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$1600ish 1st Time Build; Advice, Rookie Mistakes, and Incompatibility

So I've finally saved up enough to build my first gaming computer. What I was going for was pretty high performance, but keeping within a reasonable price. The list of parts for the PC will be listed below, and I haven't purchased anything yet. Will there be any type of bottlenecking anywhere? And what are my options to fix it? Do I have all the parts that I actually need to make a working computer? And is there anything in there that you know sucks but I don't, or if I can get similar or equal performance for a better price? (For example, I have the 8th gen i5 but I know that Ryzen processors are way cheaper). I plan to use the PC to play the generic eye roll AAA titles that everyone plays like the latest Call of Duties, Assassins Creeds, and PUBG. If this build is completely broken and you have a great build in the $1600 to $1700ish range, then I'd love to hear about your superior skills! Please take it easy on me if I look like an idiot, I've never done this before! I am also willing to lose a frame or two if it means big savings!

Thanks!

 

 

[PCPartPicker part list](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tB3H3b) / [Price breakdown by merchant](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tB3H3b/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price

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**CPU** | [Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Mr2rxr/intel-core-i5-8600k-36ghz-6-core-processor-bx80684i58600k) | $238.99 @ Amazon

 

**CPU Cooler** | [CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/93Crxr/cryorig-cpu-cooler-h7) | $34.99 @ Amazon

 

**Thermal Compound** | [ARCTIC - MX4 4g Thermal Paste](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/HBXfrH/arctic-cooling-thermal-paste-acmx4) | $4.29 @ SuperBiiz

 

**Motherboard** | [Asus - Prime Z370-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/3MJkcf/asus-prime-z370-a-atx-lga1151-motherboard-prime-z370-a) | $159.99 @ Newegg Business

 

**Memory** | [Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/y8rcCJ/corsair-memory-cmk8gx4m1a2400c16r) | $83.98 @ Newegg

 

**Storage** | [Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/CbL7YJ/seagate-barracuda-2tb-35-7200rpm-internal-hard-drive-st2000dm006) | $58.87 @ OutletPC

 

**Video Card** | [NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Founders Edition Video Card](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4ZrmP6/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1070-ti-8gb-founders-edition-video-card-900-1g411-2510-000) | $542.99 @ Amazon

 

**Power Supply** | [EVGA - BQ 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/8P7CmG/evga-bq-500w-80-bronze-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-110-bq-0500-k1) | $29.99 @ B&H

 

**Operating System** | [Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/wtgPxr/microsoft-os-kw900140) | $95.89 @ OutletPC

 

**Wireless Network Adapter** | [TP-Link - TL-WDN4800 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/G4H323/tp-link-wireless-network-card-tlwdn4800) | $35.80 @ Amazon

 

**Case Fan** | [Corsair - ML120 Pro LED Red 75.0 CFM 120mm Fan](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/MpBrxr/corsair-co-9050042-ww-750-cfm-120mm-fan-co-9050042-ww) | $27.31 @ Amazon

 

**Case Fan** | [Corsair - ML120 Pro LED Red 75.0 CFM 120mm Fan](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/MpBrxr/corsair-co-9050042-ww-750-cfm-120mm-fan-co-9050042-ww) | $27.31 @ Amazon

 

| *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |

| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1430.39

| Mail-in rebates | -$30.00

| **Total** | **$1400.39**

| Generated by [PCPartPicker](http://pcpartpicker.com) 2018-06-21 04:24 EDT-0400 |

 

Also

 

Monitor

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4P06J93614&cm_re=monitor-_-0JC-0004-006F4-_-Product

 

Case

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811139040

 

Keyboard

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=32N-001R-00021&cm_re=cherry_mx_blue-_-32N-001R-00021-_-Product

 

Mouse

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16826197148

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Here is what i can see right off the bat, that network card is 35 have to checked to see if its cheaper to get a mobo that has wireless wifi built in? 

Second why get that monitor when you can get a 144hz for about 30ish$ more for a much better experience https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009642&cm_re=144hz_monitor-_-24-009-642-_-Product

I would also add a 256GB SSD for OS and a few games or whatever :)

Also for GPU you could get a  "better" GPU that is ASUS instead and would have three fans instead of a blower style which should help with thermals. ( you could even get a 1080 for about 500$ on pcpp.) 

 

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1. Not big enough of a cooler to surpress the heat of a 5GHz 8600k. It's more like 4.4-4.7GHz before it gets too hot to be good for long term use.

 

2. No need to buy seperate thermal paste unless you're certain you will screw up a few tries of thermal paste application. Cryorig's stock paste is decent.

 

3. Get a 2x4GB kit rather than 1x8 (2x8 is the best, though budget reasons I guess) since this board can hold 4 sticks of RAM and you'll want dual channel memory. No necessarily high frequency though.

 

4. Ryzen 5 2600 (X and non-X) are both slower than 8600k in games. If you dont do streaming or other productivity work, there's no point in getting Ryzens.

 

5. An SSD is more important than a HDD. Your budget should be enough to add a 500GB SSD without sacrificing the HDD, but do so if money is a problem.

 

6. Graphics card is overpriced for a 1070ti. Do you really like the reference design this much?

 

7. EVGA BQ 500w sucks. Check here:

Tier 4 or below should not come close to this PC

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor  ($178.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: Asus - TUF B360-Pro Gaming (Wi-Fi) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($98.60 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($154.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: MyDigitalSSD - SBX 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($69.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Toshiba - P300 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($57.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: PowerColor - Radeon RX VEGA 64 8GB RED DEVIL Video Card  ($579.99 @ Newegg) for freesync support.
Case: Corsair - Carbide Series 275R (Black w/Tempered Glass) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($79.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($60.81 @ B&H) 
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($95.89 @ OutletPC) 
Monitor: HP - OMEN 25 24.5" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor  ($189.99 @ Best Buy) 
Keyboard: Gigabyte - FORCE K83 Wired Standard Keyboard  ($39.99 @ Amazon) 
Mouse: Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse  ($49.99 @ B&H) 
Total: $1657.21
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-21 05:42 EDT-0400

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700@3.8Ghz Heatsink: Gelid Phantom Black GPU: Sapphire RX 5700 XT RAM: Qidian DDR4 2x8GB 3000Mhz mobo: Biostar X370GT7 case: Fractal Design Define C PSU: Superflower Leadex Gold 650W

 

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i would advise you to get more than 8 gigabytes of ram, as in my experience many new tittles need a bit more, or uses almost all of it which leads to stutters, though you could buy it later if you see this happening with the games you play, as the games you play might not have the same problem

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Obsession in getting certain features pushed the budget past the $1700 mark a little :P No keyboard or mouse either.

 

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/FTQGkd
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/FTQGkd/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor  ($238.99 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($94.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard: MSI - Z370 GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($132.00 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($89.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: ADATA - Premier Pro SP920 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($94.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Video Card  ($459.99 @ B&H) 
Case: Fractal Design - Meshify C TG ATX Mid Tower Case  ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($53.98 @ Newegg) 
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link - TL-WDN4800 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter  ($35.80 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Corsair - ML120 Pro LED Red 75.0 CFM  120mm Fan  ($27.31 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Corsair - ML120 Pro LED Red 75.0 CFM  120mm Fan  ($27.31 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Corsair - ML120 Pro LED Red 75.0 CFM  120mm Fan  ($27.31 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Corsair - ML120 Pro LED Red 75.0 CFM  120mm Fan  ($27.31 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Corsair - ML120 Pro LED Red 75.0 CFM  120mm Fan  ($27.31 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Corsair - ML120 Pro LED Red 75.0 CFM  120mm Fan  ($27.31 @ Amazon) 
Monitor: Samsung - LC24FG70FQNXZA 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor  ($279.99 @ Samsung) 
Total: $1733.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-21 05:36 EDT-0400

 

A cooler certainly good enough to hold a 5GHz overclock with good temperatures.

 

MSI Z370 M5 comes with a post code, very useful when the system doesnt boot.

 

2x4GB DDR4 3000MHz, just over $10 more than the cheapest 2x4GB kit anyway

 

500GB SSD can hold everything you would put on a boot drive. Enough space for multiplayer games in there as well, since getting in the game faster is a gameplay advantage. HDD can just plug in at a later time without reintalling anything, unlike adding an SSD and making it the boot drive.

 

Cheapest 1070ti with a good design.

 

Meshify C TG is just my recommendation. The Spec-03 you chose has no dust filter for the front intakes (dusty), no PSU shroud to hide the cables, has a side window rather than full tempered glass and the front looks messy imo. It's functionally fine.

 

550w Bronze PSU cost merely $15 less, so why not get a superior one?

 

I'd replace all the fans easily visible just for the looks. The meshify C holds 3 fans at the front, 2 fans at the top, 1 at the back and 1 at the bottom (which can stay with the stock fan or use what comes with the H110i cooler). For minimum spending on fans, just add 1 fan to the front.

 

I know it's a 24" monitor rather than a 27", but it's a 144Hz VA panel, which means high refresh rate without giving up vibrant colors, something many 1080p 144Hz monitors dont have (because they use TN panels).

 

 

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Chahnge the case to a phanteks p400/p350x or a Fractal Design Meshify C. 

 

Get a better power supply (Seasonic has a new lineup - they're very reliable). 

 

Get a different monitor, either a cheaper 60hz or a 144hz - it will be worth it. 

 

Get an m.2 pcie sad (Samsung 960 is good, 250gb)

 

Buy two sticks of RAM (2x4)

 

Get a better cooler from the likes of be quiet! or Noctua. You could also opt for a Cryorig R1. 

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