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Question Building a new PC. Help needed.

slyalnby964

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Hello,
I'm building a new gaming PC. Since I'm an old PC gamer, I don't know much about the new hardware. I did a lot of search to build my new PC. I want to know if all the hardware are good and compatible with each other and if the PC is going to be ok and powerful. I don't want to miss anything. Can you please take a look at the components. Any recommendations are welcome!
Motherboard: https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813145091
CPU: https://www.newegg.com/core-i7-9th-gen-intel-core-i7-9700kf/p/N82E16819117994
GPU: https://www.newegg.com/msi-geforce-gtx-1660-super-gtx-1660-super-gaming-x/p/N82E16814137476
CPU Fan:
https://www.newegg.com/cooler-master-hyper-212-rgb-black-edition-rr-212s-20pc-r1/p/N82E16835103277
PC Case: https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-PH-EC416PTG_BK-Eclipse-Steel-Tempered/dp/B01N9JPSEU
RAM: https://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Vengeance-3000MHz-Desktop-Memory/dp/B07D1XJWSJ
PSU: https://www.newegg.com/corsair-cx-series-cx650m-650w/p/N82E16817139148
Optical Drive: https://www.lg.com/pe/almacenamiento-optico/lg-GH24NSD1
SSD:
https://www.newegg.com/samsung-860-evo-series-1tb/p/N82E16820147673
 
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I see there is a lot of space to get better price/performance on this build. Do you actually need an optical drive? They are almost never used anymore and if you need one there is always external ones for the 1-2x a year it is used.
 

slyalnby964

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I see there is a lot of space to get better price/performance on this build. Do you actually need an optical drive? They are almost never used anymore and if you need one there is always external ones for the 1-2x a year it is used.
Yes, I think I need an optical drive. I bought a new laptop with a CD drive. I still use it. I'm not buying the hardware from the links I provided. I don't worry a lot about the price, but I'm on a good budget, and I can't afford more, and I need a powerful PC. My question is, overall, is my PC decent?!
 
Yes, I think I need an optical drive. I bought a new laptop with a CD drive. I still use it. I'm not buying the hardware from the links I provided. I don't worry a lot about the price, but I'm on a good budget, and I can't afford more, and I need a powerful PC. My question is, overall, is my PC decent?!
It is OK, but there is a lot of room to do better. I am working something up that should be about the same cost but have more overall performance.
 
Here is what I have worked up.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($259.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($209.99 @ B&H)
Memory: GeIL SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: HP EX950 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT 6 GB PULSE Video Card ($293.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($53.48 @ Other World Computing)
Case Fan: Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK_WLED 82.1 CFM 140 mm Fan ($12.70 @ Amazon)
Total: $1331.08
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-14 09:41 EDT-0400

CPU wise for single threaded applications you will be equal with the 9700k, but have better multi-threaded performance due to 8c/16t vs 8c/8t. Not to mention the 3700X is a 65W TDP CPU and comes with a decent CPU cooler. I did include the Arctic cooler in case you wanted something that will be quieter than the Ryzen's included cooler. The Sapphire 5600XT is only 10% more expensive than the GPU you choose, but 15% faster. This has dual SSDs with the 500GB for OS/Applications and the 1TB for anything else. The PSU here is much better than the Corsair CX-M. The B550 motherboard here is high quality and included WiFi 6 and 2.5GbE.
 

slyalnby964

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Nice, but I prefer the Intel and the Nvidia. The Phanteks are a very good choice for a PC Case. You can get the Cooler Master CPU fan for the same price. It has an RGB
 
Nice, but I prefer the Intel and the Nvidia. The Phanteks are a very good choice for a PC Case. You can get the Cooler Master CPU fan for the same price. It has an RGB
The Cooler Master 212 Hyper RGB is inferior to the Arctic eSports Duo. For the 9700k you will run into throttling issues using the 212 Hyper. For your GPU the nVidia 1660 Super is a very good GPU for its price point. However, from a strictly price/performance ratio, at $270 it is too expensive since it is then competing against the 5600XT. The 1660 Super needs to be less than $250 for it to be worth the expense. There is no reason to buy a 9th Gen Intel right now with the 10th Gen already released. Both the i5's & i7's now have Hyperthreading so you get double the threads. All that said going Intel is a waste of money. Unless you want the absolute best gaming performance with a 2080Ti, there will be no difference in performance between the Intel and AMD. Also when you get the AMD you have a better feature set on the motherboard and the ability to upgrade to a Zen 3 based CPU when they come out. I know it is your preference, but you really should explore the AMD Ryzen line of CPUs. They are very good and highly recommended across the price spectrum by almost everyone on the forums.
 
Your parts are compatible and you could build as is with one exception; no dvd drive space on the case.

I have some suggestions:
A balanced gamer will budget about 2x the cost of the processor for the graphics card.
I might suggest a current gen i5-10600K processor and a stronger graphics card, perhaps a RTX2080 super.
Actually, the 10600K outperforms the 9700K

On graphics cards, look at tom's GPU hierarchy chart for relative graphics performance.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

There are better coolers out there.
I found the hyper 212 to be difficult to mount properly.
Noctua makes the easiest to mount coolers and they are very good.

Love the samsung ssd devices.
You are ok there.
But, I can't help but wonder if a 1tb pcie m.2 drive like the 970 evo might not be worth a splurge for a top end build like yours.

Cases are a personal thing.
Pick out one you love.
But the case you selected does not have a front 5.25" bay in which to install an optical drive.

650w is plenty, actually 550w would work.
I like the quality of the seasonic focus power supplies better.
 
Your parts are compatible and you could build as is with one exception; no dvd drive space on the case.

I have some suggestions:
A balanced gamer will budget about 2x the cost of the processor for the graphics card.
I might suggest a current gen i5-10600K processor and a stronger graphics card, perhaps a RTX2080 super.
Actually, the 10600K outperforms the 9700K

On graphics cards, look at tom's GPU hierarchy chart for relative graphics performance.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

There are better coolers out there.
I found the hyper 212 to be difficult to mount properly.
Noctua makes the easiest to mount coolers and they are very good.

Love the samsung ssd devices.
You are ok there.
But, I can't help but wonder if a 1tb pcie m.2 drive like the 970 evo might not be worth a splurge for a top end build like yours.

Cases are a personal thing.
Pick out one you love.
But the case you selected does not have a front 5.25" bay in which to install an optical drive.

650w is plenty, actually 550w would work.
I like the quality of the seasonic focus power supplies better.
Heck the HP EX950 is $5 cheaper than the 860 EVO but you get the NVMe drive with the EX950.
 

slyalnby964

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Sep 12, 2018
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Your parts are compatible and you could build as is with one exception; no dvd drive space on the case.

I have some suggestions:
A balanced gamer will budget about 2x the cost of the processor for the graphics card.
I might suggest a current gen i5-10600K processor and a stronger graphics card, perhaps a RTX2080 super.
Actually, the 10600K outperforms the 9700K

On graphics cards, look at tom's GPU hierarchy chart for relative graphics performance.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

There are better coolers out there.
I found the hyper 212 to be difficult to mount properly.
Noctua makes the easiest to mount coolers and they are very good.

Love the samsung ssd devices.
You are ok there.
But, I can't help but wonder if a 1tb pcie m.2 drive like the 970 evo might not be worth a splurge for a top end build like yours.

Cases are a personal thing.
Pick out one you love.
But the case you selected does not have a front 5.25" bay in which to install an optical drive.

650w is plenty, actually 550w would work.
I like the quality of the seasonic focus power supplies better.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm getting the Noctua NH-D15. What SSD should I get for a cheaper price? Can you recommend one? I think the 550w wouldn't be enough for all the components.
 

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