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Forum Topic "Is a 650 w PSU enough or should i go for a 750?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Overkills don't matter if you're not having to pay more for the unit. Can i ask where are you finding the $104 deal for the G3? At that price, it's an absolute steal!

Forum Topic "Is a 650 w PSU enough or should i go for a 750?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

The G3 is a good unit although it does fall a little short in the protection features but nothing to be concerned about. If you're able to pick up the 850W unit for only $104 (AUD) - GO FOR IT!.

Forum Topic "Is a 650 w PSU enough or should i go for a 750?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

pcpp wattage ratings are over-estimates.

Ideally, 550W for you is sufficient

650W being a nice plausible overkill (go for it)

750W is just way too much and only consider units of this capacity if they match the 650W price or come in cheaper.

Take this baby (top notch): https://au.pcpartpicker.com/product/WrNypg/seasonic-focus-plus-gold-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-650fx

Forum Topic "How is this build and how can I improve it?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Excellent choice! :)

Forum Topic "How is this build and how can I improve it?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

For gaming this would run better:

  • Faster single core performance CPU (intel) out of the box = better gaming performance. To simplify, outperforms the 2700X. For gaming the additional 2 cores and higher thread count on the RYZEN chip won't add to gaming advantages.

  • Superior cooler, assuming you prefer to stick with AIOs and more importantly much more quieter with premium fans. If overclocking, I would avoid single-fan smaller rads.

  • You don't need 32GB RAM, games barely close in on 16GB hence making it super sufficient! Save here and invest more in GPU power instead where real tangible returns are guaranteed.

  • Upgraded to the RTX 2080. Superb card for 1440p gaming. Demanding games on top settings and high FPS = no problem!

  • Display swapped for a GSYNC panel (something a $2500 gaming build at 1440p should absolutely have)

  • You could save further opting for an exceptionally-well performing keyboard as $200 is pretty hefty. Then again - if personal preference or specific requirements apply - its down to you.

  • Windows swapped for retail version (fully transferable)

  • What about mouse?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $239.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $134.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $129.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $127.99 @ B&H
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB DUKE Video Card $789.99 @ B&H
Case Cooler Master - MasterCase H500 ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Monitor Asus - ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor $449.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Razer - Huntsman Elite Wired Gaming Keyboard $199.99 @ Amazon
Headphones Kingston - HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Channel Headset $69.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2506.84
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-23 22:41 EST-0500

Forum Topic "How is this build and how can I improve it?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Whats the build for? (gaming/streaming/editing/rendering/etc)

quik00's Completed Build: White Tiger

LIVE_AMMO 3 points 5 months ago

Don't worry the ice berg looks great on your phone pics. You could have falsely advertised this as a fridge and fooled all of us lol.

As much as I'm beginning to despise RGB/LED ignited builds, when it looks this good, there's no denying - “every time i get out, they just suck me back in”

+1

Forum Topic "Upgrading GTX 760 on the cheap - help!!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Before recommending a GPU - is the display FREESYNC/GSYNC enabled? If uncertain, make/model number?

Forum Topic "Upgrading GTX 760 on the cheap - help!!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

current gen i5 - absolutely! As long as you're not video streaming and gaming simultaneously, the i5 will deliver effortlessly. Otherwise, the 8 core 1700X (AMD) would make the better choice or if the budget permits, the 2700X.

Bare in mind, assuming your current RAM modules are DDR3, you will need to opt for DDR4! Not a huge deal breaker considering DDR3 re-sale value remains decent for some sizeable returns.

To recommend a list, whats your local currency?

Forum Topic "Upgrading GTX 760 on the cheap - help!!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Just gaming? (streaming/editing/rendering/etc?)

Your currency? (US/AUS/CAD/ETC)

Case form factor? (mini/mATX/ATX). You selected the Asus Prime B250M, so I'm assuming you have a Micro-ATX case

Does the display support Gsync? If not, you have AMD RX cards to choose from, RX 580 being equivalent to the GTX 1060 for less. If the panel supports FreeSync, the AMD route can't be disregarded.

The i7-6700 is 2 Gens behind, if buying new (retail) the over-priced cost will not justify the performance. You can do better with a more current, 6 core Ryzen 2600, or if the budget permits a more worthier i5-8400/8600K.

EDIT: You'll need to pick up DDR4 RAM too. Sell the DDR3 modules to get some return on your investment.

Forum Topic "$1500-$1800. Streaming and gaming."

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

It does add a little to the budget, but RGB RAM sticks which look great when set to "white". Although, colour accuracy in the white-band is a little off (light blueish white) but looks great. Alternatively if you want white modules without RGB: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/jjZ2FT/corsair-vengeance-lpx-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3200-memory-cmk16gx4m2b3200c16w

Case swapped for the white variant too. It would have been nice if there was a GPU in white too amongst the 2080 calibre.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $315.89 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard $158.27 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $134.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $74.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING AMP Video Card $749.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C White TG ATX Mid Tower Case $74.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1721.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-23 20:58 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Custom PC Help! (About to Buy)"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

Fully compatible!

Gaming rig?

No SSD? You can't go without one!

The RX 580 over the 1060 would be my personal choice. Better value and equal performance (give/take). I would avoid the single fan and smaller heatsink cards resulting to poorer cooling and louder jet engine sounding noise levels.

If you dont mind me asking, can you link up your display or make/model number. Or, confirm your display resolution and refresh rate, and whether the panels is FreeSync/Gsync enabled?

Forum Topic "Hello all! I need help building my first PC"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Wouldn't it be better to get the i7 8700k cpu?

For gaming the i7 and i5 perform neck-to-neck. Where the i7 excels is it's hyperthreading compute margins which have next to zero impact in gaming. Fro gaming, I'd definitely stick with the i5, this beast overclocks as good as the i7, if not better!

Also, I have been checking out the RTX card as well and i noticed that the VRAM is 8GB. Isn't it better to have an 11GB VRAM instead??

For 1440p gaming, 8GB VRAM is fantastic! The turing architecture also employs faster VRAM (GDDR6). But...if you have games which demand more VRAM (esp. if ramping up in-game visual-depth advanced settings which utilise more RAM) and feel you can do better with 11GB VRAM (ideally a better fit for 4K gaming) then the 1080 TI is certainly no stranger at this point. The 2080's performance advantage is small hence not a huge deal to drop an 11GB VRAM variant, esp. if those capacities are expected to be put to use. Hence feel free to opt for either of the cards. Although the RTX 2080 does excel as the better card with DLSS anti-aliasing (adding more fps) and Raytracing (visual realism with reflections) but it does fall short with both of these new features as games are yet to employ the means to put them to practice. For the optimist, assuming newer titles will make use of the newer tech, the card will excel in performance and visual quality but when that will happen is unknown. From a practical view-point that's a sufficient reason to opt for the 1080 TI. Now with 2080 matching the 1080 TI's price point - the selection between the 2 cards becomes a little more difficult. Personally, i'm an optimist and I'm fancying the RTX.

Also at the bottom of your screen there are compatibility notes, is this something that can cause an issue of sorts?

All/most current motherboards have M.2 (SATA/PCIE) slots and several SATA ports. When you populate the M.2 slot, one or two of the SATA ports are disabled. The selected motherboard has 8 SATA ports, so you'll have 6 spares to plug in additional SATA devices. This is normal hence nothing to worry about. All you need to do is, check the mobo manual to see which of the SATA ports will be disabled and avoid them.

Forum Topic "How is this build?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

From the sound of it, the consumer-end Ryzen 2700X should be more than sufficient for that type of workflow. Unless, you are running several VM's simultaneously where a 16-core chip can be justified. If that's the case, i'm guessing 32 GB RAM would be equally necessary.

As long as you are familiar with your virtualisation multi-core requirements the selected build does make sense. Where the threadripper falls short is it's lower clock rate per single core performance with further diminishing returns in multi-thread compute environments (gaming/streaming scenario). Although, for streaming and multi-VMs the performance is phenomenal but for gaming 10-20% performance drop is likely.

What i'm trying to say is, if your workflow is absent of higher-core counts, there are some other fantastic alternatives with the likes of the 2700X / 9900K. As for 10GB ethernet, a couple of the consumer-end X470/Z390 boards will have you covered for far less.

Let me know your thoughts to see where we are.

Also, whats your max budget?

Forum Topic "$1500-$1800. Streaming and gaming."

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

no problem, we'll stick with the US dollar for sampling parts

Check to see if the following parts will match up to your preferred local budget as prices may differ considerably depending on where you intend on purchasing the parts.

For gaming and streaming stick with the best value-to-performance 2700X from AMD. It's a real contender for top performance on 8 cores with sizeable OC headroom to match intels single core stock performance.

As for your display choice, if taking 3 individual displays, stick with 1080p panels. If a single widescreen higher resolution display suits your fancy, take 1440p. Both of these options will run demanding games (AAA) very well on top settings, securing -/+ 100fps (depending on game and in-game settings). The 1440p widescreen solution demands less so you can expect better performance whereas x3 1080p panels may drop gaming performance down to 80-90fps (loosely speaking). No cause for concern either way, as reducing in-game settings without losing visual quality (noticeably) can easily allow you to hoard on your targeted performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $279.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard $158.27 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $114.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $74.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING AMP Video Card $699.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C TG ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1620.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-22 10:58 EST-0500

Forum Topic "$1500-$1800. Streaming and gaming."

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

Assuming these are 1080p panels, do you have these already?

If not, have you considered taking a single sharper image 1440p widescreen? Basically 20% less demand on the GPU = better fps performance.

Either way, i'm guessing the displays are not included in the $1500-$1800 budget

Whats your local currency? ($ - USA/CAD/AUS/ETC)

Forum Topic "How is this build?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Whats the build for?

Also any particular reason why you've opted for the ROG ZENITH EXTREME board?

Forum Topic "Hello all! I need help building my first PC"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

Take the newer RTX 2080 card. Marginally better performance over the 1080 TI plus added features for additional performance and visual pleasure. These features will come into effect as soon as game devs produce code to make use of the RTX offerings. https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#c=427&sort=price&page=1

There are cheaper coolers available which will simply get the job done (air coolers/AIO) but if you prefer the RGB element on the Kraken - go for it.

Depends on your budget - this would offer better service:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $241.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $145.59 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $134.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $114.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $74.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB DUKE Video Card $799.00 @ Walmart
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ B&H
Monitor Dell - S2716DG 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor $459.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech - G Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard $108.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Logitech - G203 Prodigy Wired Optical Mouse $24.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2314.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-21 21:31 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Beginner's Idiot Build (opinions wanted)"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

Same routine as plugging in a HD. Simply connect the sata cable + power cable as you would with a HD. Just remember to connect the SSD first and install your OS. Then connect the HD. Install all apps on SSD and everything else on HD (games, media, files, etc). The SSD will give the system a huge boost in Windows boot/shut down speeds and faster app load ups. Instant transfer speeds too or much faster with larger files. Everything will just feel more snappier.

Forum Topic "Beginner's Idiot Build (opinions wanted)"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

You can do better for around $1000

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $209.99 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard Asus - PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $94.99 @ Newegg Canada
Memory Team - Dark 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $149.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $45.99 @ Amazon Canada
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.79 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card PowerColor - Radeon RX 580 8 GB Red Devil Golden Sample Video Card $284.99 @ Newegg Canada
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case $69.98 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply EVGA - BR 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Amazon Canada
Optical Drive Lite-On - iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $19.52 @ Vuugo
Case Fan ARCTIC - F12 PWM 53 CFM 120mm Fan $7.99 @ Memory Express
Keyboard Logitech - K120 Wired Standard Keyboard $14.99 @ Canada Computers
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $998.21
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-21 19:51 EST-0500
  • The SSD inclusion is a MUST!!

  • RX 580's (GPU) performance is at par with the GTX 1060

  • 2600 AMD Ryzen processor adds 2 additional cores (6 in total). A handful of games are already utilising 6 cores and more to come.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, the mobo and case are based on the Micro form factor (smaller tower)

Forum Topic "2 AMD options....any extra advice or better build option welcome."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

The evo 212 is old and a little too noisy for my liking - although its adequate. If not overclocking, take the one added below. This one simply does a better job at cooling with improved fins (heatsink) and a better pressing static fan

A couple of changes applied to fit in 32 gigs of RAM. It's always the safer option taking the preferred/required dual RAM kit now rather than adding more later to avoid inconsistencies.

Thanks for ruining my plans

thats what the wife says every time i load Battlefield 1 lol......i still get the "oh grow up..."

Forum Topic "Going to build my first PC. Need opinions, thanks!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Whats the build for? (gaming/streaming/editing/rendering/etc)

Forum Topic "2 AMD options....any extra advice or better build option welcome."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

With music production/audio editing as well as gaming, you're going to achieve better performance with faster single core processors (going with intel). Plus better long term gaming scalability. Although the 2700X performs just as good at higher resolutions (gaming) and does offer added cores + a higher thread count, the significance becomes void as gaming is not sensitive to those offers. For your work load, tool manipulations and in-house active rendering will reap far greater benefit with the i7's superior single core performance - noticeably significant.

  • Upgraded to i7-8700K

  • Cooler added. If not overclocking, there are $20-$30 cheaper solutions which run great at stock speeds.

  • Excellent performance motherboard added. Possibly best value for performance and great for overclocking too (I own one).

  • SSD swapped for the cable-clutter-free M.2 stick. Doesn't add any additional performance as its basically the same 860 evo with a more convenient form factor. Snaps onto the mobo without having to route in SATA/power cables.

  • Cheaper RTX 2080, same performance with a marginally higher wattage draw.

  • Case swapped for a mid tower ATX with better airflow. The full size variant is massive unless it's something of preference and those multiple drive bays are airflow obstructive (although removable). I would like to add, if you don't necessary need the optical drive, your case selection improves considerably with better and newer options consisting of better overall aesthetics and more importantly (if you're meticulous like me) superb airflow on the intake.

  • OS swapped for a retail version. OEM is a single license and non-transferable.

  • Better quality peripherals (mechanical keyboard + mouse)

  • I would avoid 32" panels for 1440p gaming. 27" is the more desired sweet spot in maintaining image sharpness (pixel density/size ratio). The larger panel will spread those pixels wider hence a washing out some of that sharpness. If you prefer 32", you may want to look into 1440p widescreen panels (3440x1440). Display swapped for 27" 1440p 144hz + GSYNC. GSYNC offers butter smooth frame feeds and eliminates screen tearing in games. Does cost $100 more on top hence it's optional.

  • Budget but very well performing PWM case fans added. If you prefer all black take these: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/wj8H99/be-quiet-pure-wings-2-140-612-cfm-140mm-fan-bl040

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $339.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler $52.39 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $134.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $114.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $127.99 @ B&H
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.50 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB DUKE Video Card $799.00 @ Walmart
Case Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ B&H
Optical Drive Asus - DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $18.38 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.85 @ Amazon
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.85 @ Amazon
Monitor Dell - S2716DG 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor $462.83 @ Amazon
Keyboard Redragon - K552 Wired Gaming Keyboard $29.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair - Harpoon RGB Wired Optical Mouse $28.31 @ Amazon
Speakers Logitech - Z200 0 nW 2ch Speakers $21.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2480.98
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-21 11:26 EST-0500

p.s. Depending on your workflow, are you certain you can't benefit from 32GB RAM? How much are you utilising currently? Having enough RAM is critical for music/audio editing.

Forum Topic "a video editing pc under 2000?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Only for editing/rendering purposes or gaming too?

Storage requirements? Although a minimum of 500GB SSD is crucial, for the secondary storage unit (HD), your required capacity?

it would be good if it is 4k

Is the display included in the $2000 budget? What about other peripherals? (keyboard, mouse, speakers, headsets, etc)

Whats your local currency? (dollars - USA, Cad, Aus, etc)

Forum Topic "2 AMD options....any extra advice or better build option welcome."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

If you have a better build with the $2500 budget I have, im open to options

Depends on the purpose of use? (gaming/streaming/editing/rendering/etc)

Forum Topic "Getting my first PC for $2000AUD this weekend"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

If you are targeting 1080p @ 60fps, a GTX 1060 or RX 580 is more than sufficient. You can easily pick off 60fps+ in demanding games on top settings.

For solidworks, you want faster single core performance with intel. The i5-8600K is not just your best option for the workload but at 1080p gaming it offers superior gaming performance and far better scalability in games (esp for the long run).

Yes, a CPU cooler will fork out some additional performance at stock (taking boost clocks into account). The one added is fantastic and offers some very nice headroom for a moderate-high overclock. For hitting 5Ghz+, a more premium option would be recommended

Swapped the case too - you want something current, with excellent airflow, non-obstructive internals for higher air throughput, easier to build case and decent cable management. The P350X also adds some RGB on the exterior if that suits your fancy.

Amongst other amendments, faster no-cable-clutter SSD, better quality and performing PSU (excellent protection features), better motherboard for overclocking (esp), and cheaper but quality-embraced peripherals that simply get the job done (keyboard/mouse).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $366.80 @ Amazon Australia
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler $57.57 @ Kogan
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $225.00 @ Umart
Memory Corsair - Vengeance RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $183.39 @ Amazon Australia
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $118.95 @ Shopping Express
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $82.00 @ Mwave Australia
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card $329.00 @ Umart
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $109.00 @ PCCaseGear
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $129.00 @ Mwave Australia
Keyboard Redragon - K550 RGB YAMA Wired Gaming Keyboard $98.81 @ Amazon Australia
Mouse Corsair - Harpoon RGB Wired Optical Mouse $44.60 @ Amazon Australia
Other Windows 10 Education Purchased
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1744.12
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-21 12:31 AEDT+1100

p.s. depending on your display, if capable of higher refresh rates, if you can squeeze in a GTX 1070/1070 TI - it would make a nice investment

Forum Topic "build a new pc"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

I have a 5 years old pc and i wonder if its possible to re use the tower.

Most likely yes as long as the parts being purchased won't be obstructed, esp GPU, cooler. etc. What do you have currently?

Also purpose of use? (gaming/streaming/etc)

Other peripherals needed? (mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc)

You may have parts which can be used in the new rig hence a currently owned parts list would help.

Forum Topic "Is this good for streaming games at 1080p 60fps? while playing"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

With an almost $2500 budget, you can land a superior gaming platform with 27" 1440p sharper image gaming panel (or 1080p widescreen) paired up with a RTX 2080 card.

The 2700X is a fantastic gaming and streaming chip, best value for performance, and performs equally well as the i7 on higher resolution (in other words, -/+ same FPS counts). Also comes with a beefier RGB stock cooler which is superb for stock performance with added headroom for a moderate overclock.

Motherboard swapped for a better quality mid-tier board

16GB for gaming+streaming is more than sufficient

A more current Case from NZXT (minimalistic compact design and very easy to build in, with great airflow)

A better quality PSU, 650W for the upgrade path.

500GB SSD. HD dropped to 2TB. I tend to avoid consumer-end 3TB HD's as they have a higher fail-rate. If requiring more than 2TB opt for an enterprise-pro level HD.

Personally I wouldn't pay a $100 for a mouse but if you fancy it, go for it!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $309.89 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard $154.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $114.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $74.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING AMP Video Card $749.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ B&H
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Case Fan Corsair - LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.25 CFM 120mm Fans $109.43 @ Amazon
Monitor Dell - S2716DG 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor $463.28 @ Amazon
Keyboard Corsair - K70 RAPIDFIRE Wired Gaming Keyboard $99.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Logitech - G703 (White) Wireless Optical Mouse $95.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2486.26
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-20 11:10 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Will an i5-2700k bottleneck a 1080?"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

Looks good!

Although a couple of amendments:

  • Take the 1700X paired up with a decent cooler for overclocking which performs neck to neck with the 2700's performance. Much better value for performance ratio.

  • A marginally better motherboard for overclocking

  • Marginally faster RAM and runs very well with Ryzen

  • If you're gaming at 1080p, don't bother copping out an additional $60 for the GTX 1080. The 1070 TI performs almost just as good and it's more than enough to secure 140fps(+) in demanding games. Although a decent card is achievable around $370, i've gone for the Evga Ultra silent as it lives up to it's name - SILENT!

  • A better quality case

  • Although 550W is sufficient for this build, i'd take 650W for the potential upgrade path in the near future.

  • Windows swapped out for a retail version which is fully transferable. Avoid OEM (single license per machine).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4 GHz 8-Core Processor $149.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Thermalright - Macho Direct 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler $39.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $108.73 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $119.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $72.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB FTW ULTRA SILENT GAMING Video Card $399.99 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1184.50
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-19 19:19 EST-0500

EDIT: If you're not planning on overclocking, take this cooler: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/hyQRsY/be-quiet-pure-rock-slim-351-cfm-cpu-cooler-bk008

Forum Topic "Looking to Build a DAD PC"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Here's what will simply get the job done!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor $73.75 @ Vuugo
Motherboard Gigabyte - GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $88.99 @ PC-Canada
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $45.99 @ Amazon Canada
Case Thermaltake - Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $44.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply EVGA - BR 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $373.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-19 13:07 EST-0500

For the monitor, it's down to preference. I would invest a little more and take an 21" IPS panel for more natural colours and better viewing angles. Something like this: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/hysKHx/acer-monitor-umwg7aa001

Or pay extra and take a slightly larger 24" IPS screen: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/BTDzK8/lg-24mp58vq-p-238-1920x1080-60hz-monitor-24mp58vq-p

If size and panel-type is not of concern, this TN panel 21" screen will do just fine: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/BRvZxr/benq-monitor-9hle5lbqpa

Forum Topic "5K Canadian Gaming Rig"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

16 GB is all you need.

The i9-9900K is overpriced and you don't need an 8 core chip for gaming. The 6-core i7-8700K is more than sufficient

As for the GPU, the market has still not met it's crunch and we continue to suffer from the crypto-GPU price spikes bringing the 2080 TI to a massive $600 mark up over the RTX 2080 for performance margins that simply cannot be justified by any means. Then again if you have the budget and don't mind forking out more than you need to, only consider the RTX 2080 TI if opting or a 4K panel or a 1440p widescreen resolution.

You're better off taking something now which is superbly performance attributed and use the savings for a faster upgrade path (1-2 years).

Something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $489.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop
CPU Cooler Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $154.99 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $238.82 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $185.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $179.99 @ Canada Computers
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $73.75 @ Vuugo
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING AMP Video Card $979.98 @ Amazon Canada
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $119.99 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $97.99 @ PC-Canada
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $189.99 @ Canada Computers
Monitor Asus - ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor $669.99 @ Amazon Canada
Keyboard Logitech - G413 Carbon Wired Gaming Keyboard $99.99 @ Amazon Canada
Mouse Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse $60.85 @ Amazon Canada
Headphones Corsair - VOID 7.1 Channel Headset $109.99 @ Amazon Canada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3652.30
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-18 21:41 EST-0500

If you prefer 4k/1440p widescreen, the RTX 2080 TI does have it's place but it's overly pricey for the performance it offers.

Forum Topic "5K Canadian Gaming Rig"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

lol exactly, 32GB is way overkill too.

Forum Topic "5K Canadian Gaming Rig"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

You mean to say, if he had a budget of $5500, you would slot in 64GB RAM? Regardles of budget size demanding games at top settings will not utilise above 16GB

Thats added money better spent on a higher resolution gaming panel to justify the spend. 1080p will bottleneck the 2080 TI

Forum Topic "5K Canadian Gaming Rig"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

a 2080 TI for 1080p 144hz gaming? Was that an error? A $5000 budget without GSYNC, a lower resolution display somewhat robs the element of suprise for the spend. A 1440p 144hz sharper image panel or 4k is better justified with an RTX 2080 ti.

32gigs of RAM is way too much. 16gigs for gaming is more than sufficient

etc etc

Forum Topic "Should I go Ryzen 2700x or intel 8700k"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

The ASUS card is overpriced, yet offering the same performance. If you do get it on sale for 429.99 it's down to preference. The only advantage is a small marginal added headroom for overclocking and marginally cooler temps with the larger heatsink. If thats worth $30 for you take it!

Forum Topic "A pc for around 600 to 700 dollars!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Forum Topic "Power Supply Recommendation"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

I know you said 4k. But thought i'd list a 1440p widescreen panel to see what you think. 4K is great but with demanding games on ultra settings does lack in the fps department. 1440p's gorgeous sharp image and the widescreen immersive gaming experience does add some flava to the mix (plus GSYNC and IPS in the bag). Offers better performance for hitting on those higher FPS counts!

Let me know what you think:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $358.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler $83.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $134.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $134.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $127.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB DUKE Video Card $815.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.98 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $99.95 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer - Predator X34 34.0" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor $849.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2756.75
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-18 18:13 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Should I go Ryzen 2700x or intel 8700k"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

The following is not a "game changer" but partial improvements if it helps.

  • Mobo swapped for something which is simply a fantastic all-rounder! Especially with improved VRM/Mosfet cooling + power phase adaptability and draw for overclocking.

  • Swapped the PSU for the previous G2-variant. Quieter and does a better job with protection features. The G3 is great too (Evgas second edition with smaller dimensions) but the fan is more audible than necessary and lacks in the OTP/OPP (heat ascertained override) protection capping controls. It's definitely a decent unit and gets the job done but nah, G2 does it better. The quieter fan alone on the G2 does it for me.

  • Not sure if the red/black GPU was a colour preference but for the same price-tag, the EVGA ultra silent variant lives up to it's name (peacefully quieter when comparing both GPUs). Not a biggie, both cards are fantastic offering the same performance for gaming.

If you prefer your selected GPU and mobo based on aesthetics, go for it!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $309.89 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard $161.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $134.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $127.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB FTW ULTRA SILENT GAMING Video Card $409.99 @ Newegg Business
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.98 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1353.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-18 18:04 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Should I go Ryzen 2700x or intel 8700k"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Ah, that makes sense! 2700X is your best bet! Not only does it offer 2 additional cores but a whopping 16 thread count for vastly superior multi-core rendering performance (streaming made easy and non-compromising). Something the i5 falls short of. The 2700X also comes with a beefier stock cooler (with RGB) and capable of a moderate overclock hence superb value for performance.

Forum Topic "A pc for around 600 to 700 dollars!"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

The title suggests you want a parts recommendation for a build too? If correct, whats the purpose of use? If you have a parts list, can you share it?

For the cooler - which Ryzen 7 CPU? Some come with CPU coolers and others don't. Also, will you be overclocking?

Forum Topic "Should I go Ryzen 2700x or intel 8700k"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Neither - for gaming only (not streaming) the i5-8600K/9600K matches the i7's performance (tiny marginal difference, 2-5fps which is not worthy of note considering the $150 saving) and outperforms the 2700X too. If overclocking the i5, thats another 10-15% performance gain. Personally (or more importantly), I'd stick with intels faster single cores for gaming which are more consistent in maintaining better scaled performance in the long run.

The 8-core Ryzen would be more of a primary choice if you were gaming and streaming simultaneously. The vast majority of titles run on 4 core, a tiny handful on 6 cores - hence 8 cores won't do anything on top.

Forum Topic "Will an i5-2700k bottleneck a 1080?"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

For gaming alone, it's workable with some added performance via OC. Bottlenecks tend to exist either way but if you're meeting your fps targets it doesn't really matter.

But streaming and gaming simultaneously will embrace diminishing performance returns on both gaming and the content rendered. Whether it's bearable or not, thats down to personal preference. What it will do is "injustice" to the mighty GTX 1080's potential.

For non-compromising performance, a step up to an 8 core chip (or if its light-weight streams a more budget approach with 6 cores would work too) + a new motherboard + DDR4 RAM will secure the best package. Does he have a parts list available to view? A current budget?

Forum Topic "Need help picking a graphic card to replace gtx 970 in 2018"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

It would help to see the displays full spec (maybe a link) or the make/model number?

GPU Upgrade budget?

Ideally, if gaming on 1080p, for a worthy performance upgrade you'd be looking at a GTX 1070 TI/1080 or the newer RTX 2070. Your CPU is also overclockable for some added performance

All 3 of the above mentioned GPUs (1070 TI currently being the best value) will easily push demanding games above 100fps (ultra settings).

Forum Topic "Parts for upgrade. 900p, 60 fps, high/very-high gaming."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Yes both will absolutely work! QVLs are sometimes limited as manufacturers don't bother testing all kits. Both of the above will run just fine at their rated speeds. I have the 2700X at work paired with a non-QVL listed V-SERIES G.skill modules (32gigs of pure juice at it's listed spec). Although we haven't tried overclocking the RAM past 3200Mhz where limitations may apply.

Bottom line: If you can find something QVL approved within your price range definitely go for it, otherwise you'll be just fine.

Forum Topic "1080p 144hz gaming"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

You might want to invest in a display with GSYNC. Gets a bit pricey but if affordable go for it. If tight on budget, I would rather have a GSYNC panel paired with a $80 cheaper 1070 TI

Or, take a AMD Vega 56/64 card paired with a FreeSync display (if it works out cheaper).

Best thing for you, before purchasing during the Xmas period, pop back on PCPP for a revised parts list.

Forum Topic "Looking to Build a DAD PC"

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 5 months ago

Whats the budget?

Currency? (UK, USA, CAD, ETC)

Any idea how much storage is required. From the sound of it, a 500GB SSD sounds sufficient. Or, a 250GB SSD as the primary boot drive + 1TB HD

Operating system needed?

I take it you already have 1080p 60hz panel or do you need a recommendation? Also any other peripherals needed? (keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc)

Forum Topic "Opinion / advice please"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Purpose of use? (gaming/streaming/rendering/editing/etc)

Whats your current budget absent of discounted possibilities?

Some of the parts pricing is not listed

Also is the black and white theme absolutely necessary? Assuming you can pick up a more performance driven build, are you willing to discount the colour-theme requirements?

Forum Topic "1080p 144hz gaming"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Can i ask which display you have? Maybe a link or make/model number?

Also, just to make sure we're on the same page - will you be overclocking?

Forum Topic "1080p 144hz gaming"

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

Nope, not an overkill. Whether you can achieve your targeted performance with something cheaper is another question. Ideally, for the games mentioned a GTX 1070 is sufficient but you want something better for the long run - a future proof investment as you may approach gaming titles which are far more demanding than the ones listed.

If you want to save money, take the i5-8600K, it matches the i7s gaming performance. What the i7 does better is hyperthreading which is non-game effective and more targeted towards rendering/streaming/editing/etc.

You don't need a RTX 2070 (marginally better than a GTX 1080), but it achievable within budget. Lets call it "super future proofing" and would rip the living day lights out of demanding games at ultra settings - 144fps easy. Just remember you don't absolutely need the RTX card - the 1070 ti is not too far behind delivering similarly superb performance for 1080p gaming hence if you prefer saving some dollars take this card (runs quietly with improved fans): https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Z6BTwP/evga-geforce-gtx-1070-ti-8gb-ftw-ultra-silent-gaming-video-card-08g-p4-6678-kr The RTX has a more future-bound ring to it with added performance and features but it's not a must.

If overclocking, get a better cooler - the i5 chip can squeeze in 10-15% added performance at 5Ghz OC. I've added an air cooler but if you prefer AIO, take a 280mm rad.

Faster SSD would be nice too within similar pricing tiers

...and a better, more current PSU.

Something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $239.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler $52.39 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $134.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $154.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $74.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card $498.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair - SPEC-OMEGA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $139.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.98 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair - HD120 RGB 54.4 CFM 120mm Fan $29.18 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair - HD120 RGB 54.4 CFM 120mm Fan $29.18 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1493.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-18 13:21 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Parts for upgrade. 900p, 60 fps, high/very-high gaming."

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 5 months ago

8GB RAM is sufficient for gaming, although 16 gigs would be nice for overall system performance (true, if running memory hungry applications in the background whilst gaming).

BTW excellent gaming card for that resolution! Your SSD is top of the line too!

Make no mistake, although the Ryzen 2600 is only $30 more, it's no entry level "disposable" chip - with excellent value and performance the upgrade path in 12 months won't be required in this area.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $159.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3 GB Mini ITX OC Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Thermaltake - Versa H18 Tempered Glass MicroATX Mini Tower Case $42.97 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.85 @ Amazon
Monitor Samsung - S20C300BL 19.5" 1600x900 Monitor Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $391.68
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-18 12:41 EST-0500

If you fancy utilising a bit more of the budget take 16gigs of RAM as DDR4 RAM has plenty of mileage on the clock for modern day systems and more than sufficient for many years ahead. A 16 GB kit today also irons out the possibility of inconsistencies when adding additional sticks (from varied batches) later to make 16GB. A little better mobo too.

With the below build in the bag, your only "true" upgrade path from here is a better resolution display and a superior performing gaming card as all parts are more than consistent for a top performing rig.

EG:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $159.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $75.07 @ Amazon
Memory Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3 GB Mini ITX OC Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Thermaltake - Versa H18 Tempered Glass MicroATX Mini Tower Case $42.97 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F14 PWM 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan $8.85 @ Amazon
Monitor Samsung - S20C300BL 19.5" 1600x900 Monitor Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $436.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-18 13:02 EST-0500
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