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Budget (including currency):

  • $600 - $1,000 (not including GPU or peripherals, I will be using my current 1070 Ti and dual 1080p monitors)

Country: 

  • United States

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: 

  • School (MS Office, Zoom, web browsing with 6-20 tabs)
  • Light gaming (CS:GO, GTA V at 1080p 75 Hz)

 

Hi, hope everyone is doing well. I was somewhat active on this forum a few years ago and have built quite a few older systems (dating back to Socket 775). However I have decided it is finally time to upgrade from my i7 4790 system to something more recent for maximum compatibility with Windows 11 and for the improved hardware security of new systems. This will be my first DDR4 build (I'm quite behind) so hoping you could look over my build and let me know if you have any advice.

 

I already have a 1070 Ti that I will be reusing in this build. HDD will not be used for any games, only documents, photos, and videos, so speed does not matter. Would like a decently quick and reliable 1 TB m.2 SSD for my small game collection, suite of productivity applications, and OS. Most of my usage is productivity-based such as college coursework, Zoom and Spotify. Occasionally I'll play GTA V or CS:GO, or a few other older games. Mostly light stuff though. Just want something speedy and reliable, maybe slightly overkill but nothing too pricy. Here's what I have so far:

 

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Main PC: i5 4590 @ 3.5 GHz ♦ RX 480 Armor OC ♦ 16 GB DDR3 ♦ GA-Z97-HD3 ♦ 120 GB 840 EVO ♦ 120 GB Intel 520 ♦ W10 Home

Scrapyard PC: Xeon X5460 @ 3.8 GHz ♦ HD 7870 ♦ 8 GB DDR2 ♦ GA-P35-DS3L ♦ 80 GB Intel 320 ♦ 160 GB WD Caviar SE ♦ W10 Home

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I'd advice someting like a 750w PSU, just to future proof

Futureproof your builds and try not to fry anything

 

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Just now, Covelight said:

I'd advice someting like a 750w PSU 

Gotcha, I figured 500 watts was cutting it a bit close but didn't want to spend an extra $30 to step up to an 80 plus bronze and higher wattage. I may do so now to be safer. Thanks!

Main PC: i5 4590 @ 3.5 GHz ♦ RX 480 Armor OC ♦ 16 GB DDR3 ♦ GA-Z97-HD3 ♦ 120 GB 840 EVO ♦ 120 GB Intel 520 ♦ W10 Home

Scrapyard PC: Xeon X5460 @ 3.8 GHz ♦ HD 7870 ♦ 8 GB DDR2 ♦ GA-P35-DS3L ♦ 80 GB Intel 320 ♦ 160 GB WD Caviar SE ♦ W10 Home

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https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3Hwkcf/corsair-cxf-550-w-80-bronze-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020216-na
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/sMM323/evga-supernova-g3-550w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-220-g3-0550

id suggest getting an actual decent PSU instead of the Group regulated EVGA W1.  So either the G3 or step up to the CXF. 

 

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VXyqqs/silicon-power-a80-1-tb-m2-2280-nvme-solid-state-drive-su001tbp34a80m28ab


better cheaper SSD worth considering. 

 

id also suggest reconsidering the Case for something with better airflow. 

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Recommend not cheaping out on the PSU, like others have mentioned. Go for a 100% ssd build instead too. I know you said the HDD would be used for music, videos, and all that, but I did the same and noticed a decline in my HDD's speed within only a few years of installing it. With a SSD, you don't have to worry about that.

 

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/xFMzJf

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($272.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler  ($54.44 @ Newegg Sellers)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B550M MORTAR Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital SN750 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 205M MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($70.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($93.63 @ Amazon)
$909.00

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Am I still to create the perfect system?! ~ Clu

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12 hours ago, GoldenLag said:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3Hwkcf/corsair-cxf-550-w-80-bronze-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020216-na
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/sMM323/evga-supernova-g3-550w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-220-g3-0550

id suggest getting an actual decent PSU instead of the Group regulated EVGA W1.  So either the G3 or step up to the CXF. 

 

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VXyqqs/silicon-power-a80-1-tb-m2-2280-nvme-solid-state-drive-su001tbp34a80m28ab


better cheaper SSD worth considering. 

 

id also suggest reconsidering the Case for something with better airflow. 

Thanks for the advice. Any mATX cases in the $50-$100 range you'd recommend?

Main PC: i5 4590 @ 3.5 GHz ♦ RX 480 Armor OC ♦ 16 GB DDR3 ♦ GA-Z97-HD3 ♦ 120 GB 840 EVO ♦ 120 GB Intel 520 ♦ W10 Home

Scrapyard PC: Xeon X5460 @ 3.8 GHz ♦ HD 7870 ♦ 8 GB DDR2 ♦ GA-P35-DS3L ♦ 80 GB Intel 320 ♦ 160 GB WD Caviar SE ♦ W10 Home

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5 minutes ago, RyanMacRocks said:

Thanks for the advice. Any mATX cases in the $50-$100 range you'd recommend?

i mean, at 100$ you can get a Meshify Mini
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/JsKcCJ/fractal-design-meshify-c-mini-dark-tg-microatx-mini-tower-case-fd-ca-mesh-c-mini-bko-tgd

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/vPp323/fractal-design-focus-g-mini-black-microatx-mini-tower-case-fd-ca-focus-mini-bk-w
something like a Focus G mini would be fine, tho you are sacrifising notably in build quality there. 

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Qt3gXL/apevia-prodigy-microatx-mini-tower-case-prodigy-bk
and this thing looks interesting , tho i cant vouch much to how good it is. 

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