Build Advice Advice and input on a new computer build for a friend. $1500 budget roughly

MunchyHam

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A buddy of mine asked for input on his build. His budget is roughly $1500 USD.
He plans to use it mostly for gaming and some music production on the side. FL Studio/Ableton Live
He'd also like to get a 1440p 144hz monitor. (not included in budget)
Freesync is a possibility with the AMD Rx 5700 xt.

Any improvements I can make? Will the 3600 bottleneck hard? Rx 5700 xt any good?
Just food for thought. I'd also like to slip in a wifi card if possible or a mb with built in wifi but i haven't yet.
There might be enough room in his budget for the 3700x anyway but I'm open to suggestions.

The build he is considering

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/HTLhsZ

CPU - Ryzen 3700x - $329
COOLER - Dark Rock Pro 4 - be quiet! - $90
MOTHERBOARD - Gigabyte X570 gaming X - $167
RAM - Corsair LPX DDR4 3600mhz 8x2 16gb (ram cooler idk?) $116
SSD - M.2 HP EX920 - 1Tb - $115
GPU - Sapphire RX 5700 XT - $420
CASE - Corsair Carbide Series 275R - $90
PSU - Seasonic 650w Gold Semi Modular - $80
Case Fans - Noctuna AF - A14 x2 - $50

Total Price $1457


The build I am considering for him

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RPw9xG

CPU - Ryzen 5 3600 - $200
COOLER - Corsair H100i Pro - $75 -Amazon Price Link
MOTHERBOARD - x570 ASRock Phantom Gaming 4 - $154
RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600mhz 8x2 16gb - $94
SSD - M.2 Intel 660p Series 1Tb - $95
GPU - EVGA RTX 2080 Super - $700
CASE - Nzxt H500 - $70
PSU - Seasonic 650w Gold Semi Modular - $80

Total price $1466
 

ConanLock

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The build you made is probably the best. It would be hard to beat that, especially since it has a 2080 Super. Also remember that Freesync should work on Nvidia cards too now, since Nvidia changed their ways, but it isn't set in stone as to whether it will work or not.
 
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MunchyHam

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The build you made is probably the best. It would be hard to beat that, especially since it has a 2080 Super. Also remember that Freesync should work on Nvidia cards too now, since Nvidia changed their ways, but it isn't set in stone as to whether it will work or not.
Nvidia on Freesync? First time I've heard that. I'll definitely be looking into it. Thanks.
 
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MunchyHam

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After doing some research on the intel 660p drive I posted earlier I discovered some major flaws with this drive. I would avoid it. The low cache on the drive can lead to some massive performance issues.
 

ConanLock

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The 660p is a good budget NVMe drive. The cachelessness part isn't actually much to worry about, as it doesn't affect every scenario (such as loading games etc), but iirc typically only the transfer of lots of small files.
 

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