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Final build based on availability and preferred vendors -

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($294.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($189.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($68.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($45.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($98.99 @ Walmart)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($124.99 @ Corsair)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  ($83.00)
Total: $1396.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-29 12:59 EDT-0400

 

You bless this 5X5? :)

I am looking to build a machine (have a monitor, keyboard, mouse etc) for programming and light gaming (play DOTA occasionally) on my LG Ultrawide monitor. Here's my first stab at this. Can you guys review -

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($172.76 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT 6 GB PULSE Video Card  ($293.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  ($139.99 @ Other World Computing)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($43.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $1280.56
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-28 14:12 EDT-0400

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($172.76 @ Walmart)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler  ($35.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($91.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($301.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($92.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: be quiet! Pure Power 11 600 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($79.90 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  ($139.99 @ Other World Computing)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($43.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $1283.77
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-28 14:15 EDT-0400

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4 minutes ago, 5x5 said:

Fixed it

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($172.76 @ Walmart)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler  ($35.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($91.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($301.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($92.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: be quiet! Pure Power 11 600 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($79.90 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  ($139.99 @ Other World Computing)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($43.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $1283.77
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-28 14:15 EDT-0400

Thanks for the input. I'd try to stick with the modular power supply. I see you did add a CPU cooler which I was def on the edge about so I'll go with it. You also swapped out Samsung SSD for Crucial. The only reason I got Samsung is because it was the best on all the scales as per my research and I didn't mind slightly steeper price point. Do you think the advantage with Samsung is not worth it? I'll also be happy to downgrade Video Card for maybe 5600XT. Do you think that's worth it?

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3 minutes ago, saumya.tripathi said:

Thanks for the input. I'd try to stick with the modular power supply. I see you did add a CPU cooler which I was def on the edge about so I'll go with it. You also swapped out Samsung SSD for Crucial. The only reason I got Samsung is because it was the best on all the scales as per my research and I didn't mind slightly steeper price point. Do you think the advantage with Samsung is not worth it? I'll also be happy to downgrade Video Card for maybe 5600XT. Do you think that's worth it?

The EVGA G3 is mediocre for the price. Look at the Corsair RMx if you want modularity. That or the BitFenix Formula Gold.

 

The 970 is VERY overpriced. The P1 is more than enough for professional work and you literally get double the capacity and durability.

 

The 5600 XT is over 20% slower. That's a very big downgrade and I would not advise doing it.

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3 minutes ago, 5x5 said:

The EVGA G3 is mediocre for the price. Look at the Corsair RMx if you want modularity. That or the BitFenix Formula Gold.

 

The 970 is VERY overpriced. The P1 is more than enough for professional work and you literally get double the capacity and durability.

 

The 5600 XT is over 20% slower. That's a very big downgrade and I would not advise doing it.

Makes sense. I'll swap out for Corsair counterpart. okay will keep your SSD suggestion. In fact maybe I can downgrade to 500GB to save some cash. I'll stick to 5700 then. Happy to get more thoughts. Cheers!

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Just now, saumya.tripathi said:

Makes sense. I'll swap out for Corsair counterpart. okay will keep your SSD suggestion. In fact maybe I can downgrade to 500GB to save some cash. I'll stick to 5700 then. Happy to get more thoughts. Cheers!

If you go for 500GB - you could put that money, and the cooler money, towards a 3700X. It comes with a very decent Wraith Prism Cooler

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($294.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($91.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($68.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($301.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($92.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($108.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  ($139.99 @ Other World Computing)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($43.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $1347.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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3 minutes ago, 5x5 said:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($294.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($91.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($68.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($301.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($92.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($108.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  ($139.99 @ Other World Computing)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($43.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $1347.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-28 14:30 EDT-0400

This looks great. Appreciate the help.

Time to start procuring components.

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1 minute ago, saumya.tripathi said:

This looks great. Appreciate the help.

Time to start procuring components.

No problem. It should work very well together. The only thing is - you may want to add a note to the store to check the board BIOS version. Most boards these days come updated but it's something to always do just in case :)

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Just now, 5x5 said:

No problem. It should work very well together. The only thing is - you may want to add a note to the store to check the board BIOS version. Most boards these days come updated but it's something to always do just in case :)

Yeah I read something about that. Will double check the specific board.

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Just now, saumya.tripathi said:

Yeah I read something about that. Will double check the specific board.

it's a thing on non-MAX B450s but the MAX is just a rebrand of the regular board so it's not worth the 30$ extra.

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3 minutes ago, saumya.tripathi said:

Yeah I read something about that. Will double check the specific board.

The Tomahawk has bios flashback, meaning you can update the Bios using a USB drive and no CPU.

 

So even if you get a bord with an old Bios, you can just update it manually. 

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2 minutes ago, GoldenLag said:

The Tomahawk has bios flashback, meaning you can update the Bios using a USB drive and no CPU.

 

So even if you get a bord with an old Bios, you can just update it manually. 

Yeah I came across accounts from people having to update. I'll try to get the updated one, if not, I'll look up a how to update.

Also, I was trying to get the NZXT510 but seems like most not insanely priced boards don't have a header for it so I figured whatever.

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4 hours ago, saumya.tripathi said:

This looks great. Appreciate the help.

Time to start procuring components.

dont spend 140 on an os, you can download win 10 pro onto a usb for free and buy a key for like 10 bucks, that's 130 for extra parts, so instead of an rx 5700 you could get an rx 5700xt, or more ram 

pc specs:

 

Spoiler

r5 3600
16gb ddr4 3200mhz

b450 tomahawk max
rx 580 red devil

256gb ssd + 2tb hdd
meshify c
750w dragon or something psu idk

 

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6 minutes ago, m0oble said:

dont spend 140 on an os, you can download win 10 pro onto a usb for free and buy a key for like 10 bucks, that's 130 for extra parts, so instead of an rx 5700 you could get an rx 5700xt, or more ram 

Sorry I have never heard of this. Is this way legal?

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Okay so now that I actively started looking to buy, seems like Tomahawk is out of stock EVERYWHERE.

Do you guys think I could instead go for something else? Maybe even something like MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/gwPgXL/msi-mpg-x570-gaming-edge-wifi-atx-am4-motherboard-mpg-x570-gaming-edge-wifi

 

This has wifi so it removes the need for wifi adapter.

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2 minutes ago, saumya.tripathi said:

Sorry I have never heard of this. Is this way legal?

it's on microsoft's website, it's supposed to be used for reinstalling windows and stuff. im pretty sure it's legal. but hey, i'd download a car.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

 

pc specs:

 

Spoiler

r5 3600
16gb ddr4 3200mhz

b450 tomahawk max
rx 580 red devil

256gb ssd + 2tb hdd
meshify c
750w dragon or something psu idk

 

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13 hours ago, 5x5 said:

The EVGA G3 is mediocre for the price. Look at the Corsair RMx if you want modularity. That or the BitFenix Formula Gold.

 

The 970 is VERY overpriced. The P1 is more than enough for professional work and you literally get double the capacity and durability.

 

The 5600 XT is over 20% slower. That's a very big downgrade and I would not advise doing it.

What about the Seasonic M12II?

Main Rig :

Ryzen 7 2700X | Powercolor Red Devil RX 580 8 GB | Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 | 16 GB TeamGroup Elite 2400MHz | Samsung 750 EVO 240 GB | HGST 7200 RPM 1 TB | Seasonic M12II EVO | CoolerMaster Q300L | Dell U2518D | Dell P2217H | 

 

Laptop :

Thinkpad X230 | i5 3320M | 8 GB DDR3 | V-Gen 128 GB SSD |

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8 hours ago, saumya.tripathi said:

Okay so now that I actively started looking to buy, seems like Tomahawk is out of stock EVERYWHERE.

Do you guys think I could instead go for something else? Maybe even something like MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/gwPgXL/msi-mpg-x570-gaming-edge-wifi-atx-am4-motherboard-mpg-x570-gaming-edge-wifi

 

This has wifi so it removes the need for wifi adapter.

Or for that matter, how about Gigabyte Aorus Elite WiFi?

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9 hours ago, saumya.tripathi said:

Okay so now that I actively started looking to buy, seems like Tomahawk is out of stock EVERYWHERE.

Do you guys think I could instead go for something else? Maybe even something like MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/gwPgXL/msi-mpg-x570-gaming-edge-wifi-atx-am4-motherboard-mpg-x570-gaming-edge-wifi

 

This has wifi so it removes the need for wifi adapter.

MSI X570 boards are horrid. Do not buy.

 

Get an ASRock X570 Pro4 or Asus X570 Prime P

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9 hours ago, Fatih19 said:

What about the Seasonic M12II?

that's actually worse. The M12II is a VERY old design and not worth considering in 2020

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21 minutes ago, 5x5 said:

MSI X570 boards are horrid. Do not buy.

 

Get an ASRock X570 Pro4 or Asus X570 Prime P

Sorry for throwing more options but I was also leaning towards MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC which has inbuilt wifi, is available and is in similar price range. The only worry that I have is that it doesn't list my memory (3600) as supported. In fact, do I even need 3600 or just save a few bucks with 3200? Cheers for all the help.

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22 minutes ago, saumya.tripathi said:

Sorry for throwing more options but I was also leaning towards MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC which has inbuilt wifi, is available and is in similar price range. The only worry that I have is that it doesn't list my memory (3600) as supported. In fact, do I even need 3600 or just save a few bucks with 3200? Cheers for all the help.

The AC is average. I'd suggest the X570 TuF Wi-Fi if you want wireless

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Final build based on availability and preferred vendors -

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($294.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($189.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($68.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($45.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($98.99 @ Walmart)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($124.99 @ Corsair)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  ($83.00)
Total: $1396.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-29 12:59 EDT-0400

 

You bless this 5X5? :)

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48 minutes ago, saumya.tripathi said:

Final build based on availability and preferred vendors -

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($294.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($189.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($68.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($45.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($98.99 @ Walmart)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($124.99 @ Corsair)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  ($83.00)
Total: $1396.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-29 12:59 EDT-0400

 

You bless this 5X5? :)

why are you saving ten bucks for half as much storage on the hdd

pc specs:

 

Spoiler

r5 3600
16gb ddr4 3200mhz

b450 tomahawk max
rx 580 red devil

256gb ssd + 2tb hdd
meshify c
750w dragon or something psu idk

 

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