Build Advice First Build - Have questions

Jan 14, 2020
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Hi All - been putting together a parts list for the last month or two. I've got a few questions that Id like some help on:

  1. I'll need wifi operating day to day - should I bother getting a Mobo with it (like the one in this list) or just get an adapter after the fact?
  2. GPU - my monitor (Samsung CF591 Series) has FreeSync so I was trying to get a GPU that worked with that. But the 5700 XT sounds like it has some big driver issues. Should I risk it for the FreeSync feature or try something else that wouldn't be AS compatible with my monitor like a GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8?
  3. Trying for black and white theme here - any suggestions you'd make to improve on that?

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $299.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard | $183.99 @ Amazon
Memory | Crucial Ballistix RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $96.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Silicon Power A80 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $74.98 @ Amazon
Storage | Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $53.98 @ Newegg
Video Card | MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card | $399.99 @ Best Buy
Case | Phanteks P300 ATX Mid Tower Case | $65.96 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | $69.34 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $1245.22
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-27 13:42 EST-0500 |
 
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Hello!

1) You will pay more for a motherboard with on board WiFi, but you will probably have a better connection than using a USB dongle. That being said, USB dongles are pretty reliable nowadays, so I wouldn't worry about it too much and just do whatever is more affordable. If you find a MOBO that you like without WiFi and you'll have the open USB ports, just buy a dongle for $15 - $20 and you'll be just fine.

2) I wouldn't worry about the RX 5700 XT. It is a pretty reliable card, and a great bang for your buck. Not a big risk.

3) No ideas here.

One adjustment you may consider is moving up to a 650 W PSU and giving yourself a little more headroom in case you decide to upgrade your GPU in the future.

Good luck!
 

WildCard999

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1. This, supports that CPU, has Wifi and much cheaper then that X570 board. Use the savings for a better PSU. Since the board supports up to 3200 you can save some money on that. And despite the PCPer error, it does ship with a updated BIOS.
PCPartPicker Part List
Motherboard: ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Total: $189.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-27 14:34 EST-0500


2. There's few issues no compared to the initial launch (like most new GPU's) but if the choice is between the 5700 XT and 2060S I'd get the 5700 XT. That being said it does run warm so you want something with aftermarket cooling.

3. My suggested changes, added in more memory and a little bit cheaper as well.

PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($137.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB MECH OC Video Card ($358.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks P300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.96 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1172.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-27 14:39 EST-0500
 
Jan 14, 2020
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1. This, supports that CPU, has Wifi and much cheaper then that X570 board. Use the savings for a better PSU. Since the board supports up to 3200 you can save some money on that. And despite the PCPer error, it does ship with a updated BIOS.
PCPartPicker Part List
Motherboard: ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Total: $189.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-27 14:34 EST-0500


2. There's few issues no compared to the initial launch (like most new GPU's) but if the choice is between the 5700 XT and 2060S I'd get the 5700 XT. That being said it does run warm so you want something with aftermarket cooling.

3. My suggested changes, added in more memory and a little bit cheaper as well.

PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($137.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB MECH OC Video Card ($358.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks P300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.96 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1172.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-27 14:39 EST-0500
What would you recommend for aftermarket cooling on the GPU?
 

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The ASRock b450/AC motherboard max memory speed supported is 3200? But what happens when you want to upgrade your cpu in a couple years to the 4000 series? Will the b450 support the memory speeds for the next gen? The 3000 series runs at it's best with 3600 memory.
 

WildCard999

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The ASRock b450/AC motherboard max memory speed supported is 3200? But what happens when you want to upgrade your cpu in a couple years to the 4000 series? Will the b450 support the memory speeds for the next gen? The 3000 series runs at it's best with 3600 memory.
First through third gen Ryzen 3200mhz has been the "sweet spot" price to performance.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/c97hq4 View: https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/c97hq4/3200mhz_vs_3600mhz_on_ryzen_3000_series/

(See comment by AMD_Robert).

Gaming wise most games there might be a 2-3 FPS difference, in some rare cases up to 10 FPS but that's also at 1080P, at higher resolutions its much less around 1-2 FPS.

Lastly the change in MB/RAM speed allows for 32gb instead of 16gb so it brings a bit more longevity to the build in that aspect.
 

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