Question 4k PC build

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Hi,

I'm needing some help with my personal gaming PC build. I've built several PC builds before but I've never built a mid range 4k build before. I was wondering if I could have some help. My budget is 1,500-2,000 for just the tower. Thanks and I appreciate the help.
 

Newtonius

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Try this build, it's about 1500 for the core components that'll get you decent frames on a 4K rig.
However I did not add a case, peripherals, OS, and cooler (I feel the stock is plenty good, but it's up to you to decide in the end). So pick and choose which what will fit your budget and what you prefer since these choices are more preference choices.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WjZCZf

Or here's an Intel build if you prefer to go that route:
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/pwzdGc

Also, if you have to reduce this cost a little more, you can go downgrade to the 5700XT for the GPU OR 3600X for the CPU. The CPU downgrade would be most prudent since the GPU is the main focus here for best FPS.

EDIT: I forgot to add a storage drive. Look for anything that's an SSD, Samsung EVO 960 NVMe M.2 are good choices for OS. 2.5" SATA SSD's good for storage/games.
 
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extreme_noob

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Try this build, it's about 1500 for the core components that'll get you decent frames on a 4K rig.
However I did not add a case, peripherals, OS, and cooler (I feel the stock is plenty good, but it's up to you to decide in the end). So pick and choose which what will fit your budget and what you prefer since these choices are more preference choices.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WjZCZf

Or here's an Intel build if you prefer to go that route:
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/pwzdGc

Also, if you have to reduce this cost a little more, you can go downgrade to the 5700XT for the GPU OR 3600X for the CPU. The CPU downgrade would be most prudent since the GPU is the main focus here for best FPS.
Good lists, I highly suggest going ryzen, as the FPS difference from the CPU is not much considering the vastly lower price. I just tweaked the first one a bit: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vDn4Zf

I added a decent cooler so that it's quieter than stock.
Such a good motherboard wasn't really needed for the 3700X, so I replaced it with a cheaper one. I prefer gigabyte's boards, but ASUS's TUF X570 Gaming is another good choice if you want debug LEDs. You could probably even get a 3900X at this budget, and the motherboards would handle it fine stock.
I left the ram at 32GB since although 16GB is enough, more games are using more ram gradually. You could also get 16GB of B die for a bit cheaper, but it isn't really worth it unless you overclock the ram.
Added 1TB SSD which I suggest, but if you need more or less, you can obviously add or remove as needed.
Replaced graphics card with one with a better cooler and clocks, for the same price.
Added my suggestion for a case, which comes with 3 fans and a fine mesh.
 
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Newtonius

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Good lists, I highly suggest going ryzen, as the FPS difference from the CPU is not much considering the vastly lower price. I just tweaked the first one a bit: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vDn4Zf

I added a decent cooler so that it's quieter than stock.
Such a good motherboard wasn't really needed for the 3700X, so I replaced it with a cheaper one. I prefer gigabyte's boards, but ASUS's TUF X570 Gaming is another good choice if you want debug LEDs. You could probably even get a 3900X at this budget, and the motherboards would handle it fine stock.
I left the ram at 32GB since although 16GB is enough, more games are using more ram gradually. You could also get 16GB of B die for a bit cheaper, but it isn't really worth it unless you overclock the ram.
Added 1TB SSD which I suggest, but if you need more or less, you can obviously add or remove as needed.
Replaced graphics card with one with a better cooler and clocks, for the same price.
Added my suggestion for a case, which comes with 3 fans and a fine mesh.
Good additions, although for the SSD I wouldn't mind paying 20$ more for a MUCH better NVMe. The HP EX920 has poor read and writes for IOPS compared to its competitive counterparts, which is generally what's used for application performance upon opening, loading, etc. So a 1TB WD black or Samsung EVO would give you much better performance:
https://shop.westerndigital.com/products/internal-drives/wd-black-sn750-nvme-ssd?utm_medium=pdsh2&utm_source=gads&utm_campaign=wdblack-us-pla&utm_content=854815234051&utm_term=WDS100T3X0C#WDS100T3X0C

Although any NVMe for that matter will still be much better than a SATA SSD or HDD.
 

extreme_noob

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Good additions, although for the SSD I wouldn't mind paying 20$ more for a MUCH better NVMe. The HP EX920 has poor read and writes for IOPS compared to its competitive counterparts, which is generally what's used for application performance upon opening, loading, etc. So a 1TB WD black or Samsung EVO would give you much better performance:
https://shop.westerndigital.com/products/internal-drives/wd-black-sn750-nvme-ssd?utm_medium=pdsh2&utm_source=gads&utm_campaign=wdblack-us-pla&utm_content=854815234051&utm_term=WDS100T3X0C#WDS100T3X0C

Although any NVMe for that matter will still be much better than a SATA SSD or HDD.
Fair enough, but for just playing games you're unlikely to notice a difference between SATA ssd and NVMe anyways. The EX920 was a much better buy back when the 1TB was only $110 or so.
 

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