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.
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.
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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)
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.
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.
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.