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Hello! New here!
I'm getting a Digital Storm Lumos, but am having trouble with the build (linked below). Main use is gaming, with some streaming and very littlr animation mixed in. It's about $3,400 right now. Ideally i would like to get it down to $3,000. Aside from the cosmetics and the cooling system, which i dont want to part with for goofy reasons i'd rather not get into, are there any suggestions for tweaks you would make? I few things i'm wondering :
Would i be okay downgrading power supply from 850 to 600?
Should i downgrade from 3700x to 3600x?
Which motherboard would be best?
How much would i be losing going from a 2060 Super to a 2060?

Build:
https://www.digitalstorm.com/configurator.asp?id=3147496
 
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Hello! New here!
I'm getting a Digital Storm Lumos, but am having trouble with the build (linked below). Main use is gaming, with some streaming and very littlr animation mixed in. It's about $3,400 right now. Ideally i would like to get it down to $3,000. Aside from the cosmetics and the cooling system, which i dont want to part with for goofy reasons i'd rather not get into, are there any suggestions for tweaks you would make? I few things i'm wondering :
Would i be okay downgrading power supply from 850 to 600?
Should i downgrade from 3700x to 3600x?
Which motherboard would be best?
How much would i be losing going from a 2060 Super to a 2060?

Build:
https://www.digitalstorm.com/configurator.asp?id=3147496
Lol. give me that money and I'll make two even nicer looking.
 
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$3400 for a 3600X and a 2060 Super? That's just ridiculous IMO. Do you REALLY have to keep those crazy overkill liquid cooling? Even prebuild companies like cyberpower offer a third of that with the same performance.
Ive had CyberPower PC's in the past and had nothing but problems.
Yes, unfortunately, my significant other REALLY wants that cooling system. She... thinks it's very pretty, lol. It's kind of our compromise. She didnt want us to get a new PC, but when she saw pics of the Lumos with that cooling system she fell in love with it. So now...
Also, i just remembered: i would get $300 off on this, so knock that much off of the total.
Although now im realizing that i apparently did an awful job at configuring this, and feel pretty dumb!
Edit: i checked other places like Main Gear, and a build like this was almost $1,000 more. Which made me assume that the price was not too unreasonable. Guess not! Plus had heard alot of good things about Digital Storm.
 
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Short changing the cpu and gpu just for the pretty looking tubes inside will make it a nice looking pc. But you won't have much of a "pc" remaining, especially at that price.

If you want performance drop the water cooling that is not needed for a mid-level build. Don't skimp on the cpu and gpu.
 
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Short changing the cpu and gpu just for the pretty looking tubes inside will make it a nice looking pc. But you won't have much of a "pc" remaining, especially at that price.

If you want performance drop the water cooling that is not needed for a mid-level build. Don't skimp on the cpu and gpu.
In an ideal world... i have to appease someone else, as well. Which makes it tricky when that someone else wanted this explicitly because of those pretty tubes.

I thought that CPU and GPU were good, from everything ive read. What would you recommend instead?
Clearly, i have no idea what im doing. So any advice is much appreciated. Ive just had nothing but problems with prebuilt PC's, so wanted to go this route. Read as much as i could, but it's an overwhelming amount of info for a noob to digest...
 

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If your mainly gaming at 1080p then the 3600 and 2060 Super would be fine. It's just the $3,000 price your paying is over the top with that build considering the performance. For &3k you can build an incredible gaming pc and a really nice top of the line 1440p monitor. The choice of the x570 Asus Strix is really over the top and not required. Drop this for a good $200 Asus or Gigabyte x570 board and use the money on the gpu.

So this is the reatil value of what they quoted minus the water cooling, basically.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($274.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard ($539.97 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($73.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: Corsair SPEC-DELTA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1812.17
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-01 11:01 EDT-0400



If we then drop the $500 motherboard we can have this, for less.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($274.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($73.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-DELTA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($144.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1542.19
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-01 11:06 EDT-0400


So with a $3k budget look what you can have, and it's great for years to come. This includes one of Asus' top 1440p IPS montiors too;
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($274.49 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($159.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card ($723.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master MasterCase H500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($144.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Case Fan: Cooler Master MF120R ARGB 3in1 59 CFM 120 mm Fans ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PG279Q ROG Swift 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor ($649.00 @ B&H)
Total: $2874.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-01 11:23 EDT-0400



That's why people are reacting to the pre-built price. For $3k you can build a stellar gaming pc.
 
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In an ideal world... i have to appease someone else, as well. Which makes it tricky when that someone else wanted this explicitly because of those pretty tubes.

I thought that CPU and GPU were good, from everything ive read. What would you recommend instead?
Clearly, i have no idea what im doing. So any advice is much appreciated. Ive just had nothing but problems with prebuilt PC's, so wanted to go this route. Read as much as i could, but it's an overwhelming amount of info for a noob to digest...
CPU and GPU are good but not for that money. Basic system with those main components and with same performance wouldn't cost more than 1000 bucks.
 
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Okay, i have another dumb question:
I'm obviously incapable of building anything PC-related (or, you know... anything-else related, either). Am i not kind of at the mercy of what parts the company offers, since i cant exactly order everything i want and just build it myself? Is there another option that im completely igorant of?
I'm suddenly very depressed about the whole thing, lol.
 
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Meh...
I now feel defeated, lol. I spent the past 2 or 3 weeks doing research and tweaking that build, only to find out that i did a very bad job.
Mayhaps i should just forget it, since i dont really know what im doing.

Sincerely appreciate the advice and suggestions, in any case!
 
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ocer9999

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Just do it yourself... you get way much more for your money:

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BB9hNq

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor ($417.01 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($159.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi ATX AM4 Motherboard ($299.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card ($723.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair iCUE 465X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $2381.70
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-01 22:12 EDT-0400
 
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Just do it yourself... you get way much more for your money:

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BB9hNq

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor ($417.01 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($159.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi ATX AM4 Motherboard ($299.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card ($723.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair iCUE 465X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $2381.70
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-01 22:12 EDT-0400
I would like to, but am incapable of actually building it myself. I dont have much faith in myself at this point, lol. Thanks for the suggestions!

One more attempt. Think this is probably my best attempt so far:
http://www.cybertronpc.com/c/WXln

https://www.cybertronpc.com/cart

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 7 3800X 3.90GHz Octa-Core
  • Motherboard: ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS Wi-FI
  • Memory: 2x Patriot Elite Viper
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER™ 8GB6
  • Operating System Storage: Samsung 512GB 970 PRO PCIe 3.0 NVMe M.2
  • CPU Liquid Cooling: CLX Quench 240 Closed Liquid Cooler
  • Secondary Storage: Seagate 1TB 2.5in SATA3 BarraCuda SSD
  • Chassis Selection: Gamdias Talos P1 Mid-Tower Black
  • Chassis Fans: 4x Standard 120mm Case Fans
  • Power Supply: 750 Watt GAMDIAS Kratos M1
  • Price: $2,113
 

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