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Budget (including currency): $600-800

Country: USA

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Modern gaming at 1080p, VR gaming.

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):

 

I do not want to buy a GPU in today's market so I am going to stick with my GTX 1060 3GB for now. Once prices get back to normal (or close to that) I am going to start looking for something like an RX 6700XT/6800, not sure yet. I also already have a nice 750W PSU.

PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $306.33 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus ROG STRIX B550-A GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard $162.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory $99.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case $93.98 @ Newegg
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total (before mail-in rebates) $788.28
  Mail-in rebates -$15.00
  Total $773.28
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-05-06 15:30 EDT-0400  

 

 

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Looks good to me, although if you want to do overclocking of any kind or want better temps or noise levels I'd recommend an aftermarket cooler like the Scythe Fuma 2

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AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU - $85, Deepcool Gammaxx 400 V2 Blue CPU Cooler - $25, Biostar B450MH AM4 Motherboard - $65, Timetec 16GB (2x8) 3200MHz CL16 DDR4 RAM - $60, Adata SU650 240GB M.2 SSD - $30, WD Caviar Blue 250GB 7200RPM HDD - $20, Seagate Barracuda  320GB 7200RPM HDD - $20, MSI Aero Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB GPU - $200, Cougar MG130G Micro-ATX Case - $50, Aresgame AGK750 Fully Modular 80+ Gold PSU - $90, HP 22EB 21.5" 1080P 60Hz Monitor - $100, Samsung 21.5" 2S22E450D 1080P 60Hz Monitor - $90, Sceptre E205-W 19.5" 1600-3R 900P 75Hz Monitor - $70, GK73X Hot-Swappable Mechanical Keyboard (Gateron Red Switches) - $70, HK Gaming Dye Sub Chalk Keycaps - $40, Steelseries Rival 3 Mouse - $30, Aresgame RGB Mouse Pad - Came with bundle, Random XXL Amazon Mouse Pad - $10, Widesen USB Condenser Mic - $20, Gertisan Mic Arm - $12 (adapter needed, + $4), OneOdio Over Ear Headphones - $33, Cooler Master SickleFlow 120MM Blue Fan - $10, Iceberg Thermal IceGALE 140MM Teal Fan 2 Pack - $45, Cougar 120MM Case Fan - Included with MG 130G

Rack Project (Build log link)

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Rack Project PC (1)

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Intel Core i5-2400 CPU - $25, Vetroo L5 CPU Cooler - $30, Dell Optiplex 390 LGA 1155 Motherboard - $15, G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB (2x8) 1866MHz CL10 DDR3 RAM  - $50, Leven 120GB 2.5" SSD - $22, MSI Aero Nvidia GTX 1050 TI 4GB - $150, Segotep GP 600W Non-Modular 80+ Gold PSU - $52, Tecware Spectre RGB Pro Mechanical Keyboard (Outemu Brown Switches) - $70, Pictek T16 Mouse - $23

Rack Project PC (2)

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Intel Core i5-2400 CPU - $25, Enermax ETS-N31 CPU Cooler - $25, Dell Optiplex 390 LGA 1155 Motherboard - $15, 8GB (2x4) Hynix 1600MHz CL11 DDR3 RAM - $30, Leven 120GB 2.5" SSD - $22, Intel HD 2000 Graphics - Integrated into CPU, Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 600W Non-Modular 80+ PSU - $50, HP Office Keyboard - $5, Havit Mouse - $10

 "I had the parts lying around" PC

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AMD A8-4555M CPU, "Stock" Cooler, Coinmine ITX Motherboard - ($Total of 3=$35), 8GB (2x4) Hynix 1333MHz CLsomething DDR3 SODIMM RAM - $22, HP 120GB 2.5" SSD - $203, AMD Radeon 7600G Graphics - Integrated into CPU, EVGA N1 400W Non-Modular PSU - $40, InWin 303 (Yes, I know its a ridiculously expensive and high end case for this type of build. I got one for free and had it lying around.) - $90, Thermaltake Riing 120MM Blue Fan (x3) - $17 Each, Cooler Master 120MM Case Fan - $10, Redragon S107 Keyboard + Mouse + Mouse Pad - $37

Other parts I have lying around

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3 Dell Optiplex Stock Coolers (1 broken), Cooler Master T2 Cooler, Intel Stock Cooler, Replace Power 420W PSU, Broken FX-8350, Broken Asrock 970 Motherboard, 2x4GB DDR3 RAM 1333MHz, a Dell Office KB, a bunch of office mice

Dell Inspiron 15-3575 Laptop

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Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, 4GB RAM, Windows 10 Home Activated 64 Bit, 500GB HDD, Intel UHD 600 Graphics

Gateway Vintage Laptop from 2006 probably

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Intel Core 2 Duo T5500, 3GB RAM, Windows Vista Home Premium Activated 32 Bit, 250GB HDD, Intel 965 Graphics

 

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1 minute ago, davemc said:

Looks good to me, although if you want to do overclocking of any kind or want better temps or noise levels I'd recommend an aftermarket cooler like the Scythe Fuma 2

My bad, forgot to mention I already have a nice cooler master cooler that keeps it REAL cool.

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Looks like a decent build, nothing to really complain about here since you already have a graphics card. 

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If you want to save some cash and are not that bothered about overclocking, then you could look at the i5 11400/F and a B560 board instead. 

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21 minutes ago, lee32uk said:

If you want to save some cash and are not that bothered about overclocking, then you could look at the i5 11400/F and a B560 board instead. 

How does the 11400F compare against the 5600X in games?

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8 minutes ago, InvertedIce said:

How does the 11400F compare against the 5600X in games?

It compares very well. Of course some games will favour the 5600X and others the i5. You can see some 1080p framerates in the review below.

 

They are using an RTX 3080 gpu.

 

 

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/intel-core-i5-11400f/16.html

 

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19 minutes ago, lee32uk said:

It compares very well. Of course some games will favour the 5600X and others the i5. You can see some 1080p framerates in the review below.

 

They are using an RTX 3080 gpu.

 

 

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/intel-core-i5-11400f/16.html

 

Wow, I would not expect this from a $200 intel CPU. Is there any real downside to the i5? Or more importantly, any downside that is actually worth an extra $100 to make up for? 

 

EDIT: Ah, you can't OC unless you have a Z490 mobo, I see now. That pretty much locks the CPU cause who is gonna spend $200 on a mobo for a $190 CPU.

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Not really. Those i5s from Intel's 11th generation are quite good value, since Ryzens are overpriced by scarcity on the market.

The only downside might be power consumption for the higher end i5s like the 11600K. The AMDs are much more power-efficient, but performance is comparable. Except in this market the equivalent Intels sell for lower prices.

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32 minutes ago, InvertedIce said:

Wow, I would not expect this from a $200 intel CPU. Is there any real downside to the i5? Or more importantly, any downside that is actually worth an extra $100 to make up for? 

 

EDIT: Ah, you can't OC unless you have a Z490 mobo, I see now. That pretty much locks the CPU cause who is gonna spend $200 on a mobo for a $190 CPU.

If you wanted to overclock then you would need the 'K/KF' version cpu as well as a Z490/Z590 board. The non 'K' 11400/F still performs well even against the 11600K as you can see in that link I posted. It is definitely one of the better value for money options if going with Intel.

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