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First PC (need opinions)

PlsCam

8 months ago

Hey this is my first PC build, what should I change--or is it ok? My max price is $1100 CAD. Thanks.

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/YnrkBb

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  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I've upgraded the RAM sticks to DDR4-3000

I added a 1TB hard drive because that SSD will fill up pretty fast if you're going to do gaming and I assume you will since you did pick a good graphics card.

I've switched your graphics card to a Sapphire RX580 8GB Nitro+ since... 1. It's cheaper and has the same VRAM and at the end of the day it's still an RX580. 2. Sapphire Nitro+ has a really good reputation.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $228.00 @ Powertop
Motherboard MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $149.99 @ Memory Express
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $117.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $107.75 @ Vuugo
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.99 @ Newegg Canada
Video Card Sapphire - Radeon RX 580 8 GB NITRO+ Video Card $279.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Canada Computers
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $44.99 @ Memory Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1055.69
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1035.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-09 15:28 EST-0500
  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $268.50 @ shopRBC
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX AM4 Motherboard $169.99 @ Memory Express
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $114.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $90.75 @ shopRBC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB OC Video Card $379.00 @ Canada Computers
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Canada Computers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1103.22
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-09 15:39 EST-0500

Faster RAM is vital with Ryzen chips.

If you are comfortable at the $1100 mark take the GTX 1660 TI and a slightly faster 2600X CPU with a B450 wifi integrated mobot (incl. 2 antennas). The main reason for opting for the 2600X is for the beefier stock cooler included which itself is worth $20/$30 + some added clockspeed uplift.

The GPU choice is obvious - outperforms the RX 580 with 25% added gaming performance. If your display is locked at 60hz (1080p), you might fancy saving some money as the RX 580 is more than adequate at that range. Although its a given the 1660 TI does make the better go-to solution for up and coming games/short-term future proofing whilst maintaining higher in-game configurations for best quality/performance.

If you have a case already, you'll want to double check whether it supports standard ATX sized motherboards. Or are you looking to secure a new case too?

(pardon the EDIT! corrected some odd errors)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the route I would go with. CPUs and GPUs are the more expensive part to upgrade later on so getting better ones now is actually a smarter option. Sure 500gb can fill up fast especially with a good sized steam library but additional drives are one of the easiest upgrades one can do. Can easily get ~3TB7200rpm hdd later down the road for around $100 CAD or even a 2TB7200rpm for under $70 CAD. At least a 500Gb ssd can have windows and some of your most played games on it easily enough so it is fine to use by itself for now.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for this. I'm looking into a case right now, just want to get my parts sorted and choose the case around them--to check for compatibility. Thank you again.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

If you already have a case then you can exclude it and extra case fan. My guide is a outline for you. Nothing is set in stone. But, I believe this is a good outline. 2600 is the way to go unless you can pick up the 2600x for around 26 cad more. 40 cad more is really pushing it for performance difference between the two. Keep your ram at 16gb kit at 3000- 3200 would be ideal. As for ssd M.2 ssd just keep things the build cleaner plus Samsung and crucial is the way to go. You can always add on a mechanical hard drive later (hdd) for bigger storage but it will be slower. I hope some of this helps and gives you ideas. Good luck on build.

My outline

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $228.00 @ Powertop
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler $44.95 @ Vuugo
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX AM4 Motherboard $169.99 @ Memory Express
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $117.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $90.75 @ shopRBC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GAMING Video Card $369.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $70.50 @ Vuugo
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Canada Computers
Case Fan Fractal Design - FD-FAN-SSLL-120-WT 41.8 CFM 120mm Fan $33.24 @ Amazon Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1205.40
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1185.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-09 17:00 EST-0500

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