Best PC Builds for Gaming, Streaming and Productivity

At even the lowest budget end, I'd never recommend the 9100F, as a 4c/4t CPUs frame rates often struggle for maintaining minimum FPS..; the R3/3300X is a $120 budget beast, with it's 4c/8t CPU often nearly matching the R5-3600 in many games...
 
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The z490-Pro has this in the specifications - Supports 1R 2133/2666/2933 MHz - And you seem to be recommending a 3200 Mhz DDR4?
 

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Wow, the $500 and $2000 PCs don't even need a power supply! Are those both using Intel's new Zero Point Energy chipset, the ZPE000?
 
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The z490-Pro has this in the specifications - Supports 1R 2133/2666/2933 MHz - And you seem to be recommending a 3200 Mhz DDR4?
Those are "officially" supported speeds. They're basically guaranteed speeds the motherboard will run, but you can easily run higher speed RAM (especially on Intel-based platforms) with overclocking profiles that are embedded within RAM kits you buy (aka XMP profiles).
 

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This is a horrible article. Every build inconsistently lists components, sometimes giving specifics, sometimes being general, and other times skipping over components altogether. The $1500 build says "We’ve stuck with the same RAM ... from our $1000 build" yet the $1,000 build doesn't list any RAM. A 500 GB SSD drive is listed as 1 TB.
 
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Tom's Hardware seems to be focusing more and more on gaming. That is bad. There is a myriad of gaming oriented websites already. I'm a business user, focused on productivity. I couldn't care less about gaming.
 

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What's the point of suggestions with imaginary GPU prices that don't exist? None of the builds even meet their price points anymore (if they ever did), even with their fictitiously low GPU prices. The only exception is the $500 machine. It at least fits with its fictional pricing.

Came for the productivity builds. Stayed for the disaster show.

P.S. Why does the article say it's from "2 days ago", with comments from 5 months ago?
 
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Yes what GPU do I need to power dual 4K monitors not for gaming?

Literally only for office work, browsing, streaming, and music production. No gaming. It is impossible to find advice on this issue. Every single article is shilling Gaming GPU's.
 

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Can we get real? Half the prices listed are for sold-out components. Until we can actually buy PC parts again it may be time for a new approach to these build articles.
 
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RYZEN cpus are now readily available and the prices are falling ! 5600x is pretty much at retail price and the other 3 are getting relatively close in Aus ! High end video cards are rare as hens teeth!
Right now in OZ i can buy 5600X and 5800x systems for similar if not the same as 11600k and 11700k systems!
Funny how RYZEN isnt considered in any bar the $500 build! 11400 is faster than 3600. but setup costs will be similar after you factor in the extra costs of mother board + water cooler. so cheaper is not quite right but it is faster for same price, so its better! But it is old generation, not current!
If total cost of intel is way less than AMD then it would be the better choice but that is not the case except 11400.
Observation from last 20 years - Reality is when Intel is the best, AMD dont really get mentioned, yet when Intel is NOT the best they have to be included as an alternative!
You might think i am biased but I have had mostly Intel over the last 20 years but i have currently built myself RYZEN R5 5600x, CM Hyper212BlackRGB, X570 Tomahawk 4x 8GB Gskill Ripjaws V F4-3600C16D-8GVK Asus RTX2070 Super Samsung 500GB 970 evo plus, 2TB Samsung 870QVO Corsair RM850W Fractal Design Define R5 Black.
 

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Please note: We have completely updated all of the recommendations, added tables, and used eBay "realistic" pricing on the GPUs. That required reworking many of the choices, but these are PCs that you should be able to go out and build today (assuming you're willing to pay eBay / scalper prices on the GPU).
 

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You dont put any gpus with some of the builds in the parts listed sections?
Ebaying a used GPU, now i am definately not fond of that at all for a new build.
You dont run 3600mhz memory with Ryzen 5600X, which gives the best support for Ryzen .
3600mhz C16 versions are readily available and affordable. There is no excuse not to use it!
Aftermarket cooler like cm hyper 212 runs Ryzen 5600X 20C cooler and are dirt cheap! Just do it !

Intel 12600k is more budget. DDR4 fair enough !
But buying 12900k using DDR4 you cant be serious! . if you can afford a 12900k then you can afford DDR5. DDR4 right now is cheaper but is certainly not setting it up for maximum performance. basically you are taking away one of its main advantages. are you better to bite the bullet now and save on mother board upgrade later on.
Still dissappointed that there are not seperate PCI-e 5.0 lanes for m.2 drives. Even on the top of the line Z690 mbs you have to gimp the gpu 16x lanes ie share 8x for GPU and 8X for m.2 drives, Seriuosly :( .
Raptorlake is supposed to be compatable with z690 so why on earth wouldnt you go for DDR5 straight up in 12 months time you could probly upgrade to way faster memory also slot in a new Raptor lake cpu as well.
 
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