to place an order for all parts and start this great journey.

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On 5/22/2020 at 8:45 PM, Shrekpad said:

🤔 Only one problem I have with this list, the motherboard. Its VRM performance is suspect at best. I wouldn't touch it with a ten fool pole unless the most demanding application I'm trying to run is something like Microsoft Office. I'd switch it to something like an Asus Tuf Gaming X-570 Plus instead just to be safe. 

 

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System Specs

  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte AMD X570 Auros Master
  • RAM
    G.Skill Ripjaws 32 GBs
  • GPU
    AMD RX 470
  • Case
    Corsair 570X
  • Storage
    Samsung SSD 860 QVO 2TB - HDD Seagate B arracuda 1TB - External Seagate HDD 8TB
  • PSU
    G.Skill RipJaws 1250 Watts
  • Keyboard
    Corsair Gaming Keyboard K55
  • Mouse
    Razer Naga Trinity
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
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Posted · Original PosterOP
11 minutes ago, BlackManINC said:

🤔 Only one problem I have with this list, the motherboard. Its VRM performance is suspect at best. I wouldn't touch it with a ten fool pole unless the most demanding application I'm trying to run is something like Microsoft Office. I'd switch it to something like an Asus Tuf Gaming X-570 Plus instead just to be safe. 

 

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@BlackManINC Thanks for the comment!

 

How do you feel about the Asus Prime X570 ATX AM4?

 

I have a modified list (still trying to figure out how to insert) where I selected Asus Prime X570 ATX AM4. From my brief reading the Prime versus the Tuf board is mainly about features, such as more USB options. The Asus Prime seems to be more cost effective and I'm trying to save some money where I can as I am finding out there are no cheap 144hz monitors.

   

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler  ($89.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card  ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1204.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-25 18:00 EDT-0400

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1 hour ago, zChase said:

@BlackManINC Thanks for the comment!

 

How do you feel about the Asus Prime X570 ATX AM4?

 

I have a modified list (still trying to figure out how to insert) where I selected Asus Prime X570 ATX AM4. From my brief reading the Prime versus the Tuf board is mainly about features, such as more USB options. The Asus Prime seems to be more cost effective and I'm trying to save some money where I can as I am finding out there are no cheap 144hz monitors.

   

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler  ($89.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card  ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1204.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-25 18:00 EDT-0400

Yeah, that's a better motherboard from what I've seen people say about it. I haven't seen any red flags about its VRM's, and that's what matters most if you're running high performance applications like video games. 👍👍


System Specs

  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • Motherboard
    Gigabyte AMD X570 Auros Master
  • RAM
    G.Skill Ripjaws 32 GBs
  • GPU
    AMD RX 470
  • Case
    Corsair 570X
  • Storage
    Samsung SSD 860 QVO 2TB - HDD Seagate B arracuda 1TB - External Seagate HDD 8TB
  • PSU
    G.Skill RipJaws 1250 Watts
  • Keyboard
    Corsair Gaming Keyboard K55
  • Mouse
    Razer Naga Trinity
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
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2 hours ago, zChase said:

Thank you for that pc part list! I had to replace certain items that were out of stock. I’m also confused on if the air cooler or an AIO water cooler is the right way to go. Keep reading back and forth things.  Unfortunately I can’t find a RTX 2070 in stock anywhere at a decent price. Also having trouble finding a PSU in stock. Thoughts on the modified list?

 

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/zzzChase/saved/HfgW3C

 

Trying to place an order for all parts and start this great journey.

It’s great, as BlackManINC said. Only thing is that SSD isn’t NVME, there are other nvme options at that price, but not sure if they would be in stock.


pc specs:
CPU: 
Intel i7 8700K MOBO: ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming RAM: 16GB (2x8) DDR4 G Skill TridentZ 3000 MHz GPU: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING OC CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv STORAGE: Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB M.2 NVME SSD,
T-Force Delta RGB 250GB SSD, 4TB Seagate Barracuda HDD PSU: 750 Watt EVGA SuperNova G3 MONITERDell S2716DGR 1440p 144hz G-Sync, BenQ PD2700U 4K 60hz CPU COOLER: Corsair H115i RGB Platinum OS: Windows 10

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Posted · Original PosterOP
39 minutes ago, Shrekpad said:

It’s great, as BlackManINC said. Only thing is that SSD isn’t NVME, there are other nvme options at that price, but not sure if they would be in stock.

@Shrekpad Thanks for letting me know the SSD wasn't NVME! I found a Western Digital Blue SN550 1TB m.2 - 2280 NVME SSD on Amazon for the same price and in stock. Takes some work to remember all the "should have" specifications with moving parts around on the list.

 

Now the only thing left is to find a decent 80+ PSU and RTX 2070 GPU in stock, but this whole Covid situation is hurting supply it seems.

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