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First PC Budget Build

Adam1775
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Budget (including currency): $2,000 USD

Country: United States

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

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): No parts, no preference. Decent performance for streaming. Wi-Fi compatible. I'm a Marine that lives in the barracks and I'm just looking to switch from streaming on console to PC. I have minimal experience in building a PC and have just enough knowledge to put it together, but not enough to make sure the components are compatible. Please help, Thank You!

 

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My roommate just got back from OCS about a month ago after basic. Maybe i am mistaken from his explanations of the environment, but will a tower pc fit well into that life style? You might want to just keep an eye out for a good deal for a laptop on shopmyexchange.

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A tower PC will fit perfectly fine, I have plenty of room and time to build, use and maintain it.

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What are you playing/streaming? Covid really WREAKED the market for video cards, 80% markups are the normal MSRP for them now. Some cards will eat up 90% of your budget.

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Minecraft being the biggest one, Apex Legends, HALO, COD and rocket league. Possibly a lot more. 

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https://pcpartpicker.com/list/TR8r9N

 

This is a good Alder Lake system. It gives you ~$1000 to get a video card, so either a scalped 3060Ti/3070, or you can try your luck at getting a 3080 for MSRP (though they're hard to get at the best of times). If you need peripherals, take the money out of the GPU fund. Alder lake is very solid, though there are some early adopter bugs that should be ironed out over the next 2-3 months at most, and most of which come from playing very old game with antiquated anti-cheat services (*cough* *cough* denuvo)

 

Do note that if you're stationed near a Micro Center, you can get ~$60 off, since Micro Center sells those CPUs for $50 less, and does a $20 discount if you buy it with a motherboard (though their motherboards are slightly more expensive there, it still ends up being cheaper in the long run). Also, the SSD is currently on sale for $75 with a mail in rebate at newegg, a deal that ends either today or monday, so if you're gonna order after then, get a different SSD. It's just an incredible deal currently (I and 3 of my friends have already bought ones)

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I have to go to bed, i just finished fixing my PC, i had to replace the power supply after my last one died. But i will post this as an example for what im talking about here, you might have a better chance getting a good deal buying prebuilt due to the market around video cards. Any one else who sees this thread and has more time than me rn feel free to contradict me with more research. 

But here is a prebuilt in stock at best buy after a quick cursory search, by no means a detailed idea of what to get rn.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ibuypower-trace-mr-gaming-desktop-intel-i7-11700f-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-rtx-3070-8gb-500gb-wd-nvme-ssd-1tb-hdd/6480911.p?skuId=6480911 at $1,799.99

 

And here is the cheapest 3070 i could find quickly on Amazon right now, and i wouldn't necessarily buy this one specifically. The prices are pretty close

https://www.amazon.com/RTX3070-ZT-A30700J-10PLHR-GeForce-Hashrate-Graphics/dp/B09G5Y1QGP/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=rtx+3070&qid=1638687591&sr=8-6  at $1,105

The PC Parts Picker list Ronothan posted is pretty solid, i prefer Seasonic over Corsair but thats me just being nitpicky. You can look up benchmarks for cards if you find a deal and dont know what that specific card is capable of, they will show what it gets frame rate wise inside specific games (assuming all the other parts arent slowing it down). And there are sites that even show two cards against each other and breaks down their performance in specific compute categories.

Edit: Also! There is this site: https://www.stockinformer.com/ I use it to keep an eye on things coming in stock. This will watch for items being put in stock from proper vendors not resellers and ping you when they do. They have a discord integration too, so you could get the notification in your phone and jump over to amazon for instance and buy the card real quick before a scalper grabs it.

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maybe this bring a little help

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor  ($294.99 @ Newegg) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML240L RGB V2 65.59 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($72.48 @ GameStop) 
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($199.99 @ B&H) 
Memory: Team T-FORCE DARK Za 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Patriot VPN100 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($129.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 XT 8 GB Red Devil Video Card  ($769.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Rosewill PRISM S LITE ATX Mid Tower Case  ($59.95 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Platinum 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($89.99 @ Newegg) 
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link Archer T4E PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($24.99 @ Amazon) 
Monitor: Samsung LC27RG50FQNXZA 27.0" 1920x1080 240 Hz Monitor  ($249.99 @ Best Buy) 
Keyboard: Kingston HyperX Alloy Core RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard  ($29.99 @ Amazon) 
Mouse: Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless Optical Mouse  ($34.90 @ Amazon) 
Total: $2017.24
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-12-05 03:13 EST-0500

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor  ($294.99 @ Newegg) 
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler  ($64.90 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($219.00 @ Amazon) 
Memory: Neo Forza FAYE 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-4400 CL19 Memory  ($129.99 @ Newegg Sellers) 
Storage: Intel 670p 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($79.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($46.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR 8 GB XC GAMING Video Card  ($985.95 @ Amazon) 
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case  ($79.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS GX 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($89.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1991.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-12-05 08:00 EST-0500

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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2 hours ago, Herman Mcpootis said:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor  ($294.99 @ Newegg) 
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler  ($64.90 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($219.00 @ Amazon) 
Memory: Neo Forza FAYE 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-4400 CL19 Memory  ($129.99 @ Newegg Sellers) 
Storage: Intel 670p 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($79.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($46.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR 8 GB XC GAMING Video Card  ($985.95 @ Amazon) 
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case  ($79.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS GX 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($89.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1991.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-12-05 08:00 EST-0500

is gx psu any good? I am also looking at 550w for i5 

 

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Added some peripheral recommendations, since you said you had no parts. Let me know if you need a smaller monitor, and non-rgb peripherals (you can set them to one color, or just to black though btw). Newegg has plenty of bundles for gpu's.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VLKXXb

CPU: Intel Core i5-11400F 2.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($194.99 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S redux 70.75 CFM CPU Cooler  ($49.95 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI MAG B560M MORTAR WIFI Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($159.99 @ Amazon) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($99.97 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($89.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini C MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($84.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2021) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($99.99 @ Newegg) 
Monitor: MSI Optix G271 27.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor  ($179.99 @ GameStop) 
Keyboard: Corsair K55 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard  ($34.99 @ GameStop) 
Mouse: Corsair NIGHTSWORD RGB Wired Optical Mouse  ($79.98 @ Amazon) 
Custom: MSI Mech Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB GDDR6 + MSI SPATIUM Series 1TB M.2 NVME SSD ($669.98)
$1744.81

The only stars that matter, are the ones you look at when you dream... ~ Keanu Reeves

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

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