Question First time building PC, please advise.

Feb 20, 2020
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Hello, this is the first time I am building a PC. I know very little about this, but I have been doing some research and have come up with a parts list I think is OK. The website says these parts are compatible, but I am having trouble figuring out if the motherboard I've chosen has enough connections for these parts. Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully March 2020

Budget Range: Under $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Possibly or in the future

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've been using the PCPartPicker website and the prices they list.

Location: Wisconsin

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: My current monitor is 1600x900

Additional Comments: We want to be able to play games like Skyrim GOTY, Fallout 4 GOTY, Witcher 3, Gears of War 5, War Thunder, The Outer Worlds, and maybe Cyberpunk 2077 without issues on high graphics settings.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Our current PC is outdated and can no longer run games like Skyrim without turning off (not sure why its doing this all of a sudden). Currently cannot run most games we want to play.

These are the parts I've chosen so far:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU | Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor | $379.99 @ Best Buy
CPU Cooler | Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler | $29.99 @ B&H
Motherboard | MSI MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $189.93 @ Amazon
Memory | Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $94.99 @ Best Buy
Storage | Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $79.98 @ Amazon
Storage | Seagate Desktop HDD 4 TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive | $94.50 @ Amazon
Video Card | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB Video Card | $399.99 @ Best Buy
Power Supply | Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $119.99 @ Amazon
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit | $99.99 @ B&H
Sound Card | Asus Xonar SE 24-bit 192 kHz Sound Card | $39.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $1529.34
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-22 01:43 EST-0500 |
 
the 9700K or KF is priced less or similarly on Amazon...

The Ryzen 3700X is $50-$60 less, and a good B450 board is even $20 less than a Z390...

Nothing wrong with the 860 EVO, but, with the money saved above, you could get a 970 EVO 1 TB (games don't really 'care' about NVME, but, the fast boot times are glorious!) IN fact, a 970 EVO is only $87 on Amazon as of today)

Drop the sound card entirely, IMO....; most mainboards today have excellent 7.1 channel sound...
 
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Phaaze88

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Just 1600x900 resolution?

My 2 cents:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB GAMING OC WHITE Video Card ($419.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1187.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-22 03:46 EST-0500


This will run 1080p very well if you choose to move away from 900p later.

1)You power offs are a common symptom of failing power supply. Mixing memory can also do it.
2)Not sure why you need a 4TB HDD, but I included two, faster 2 TB HDDs for about the same price as the single 4TB.
3)I agree with the comment about the sound card.
 
This is better for same budget...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $308.89 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler | Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler | $48.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard | $183.99 @ Amazon
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $82.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $69.95 @ Adorama
Storage | Seagate 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $110.14 @ Amazon
Video Card | Asus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card | $489.99 @ Newegg
Case | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition ATX Mid Tower Case | $50.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Corsair TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | $83.98 @ Newegg
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit | $99.99 @ B&H
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1569.89
| Mail-in rebates | -$40.00
| Total | $1529.89
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-22 04:04 EST-0500 |


Add this monitor, and you are golden for an impeccable experience...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
Monitor | MSI Optix MAG27CQ 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor | $304.98 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $324.98
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| Total | $304.98
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-22 04:09 EST-0500 |
 

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Better yet, 2060 Super is less powerful than the RX 5700 XT. With a price not a lot different than the 2060S.
For your SSD, it's better to use a NVMe drive than a regular M.2 storage. I highly recommend Crucial's P1 NVMe storage for a price close to WD M.2 Blue 500GB
 

Shay Green

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My take on it -
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9 GHz 8-Core Processor | $339.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler | Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler | $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard | MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard | $159.36 @ Amazon
Memory | G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $115.80 @ Amazon
Storage | Seagate Desktop HDD 4 TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive | $94.50 @ Amazon
Video Card | Asus GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card | $439.99 @ Amazon
Case | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition ATX Mid Tower Case | $50.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $129.99 @ Amazon
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit | $99.99 @ B&H
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1595.58
| Mail-in rebates | -$30.00
| Total | $1565.58
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-22 04:28 EST-0500 |
 
Feb 20, 2020
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Thank you all for replying! I'm looking at your suggestions now. I only have this monitor because when I bought my PC 5 or 6 years ago I didn't know much about monitors and all that so I just grabbed one because I needed one. Honestly I really don't need a 4TB HDD, and I'll probably go with one of the 2TB suggested instead.

I picked the Intel CPU just because in my limited research I read Intel was good for gaming, but that AMD was catching up. I have only ever had Intel in any PC/laptop I've owned, but I will look into the AMD suggestions. I'm just not familiar with AMD.
 
Thank you all for replying! I'm looking at your suggestions now. I only have this monitor because when I bought my PC 5 or 6 years ago I didn't know much about monitors and all that so I just grabbed one because I needed one. Honestly I really don't need a 4TB HDD, and I'll probably go with one of the 2TB suggested instead.

I picked the Intel CPU just because in my limited research I read Intel was good for gaming, but that AMD was catching up. I have only ever had Intel in any PC/laptop I've owned, but I will look into the AMD suggestions. I'm just not familiar with AMD.
Should be on par with Intel and better in CPU intensive games due to extra cores and threads...
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wYnLR2LiQs
 

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