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Final Compatibility check for first $2000 AUD build

Hi everyone,

 

I am building my first gaming PC with little knowledge of PCs, however, I have had a look through dozens of PC building videos and talked to a few people who build their own, before I came up with the build below and a strict budget of $2000 AUD or less.

 

I currently have a dying non-gaming laptop, meaning that I cannot transfer any parts and my goal is to verify compatibility and buy these parts by the next of this week.  

I have submitted this build on Pcpartpicker to check compatibility and it came back fine, but I want to be 110% sure.

 

So, I am wondering is this build compatible? Or are there things you would change?

 

The parts are:

  • CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor (already brought)
  • Motherboard: Asus - Prime Z370-P ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 
  • CPU Cooler: Stock Fan for now (maybe air cooler later)
  • Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 
  • Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 
  • Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 
  • Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Series Video Card 
  • Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 RGB Black ATX Case, T/G Window, NO PSU
  • Monitor: LG 24MK430H-B 24inch LED IPS Monitor 
  • PSU: Cooler Master MWE Gold 650W Power Supply 

Total: $1920 or less (delivery considered)

 

Further considerations:

  • I am NOT interested in overclocking now or in the future.
  • I am happy to use the normal keyboard and mouse I currently have.
  • It must include a 24”, 1080p, 60hz, IPS monitor.
  • I am hoping to transfer Windows 10 and Microsoft Office from my barely alive laptop to the new computer.
  • I mainly play indie games (e.g. stardew valley), RPGs (e.g. Skyrim) and occasionally Triple AAA games / shooters (e.g. ARMA 3).
  • I want capability for casual play of online multiplayer games (e.g. LoL).  
  • The top games I intend to play using this PC for are (in no order):
    • Avorion
    • Subnautica
    • LoL
    • The evil within
    • Ghost recon Wildlands
    • Two point hospital
    • Dishonoured 2
    • Fable
    • Dark Souls
    • Dragon Age Origins
    • The Settlers: Rise of an empire
    • Metal Gear Solid V
    • Darkest Dungeon
    • Hellblade
    • Divinity Original Sin 2
    • Fallout 4
    • XCOM 2
  • I will also use it for web browsing, studying, typing up reports, emails, watching YouTube among other things, but NOT for video editing or rendering.

 

Tl;dr – I need help to ensure my first PC build is 110% compatible and that the build fits my needs.

 

Thanks in advance

 

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Yes it's all compatible, you should be able to get a better PC than that for $2000 AUD though. How much did you pay for the CPU?

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If you're not overclocking, you could save money on the motherboard and just get an h370 board instead, you could potentially upgrade the gpu with the money saved. Maybe to a 1070ti or 1080. No need for a z370 board if you're not overclocking. 

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That is good to know, but also how exactly can I get a better PC for $2000 AUD? 

 

The CPU was $470 ($20 off at PAX) with no delivery fees

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Kudos to you, sir!

 

" have had a look through dozens of PC building videos and talked to a few people who build their own,"

 

Love to see this!  

 

Now to the suggestions:

 

8700 is fine, you got it already, it's cool.  Not sure about motherboard, think you can go cheaper if you're not OC.

 

Double RAM to 16GB, and get more HDD. 2TB or 3TB isn't much more than 1TB, so pony up.  Can never have too much storage really.

 

Emma : i9 9900K 5.1Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB (RAID 0) - EVGA SuperNova 650 P2 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Corsair Virtuoso SE - Logitech G910, G502 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder

 

Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2400Mhz - MSI 1050Ti 4GB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Samsung 27" + Dell 24" 

 

Raven:  Intel i3 10100F - ASRock H410M-HDV - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2666Mhz - MSI 1050Ti 4GB - Inland 256GB SSD + Toshiba 2TB HDD - TP-Link AC600 USB Wifi - Gigabyte GP-P450B PSU -  Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L -  Spectre 24" 

 

Other Tech:

- Ubiquiti Amplifi HD mesh wifi

- 2021 Volvo S60 Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered - 415hp/495tq 2.0L 4cyl. turbocharged, supercharged and electrified.

Lenovo 720S Touch 15.6" - i7 7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, 1050Ti, 4K touchscreen

MSI GF62 - i7 7700HQ, 16GB 2400 MHz RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 1050Ti

 

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Just a little information. Upgrading the speed of the memory costs little to nothing in most cases.

 

This is from AU pcpartspicker. I took the ram you picked out and compared it to a 3000 set.

 

 

PCPartPicker part list: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/pNW7nH
Price breakdown by merchant: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/pNW7nH/by_merchant/

Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($111.62 @ Amazon Australia)
Memory: Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($114.77 @ Amazon Australia)
Total: $226.39
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-30 23:49 AEDT+1100

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Couldn't find the monitor, but add another 150-200$ for that. You do have the cpu so you can drop that from cost if you want. Either way, this is more what I would recommend.

 

PCPartPicker part list: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/rvvCq4
Price breakdown by merchant: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/rvvCq4/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor  ($487.41 @ Amazon Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty H370 Performance ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($128.00 @ Umart)
Memory: Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($209.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($195.00 @ Shopping Express)
Storage: Toshiba - P300 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($77.00 @ Shopping Express)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB DUKE Video Card  ($579.00 @ Umart)
Case: Cooler Master - MasterBox Pro 5 RGB ATX Mid Tower Case  ($106.21 @ Amazon Australia)
Power Supply: Cougar - GX-S 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($99.00 @ Umart)
Total: $1880.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-30 23:59 AEDT+1100

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I will definitely look into a cheaper motherboard and the DDR4- 3000.

 

As for RAM and HHD, I am planning on getting 16gb RAM later as if I got it now it would be $209 cheapest and exceed my budget.

While I am not sure what to do with more than 1 TB honestly, my whole laptop including games is 213GB and I haven't used all of it yet. 

 

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9 minutes ago, Morewoodneededmelord97 said:

I will definitely look into a cheaper motherboard and the DDR4- 3000.

 

As for RAM and HHD, I am planning on getting 16gb RAM later as if I got it now it would be $209 cheapest and exceed my budget.

While I am not sure what to do with more than 1 TB honestly, my whole laptop including games is 213GB and I haven't used all of it yet. 

 

I used to think that way as well, but games take up so much storage. You weren't playing many games on the laptop were you?

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9 minutes ago, Morewoodneededmelord97 said:

I will definitely look into a cheaper motherboard and the DDR4- 3000.

 

As for RAM and HHD, I am planning on getting 16gb RAM later as if I got it now it would be $209 cheapest and exceed my budget.

While I am not sure what to do with more than 1 TB honestly, my whole laptop including games is 213GB and I haven't used all of it yet. 

 

My Ark: Survival Evolved is over 200GB alone.  What's nice about more storage is you can keep games installed without having to play and remove, so when you get an itch it's right there.

Emma : i9 9900K 5.1Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB (RAID 0) - EVGA SuperNova 650 P2 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Corsair Virtuoso SE - Logitech G910, G502 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder

 

Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2400Mhz - MSI 1050Ti 4GB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Samsung 27" + Dell 24" 

 

Raven:  Intel i3 10100F - ASRock H410M-HDV - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2666Mhz - MSI 1050Ti 4GB - Inland 256GB SSD + Toshiba 2TB HDD - TP-Link AC600 USB Wifi - Gigabyte GP-P450B PSU -  Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L -  Spectre 24" 

 

Other Tech:

- Ubiquiti Amplifi HD mesh wifi

- 2021 Volvo S60 Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered - 415hp/495tq 2.0L 4cyl. turbocharged, supercharged and electrified.

Lenovo 720S Touch 15.6" - i7 7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, 1050Ti, 4K touchscreen

MSI GF62 - i7 7700HQ, 16GB 2400 MHz RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 1050Ti

 

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i7-8700 should be paired with DDR4-2666. Optimally with CL14. Getting faster memory is pointless as the memory controller will not run memory any faster. Getting slower memory incurs a performance penalty.

 

As others have suggest an H370 motherboard is a better pairing with the locked i7-8700.

 

I would suggest spending a bit more on the psu.

 

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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