[SOLVED] Improve my Canadian gaming pc build

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Hi, I’m wondering if there’s a way to improve this gaming pc build without going over the budget but I’m Canadian and keep the gpu amd

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (189.99 from amazon.ca)
Gpu: MSI VGA Graphic Cards RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC (275 from amazon.ca)
Motherboard: Asus Prime B450M-A/CSM (99.99 from amazon)
Power supply: EVGA 600 BQ, 80+ Bronze 600W (113 from Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (4gb x 2) (64.99 from newegg)
Storage: ADATA SU800 512GB (75 from Amazon)
Case: Cooler master master box lite 3.1 tg (79.99 from newegg)
Case fans: 3 Arctic P12- Pressure-optimised 120 mm Fan ($18 each from Amazon) and JBtek All Black Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cable 1 to 2 Converter, 2 Pack (24.99 from amazon)


Total: $976 CAD
( can up to $1000 budget)
 

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You don't need an AMD GPU for freesync really. Freesync was open game from the get go.
also not sure what speed your RAM is. at least 3000 would be best.

Being as you're on a strict budget a Corsair CX is still an improvement - there are better for more, but the CX is the most budget friendly unit that's still good quality.

Could consider something like:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($181.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 580 8 GB Phantom Gaming X Video Card ($236.80 @ Vuugo)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($71.99 @ PC-Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $826.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-27 18:04 EDT-0400
 

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Welcome to the forums my friend!

Why exactly stick to AMD GPU?
Also recommend getting a better PSU, the BQ series at lower wattages aren't great.
You'll also probably want 16GB dual channel over 8GB for gaming (if you plan on playing newer games).
Also do you need the case fans yet?
 
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Welcome to the forums my friend!

Why exactly stick to AMD GPU?
Also recommend getting a better PSU, the BQ series at lower wattages aren't great.
You'll also probably want 16GB dual channel over 8GB for gaming (if you plan on playing newer games).
I have freesync on my monitor right now and what psu would you recommend?
 

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You don't need an AMD GPU for freesync really. Freesync was open game from the get go.
also not sure what speed your RAM is. at least 3000 would be best.

Being as you're on a strict budget a Corsair CX is still an improvement - there are better for more, but the CX is the most budget friendly unit that's still good quality.

Could consider something like:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($181.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 580 8 GB Phantom Gaming X Video Card ($236.80 @ Vuugo)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($71.99 @ PC-Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $826.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-27 18:04 EDT-0400
 
Aug 27, 2019
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You don't need an AMD GPU for freesync really. Freesync was open game from the get go.
also not sure what speed your RAM is. at least 3000 would be best.

Being as you're on a strict budget a Corsair CX is still an improvement - there are better for more, but the CX is the most budget friendly unit that's still good quality.

Could consider something like:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($181.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 580 8 GB Phantom Gaming X Video Card ($236.80 @ Vuugo)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($71.99 @ PC-Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $826.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-27 18:04 EDT-0400

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You don't need an AMD GPU for freesync really. Freesync was open game from the get go.
also not sure what speed your RAM is. at least 3000 would be best.

Being as you're on a strict budget a Corsair CX is still an improvement - there are better for more, but the CX is the most budget friendly unit that's still good quality.

Could consider something like:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($181.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 580 8 GB Phantom Gaming X Video Card ($236.80 @ Vuugo)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($71.99 @ PC-Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $826.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-27 18:04 EDT-0400
The motherboard M.2 slot #1 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. What does it mean?
 

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The motherboard M.2 slot #1 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. What does it mean?

Means that two of your regular SATA ports on the motherboard are disabled if you are using an M2 slot.

Again, not saying that is the build to go for if it doesn't suit - just an idea.
I would absolutely up the RAM to 16GB however - and be at least 3000 with Ryzen.

And I would get a better PSU than the BQ 600W (higher wattages are better). But the CX is a good unit. Not the best, but good.
 
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The motherboard M.2 slot #1 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. What does it mean?

Means that two of your regular SATA ports on the motherboard are disabled if you are using an M2 slot.

Again, not saying that is the build to go for if it doesn't suit - just an idea.
I would absolutely up the RAM to 16GB however - and be at least 3000 with Ryzen.

And I would get a better PSU than the BQ 600W (higher wattages are better). But the CX is a good unit. Not the best, but good.
Thanks I’m using your upgrades definitely but what happens if one of the SATA ports on the motherboard are disabled
 
at least 3000 would be best.

Being as you're on a strict budget a Corsair CX is still an improvement - there are better for more, but the CX is the most budget friendly unit that's still good quality.
Ditto this! A good PSU is a necessity. Also, Ryzen likes ram speed, so make sure the ram is 3000mhz at minimum.
Thanks I’m using your upgrades definitely but what happens if one of the SATA ports on the motherboard are disabled
It means if you use an m.2 drive 2 SATA ports are disabled. This basically means that 2 SATA ports will not work. This is fine since your motherboard would still have 4 working Sata ports.
 
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Ditto this! A good PSU is a necessity. Also, Ryzen likes ram speed, so make sure the ram is 3000mhz at minimum.

It means if you use an m.2 drive 2 SATA ports are disabled. This basically means that 2 SATA ports will not work. This is fine since your motherboard would still have 4 working Sata ports.
Ok I’ll use your updated build, are you sure this is going to work?
 

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Ok I’ll use your updated build, are you sure this is going to work?
Regarding the M2 and SATA Ports? No question it will work.
Most mid range (and lower) previous chipsets with M2 slots operate this way, it's harder to find a board that DOESN'T disable SATA ports with an M2 in use.

Just have to make sure you identify which sata ports stop working, then don't use them :) otherwise you'll spend hours wondering why your HDD isn't being detected until you plug it into the 4th SATA port.
 
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Regarding the M2 and SATA Ports? No question it will work.
Most mid range (and lower) previous chipsets with M2 slots operate this way, it's harder to find a board that DOESN'T disable SATA ports with an M2 in use.

Just have to make sure you identify which sata ports stop working, then don't use them :) otherwise you'll spend hours wondering why your HDD isn't being detected until you plug it into the 4th SATA port.
Ok I still have an extra 72 dollars left, what upgrade for the cpu or gpu?
 
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $195.99 @ Newegg Canada
Motherboard | Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | $99.99 @ Amazon Canada
Memory | OLOy WarHawk RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $90.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage | Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $74.99 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card | $289.00 @ Canada Computers
Case | Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX Mid Tower Case | $71.99 @ PC-Canada
Power Supply | Corsair CX (2017) 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply | $79.99 @ Amazon Canada
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $902.94
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-27 19:25 EDT-0400 |
Faster GPU, slightly faster CPU with better cooler, and slightly faster ram.
 
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