Question Help - First PC Build

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Hello,

I have never built a PC before, and I am eager to learn more. Before I pull the trigger on buying any part, I would love it if some more knowlegable people would take a peek at it. Thanks in advance.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/PardusTacitus/saved/pC3pBm

Here's a list of things that I hope this build will accomplish. Please let me know if my build falls short in any of the following areas.

  1. Compatible, including part to part connections and physical fit
  2. Capable of running current games at medium-high graphics settings at acceptable frame rate
  3. I do not plan to stream, but I would like to be able to record clips while maintaining reasonable performance
  4. No missing, underwhelming, or overkill parts
  5. No unwise brand choices
P.S. I know I will have to wait for the 3080. I plan to be patient.

P.P.S. I apologize if this kind of post is too basic for this message board.
 

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The CPU cooler wont be able to cool the CPU. I have a Corsair H100x, 240mm AIO. It struggles, just with PBO on, in Prime95, Ryzen 5600x.
The page warns you about mobo and BIOS support for 5600x. I'm not familiar with Asrock, never owned one. You could ask if it comes with a BIOS compatible with 5600x. It should. But who knows how long it has been on the shelf.
16 gigs of RAM is on the low side these days. Games are getting up there in terms of RAM usage. Windows isn't light either, expect 4 gigs to be used off the bat. And some games pull 10+ gigs on top of that. Ghost Recon: breakpoint does it, I think AC:Valhalla also does. It was some game I played yesterday. It's only going to get worse. If you open a webbrowser or something, you will shortly be at the 16 gig limit and running the game off of pagefile. That is not a pleasent experience. Expect single-digit FPS.

I would suggest 32 gigs RAM, better CPU cooler, ask about mobo BIOS support.
When it comes to cases, theres usually three issues. GPU length, PSU length and AIO length/CPU cooler height. Make sure it all fits in there.
I always go for fulltower, more room, better airflow generally and more room to work in.

Your case:
Clearance CPU Cooler Height 165 mm
PSU Clearance 200 mm
GPU Clearance 355 mm
Front radiator | 240: 122x315 mm
Front radiator | 280: 142x315 mm
Source: https://www.phanteks.com/assets/manuals/PH-EC300A.pdf
 
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Some poor part selection in there. This should be better...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor | $289.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler | Deepcool ASSASSIN III 90.37 CFM CPU Cooler | $89.99 @ B&H
Motherboard | Gigabyte B550 GAMING X ATX AM4 Motherboard | $129.99 @ Amazon
Memory | Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory | $81.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $46.75 @ Newegg
Storage | Team T-Force Vulcan G 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $76.50 @ Newegg
Video Card | Asus GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB TUF GAMING Video Card |-
Case | Corsair 4000D ATX Mid Tower Case | $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | SeaSonic FOCUS 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $109.92 @ Amazon
Monitor | Acer XV272U Pbmiiprzx 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor | $289.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1195.11
| Mail-in rebates | -$30.00
| Total | $1165.11
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-30 02:17 EDT-0400 |

Activate Windows down the line...
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/get-windows-10-free-or-cheap,5717.html
 
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850w psu if you're going with an RTX 3080. This build gives you onboard video until you obtain a graphics card if you don't already have one .

https://www.newegg.com/black-phanteks-eclipse-p400a-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811854085
Phanteks Eclipse P400A Mid Tower Computer Case $74.99

Exhaust fan for that case up above.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GB5JRTZ/
ARCTIC P12 PWM - 120mm Case Fan $7.99

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-850f14hg-850w/p/1HU-024C-00005
Super Flower Leadex III 850W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $129.99
+ $20 off w/ promo code 82BTSWKN247, limited offer By Super Flower

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144396
MSI MAG B560M BAZOOKA $139.99

https://www.centralcomputer.com/intel-core-i5-11400-2-6ghz-6c-12t-processoroem-tray-cm8070804497015-intel-11th-gen-socket-lga1200-4-4ghz-max-boost.html
Intel Core i5-11400 $189.95

https://www.amazon.com/Gelid-Solutions-Phantom-Black-Cooler/dp/B07CK6BXX5/
Gelid Solutions Phantom Black CPU Cooler $39.99

https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Ballistix-Desktop-Gaming-BL2K8G32C16U4B/dp/B083TRRT16/
Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 $87.99

https://www.newegg.com/team-group-1tb-cx2/p/N82E16820331561
Team Group CX2 2.5" 1TB SATA III 3D NAND Internal SSD $77.99

Total: $728

A better look at that board.

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B560M-BAZOOKA

A better look at that case.

http://www.phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400A.html

Reviews of the 11400/11400F w/benchmarks

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/intel-core-i5-11400f-processor-review,1.html

 
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Recommended PSU Wattage: 850W
Recommendations are made by manufacturers considering worst case scenarios, which includes garbage PSUs. Even if we ignore the PCPP projected power draw of 500w, that build will pull no more than 600w to 650w max from the wall. A good quality 750w should be able to run that kind of build fine.
 
Jul 29, 2021
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Some poor part selection in there. This should be better...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor | $289.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler | Deepcool ASSASSIN III 90.37 CFM CPU Cooler | $89.99 @ B&H
Motherboard | Gigabyte B550 GAMING X ATX AM4 Motherboard | $129.99 @ Amazon
Memory | Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory | $81.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $46.75 @ Newegg
Storage | Team T-Force Vulcan G 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $76.50 @ Newegg
Video Card | Asus GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB TUF GAMING Video Card |-
Case | Corsair 4000D ATX Mid Tower Case | $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | SeaSonic FOCUS 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $109.92 @ Amazon
Monitor | Acer XV272U Pbmiiprzx 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor | $289.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1195.11
| Mail-in rebates | -$30.00
| Total | $1165.11
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-30 02:17 EDT-0400 |

Activate Windows down the line...
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/get-windows-10-free-or-cheap,5717.html
I appreciate your feedback. I have a couple of follow-up questions, if you don't mind, as I am trying to learn more about building rather than just acquiring a shopping list.

First, why do you recommend splitting the storage into two SSDs? Is it an insurance policy against drive failure, or is it to compartmentalize certain programs into each drive?

Second, I'm just curious about your reasoning behind the monitor change.

And lastly, are there any recommendations that you made that are brand-critical? For instance, you changed the power supply to a SeaSonic, but would any 750 W 80+ Gold be sufficient? In other words, do you have a short-list of must-have brands for any particular part?
 
I appreciate your feedback. I have a couple of follow-up questions, if you don't mind, as I am trying to learn more about building rather than just acquiring a shopping list.

First, why do you recommend splitting the storage into two SSDs? Is it an insurance policy against drive failure, or is it to compartmentalize certain programs into each drive?

Second, I'm just curious about your reasoning behind the monitor change.

And lastly, are there any recommendations that you made that are brand-critical? For instance, you changed the power supply to a SeaSonic, but would any 750 W 80+ Gold be sufficient? In other words, do you have a short-list of must-have brands for any particular part?
NVME SSDs are way more faster than traditional SATA SSDs. And a 2TB NVME might exceed your budget. You can make a 100gb - 150gb partition for your OS and use the rest for your frequently accessed files on the 500gb NVME drive, while the SATA SSD can be your backup drive.

The monitor you have picked is a VA panel while the monitor in my list is a IPS panel, which will give you better picture quality while retaining the same Refresh Rate and Response Time.

As for the PSU, the Seasonic unit is better than the EVGA unit you had picked...
 

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