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Upgrading my PC after many years - not purchasing quite yet, but wanted opinions on this build I'm considering; compatibility issues etc.

MOBO: MSI B450M MORTAR MAX Micro ATX AM4
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor
GPU: XFX Radeon RX 6600 XT Speedster SWFT 210 8GB
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
PSU: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
Case: BitFenix Nova ATX Mid Tower Case

Hard drives I'll be transferring from the current PC.

Thanks in advance, cuties x
 
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I would recommend going with a 5600x vs the 5600g because you are using dedicated graphics. I would try to avoid the EVGA bronze units if at all possible and go with a GQ at minimum.
Thank you! Exactly the kind of comment I was hoping for :)

Never actually built one before so I feel very new to this, could you elaborate on why I should avoid the EVGA bronze units? Just curious.
 

ScrewySqrl

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Upgrading my PC after many years - not purchasing quite yet, but wanted opinions on this build I'm considering; compatibility issues etc.

MOBO: MSI B450M MORTAR MAX Micro ATX AM4
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor
GPU: XFX Radeon RX 6600 XT Speedster SWFT 210 8GB
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
PSU: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
Case: BitFenix Nova ATX Mid Tower Case

Hard drives I'll be transferring from the current PC.

Thanks in advance, cuties x

You can probly save money going with a 12400F and a B660 mobo
 
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DSzymborski

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Thank you! Exactly the kind of comment I was hoping for :)

Never actually built one before so I feel very new to this, could you elaborate on why I should avoid the EVGA bronze units? Just curious.
Fairly low-quality Andyson-made platform, full of cheap parts, third-tier capacitors, a downright awful warranty by today's standards. There are worse PSUs, of course, but this came during an era after EVGA went very cheap with their budget PSUs because of tariffs and quality suffered greatly.
 

tennis2

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OP Build:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor (£163.65 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450M MORTAR MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£120.08 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 6600 XT 8 GB Speedster SWFT 210 Video Card (£341.22 @ Amazon UK)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case (£50.99 @ AWD-IT)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£48.45 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: ARCTIC P12 Silent 24.1 CFM 120 mm Fan (£3.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: ARCTIC P12 Silent 24.1 CFM 120 mm Fan (£3.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £792.34
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-06-10 16:10 BST+0100


Suggested:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor (£163.65 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B550M PRO-VDH WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£109.73 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory (£61.99 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 6600 XT 8 GB Speedster QICK 308 Black Video Card (£349.75 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Silverstone Precision PS15 RGB MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£61.73 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Fractal Design Ion Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£64.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £811.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-06-10 15:59 BST+0100
 
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geofelt

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What are the parts of your current pc?

I think your proposed parts are compatible.
But, I have some thoughts:

What is the purpose of this pc?
I might imagine that it is for gaming.
For gaming, do you favor fast action games?
or
Do you play at higher resolutions (than 1080P)?
If so, favor a strong graphics card.
Do you play multiplayer with many participants?
A cpu with many processing threads is good.
Are your games more cpu centric like sims, mmo and strategy?
If so, you want fast single thread performance.

Run the cpu-Z bench on your current pc and look at the single thread rating.
Here is a list of such ratings:
http://valid.x86.fr/bench/0gt9vb/1

These questions are relevant to the cpu/gpu capability balance.

The suggestion above of a I3-12400F is a good one.
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-core-i5-12400-review
I would opt to spend some $25 more for the non F version which includes integrated graphics.

Looking at the case, I think it does not have as good cooling as you might want,
2 x 120mm front intake fans and 1 120mm exhaust.

Ryzen cpu performance is connected to ram speeds. 3600 is considered the sweet spot. For Intel 3200 speed is fine.

On the psu....
500w is ok for a 6600XT.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
But, to allow for a future graphics upgrade, you should go stronger.
The psu will only use the power demanded of it, regardless of the max capability.
650w or 750w will not cost that much more.

PSU quality is important.
One way to tell is to look at the warranty.
The unit you picked has only a 3 year warranty.
I think 7 to 10 years would be better.
Seasonic focus or Corsair rm are good places to start.
 
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What are the parts of your current pc?

I think your proposed parts are compatible.
But, I have some thoughts:

What is the purpose of this pc?
I might imagine that it is for gaming.
For gaming, do you favor fast action games?
or
Do you play at higher resolutions (than 1080P)?
If so, favor a strong graphics card.
Do you play multiplayer with many participants?
A cpu with many processing threads is good.
Are your games more cpu centric like sims, mmo and strategy?
If so, you want fast single thread performance.

Run the cpu-Z bench on your current pc and look at the single thread rating.
Here is a list of such ratings:
http://valid.x86.fr/bench/0gt9vb/1

These questions are relevant to the cpu/gpu capability balance.

The suggestion above of a I3-12400F is a good one.
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-core-i5-12400-review
I would opt to spend some $25 more for the non F version which includes integrated graphics.

Looking at the case, I think it does not have as good cooling as you might want,
2 x 120mm front intake fans and 1 120mm exhaust.

Ryzen cpu performance is connected to ram speeds. 3600 is considered the sweet spot. For Intel 3200 speed is fine.

On the psu....
500w is ok for a 6600XT.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
But, to allow for a future graphics upgrade, you should go stronger.
The psu will only use the power demanded of it, regardless of the max capability.
650w or 750w will not cost that much more.

PSU quality is important.
One way to tell is to look at the warranty.
The unit you picked has only a 3 year warranty.
I think 7 to 10 years would be better.
Seasonic focus or Corsair rm are good places to start.
Phew a lot to go over here.

Yeah it is for a gaming PC, and I play practically all types of games.

So currently my revised build is:
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/HG6Tmr

Main changes include MOBO, DDR4-3600 RAM for Ryzen CPU, and 650W PSU w/ 10yr warranty

However I am a bit stuck on the case, not sure what a decent budget option w/ sufficient cooling would be. Any suggestions would be very appreciated. And I also wonder what limitations come with the MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX MOBO, as I notice it is much cheaper than some alternatives.

Thank you for the detailed response also, feel like I'm learning so much 😄
 

Vic 40

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What do you think about his? Don't know your max budget so might have gone over and am not sure you need the psu and or storage.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600 3.5 GHz 6-Core Processor (£174.50 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B550M BAZOOKA Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£85.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Patriot Viper Steel 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3733 CL17 Memory (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston FURY Beast 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL17 Memory (£64.58 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Crucial P5 Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£90.30 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 6600 8 GB Speedster SWFT 210 Video Card (£291.58 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 205M MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£52.43 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM (2021) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case Fan: ARCTIC P12 56.3 CFM 120 mm Fan (£5.74 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £905.09
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-06-10 19:17 BST+0100


Couldn't resist the 3733mhz ram with cas17,
did go down to the 5600 (non x), see no point in the 5600X for more money, but that is up to you (as every choice of course),
added the 750watt TXM for some leeway in power,
that case is imo fine added the third fan to put in that back so that both original fans could be used in the front for some decent airflow.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbjdv9L-HyI
 
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What do you think about his? Don't know your max budget so might have gone over and am not sure you need the psu and or storage.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600 3.5 GHz 6-Core Processor (£174.50 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B550M BAZOOKA Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£85.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Patriot Viper Steel 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3733 CL17 Memory (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston FURY Beast 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL17 Memory (£64.58 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Crucial P5 Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£90.30 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 6600 8 GB Speedster SWFT 210 Video Card (£291.58 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Lian Li LANCOOL 205M MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£52.43 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM (2021) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case Fan: ARCTIC P12 56.3 CFM 120 mm Fan (£5.74 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £905.09
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-06-10 19:17 BST+0100


Couldn't resist the 3733mhz ram with cas17,
did go down to the 5600 (non x), see no point in the 5600X for more money, but that is up to you (as every choice of course),
added the 750watt TXM for some leeway in power,
that case is imo fine added the third fan to put in that back so that both original fans could be used in the front for some decent airflow.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbjdv9L-HyI
Great budget case suggestion ty, exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks for the advice 🙂
 

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