[SOLVED] 1st Time Building a cheap pc gaming rig for 350$

xmasholiday

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So I have never built a system before. I have usually just bought used/refurbished computers off ebay and then switched out the parts to them like upgrades PSU and video or ram.
Ive never bought like a computer case an installed a motherboard and processor on to it. This time I wanted to try, so currently I have a i5-3570 with a gtx 970 and a 750 watt corsair Psu that im gonna be adding to my new setup/rig to reduce cost and save on money.

So I went to PCPartpicker and came up with this since I only have a 350$ budget.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/xXrNf9

Im just wondering if this looks good and fits with all the other parts on this list like are they all compatible with each other and maybe if there is anything I need to know or need before purchasing all of this and diving into for the 1st time and again I will be adding a Gtx 970 and a corsair 750 watt psu to this list from my old rig also an shortly down the road a bigger SSD/harddrive aswell.
 

DrummerManSpike

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Unless you're planning to upgrade one of the major components soon after this (between now and 5 years?), I'd recommend a lower wattage PSU to save a few bucks. 750 is great but WAY more than that system will come close to using. I'd also recommend that the efficiency rating be around 80+ Gold, for a good price to performance ratio.

That M.2 drive will be great for your OS (and only your OS, otherwise your whole PC will see overall performance drops), I'd recommend at least one additional storage drive for your games, 1TB minimum.

Otherwise, looks good! Keep in mind that your RAM will most likely appear as 2933 instead of 3000, as your motherboard doesn't specifically list 3000 under the supported speeds.
 
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($71.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA Swordfish 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Case: CiT F3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($32.97 @ Amazon)
Total: $350.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-09 13:54 EDT-0400
 
Another alternative would be this.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: MSI B450M BAZOOKA MAX WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA Swordfish 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Case: CiT F3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($32.97 @ Amazon)
Total: $347.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-09 13:56 EDT-0400
 
oh i didnt realize that about the ram should i pick different ram you think and the gtx 970 and 750 corsair psu I already own so its free.
The Ryzen's like fast RAM and even the 2000 series can take 3200MHz RAM pretty easily. For just about any Ryzen build, you should start with 3200MHz RAM and go from there.

Since you already have the GTX 970 & Corsair 750W PSU I wouldn't worry about upgrading them right now. Which Corsair model do you have?
 
is this motherboard ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard better you think than the one i picked and the computer case you picked i think may be too small for my gtx 970 its like 12 inches long
Max GPU length for the case I selected is 315mm, which is about 12.5 inches.

You are going for a budget build so motherboards at that price are going to be about the same. The one you choose, the Pro4, is probably better than the one I choose. However, going with my design allows for the bigger SSD so it is a horse a piece. In reality for gaming the 4c/8t Ryzen 3100 will be a good choice as well. You will have the ability to upgrade the CPU at a later date to something better, all while having the best of the 3 motherboards listed so far. Not to mention you will get the bigger SSD which is never a bad thing.
 

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