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DDR3->DDR4 upgrade list (budget of about $550)

kmc2046
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So I am doing my first "build". If anything, its mostly just a few upgrades. I am posting here to see what your guys opinions are and to see if I can't maybe get a better deal or better parts for my money.

Mobo: Asus Strix B450-F

CPU: Rysen 5 2600

RAM: G skill Trident z 3200

water cooling?:Corsair H60

and a new case since I have an old bestbuy asus M11 model without enough venting for airflow.

I was thinking about the corsair SPEC Alpha case. I still have a GTX 970 from Nvidia and a CX750M. Also, if anyone has a good recommendation for a SSD I would love to hear it. I am currently looking at the samsung evo 860 250gb. I don't need much since I am going to throw windows on it and a few games. The bulk is going onto a 4TB hard disk. I am looking for a good workstation for small CAD on Revit and play some games like Bioshock, CS, DOOM, and things like the forest or even BO4.

 

The current price I have from pcpartpicker is about $510 without the SSD and water cooler.

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Is Microcenter an option? for MOBO and CPU go there. right now a r7 1700x is $140, though 1st gen ryzen isnt quite as good on the higher memory.

they also have a nvme 250gb(not-sata) drive for $40

the 970 is still decent. 

 

Why the water cooling? unless you OC you dont need to buy an extra cooler.

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6 minutes ago, thx1138 said:

Is Microcenter an option? for MOBO and CPU go there. right now a r7 1700x is $140

they also have a nvme 250gb(not-sata) drive for $40

It appears that the deal is in store only so, that would be a 7 hour drive for me to take advantage of it. But my question is, is the R7 1700x that much better for the price if I cant get it on sale?

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9 minutes ago, thx1138 said:

Why the water cooling? unless you OC you dont need to buy an extra cooler.

I figured it would be best for while im sitting and rendering small projects since I am used to my computer getting fairly hot while doing so.

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4 minutes ago, kmc2046 said:

I figured it would be best for while im sitting and rendering small projects since I am used to my computer getting fairly hot while doing so.

I don’t recommend 120/140mm AIOs. Similarly priced air coolers will perform better. If you want an AIO, get a 240mm minimum. Otherwise an air cooler is fine. 860 Evo is a good choice. If you want to save a buck on RAM you can go with Ripjaws V or Corsair vengeance. The 1700X is obviously better for multicore processes but I’d still take a 2600 just for better memory compatibility. Interpret that how you will.

My Build, v2.1 --- CPU: i7-8700K @ 5.2GHz/1.288v || MoBo: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming || RAM: 4x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 2666 14-14-14-33 || Cooler: Custom Loop || GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC Black, on water || PSU: EVGA G2 850W || Case: Corsair 450D || SSD: 850 Evo 250GB, Intel 660p 2TB || Storage: WD Blue 2TB || G502 & Glorious PCGR Fully Custom 80% Keyboard || MX34VQ, PG278Q, PB278Q

Audio --- Headphones: Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX || Amp: Schiit Audio Magni 3 || DAC: Schiit Audio Modi 3 || Mic: Blue Yeti

 

[Under Construction]

 

My Truck --- 2002 F-350 7.3 Powerstroke || 6-speed

My Car --- 2006 Mustang GT || 5-speed || BBK LTs, O/R X, MBRP Cat-back || BBK Lowering Springs, LCAs || 2007 GT500 wheels w/ 245s/285s

 

The Experiment --- CPU: i5-3570K @ 4.0 GHz || MoBo: Asus P8Z77-V LK || RAM: 16GB Corsair 1600 4x4 || Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo || GPUs: Asus GTX 750 Ti, || PSU: Corsair TX750M Gold || Case: Thermaltake Core G21 TG || SSD: 840 Pro 128GB || HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

 

R.I.P. Asus X99-A motherboard, April 2016 - October 2018, may you rest in peace. 5820K, if I ever buy you a new board, it'll be a good one.

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1 minute ago, Cereal5 said:

I don’t recommend 120/140mm AIOs. Similarly priced air coolers will perform better. If you want an AIO, get a 240mm minimum. Otherwise an air cooler is fine. 860 Evo is a good choice. If you want to save a buck on RAM you can go with Ripjaws V or Corsair vengeance. The 1700X is obviously better for multicore processes but I’d still take a 2600 just for better memory compatibility. Interpret that how you will.

Cool, thanks for the input.. Any suggestions on how many fans I should have in the case? I am planning to do a balanced airflow set up as well. I think the mobo has 4 4 pin connectors for fans.

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3 minutes ago, kmc2046 said:

Cool, thanks for the input.. Any suggestions on how many fans I should have in the case? I am planning to do a balanced airflow set up as well. I think the mobo has 4 4 pin connectors for fans.

I usually go 2 in the front 1 in the back. Doesn’t matter much, as long as there are fans

My Build, v2.1 --- CPU: i7-8700K @ 5.2GHz/1.288v || MoBo: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming || RAM: 4x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 2666 14-14-14-33 || Cooler: Custom Loop || GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC Black, on water || PSU: EVGA G2 850W || Case: Corsair 450D || SSD: 850 Evo 250GB, Intel 660p 2TB || Storage: WD Blue 2TB || G502 & Glorious PCGR Fully Custom 80% Keyboard || MX34VQ, PG278Q, PB278Q

Audio --- Headphones: Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX || Amp: Schiit Audio Magni 3 || DAC: Schiit Audio Modi 3 || Mic: Blue Yeti

 

[Under Construction]

 

My Truck --- 2002 F-350 7.3 Powerstroke || 6-speed

My Car --- 2006 Mustang GT || 5-speed || BBK LTs, O/R X, MBRP Cat-back || BBK Lowering Springs, LCAs || 2007 GT500 wheels w/ 245s/285s

 

The Experiment --- CPU: i5-3570K @ 4.0 GHz || MoBo: Asus P8Z77-V LK || RAM: 16GB Corsair 1600 4x4 || Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo || GPUs: Asus GTX 750 Ti, || PSU: Corsair TX750M Gold || Case: Thermaltake Core G21 TG || SSD: 840 Pro 128GB || HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

 

R.I.P. Asus X99-A motherboard, April 2016 - October 2018, may you rest in peace. 5820K, if I ever buy you a new board, it'll be a good one.

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Just now, Cereal5 said:

I usually go 2 in the front 1 in the back. Doesn’t matter much, as long as there are fans

Cool, thanks.

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Cereal5 pretty much has it. though I wouldnt get such a slow ssd.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167447 much better 

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078VBL3T9/?tag=pcpapi-20 for ~$84

For case airflow, as long as you are not placing it somewhere that will restrict it(on floor, in corner, in desk, etc...). 2 in 1 out give a good positive pressure, though filters are really nice nice-to-haves, especially if pets, carpet, or smoking.

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