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Build Advice $1200 gaming PC build

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Over 9 years ago I posted here and am still using the great PC that was recommended to me! I have since upgraded RAM/SSD/GPU but last purchase was R9 380X GPU in 2016 and now I'm looking to do an all new build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next weekish but can wait a bit if it would help

Budget Range: $1100-1300 final cost

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming shows, surfing internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes if it fits within my budget without downgrading other components too much. I'm fine using what I currently have for a bit longer though, LG LED Monitor IPS236V (https://www.lg.com/us/products/documents/LG-LED-Monitor-IPS236V-Specification.pdf )


Parts to Upgrade: All new build, but would like to keep using my Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OBRE5UE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) unless recommended otherwise

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, I'm still using Win 7 pro on my current PC

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, have used newegg in the past and have Amazon prime account

Location: Moab, UT

Parts Preferences: N/A or best for gaming

Overclocking: Not sure?

SLI or Crossfire: Also not sure

Your Monitor Resolution: Currently 1920x1080 but would upgrade (see monitor section above)

Additional Comments: Need a case with good cooling, ambient room temp can be 80+ deg F, and I already have a mouse, keyboard, and speakers

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My mobo/cpu are 9 years old and it is time (cpu is an I5 2500k 4.3GHZ)

Thank you!
 
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I do have this power supply with my current PC
XFX XXX Edition P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2
https://www.newegg.com/xfx-xxx-edition-p1-650x-cag9-650w/p/N82E16817207002#
Something like this although you may have trouble finding the motherboard in stock:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($166.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard ($159.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($0.00)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
Monitor: AOC CQ27G1 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1226.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-19 22:30 EDT-0400
 
I do have this power supply with my current PC
XFX XXX Edition P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2
It doesn't matter, building a new pc with an outdated old psu(10years seasonic group reg) is a bad time coming. Even really good units should be replaced if they're old. Psu's are hard to get atm, but they come in stock often enough that you can pick up a good unit if keep an eye on it.

Look for seasonic focus, any kind, or corsair txm/rm/rmx. Antec earthwatt gold pro is a seasonic relabel,so thats fine as well. The thermaltake toughpower ones are supposedly decent. Minimum acceptable unit it the corsair cx series, but a mid-high end rig shouldn't have "minimum".

Windows 10 is virtually free. Free unactivated with some features disabled, or keys from 3rd parties.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($166.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 GAMING X ATX AM4 Motherboard ($139.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card ($426.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic CORE GM 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99)
Monitor: Acer V277U 27.0" 2560x1440 75 Hz Monitor ($219.80 @ Amazon)
Total: $1253.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-20 01:06 EDT-0400


With such high ambient temp, getting a pair of 140mm fans will drop temps a fair bit. With 140mm fans, the meshify c is rated as one of the coolest running cases.
 
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Better CPU.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($273.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B550M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.90)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card ($524.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V277U 27.0" 2560x1440 75 Hz Monitor ($219.80 @ Amazon)
Total: $1298.14
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-20 01:30 EDT-0400
 

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It doesn't matter, building a new pc with an outdated old psu(10years seasonic group reg) is a bad time coming. Even really good units should be replaced if they're old. Psu's are hard to get atm, but they come in stock often enough that you can pick up a good unit if keep an eye on it.

Look for seasonic focus, any kind, or corsair txm/rm/rmx. Antec earthwatt gold pro is a seasonic relabel,so thats fine as well. The thermaltake toughpower ones are supposedly decent. Minimum acceptable unit it the corsair cx series, but a mid-high end rig shouldn't have "minimum".

Windows 10 is virtually free. Free unactivated with some features disabled, or keys from 3rd parties.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($166.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 GAMING X ATX AM4 Motherboard ($139.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card ($426.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic CORE GM 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99)
Monitor: Acer V277U 27.0" 2560x1440 75 Hz Monitor ($219.80 @ Amazon)
Total: $1253.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-20 01:06 EDT-0400


With such high ambient temp, getting a pair of 140mm fans will drop temps a fair bit. With 140mm fans, the meshify c is rated as one of the coolest running cases.
Thank you (and all other replies!). I'm looking at getting one of these PSUs, would they both work with the meshify case you mentioned?

Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 650W 80+ Gold SLI/Crossfire Ready Ultra Quiet 140mm Hydraulic Bearing Smart Zero Fan Full Modular Power Supply 10 Year Warranty - PS-TPD-0650FNFAGU-1 https://www.newegg.com/thermaltake-toughpower-gf1-tt-premium-edition-ps-tpd-0650fnfaga-1-650w/p/N82E16817153396

or

Corsair RMx Series™ RM650x 80 PLUS Gold Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Power-Supply-Units/Power-Supply-Units-Advanced/RMx-Series/p/CP-9020178-NA?utm_source=PCPartPicker_79301&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=497986_CORSAIR US Product Catalog Ad&utm_content=Content&clickid=QGHRKfTV1xyOTVLwUx0Mo36jUkiym81tWViXzA0&irgwc=1

Also I've never had a fully modular PSU before.
 

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It doesn't matter, building a new pc with an outdated old psu(10years seasonic group reg) is a bad time coming. Even really good units should be replaced if they're old. Psu's are hard to get atm, but they come in stock often enough that you can pick up a good unit if keep an eye on it.

Look for seasonic focus, any kind, or corsair txm/rm/rmx. Antec earthwatt gold pro is a seasonic relabel,so thats fine as well. The thermaltake toughpower ones are supposedly decent. Minimum acceptable unit it the corsair cx series, but a mid-high end rig shouldn't have "minimum".

Windows 10 is virtually free. Free unactivated with some features disabled, or keys from 3rd parties.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($166.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 GAMING X ATX AM4 Motherboard ($139.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card ($426.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic CORE GM 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99)
Monitor: Acer V277U 27.0" 2560x1440 75 Hz Monitor ($219.80 @ Amazon)
Total: $1253.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-20 01:06 EDT-0400


With such high ambient temp, getting a pair of 140mm fans will drop temps a fair bit. With 140mm fans, the meshify c is rated as one of the coolest running cases.
Sorry to raise this thread again but I'm trying to do this build and many of the parts are out of stock and I don't trust myself to find equivalent parts.

So far the only things I have ordered are:
Power supply: Corsair RMx Series™ RM650x 80 PLUS Gold Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory

This Motherboard Gigabyte B550 GAMING X ATX AM4 Motherboard ($139.99 @ B&H) has said it will back in stock in 7-14 days since I first viewed it 4 days ago, should I purchase it now, or use another option? I haven't purchased from B&H before so I'm not sure how reliable that restock timeline is, I don't want to wait 4+ weeks for it to arrive.


Also I haven't purchased a Monitor yet because my current one is 23" and I'd prefer to stay in the 23-24" range.

Thanks again!
 
should I purchase it now, or use another option? I haven't purchased from B&H before so I'm not sure how reliable that restock timeline is, I don't want to wait 4+ weeks for it to arrive.
Most b550 atx boards are oos atm, I'd sign up for an in stock notification on all atx b550 boards.
The elite is in stock, though bit more expensive.

Alternatively, if you don't think you'll upgrade past a 3700x and won't utilize pcie 4.0, the b450 max tomahawk is back in stock.
The tomahawk max was a favorite of many people, up until b550 released with its superior vrms and features.

I'd prefer to stay in the 23-24" range.
Haha, I have a 27" monitor. It took me quite some time to get used to the size, tbh, If I wasn't using a standing desk, I would've gone back to 24" as well.
I'd say wait on the monitor, many are oos as well.
 
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Most b550 atx boards are oos atm, I'd sign up for an in stock notification on all atx b550 boards.
The elite is in stock, though bit more expensive.

Alternatively, if you don't think you'll upgrade past a 3700x and won't utilize pcie 4.0, the b450 max tomahawk is back in stock.
The tomahawk max was a favorite of many people, up until b550 released with its superior vrms and features.
I just ordered the elite, thanks! Do you have a recommendation for CPU and GPU? Unless the price might change again soon or there is another option I will buy the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor from Best buy for $190 ($201 with sales tax here). I almost have a full PC so exciting :)

Edit: also I have been going over budget on stuff but I'd still be willing to spend up to $450 for a GPU
 
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The 3600 will have nearly the same fps as a 3700x, so the 3600 is fine. You can always upgrade later if need be anyways.

For the gpu, since you'll be staying around 24" displays, 1080p is adequate, so a rtx 2060 super/rtx 2070 will be fine. A rtx 2070 super if you want 144hz in most titles.

Oh, with how expensive that 3600 is, you could get the 3700x and skip the aftermarket cooler, the 3700x comes with a decent cooler unlike the 3600.
 
If you really use PC over that long period of time I recommend waiting few more months as new hardware is just few months away and that will be big jump in performance. In the mean time I recommend adding as much as possible to budget and going all out and get satisfactory build which will last you over very long period of time without much of a performance compromise.
 

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