1080p build world of warcraft & video editing

chilltherocks

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Doing a build for my wife. She will probably play a little bit of World of Warcraft and a little bit of video editing. Wanted to see what everyone thought about this build and if they have any suggestions. Hopefully this holiday season will see some of these prices drop.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($196.32 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z370M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($113.88 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($123.50 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design - Define Mini C with Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ B&H)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus - PCE-AC68 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus - VX238H 23.0" 1920x1080 Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus - VX238H 23.0" 1920x1080 Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1338.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-27 23:15 EDT-0400
 

CRO5513Y

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This would be my changes:

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/qCGNYT
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/qCGNYT/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($165.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($87.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($137.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($123.50 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Video Card: Gigabyte - Radeon RX 580 8GB AORUS 8G Video Card ($274.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks - Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ B&H)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus - PCE-AC51 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus - VX238H 23.0" 1920x1080 Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus - VX238H 23.0" 1920x1080 Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1209.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-27 23:34 EDT-0400

- The Ryzen 5 2600, while only a fraction slower in Gaming against the i5, performs far better in most video editing/rednering scenarios and will still be able to push 60 FPS just fine.
- That WiFi Adaptor was very overpriced, something like this for a third of the price will offer good enough wireless performance unless you're in a very weak wireless zone.
- Changed to an RX 580 8GB, that also isn't a mini. Slightly better all-round performance and includes a free games package (if that interests you) for a very similar price.
- Changed Motherboard to ATX and thus case as well, unless you specifically want a MicroATX build, this will allow for greater flexibility.

Overall this should both perform better as well as be cheaper. You could even almost fit in a Ryzen 7 or GTX 1070 if you wanted to fill the price void from the original build. Hope this helps! :)
 
If in USA you may see price increases due to his Tariffs. We'll see but I wouldn't count on drops.

My only issues personally is that I'd:
1) go with a single 2560x1440 monitor rather than 2x1080p., and

2) get a dual fan card to cut down slightly on noise (EVGA 2-fan or similar). It might add $30 or so but that's like 2% or so the build cost... also while I don't like WINDOWED cases if you're going to get one then buy a card with a backplate or you're staring at that ugly circuit board on the graphics card and possibly one with some controllable RGB elements.

3) $85 for a wi-fi card?
Seems pretty expensive unless you can justify that somehow.

Other:
I don't hate the Intel build per say, but I personally would get an AMD Ryzen setup. Partly because of how long the AM4 platform will hang around to replace the motherboard after Warranty or upgrade the CPU to say an R7-3800X or whatever later. (in which case I'd get 2x8GB 3200MHz DDR4).
 
My build and comments: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/4JFqr6

1) the ATX board I chose for two reasons:
a) has wi-fi (up to "ac"), and
b) supports AMD's STOREMI

2) SSD (M.2 2280) and HDD:
I chose those so you could add them together with AMD's STOREMI to make a virtual hybrid drive. The software will move data based on usage patterns into the SSD.

I believe 256GB for the SSD is the maximum free amount to use STOREMI otherwise you need to buy a license... I looked at everything and thought this was the best option then you can just buy ANOTHER 2.5" or M.2 SSD as you need it (supports TWO M.2 SSD's).

3) case:
I changed that to support an ATX motherboard, and thought the DARK tint model looked best.

4) GTX1060 I chose does NOT have a backplate but I'm not sure if any of them do. Got tired of looking so it's a placeholder... also note newer cards are coming but I'm not sure if the GTX2040 or whatever is a rebrand of the GTX1060 or not... the GTX1060 6GB is probably a great choice for your current needs.

(may be able to BUY a backplate for some models)

5) monitor - as said I'd go with a 2560x1440 (27" not 25") and get an IPS model not TN since color matters in video editing.

I get that maybe you want more screen real estate but WOW will look far better on a larger screen with more pixels, and video editing programs often have SMALL TEXT so you'd want a higher res screen.

If you really need even more screen real estate then you can still get another monitor later.

6) PSU chosen is "overkill" in terms of wattage but it's based on your expected power draw to allow optimal FAN SPEED (thus noise reduction) using the optional Hybrid fan mode. I think this model turns power off below 30% but is fairly quiet above that (and ramps up as the power increases)... so it's not just about power draw in total but also noise.


Summary:
So that's my take on the build. I tried to balance everything based on video editing/WOW.
 

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I dont see any major problems. It's a good value build and should work well.

As for changes... I would also go AMD, but it's a safe bet either way. Go with what you feel better about.

Your Mobo/wifi card combo seems a bit expensive. (I dont know much about wifi cards though).

Faster ram cant hurt and wont cost much more.

M2 SSD would be nice.

I cant get myself to try a single fan gpu. It will work fine. Just 2 fans make me feel better.

I had this saved (A friend of mine built it for WoW)
https://pcpartpicker.com/user/FrostyFresh/saved/H6bLJx It's the same idea, just something a little different.
 

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