Question ~$800 Custom Build Help

ShafeDogg

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I'm currently looking to build a gaming computer in the $800 price range. So far, I'm looking at using a Ryzen 5 2600X with the stock cooler (seems like the best choice in the $200 price range, and I don't plan on overclocking, just getting the X version for more performance), and the following case: DEEPCOOL MATREXX 55 ADD-RGB 3F ATX Mid-Tower Case. As for the GPU, I'm looking at either a GTX 1660 (non-Ti) or a RX 580, but I'm also looking in the $200 range for this part as well. Please feel free to suggest which would be better. I want to use at least an 80+ Gold power supply, but I'm not sure what wattage or brand to go with yet (I like EVGA, but SeaSonic also seems really popular right now). Again, feel free to recommend. I'm also not sure which motherboard to use. I want to point out that I have no need for SLI in this build, so I could get away with a single PCI-e slot. I just want to use a quality board. I'll be using 16GB of DDR4 at 2666MHz (probably CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 DRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model CMW16GX4M2A2666C16). Lastly, I'd like to place an emphasis on RGB parts in this build, but I still don't want to go much past $800 total, if at all. Any suggestions or tips? Thank you!
 

WildCard999

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For Ryzen you'll want 3200mhz over the 2666 as it could be as much as a 10 FPS difference depending on the game. Also the Ryzen 1600 can be had for $80 at Microcenter so it's a fantastic choice currently and would allow you to get a GTX 1660 6gb however you'll want to overclock it to get the most from it but post overclock the difference between that and the 2600X will be minimum and will allow you to use the money saved on cooling/RGB.

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-Ryzen-5-2600X-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-1600/3956vs3919
Post overclock is less then 10% difference which may equate to a few FPS difference.
Overclocking Guide: https://www.overclockers.com/amd-ryzen-overclocking-guide/

Microcenter Ryzen 1600 link.
https://www.microcenter.com/product/478826/amd-ryzen-5-1600-32ghz-6-core-am4-boxed-processor-with-wraith-spire-cooler

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($79.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($81.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Team - T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($69.95 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB GAMING Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($75.31 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master - MasterFan Pro 140 Air Flow RGB 3 in 1 with RGB LED Controller 53 CFM 140mm Fans ($34.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $787.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-31 19:27 EDT-0400


Leave the stock 120mm in the rear of the case as exhaust. Setup 1-140mm fan on top as exhaust and the other 2-140mm fans in the front as intake.
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450 AORUS M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($89.84 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($77.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Deepcool - MATREXX 55 ADD-RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $799.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-31 19:38 EDT-0400
 

ShafeDogg

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For Ryzen you'll want 3200mhz over the 2666 as it could be as much as a 10 FPS difference depending on the game. Also the Ryzen 1600 can be had for $80 at Microcenter so it's a fantastic choice currently and would allow you to get a GTX 1660 6gb however you'll want to overclock it to get the most from it but post overclock the difference between that and the 2600X will be minimum and will allow you to use the money saved on cooling/RGB.

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-Ryzen-5-2600X-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-1600/3956vs3919
Post overclock is less then 10% difference which may equate to a few FPS difference.
Overclocking Guide: https://www.overclockers.com/amd-ryzen-overclocking-guide/

Microcenter Ryzen 1600 link.
https://www.microcenter.com/product/478826/amd-ryzen-5-1600-32ghz-6-core-am4-boxed-processor-with-wraith-spire-cooler

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($79.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($81.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Team - T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($69.95 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB GAMING Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($75.31 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master - MasterFan Pro 140 Air Flow RGB 3 in 1 with RGB LED Controller 53 CFM 140mm Fans ($34.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $787.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-31 19:27 EDT-0400


Leave the stock 120mm in the rear of the case as exhaust. Setup 1-140mm fan on top as exhaust and the other 2-140mm fans in the front as intake.
Thanks for the reply. But the 1600 can't be overclocked right? Wouldn't I need the 1600X? I've never been a huge fan of overclocking, but I've also never done it. I've done a lot of research and the 2600X looked like the best option for the money, especially since it's 2nd gen. The price on that 1600 is great, but it's also older. Am I wrong here?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450 AORUS M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($89.84 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($77.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Deepcool - MATREXX 55 ADD-RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $799.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-31 19:38 EDT-0400
Thanks for the reply. What makes you choose the 1700 over the 2600X? I realize it's cheaper, but would I still have better performance? The 2600X seems much faster according to multiple benchmarks.
 

WildCard999

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Thanks for the reply. But the 1600 can't be overclocked right? Wouldn't I need the 1600X? I've never been a huge fan of overclocking, but I've also never done it. I've done a lot of research and the 2600X looked like the best option for the money, especially since it's 2nd gen. The price on that 1600 is great, but it's also older. Am I wrong here?
All the Ryzen CPU's, X or not, can be overclocked with the correct motherboard.(B350/B450/X370/X470).
 
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'Emphasis on RGB', with an $800 budget?

I'd place no emphasis on that, spending your money wisely on the MB (B450 is good enough) processor (2600X is nice choice) , RAM (brand name 3200 MHz kit, 2 x 8 GB sticks, check for RAM kits certified/tested to work with your MB), and GPU (GTX1660 seems nice in reviews I've read). Someone recommended Corsair MX500 for SSD, a good choice if can save $10-$20 over the 860 EVO. (if you want an M.2 NVME solution, the Intel 660P is nicely priced for 1 TB at $109...
The last thing I'd do is compromise on any of the above parts for some goofy colored/RGB -laden /LED ring fan-heavy case costing more than $60....(which is what a simple Corsair 200 midtower costs, vice the $150-$200 lots of 'bling LED' cases are going for)
 
Also the Ryzen 1600 can be had for $80 at Microcenter...
Convenient, if you happen to live right near a Microcenter, of which there are only 25 stores across the United States. >_>

https://www.microcenter.com/site/stores/default.aspx

As for overclocking, since Ryzen processors are all unlocked, overclocking the non-x parts is often a more viable option, as they all tend to overclock similarly. You might be able to get an extra 2% performance out of the X parts on average, but in general there's typically not much difference. And the 1600 actually comes bundled with a relatively decent stock cooler that can allow for overclocking up to 1600X performance levels, while the 1600X doesn't come with a cooler at all, which really made the 1600 the better option among the first-gen Ryzen CPUs for anyone looking to overclock. They "fixed" this with the second-gen processors though, where the 2600X comes with that better cooler, while the 2600 comes with a somewhat weaker, though still relatively decent stock cooler.

If someone isn't overclocking though, the X parts can potentially be better, since they come with higher stock boost clocks. The 2600X actually boosts it's cores up near the maximum that the CPU can run at, so there isn't much benefit from overclocking it. See the multi-core boost chart near the bottom of this page in Tom's Hardware's 2600 review, for example...

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-5-2600,5625.html
 
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I'm still looking for more motherboard recommendations in the $100 price range. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Well I tend to lean more toward Asus in the motherboard department, and stay away from MSI, but that's my bias.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813119140&ignorebbr=1&source=region&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC-_-pla-_-Motherboards+-+AMD-_-N82E16813119140&gclid=Cj0KCQjw7YblBRDFARIsAKkK-dI7zSLdRF_cbIh1V1YFgXY0HV0u71sQprXre0V2UmaKsxwfE3DFcNQaAjWsEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
is 28$ more than the 100$ mark but includes various goodies like dual NVME and Sync lighting on the board.
 
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Are these motherboards any good?
-GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3
-GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming 3

They seem priced similarly to the boards in the builds listed but seem higher quality? Any suggestions?
Gigabyte is generally OK in the mobo department. I would say it is OK but check how reliable it is in the long run.
That specific model has some nice touches but I think a little more cash can get you a lot more features.
 

ShafeDogg

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I decided to go with a few recommendations (reflected in the build below) from the two build suggestions in this thread, and also some choices of my own. Here's the final build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AX370-Gaming 3 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($71.64 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team - T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Inland - 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Deepcool - MATREXX 55 ADD-RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.87 @ Newegg Business)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.39 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill - RNX-AC600PCEv3 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($24.99 @ Newegg Business)
Case Fan: Deepcool - CF120 3 in 1 56.5 CFM 120mm Fans
Total: $960.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-01 23:29 EDT-0400


Thanks for all the help everyone, and I hope this build can help others looking for a solid $800 setup. You can also swap out the GTX 1660 (non-Ti) for an RX 580 if you want to save a little more.
 

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Could someone help me with a few questions? I'm mostly stuck on how to do all the wiring, like syncing RGB, powering fans, and case buttons/ports. Will I need any splitters to be able to install all the fans? If so, which ones do you recommend? I'll be installing 6 total of the Deepcool CF120 fans. How many fans are safe to power per header? Is it possible to power the fans through anything included in the case, instead of the motherboard? I know the case comes with some RGB sync stuff, but there's not much documentation on it. I could really use some help on putting this all together. If I could sync the RAM and CPU cooler with the fans, I think that would be awesome, if it's possible. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
 
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I'm currently looking to build a gaming computer in the $800 price range. So far, I'm looking at using a Ryzen 5 2600X with the stock cooler (seems like the best choice in the $200 price range, and I don't plan on overclocking, just getting the X version for more performance), and the following case: DEEPCOOL MATREXX 55 ADD-RGB 3F ATX Mid-Tower Case. As for the GPU, I'm looking at either a GTX 1660 (non-Ti) or a RX 580, but I'm also looking in the $200 range for this part as well. Please feel free to suggest which would be better. I want to use at least an 80+ Gold power supply, but I'm not sure what wattage or brand to go with yet (I like EVGA, but SeaSonic also seems really popular right now). Again, feel free to recommend. I'm also not sure which motherboard to use. I want to point out that I have no need for SLI in this build, so I could get away with a single PCI-e slot. I just want to use a quality board. I'll be using 16GB of DDR4 at 2666MHz (probably CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 DRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model CMW16GX4M2A2666C16). Lastly, I'd like to place an emphasis on RGB parts in this build, but I still don't want to go much past $800 total, if at all. Any suggestions or tips? Thank you!
I have ypu covered homie :)
This is what i think the best build for 800$:
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/DWGg6s

Now I went with a 2600 because the 2600x isjust a 2600 but overclocked I did include the Hyper T2 for overclocking if you want the same performance as a 2600 but here You Actually upgrade to a 1660ti which is just so much better than a 1660 if you want you can go with a 1660 and grab yourself a 2700 if you dont care that much for gaming.
 
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For the case I dont recommend you the mattrexx 55 with rgb fans with it becuase if you buy the fans yourself it will be cheaper + you dont need 6 fans its just an overkill the Q300L on the other hand has excellent airflow and cable management easy for beginners in building and the airflow is just amazing looking at the price I personally am getting the Q300L TUF Edition for just 45$ comes with 1 120mm fan on the rear isnt enough but buying the fans yourself is just way cheaper than getting them pre installed
 
Here is the list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350M-DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Memory: ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($62.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB MINI ITX OC Video Card ($345.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12III 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($41.03 @ Amazon)
Total: $814.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-14 14:31 EDT-0400


Little over budget. But the performance gain is worth that little bump in budget. All high quality components.
 
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Here is the list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350M-DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Memory: ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($62.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB MINI ITX OC Video Card ($345.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12III 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($41.03 @ Amazon)
Total: $814.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-14 14:31 EDT-0400


Little over budget. But the performance gain is worth that little bump in budget. All high quality components.
You are going for an old model which has trouble playing games thats 1.
2 is your going with a bad power supply that cant hold on for long times or under heavy load and could ruin the rest of the pc parts
3 is that pairing an old ryzen cpu with a new rtx card isnt a gokd idea because it will bottleneck even if its like 3 or 4% it still will have some trouble running with the rtx card its literally 5$ between a 2600 and 1700
 

ShafeDogg

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I've already built the computer, but I appreciate all of the replies. I went with the Ryzen 5 1600. The final build I have listed above. Thanks!
 
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I've already built the computer, but I appreciate all of the replies. I went with the Ryzen 5 1600. The final build I have listed above. Thanks!
For the same amount of money you could have gone with a gtx 1660ti but Oh weel your build is quite solid your storage options arent that good i would have gone with a Crucial P1 500gb NVMe M.2 for just 70$ more than 3x faster than inland but quite solid afterall
 

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