Question Good $900 build for gaming?

davidkutzmarks

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Hi all! Made my last desktop gaming/media system using your expert advice many years ago. Back to do it again.

Here's what I have lined up: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/bHWQ4q

I've pasted the contents of that link here as well:

CPU | AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor | $224.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard | $88.56 @ OutletPC
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $94.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Crucial - P1 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $128.99 @ Amazon
Video Card | Sapphire - Radeon RX 590 8 GB NITRO+ SE Video Card | $229.99 @ Newegg
Case | NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case | $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $50.98 @ Newegg


| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $933.39
| Mail-in rebates | -$45.00
| Total | $888.39
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-15 17:08 EDT-0400 |


I tend to play RPGs, and Cyberpunk 2077 is probably the most graphics-intensive I will get in the next few years. I also produce techno using Ableton, which takes some power. I just want a good mid-range machine capable of gaming.
 

davidkutzmarks

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Here's the single compatibility note, which I think is no big deal, but you can correct me if I'm wrong:

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  • The motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated, two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports are disabled.
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davidkutzmarks

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Perhaps I should downgrade to Ryzen 5 2600? Seems the top 5 Mar 2019 builds pinned above are sticking to that CPU even with higher-end 2070 Nvidia GPU.
 

Dark Lord of Tech

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI - B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial - P1 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($128.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire - Radeon RX 590 8 GB NITRO+ SE Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $814.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-15 17:49 EDT-0400
 

g-unit1111

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Here's the single compatibility note, which I think is no big deal, but you can correct me if I'm wrong:

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  • The motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated, two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports are disabled.
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That's standard operating procedure for M2 drives - if you're using one slot, the first two SATA ports get disabled so if you're using any extra HDs or SSDs then those would need to plugged into the other ports on your board.

That build looks decent but you should definitely get a better motherboard. What is your overall budget?
 

davidkutzmarks

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Thanks a ton guys! My budget is flexible, but I'm hoping to stay between 800-950 before Windows. Dark Lord, your build looks great. Maybe I will just run with that. g-unit, thanks for the clarification. I see DL has switched the motherboard already. Anyone have further thoughts on his build in #4?
 

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