Question First gaming PC/Setup. Advice?

manosklg

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Hello everyone! So, Im about to build my first ever gaming pc. Have never built a pc before but I was doing research here and a while to make sure I pick good parts for what I want. Below is the list:

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600X (190$)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Freezer 34 DUO (40$)
MOBO: B550 MSI Gaming Plus (127$)
RAM: G.Skill TridentZ 16GB (2x8GB) 3600 (85$)
GPU: RX 6800 Gigabyte gaming OC (950$)
Storage: 1. Seagate Barracuda HDD 2TB 7200RPM (55$)
2. Adata xpg gammix s11 pro 512GB m.2 nvme (60$)
PSU: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold (120$)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Dark TG (100$)
Fans: 3x Corsair LL120 (91$)

Extras:
Monitor: Gigabyte G27QC 27" 1440p 165hz (300$)
Mouse: Corsair M65 RGB PRO (55$)
Headphones: Corsair Void rgb elite(63$)
Keyboard: Redragon rgb yama (70$)
Speakers: Logitech Z333 (52$)
Total Price: 2,358$

So first of all, as you can see, I started from scratch. Had zero components to use so I just bought everything. I have been waiting for a while so I managed to wait on the components I wanted and try and find the best deals for them, thats why some prices seem low. Except the GPU. I was unlucky there. Been waiting for it since 2018 when basically that ''gpu crisis'' started because of the miners and prices got inflated. Now it happened again and I was like **** it. I just want to buy it and be done with it so I can finally build the pc. Keep in mind I care about looks. Also, I know 850 PSU is a bit too much for this system, but I got an amazing deal on that PSU so I decided to just buy it.
Games I will be playing: Games like Far Cry 5/Primal, Battlefield V, Valheim, Heavily modded Skyrim, Witcher 3, Apex, Assassin's Creed Valhalla etc. I am NOT planning on doing any streaming.
At first I thought that the CPU will bottleneck my GPU, but I will be playing on 1440p so people told me I wont have an issue with it. Please, be as brutal as you want to be lol.
If you think I could have spent money on better/cheaper components please let me know. I will appreciate any tips.

Thank you!
 
I decided to go with intel, since its cheaper and offers a bit of a better performance. I excluded the GPU here.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-11400F 2.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock B560 Steel Legend ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($107.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.49 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($168.00 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair LL120 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Case Fan: Corsair LL120 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1066.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-04-11 13:30 EDT-0400


I decided to go with corsair ram/fans since you can sync their rgb together, and i think it will look cool in the corsair 4000D airflow case.
Ofcourse, more money could've been saved or used better by going with the second option, but the 1st one will allow you to play everything.
Here is the 2nd build, without so much rgb:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z490-A PRO ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.49 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($168.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1081.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-04-11 13:35 EDT-0400


The first build features a i5 11400F, a 6-core 12-thread cpu that doesn't have integrated graphics and cant be overclocked. It has a bit better gaming performance than a 3600X, and can compete with the 5600X in some games. The motherboard is a mid-tier B560 board, that will allow you to utilize that 3200MHz ram speed, while not having to pay for Z490 chipset. It has a easy upgrade path to even i9 11900K, so no worries there. It doesnt support overclocking. The CPU cooler will keep the i5 cool, while not creating much noise even at full load.
Kept the 2TB HDD, but swapped out the SSD for a faster one, and it doesnt cost that much more than the ADATA one.
The GPU stayed the same, since i couldn't find better offers on PCPartPicker. The 4000D Airflow has cutouts on the front panel which allow air to come through the front, inside the case, which is really important for airflow. Also has support for 2 fans on the top and one on the rear. Fill that case up with 6 corsair LL120 fans and you will have a good looking build with really good airflow. The PSU stayed the same for the reason's you mentioned.

The second build features a i7 10700K, a 8 core 16 thread cpu that has integrated graphics, and it is overclockable with a suitable motherboard. It has a bit better gaming performance than the 11400F, beating it by 5-10 FPS in some games, while in some games they have the same FPS. The motherboard is a mid-tier Z490 motherboard, which will support 3600MHz ram (although the difference between 3200MHz and 3600MHz in gaming is barely noticable), and will allow for the 10700K to be overclocked to lets say 5GHz. Speaking of 5GHz, you will need good cooling, there comes the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4, a big air cooler that will have no problems taming this beast even at 5GHz, while staying quiet. The ram is 3600MHz, which is not a big improvement over 3200MHz as i said above, but it is nice to have. Storage stayed the same. I decided to swap the case since in my opinion the 4000D airflow is meant for showing off your nice rgb system, while the Fractal Design Meshify C is more meant for that "professional non-rgb" look. Both cases have tons of airflow, so at the end of the day its your choice. The PSU stayed the same.

I would go for the 1st build, mainly because it wont perform much different from the 2nd one, but has that nice RGB look. The 2nd one is imo meant for more a professional usage, hence the extra 2 cores/4 threads, ability for overclocking and a clean black look.

Sry if its too long to read, i had some free time :D
 
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manosklg

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I decided to go with intel, since its cheaper and offers a bit of a better performance. I excluded the GPU here.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-11400F 2.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock B560 Steel Legend ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($107.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.49 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($168.00 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair LL120 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Case Fan: Corsair LL120 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1066.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-04-11 13:30 EDT-0400


I decided to go with corsair ram/fans since you can sync their rgb together, and i think it will look cool in the corsair 4000D airflow case.
Ofcourse, more money could've been saved or used better by going with the second option, but the 1st one will allow you to play everything.
Here is the 2nd build, without so much rgb:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z490-A PRO ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.49 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($168.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1081.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-04-11 13:35 EDT-0400


The first build features a i5 11400F, a 6-core 12-thread cpu that doesn't have integrated graphics and cant be overclocked. It has a bit better gaming performance than a 3600X, and can compete with the 5600X in some games. The motherboard is a mid-tier B560 board, that will allow you to utilize that 3200MHz ram speed, while not having to pay for Z490 chipset. It has a easy upgrade path to even i9 11900K, so no worries there. It doesnt support overclocking. The CPU cooler will keep the i5 cool, while not creating much noise even at full load.
Kept the 2TB HDD, but swapped out the SSD for a faster one, and it doesnt cost that much more than the ADATA one.
The GPU stayed the same, since i couldn't find better offers on PCPartPicker. The 4000D Airflow has cutouts on the front panel which allow air to come through the front, inside the case, which is really important for airflow. Also has support for 2 fans on the top and one on the rear. Fill that case up with 6 corsair LL120 fans and you will have a good looking build with really good airflow. The PSU stayed the same for the reason's you mentioned.

The second build features a i7 10700K, a 8 core 16 thread cpu that has integrated graphics, and it is overclockable with a suitable motherboard. It has a bit better gaming performance than the 11400F, beating it by 5-10 FPS in some games, while in some games they have the same FPS. The motherboard is a mid-tier Z490 motherboard, which will support 3600MHz ram (although the difference between 3200MHz and 3600MHz in gaming is barely noticable), and will allow for the 10700K to be overclocked to lets say 5GHz. Speaking of 5GHz, you will need good cooling, there comes the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4, a big air cooler that will have no problems taming this beast even at 5GHz, while staying quiet. The ram is 3600MHz, which is not a big improvement over 3200MHz as i said above, but it is nice to have. Storage stayed the same. I decided to swap the case since in my opinion the 4000D airflow is meant for showing off your nice rgb system, while the Fractal Design Meshify C is more meant for that "professional non-rgb" look. Both cases have tons of airflow, so at the end of the day its your choice. The PSU stayed the same.

I would go for the 1st build, mainly because it wont perform much different from the 2nd one, but has that nice RGB look. The 2nd one is imo meant for more a professional usage, hence the extra 2 cores/4 threads, ability for overclocking and a clean black look.

Sry if its too long to read, i had some free time :D

Wow!! This is really informative. Thanks mate! Really appreaciate your hard work and help :) I like the builds. I'll see if theres something I can change. Personally I really like the look of the Fractal Design case. Imo this case along with RGB it makes the build look more ''expensive''. Idk if it makes sense but pairing dark Tempered Glass with RGB is just beautiful. I went with 3 corsair ll120 fans because on the front (where the mesh panel is), if you put rgb fans there it looks kinda weird in my opinion.

Also I have a question. Something I havent thought about before. Does B550 Gaming Plus support 3600 Ram? I have already bought the RAM so I cant really change that unless I return the RAM and get something else instead.

Again, thanks so much for your time!
 
For your ryzen build, here is what i would change:
  • Change the CPU for the Ryzen 5 3600, it offers same/similar performance to the 3600X, while costing less. The only benefit of the 3600X over 3600 are the extra 0.2 GHz, which wont help you much in gaming.
  • Change the ADATA M.2 to a Samsung 970 EVO 500GB. It has better speeds, while not costing much over the ADATA one ($30 more on PCPartPicker).
That are the things that i would change in your builds, i wont cover your peripherals since everybody has a different opinion on monitors/mice/keyboards/etc.. and its kind of the thing only you can decide.
You can go with the Fractal Design Meshify C and 3 LL 120's, no problem about that.
" Does B550 Gaming Plus support 3600 Ram? "
- Yes, it does. It supports all of these frequencies:
DDR4 1866/ 2133/ 2667/ 2800/ 2933/ 3000/ 3066/ 3200/ 3466/ 3600/ 3733/ 3866/ 4000/ 4133/ 4266/ 4400+
Although you will need to go into the BIOS and turn on XMP profile, which should bring your ram up to 3200MHz, and its just a matter of a few click's, nothing complicated.
Why you need to do that is because every DDR4 ram will run at 2133MHz (usually its 2133MHz) out of the box, and people often forget to turn on XMP so that they can reach ram's advertised speeds.
"Again, thanks so much for your time! "
No problem!
 
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