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First Build - GPU Bios Flashing, Bottlenecking RAM Frequency, Quality Assurance for PSUs

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Budget (including currency): ~ $1000 AUD

Country: Australia

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: ArchiCAD, Photoshop (large size and high DPI panels for printing), FPS games (TF2, Valorant, OW. Nothing Triple A). 

Other details  Already have a mouse (white Logitech G305). Receiving the GPU from a friend, so am basing the build around that. 

 

I am finalising a parts list at the moment and running as many checks as I can before making any purchases. Thanks to those who have already helped me (I didn't see any forum rules about multiple posts in a day, so I hope this is fine). I'm looking for some help with the following things:

 

1) I am receiving a used GPU (previously used for gaming, not mining). Are there any things to consider for when I install it? I have seen in some contexts, but seemingly not all, that people perform a BIOS flash on the GPU when installing one that is used. How do you determine the contexts in which to do this?

2) The memory I've selected has a 3200 frequency, however the motherboard caps at DDR4-2933. My understanding is that it should still be compatible, but won't utilise the full frequency. Is it worth paying the extra amount for a board that utilises the full frequency available? (I am not looking to spend any more money unless I can justify it). 

3) I have seen a number of horror stories about faulty power supplies. When shopping, are there any flags to look out for that would lead you to not choose a particular power supply? I have seen many people swear by gold-rated PSU's for this, however I don't see that this should inherently be the case (unless you equate the more efficient PSU's to being higher quality and being more likely to have parts that aren't faulty perhaps). I would happily settle with the 650 W bronze PSU that I have selected, but would like some peace of mind that it isn't going to start a house fire.

4) Any other bottlenecks, compatibilities, or cash saves that stick out to you on the part list?

 

 

PCPartPicker Part List: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/TkG7z7

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($259.00 @ Mwave Australia) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper H411R 34.1 CFM CPU Cooler  ($35.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Motherboard: MSI B460M-A PRO Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia) 
Memory: Team T-Force Zeus 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL20 Memory  ($81.33 @ Amazon Australia) 
Storage: Gigabyte AORUS 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($98.00 @ Amazon Australia) 
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($55.00 @ Mwave Australia) 
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 570 4 GB GAMING X Video Card  ($0.00) 
Case: Deepcool MACUBE 110 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($69.00 @ Mwave Australia) 
Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE Bronze V2 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($79.00 @ Mwave Australia) 
Case Fan: ARCTIC P12 PST 56.3 CFM 120 mm Fans 5-Pack  ($45.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Monitor: AOC 24G2 23.8" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor  ($190.00) 
Keyboard: Velocifire TKL02WS Wireless Standard Keyboard  ($70.00) 
Total: $1090.33

 

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first of all

if your gpu is fine and play games nicely DONT EVER GO NEAR FLASHING ITS BIOS

flashing bios on a gpu is one of those {if its not broken don't fix it} situation

-about ram

no I don't think your gonna notice the difference on a 10400F

-power supply

now those story's that you heard only happened I think for gigabyte PSUs and a cooler master PSU is actually fine

but power supply is one of those components that worth the extra money

i personally would've gone with a Asus ROG Strix 650 w 

yes it cost more but trust me you wont regret it 

its pure quality and no more

-Other suggestion

that ram timing is trash AF

get a kit that is at least CL16

2666 CL14

3000 CL16

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Here is little edit you need to make before buying parts.

Case because of front mesh, Will have better airflow. 

Motherboard is currently on a sale, So get it before sale ends, It'll be great for this price.

This PSU is so much better and it will also allow for good GPU upgrade in future.

 

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($249.00 @ PLE Computers) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper H411R 34.1 CFM CPU Cooler  ($34.80 @ Device Deal) 
Motherboard: ASRock B460M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($79.00 @ PC Byte) 
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($95.00 @ PC Byte) 
Storage: Crucial P5 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($88.47 @ Amazon Australia) 
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($50.00 @ Centre Com) 
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 570 4 GB GAMING X Video Card  ($0.00) 
Case: Silverstone FARA H1M MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($69.00 @ Mwave Australia) 
Power Supply: Super Flower Leadex III Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($119.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Case Fan: ARCTIC P12 PST 56.3 CFM 120 mm Fans 5-Pack  ($45.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Monitor: AOC 24G2 23.8" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor  ($190.00) 
Keyboard: Velocifire TKL02WS Wireless Standard Keyboard  ($70.00) 
Total: $1089.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-10-18 18:47 AEDT+1100

 

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3 hours ago, Alireza said:

first of all

if your gpu is fine and play games nicely DONT EVER GO NEAR FLASHING ITS BIOS

flashing bios on a gpu is one of those {if its not broken don't fix it} situation

-about ram

no I don't think your gonna notice the difference on a 10400F

-power supply

now those story's that you heard only happened I think for gigabyte PSUs and a cooler master PSU is actually fine

but power supply is one of those components that worth the extra money

i personally would've gone with a Asus ROG Strix 650 w 

yes it cost more but trust me you wont regret it 

its pure quality and no more

-Other suggestion

that ram timing is trash AF

get a kit that is at least CL16

2666 CL14

3000 CL16

Thanks for this, I won't go messing with the BIOS!

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10 minutes ago, Dr0idGh0sT said:

Here is little edit you need to make before buying parts.

Case because of front mesh, Will have better airflow. 

 

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($249.00 @ PLE Computers) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper H411R 34.1 CFM CPU Cooler  ($34.80 @ Device Deal) 
Motherboard: MSI B460M-A PRO Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($99.00 @ Centre Com) 
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($95.00 @ PC Byte) 
Storage: Crucial P5 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($88.47 @ Amazon Australia) 
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($50.00 @ Centre Com) 
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 570 4 GB GAMING X Video Card  ($0.00) 
Case: Silverstone FARA H1M MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($69.00 @ Mwave Australia) 
Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE Bronze V2 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($79.00 @ Mwave Australia) 
Case Fan: ARCTIC P12 PST 56.3 CFM 120 mm Fans 5-Pack  ($45.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Monitor: AOC 24G2 23.8" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor  ($190.00) 
Keyboard: Velocifire TKL02WS Wireless Standard Keyboard  ($70.00) 
Total: $1069.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-10-18 18:44 AEDT+1100

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