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$1400 - $1500 PC Build

Budget (including currency): $1400 - $1500 USD

Country: United States

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: I will mostly be using this computer for games such as GTA V, Watch Dogs Legion, Minecraft, and Cyberpunk. I will also be doing some CAD modeling (as a hobby), programming and web browsing. 

 

One requirement for the motherboard is WiFi. I am undecided whether or not I should just get a WiFi adapter later or try to get it integrated on the motherboard 

 

 

Here is what I currently have put together. I already ordered the RAM, Case, and SSD. I'm just having troubles deciding on a motherboard and power supply.

 

Edit: I'm also planning on getting an aftermarket cooler in the future (sub $100) , so any suggestions would be great. 

 

 

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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.

 

 

don't some things look better when they are lowercase?

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Looks good. Just a few things to note:

  • Out of the box, the Meshify C isn't really particularly great in terms of its cooling performance, so you'll want to throw in an extra two 140mm fans in the front as intakes. I'd look at Noctua NF-A14, be quiet! Silent Wings 3 or Arctic P14, for the fans.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/sWM323/noctua-nf-a14-pwm-chromaxblackswap-825-cfm-140mm-fan-nf-a14-pwm-chromaxblackswap

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/x9cMnQ/be-quiet-bl065-595-cfm-140mm-fan-bl065

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/byjJ7P/arctic-p14-728-cfm-140-mm-fan-acfan00124a

 

  • 750W is quite unnecessary for a 5600X and a 3070, so I'd instead look at getting a higher quality, lower wattage unit, as opposed to lesser quality but higher wattage (not that the RM is bad or anything though). Here are some units I'd consider:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/2HbwrH/corsair-rmx-2018-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020178-na

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4pGnTW/fractal-design-ion-660-w-80-platinum-certified-fully-modular-at-power-supply-fd-psu-ionp-660p-bk

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/n34BD3/enermax-revolution-df-650-w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-erf650awt

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Rj22FT/be-quiet-straight-power-11-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-bn282

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VbhmP6/super-flower-leadex-iii-gold-650-w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-sf-650f14hg

 

  • The B550 Gaming Edge WIFI is good, even more so for $150 - that's quite a great deal.
  • For the CPU cooler, the Wraith Stealth that comes with the 5600X should be fine for stock speeds, though if you want something better:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/cqCD4D/arctic-freezer-34-esports-cpu-cooler-acfre00057a

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/PnPKHx/arctic-freezer-34-esports-duo-cpu-cooler-acfre00061a

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/krxbt6/be-quiet-dark-rock-slim-cpu-cooler-bk024

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FRYLrH/be-quiet-dark-rock-4-cpu-cooler-bk021

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/dMVG3C/noctua-nh-u12s-chromaxblack-55-cfm-cpu-cooler-nh-u12s-chromaxblack

Desktop: Intel Core i9-9900K | be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 | ASUS Strix Z390-F | G.Skill Trident Z Neo 2x16GB 3200MHz CL14 | EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER XC Ultra | Corsair RM650x | Fractal Design Define R6

Laptop: 2018 Apple MacBook Pro 13"  --  i5-8259U | 8GB LPDDR3 | 512GB NVMe | macOS Big Sur

Peripherals: Leopold FC660C w/ Topre Silent 45g | Logitech MX Master 3 & Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed | Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus | Audio-Technica AT2020USB+

Displays: Alienware AW2521HF & BenQ BL2420PT

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@MateyyyCool thanks. I was stuck between the MSI Gaming Edge vs the Carbon. The only major difference is 2 less USB ports. The carbon has the perfect amount of USB ports I need, but at a $40 price increase. Would it be bad to buy a separate USB hub to plug in my microphone and webcam?

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Just now, Creed1 said:

@MateyyyCool thanks. I was stuck between the MSI Gaming Edge vs the Carbon. The only major difference is 2 less USB ports. The carbon has the perfect amount of USB ports I need, but at a $40 price increase. Would it be bad to buy a separate USB hub to plug in my microphone and webcam?

Hm, you could do that, or maybe you could go for something like a B550 Aorus Pro AC? Or a Strix B550-F WIFI, though that tends to be quite overpriced, from what I've seen.

Desktop: Intel Core i9-9900K | be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 | ASUS Strix Z390-F | G.Skill Trident Z Neo 2x16GB 3200MHz CL14 | EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER XC Ultra | Corsair RM650x | Fractal Design Define R6

Laptop: 2018 Apple MacBook Pro 13"  --  i5-8259U | 8GB LPDDR3 | 512GB NVMe | macOS Big Sur

Peripherals: Leopold FC660C w/ Topre Silent 45g | Logitech MX Master 3 & Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed | Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus | Audio-Technica AT2020USB+

Displays: Alienware AW2521HF & BenQ BL2420PT

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1 hour ago, Mateyyy said:

Hm, you could do that, or maybe you could go for something like a B550 Aorus Pro AC? Or a Strix B550-F WIFI, though that tends to be quite overpriced, from what I've seen.

I looked at the Strix B550-F Wifi, but it is a bit pricey for what it is. The B550 Aorus Pro AC looks nice and has 10 USB Ports and is $170. How is the VRM/Overall quality of that board? 

 

Otherwise my next choice is going to be the MSI Gaming Carbon, but still a bit pricey for just 2 USB ports

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Just now, Creed1 said:

I looked at the Strix B550-F Wifi, but it is a bit pricey for what it is. The B550 Aorus Pro AC looks nice and has 10 USB Ports and is $170. How are the VRMs/Overall quality of that board? 

 

Otherwise my next choice is going to be the MSI Gaming Carbon, but still a bit pricey for just 2 USB ports

The Aorus Pro, Strix F and the Gaming Edge/GC/Tomahawk are all in the same ballpark as far as VRMs go.

 

HUB has actually tested the VRM thermals of all of these boards:

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Other than that... I guess Gigabyte's BIOS is arguably not as nice as MSI's or ASUS', but I personally wouldn't pay more for the Strix F just for that alone.

Desktop: Intel Core i9-9900K | be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 | ASUS Strix Z390-F | G.Skill Trident Z Neo 2x16GB 3200MHz CL14 | EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER XC Ultra | Corsair RM650x | Fractal Design Define R6

Laptop: 2018 Apple MacBook Pro 13"  --  i5-8259U | 8GB LPDDR3 | 512GB NVMe | macOS Big Sur

Peripherals: Leopold FC660C w/ Topre Silent 45g | Logitech MX Master 3 & Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed | Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus | Audio-Technica AT2020USB+

Displays: Alienware AW2521HF & BenQ BL2420PT

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