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So I'm looking to buy a budget computer (Around 900$ Canadian) this Christmas. I don't plan on doing any over-clocking, but I'd still like to have decent ventilation. I don't care much for any fancy bells and whistles like RGB, aside from I'd like a transparent side panel, for both aesthetics and maintenance. I've already found DIYPC's Zondda, how-ever after watching the review from Gamer's Nexus, it seems like it's a horrible idea.

 

Does anybody have any recommendations? Looking for around 100$ Canadian, but cheaper is better.

 

Also, having easy cable management isn't a must but it'd be very nice.

 

Specifics of the parts (If it matters):

  • B450 mATX board (AM4),
  • 1660 Super GPU,
  • Stock CPU cooler (Ryzen 3 3100),
  • SeaSonic ATX PSU (550 Watt 80+ gold),
  • No hard drive, 1 TB Crucial MX500 SATA SSD.
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Just now, Bartandroid123 said:

be quiet pure base 500(window or no window)

 

or pure base 500dx if you want extra airflow and rgb

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Just now, Bartandroid123 said:

be quiet pure base 500(window or no window)

 

I've heard that be quiet! cases have good acoustics but bad thermals, as I'm not overclocking, that shouldn't matter though, right?

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Matrexx 55 v3 add-rgb 3f it comes with 3 rgb fans the non 3f comes with out them

Any Help is appricated! Please correct me if I´m wrong!

Sorry for grammer/spelling mistakes, but english is not my native language (it´s german in case you were curious) *expand to see builds*

 

Primary PC: *planned* CPU: AMD 5600X / 5800X | GPU: 3070ti (When released) | RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 2X16 = 32GB @ 3600MHZ DDR4 | MOBO: MSI MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI | COOLER: Be Quiet! Silent Loop 280 (Planning for custom watercooling in spring 2021 after I bought the GPU) | CASE: DEEPCOOL Matrexx 55 V3 ADD-RGB | PSU: CORSAIR RM850 2019 80+ GOLD | SDD: CRUCIAL MX500 250GB |

Everything thats not colourful I haven't bought yet.

 

Secondary PC: CPU:  INTEL Q8200S @ 2.33Ghz | GPU: GTX 750 ti / 760 | RAM: 4X2 = 8GB @ 800MHZ DDR2 OCZ Platinum | MOBO: ASUS P5E-VM SE | COOLER: Be Quiet! Silent Loop 280* | CASE: DEEPCOOL Matrexx 55 V3 ADD-RGB* | PSU: CORSAIR RM850 2019 80+ GOLD* | SSD: CRUCIAL MX500 250GB* 

Everything marked with * is what I bought for the Primary PC and I'm just using it until I get all the parts.

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2 minutes ago, Sharccc said:

I've heard that be quiet! cases have good acoustics but bad thermals, as I'm not overclocking, that shouldn't matter though, right?

pure base 500 has ok thermals but the pure base 500dx has a full mesh front panel so thermals arent a probelm

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Just now, Bartandroid123 said:

pure base 500 has ok thermals but the pure base 500dx has a full mesh front panel so thermals arent a probelm

plus i have plenty of powerfull parts in my pure base 500 and thermals arent a problem and its really quiet

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thermals with your parts in the pure base 500 wont be a problem( plus the pure base 500 is really cheap)

 

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4 minutes ago, Enzo1001 said:

Matrexx 55 v3 add-rgb 3f it comes with 3 rgb fans the non 3f comes with out them

How does that case do in terms of space and ease of managing cables? It seems like a pretty great deal.

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1 minute ago, Bartandroid123 said:

thermals with your parts in the pure base 500 wont be a problem( plus the pure base 500 is really cheap)

 

PB 500 in Canada is around 170$, which is beyond my price range, maybe it's cheaper where you're from, but here it's just out of reach for me (I'm on a strict budget)

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Just now, Sharccc said:

How does that case do in terms of space and ease of managing cables? It seems like a pretty great deal.

preattz ease cable managment, there is a lot of space back there. But youll need a short psu

Any Help is appricated! Please correct me if I´m wrong!

Sorry for grammer/spelling mistakes, but english is not my native language (it´s german in case you were curious) *expand to see builds*

 

Primary PC: *planned* CPU: AMD 5600X / 5800X | GPU: 3070ti (When released) | RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 2X16 = 32GB @ 3600MHZ DDR4 | MOBO: MSI MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI | COOLER: Be Quiet! Silent Loop 280 (Planning for custom watercooling in spring 2021 after I bought the GPU) | CASE: DEEPCOOL Matrexx 55 V3 ADD-RGB | PSU: CORSAIR RM850 2019 80+ GOLD | SDD: CRUCIAL MX500 250GB |

Everything thats not colourful I haven't bought yet.

 

Secondary PC: CPU:  INTEL Q8200S @ 2.33Ghz | GPU: GTX 750 ti / 760 | RAM: 4X2 = 8GB @ 800MHZ DDR2 OCZ Platinum | MOBO: ASUS P5E-VM SE | COOLER: Be Quiet! Silent Loop 280* | CASE: DEEPCOOL Matrexx 55 V3 ADD-RGB* | PSU: CORSAIR RM850 2019 80+ GOLD* | SSD: CRUCIAL MX500 250GB* 

Everything marked with * is what I bought for the Primary PC and I'm just using it until I get all the parts.

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1 minute ago, Enzo1001 said:

preattz ease cable managment, there is a lot of space back there. But youll need a short psu

Is 140 mm short enough? This is my first complete build so I want to be 100% sure.

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Just now, Sharccc said:

PB 500 in Canada is around 170$, which is beyond my price range, maybe it's cheaper where you're from, but here it's just out of reach for me (I'm on a strict budget)

ouch well sorry i dont know what to reccomend

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Just now, Bartandroid123 said:

ouch well sorry i dont know what to reccomend

Thanks for the help though!

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@Sharccc Did you already buy the PSU?

Any Help is appricated! Please correct me if I´m wrong!

Sorry for grammer/spelling mistakes, but english is not my native language (it´s german in case you were curious) *expand to see builds*

 

Primary PC: *planned* CPU: AMD 5600X / 5800X | GPU: 3070ti (When released) | RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 2X16 = 32GB @ 3600MHZ DDR4 | MOBO: MSI MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI | COOLER: Be Quiet! Silent Loop 280 (Planning for custom watercooling in spring 2021 after I bought the GPU) | CASE: DEEPCOOL Matrexx 55 V3 ADD-RGB | PSU: CORSAIR RM850 2019 80+ GOLD | SDD: CRUCIAL MX500 250GB |

Everything thats not colourful I haven't bought yet.

 

Secondary PC: CPU:  INTEL Q8200S @ 2.33Ghz | GPU: GTX 750 ti / 760 | RAM: 4X2 = 8GB @ 800MHZ DDR2 OCZ Platinum | MOBO: ASUS P5E-VM SE | COOLER: Be Quiet! Silent Loop 280* | CASE: DEEPCOOL Matrexx 55 V3 ADD-RGB* | PSU: CORSAIR RM850 2019 80+ GOLD* | SSD: CRUCIAL MX500 250GB* 

Everything marked with * is what I bought for the Primary PC and I'm just using it until I get all the parts.

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Just now, Enzo1001 said:

@Sharccc Did you already buy the PSU?

No, not yet. I haven't bought anything, this is just what I have planned. (If any of the other parts seem a bit iffy, I'd love some criticism on them too.)

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Main PC:

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|Ryzen 7 3700x, OC to 4.2ghz @1.3V, 67C, or 4.4ghz @1.456V, 87C || Asus strix 5700 XT, +50 core, +50 memory, +50 power (not a great overclocker) || Asus Strix b550-A || G.skill trident Z Neo rgb 32gb 3600mhz cl16-19-19-19-39, oc to 3733mhz with the same timings || Cooler Master ml360 RGB AIO || Phanteks P500A Digital || Thermaltake ToughPower grand RGB750w 80+gold || Samsung 850 250gb and Adata SX 6000 Lite 500gb || Toshiba 5400rpm 1tb || Asus Rog Theta 7.1 || Asus Rog claymore || Asus Gladius 2 origin gaming mouse || Monitor 1 Asus 1080p 144hz || Monitor 2 AOC 1080p 75hz || 

Test Rig.

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Ryzen 5 3400G || Gigabyte b450 S2H || Hyper X fury 2x4gb 2666mhz cl 16 ||Stock cooler || Antec NX100 || Silverstone essential 400w || Transgend SSD 220s 480gb ||

Just Sold

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| i3 9100F || Msi Gaming X gtx 1050 TI || MSI Z390 A-Pro || Kingston 1x16gb 2400mhz cl17 || Stock cooler || Kolink Horizon RGB || Corsair CV 550w || Pny CS900 120gb ||

 

Tier lists for building a PC.

 

Motherboard tier list. Tier A for overclocking 5950x. Tier B for overclocking 5900x, Tier C for overclocking 5800X. Tier D for overclocking 5600X. Tier F for 4/6 core Cpus at stock. Tier E avoid.

(Also case airflow matter or if you are using Downcraft air cooler)

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Gpu tier list. Rtx 3000 and RX 6000 not included since not so many reviews. Tier S for Water cooling. Tier A and B for overcloking. Tier C stock and Tier D avoid.

( You can overclock Tier C just fine, but it can get very loud, that is why it is not recommended for overclocking, same with tier D)

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Psu tier List. Tier A for Rtx 3000, Vega and RX 6000. Tier B For anything else. Tier C cheap/IGPU. Tier D and E avoid.

(RTX 3000/ RX 6000 Might run just fine with higher wattage tier B unit, Rtx 3070 runs fine with tier B units)

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Cpu cooler tier list. Tier 1&2 for power hungry Cpus with Overclock. Tier 3&4 for overclocking Ryzen 3,5,7 or lower power Intel Cpus. Tier 5 for overclocking low end Cpus or 4/6 core Ryzen. Tier 6&7 for stock. Tier 8&9 Ryzen stock cooler performance. Do not waste your money!

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Storage tier List. Tier A for Moving files/  OS. Tier B for OS/Games. Tier C for games. Tier D budget Pcs. Tier E if on sale not the worst but not good.

(With a grain of salt, I use tier C for OS myself)

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Case Tier List. Work In Progress. Most Phanteks airflow series cases already done!

Ask me anything :)

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QUOTE ME  FOR ANSWER.

 

Main PC:

Spoiler

|Ryzen 7 3700x, OC to 4.2ghz @1.3V, 67C, or 4.4ghz @1.456V, 87C || Asus strix 5700 XT, +50 core, +50 memory, +50 power (not a great overclocker) || Asus Strix b550-A || G.skill trident Z Neo rgb 32gb 3600mhz cl16-19-19-19-39, oc to 3733mhz with the same timings || Cooler Master ml360 RGB AIO || Phanteks P500A Digital || Thermaltake ToughPower grand RGB750w 80+gold || Samsung 850 250gb and Adata SX 6000 Lite 500gb || Toshiba 5400rpm 1tb || Asus Rog Theta 7.1 || Asus Rog claymore || Asus Gladius 2 origin gaming mouse || Monitor 1 Asus 1080p 144hz || Monitor 2 AOC 1080p 75hz || 

Test Rig.

Spoiler

Ryzen 5 3400G || Gigabyte b450 S2H || Hyper X fury 2x4gb 2666mhz cl 16 ||Stock cooler || Antec NX100 || Silverstone essential 400w || Transgend SSD 220s 480gb ||

Just Sold

Spoiler

| i3 9100F || Msi Gaming X gtx 1050 TI || MSI Z390 A-Pro || Kingston 1x16gb 2400mhz cl17 || Stock cooler || Kolink Horizon RGB || Corsair CV 550w || Pny CS900 120gb ||

 

Tier lists for building a PC.

 

Motherboard tier list. Tier A for overclocking 5950x. Tier B for overclocking 5900x, Tier C for overclocking 5800X. Tier D for overclocking 5600X. Tier F for 4/6 core Cpus at stock. Tier E avoid.

(Also case airflow matter or if you are using Downcraft air cooler)

Spoiler

 

Gpu tier list. Rtx 3000 and RX 6000 not included since not so many reviews. Tier S for Water cooling. Tier A and B for overcloking. Tier C stock and Tier D avoid.

( You can overclock Tier C just fine, but it can get very loud, that is why it is not recommended for overclocking, same with tier D)

Spoiler

 

Psu tier List. Tier A for Rtx 3000, Vega and RX 6000. Tier B For anything else. Tier C cheap/IGPU. Tier D and E avoid.

(RTX 3000/ RX 6000 Might run just fine with higher wattage tier B unit, Rtx 3070 runs fine with tier B units)

Spoiler

 

Cpu cooler tier list. Tier 1&2 for power hungry Cpus with Overclock. Tier 3&4 for overclocking Ryzen 3,5,7 or lower power Intel Cpus. Tier 5 for overclocking low end Cpus or 4/6 core Ryzen. Tier 6&7 for stock. Tier 8&9 Ryzen stock cooler performance. Do not waste your money!

Spoiler

 

Storage tier List. Tier A for Moving files/  OS. Tier B for OS/Games. Tier C for games. Tier D budget Pcs. Tier E if on sale not the worst but not good.

(With a grain of salt, I use tier C for OS myself)

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Case Tier List. Work In Progress. Most Phanteks airflow series cases already done!

Ask me anything :)

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1 minute ago, SavageNeo said:

I specifically chose the SeaSonic 550 Watt 80+ gold as I want the Semi Modularity and the extra efficiency. Also, even the 550 Watt is a little overkill for the build, it only needs about 450 watts, so I'd rather not blow a bunch more on the 650 Watt Corsair. As for the cases, quite a few of them have reviews saying that they're made of low-quality material, or are hard to build in. I get that these problems are obviously going to come with a budget case, but are they really worth it, or should I spend a tiny bit more on a nicer case?

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I'm using Phanteks P300A and bought deepcool CF 3 pack fans to maximize it's thermal performance. Looking back, i should just bought the P400A.

One thing to remember when using mesh front panel, you'll need to regularly clean your PC (like every 2 weeks) because there's so much dust from the intake.

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3 minutes ago, Sharccc said:

I specifically chose the SeaSonic 550 Watt 80+ gold as I want the Semi Modularity and the extra efficiency. Also, even the 550 Watt is a little overkill for the build, it only needs about 450 watts, so I'd rather not blow a bunch more on the 650 Watt Corsair. As for the cases, quite a few of them have reviews saying that they're made of low-quality material, or are hard to build in. I get that these problems are obviously going to come with a budget case, but are they really worth it, or should I spend a tiny bit more on a nicer case?

Try NR400P and MB311L from cooler master.

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4 minutes ago, Milanizer said:

Try NR400P and MB311L from cooler master.

The MB311L looks promising. Would you recommend me adding a fan in the rear for improved airflow, or is it not really needed?

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1 minute ago, Sharccc said:

The MB311L looks promising. Would you recommend me adding a fan in the rear for improved airflow, or is it not really needed?

If you're only using ryzen stock cooler, i think adding one cheap fan for exhaust will be good for performance.

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5 minutes ago, Milanizer said:

If you're only using ryzen stock cooler, i think adding one cheap fan for exhaust will be good for performance.

I feel like if I've got 2 ARGB fans in the front, I'm sort of forced to get an argb one for the back so it fits in. Are there ANY good argb fans that aren't too expensive, or should I just bite the aesthetic bullet and buy a non-lit one. Either way, what fan would you reccomend?

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2 minutes ago, Sharccc said:

I feel like if I've got 2 ARGB fans in the front, I'm sort of forced to get an argb one for the back so it fits in. Are there ANY good argb fans that aren't too expensive, or should I just bite the aesthetic bullet and buy a non-lit one. Either way, what fan would you reccomend?

If you want to, you can go full aesthetics and use coolermaster sickleflow or masterfan ARGB to match it's front panel. It's good enough to cool your parts.

 

For cheap black fans, any will do.

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