$1300 New Build Budget for Beginner

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Approximate Purchase Date:
Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals

Budget Range:
$1000-$1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming 90%, Internet 10%

Are you buying a monitor:
Yes, but later

Parts to Upgrade:
All of it. Ground-up.

Do you need to buy OS:
Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg, Amazon... No preference really, whatever has the best deal. I don't mind waiting for parts to be shipped either, price is more important than speedy arrival.

Location:
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Parts Preferences:
Not knowledgeable enough to have a preference, but AMD seems pretty popular. Whatever is powerful and wont cause me any headaches.

Overclocking:
Likely no.

SLI or Crossfire:
I don't know what that is...

Your Monitor Resolution:
Currently using a 1080p 60Hz Insignia TV at 1280x768 res. but will most likely upgrade, not sure to what. (not factored into budget)

Additional Comments:
I don't care at all about flashiness or RGB lights or anything like that, I just want as much power as I can get for my budget since I'm gonna be looking at the screen and not the PC. Would prefer it on the quiet side.
Will primarily be playing games like Bannerlord and Total Warhammer 2 but would love to future-proof the build for a couple years.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
Just want to run games on high graphics smoothly for a few years to come.

Any advice I can get from you fine folks would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
 

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($300.00)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 120 56.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($75.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard ($160.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 275R Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GA 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($133.19 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($25.00)
Total: $1304.10
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-19 19:29 EST-0500


Win10 at $25 -- you can easily get this at CDKEYS.com or G2A
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($300.00)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 120 56.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($75.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard ($160.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 275R Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GA 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($133.19 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($25.00)
Total: $1304.10
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-19 19:29 EST-0500


Win10 at $25 -- you can easily get this at CDKEYS.com or G2A
Forgive me for what is probably a stupid question, but what is the purpose of having an SSD and a HDD? I've heard most people say that SSDs are better to have, could I not just spend the money to buy a larger one instead of having 2?
 

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Forgive me for what is probably a stupid question, but what is the purpose of having an SSD and a HDD? I've heard most people say that SSDs are better to have, could I not just spend the money to buy a larger one instead of having 2?
I dump the OS, drivers and important softwares in the SSD, and games and videos goes into the HDD.

SSDs starts to slow down once it passes 75% of its capacity and games nowadays are literally 40 GB minimum. But the difference with using your OS on an SSD compared to an HDD is night and day.

You can delete the SSD and add more money into the GPU if you'd like. Can't go wrong either way. But you can go fast af with the SSD.
 
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I dump the OS, drivers and important softwares in the SSD, and games and videos goes into the HDD.

SSDs starts to slow down once it passes 75% of its capacity and games nowadays are literally 40 GB minimum. But the difference with using your OS on an SSD compared to an HDD is night and day.

You can delete the SSD and add more money into the GPU if you'd like. Can't go wrong either way. But you can go fast af with the SSD.
Ahh interesting... so you use the OS on the SSD in order to boost the time it takes to access those files for startup, and you use the HDDs greater storage to hold the large file sizes for games?
Would putting games on the SSD do anything other than boost the time it takes to launch the game?
 

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Ahh interesting... so you use the OS on the SSD in order to boost the time it takes to access those files for startup, and you use the HDDs greater storage to hold the large file sizes for games?
Would putting games on the SSD do anything other than boost the time it takes to launch the game?
Nope. It just loads you faster into the map or next phase/screen over.

No FPS gain whatsoever, just improved load time.

The way it goes is:
CPU requests game files from disk drives to be loaded into the RAM.

From there, CPU and RAM communicates with each other on what needs to be executed.
 
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Nope. It just loads you faster into the map or next phase/screen over.

No FPS gain whatsoever, just improved load time.

The way it goes is:
CPU requests game files from disk drives to be loaded into the RAM.

From there, CPU and RAM communicates with each other on what needs to be executed.
That makes sense.

Another question then:
It looks like I have a 1TB HDD and am only using 568GB of it, if SDDs make everything faster would it be useful for me to get a 2TB SDD? That would certainly keep me from hitting that 75% slowdown threshold while simultaneously speeding everything up?
 

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That makes sense.

Another question then:
It looks like I have a 1TB HDD and am only using 568GB of it, if SDDs make everything faster would it be useful for me to get a 2TB SDD? That would certainly keep me from hitting that 75% slowdown threshold while simultaneously speeding everything up?
You could. You're just going to have to pay more.

This 1 TB is on sale tho:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078DPCY3T/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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