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Recommendations for ~$1K Gaming Build?

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I am a newbie builder looking to replace my existing 8 year old PC. I almost pulled the trigger on a $1500 pre-built with Intel i7/RTX 2080 that Best Buy had for black friday but storage wasn't up to snuff and besides I need to get a true build under my belt.  I did manage to score a Crucial MX500 2TB 3D NAND SSD ($210) and a Toshiba 5TB 3.5 hard drive ($110) so storage is taken care of. I keep confusing myself with my core requirements and trying to "future proof" (yeah I know not really possible) for the next potential 8 years while trying to avoid regrets for at least the next year.  Generally I don't bother to upgrade. The build someone else did for me on my current PC was 1K and the only "upgrades" was to replace the GPU and power supply because they both eventually failed. My efforts regarding maintaining my PC is best described as "I just want it to work" and periodically using canned air to remove some dust buildup.

 

- Like to max my spending to $1500 but close to $1k the better.

- Silence is golden. Quieter the better.  Obviously while gaming that goes out the window but regular PC stuff, rather not hear it

- Figure for once would like to be able to play games at across the board max settings on either a 1080p or 1440p monitor (on the fence on which to go with)

- Lighting/RBG effects don't matter. I am fine with them being there but not critical as I can tell after about a week I would likely just cut them off anyway but can't tell if that is always possible with case built-in lighting

- I tend to stack things on top of my case as temp shelf space so while a fan on top is fine, the entire top being for fans, not so much.

- Thinking AMD unless recommend otherwise.

- Keep hearing mixed reviews on the RTX2080 and looking at sales it seems the pre-built "retail" price is ~$500 but for us non-bulk buyers the price remains in the $800 range which seems really excessive. Yet still considering cause /drool max settings.

- Prefer modular power supply, mostly because just discovered this exists now.

- Keep reading "which is better" reviews on air versus liquid so keep going back and forth on that too.

 

After doing dozens of builds and all of em making me think I missing important details, figure throw it at the experts. Any advice is much appreciated!

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This would be a very nice and quiet combo. The only way to really get the price down would be going with a RTX2070. The 2070 is honestly more than sufficient for 1440p.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($149.99 @ B&H) 
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler  ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Amazon) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($114.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card  ($749.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: be quiet! - Silent Base 600 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($119.00 @ B&H) 
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1350.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-26 08:01 EST-0500

 

With 2070:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($149.99 @ B&H) 
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler  ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Amazon) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($114.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($498.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Case: be quiet! - Silent Base 600 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($119.00 @ B&H) 
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1099.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-26 08:02 EST-0500

PC Specs - AMD Ryzen 5 5600X MSI B550M Mortar 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3600 @ CL15 - RX5700XT 660p 1TBGB & 256GB 600p Fractal Define Mini C CM V550 - Pop!_OS 20.04

 

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2 hours ago, NelizMastr said:

This would be a very nice and quiet combo. The only way to really get the price down would be going with a RTX2070. The 2070 is honestly more than sufficient for 1440p.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($149.99 @ B&H) 
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler  ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Amazon) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($114.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card  ($749.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: be quiet! - Silent Base 600 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($119.00 @ B&H) 
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1350.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-26 08:01 EST-0500

 

With 2070:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($149.99 @ B&H) 
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler  ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Amazon) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($114.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($498.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Case: be quiet! - Silent Base 600 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($119.00 @ B&H) 
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1099.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-26 08:02 EST-0500

All I would do to that is take out the cooler if he wants since the Ryzen stock coolers are quite good and swap out that power supply since many complain about it being loud.

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Just now, OreoPandas said:

All I would do to that is take out the cooler if he wants since the Ryzen stock coolers are quite good and swap out that power supply since many complain about it being loud.

He wants a quiet system, the stock cooler on Ryzens is pretty loud and whiny under heavy load. A nice beefy cooler that can run at low RPM is better.

 

PSU wise, sure, anything else around that price would do, as long as it's gold rated and not from an off brand. 

PC Specs - AMD Ryzen 5 5600X MSI B550M Mortar 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3600 @ CL15 - RX5700XT 660p 1TBGB & 256GB 600p Fractal Define Mini C CM V550 - Pop!_OS 20.04

 

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Sweet, thanks for the builds.  I am looking into it now. Looks like exactly what I needed. Thanks!

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10 hours ago, NelizMastr said:

He wants a quiet system, the stock cooler on Ryzens is pretty loud and whiny under heavy load. A nice beefy cooler that can run at low RPM is better.

 

PSU wise, sure, anything else around that price would do, as long as it's gold rated and not from an off brand. 

iIRC that G3 is pretty loud, not that good for a quiet rig. @LienusLateTips?

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Heatsink: Gelid Phantom Black GPU: Palit RTX 3060 Ti Dual RAM: Corsair DDR4 2x8GB 3000Mhz mobo: Asus X570-P case: Fractal Design Define C PSU: Superflower Leadex Gold 650W

 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($159.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI - B450-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($79.89 @ B&H) 
Memory: ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($102.99 @ Newegg Business) 
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB XC GAMING Video Card  ($529.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: be quiet! - Pure Base 600 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($101.98 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1024.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-26 21:00 EST-0500

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Heatsink: Gelid Phantom Black GPU: Palit RTX 3060 Ti Dual RAM: Corsair DDR4 2x8GB 3000Mhz mobo: Asus X570-P case: Fractal Design Define C PSU: Superflower Leadex Gold 650W

 

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