Question First time home studio build - any advice/opinions welcome!

g-unit1111

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I would definitely get a better PSU - that unit you have chosen is rather low end even though it is from a reputable brand. I think I would also lose the mechanical HD and go all M2 for your primary storage. This would be a much better rig, IMO:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.86 CFM CPU Cooler (£60.40 @ Alza)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard (£139.98 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Intel 660p 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£115.09 @ Senetic)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card (£154.98 @ Box Limited)
Case: Corsair 275R ATX Mid Tower Case (£62.43 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£88.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £860.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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  • Removed thermal compound and case fans
  • changed liquid cooler to much better air cooler
  • Swapped motherboard for a B550 motherboard
  • Much better PSU

 
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I would definitely get a better PSU - that unit you have chosen is rather low end even though it is from a reputable brand. I think I would also lose the mechanical HD and go all M2 for your primary storage. This would be a much better rig, IMO:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.86 CFM CPU Cooler (£60.40 @ Alza)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard (£139.98 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Intel 660p 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£115.09 @ Senetic)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card (£154.98 @ Box Limited)
Case: Corsair 275R ATX Mid Tower Case (£62.43 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£88.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £860.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-06 21:59 BST+0100



    • Removed thermal compound and case fans
    • changed liquid cooler to much better air cooler
    • Swapped motherboard for a B550 motherboard
    • Much better PSU
Thanks for taking a look and the suggested list! After some more consideration and recommendations/advice i've now come up with this list which isn't wildly different to what you put forward. Please let me know what you think

PCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/RsQ2F8

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler (£42.98 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550M AORUS ELITE Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£99.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£56.48 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card (£216.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Metallic Gear NEO MICRO MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£66.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Deepcool RF 120 56.5 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack (£29.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £822.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-07 21:56 BST+0100
 
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Thanks for taking a look and the suggested list! After some more consideration and recommendations/advice i've now come up with this list which isn't wildly different to what you put forward. Please let me know what you think

PCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/RsQ2F8

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler (£42.98 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550M AORUS ELITE Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£99.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£56.48 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card (£216.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Metallic Gear NEO MICRO MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£66.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Deepcool RF 120 56.5 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack (£29.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £822.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-07 21:56 BST+0100
I will probably go for a 1tb M.2 though rather than the 500gb ive posted here..
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | £179.00 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler | Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler | £42.94 @ More Computers
Motherboard | Gigabyte B550M AORUS ELITE Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | £99.98 @ Amazon UK
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | £59.95 @ Amazon UK
Storage | Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | £72.99 @ CCL Computers
Video Card | Asus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card | £216.99 @ Amazon UK
Case | NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case | £69.84 @ AWD-IT
Power Supply | SeaSonic FOCUS 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | £86.99 @ CCL Computers
Case Fan | Deepcool RF 120 56.5 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack | £29.99 @ Amazon UK
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £858.67
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-08 15:36 BST+0100 |
 

logainofhades

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Made some minor changes, to get you an ATX board, and faster ram. Keep in mind, 4th gen is getting announced today.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool GAMMAXX GTE 56.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£30.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard (£139.96 @ More Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£68.39 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Intel 660p 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£50.44 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB OC Video Card (£213.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.84 @ AWD-IT)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Deepcool RF 120 56.5 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack (£29.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £851.64
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-08 15:50 BST+0100
 
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Looks good, but hold off for a bit: you might be able to get a 5600 for a similar price in a couple of weeks
Yeah thats a good point, and luckily i wont be making any order for these parts until later this month anyway so I will have chance to find that out!
 
Thanks for looking, What would you suggest if you dont mind?
Personally would look for 3600 (speed) and have been quite partial to the "Ryzen optimized" G Skill. I love Corsair RAM in particular but it seems we get a lot of questions here about issues between zen and Corsair. It's never a bad idea to look through the mobo QVL on that.
 
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Made some minor changes, to get you an ATX board, and faster ram. Keep in mind, 4th gen is getting announced today.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool GAMMAXX GTE 56.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£30.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard (£139.96 @ More Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£68.39 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Intel 660p 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£50.44 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB OC Video Card (£213.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.84 @ AWD-IT)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Deepcool RF 120 56.5 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack (£29.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £851.64
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-08 15:50 BST+0100
Interesting thank you! What would be the main benefits of ATX? Others have told me to go mATX as i would only be paying extra for the big metal box haha
 

logainofhades

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You have an ATX case chosen, so you may as well go with an ATX board. It will look a bit odd with an M-ATX in and ATX case. You also get more expansion slots, if you ever decide you want to say add a wireless card, or one of those NVME adapters for more NVME storage. The ATX version has a heatsink for the top M.2 slot. It also appears to have a better power delivery setup as well.
 
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You have an ATX case chosen, so you may as well go with an ATX board. It will look a bit odd with an M-ATX in and ATX case. You also get more expansion slots, if you ever decide you want to say add a wireless card, or one of those NVME adapters for more NVME storage. The ATX version has a heatsink for the top M.2 slot. It also appears to have a better power delivery setup as well.
Sounds like smart advice. Thanks for taking the time
 

logainofhades

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Now if you want something small, you could go with something more like this, for a bit more money. You do lose out on expansion opportunities though.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool GAMMAXX GTE 56.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£30.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550I AORUS PRO AX Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard (£172.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£68.39 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Intel 660p 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£50.44 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB OC Video Card (£213.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Deepcool RF 120 56.5 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack (£29.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £874.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-08 16:07 BST+0100
 
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Now if you want something small, you could go with something more like this, for a bit more money. You do lose out on expansion opportunities though.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool GAMMAXX GTE 56.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£30.05 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550I AORUS PRO AX Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard (£172.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£68.39 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Intel 660p 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£50.44 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB OC Video Card (£213.99 @ AWD-IT)
Case: Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Deepcool RF 120 56.5 CFM 120 mm Fans 3-Pack (£29.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £874.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-08 16:07 BST+0100
Im not too fussed over the size really now that im really thinking about it, i kinda think ATX has better a aesthetic quality to it anyway and more room for expansion is always a good thing. The only thing im unsure about now is the psu. I originally had picked the corsair you suggested above, but then quite a few people told me its worth spending extra for the seasonic one. I honestly cant see what the big difference is though to warrant such a higher price? Id prefer to save some money on that aslong as its still efficient and reliable enough.
 

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