Question <£800 PC Build - opinions needed

For the price, would you consider this a good build?

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MxzsyXII

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I have put together a sub £700 PC build parts list. I plan to game and stream with it, maybe some light editing too. I will probably overclock the cpu and the gpu a little bit which is why I went for a higher watts than needed psu, and I heard the focus is excellent quality. If anyone has anything they would change about it please say and explain why, it will be greatly appreciated.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£130.97 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler (£30.30 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard (£89.98 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£84.98 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£68.50 @ AWD-IT)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£34.71 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card (£209.99 @ Box Limited)
Case: Phanteks - ECLIPSE P350X ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.97 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£72.95 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £781.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Depending on the overclock I would change the CPU cooler. If a light overclock, then you could probably stick with the stock cooler. If a heavier overclock I would want something better.

Personally I would want a bit more headroom for the PSU. Likelihood is you'd upgrade the graphics card sooner than the CPU, and may require more power.
 

MxzsyXII

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So i should spend a little extra and go for the 650w focus, or maybe the evga g3 650?
which cpu cooler would u recommend for less than £40? not going to be going crazy on the overclock but a little extra performance is all i want.

EDIT: I just remembered, i have a corsair h55 aio in my current build, you think thats ok to get a decent oc on the 2600?
 
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This would be my build
Latest Samsung Evo PLUS - 500GB not 256GB
Hitachi 2TB hdd
Dark Rock Cooler
£70 more, but if you do only want a 256GB drive, get the Evo Plus 256GB for £70 (saving £32)
I don't agree with needing a bigger PSU because this one is very good quality and you don't come near to 550W with this build.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£130.97 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler (£54.40 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard (£89.98 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£84.98 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£102.98 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.89 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card (£209.99 @ Box Limited)
Case: Phanteks - ECLIPSE P350X ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.97 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£72.95 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £851.11
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-20 11:52 BST+0100
 
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MxzsyXII

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This would be my build

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£130.97 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler (£54.40 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard (£89.98 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£84.98 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£102.98 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.89 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card (£209.99 @ Box Limited)
Case: Phanteks - ECLIPSE P350X ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.97 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£72.95 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £851.11
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-20 11:52 BST+0100
I dont really need 500gb of nvme storage, but the 2tb hdd upgrade is useful. is the hitachi you have added better than a 2tb seagate barracuda? its a little bit more expensive but is it justified?
the dark rock is also a good addition. thank you for ur ideas.
 

MxzsyXII

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You would be surprised how quick a 250GB SSD fills up, especially when you want to put some games on it to make them load quicker..
BTW I also edited my original post with some update information
thanks a lot for the input. I currently have a 120gb ssd in my pc, normal sata 3 interface (not m.2) and it still has around 40gb left on it. i only use it for the os and main softwares and game launchers, i think with a 7200rpm hdd with the games on it i wouldnt mind a little slower loading times. i might put maybe 1 game i really like on the ssd but thats about it.
 
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thanks a lot for the input. I currently have a 120gb ssd in my pc, normal sata 3 interface (not m.2) and it still has around 40gb left on it. i only use it for the os and main softwares and game launchers, i think with a 7200rpm hdd with the games on it i wouldnt mind a little slower loading times. i might put maybe 1 game i really like on the ssd but thats about it.
Get the Evo Plus 250GB, its the same price as the Evo but better :)
 
As a point of comparison for the Hyper 212 and AMD stock cooler:
http://www.relaxedtech.com/reviews/amd/wraith-max-and-wraith-spire-cooler/2
View: https://youtu.be/VNjkDoYZYjU?t=228

I would trust the Hardware Unboxed results a bit more. From that the Hyper 212 will be fine. The H55 would probably be okay, but personally a bit wary as AIO coolers have more points of failure, and a typical lifespan of about 5 years.

As it is the build is fine. With a higher powered PSU it would allow a bit of room for upgrades if required.
 

MxzsyXII

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Get the Evo Plus 250GB, its the same price as the Evo but better :)
looking at the samsung and amazon product page, it shows the read speeds are the same but the write speeds on the evo plus are slightly faster, not exactly double and probably wont notice the difference in real time but i will make the change since its a more for the same price anyway. thanks for the heads up :)
 
looking at the samsung and amazon product page, it shows the read speeds are the same but the write speeds on the evo plus are slightly faster, not exactly double and probably wont notice the difference in real time but i will make the change since its a more for the same price anyway. thanks for the heads up :)
Since the Evo is several years old now, and the Plus is what they are doing for 2019... I know what I would buy
 

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Well, I just want to make sure you get the right stuff and have the right information
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – Jan. 22, 2019 – Samsung Electronics America, today introduced the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, the newest enhancement in its Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD portfolio

May 7, 2018

The 970 EVO will be offered in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB[8]capacities, and the 970 PRO in 512GB and 1TB capacities.

maybe not several years in the 970 brand, but was when the originally released it, but the 960 (which I have) was released in 2016
 
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MxzsyXII

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Well, I just want to make sure you get the right stuff and have the right information
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – Jan. 22, 2019 – Samsung Electronics America, today introduced the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, the newest enhancement in its Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD portfolio

May 7, 2018

The 970 EVO will be offered in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB[8]capacities, and the 970 PRO in 512GB and 1TB capacities.

maybe not several years in the 970 brand, but was when the originally released it, but the 960 (which I have) was released in 2016
nevertheless, both are new drives, with little difference in performance. we can leave it at that. i went with ur option of 970 plus anyway
 

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