Build Advice Building 2 PCs need advice

Feb 21, 2020
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Hello everyone,

First off let me start in advance by saying thank you for your help and advice. It is highly appreciated. I will admit I have not been keeping myself updated in the PC world and my knowledge is maybe outdated. I did try to do some research to update myself. So hopefully I am not a complete idiot. My budget is somewhere between $1000-$1500.

I am planning on upgrading/rehauling my current PC build. I made this build about 4 years ago. I plan on reusing some of the parts for my new build and recycling the rest of them for a 2nd computer, which will be my guest pc (in my guest room) or I will give it my folks or a friend. I would like to be smart about these purchases hence me asking the buildapc community. I really would like to make sure I am doing this right.

A little more background. Back in the day when I kept up with PC world I would play all my games on PC. And the only reason I switched to console was because my friends played on console instead of PC. So I am use to playing on my PS4 Pro, but I from what I understand my PC is more powerful than my PS4 Pro and I have been missing out all this time and with the new consoles basically being a PC or so I understand I would rather spend the money upgrading my current build. Plus all my friends are switching to PC now so it would make sense to switch back.

So what is the purpose of the 1st build (besides gaming)?

Well, I plan using for work and gaming. My work includes programs such as AutoCAD Civil 3D, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), 3D rendering software such as Lumion, Unity, Sketch-Up etc. So as you can see heavy rendering and CAD is my main use for work. As for my gaming I like to play Assassins Creed, Tomb Raider, GTA, Far Cry I think you get the picture. I would like to play these games on my 65" 4K HDR TV (Specific model:UN65KS800DF). I do understand there would be an input lag, but I won't be competitively gaming so this isn't a big concern. And if I want to play competitively I'd just play on the Alienware screen I have. I was hoping to create a build with a black and white parts with RGB lighting. I could be convinced to save my money or use it buy better parts, but I am sucker for RGB lighting and making things look fancy.

What is the purpose of the 2nd build?

The purpose of the 2nd build was to give to my folks or have a secondary PC in my guest room. If my want it they would use it for surfing the web and watching Youtube videos. They do not game or do anything else with their current computer I just thought it would be nice for them to have a better PC. If they do not want it then it will sit in my guest room for the guest to use. Maybe I use it as a secondary gaming pc for friends who come over and want to game with me.

So, without further ado here is my current build with other parts I own. As well a custom build for my build and the folks/guest room pc.

My Current Build:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor (Purchased For $0.00)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Max 55.78 CFM CPU Cooler (Purchased For $0.00)
Motherboard: MSI X370 SLI PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard (Purchased For $0.00)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 750 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB SC Black Edition Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Rosewill Thor ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 RX 850 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $0.00)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: Alienware AW3420DW 34.1" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-21 16:19 EST-0500

Other Parts I own and plan on using these are still in the box unopened:
PCPartPicker Part List

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB GAMING Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-21 16:20 EST-0500

My Suggested Build with some parts I already own and I what I would need to buy:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($308.92 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360P Silver Edition ARGB 45 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($132.88 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB SC Black Edition Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Alienware AW3420DW 34.1" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $1156.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-21 16:21 EST-0500

My Guest Room/Folks Build with most parts I would recycle from current build:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor (Purchased For $0.00)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Max 55.78 CFM CPU Cooler (Purchased For $0.00)
Motherboard: MSI X370 SLI PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard (Purchased For $0.00)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 750 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB GAMING Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Rosewill Thor ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 RX 850 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $0.00)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus Designo MX279HS 27.0" 1920x1080 76 Hz Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $99.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-21 16:21 EST-0500

Let me know your advice or suggestions. I am all ears. If you need more information please let me know and again thank you for all the help.
 

logainofhades

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I would either get an MSI B450 Tomahawk max, or an X570 board, for that 3700x. That 860 evo is way overpriced. Also I would recommend at least 3600 speed ram, for a 3rd gen Ryzen. A little more money, but better choice, for a 3700x, ram and motherboard wise.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($308.92 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360P Silver Edition ARGB 45 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Steel Legend ATX AM4 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Samsung 860 QVO 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB SC Black Edition Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Alienware AW3420DW 34.1" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $1175.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-21 16:32 EST-0500
 
Feb 21, 2020
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I would either get an MSI B450 Tomahawk max, or an X570 board, for that 3700x. That 860 evo is way overpriced. Also I would recommend at least 3600 speed ram, for a 3rd gen Ryzen. A little more money, but better choice, for a 3700x, ram and motherboard wise.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($308.92 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360P Silver Edition ARGB 45 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Steel Legend ATX AM4 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Samsung 860 QVO 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB SC Black Edition Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Alienware AW3420DW 34.1" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $1175.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-21 16:32 EST-0500
Thanks for the speedy reply and thank for looking out on finding better deals. I really do appreciate it. I do like the better ram and going for a better motherboard. If I ever wanted to upgrade my GPU would you recommend doing an SLI bridge or just get the better card which I guess at this time would be the 2080 TI
 
Feb 21, 2020
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Dang, never did SLI and I guess I never will. Again, thank you for your advice. I am looking forward to making a new build soon. I'll probably wait a week or 2 to hear some more suggestions/advice, but I have gotten the same advice on a couple of other forums so this seems like that way to go. Thanks a bunch!
 
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