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Building new pc to upgrade, need help planning

So it was about four years ago I first built my pc, and even though I upgraded the CPU a year ago, it's still running (brace yourself) a 750ti. Now that I've got some extra money saved up from work and don't have to worry about not having money right now, I've decided it's time to build a new system altogether. Only issue is I've been out of the loop with current tech for about three years now, so I'm here asking for help planning it.


Current budget is $1200 to $1500 USD, absolute max $1600. I'll be using it to play games like AAA FPS games (preferably on high or ultra), simulation games like KSP (very CPU dependent), and older games like TF2. Running dual 1080p60hz monitors right now. I plan on just chucking the drives I'm using now, but I would like to get a 1TB SSD if the budget allows, an HDD otherwise. I'd prefer for this system to be fairly future proof for something like a primary monitor upgrade, just so I don't have to upgrade again for a good while. Thankfully, don't have to worry about getting any peripherals for this system.


I really appreciate any help I can get with this build. I feel way out of touch with current hardware, so I'd really appreciate the advice of someone more up to date. I almost feel like I've left something important out, so I'm happy to answer questions! And I appreciate the time of anyone who's read this far, even if you don't respond.

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do a 2060 and save a bit atm. gives you a bit of money down the line

MSI x399 sli plus  | AMD theardripper 2990wx all core 3ghz lock |Thermaltake flo ring 360 | EVGA 2080, Zotac 2080 |Gskill Ripjaws 128GB 3000 MHz | Corsair RM1200i |100tb | Asus tuff gaming mid tower

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As an amd user, stay the hell away from their GPUs. The hardware is pretty good value but the drivers are abysmal and have been infuriating. 

Amd CPUs are phenomenal though. Intel doesn't come close.

A 1tb SSD should easily fit into that budget. NZgamers list seems pretty solid but I've heard the B series motherboards can be pretty terrible, so you might want to consider something a bit better.

Seeming as your a bit behind on hardware, it might be worth knowing that sli and crossfire are basically dead at this point. Completely unsupported, so just stick with a single GPU.

His list is pretty good but if you want to save money I'd recommend going with a weaker CPU as that one's kinda overkill even for high end gaming; I use an 8core chip and it normally sits at 30% in AAA games at 1080p 60hz. Also, getting things like CPUs, gpus and ram second hand is pretty safe.


Hope that helps


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You can use the extra for a monitor upgrade:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($296.47 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI B450-A PRO MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($99.97 @ Amazon) 
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($64.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($109.99 @ Walmart) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($54.98 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB PULSE Video Card  ($399.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275R ATX Mid Tower Case  ($70.72 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: GAMDIAS KRATOS P1 G 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($77.99 @ Best Buy) 
Total: $1175.10
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-09 03:19 EDT-0400

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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thanks to all of y'all for responding! I'll probably combine both of the lists here a bit for a good sweet spot build, so thank you, @NZgamer and @Herman Mcpootis! And the advice you gave is super helpful @Pesky Ngon. When I was first planning the current rig I have, SLI was still barely viable, a 256gig SSD was a solid hundred dollars, and the 980ti was released, and that was about the same year I started freshman year of high school. Be back in five years when I inevitably get behind again!

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2 minutes ago, King Unicorn said:

256gig SSD was a solid hundred dollars

damn, id forgotten how expensive they used to be. now, at low capacities, SSDs are cheaper than HDDs of the same size. 
hope you enjoy your build dude :)

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