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1st PC Build

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi,

I'm planning to build my 1st PC as a SFF build, as I want it to be portable for when I go to Uni.

Can you please review my upcoming build, and give me general advice?

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 (~£155)

Good all-round CPU from reviews

GPU: GTX 650 Ti (Free from a friend)

I don't do any heavy gaming, so I'm planning to upgrade in 3 or so years.

Motherboard: B450/B550 Mini-ITX (B450 ~£125, B550 ~£160+?)

I would much prefer B550, for the future, but they seem to be very expensive. Advice would be grateful.

CPU Cooler: AMD Wreath Stealth (Free)

I believe it comes with the CPU, and adequate (not planning on overclocking)

RAM: 2 x 8GB (£65)

Cheap 3200MHz memory.

SSD: 480GB (£55)

Cheap SSD for my needs. I think the budget options don't have DRAM, but is that necessary?

Monitors: 1 x 1080p 120Hz DVI and 1 x 1080p 60Hz DVI VGA (Free from a friend)

I'm going to stick with these.

PSU: Akasa Venom 750W Semi-modular (Free from a friend)

I think it's a bit overkill, but I don't want to buy another.

Case: Thermaltake Core V1 or Fractal Core 500

£40 for the Thermaltake Core V1

£65 for the Fractal Core 500

I have an ATX Semi-modular power supply measuring 158mm (length), excluding the plastic connectors.

My GPU is 240mm in length and 36mm in width. I believe that both my cases will fit these parts.

Any other case suggestions?

Also, how difficult/more expensive is it to upgrade a GPU?

Thanks in advance.

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  • What is your budget
  • WHat is your needs
  • Get a better GPU for the CPU
  • You don't need a big PSU

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pc:

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laptop: macbook air 13.3”

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            RAM: 4GB 1333MHz

            CPU: Intel Core i5 2557M

            SSD: 128GB

            OS: Ubuntu 20.04

            Status: Current PC

operation badger: coming soon

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            RAM: 16GB DDR4-3200 CL-16

            CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600

            SSD: 256GB (Will get HDD when possible)

            GPU: Radeon RX 470

            OS: Pop!_OS and Windows 10 (dual boot)

            Status: Waiting for mobo prices to drop.

 

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totally get that free is a very enticing price, but a 650ti will be a huge bottleneck. I would probably recommend an APU if that is your GPU option. Maybe a Ryzen 3400G? alternatively, something like a 1050 ti would be good for not too bad, and you could pare back the CPU to something like a 3300X.  BTW, what's your max budget? ill see if i can come up with something that'd fit it.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
11 minutes ago, wall03 said:
  • What is your budget
  • WHat is your needs
  • Get a better GPU for the CPU
  • You don't need a big PSU

Budget: Ideally under £500, with around £250 in the future (3 years).

Needs: Schoolwork, Light gaming (World of Warships)

Better GPU: In the future

PSU: Was free

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12 minutes ago, rapidkillerx said:

totally get that free is a very enticing price, but a 650ti will be a huge bottleneck. I would probably recommend an APU if that is your GPU option. Maybe a Ryzen 3400G? alternatively, something like a 1050 ti would be good for not too bad, and you could pare back the CPU to something like a 3300X.  BTW, what's your max budget? ill see if i can come up with something that'd fit it.

I'm only going to do schoolwork and light gaming (World of Warships), with an upgrade in 3 years' time to the GPU. I only need a minimal GPU for now. I've looked on some benchmarks and it's slightly better than Vega 11 graphics, though it is fairly old.

Max budget is £500, with £250 in a few years for a better GPU.

 

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@rapidkillerx especially with these needs

 

2 minutes ago, jieyaw said:

Needs: Schoolwork, Light gaming (World of Warships)

 


a proud member of the parrot gang

please quote me or tag me @wall03 so i can see your response

motherboard buying guide      psu buying guide      pc building guide     privacy guide

pc:

Spoiler

 

laptop: macbook air 13.3”

Spoiler

            RAM: 4GB 1333MHz

            CPU: Intel Core i5 2557M

            SSD: 128GB

            OS: Ubuntu 20.04

            Status: Current PC

operation badger: coming soon

Spoiler

            RAM: 16GB DDR4-3200 CL-16

            CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600

            SSD: 256GB (Will get HDD when possible)

            GPU: Radeon RX 470

            OS: Pop!_OS and Windows 10 (dual boot)

            Status: Waiting for mobo prices to drop.

 

don't some things look better when they are lowercase?

-wall03

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£138.40 @ Alza)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard  (£111.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  (£44.99 @ Corsair UK)
Storage: ADATA SU630 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£49.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB MINI ITX OC Video Card  (£135.83 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Desktop Case  (£40.00)
Total: £520.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-06 19:47 BST+0100

 

how about something like this? went single channel memory as that's a pretty easy upgrade, and went with a ryzen 3300X which should be good for your needs.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, rapidkillerx said:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£138.40 @ Alza)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard  (£111.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  (£44.99 @ Corsair UK)
Storage: ADATA SU630 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (£49.00 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB MINI ITX OC Video Card  (£135.83 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Desktop Case  (£40.00)
Total: £520.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-06 19:47 BST+0100

 

how about something like this? went single channel memory as that's a pretty easy upgrade, and went with a ryzen 3300X which should be good for your needs.

How necessary is the GTX 1650 now? I'm doing schoolwork and light gaming, and I don't mind <60fps at low settings for now.

I don't mind investing more into B550/Ryzen 5 3600 now, at the expense of graphics.

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