Question First Computer Build. I need help.

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Hello Everyone. I am going to build my first computer. I need it for video editing and graphic design. I am tired of spending tons of money on prebuilt machines that I have no ability to upgrade. I have included a list of components that I think I need. Can you please first let me know if all of my pieces are compatible and next let me know if I need anything else or if I need to do anything different.
I could also use some tips about cooling, tools, and building in general.

Case
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K6S1B3Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
Processor
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SXMZLP9/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
GPU
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HWMDDMK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=AO3HQ89SUOA0A&psc=1
Motherboard
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SZXBTNW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
SSD Drive
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TY2TN64/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?smid=A2UXO5LPTDY3LN&psc=1
RAM
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HHL611C/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1
Power Supply
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015YEI7LK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?smid=A1YZCYBH4NMBU9&psc=1

Thank you.
 

larsv8

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Its all compatible and you have all the pieces, although you might consider an aftermarket CPU cooler, as the 3900 can get hot., depending on how much you tax it.

You might consider a PCI 4.0 SSD if you are doing a lot of data transfer, depending on how you do your work.

2080ti is last generation. Its a great card, but the new 3000 series just was released, and while they are having supply issues right now, if you can afford to wait, you should.
 
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Its all compatible and you have all the pieces, although you might consider an aftermarket CPU cooler, as the 3900 can get hot., depending on how much you tax it.

You might consider a PCI 4.0 SSD if you are doing a lot of data transfer, depending on how you do your work.

2080ti is last generation. Its a great card, but the new 3000 series just was released, and while they are having supply issues right now, if you can afford to wait, you should.
Waiting is an option. I plan to watch for sales and build as "cheap" as I can. Where do I learn more about the cooling stuff. I need to make sure it is as specific as possible for what I need. I am not that smart. Do you know the price of the other 3080 card?

How hard is this process from here and do I risk losing the 4 grand in parts if I make a mistake?


Would this be the CPU Cooler you are referring to?

Is this the SSD you are recommending?
https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Internal-Extreme-Performance-SB-ROCKET-NVMe4-1TB/dp/B07TN1MNJ4?th=1

And is this a decent hard drive to pair with it?
 
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Voideryn

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If you ever want to know if your parts are compatible, PCPartsPicker is a great website and resource to put together lists of components, and it'll usually tell you if you have any glaring compatibility issues.

Not sure if you're going to be doing much gaming on your system, but generally 3600 MHz is the preferred perfect sweet spot for RAM speed on a Ryzen based system. Ryzen, much more than Intel, benefits from faster RAM speeds.

I'd also recommend maybe dropping the SSD down to 1TB if you don't direly need to save a bunch of large videos on it that need to be accessed fast and that would benefit from a snappy SSD, and investing in 2-3TB of HDD instead so that you have much more room to save lots of large projects that don't necessarily need to be on an SSD. This can save you some money that you can instead put towards faster RAM, or an aftermarket CPU cooler as the other fellow mentioned. You can save your active projects (And OS) on your SSD, and backup your completed projects onto the HDD.

Just a few building tips off the top of my head - Make sure to get some zip ties for cable management, some decent thermal paste (the pea sized method is usually everyone's go-to), a Philip's Head screwdriver with a magnetic tip if you want that extra convenience and to avoid screws getting lost, and maybe an anti-static wristband if your house is particularly static-y (though this isn't really always needed, and usually you'll be perfectly fine if you just ground yourself). Watch a few tutorials online, they'll be super helpful. Be mindful of where you plug in the SATA cables if you go with an HDD, make sure you plug in to the ports that are natively controlled. Don't touch the pins on the CPU. Keep air flow in mind when building, make sure you're mounting the fans the right way. Intake fans go in the front and sometimes bottom, exhaust fans go in the back and sometimes top. Air should flow from front to back, and bottom to top. And always keep your motherboard manual handy. If anything I said was a bit confusing, just give it a quick google search, there's excellent resources online. It's like Lego's, if Lego's costed thousands of dollars.

Best of luck with your build!
 
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larsv8

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Waiting is an option. I plan to watch for sales and build as "cheap" as I can. Where do I learn more about the cooling stuff. I need to make sure it is as specific as possible for what I need. I am not that smart. Do you know the price of the other 3080 card?

How hard is this process from here and do I risk losing the 4 grand in parts if I make a mistake?


Would this be the CPU Cooler you are referring to?

Is this the SSD you are recommending?
https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Internal-Extreme-Performance-SB-ROCKET-NVMe4-1TB/dp/B07TN1MNJ4?th=1

And is this a decent hard drive to pair with it?
3080 are being scalped right now for 1500, new they around 800-900 dollars.

Process is not hard, there are a million youtube videos with walkthroughs. Be careful not too bend CPU pins, or force in any part, and you should be fine.

Yea, corsair AIOs are good, will cool 3900

sabrent is fine. Try and find a bit higher rpm HDD
 

ragnarok0274

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Don't spend the ~$2000 on a 2080 Ti.
Try and nab a 2080 Super for about half the cost. The performance hit is (I think) only about 30%.
If you really need the best of the best, try to get a Ryzen 9 5900X/Ryzen 9 5950X when they release in November + a RX 6900 XT/RTX 3090.
If you don't, then just swap the GPU for a 2080 Super.
 

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