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I Have No Idea What I'm Doing

I'm a long-time subscriber to LTT and other tech channels but have yet to take the plunge and get into building my own PC, instead relying on work computers to get stuff done.  I'd like to build my own now but am daunted by all the things that might go wrong that I don't know how to deal with.  

I don't have any peripherals.  I also don't know what I don't know.  What tools do I need?  Thermal paste?  Other stuff that I'm not thinking about?  I just don't want to buy a bunch of parts and not be able to get it to work. 

 

Details listed below but the highlights are that whatever I build would need to be able to run Apex Legends, Ableton and other DAWs from music, and Adobe Suite.  

 

Budget (including currency): $1000-1200 USD 

Country: United States

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: FPS player, Graphic Design, Music Creation

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): I have nothi

 

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OK. Get a 2060 Super, Ryzen 3600X, X570 mobo

please quote me or tag me @wall03 so i can see your response

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pc:

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laptop: macbook air 13.3”

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            RAM: 4GB 1333MHz

            CPU: Intel Core i5 2557M

            SSD: 128GB

            OS: Ubuntu 20.04

            Status: Retired PC

desktop: operation badger

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            RAM: 16GB DDR4-3200 CL-16

            CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @ 3.6GHz

            SSD: 256GB

            GPU: Radeon RX 570 8GB OC

            OS: Windows 10

            Status: Main PC

            Cinebench R23 score: 9097 (multi) 1236 (single)

            Temps: CPU idle 45C, load 78C, top 85C. GPU idle 50C, load ~77C.

 

 

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-wall03

 

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goodbye light mode users

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3 minutes ago, DefiantWorf said:

I'd like to build my own now but am daunted by all the things that might go wrong that I don't know how to deal with.  

Most of the parts these days are directional, in other words, you can't plug things in the wrong way. 

Your biggest trick is matching a motherboard to a CPU.

 

Have you visited pcpartpicker yet? It will help a great deal with compatibility.

 

Everyone is currently riding the Ryzen bandwagon, for pretty good reasons, they are cheap and offer a lot of power for the money, but I'm a Xeon fan through and through, but for bang-for-the-buck, go AMD Ryzen

So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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3 minutes ago, wall03 said:

OK. Get a 2060 Super, Ryzen 3600X, X570 mobo

No. Just no. 

3600, b450 tomahawk max when it comes back into stock , and a rx5700xt sapphire nitro+ or red devil. Much better performance, same price. 

I am NOT a professional and a lot of the time what I'm saying is based on limited knowledge and experience. I'm going to be incorrect at times. 
My build:
CPU: 10700k Oc'd to 5.0 ghz                            GPU: RTX 3070 ventus 2x
Motherboard: Asus z490-v                                Cooler: Deepcool castle ex 120mm
Ram: Team tforce delta 32gb 3200mhz cl16     Case: Phanteks p418r (p360a ripoff) 
PSU: Apevia Prestige 800w

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To me the 10700k seems pretty underrated. It's a very solid cpu. at 5.0ghz it draws 175-185w under full load. the Asus z490-v is a sh*t teir motherboard, I wouldn't recommend it for anything past a 10600k for light oc's only. Tforce ram is pretty but cpu cooler clearance can be an issue on them, so beware. the RTX 3070 is obviously a great card, but the ventus 2x is just horrible. Don't buy it, not now, not ever. It's flimsy af, you can't increase the stock power limit, the cooler is worse than the one on the 3070FE. If it's a choice between this and nothing, choose nothing. The deepcool castle ex 120mm isn't really on sale outside of prebuilts, but it's a nice pretty cooler, gets my 10700k up to 96c after a prime95 cpu test for 15 minutes. The p418r is basically what it looks like. P360a, slap a few cyberpowerpc logos on it, and you're golden. The Apevia Prestige 800w is bad, but not terrible. Runs respectably quiet and isn't a bomb. More than a lot of PSU's in prebuilts can claim.

Motherboard Tier List                   How many watts do I need?
Best B550 Motherboards             Best Intel Z490 Motherboards

PC Troubleshooting                      You don't need a big PSU

PSU Tier List                                Common pc building mistakes 
PC BUILD Guide! (POV)              How to Overclock your CPU 

 

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2 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

Most of the parts these days are directional, in other words, you can't plug things in the wrong way. 

Your biggest trick is matching a motherboard to a CPU.

 

Have you visited pcpartpicker yet? It will help a great deal with compatibility.

 

Everyone is currently riding the Ryzen bandwagon, for pretty good reasons, they are cheap and offer a lot of power for the money, but I'm a Xeon fan through and through, but for bang-for-the-buck, go AMD Ryzen

I just found pcpartpicker.  Thanks!

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7 minutes ago, DefiantWorf said:

I'm a long-time subscriber to LTT and other tech channels but have yet to take the plunge and get into building my own PC, instead relying on work computers to get stuff done.  I'd like to build my own now but am daunted by all the things that might go wrong that I don't know how to deal with.  

I don't have any peripherals.  I also don't know what I don't know.  What tools do I need?  Thermal paste?  Other stuff that I'm not thinking about?  I just don't want to buy a bunch of parts and not be able to get it to work. 

 

Details listed below but the highlights are that whatever I build would need to be able to run Apex Legends, Ableton and other DAWs from music, and Adobe Suite.  

 

Budget (including currency): $1000-1200 USD 

Country: United States

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: FPS player, Graphic Design, Music Creation

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): I have nothi

 

3600 (CPU), b450 tomahawk max (motherboard) when it comes back into stock , and a rx5700xt sapphire nitro+ or red devil.

 

For the Storage I recommended getting a crucial p2 500gb nvme and a Seagate barracuda 2tb drive. For the case, get a phateks p300a and stick an extra case fan as the exaust, and for the PSU going with a corsair cx is fine. 

 

I am NOT a professional and a lot of the time what I'm saying is based on limited knowledge and experience. I'm going to be incorrect at times. 
My build:
CPU: 10700k Oc'd to 5.0 ghz                            GPU: RTX 3070 ventus 2x
Motherboard: Asus z490-v                                Cooler: Deepcool castle ex 120mm
Ram: Team tforce delta 32gb 3200mhz cl16     Case: Phanteks p418r (p360a ripoff) 
PSU: Apevia Prestige 800w

Notes:
Spoiler

To me the 10700k seems pretty underrated. It's a very solid cpu. at 5.0ghz it draws 175-185w under full load. the Asus z490-v is a sh*t teir motherboard, I wouldn't recommend it for anything past a 10600k for light oc's only. Tforce ram is pretty but cpu cooler clearance can be an issue on them, so beware. the RTX 3070 is obviously a great card, but the ventus 2x is just horrible. Don't buy it, not now, not ever. It's flimsy af, you can't increase the stock power limit, the cooler is worse than the one on the 3070FE. If it's a choice between this and nothing, choose nothing. The deepcool castle ex 120mm isn't really on sale outside of prebuilts, but it's a nice pretty cooler, gets my 10700k up to 96c after a prime95 cpu test for 15 minutes. The p418r is basically what it looks like. P360a, slap a few cyberpowerpc logos on it, and you're golden. The Apevia Prestige 800w is bad, but not terrible. Runs respectably quiet and isn't a bomb. More than a lot of PSU's in prebuilts can claim.

Motherboard Tier List                   How many watts do I need?
Best B550 Motherboards             Best Intel Z490 Motherboards

PC Troubleshooting                      You don't need a big PSU

PSU Tier List                                Common pc building mistakes 
PC BUILD Guide! (POV)              How to Overclock your CPU 

 

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1 minute ago, DefiantWorf said:

I just found pcpartpicker.  Thanks!

Ryzen systems are picky about RAM, it seems, so be careful there. Also, get a mobo with an M.2 slot for your boot drive, super ultra fast boot/access speeds. You;ll appreciate that, but go traditional spinner for your data

So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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5 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

Ryzen systems are picky about RAM

nah, 1000 series was, never had any problems with 2000 and 3000 tho

My Rig / Buildlogs:  ❄️ SNOWFLAKE ❄️ FROSTBITE ❄️

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600   Cooler: Corsair H115i Platinum   RAM: Corsair Vengence RGB Pro 16GB @3200   Mobo: Asus Prime X470 Pro

Graphics Card: Gigabyte Aorus 2080super Waterforce    Case: Corsair 500D   PSU: Corsair HX850i

Storage: 500GB Crucial P1 NVMe SSD, 1TB Crucial P1 NVMe SSD, 2x 1TB SATA SSD

Displays: AOC CQ32G1 32" 2560x1440, Acer XB280HK 28.0" 3840x2160 60 Hz, Medion MD20850 24" 2560x1440

 

 

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3 minutes ago, LauriHimself said:

nah, 1000 series was, never had any problems with 2000 and 3000 tho

I'm just going by the seemingly endless issues here people have with Ryzens and RAM.

As I said, I'm a Xeon fan, so I"m hardly the expert on Ryzen systems.

So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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2 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

I'm just going by the seemingly endless issues here people have with Ryzens and RAM.

As I said, I'm a Xeon fan, so I"m hardly the expert on Ryzen systems.

I'll be careful.  This is the sort of thing I don't know about so thanks for the heads up!

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Just now, DefiantWorf said:

I'll be careful.  This is the sort of thing I don't know about so thanks for the heads up!

Feel free to post your build from pcpartpicker here, we can evaluate and go from there

So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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It helps to peruse the forums a bit, you'll have an idea what you can afford and probably learn a lot too...  for example...

 

 

 

Emma : i9 9900K 5.1Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB (RAID 0) - EVGA SuperNova 650 P2 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Corsair Virtuoso SE - Logitech G910, G502 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder

 

Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2400Mhz - MSI 1050Ti 4GB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Samsung 27" + Dell 24" 

 

Raven:  Intel i3 10100F - ASRock H410M-HDV - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2666Mhz - MSI 1050Ti 4GB - Inland 256GB SSD + Toshiba 2TB HDD - TP-Link AC600 USB Wifi - Gigabyte GP-P450B PSU -  Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L -  Spectre 24" 

 

Other Tech:

- Ubiquiti Amplifi HD mesh wifi

- 2021 Volvo S60 Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered - 415hp/495tq 2.0L 4cyl. turbocharged, supercharged and electrified.

Lenovo 720S Touch 15.6" - i7 7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, 1050Ti, 4K touchscreen

MSI GF62 - i7 7700HQ, 16GB 2400 MHz RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 1050Ti

 

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1 minute ago, jstudrawa said:

It helps to peruse the forums a bit, you'll have an idea what you can afford and probably learn a lot too...  for example...

 

 

 

This forum is a lifesaver. 

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This is where I'm at so far.  

 

Thoughts?

 

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/bgxXNq

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($172.39 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ Best Buy) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($134.49 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($99.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB KO ULTRA GAMING Video Card  ($299.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($69.98 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: EVGA 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($49.97 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  ($142.88 @ Other World Computing) 
Monitor: MSI Optix G241 23.8" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor  ($189.99 @ B&H) 
Keyboard: Logitech G213 PRODIGY Wired Gaming Keyboard  ($44.88 @ Walmart) 
Mouse: Logitech G502 HERO Wired Optical Mouse  ($46.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1366.54
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-07 14:15 EDT-0400

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2 hours ago, DefiantWorf said:

Thoughts?

I'd bump up the power supply, but otherwise looks ok

So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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Quote me or mention me at @Shrekpad so I get notified 
pc specs:
CPU: 
Intel i7 8700K MOBO: ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming RAM: 16GB (2x8) DDR4 G Skill TridentZ 3000 MHz GPU: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING OC CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv STORAGE: Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB M.2 NVME SSD,
T-Force Delta RGB 250GB SSD, 4TB Seagate Barracuda HDD PSU: 750 Watt EVGA SuperNova G3 MONITERDell S2716DGR 1440p 144hz G-Sync, BenQ PD2700U 4K 60hz CPU COOLER: Corsair H115i RGB Platinum OS: Windows 10

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