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Budget (including currency): $600

Country: USA

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Valorant, Warzone, Minecraft, Roblox, Halo

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): Peripherals won't be coming from this budget.

 

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VrdBf9

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($268.98 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($81.99 @ Amazon) 
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory  ($74.98 @ Amazon) 
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($44.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($54.99 @ Newegg) 
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-AC51 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($29.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $555.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-27 23:28 EST-0500

 

Would it be better to go with a budget CPU/GPU over the Ryzen 5 3400G?

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9 minutes ago, rakkety said:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($268.98 @ Amazon) 

That is way overpriced, do not pay that much for that.

Gaming With a 4:3 CRT

System specs below

 

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X with a Noctua NH-U9S cooler 
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 Aorus M (Because it was cheap for what it had)
RAM: 16GB (2 x 8GB) of DDR4 GEIL Potenza Evo, OC to 3200Mhz
GPU: EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC Blower Card
HDD: 7200RPM TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 1TB, External HDD: 5400RPM 2TB WD My Passport
SSD: NONE, eveything works fine, no need to upgrade, stop telling me I need an SSD. Ok, things be slow sometimes.
PSU: Corsair CX650M
Displays: ViewSonic VA2012WB LCD 1680x1050p @ 75Hz
Gateway VX920 CRT: 1920x1440@65Hz, 1600x1200@75Hz, 1200x900@100Hz, 960x720@125Hz
Gateway VX900 CRT: 1920x1440@64Hz, 1600x1200@75Hz, 1200x900@100Hz, 960x720@120Hz (Can be pushed to 175Hz)
(Yes, I use a CRT and I prefer gaming on one)
 
Cooling: Grill with filter installed onto the front panel for air intake cooling with a 120mm Corsair ML120 fan and an old recycled 92mm cooler master(forgot model) fan for exhaust.
 
Keyboard: Thermaltake eSPORTS MEKA PRO with Cherry MX Red switches
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Looks pretty good to me, except that CPU is like double MSRP. 

13 minutes ago, rakkety said:

Would it be better to go with a budget CPU/GPU over the Ryzen 5 3400G?

If the PC market was normal right now, it'd be worth considering, but GPU prices are insane at the moment. If you're planning to build this PC anytime soon, the 3400G seems like the most viable option to me. 

My System: 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT • Noctua NH-D15 • MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk • 2x8GB G.skill Trident Z Neo 3600MHz CL16 • MSI VENTUS 3X GeForce RTX 3070 OC •  Samsung 970 Evo 1TB • Samsung 860 Evo 1TB • Cosair iCUE 465X RGB • Corsair RMx 750W (White) • ASUS VG27AQ • Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum • Logitech G502 Hero

 

Got any questions about my system or peripherals? Feel free to tag me (@bellabichon) and I'll be happy to give you my two cents. 

 

PSA: Posting a PCPartPicker list with no explanation isn't helpful for first-time builders :)

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-10100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard: ASRock B460M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($94.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: ADATA XPG Z1 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory  ($73.98 @ Amazon) 
Case: Cougar MG120 G MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($34.90 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: be quiet! Pure Power 11 500 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($69.90 @ Amazon) 
Wireless Network Adapter: Ziyituod ZYT-AX200 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi Adapter  ($26.90 @ Amazon) 
Total: $410.66
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-28 04:00 EST-0500

you can still find a 290 or 290x on ebay and it'll fit in your budget.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Heatsink: Gelid Phantom Black GPU: Palit RTX 3060 Ti Dual RAM: Corsair DDR4 2x8GB 3000Mhz mobo: Asus X570-P case: Fractal Design Define C PSU: Superflower Leadex Gold 650W

 

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