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Budget (including currency): 1000

Country: USA

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: GTA V, Rocket League, Ray tracing Minecraft

Other details Monitor recommendations appreciated as well

 

Hi everyone,

I'm helping a friend build a pc.  We came up with this list but were confused a bit on why there weren't more midrange motherboards (~$150 for the i5-9600k).  We are also having trouble deciding whether to go AMD R5 3600 or Intel i5-9600k.  He wants to use the PC for gaming, and wants the best machine for around $1000.  He probably won't upgrade it until maybe 4-5 years down the road.  We were also looking at the Cooler Master 212 EVO cooler for the CPU, but it doesn't seem to fit in the case.  Additionally, what is the best RAM to pair with either a r5 3600 or i5-9600k.  We noticed that the RAM limitations for the i5 and the current motherboard are 2666mhz.  Also, do ram timings and product number (sk hynex vs samsung b-die) matter for intel as much as AMD?

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/zJXrsk

Also, should we go with a sole m.2 nvme ssd 1tb, 120/256 gb m.2 + 2 tb hdd, sshd storage?, or just SSD?

Thanks, we appreciate any comprehensive feedback in advance.

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I'd go for the r5 3600.

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($197.82 @ B&H) 
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler  ($35.29 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ Best Buy) 
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($64.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: HP EX900 120 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($29.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($58.98 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB KO ULTRA GAMING Video Card  ($303.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: Corsair SPEC-ALPHA ATX Mid Tower Case 
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($115.97 @ Newegg) 
Total: $922.01
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-24 22:58 EDT-0400

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Just quick notes:

  • Go with the 3600
  • Don't get the 212 Evo, it hasn't been relevant for a while. There are better coolers
  • Make sure the RAM is on the compatibility list for whatever motherboard you choose, for Ryzen aim for higher speeds
  • I'd go with a single 1TB SSD, you can easily add mass storage later if needed

Current PC:

Spoiler

CPU: Intel i3 4160 Cooler: Integrated Motherboard: Integrated

RAM: G.Skill RipJaws 16GB DDR3 Storage: Transcend MSA370 128GB GPU: Intel 4400 Graphics

PSU: Integrated Case: Shuttle XPC Slim

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

Budget Rig 1 - Sold For $750 Profit

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CPU: Intel i5 7600k Cooler: CryOrig H7 Motherboard: MSI Z270 M5

RAM: Crucial LPX 16GB DDR4 Storage: Intel S3510 800GB GPU: Nvidia GTX 980

PSU: Corsair CX650M Case: EVGA DG73

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

OG Gaming Rig - Gone

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CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

 

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I will recommend something like this instead....

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($197.82 @ B&H) 
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ Best Buy) 
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($64.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Pioneer 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($69.98 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($303.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($69.99 @ Best Buy) 
Power Supply: Antec NeoECO Gold ZEN 600 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($85.98 @ Newegg) 
Total: $907.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-25 00:16 EDT-0400

SSD TIER LIST

 

 

CPU - Ryzen 7 3700X

Mobo - ASRock X470 Taichi

Memory - G.Skill Trident Z RGB (8x2 3200MHz) 

Storage - Sabrent Rocket 1TB - Seagate Barracuda 2TBWD Black 1TB

GPU - MSI GeForce GTX 980Ti LIGHTNING

CaseFractal Design Meshify C

PSUSuper Flower Leadex II Gold 650W

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11 hours ago, TrueTaylor said:

I'd go for the r5 3600.

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($197.82 @ B&H) 
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler  ($35.29 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ Best Buy) 
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($64.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: HP EX900 120 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($29.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($58.98 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB KO ULTRA GAMING Video Card  ($303.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: Corsair SPEC-ALPHA ATX Mid Tower Case 
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($115.97 @ Newegg) 
Total: $922.01
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-24 22:58 EDT-0400

Thanks!  What motherboard would you recommend instead of the b450?  It's sold out on Best Buy and $200 at Newegg.

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11 hours ago, dizmo said:

Just quick notes:

  • Go with the 3600
  • Don't get the 212 Evo, it hasn't been relevant for a while. There are better coolers
  • Make sure the RAM is on the compatibility list for whatever motherboard you choose, for Ryzen aim for higher speeds
  • I'd go with a single 1TB SSD, you can easily add mass storage later if needed

Thanks.  What brands of coolers should I be looking at?  Noctua seems really expensive, is there anything better than be quiet! at the ~$50 price point?  Also, should I be looking at Ram timings?

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10 hours ago, VEXICUS said:

I will recommend something like this instead....

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($197.82 @ B&H) 
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ Best Buy) 
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($64.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Pioneer 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($69.98 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($303.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($69.99 @ Best Buy) 
Power Supply: Antec NeoECO Gold ZEN 600 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($85.98 @ Newegg) 
Total: $907.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-25 00:16 EDT-0400

Thanks, but what's the reasoning behind the GPU choice?  Over the EVGA RTX 2060 KO Ultra

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1 hour ago, scarflicter said:

Thanks, but what's the reasoning behind the GPU choice?  Over the EVGA RTX 2060 KO Ultra

Because it is faster than 2060 KO and is comparable to 2060 super.

SSD TIER LIST

 

 

CPU - Ryzen 7 3700X

Mobo - ASRock X470 Taichi

Memory - G.Skill Trident Z RGB (8x2 3200MHz) 

Storage - Sabrent Rocket 1TB - Seagate Barracuda 2TBWD Black 1TB

GPU - MSI GeForce GTX 980Ti LIGHTNING

CaseFractal Design Meshify C

PSUSuper Flower Leadex II Gold 650W

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2 hours ago, scarflicter said:

Thanks, but what's the reasoning behind the GPU choice?  Over the EVGA RTX 2060 KO Ultra

better but doesnt have raytracing, which the 2060 isnt that good at doing so

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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2 minutes ago, m0oble said:

better but doesnt have raytracing, which the 2060 isnt that good at doing so

You can use Seus shaders.

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"have you tried turning it off and on again?"

 

 

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34 minutes ago, 732 said:

You can use Seus shaders.

thats not raytracing thats just shaders i could run a shader resource pack on my shitty like decade old gpu at 30 fps on win 10 edition and a core 2 duo e8400 so saying an rtx 2060 can run shaders isnt much, just get an rx 5700 if it's that similar to raytracing

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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8 hours ago, scarflicter said:

What motherboard would you recommend instead of the b450?

Looking on newegg USA and partpicker it seem availability is slim and prices high at the moment. Currently b450 is a fine pairing for the r5 3600, i'd recommend any of the MSI B450 Max series if you can find one (something with BIOS Flashback). Depending on the time frame, wait till mid-june for when the b550 comes out and you should find good deals on other motherboards. 

 

Also check out a Microcentre near you since ur in the US. I've heard they got great bundles for the motherboards and CPU's. GLHF!

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