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Budget build for the wife :D

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Ok guys, so i'm capping this near the $600 cap. I will buying parts gradually and I plan to buy the CPU post launch of the new Ryzen chips in hopes of some more price drops.  

Build uses: Games - Literally only Sims4. Other than that it'll just be for watching movies or video/photo storage.

 

Here are the specs and my reasons behind wanting these, let me know if you think I should change it to something else for any reason. Peripherals are not in the budget. I'll be getting modded/customized peripherals for her build. 

Here is the PCPP permalink, but please read my usage/reasons behind these parts before changing it around. I am very open and willing to change parts based on your guys' opinions though :)

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kpsppG

 

CPU: $160 - Ryzen 5 2600 - She mostly plays on the weekends, I can join the Folding at Home team with this during the week days. Plus if I ever want to use it myself, it will be ready for me. 

 

Cooler: $0 - I will be using the stock cooler unless I feel the temps could/should be better. In which case I'll probably just buy an Arctic esports coolers or a 212. 

 

Motherboard: $79.99 - ASUS B450 Prime Micro ATX - Same reason as the CPU. Might switch to the MSI Mortar for more fan hubs though, don't know yet...

 

RAM: $134.99 - Corsair Vengeance RGB - I know I set a budget, but I can put an extra 15 bucks towards some RGB in the build lol. 

 

Storage: SSD - $72.99 - Samsung 860 EVO 500GB - 30 bucks more than the 250GB version for twice the storage? Sign me up!

              HDD - $58.89 - Seagate Barracuda 2TB - Again, just like 15 bucks more than the 1TB version, I'd be dumb not to get it for twice the storage. 

 

GPU: $0 - EVGA 960 2GB -  Don't laugh! I built my brother a PC a few years ago and this was in it, he's giving it to me for free. Plus Sims4 is more CPU than GPU usage. If I feel like it needs a buff than I'll just get a cheap 570 somewhere. 

 

Case: $70 - Fractal Design Define Mini C - It's a Micro case which is what I want and I will be modding it. (Turning the front face panel purple and a few accents here and there elsewhere on the case). Great airflow, reliable brand, it's everything I need. 

 

PSU: $42.98 - Corsair CXM 550W Bronze - Cheap, reliable, good brand. Though I don't know if I want to purchase a G2 from EVGA or a Seasonic for $30 more... what do you guys think?

 

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i mean, i see no problems with this build it looks like it'll do just fine for the sims. 

 

honestly, im proud of you @DVA for using dual channel with a ryzen build. 

Rig 1: i7-9700k OC'd to 5.0ghz all core | EVGA XC RTX 2080Ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | ASUS PRIME Z370-P | Asetek 550LC 120mm | ADATA 480GB SSD & Toshiba P300 3TB | Cooler Master Masterbox MB500 | Win 10 Home | Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, G502 Proteus Spectrum, G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow Wireless Limited Edition, Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad | 2 MSI Optix Curved 27" FHD Monitors 

 

(before i sold the WD drive and MSI gpu - https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11946219 171 gaming. felt good.)

 

Rig 2: i7-7700k Stock clocks | MSI Armor GTX 1070 | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8GB | MSI Z270 A-Pro | WD Green 240GB SSD & 2TB Seagate HDD | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition | Win 10 Home | 2 HP Omen FHD 144hz 24.5" Monitors 

 

Rig 3: i7-6700 | GT 730 & GT 645 OEM | Some random DDR4 2133mhz 2x8gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | WD Black 2TB HDD & Toshiba 1TB HDD | Win 10 Home | 3 27" Dell FHD Monitors 

 

Rig 4: i7-4770 | EVGA SSC 1050ti | Some random DDR3 ram 2x2gb and 2x4gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | Stock Cooler | 1TB WD Black HDD | Win 7 Home 

 

RIP 

 

Rig 5 (dead and dismantled and sold) : i7-7820X OC'd to 4.8ghz all core | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | Gigabyte X299 UD4 PRO | Asetek 240mm AIO | WD Green 240gb SSD | Other various components that I can't remember

 

Rig 6 (same fate as rig 5) i7-8700k stock clocks | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8gb | MSI Z370 A-Pro | Asetek 550LC 120mm | WD Green 240GB SSD & Toshiba 2TB HDD | Other various components that I can't Remember 

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9 minutes ago, DVA said:

Ok guys, so i'm capping this near the $600 cap. I will buying parts gradually and I plan to buy the CPU post launch of the new Ryzen chips in hopes of some more price drops.  

Build uses: Games - Literally only Sims4. Other than that it'll just be for watching movies or video/photo storage.

 

Here are the specs and my reasons behind wanting these, let me know if you think I should change it to something else for any reason. Peripherals are not in the budget. I'll be getting modded/customized peripherals for her build. 

Here is the PCPP permalink, but please read my usage/reasons behind these parts before changing it around. I am very open and willing to change parts based on your guys' opinions though :)

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kpsppG

 

CPU: $160 - Ryzen 5 2600 - She mostly plays on the weekends, I can join the Folding at Home team with this during the week days. Plus if I ever want to use it myself, it will be ready for me. 

 

Cooler: $0 - I will be using the stock cooler unless I feel the temps could/should be better. In which case I'll probably just buy an Arctic esports coolers or a 212. 

 

Motherboard: $79.99 - ASUS B450 Prime Micro ATX - Same reason as the CPU. 

 

RAM: $134.99 - Corsair Vengeance RGB - I know I set a budget, but I can put an extra 15 bucks towards some RGB in the build lol. 

  

Storage: SSD - $72.99 - Samsung 860 EVO 500GB - 30 bucks more than the 250GB version for twice the storage? Sign me up!

              HDD - $58.89 - Seagate Barracuda 2TB - Again, just like 15 bucks more than the 1TB version, I'd be dumb not to get it for twice the storage. 

 

GPU: $0 - EVGA 960 2GB -  Don't laugh! I built my brother a PC a few years ago and this was in it, he's giving it to me for free. Plus Sims4 is more CPU than GPU usage. If I feel like it needs a buff than I'll just get a cheap 570 somewhere. 

 

Case: $70 - Fractal Design Define Mini C - It's a Micro case which is what I want and I will be modding it. (Turning the front face panel purple and a few accents here and there elsewhere on the case). Great airflow, reliable brand, it's everything I need. 

 

PSU: $42.98 - Corsair CXM 550W Bronze - Cheap, reliable, good brand. Though I don't know if I want to purchase a G2 from EVGA or a Seasonic for $30 more... what do you guys think?

 

I would recommend a slightly better PSU. Get something from tier 1 or 2 from this list. I understand you are doing a budget build but I would recommend getting a better power supply for extra $10.

Here is tiered list of power supplies 

 

CPU i7 8700k MB  Asrock Z370 Killer SLI/ac GPU EVGA GTX1060 6 GB RAM 16GB DDR4 Gskill Ripjaw 3200 Mhz PSU EVGA SuperNova 750 G1+Storage 1x1TB WD Blue + 250GB WD Blue M.2 CASE Fractal design define C

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2 minutes ago, TH3R34P3R said:

i mean, i see no problems with this build it looks like it'll do just fine for the sims. 

 

honestly, im proud of you @DVA for using dual channel with a ryzen build. 

It's always best to optimize your builds :D

3000Mhz should be plenty as well. Could you give me an opinion on the motherboard and psu? I feel like those are two of my biggest split decisions currently. (I edited the motherboard section)

Just now, Rex_G said:

I would recommend a slightly better PSU. Get something from tier 1 or 2 from this list. 

 

 

Yeah, I was thinking maybe so as well. I'm probably going to get another G2 which is what I use in my main rig. I think it fits into the Define C mini(?). 

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10 minutes ago, DVA said:

ASUS B450 Prime Micro ATX

there's no VRM heatsink, not even a purely decorative (and functionally useless) one.

 

 

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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the asus board isnt that bad. and good job with the choice of 450 board over the 350 ones. 

 

but as jurrunio said above, no heatsinks. 

Rig 1: i7-9700k OC'd to 5.0ghz all core | EVGA XC RTX 2080Ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | ASUS PRIME Z370-P | Asetek 550LC 120mm | ADATA 480GB SSD & Toshiba P300 3TB | Cooler Master Masterbox MB500 | Win 10 Home | Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, G502 Proteus Spectrum, G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow Wireless Limited Edition, Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad | 2 MSI Optix Curved 27" FHD Monitors 

 

(before i sold the WD drive and MSI gpu - https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11946219 171 gaming. felt good.)

 

Rig 2: i7-7700k Stock clocks | MSI Armor GTX 1070 | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8GB | MSI Z270 A-Pro | WD Green 240GB SSD & 2TB Seagate HDD | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition | Win 10 Home | 2 HP Omen FHD 144hz 24.5" Monitors 

 

Rig 3: i7-6700 | GT 730 & GT 645 OEM | Some random DDR4 2133mhz 2x8gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | WD Black 2TB HDD & Toshiba 1TB HDD | Win 10 Home | 3 27" Dell FHD Monitors 

 

Rig 4: i7-4770 | EVGA SSC 1050ti | Some random DDR3 ram 2x2gb and 2x4gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | Stock Cooler | 1TB WD Black HDD | Win 7 Home 

 

RIP 

 

Rig 5 (dead and dismantled and sold) : i7-7820X OC'd to 4.8ghz all core | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | Gigabyte X299 UD4 PRO | Asetek 240mm AIO | WD Green 240gb SSD | Other various components that I can't remember

 

Rig 6 (same fate as rig 5) i7-8700k stock clocks | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8gb | MSI Z370 A-Pro | Asetek 550LC 120mm | WD Green 240GB SSD & Toshiba 2TB HDD | Other various components that I can't Remember 

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2 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

there's no VRM heatsink, not even a purely decorative (and functionally useless) one.

 

 

I will gladly take a suggestion if you have one. Also, thanks again for the 570 suggestion. It'd be in my cart already if my brother didn't hand me the 960 for free lol. 

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I like this budget build. It's good for the games it will run at this point, I have crappier specs and I can run it fine. For what there is, and what it's being used for, this is good.

Just message or quote me if you have questions! I might not be able to answer them, but I might be able to help!

Current PC

Way too crappy to even say.

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@DVA Have you considered the AsRock mATX board? It's better than the Asus one, and it actually has heatsinks on its VRM. The MSI Mortar/Bazooka is probably the best in that category though.

I think you should get a motherboard with VRM heatsinks just in case you consider overclocking at some time.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | MOBO: MSI B450 Tomahawk GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800XT | RAM: GSkill Trident Z DDR4 3600Mhz | PSU: ADATA Core Reactor 850W 80+ Gold | CASE: Fractal Design Meshify C MONITOR: LG 32UL500-W 4K 60Hz, Gigabyte M27Q 1440p 165Hz

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1 minute ago, Krosis said:

@DVA Have you considered the AsRock mATX board? It's better than the Asus one, and it actually has heatsinks on its VRM. The MSI Mortar/Bazooka is probably the best in that category though.

I think you should get a motherboard with VRM heatsinks just in case you consider overclocking at some time.

You know what, for her I wasn't thinking of OC'ing it. Seeing as how I'll probably use it at some point than I probably should lol. I have the Mortar in my OP as an after thought, I just may go with that. I was looking at the ASRock, but I've never used their products. I do see them frequently in budget builds though. 

 

 

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Just now, DVA said:

You know what, for her I wasn't thinking of OC'ing it. Seeing as how I'll probably use it at some point than I probably should lol. I have the Mortar in my OP as an after thought, I just may go with that. I was looking at the ASRock, but I've never used their products. I do see them frequently in budget builds though. 

 

 

Yeah just go with the Mortar, it's just a mATX version of the Tomahawk, which I definitely recommend (using it right now!).

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | MOBO: MSI B450 Tomahawk GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800XT | RAM: GSkill Trident Z DDR4 3600Mhz | PSU: ADATA Core Reactor 850W 80+ Gold | CASE: Fractal Design Meshify C MONITOR: LG 32UL500-W 4K 60Hz, Gigabyte M27Q 1440p 165Hz

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Just now, Krosis said:

Yeah just go with the Mortar, it's just a mATX version of the Tomahawk, which I definitely recommend (using it right now!).

Thanks, I'll be sure to have that one listed in my next planning thread once I can get a few more suggestions going on. 

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Also, the CX550M is a pretty good and reliable PSU, but if you want to just consider efficiency, you can also consider the Season Focus Gold 550W for $10 more after MIR.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | MOBO: MSI B450 Tomahawk GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800XT | RAM: GSkill Trident Z DDR4 3600Mhz | PSU: ADATA Core Reactor 850W 80+ Gold | CASE: Fractal Design Meshify C MONITOR: LG 32UL500-W 4K 60Hz, Gigabyte M27Q 1440p 165Hz

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Just now, Krosis said:

Also, the CX550M is a pretty good and reliable PSU, but if you want to just consider efficiency, you can also consider the Season Focus Gold 550W for $10 more after MIR.

MIR is a lie. I still haven't gotten my 20 bucks from 6 months ago for my G2 PSU lmao. 

I'll more than likely get the G2 or Seasoni just for the efficiency rating and reputation alone. Can't cheap out too much on a PSU :)

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CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | MOBO: MSI B450 Tomahawk GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800XT | RAM: GSkill Trident Z DDR4 3600Mhz | PSU: ADATA Core Reactor 850W 80+ Gold | CASE: Fractal Design Meshify C MONITOR: LG 32UL500-W 4K 60Hz, Gigabyte M27Q 1440p 165Hz

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1 minute ago, Krosis said:

Those actually look like good deals! I live 40 minutes from one.. not the most ideal drive for me lol. 

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2 minutes ago, Krosis said:

Yes, look at micro center deals if you live near one! I'm lucky enough to live 15 minutes away from one.

Just message or quote me if you have questions! I might not be able to answer them, but I might be able to help!

Current PC

Way too crappy to even say.

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Just now, Cameron Goodwin said:

Yes, look at micro center deals if you live near one! I'm lucky enough to live 15 minutes away from one.

You are so lucky :(

40minutes isn't the worst, but it is a little bit out of the way...

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1 minute ago, DVA said:

You are so lucky :(

40minutes isn't the worst, but it is a little bit out of the way...

Unless you're trying to make the $69 PC (hah hah), I think that that's just a little far out of the way.

Just message or quote me if you have questions! I might not be able to answer them, but I might be able to help!

Current PC

Way too crappy to even say.

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3 minutes ago, DVA said:

You are so lucky :(

40minutes isn't the worst, but it is a little bit out of the way...

You are so lucky!

The nearest micro center to me is 27 hrs away (if I leave right now). :(

 

(I am in Canada)

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | MOBO: MSI B450 Tomahawk GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800XT | RAM: GSkill Trident Z DDR4 3600Mhz | PSU: ADATA Core Reactor 850W 80+ Gold | CASE: Fractal Design Meshify C MONITOR: LG 32UL500-W 4K 60Hz, Gigabyte M27Q 1440p 165Hz

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1 minute ago, Krosis said:

You are so lucky!

The nearest micro center to me is 27 hrs away (if I leave right now). :(

 

(I am in Canada)

Oh jeez. Need me to send stuff to you? (I can't I'm just trying to sympathize)

Just message or quote me if you have questions! I might not be able to answer them, but I might be able to help!

Current PC

Way too crappy to even say.

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Just now, Cameron Goodwin said:

Oh jeez. Need me to send stuff to you? (I can't I'm just trying to sympathize)

Naah, I got Memory Express (25 mins away) and Canada Computers (10 mins away)!

 

Although, considering how atrocious prices for parts in Canada are, I would like to buy in USD please.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X | MOBO: MSI B450 Tomahawk GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800XT | RAM: GSkill Trident Z DDR4 3600Mhz | PSU: ADATA Core Reactor 850W 80+ Gold | CASE: Fractal Design Meshify C MONITOR: LG 32UL500-W 4K 60Hz, Gigabyte M27Q 1440p 165Hz

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33 minutes ago, DVA said:

Yeah, I was thinking maybe so as well. I'm probably going to get another G2 which is what I use in my main rig. I think it fits into the Define C mini(?). 

From Fractal website, 

  • ATX PSUs up to 175mm deep

G2 is 165 mm. I think it should be fine.

I have a Define C (which has same PSU size spec) and I have 750 W G1+ (170mm length) in it. It fits fine with my drive cage in there as well.

CPU i7 8700k MB  Asrock Z370 Killer SLI/ac GPU EVGA GTX1060 6 GB RAM 16GB DDR4 Gskill Ripjaw 3200 Mhz PSU EVGA SuperNova 750 G1+Storage 1x1TB WD Blue + 250GB WD Blue M.2 CASE Fractal design define C

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