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This is my first gaming PC, my friend's brother put this together from his spare parts he had. 

 

Fractal design pop mini. (Black/white) 

Ryzen 5 5600x

Coer master hyper 212 black

Asus tuf B450m Wi-Fi (Zaku Red - gundam edition) 

16gb RGB ram 2 x 8gb

1gb m.2 ssd

EVGA rtx 3060 super 16gb 

Corsair 650w gold

RGB cooler master fans x6

Windows 10 pro (with key codes) 

 

Old logitech G304 wireless (3 yrs old) 

(new glass skates) 

Old logitech G915 tkl (3 yrs old) 

 

Total :

$980 (for system) 

$100 (for mouse and keyboard) 

 

Was the build worth it? 

(still need to buy monitor and games) 

 

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Depends, are you asking to prove a point to him? or are you asking cause you want to emulate the build?

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Common build advice: 1) Buy the cheapest (well reviewed) motherboard that has the features you need. Paying more typically only gets you features you won’t use. 2) only get as much RAM as you need, getting more won’t (typically) make your PC faster. 3) While I recommend getting an NVMe drive, you don’t need to splurge for an expensive drive with DRam cache, DRamless drives are fine for gamers. 4) paying for looks is fine, just don’t break the bank. 5) Tower coolers are usually good enough, unless you go top tier Intel or plan on OCing. 6) OCing is a dead meme, you probably shouldn’t bother. 7) "Bottlenecks" rarely matter and "Future-proofing" is a myth. 8) AIOs don't noticably improve performance past 240mm.

 

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I'm a PhD student working in the fields of reinforcement learning and traffic control. PCs are one of my hobbies and I've built many PCs and performed upgrades on a few laptops (for myself, friends and family). My personal computers include 3 windows (10/11) machines and a TrueNAS server (and I'm looking to move to dual booting Linux Mint on my main machine in future). While I believe I have an decent amount of experience in spec’ing, building and troubleshooting computers, keep in mind I'm not an expert or a professional and I make mistakes.

 

Favourite Games of all time: World of Tanks, Runescape, Subnautica, Metroid (Fusion and Dread), Spyro: Year of the Dragon (Original and Reignited Trilogy), Crash Bash, Mario Kart Wii

 

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Some of your specs are pretty vague, and there is no "3060 Super 16GB", but here's a close build off of PCPartPicker:

 

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KTsZ9c

 

Spoiler

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KTsZ9c

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($151.00 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler  ($49.99 @ B&H) 
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B450M-PLUS II Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($99.95 @ Amazon) 
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory  ($57.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Crucial P3 Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive  ($54.99 @ Best Buy) 
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ventus 2X 12G GeForce RTX 3060 12GB 12 GB Video Card  ($289.39 @ Newegg) 
Case: Fractal Design Pop Mini Air MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($89.99 @ B&H) 
Power Supply: Corsair RM650 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($223.29 @ Amazon) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM - DVD 64-bit  ($124.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1141.58
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-12-03 08:39 EST-0500

Total: $1,141.58

 

I only picked these parts because they're comparable in spec to the ones you listed. I didn't account for warranty, reputation, used price, or even if they're a particularly good value. Please don't buy these parts then get upset with it and come back crying "Needfuldoer said this was a good computer to buy!". 😛 

 

You'd have to cross-reference every part with completed eBay listings to know for certain it was a good deal, but it looks like your friend's brother charged almost retail for lightly used parts. (Also note that I included a retail copy of Windows; if he used an OEM or cracked copy then I'd say he got the better deal because he resold his used parts for about as much as they cost new.)

 

It depends on how much you value a manufacturer's warranty vs a "so-and-so's brother can fix it" "warranty".

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23 hours ago, will0hlep said:

Depends, are you asking to prove a point to him? or are you asking cause you want to emulate the build?

I bought it from him already just being sure I got a pretty good first time setup

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23 hours ago, Needfuldoer said:

Some of your specs are pretty vague, and there is no "3060 Super 16GB", but here's a close build off of PCPartPicker:

 

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KTsZ9c

 

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PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KTsZ9c

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($151.00 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler  ($49.99 @ B&H) 
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B450M-PLUS II Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($99.95 @ Amazon) 
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory  ($57.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Crucial P3 Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive  ($54.99 @ Best Buy) 
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ventus 2X 12G GeForce RTX 3060 12GB 12 GB Video Card  ($289.39 @ Newegg) 
Case: Fractal Design Pop Mini Air MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($89.99 @ B&H) 
Power Supply: Corsair RM650 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($223.29 @ Amazon) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM - DVD 64-bit  ($124.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1141.58
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-12-03 08:39 EST-0500

Total: $1,141.58

 

I only picked these parts because they're comparable in spec to the ones you listed. I didn't account for warranty, reputation, used price, or even if they're a particularly good value. Please don't buy these parts then get upset with it and come back crying "Needfuldoer said this was a good computer to buy!". 😛 

 

You'd have to cross-reference every part with completed eBay listings to know for certain it was a good deal, but it looks like your friend's brother charged almost retail for lightly used parts. (Also note that I included a retail copy of Windows; if he used an OEM or cracked copy then I'd say he got the better deal because he resold his used parts for about as much as they cost new.). 

 

It depends on how much you value a manufacturer's warranty vs a "so-and-so's brother can fix it" "warranty".

I checked the card it's 12gb,not 16gb. He lives 1 floor down he says as long we're neighbours he'll help whenev he can. 

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17 hours ago, Side said:

Fine. But if you can return the newly bought parts then you can buy 6700xt 16 gb(1440p gpu) instead, which is more powerful than 3060 12 gb(1080p gpu).

 

Also b450 motherboard will work at pcie 3.0 speeds, not pcie 4.0. For ryzen 5 cpus only b550 and x570 support pcie 4.0 speeds. But b550 doesn't support pcie 4.0 speed for ssd. Only x570 is a premium motherboard.

 

If you can return the parts and again get 980 in hand, then you can build a better build with x570 motherboard.

Should be fine with me use it to do school work and ply Cs and fortnight 

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