Question Around $1000 Gaming Build

Freakface109

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I'm looking to majorly overhaul my computer because it isn't really suiting my needs anymore (and it's age is starting to show smh).

My current specs:
MOBO - HP Compaq Elite 8200 Elite Motherboard LGA1155
CPU - Intel i7 2600 @ 3.4GHz
GPU - EVGA GTX 1050 TI
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600
HDD - 7200rpm 1TB
OS - Windows 10
Monitor - Acer XFA240 24" 1080p 144hz

I will be doing gaming mostly, with streaming and video producing/editing as a side project. Multitasking is another priority for me (Spotify, Discord, lots of browser tabs, etc). My current pc can play most games fine, but when it comes to streaming I get HUGE artifacting problems with any game at 720p60 @ 3500 bitrate. My computer also dramatically slows when I have more than 10 browser tabs open which is another big problem. My HDD is really loud and fragments a lot, so I want to also make the switch to SDD, or if there are quiet HDDs out there that would work too!

I do have a budget of around $1000 as the title says, and I've made a pcpartpicker list. I am in the USA if that helps.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Freakface109/saved/#view=Zc78Mp

My wifi is pretty slow, and ethernet is not possible since I am farthest room from my router. So I picked a mobo with on board wifi because I think it would be better than my wifi USB stick. Is built in wifi like that better than USB sticks? Or should I keep using the sticks and instead get a cheaper mobo to afford a better part?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!
This is my first post on Toms forums, but I have used these sites for years, and I want to start being an active member here!
 

R_1

Judicious
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Hello Freakface109,
the system is pretty good. the funds could be divvied a bit better. for the same price you could double the RAM, get a more overclock friendly motherboard, add a 2TB storage drive to the SSD, get a gold rated PSU with a decade long warranty and a Wifi card with a great antenna. the rub is a slightly slower GPU @6% but the hundred dollars that 6% costs pays for everything else, and the card will still game at 1080p @ 144hz. results not cement, for the general idea only:
https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1660-Ti-vs-Nvidia-GTX-1070/4037vs3609

for your consideration only:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard ($119.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($119.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.44 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB OC Video Card ($279.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Deepcool - TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ B&H)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($32.66 @ Monoprice)
Total: $1021.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-19 17:50 EDT-0400
 
Actually, on average, a 1660 Ti should perform very similar to a GTX 1070, so there's not much point in going with that prior generation card unless you happen to be buying it used for less than a 1660 Ti. It's certainly not worth around $100 more for virtually the same level of performance. If you want to spend over $300 for a graphics card, the next logical step up would be an RTX 2060, with prices starting around $350 for performance averaging slightly faster than even a 1070 Ti, or about 15-20% faster than a standard 1070 in today's games.
 
Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($149.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($67.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($72.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($66.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.40 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB XC GAMING Video Card ($469.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($32.66 @ Monoprice)
Total: $1020.47
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-20 01:49 EDT-0400


Best possible performance for your budget. If you don't wanna have major upgrades over time this is better option as it will last longer without requirement of CPU or GPU upgrade.
 
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On the 28th ryzen 3000 will probalby be announced at Computex. Would wait and see what's in store and if prices go lower on the current stuff. Do you live near a Micro Center? While you are waiting sign up for Newegg and Fry's emails so you can qualify for any coupons that they have.
 

logainofhades

Titan
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I would also recommend waiting another month for Ryzen 3000. Otherwise, something like this. I don't include mail in rebates, for builds. If you happen to live near a Microcenter, you can get even better deals.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($145.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright - Macho Direct 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - X470 Master SLI/AC ATX AM4 Motherboard ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team - T-Force Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - P1 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB DUAL OC Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: RIOTORO - CR488 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $994.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-20 17:40 EDT-0400
 

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