Discussion Could use a second opinion on semi-budget build for cousin


Aug 30, 2017
Hey yall, been a while since I last visited this forum. I plan to change that starting with sharing little projekt I'm cooking lately in hope of receiving some opinions.

Auntie promised her son a pc of his choice, he picked a piece of Removed, streamlined and overpriced market box for 1200$. She asked me for help picking something "equally good" (hahah) for price up to a 1000$ max so after telling her I can pick something twice as good for this using parts and assembling it myself here's what I came up with:

GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER OC 6GB GDDR6 (GV-N166SOC-6GD)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X S-AM4 3.70/4.30GHz 4MB L2/16MB L3 12nm
MB: Gigabyte B450 GAMING X DDR4 DVI/HDMI/M.2/USB 3.1 ATX
PSU: Corsair CV 450W (CP9020209EU)
RAM: DDR4 Vengeance LPX 16GB/3000(2*8GB) CL15-17-17-35 RED 1,35V (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15R)
SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 PRO 1 TB M.2 2280 PCI-E x4 Gen3 NVMe (ASX8200PNP-1TT-C)
CASE: Krux LEDA (KRX0007)
DVD/CD DRIVE: LiteOn eBAU108-L11 USB Slim
WIFI CARD: Gigabyte GC-WB1733D-I
BT: LogiLink Adapter Bluetooth V4.0 USB (BT0015)

My thoughts:
Biggest struggle I had with gpu, all rtx models are ungodly pricy and since youngster was keen on having NVIDIA card I think it's the best I can do If I can't spare to give him a decent rtx. Same budget limitations forced me throw INTEL CPU to trash. Comparable I7s are twice the price of ryzen 7 and, which is really funny, so are all alternative motherboards for 1151 coffeelake compared to am4 ones.
With some more cash I'd probably change RAM to 32gb since it's basically all that can be done without changing the MB but I guess auntie always can buy him another 16 gb for next birthday or smthing.
Preferably I'd like to have 2 m.2 slots and get one small extra fast ssd for system and one a bit bigger for games and Removed(plus if the system would be busted other hdd and everything in would be spared) but again MB has only one so I went to compromise and got one big which I'll have to split in 2 probably smthing around 200/800 system/rest. Should he want/need more storage space in fututre there are always old SATA hdds.
PSU is I think the weakest part of the build since I was left with around 80$ for it. That scratched reasonable choices like EVGA BQ 750W (110-BQ-0750-V2) or Seasonic Focus (SSR550FX). Reviews are kind of positive so I'm hoping this Corsair will do. If not I'll send it back add from my own pocket to get one of the above. Alternatively I'll try to get Cooler Master Elite V3 500W (MPW-5001-ACABN1-EU) but as of now it's not available for purchase.
Lastly I'm really unhappy about the case, don't dig it one bit. It looks cheap and a dust magnet that will be hard to clean. I guess it's personal preference and it was a youngster's pick so there. I just like my cases same as my women, strong, functional and bulky like Cooler Master HAF X (RC-942-KKN1) that don't need no fancy rgb makeup to feel nice ;-) I tried to point him toward some in my opinion better, cheap cases which are suprisingly many, even with rgb crap he seems to be keen on, like SilentiumPC Signum SPC253 or MSI MAG VAMPIRIC 010 but to no avail.

So whaddya think? Cool, decent or crap? I'm more than happy to hear any suggestions.
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Oct 26, 2018
I'm not sure why you would need 32GB ram, unless there is some heavy editing going on. I assume the kid is only going to focus on gaming, so the best thing to try and get is the highest tier GPU available in the price range.

Drop the 2700x, it's not worth it in this build. Stick to 3600, decent motherboard (could save a few bucks by going with the Micro version), 16gb ram, good PSU, and the rest into the GPU. Could definetly get up to an RTX2070 with 1200$... I did go a little over, but it's worth it, i'm sure you can sweet talk it haha.

does he need Blue tooth? Wifi? if So, best to switch out the motherboard for one that comes with it, instead of adding clutter into the case. The case, I couldn't find on the pricing website, so i substituted something similar.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $154.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | ASRock B550 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard | $134.99 @ Newegg
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | $62.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Western Digital SN750 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $139.99 @ Amazon
Video Card | Asus GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB DUAL EVO OC V2 Video Card | $409.99 @ B&H
Case | Cougar MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case | $50.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Cooler Master MWE Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $99.99 @ Best Buy
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $1053.92
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-28 23:34 EDT-0400 |