Question $1000 Build Suggestions

rocknsou1

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Hi guys -- could use some recommendations on a build for my boyfriend. Some notes below on the goals of the build and things I don't think he should compromise on.

Goal
  • PC that can run BF4, Apex, Anthem, etc. at a decent enough graphics level (he's not expecting/desiring ultra settings)
  • Build that can be upgraded over time in the graphics, ram, power, and storage departments
  • Best performance for the price until we can work our way up down the road to the better things in life
Preferences
  • 100% want an SSD we can set and forget for the boot drive
  • Want a CPU and Mobo that can stand the test of time -- I've don't really want to fool with swapping those kinds of things out down the road (but I would under duress)
Budget
  • Realistically, if we could do something around $1000 that would be amazing -- I'd say he's probably capped out at $1250 max considering he'll want to use some of the non-core budget for peripherals
For my last two builds, I camped the forums/site until I found a build I liked, tweaked it, and built it. Things like: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-pc-builds,4390.html and before that, the Quarterly Build Challenges (or whatever they were called).

Suggested to him we ask here, considering his budget, and the preferences I mentioned before.

For reference, this is my current setup for my second build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/D3LqnH (and what he's been playing on when I'm not home)

Put this together Nov 2016.

His day-to-day PC is my first build that is now a solid 7 years old and ready to retire.

Any suggestions/recommendations would be extremely appreciated.

Side note

Also floated the idea of buying a pre-built and just upgrading that over time, but I don't know that I trust that plan. If you guys know of any reliable options on that front, open to suggestions.

Cheers.
 
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($67.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair - Carbide Series 275R (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.10 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.96 @ Amazon)
Total: $1018.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-23 16:13 EST-0500


$1500
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($304.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Samsung)
Storage: Samsung - 860 QVO 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Black Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair - Carbide Series 275R (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.10 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $1468.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-23 16:17 EST-0500
 
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($123.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card ($459.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair - 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1024.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-23 18:42 EST-0500


The m2 SSD isn't as fast as others out there but it's 1tb for not too much premium over a 240gb m2 SSD + 1tb HDD combo we usually reccomend.

You could probably do some mild overclocked with the motherboard and stock heatsink if you really felt the need. Otherwise I tried to cram alot of performance for the price in this.

With this case you will probably have to remove the HDD cage, but you can always use a 5.25in converter to 3.5 or 2.5in if you wanted too. Or find another case, there are a lot of good cases out there.

AM4 will be supported till 2020, Intel changes things up quite a bit more frequently though.
 
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($304.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($123.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI - Radeon RX VEGA 56 8 GB Air Boost 8G OC Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg Business)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1059.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-24 00:11 EST-0500


This will be more balanced on the things you ask for, so i choose better CPU And motherboard since you want those to last in the long run. You can even get a RX 590 instead of the Radeon RX VEGA 56 to lower the price.
 
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rocknsou1

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Really appreciate your help everyone - we're frankensteining something together based on these recommendations. Can't wait to start building!
 

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