[SOLVED] (GPU & Monitor) Optimizing PC Configuration

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I am building a budget PC (<$1,700) and am struggling to find the best configuration.

I have attached my current hypothesized PC build.

I am looking for a curved monitor and am still considering if 1440p is worth it. The one attached is 1080p.
I was reading amd-radeon-rx_5700-rx_5700_xt,6216-4.html which says

"Given what we’ve already seen from GeForce RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super,
both of AMD’s Radeon RX 5700-series cards are best suited to gaming at 2560 x 1440.
They’re also beyond ample for 1920 x 1080, though we don’t think you need to spend
$350 or $400 dollars for smooth frame rates at that resolution."

This made me stop and reconsider my purchase. I would prefer to save as much money as possible.
I am also limited in the i5 8400 I bought from my friend.

If everything was kept close to the same except for the GPU and Monitor, what should I get?

In other words, what is best value for combination of a curved Monitor and GPU?

 
I think the list keith12 posted is great. But there's a few things you could do to save even further.
Cheaper mobo,storage, and 5700xt.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/QCDmNq

A little bit cheaper still.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/N9tNYH

I see zero reason to buy a $300 mobo. I also see very little reason to get an x570. Unless you have a need for pcie4.0 and the drives it can handle. B450 is plenty for most gamers.

As much as I like the samsung drives, I doubt youd ever actually notice a speed difference in anything other than a benchmark. Which is why I changed the m.2 in both builds.

Case choice is personal and subjective, just put them on the list for price holders.

I've read many times, if going 1080p, stay with a maximum of 27". Curved is personal preference also, but liked mentioned, if not going ultrawide its absolutely not necessary.

You may also consider the 3600 vs the 3700x, another 100 saved towards a monitor. Plenty for gaming too.

3600, b450 build with a 27" 1440p monitor, under your initial cost in your op! This is my current monitor. I like it alot and would highly recommend.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kvdJp8
 
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Hey there,

Hmmm, that's a tough one. TBH, I'd go a different route altogether.

I'd sell the I5 8400, and get something like this, which is a much more capable system:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($308.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi ATX AM4 Motherboard ($289.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($168.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master MasterCase H500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1542.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-19 13:10 EST-0500


Then save up 200 bucks for a decent 1080p 144hz monitor over a few months. Curved monitors look great, but IMO bring nothing to the gaming experience. The big ultra wides, maybe different, but for just one single gaming monitor, as long as it's 144hz Gsync/Freesync compatible, I wouldn't worry too much. Selling the 8400 plus being 150+ under budget, you would get a very decent gaming 1080p 144hz panel, for what is as I mentioned, a much better system, that will last you years, with only a GPU upgrade down the line, to keep you gaming like a monster.
 
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Feb 18, 2020
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Hey there,

Hmmm, that's a tough one. TBH, I'd go a different route altogether.

I'd sell the I5 8400, and get something like this, which is a much more capable system:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($308.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi ATX AM4 Motherboard ($289.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($168.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master MasterCase H500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1542.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-19 13:10 EST-0500


Then save up 200 bucks for a decent 1080p 144hz monitor over a few months. Curved monitors look great, but IMO bring nothing to the gaming experience. The big ultra wides, maybe different, but for just one single gaming monitor, as long as it's 144hz Gsync/Freesync compatible, I wouldn't worry too much.
Thank you so much for this advice, I will definitely take this into account.
 
No probs. Glad to offer a different solution. I've since edited my post, so just have another read to get it all.

There is so much value to be had right now for PC's. AMD have brought Intel back down to Earth with their new Ryzen CPU's. Tremendous performance for often less than Intel.

Good luck with your choice, and if you need any other advice, feel free to drop me a PM :)
 
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I think the list keith12 posted is great. But there's a few things you could do to save even further.
Cheaper mobo,storage, and 5700xt.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/QCDmNq

A little bit cheaper still.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/N9tNYH

I see zero reason to buy a $300 mobo. I also see very little reason to get an x570. Unless you have a need for pcie4.0 and the drives it can handle. B450 is plenty for most gamers.

As much as I like the samsung drives, I doubt youd ever actually notice a speed difference in anything other than a benchmark. Which is why I changed the m.2 in both builds.

Case choice is personal and subjective, just put them on the list for price holders.

I've read many times, if going 1080p, stay with a maximum of 27". Curved is personal preference also, but liked mentioned, if not going ultrawide its absolutely not necessary.

You may also consider the 3600 vs the 3700x, another 100 saved towards a monitor. Plenty for gaming too.

3600, b450 build with a 27" 1440p monitor, under your initial cost in your op! This is my current monitor. I like it alot and would highly recommend.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kvdJp8
 
Reactions: Pebuhcha
Feb 18, 2020
7
0
10
0
I think the list keith12 posted is great. But there's a few things you could do to save even further.
Cheaper mobo,storage, and 5700xt.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/QCDmNq

A little bit cheaper still.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/N9tNYH

I see zero reason to buy a $300 mobo. I also see very little reason to get an x570. Unless you have a need for pcie4.0 and the drives it can handle. B450 is plenty for most gamers.

As much as I like the samsung drives, I doubt youd ever actually notice a speed difference in anything other than a benchmark. Which is why I changed the m.2 in both builds.

Case choice is personal and subjective, just put them on the list for price holders.

I've read many times, if going 1080p, stay with a maximum of 27". Curved is personal preference also, but liked mentioned, if not going ultrawide its absolutely not necessary.

You may also consider the 3600 vs the 3700x, another 100 saved towards a monitor. Plenty for gaming too.

3600, b450 build with a 27" 1440p monitor, under your initial cost in your op! This is my current monitor. I like it alot and would highly recommend.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kvdJp8
Wow, thank you so much for your insight. I will definitely look into this.
 
Just goes to show how many options you really have at your budget level. Especially with an AMD system. I do like intel, but cant recommend anything less than a 9700k, and even that is tough. So unless you have 9900k money, amd wins in the cpu space.

The 5700xt is good also, and better bang for your buck. Unless you have to have ray tracing. Then its 2060s or better. Either card will give you pretty good fps in 1440p.
 
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