Question 1440p build advice (last build 2010)

Jason3022

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Purpose:
(1) Gaming (Examples: - fps - Doom, Vermintide 2, -survival horror - Outlast, -adventure- tomb raider
(2) General browsing/email/productivity( spreadsheet)

I game on a 25" 2560x1440 monitor. (dell - 60 hz)

I am interested in building (or having built/tested in Canada - Memory Express?) a computer sufficient for 1440p gaming.

I am not partial to either Intel or Amd cpus, Nvidia or Amd gpus.

Likely Gpus: 5700 xt (when multi-fan partner boards are available)
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Rtx 2070

I am also not looking to go overkill with items I simply don't need, but will spend where necessary/ideal.

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Current build: Windows 10, i7-860 (oc'd to 3.8 ghz), 16gb ram, Gtx 970).

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Keeping existing computer as it runs fine, likely pass it along to friend/family.

Just seeing what's necessary to spend these days for a decent 1440p system.
 
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WildCard999

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I would think around $1300 (Canadian) would give you a solid 1440P build using a Ryzen CPU & RX 5700 XT (aftermarket). Could be more, could be less depending on storage needs and as vapour pointed out the refresh rate of the monitor. With 144hz+ you may need to look at a Intel CPU or higher end Ryzen 3rd gen CPU.
 

ConanLock

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When paired with the 5700 XT, I think there are two budget ranges of PC for you look into. The first is the <$1300 CAD, and it is as follows:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($265.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($146.38 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Patriot Scorch 256 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $1255.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-12 14:34 EDT-0400


The second is the <$1500 budget one. This has the same CPU and GPU, but everything else is better.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($265.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($210.24 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3466 Memory ($146.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($124.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($116.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1453.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-12 14:38 EDT-0400


There isn't much of a price difference between the two (~$200), but the performance and quality difference will be noticeable. Both are very strong builds.
 
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Jason3022

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When paired with the 5700 XT, I think there are two budget ranges of PC for you look into. The first is the <$1300 CAD, and it is as follows:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($265.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($146.38 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Patriot Scorch 256 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $1255.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-12 14:34 EDT-0400


The second is the <$1500 budget one. This has the same CPU and GPU, but everything else is better.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($265.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($210.24 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3466 Memory ($146.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($124.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($116.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1453.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-12 14:38 EDT-0400


There isn't much of a price difference between the two (~$200), but the performance and quality difference will be noticeable. Both are very strong builds.
Thanks very much for taking the time to piece this together, appreciate your knowledge.
So I take it - we're not to fuss over needing high wattage power supply units?

Secondly - What about the gpu fans? I heard we're waiting on decent aftermarket units to arrive, or is this Gigabyte gpu, one of the updated ones?
 

ConanLock

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Thanks very much for taking the time to piece this together, appreciate your knowledge.
So I take it - we're not to fuss over needing high wattage power supply units?

Secondly - What about the gpu fans? I heard we're waiting on decent aftermarket units to arrive, or is this Gigabyte gpu, one of the updated ones?
The 550w PSUs are enough. The one in the more expensive build is more efficient and higher quality. But it wouldn't hurt if you had extra budget to get a higher wattage PSU. It would give you room for big additions to the system should the need ever arise.
As for the GPU, it is not an aftermarket one. It is there as a placeholder to keep the price realistic. I too would personally wait until dual fan cards are released, it will be cooler and quieter.
 
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Hey guys - do you know if Black Friday (Cyber Monday) is generally a good time to buy parts?

Although I'm excited to have a new build - I can wait it out if it's worthwhile.

What kind of savings do you typically see - $50, a few hundred?

Update: my computer died a few days ago - meaning it just turned off while browsing the internet.
After pulling out the PSU and testing with a multimeter - all volts appeared in/on spec, but it turns out the GPU died.
Bought a very inexpensive GPU, jut to make the computer functional but will now be hunting for a new build. If Black Friday is as good as it gets, I can wait it out.

Putting decent money into this April 2010 build no longer makes sense.
 
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