[SOLVED] Building A PC for friend. Need some advice please.

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Hey guys I know this question is asked constantly but I'm looking for some advice for a build I'm doing for a friend. It's been a few years since I built one so i'm not exactly up to date on the parts that offer good value etc. His budget is $800-1000 not including monitor or peripherals. The PC will primarily be used for gaming but certainly does not have to run everything at the highest possible settings. I'm simply looking for the best performance i can get from the budget I was allocated. The system will mainly handle shooters like COD, Dayz, Insurgency etc. If anyone could point me in the right direction on parts it would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you for the reply. The PC Parts list gives a warning that there might need to be a bios update prior to using the cpu. Is this a realistic issue?
It is a realistic issue. Here's a very similar list, almost identical, but with an msi MAX board. The MAX line of msi boards is guaranteed third gen compatible out of the box.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($66.95 @ Adorama)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB THICC II Video Card ($369.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.88 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($108.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $971.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-02 21:38 EST-0500

There's a chance the board in the first list has a cpu less bios flash ability. But I think the extra few bucks for the msi board is well worth it. It's one of the most, if not the most recommended board for new builds. That I've seen.
 

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PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($66.95 @ Adorama)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB THICC II Video Card ($369.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $986.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-02 12:47 EST-0500
 
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Thank you for the reply. The PC Parts list gives a warning that there might need to be a bios update prior to using the cpu. Is this a realistic issue?
 
Thank you for the reply. The PC Parts list gives a warning that there might need to be a bios update prior to using the cpu. Is this a realistic issue?
It is a realistic issue. Here's a very similar list, almost identical, but with an msi MAX board. The MAX line of msi boards is guaranteed third gen compatible out of the box.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($66.95 @ Adorama)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB THICC II Video Card ($369.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.88 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($108.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $971.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-02 21:38 EST-0500

There's a chance the board in the first list has a cpu less bios flash ability. But I think the extra few bucks for the msi board is well worth it. It's one of the most, if not the most recommended board for new builds. That I've seen.
 
This should be good as well...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $189.99 @ Best Buy
Motherboard | MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard | $114.99 @ Best Buy
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $78.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Kingston A2000 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $59.99 @ Amazon
Video Card | Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB TUF Gaming X3 OC Video Card | $379.99 @ Newegg
Case | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition ATX Mid Tower Case | $49.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $99.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $993.92
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| Total | $973.92
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-03 08:09 EST-0500 |
 

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Wel since we're on it my suggestion,


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston A2000 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB THICC II Video Card ($369.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: GameMax Whisper MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($43.52 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $993.45
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-03 08:56 EST-0500



used motherboard out of first build and chose a m-atx case accordingly,

also larger storage,

added a better cooler,not that stock is bad,but better cooler probably will help with boost clocks,
 
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