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Never touched a (desktop) PC before and I have little knowledge. Can I improve on this build?

Lecomzolo

Budget (including currency): Future build, but not wishing to spend over $1,500

Country: USA

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Not sure about specifics since I've been stuck with console games my entire life, but I'd want to play things like Baldur's Gate 3 (heard good things about it), Persona 3 Reload, Street Fighter 6, and maybe a few heavy games. I know this part is a bit all over the place, but it's only because I've been slowing down on getting console games because I hated having to pay for subscriptions just to play with my friends.
 

Other details: What I put together - https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=d9446dfd-1de0-41b0-82ee-c987058c76e5
My uncle introduced me to the world of building PCs
, and I'm just now getting to a point in life where I'll be able to start working soon. Is this build any good though? I was looking online and tried putting together a gaming pc that could last a while and give me good performance. If there's anything that has to do with compatibility issues or if there's a better option, I'd greatly appreciate the advice. As a side note, I only picked the listed case because I heard good things about its beginner friendly nature, so I don't really know much about other options.
 

Things I want to keep in the build: The AIO with the LCD screen because I just really liked the idea of having one.
(sorry if this is a lot, I just wanted to make sure I gave all the important information)

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I'd do something like this:

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D 4.2 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($358.14 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 360 56.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($139.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B650-PLUS WIFI ATX AM5 Motherboard  ($209.99 @ Best Buy) 
Memory: TEAMGROUP T-Create Expert 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL38 Memory  ($87.35 @ Amazon) 
Storage: TEAMGROUP MP44 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive  ($111.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Gigabyte EAGLE GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB Video Card  ($399.99 @ B&H) 
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case  ($104.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: be quiet! Pure Power 12 M 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($94.90 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1507.34
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-12-10 23:01 EST-0500

Lots of benefits. Newer platform, better GPU, faster SSD.
But slightly higher cost. At least something to compare to.

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Your board doesn’t support ddr5, AM4 socket is ddr4 only.

recreate this in pcpartpicker and it will check compatibility for you.

 

A 5700G is an apu, its primary purpose is being a cpu with an ok GPU built in. If you’re getting a dedicated GPU, you do not need an apu. Look for a ryzen 5 5600x instead for something similar but a bit cheaper missing out on the integrated GPU.

The rtx 3060 usually is not recommended anymore unless the price is right, in this case you can get a Radeon RX 6600 xt for a similar price and it’s a better choice overall. Or you can go a bit newer with the 7600 xt or nvidia rtx 4060/4060ti. The 4060’s aren’t great but they’re kinda in the ballpark of what you’re looking for.

970 evo plus isn’t great, old tech, look for a pcie 4.0 nvme drive like a crucial p5 plus or something


case is personal preference, it’ll fit your needs, aio i have no inquiry on since you said it’s just something you like, the rm750x is a solid psu

give me a minute and I’ll add a pcpartpicker link to my suggested changes

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Didn’t include the fan pack but you get the idea

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Gqg8bL

Could also use the remaining budget for a better cpu, ryzen 5800x comes to mind

or for a GPU, 4070ti isn’t off the table, or a 7700 xt

 

i forgot the 7600xt isn’t a thing yet, 7600 is better than the 3060 anyway 

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15 minutes ago, Aaron_T said:

I'd do something like this:

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D 4.2 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($358.14 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 360 56.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($139.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B650-PLUS WIFI ATX AM5 Motherboard  ($209.99 @ Best Buy) 
Memory: TEAMGROUP T-Create Expert 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL38 Memory  ($87.35 @ Amazon) 
Storage: TEAMGROUP MP44 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive  ($111.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Gigabyte EAGLE GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB Video Card  ($399.99 @ B&H) 
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case  ($104.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: be quiet! Pure Power 12 M 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($94.90 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1507.34
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-12-10 23:01 EST-0500

Lots of benefits. Newer platform, better GPU, faster SSD.
But slightly higher cost. At least something to compare to.

  I'd absolutely be willing to trade cost for something that ends up becoming more useful to me in the long run, so I genuinely appreciate you for giving me something to look at to make sure that I'm getting a PC that can hold out 🙏

11 minutes ago, 8tg said:

Your board doesn’t support ddr5, AM4 socket is ddr4 only.

recreate this in pcpartpicker and it will check compatibility for you.

 

A 5700G is an apu, its primary purpose is being a cpu with an ok GPU built in. If you’re getting a dedicated GPU, you do not need an apu. Look for a ryzen 5 5600x instead for something similar but a bit cheaper missing out on the integrated GPU.

The rtx 3060 usually is not recommended anymore unless the price is right, in this case you can get a Radeon RX 6600 xt for a similar price and it’s a better choice overall. Or you can go a bit newer with the 7600 xt or nvidia rtx 4060/4060ti. The 4060’s aren’t great but they’re kinda in the ballpark of what you’re looking for.

970 evo plus isn’t great, old tech, look for a pcie 4.0 nvme drive like a crucial p5 plus or something


case is personal preference, it’ll fit your needs, aio i have no inquiry on since you said it’s just something you like, the rm750x is a solid psu

give me a minute and I’ll add a pcpartpicker link to my suggested changes

This makes me REALLY glad I checked here because I got extremely worried when it came to what fits where 🙏

6 minutes ago, 8tg said:

Didn’t include the fan pack but you get the idea

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Gqg8bL

Could also use the remaining budget for a better cpu, ryzen 5800x comes to mind

or for a GPU, 4070ti isn’t off the table, or a 7700 xt

 

i forgot the 7600xt isn’t a thing yet, 7600 is better than the 3060 anyway 

I'll ABSOLUTELY be saving this to give myself something to work towards that I can actually feel good buying. I genuinely didn't expect the price to go lower either, which saves me getting incompatible parts and an extra $200 spent. I have no idea know how to thank you enough for putting this together for me especially with all the flaws I made with the initial picking 👍

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This would be the best build if you want to or believed that you would be upgrading in 3-5yrs.

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D 4.2 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($358.14 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Frost Commander 140 95.5 CFM CPU Cooler  ($41.90 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: ASRock B650 LiveMixer ATX AM5 Motherboard  ($149.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Silicon Power Value Gaming 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory  ($93.97 @ Amazon) 
Storage: TEAMGROUP T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive  ($105.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: XFX Speedster MERC 319 Black Radeon RX 7800 XT 16 GB Video Card  ($529.99 @ B&H) 
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case  ($69.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE Gold 850 - V2 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($95.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1445.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-12-10 23:21 EST-0500

 

If you will be keeping your CPU and GPU for a lot longer. This should be the best fit.

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-13600K 3.5 GHz 14-Core Processor  ($299.99 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Peerless Assassin 120 SE 66.17 CFM CPU Cooler  ($33.90 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z790 CARBON WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($91.75 @ Adorama) 
Memory: TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-5600 CL32 Memory  ($84.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: TEAMGROUP T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive  ($105.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: ASRock Phantom Gaming OC Radeon RX 7900 XT 20 GB Video Card  ($769.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: Phanteks Eclipse G300A (3 Fan) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($54.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE Gold 850 - V2 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($95.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $1537.59
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-12-10 23:37 EST-0500

 

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4 minutes ago, kitnoman said:

If you will be keeping your CPU and GPU for a lot longer. This should be the best fit.

I don't see why keeping the CPU for longer would necessitate a worse performing CPU with minimal upgrade path now. In both scenarios I'd keep the 7800x3d.

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51 minutes ago, Lecomzolo said:

Things I want to keep in the build: The AIO with the LCD screen because I just really liked the idea of having one.
(sorry if this is a lot, I just wanted to make sure I gave all the important information)

 

Don't trade performance for bling.

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 7600 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($194.00 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Deepcool AK400 DIGITAL 68.99 CFM CPU Cooler  ($49.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI B650 GAMING PLUS WIFI ATX AM5 Motherboard  ($179.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Silicon Power Value Gaming 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory  ($93.97 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Crucial P5 Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive  ($116.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: MSI VENTUS 2X BLACK OC GeForce RTX 4060 8 GB Video Card  ($314.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 216 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($99.99 @ B&H) 
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 - TT Premium 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($84.99 @ Best Buy) 
Total: $1134.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-12-10 23:35 EST-0500

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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5 minutes ago, brob said:

 

Don't trade performance for bling.

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 7600 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($194.00 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Deepcool AK400 DIGITAL 68.99 CFM CPU Cooler  ($49.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI B650 GAMING PLUS WIFI ATX AM5 Motherboard  ($179.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Silicon Power Value Gaming 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory  ($93.97 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Crucial P5 Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive  ($116.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: MSI VENTUS 2X BLACK OC GeForce RTX 4060 8 GB Video Card  ($314.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 216 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($99.99 @ B&H) 
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 - TT Premium 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($84.99 @ Best Buy) 
Total: $1134.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-12-10 23:35 EST-0500


Do you have a microcenter nearby? If so you can probably do a pretty similar build to this but get a 7800x3d and better gpu with their current deal.

 

https://www.microcenter.com/product/5006599/amd-ryzen-7-7800x3d,-msi-b650-p-pro-wifi-ddr5,-gskill-flare-x5-series-32gb-ddr5-6000-kit,-computer-build-bundle

My PC Specs: (expand to view)

 

 

Main Gaming Machine

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K - OC to 5 GHz All Cores
CPU Cooler: Corsair iCUE H115i RGB Pro XT (Front Mounted AIO)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS (WI-FI)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600

Storage: Intel 665p 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME SSD (x2)
Video Card: Zotac RTX 3070 8 GB GAMING Twin Edge OC

Power Supply: Corsair RM850 850W
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow
Case Fan 120mm: Noctua F12 PWM 54.97 CFM 120 mm (x1)
Case Fan 140mm: Noctua A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140 mm (x4)
Monitor Main: Asus VG278QR 27.0" 1920x1080 165 Hz
Monitor Vertical: Asus VA27EHE 27.0" 1920x1080 75 Hz

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16 minutes ago, brob said:

Don't trade performance for bling.

Follow the ops request, forum etiquette. If they want an expensive overkill aio with an lcd on it that’s their business, they stated that up front. 

A big part of a custom pc is having something you enjoy that looks cool. If that wasn’t important, we’d all buy dell Inspirons and shove them under our desks.


t. My $1300 retro gaming pc, where a $30 used optiplex would outperform it in every single way, while accomplishing the exact same goals

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but it wouldn’t look anywhere near as cool

Custom pcs are inherently flashy and personal, at the expense of literally just being expensive.

 

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27 minutes ago, Aaron_T said:

I don't see why keeping the CPU for longer would necessitate a worse performing CPU with minimal upgrade path now. In both scenarios I'd keep the 7800x3d.

Well having the mindset of keeping the system for more than 5yrs means to get the highest specs right now. And since all all the games he listed are AAA titles and he came from console, most likely he would be gaming at 1440p or 4k. Between 7800x3d and 7800xt(or lower) vs 13600k and 7900xt, which one do you think would give a better gaming performance at those higher resolution where GPU is more of the bottleneck and CPU isn't as important as in 1080p?

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Here's a case that's even easier to work with.

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i5-12600KF 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor  ($190.00 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: *Deepcool AG620 BK ARGB 67.88 CFM CPU Cooler  ($47.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard: *MSI PRO B760-P WIFI DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($159.99 @ Amazon) 
Memory: *TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($55.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: *Crucial P5 Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive  ($116.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: *ASRock Challenger OC Radeon RX 7800 XT 16 GB Video Card  ($519.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: *Lian Li LANCOOL 216 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($99.99 @ B&H) 
Power Supply: *Corsair RM750e (2023) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($99.99 @ Best Buy) 
Operating System: *Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM - DVD 64-bit  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Monitor: *Asus TUF Gaming VG249Q1A 23.8" 1920 x 1080 165 Hz Monitor  ($109.99 @ Best Buy) 
Total: $1510.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-12-11 00:39 EST-0500

 

A better look at those components.

 

https://www.asus.com/us/displays-desktops/monitors/tuf-gaming/tuf-gaming-vg249q1a/

 

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/PRO-B760-P-WIFI-DDR4  

 

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134590/intel-core-i512600kf-processor-20m-cache-up-to-4-90-ghz.html  

 

https://www.deepcool.com/products/Cooling/cpuaircoolers/AG620-BK-ARGB-Dual-Tower-CPU-Cooler-1700-AM5/2022/16082.shtml  

 

https://www.crucial.com/ssd/p5-plus/CT2000P5PSSD8  

 

https://www.asrock.com/Graphics-Card/AMD/Radeon RX 7800 XT Challenger 16GB OC/  

 

https://www.corsair.com/us/en/p/psu/cp-9020262-na/rme-series-rm750e-fully-modular-low-noise-atx-power-supply-cp-9020262-na  

 

https://lian-li.com/product/lancool-216/ 

 

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