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Need Help: First PC Build

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey,

 

1. Budget & Location

My budget is between $1000 - $1500, but I plan on buying everything during Black Friday/Cyber Monday so there is a bit of flexibility. I am in southern California. 

 

2. Aim

This PC will be primarily for gaming. I will, however use it for high school work, but I'm not taking any graphics design classes or anything like that so I don't think this is of much consequence. I'll also use it for web browsing, but nothing along the lines of video editing or streaming. I will be using it to play games such as Civilization VI, Starcraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, TES, Shadow of War, XCom, and of course to play any future games of interest. Also, I don't need anything flashy, so RGB and anything like that is unnecessary for me.

 

3. Monitors

I plan on using 1 monitor, with no intentions of using more in the future. I currently have a 1080p 60hz, but highly doubt that will be substantial. That being said, I have no idea what monitor is recommend for what I have.

 

4. Peripherals

I do not need a mouse or keyboard, but I might need a monitor and OS.

 

5. Why are you upgrading?

My current PC is exceptionally old and the replacements and repairs needed to make it functional again would be too inconvenient and expensive.

 

With all that being said, here is a list of the parts I have found. For some reason, I couldn't find this particular CPU on PCPartPicker so I included it separately. It says it comes with a cooler, but I'm not sure if I'll need a different one. Furthermore, I'm not sure if the fans I have are sufficient or if anything I have will cause serious bottlenecking. I don't know if I need anything else or if I should replace something.

 

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/PKBz9J
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/PKBz9J/by_merchant/

Motherboard: Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($133.79 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($119.89 @ OutletPC) 
Storage: ADATA - Ultimate SU800 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($46.89 @ OutletPC) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($58.50 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 8G Video Card  ($494.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: Corsair - 200R ATX Mid Tower Case  ($39.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($35.06 @ B&H) 
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($95.89 @ OutletPC) 
Case Fan: Corsair - Air Series White 2 pack 52.19 CFM 120mm Fan  ($19.36 @ OutletPC) 
Case Fan: Corsair - Air Series White 2 pack 52.19 CFM 120mm Fan  ($19.36 @ OutletPC) 
Total: $1063.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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CPU: https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Processor-Wraith-Stealth-Cooler/dp/B07B41WS48/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1541740044&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=ryzen+5+1600x&psc=1#HLCXComparisonWidget_feature_div

 

Thanks!

 

EDIT: Added to "Aim"; no need for RGB

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8 minutes ago, Sean Nguyen said:

Thanks!

Just so you know, this fits into your budget:

 

 

 

 

 

It's also understandable to keep it at the 2600 like you had before:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 But with your budget you might as well get the 1080ti. If not, get the 1070ti and overclock.


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Well... you forgot a CPU lol.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($159.89 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($104.71 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($82.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($45.89 @ OutletPC) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB G1 Gaming Video Card  ($514.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: Thermaltake - Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition ATX Mid Tower Case  ($64.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($79.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1163.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-09 00:41 EST-0500

 

There's some extra room there to buy whatever monitor you want (I'd suggest a 1440p monitor), an OS, and some case fans, in case the case you pick only has one. You can also get an upgraded CPU cooler if you want to do some overclocking, but the stock cooler should be good enough for a mild OC, so you can try it out and see if you want/need more. Most of the games you play aren't that intense, but a 1080 should last you plenty long for anything you pick. You could upgrade to a 1080 Ti if you wanted (though with stocks almost gone, prices will be pretty high, and you're probably better off going with an RTX 2080 if you can find a good deal on one).


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Maxing out the budget here but if there are some good black Friday deals then you can probably get a system similar to this.

 


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4 minutes ago, APasz said:

Personally I'd avoid the seasonic PSU. 

Why's that?


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They don't exactly have the best track record.


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3 minutes ago, APasz said:

best track record.

What do you mean? Seasonic is great.


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It is the second PSU I replace most often in older PCs. SHAW being most often.

For the first few years they're as good as anything else but around the 3/4 year mark they seem to rapidly start going down hill. More so than other PSU brands.


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If you can go abit over, this gives you a 1440p 165hz g-sync monitor.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($159.89 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($74.89 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: MyDigitalSSD - BP5e Slim 7 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($39.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($58.50 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($498.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Cougar - MX330-G ATX Mid Tower Case  ($48.98 @ B&H) 
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($95.89 @ OutletPC) 
Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor  ($379.89 @ OutletPC) 
Total: $1517.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-09 01:19 EST-0500


CPU: Intel i7-4870HQ Heatsink: Coolermaster TPC 812 GPU: Zotac GTX 1070ti Mini RAM: Geil DDR3 2x8GB Evo Potenza 2400Mhz mobo: MSI B85-IE35 case: Fractal Design Define C PSU: Superflower Leadex Gold 650W

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 hour ago, MandoPanda said:

Just so you know, this fits into your budget:

 

 

 

 

 

It's also understandable to keep it at the 2600 like you had before:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 But with your budget you might as well get the 1080ti. If not, get the 1070ti and overclock.

While it does fit my budget, I'd rather not spend an extra $300 hundred to get the 1080ti. I think I will switch to the 1070ti though. Also, why did you not include any fans for the build, and any suggestions for a monitor? I don't need anything crazy over the top, just something that'll work well and for a while.

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1 hour ago, Cereal5 said:

Well... you forgot a CPU lol.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($159.89 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($104.71 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($82.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($45.89 @ OutletPC) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB G1 Gaming Video Card  ($514.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: Thermaltake - Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition ATX Mid Tower Case  ($64.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($79.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1163.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-09 00:41 EST-0500

 

There's some extra room there to buy whatever monitor you want (I'd suggest a 1440p monitor), an OS, and some case fans, in case the case you pick only has one. You can also get an upgraded CPU cooler if you want to do some overclocking, but the stock cooler should be good enough for a mild OC, so you can try it out and see if you want/need more. Most of the games you play aren't that intense, but a 1080 should last you plenty long for anything you pick. You could upgrade to a 1080 Ti if you wanted (though with stocks almost gone, prices will be pretty high, and you're probably better off going with an RTX 2080 if you can find a good deal on one).

What's the difference between the case and power supply you suggested versus the one I initially had?

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 hour ago, JM21 said:

Maxing out the budget here but if there are some good black Friday deals then you can probably get a system similar to this.

 

Is there a reason you didn't include fans? Does the case already come with one? Also, any monitor suggestions?

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1 hour ago, APasz said:

It is the second PSU I replace most often in older PCs. SHAW being most often.

For the first few years they're as good as anything else but around the 3/4 year mark they seem to rapidly start going down hill. More so than other PSU brands.

What PSU would you recommend then?

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1 hour ago, Herman Mcpootis said:

If you can go abit over, this gives you a 1440p 165hz g-sync monitor.

What's the quality difference between 1080p and 1440p? If I were to get a 1080p, any suggestions?

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4 minutes ago, Sean Nguyen said:

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You probably wont even need a r7 2700, but still, you can go fr it...

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($265.60 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($116.79 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($55.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($58.50 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB Gaming OC 11G  Video Card  ($704.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($66.18 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1428.02
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-09 02:27 EST-0500

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1 minute ago, vexicus365 said:

 You probably wont even need a r7 2700, but still, you can go fr it...

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($265.60 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($116.79 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($55.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($58.50 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB Gaming OC 11G  Video Card  ($704.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($66.18 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1428.02
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-09 02:27 EST-0500

Nah, I don't need anything ridiculously crazy like that as I won't be using it for graphic design or video editing or anything like that. Something a little more mainstream I think would do fine. Have any monitor suggestions? Again, don't need top of the line.

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3 minutes ago, Sean Nguyen said:

What's the quality difference between 1080p and 1440p? If I were to get a 1080p, any suggestions?

better picture quality with a higher resolution monitor.


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6 minutes ago, Sean Nguyen said:

Nah, I don't need anything ridiculously crazy like that as I won't be using it for graphic design or video editing or anything like that. Something a little more mainstream I think would do fine. Have any monitor suggestions? Again, don't need top of the line.

If thats the case then build something like this...

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($159.89 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($74.89 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($55.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($58.50 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($369.99 @ Newegg Business) 
Case: NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($66.18 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $945.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-09 02:37 EST-0500

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Posted · Original PosterOP
24 minutes ago, vexicus365 said:

If thats the case then build something like this...

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($159.89 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($74.89 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($55.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($58.50 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($369.99 @ Newegg Business) 
Case: NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($66.18 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $945.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-09 02:37 EST-0500

Looks great! Thanks! When shopping for motherboards, what should I look for?

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9 hours ago, Sean Nguyen said:

What PSU would you recommend then?

EVGA and Corsair for high end, Antec and Silverstone for mid range, ThermalTake and Coolermaster for quality on a budget.


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9 hours ago, APasz said:

EVGA and Corsair for high end, Antec and Silverstone for mid range, ThermalTake and Coolermaster for quality on a budget.

Thanks

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