[SOLVED] Building New Gaming PC. Thoughts or suggestions?

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Hello everybody,

This is my first time building a computer, so I am not too familiar with all the parts and their exact functions. I researched all day yesterday and put together a gaming PC build list. My goals for it are for obviously, gaming, potentially using it for VR, and every day web searches. With that being said, this build is about $900 dollars, yet I don’t completely understand the difference in gaming experience between a $700 PC and a $900 PC for what I need it for. Hopefully you guys can let me know.

CPU - Ryzen 5 3600x - $200
Motherboard - ASRock b450m steel legend - $90
RAM - Corsair 3200 mhz 2x8 ddr4 - $65
GPU - Radeon 5700 OR Zotac RTX 2060 - $330 or $350 (I need help on this one)
Storage - Seagate firecuda 2tb - $80
Power Supply - Corsair cx 750W - $80
 

WildCard999

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Either of those GPU's would work well for 1080P/1440P gaming however I'd get a SSD+HDD instead of SSHD. The Ryzen 3600 is better however the 2600 works well for this budget and AMD is releasing one more generation for the AM4 socket in 2020 so you could save for that.

PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.68 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 5700 8 GB DD Ultra Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.88 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($105.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $899.48
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-20 12:23 EST-0500
 
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WildCard999

Titan
Herald
Either of those GPU's would work well for 1080P/1440P gaming however I'd get a SSD+HDD instead of SSHD. The Ryzen 3600 is better however the 2600 works well for this budget and AMD is releasing one more generation for the AM4 socket in 2020 so you could save for that.

PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.68 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 5700 8 GB DD Ultra Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.88 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($105.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $899.48
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-20 12:23 EST-0500
 
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WildCard999,

1) Would the Seagate Firecuda 2TB SSHD and a 256 SSD combination work? Or do you recommend buying a true Internal hard drive rather than the SSHD

2) So your recommendation is to get the Ryzen 2600 rather than the 3600x because they have pretty similar specs for gaming, along with AMD releasing a new generation soon?

3) Just a general question: What does upgrading a motherboard do? As long as it fits the processor and the casing, what does an increase in price mean?
 

WildCard999

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1) That combo would work but I really don't think the extra price for the SSHD over a HDD is worth it once you have a SSD as primary storage.

2) I chose the 2600 to fit the budget but if you can get the 3600X without compromising other parts then it would be a good choice.

3) Initially I had the 3600 as the CPU and the MSI MAX boards support the 3rd gen right out of the box. The Asrock you chose may require a BIOS upgrade. Also some of the MSI boards support a feature called flashback which allows you to update the BIOS without a CPU. If you went with the 2600 though the Asrock would be fine but for 3rd gen you may want the MSI MAX boards and there are cheaper ones but the Tomahawk is a good all around board.

One last think is that the PSU you chose would probably work but ideally you want a better quality unit. The Seasonic I posted is a excellent quality unit and has a 10 year warranty.
 

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