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Posted · Original PosterOP

Budget (including currency): ~$900-1000

Country: US East Coast

Games / programs: Current plans are light gaming. Maybe Skyrim at 60fps 1920x1080? Use of Photoshop and light 3d modeling. Zoom calls when school starts again. Occasional streaming Photoshop.

Other details:

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I'm mainly looking for something with fairly good processing power as a work station for art.


The only item on the list required for the build is the GTX 1060 that I had received from a friend (it's not included in the price as of writing anyways). Could potentially be upgraded at a later date; this would be more of a starting PC for my wife. The preferred merchant is Amazon, but I am within driving distance of a Micro Center (though I did not look too hard into price matching). For the location of the setup, I'd prefer a wireless adapter. Only 1 monitor is fine. Already have a mouse and keyboard! I'm in no particular time crunch- about two or three months.

 

Please let me know what adjustments I can make to get better performance for that price point! Thanks in advance!

 

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2 minutes ago, bicorn said:

Budget (including currency): ~$900-1000

Country: US East Coast

Games / programs: Current plans are light gaming. Maybe Skyrim at 60fps 1920x1080? Use of Photoshop and light 3d modeling. Zoom calls when school starts again. Occasional streaming Photoshop.

Other details:

PCPP List

 

I'm mainly looking for something with fairly good processing power as a work station for art.


The only item on the list required for the build is the GTX 1060 that I had received from a friend (it's not included in the price as of writing anyways). Could potentially be upgraded at a later date; this would be more of a starting PC for my wife. The preferred merchant is Amazon, but I am within driving distance of a Micro Center (though I did not look too hard into price matching). For the location of the setup, I'd prefer a wireless adapter. Only 1 monitor is fine. Already have a mouse and keyboard! I'm in no particular time crunch- about two or three months.

 

Please let me know what adjustments I can make to get better performance for that price point! Thanks in advance!

 

Define workstation for me. You could do this:

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KQM8K4

But wait for next gen APUs so that you can stick something way more powerful than a quad core in there, there were some leaks that there was an 8 core APU coming out if you don't need the GPU compute at all, and it should be more than fine for light gaming.


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3 minutes ago, bicorn said:

 

Going to want an R5 3600 for the single core advantage

 

maybe some 3600mhz CL16 RAM if it's cheap.

Probably just buy a board with built in wifi/bluetooth unless you want like Wifi 6 from a PCI-e card or something.

 

Should get the Neptwin cooler for just a bit more
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3XXfrH/deepcool-cpu-cooler-neptwinv20


Or a windale 6, can always use the stock cooler if it gets out of budget.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fvgPxr/fsp-group-windale-6-600-cfm-cpu-cooler-ac601


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

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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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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, BlueScope819 said:

Define workstation for me.

Something that she can use for multiple purposes depending on the program she is using for art or work. For example, having a few dozen Chrome tabs open with Photoshop and embroidery software, maybe having multiple documents and Chrome tabs open when on a Zoom call with students, or streaming drawing via photoshop for students with Youtube up.

 

Thanks for the NVME suggestion. Admittedly, my last build was a few years ago, so I have yet to upgrade to it on my own desktop. Any time frame for when to expect more information on next gen APUs?

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9 minutes ago, bicorn said:

Something that she can use for multiple purposes depending on the program she is using for art or work. For example, having a few dozen Chrome tabs open with Photoshop and embroidery software, maybe having multiple documents and Chrome tabs open when on a Zoom call with students, or streaming drawing via photoshop for students with Youtube up.

 

Thanks for the NVME suggestion. Admittedly, my last build was a few years ago, so I have yet to upgrade to it on my own desktop. Any time frame for when to expect more information on next gen APUs?

Probably in the next two months. All of those things that you described can be handled easily with the system I specced out. If you want it to be silent you can also pick up a Noctua cooler.


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11 minutes ago, BlueScope819 said:

All of those things that you described can be handled easily with the system I specced out.

So I've added a few of the changes you and streetguru suggested:

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Added the Noctua CPU Cooler, R5 3400, NVME, AsRock Fatal1ty motherboard for the included wifi, and changed the memory to the Ripjaws DDR-4 3600s.


I love the form factor of the AsRock Deskmini, but I would like to upgrade it in the future and would like to have a little more space to do so.

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18 minutes ago, bicorn said:

So I've added a few of the changes you and streetguru suggested:

Updated List

Added the Noctua CPU Cooler, R5 3400, NVME, AsRock Fatal1ty motherboard for the included wifi, and changed the memory to the Ripjaws DDR-4 3600s.


I love the form factor of the AsRock Deskmini, but I would like to upgrade it in the future and would like to have a little more space to do so.

Sure. The only main problem with it is that you can't slap in a deticated GPU. That's the only reason I suggested it, and there isn't a need for an APU in a system that will have a dedicated graphics card, so spend the extra $20 for a 3600 as it has two more cores. Last thing, your PSU is way overpowered for what the system needs, a 500 watt would do just fine.

 

EDIT: Also the only reason why I suggested a Noctua cooler is because of the small form factor, a hyper 212 is just fine if the stock cooler is too loud for you.


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3 minutes ago, BlueScope819 said:

Sure. The only main problem with it is that you can't slap in a deticated GPU. That's the only reason I suggested it, and there isn't a need for an APU in a system that will have a dedicated graphics card, so spend the extra $20 for a 3600 as it has two more cores. Last thing, your PSU is way overpowered for what the system needs, a 500 watt would do just fine.

 

EDIT: Also the only reason why I suggested a Noctua cooler is because of the small form factor, a hyper 212 is just fine if the stock cooler is too loud for you.

Definitely appreciate it, thanks!

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8 hours ago, bicorn said:

So I've added a few of the changes you and streetguru suggested:

Updated List

Added the Noctua CPU Cooler, R5 3400, NVME, AsRock Fatal1ty motherboard for the included wifi, and changed the memory to the Ripjaws DDR-4 3600s.


I love the form factor of the AsRock Deskmini, but I would like to upgrade it in the future and would like to have a little more space to do so.

you're paying a premium for the smaller size on the motherboard for an atx case. makes zero sense when you can get a pci-e wifi adapter. no point in the low-profile cooler either.


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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CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($171.89 @ Amazon) no point getting an APU when you have a 1060.
Motherboard: MSI X470 GAMING PLUS MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($122.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory  ($79.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Team MP34 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($66.98 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB GAMING Video Card 
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($99.95 @ Walmart) 
Power Supply: Enermax Revolution D.F. 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($99.99 @ Amazon) 
Wireless Network Adapter: fenvi FV-8802 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($27.99 @ Amazon) 
Monitor: Acer SB220Q bi 21.5" 1920x1080 75 Hz Monitor  ($89.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $759.77
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-13 00:10 EDT-0400


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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