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First Gaming Rig

Fecba
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1. Budget & Location

Budget is about $1,500 to $2,000 CAD and im located in the western part of the Toronto Area.

2. Aim

My plan is for this PC to run games like the newest battlefield and other AAA titles at 1080p-1440p at 60+FPS. I am trying to keep the build clean, and visually appealing as it is going in a high traffic area of my house. The other use for it will just be normal everyday productivity. I do want to run an AIO, as i want the mother board to look clean and slim. I am planning on doing a white, grey and black them with the parts, with RGB so i can change the theme based on the season

3. Monitors

More than likely starting with one and see how it goes, will most likely upgrade to two in the future. they will be in the 1080p to 1440 range, not really sure yet

4. Peripherals

Only peripheral i will be needing is the monitor, i am getting the other peripherals before.

5. List I have made so far

CPU: i5 8600k                  GPU: nividia GTX 1070TI EVGA( or ASUS)                 CPU cooling: Water cooling either 120mm or 240mm       Mother Board: Asus ROG Strix b360-F     

RAM: 16 Gb 3000MHz Corsair vengence RGB      Memory: samsung 860 Evo 500Gb 2.5' SSD 1TB seagate barracuda 7200RPM    PowerSupply:  EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550 W 80+Gold Fully Modular
Case: Fractal Design Meshify White

 

As it stand right now the parts i have selected puts me at about $2,000. I am wondering do i need this high of specs to run the PC, and as a first time building so I go to a local shop to get them to build the PC for me as I scared of damaging parts of not having it work when i turn it on.

 

Also im looking into doing cable mods.... thought?

 

Thanks for any help,

Peter
 

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4 minutes ago, LukeSavenije said:

I am not to familiar with AMD CPUs and their performance for gaming compared to Intel, I do know that they are generally slightly cheaper than Intel. Ummm so i guess what I am asking is what level of Intel is it compairable to? I know their products don't line up quite equally. And thank you for your help already!!!

 

And reccomendations for building on my own or getting a shop to build for me like Canada Computers?

 

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6 minutes ago, Fecba said:

I am not to familiar with AMD CPUs and their performance for gaming compared to Intel, I do know that they are generally slightly cheaper than Intel. Ummm so i guess what I am asking is what level of Intel is it compairable to? I know their products don't line up quite equally. And thank you for your help already!!!

 

And reccomendations for building on my own or getting a shop to build for me like Canada Computers?

 

Well, 2600 would be about 8500 gamingwise, but it's upgradeable down the line as intel supports the am4 platform untill 2020. With next gen they are going to release 7nm chips, as intels next gen wil be 14nm (all rumors), but that's why I kept some budget so you can keep it and spend it on one later. Building yourself isn't that hard imo, but I'm not familiar with canada computers pricing and quality in building

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12 minutes ago, Fecba said:

I am not to familiar with AMD CPUs and their performance for gaming compared to Intel, I do know that they are generally slightly cheaper than Intel. Ummm so i guess what I am asking is what level of Intel is it compairable to? I know their products don't line up quite equally. And thank you for your help already!!!

 

And reccomendations for building on my own or getting a shop to build for me like Canada Computers?

 

For high refresh rate gaming, Intel still wins out but it costs a lot more for the most part. For an intel rig go with something like this: 

 

PCPartPicker part list: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/gF7sgw
Price breakdown by merchant: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/gF7sgw/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($329.00 @ Amazon Canada) 
CPU Cooler: EVGA - CLC 280 113.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($132.16 @ Vuugo) 
Motherboard: EVGA - Z370 FTW ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($165.99 @ PC-Canada) 
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($163.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($119.99 @ Canada Computers) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($67.99 @ Powertop) 
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB Titanium Video Card  ($619.00 @ Canada Computers) 
Case: NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($98.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($89.99 @ Amazon Canada) 
Monitor: Acer - XF240H 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor  ($249.99 @ Canada Computers) 
Total: $2037.09
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-05 16:13 EST-0500

 

I have that same cooler on my R7 2700X, it's great. And my i5 8600K (on an NH-D15S) at 5.1Ghz keeps up with a 1080 Ti in 1080p. I can keep 180fps (max refresh of my monitor) pretty much solid all the time. I've built with that HDD, SSD, and PSU, they're awesome. For the price the EVGA mobo should be great (I have the ASUS Z370-A but it's like $60 more or so for you), the GPU is basically the Gaming X but silver/white, and from my experience with an H200 the H500 should be freaking awesome, it's pretty much the newer version of the S340 Elite (which my 8600K/1080 Ti rig is in, it's a great case). 

Intel HEDT and Server platform enthusiasts: Intel HEDT Xeon/i7 Megathread 

 

Current Rig - i7 6950X - EVGA X99 Classified - 4x8GB 3200Mhz CL16 DDR4 - 2060 Super FE - 1TB 970 Evo + 500GB WD Blue SSD + 1TB MX500 - LG WH14NS40 BluRay Drive - EVGA 1000W G3 - Corsair Air 540 - Noctua iPPC NF-A14 3000 (rear) + 3x Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM (radiator) - LG 27UK650-W (27" 4K60hz) - Custom CPU/GPU Loop w/single 360mm rad - Windows 10

 

Project Rig (WIP) - Xeon I forgot the name of - NH-L12S - EVGA X99 Micro 2 - 4x4GB 2800MHz DDR4 - WX2100 2GB - 256GB 960 Evo - Flex-ATX PSU - Old Dell OEM case - Noctua 80mm fans - probably will be windows

 

Daily Devices:

(work laptop) MacBook Pro 15,4 - i7 4980HQ - 16GB DDR3L - Iris Pro/Radeon R9 M370X 2GB - 1TB SSD - macOS 12.3 Monterey   

iPhone 13 Pro Max 128GB - iOS 15.4

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4 minutes ago, Zando Bob said:

For high refresh rate gaming, Intel still wins out but it costs a lot more for the most part. For an intel rig go with something like this: 

 

PCPartPicker part list: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/gF7sgw
Price breakdown by merchant: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/gF7sgw/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($329.00 @ Amazon Canada) 
CPU Cooler: EVGA - CLC 280 113.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($132.16 @ Vuugo) 
Motherboard: EVGA - Z370 FTW ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($165.99 @ PC-Canada) 
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($163.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($119.99 @ Canada Computers) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($67.99 @ Powertop) 
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB Titanium Video Card  ($619.00 @ Canada Computers) 
Case: NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($98.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($89.99 @ Amazon Canada) 
Monitor: Acer - XF240H 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor  ($249.99 @ Canada Computers) 
Total: $2037.09
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-05 16:13 EST-0500

 

I have that same cooler on my R7 2700X, it's great. And my i5 8600K (on an NH-D15S) at 5.1Ghz keeps up with a 1080 Ti in 1080p. I can keep 180fps (max refresh of my monitor) pretty much solid all the time. I've built with both those HDDs and that PSU, they're awesome. For the price the EVGA mobo should be great (I have the ASUS Z370-A but it's like $60 more or so for you), the GPU is basically the Gaming X but silver/white, and from my experience with an H200 the H500 should be freaking awesome, it's pretty much the newer version of the S340 Elite (which my 8600K/1080 Ti rig is in, it's a great case). 

Awsome!! Thanks for all the help! I still have quite some time to figure what CPU route I want to go. It interesting to see everyone's different perspectives on certain aspects

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2 minutes ago, Fecba said:

Awsome!! Thanks for all the help! I still have quite some time to figure what CPU route I want to go. It interesting to see everyone's different perspectives on certain aspects

No prob! And it pretty much comes down to just gaming/high refresh rate gaming > Intel, value/multitasking/streaming > Ryzen. Unless you have a bigger budget, then you get an i7 8700K and have the best of both worlds. 

Intel HEDT and Server platform enthusiasts: Intel HEDT Xeon/i7 Megathread 

 

Current Rig - i7 6950X - EVGA X99 Classified - 4x8GB 3200Mhz CL16 DDR4 - 2060 Super FE - 1TB 970 Evo + 500GB WD Blue SSD + 1TB MX500 - LG WH14NS40 BluRay Drive - EVGA 1000W G3 - Corsair Air 540 - Noctua iPPC NF-A14 3000 (rear) + 3x Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM (radiator) - LG 27UK650-W (27" 4K60hz) - Custom CPU/GPU Loop w/single 360mm rad - Windows 10

 

Project Rig (WIP) - Xeon I forgot the name of - NH-L12S - EVGA X99 Micro 2 - 4x4GB 2800MHz DDR4 - WX2100 2GB - 256GB 960 Evo - Flex-ATX PSU - Old Dell OEM case - Noctua 80mm fans - probably will be windows

 

Daily Devices:

(work laptop) MacBook Pro 15,4 - i7 4980HQ - 16GB DDR3L - Iris Pro/Radeon R9 M370X 2GB - 1TB SSD - macOS 12.3 Monterey   

iPhone 13 Pro Max 128GB - iOS 15.4

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2 hours ago, Zando Bob said:

CPU Cooler: EVGA - CLC 280 113.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($132.16 @ Vuugo) 

@Zando Bob did you mean to choose the 280mm?

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28 minutes ago, Fecba said:

@Zando Bob did you mean to choose the 280mm?

Yep, it's the biggest rad that case will fit. I have that AIO as well, it's great, keeps my R7 2700X cool in pretty much everything unless I max the voltage and run torture tests. The fans are pretty loud above 30% but if you plug them into the headers on the AIO block/pump combo itself they never ramp that high anyways. The EVGA software is pretty decent too, though sometimes setting the RGB logo is a bit buggy, but it's not that bad since it defaults to a nice rainbow color cycle.

Intel HEDT and Server platform enthusiasts: Intel HEDT Xeon/i7 Megathread 

 

Current Rig - i7 6950X - EVGA X99 Classified - 4x8GB 3200Mhz CL16 DDR4 - 2060 Super FE - 1TB 970 Evo + 500GB WD Blue SSD + 1TB MX500 - LG WH14NS40 BluRay Drive - EVGA 1000W G3 - Corsair Air 540 - Noctua iPPC NF-A14 3000 (rear) + 3x Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM (radiator) - LG 27UK650-W (27" 4K60hz) - Custom CPU/GPU Loop w/single 360mm rad - Windows 10

 

Project Rig (WIP) - Xeon I forgot the name of - NH-L12S - EVGA X99 Micro 2 - 4x4GB 2800MHz DDR4 - WX2100 2GB - 256GB 960 Evo - Flex-ATX PSU - Old Dell OEM case - Noctua 80mm fans - probably will be windows

 

Daily Devices:

(work laptop) MacBook Pro 15,4 - i7 4980HQ - 16GB DDR3L - Iris Pro/Radeon R9 M370X 2GB - 1TB SSD - macOS 12.3 Monterey   

iPhone 13 Pro Max 128GB - iOS 15.4

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If you wanna just gaming 100% intel but if you have mult-tasking stuff to do then go ryzen most of the time

 PC: A10 6700, 8gb DDR3 1600mhz, GTX 1050ti, 1TB HDD and Prebuilt motherboard, case, power supply & cooler

Laptop (Asus Vivovook X510UA): i5 8250u 8gb DDR4 2400mhz 256gb SSD

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($225.76 @ Amazon Canada) 
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - R1 Ultimate 76 CFM CPU Cooler  ($69.99 @ Powertop) 
Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty B450 GAMING K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($104.82 @ Vuugo) 
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($148.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Storage: HP - EX900 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($59.99 @ Canada Computers) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($99.50 @ shopRBC) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($659.00 @ Canada Computers) 
Case: Corsair - Carbide Series 275R (Black w/Tempered Glass) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($84.99 @ Amazon Canada) 
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($99.50 @ Vuugo) 
Monitor: AOC - AG241QX 23.8" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor  ($399.99 @ Memory Express) 
Total: $1952.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-05 21:39 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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