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Build Advice 800$ Build, Compatability and BIOS update with older cpu

Apr 27, 2020
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Hi,
Tried a build prior to this one, but as it wasn't optimal here is the new build i ll get my hands on:

  • AMD R5 3600 OR 3600 X
  • MSI B450 Tomahawk Max ATX
  • G.Skill Ripjaws V 2x8 3200mhz
  • MSI GTX 1660 Gaming X
  • Crucial MX500 1TB SSD
  • MSI Mag Forge 100M (6 fan)
  • 80+ Bronze OR Gold semi-modular PSU
I've checked the size of cpu fan, gpu and case, they fit together.

  • Will i need to update the BIOS with an older cpu? MSI Max Mobos do not require a BIOS update for Ryzen 3000---
  • Pcpartpicker summed the power required to 289 W, i believe an 80+ Bronze/Gold 450 W OR 500 W PSU will be enough, am i right? (please note that i will upgrade the gpu later, nothing fancy though) Higher wattage required for the build above, PSU load shall be between 30-70%, and do consider future upgrades.
  • All in all what do you think?
Edit: Answers
 
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There are a couple changes that I would make.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($172.76 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI MAG FORGE 100R ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: be quiet! Pure Power 11 600 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.90 @ B&H)
Total: $802.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-30 09:20 EDT-0400

The few dollars going with the G.Skill RAM can be used to go with the WD SN550 NVMe SSD instead of the MX500 SATA SSD. The EVGA BQ is not one of the good EVGA PSUs. The Be Quiet Pure Power 11 is the cheapest good quality or better PSU I can find. If you spend an extra $20 there is the Antec Earthwatts Gold Pro which is semi-modular and even better quality. The 1660 Super is faster and the same price as the 1660 you choose.
 
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Alright, nice to hear. I ll check for the gpu and that NVMe drive, it's easier to install so it'd be nice. As for PSU i will indeed pump in few more bucks for a better one, but isn't 600 a bit too much?

Thanks for your time
 
Alright, nice to hear. I ll check for the gpu and that NVMe drive, it's easier to install so it'd be nice. As for PSU i will indeed pump in few more bucks for a better one, but isn't 600 a bit too much?

Thanks for your time
While it is more than needed, it does allow for future upgrades. Also having your PSU load being 30-70% will have it in its most efficient range.
 

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