[SOLVED] Help with choosing the right motherboard and PSU

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I am going to build my next PC build for gaming, with a budget of around €1500. I am not planning on overclocking. Below is my shopping list, but I am several questions for which I need your help. The pieces I am need help with are written in green:

1) Motherboard (which do you recommend?) I would rather have a motherboard which has built in wi-fi....
a) Gigabyte Z490 Gaming X Ax
b) Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite ac
c) Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Pro AX
d) Asus ROG Strix Z490-F gaming
e) Asus ROG Strix Z490-H gaming
f) Asus ROG Strix Z490-A gaming

g) Asus ROG Strix Z490-E gaming

2) SSDs:
2 NVME SSDs

When choosing Motherboard Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Pro AX, PCPartPicker gives me the following message. I do not get this message with the Asus Motherboards:

The motherboard M.2 slot #1 is listed as reserved for future use and is non-functional.

Does that factually mean that unlike the specs provided by Gigabyte that the Motherboard has 2 M.2 slots, it has 1 usable slot?
Does that mean that I cannot install 2 NVME SSDs but only 1 and therefore, my other SSD has to be a 2.5"?


3) PSU:
a) be quiet pure power 11 600W
b) be quiet straight power 11 650W
c) be quiet straight power 11 550W Platinum
d) be quiet straight power 11 650W Platinum


When choosing the be quiet PSUs, I get the following message:

The Motherboard has an additional 4-pin ATX power connector but the be quiet! Straight Power 11 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply does not. This connector is used to supply additional 12V current to the motherboard. While the system will likely still run without it, higher current demands such as extreme overclocking or large video card current draws may require it.
Except if I choose the following, in which case I do not get the message:
e) be quiet straight power 11 750W Platinum
f) Corsair RM650 (2019) 80+ Gold


My preference goes to be quiet because I am seeking to build a rather quiet system, but 750W it overkills I think. So how should I interpret the message from PCPartPicker and choose choice e or f?




Rest of the build; no questions about it:
4) GPU (20-series is sufficient for me): Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2070 Windforce 2x 8G
5) CPU: i5 10600
6) CPU cooler: be quiet dark rock 4
7) Case: be quiet Pure Base 500DX
8) RAM: 32GB 2666MHz

Many thanks....
 

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Thank you for this list. It is reasonable; I like the CPU and cooler, memory, case, PSU and GPU. for storage I really want to have 2 SSDs and no more the very slow HDD! And for memory, I play sometimes games which demand a lot of RAM (for ex Cities Skylines). So I am going to stick to 32gb.
But I think I can balance it out.
Just one question still; what is your reason for recommending Asus TUF Gaming motherboard over Gigabyte Aorus Pro/Ultra or Asus ROG Strix Z490-## Gaming? Is it so it fits in the budget or something else?
You welcome buddy!

Ok, so you have in your build 2 ssd drives+ 32 gb of ram.
About the motherboard: its the cheapest Z490 mobo with WIFI that I found, but its a good motherboard for your purpose.

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Pickachu

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Thanks but I already mentioned in my original post €1500 and meant for 1080 gaming!!
Yes, my bad.
For 1528€ you get I5 10600K+RTX3070, is that good for you?

  • You can remove one ssd and replace it with 2tb hdd.
  • For 1080 resolution also a weaker gpu will do the job, but rtx3070 for 500€ is a good deal, and will be good for you if you upgrade your monitor.
  • You can downgrade to 16 gb ram, you don't notice any difference.
  • The corsair rmx650W is quieter compared to the be quiet! Straight Power 11 650W Platinum:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/be-quiet-straight-power-11-650w-platinum-power-supply-review/5


PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i5-10600K 4.1 GHz 6-Core Processor | €247.03 @ Amazon Deutschland
CPU Cooler | ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler | €41.23 @ Amazon Deutschland
Motherboard | Asus TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX LGA1200 Motherboard | €186.64 @ Amazon Deutschland
Memory | Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | €101.52 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage | ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | €128.05 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage | Kingston A2000 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | €100.79 @ Mindfactory
Case | be quiet! Pure Base 500DX ATX Mid Tower Case | €97.99 @ Mindfactory
Power Supply | Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | €114.96 @ Computeruniverse
Custom| RTX3070| €510.00
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | €1528.21
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-26 12:34 CEST+0200 |
 
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xerxesaria

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Yes, my bad.
For 1528€ you get I5 10600K+RTX3070, is that good for you?

  • You can remove one ssd and replace it with 2tb hdd.
  • For 1080 resolution also a weaker gpu will do the job, but rtx3070 for 500€ is a good deal, and will be good for you if you upgrade your monitor.
  • You can downgrade to 16 gb ram, you don't notice any difference.
  • The corsair rmx650W is quieter compared to the be quiet! Straight Power 11 650W Platinum:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/be-quiet-straight-power-11-650w-platinum-power-supply-review/5


PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i5-10600K 4.1 GHz 6-Core Processor | €247.03 @ Amazon Deutschland
CPU Cooler | ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler | €41.23 @ Amazon Deutschland
Motherboard | Asus TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX LGA1200 Motherboard | €186.64 @ Amazon Deutschland
Memory | Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | €101.52 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage | ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | €128.05 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage | Kingston A2000 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | €100.79 @ Mindfactory
Case | be quiet! Pure Base 500DX ATX Mid Tower Case | €97.99 @ Mindfactory
Power Supply | Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | €114.96 @ Computeruniverse
Custom| RTX3070| €510.00
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | €1528.21
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-26 12:34 CEST+0200 |
Thank you for this list. It is reasonable; I like the CPU and cooler, memory, case, PSU and GPU. for storage I really want to have 2 SSDs and no more the very slow HDD! And for memory, I play sometimes games which demand a lot of RAM (for ex Cities Skylines). So I am going to stick to 32gb.
But I think I can balance it out.
Just one question still; what is your reason for recommending Asus TUF Gaming motherboard over Gigabyte Aorus Pro/Ultra or Asus ROG Strix Z490-## Gaming? Is it so it fits in the budget or something else?
 

Pickachu

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Thank you for this list. It is reasonable; I like the CPU and cooler, memory, case, PSU and GPU. for storage I really want to have 2 SSDs and no more the very slow HDD! And for memory, I play sometimes games which demand a lot of RAM (for ex Cities Skylines). So I am going to stick to 32gb.
But I think I can balance it out.
Just one question still; what is your reason for recommending Asus TUF Gaming motherboard over Gigabyte Aorus Pro/Ultra or Asus ROG Strix Z490-## Gaming? Is it so it fits in the budget or something else?
You welcome buddy!

Ok, so you have in your build 2 ssd drives+ 32 gb of ram.
About the motherboard: its the cheapest Z490 mobo with WIFI that I found, but its a good motherboard for your purpose.

Review:
 

dimtodim

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I am going to build my next PC build for gaming, with a budget of around €1500. I am not planning on overclocking. Below is my shopping list, but I am several questions for which I need your help. The pieces I am need help with are written in green:

1) Motherboard (which do you recommend?) I would rather have a motherboard which has built in wi-fi....
a) Gigabyte Z490 Gaming X Ax
b) Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite ac
c) Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Pro AX
d) Asus ROG Strix Z490-F gaming
e) Asus ROG Strix Z490-H gaming
f) Asus ROG Strix Z490-A gaming

g) Asus ROG Strix Z490-E gaming

2) SSDs:
2 NVME SSDs

When choosing Motherboard Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Pro AX, PCPartPicker gives me the following message. I do not get this message with the Asus Motherboards:

The motherboard M.2 slot #1 is listed as reserved for future use and is non-functional.

Does that factually mean that unlike the specs provided by Gigabyte that the Motherboard has 2 M.2 slots, it has 1 usable slot?
Does that mean that I cannot install 2 NVME SSDs but only 1 and therefore, my other SSD has to be a 2.5"?


3) PSU:
a) be quiet pure power 11 600W
b) be quiet straight power 11 650W
c) be quiet straight power 11 550W Platinum
d) be quiet straight power 11 650W Platinum


When choosing the be quiet PSUs, I get the following message:

The Motherboard has an additional 4-pin ATX power connector but the be quiet! Straight Power 11 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply does not. This connector is used to supply additional 12V current to the motherboard. While the system will likely still run without it, higher current demands such as extreme overclocking or large video card current draws may require it.
Except if I choose the following, in which case I do not get the message:
e) be quiet straight power 11 750W Platinum
f) Corsair RM650 (2019) 80+ Gold


My preference goes to be quiet because I am seeking to build a rather quiet system, but 750W it overkills I think. So how should I interpret the message from PCPartPicker and choose choice e or f?




Rest of the build; no questions about it:
4) GPU (20-series is sufficient for me): Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2070 Windforce 2x 8G
5) CPU: i5 10600
6) CPU cooler: be quiet dark rock 4
7) Case: be quiet Pure Base 500DX
8) RAM: 32GB 2666MHz

Many thanks....
hi...yup u must use for psu something else...can u put link from pcpartpicker?cpu cooler is great i have same...case is great good airflow...i am not sure for cpu but your choose...
 

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