Build Advice Building my first PC

Oct 30, 2022
Hey, I'm building a pc and was wondering if the setup I have chosen would work well for gaming, if there's anything I did wrong while making it compatibility-wise, or if there's anything I can improve on in the same price range. In the builder, it also says I might have to update the bios for the CPU to function correctly too so I'm wondering if I would need to take the motherboard to a shop to update the bios or if I can flash the bios with the CPU installed even with the compatibility issues. Thank you, and here's my current build.


May 5, 2016

Considering you are going for the RX 6500XT you should get a B550 motherboard either from ASRock or other brand of your preference to take advantage of its full performance with PCIe 4.0 since the ASRock A520 you put on PC Part Picker site only supports PCIe 3.0.

Also, I suggest getting a cheap M.2 SSD for your PCs OS for a snappy experience.

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Faster storage and a decent Motherboard and PSU. Don't skimp on the power supply , it runs and protects your setup.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.40 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: ID-COOLING SE-214-XT 68.2 CFM CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B550M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: TEAMGROUP MP33 1 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte EAGLE Radeon RX 6500 XT 4 GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Deepcool MACUBE 110 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Asus ROG Strix 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ ASUS)
Total: $662.32
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-12-11 19:20 EST-0500
Oct 30, 2022
Ok, thank you all for your input I have taken what I could from it and came out with this setup. . Let me know what you all think about it and if I should be worried about the compatibility issue between the CPU and Motherboard. Sorry for the late reply I was busy with work and buying Christmas presents so I had to put this build on hold for a moment. Thanks again
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Hopefully the board will be updated. That’s the big thing I can think of. The other thing I can think of is the case. The front doesn’t look like it has a lot of airflow. You may look to see if you can find another that is similarly priced with better airflow imo. Other than that for 1080p it should be decent.
The build can use some work. The motherboard is a throwaway with lack of features of the b550 or x570 pcie lanes and USB ports. The power supply will limit gpu upgrades and cpu will limit options. I like the 5700 xt if you can get it at a decent price and the 5600x with a b550 with the same disclaimer.....
AMD used to have a program where they sent a cpu out. But if you find a local shop they may be able to flash it.

The 5600x is a better choice for sure but is going to be a little more money. I’ve got an asrock ab350 pro 4 that I’ve been happy with from about 2017-18, but yes there are more full featured boards out there.

As far as the 5700xt, good call on that. Last generation but should be closer to a 6600xt. That said however, not sure if you can find it new. You can check the used market on eBay for example this one is only 160 and doesn’t look too bad. Buy any of those probably have been used for mining. So read the descriptions very carefully and check the feedback. But at 160 the price seems reasonable. That would give a faster card and free your budget for the better board/psu.
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Dec 13, 2022
I would say it is worth getting a SSD for boot drive, you can get a 512GB drive pretty cheap if you go PCI gen 3. The speed difference between HDD and SSD boot is the biggest performance difference I have seen in more than 30 years in using PC's.

Otherwise the rest is generally fine although I would agree if you can find a little extra for the 6600 or 1660 that will also make a big difference in gaming for a relatively small price increase.