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Had a friend help with my build. Looking for some second opinions.

Budget (including currency): $2500

Country: United States

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Mainly military sim games such as Hell Let Loose and Squad. Also will be used for music production.

Other details: (There wasn't a price for the MSI 3060 on part picker so I priced it at around MSRP)

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CPU Cooler   41bz4x95zWL.jpg Deepcool CASTLE 240EX 64.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $104.99   FREE     $104.99 logo2_merchant_newegg.png Buy  
Motherboard   3b15aecb9e732104d74a171096c8c286.256p.jpg Gigabyte Z590 AORUS ELITE AX ATX LGA1200 Motherboard $239.99   FREE     $239.99 logo2_merchant_newegg.png Buy  
Memory   400879ba32d2a76ef63e2bf44fa7808a.256p.jpg Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-4000 CL18 Memory $164.99   amazon-prime.png     $164.99 logo2_merchant_amazon.png Buy  
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Storage   474abe769959b27b7cd7c61df950b02b.256p.jpg ADATA XPG SPECTRIX S40G RGB 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $62.99   amazon-prime.png     $62.99 logo2_merchant_amazon.png Buy  
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Case   ff18245ac54c7de59d2eb7b445858d38.256p.jpg Razer Tomahawk ATX ATX Mid Tower Case $199.99   FREE     $199.99 logo2_merchant_bestbuy2.png Buy  
Power Supply   cb598231cbc52b7bbee7d5d5318d8d7d.256p.jpg Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 ARGB 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $169.99   amazon-prime.png     $169.99 logo2_merchant_amazon.png Buy  
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(1) Don't buy the Seagate 1TB, they are NOS (New Old Stock) go for 2 or 4TB

(2) Never pay retail for Win10. Go to Kinguin or eBay and get a key.

(3) (Personal opinion) that high speed RAM isn't worth it, go lower speed like DDR4-3200 and get more instead.

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

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If you already have a windows machine: use media creation tool. Buying a standalone license is a scam at Retail.

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23 minutes ago, BiotechBen said:

If you already have a windows machine: use media creation tool. Buying a standalone license is a scam at Retail.

The media creation tool doesn't negate needing a license, and buying a retail license is not a "scam". That's what Microsoft charges for a fully authorized license. You can get cheaper licenses on the grey market, but as with anything like that it's buyer beware. It's usually fine, but the licenses are often OEM, and one time use.

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Little point in putting a locked cpu on a Z motherbord. 

 

PCIe 4.0 support on a Z590 motherboard is only available when a Rocketlake cpu is ntalled. 

 

The case has a psu shroud and the psu orientation is fan down. I'm not sure the lighting would be visible.

 

I suggest putting more emphasis on performance parts and less on lighting. I think one ends up with a better system.

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($324.99 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 56.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($99.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI Z490-A PRO ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($179.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL14 Memory  ($162.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($307.75 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB GAMING X Video Card  ($519.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact TG Light Tint ATX Mid Tower Case  ($135.30 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($111.47 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Fractal Design Prisma AL 85.71 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack  ($65.99 @ Newegg) 
Case Fan: Fractal Design Prisma AL 85.71 CFM 120 mm Fan  ($25.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1934.44
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-04-19 23:25 EDT-0400

 

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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14 hours ago, Chris Pratt said:

The media creation tool doesn't negate needing a license, and buying a retail license is not a "scam". That's what Microsoft charges for a fully authorized license. You can get cheaper licenses on the grey market, but as with anything like that it's buyer beware. It's usually fine, but the licenses are often OEM, and one time use.

I agree, that's why I said buying at Retail is a scam. Paying the full $104+ for one is highway robbery.

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57 minutes ago, BiotechBen said:

I agree, that's why I said buying at Retail is a scam. Paying the full $104+ for one is highway robbery.

Don't think you read that right. It's not a scam in any way, shape, or fashion, nor is it highway robbery. It's the price of the OS license. Buying on the grey market is not technically legit, because you are not an OEM and thus are not authorized to use an OEM license.

 

You can get by with it, because you're a lowly peon like the rest of us. If an actual business bought their licenses in this way, they'd be in big trouble. Regardless, if Microsoft ever realized, they don't technically have to support you or allow you to reactivate if your system is ever deactivated because of hardware changes.

 

Long and short, it's not illegal to purchase the cheap license, but it is unethical, and it technically violates the licensing agreement. The fact that you can get a shady license for cheap doesn't make a legitimate license a "scam" or "robbery".

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