Question Is this a good build for 544€?

Andrea Burgio

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Hi everyone, I've been trying to choose some components to make a new computer for the last few days. I'm a college engineering student and I'll use it mostly for Matlab, Mathematica, programming, some 3d designing, and a little gaming. My problem is that i'm on a budget, and i'm really trying to get the best bang for the bucks. I came up with this build:

Case: Thermaltake H200 https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B07TYY3698/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A11IL2PNWYJU7H&psc=1

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B07STGGQ18/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A2QMUQSX5PYEJ2&psc=1

Secondary memory: samsung 970 EVO plus 500gb https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B07MFBLN7K/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=A1S4YCLSM9BO6Q&psc=1

Motherboard: MSI B550-A PRO https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B08BCQF1BD/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=A11IL2PNWYJU7H&psc=1

Main memory: corsair vengeance LPX DDR4 3000MHz 8gb https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B07B4FRMGV/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?smid=A11IL2PNWYJU7H&psc=1

And for now i will use a sapphire r9 270x as GPU, which is the one i had on my previous build, I'll buy a new one on christmas, i was thinking about a rx 280 but still not sure.
Do you guys think this is a good build? If not, what would you change? (for the prices use amazon.it since I'm in italy)
 
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Andrea Burgio

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Is your previous machine getting repurposed for something else? Could re-use the case.
Thanks for the reply! My old case was a mini tower (and it's broken too..), I want to use a mid tower now for not having problems with cables and have better airflow. What do you think about this build?
 

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I would change the SSD to WD Blue SN550 and use the money saved to change the ram to 16GB 3200Mhz
That's a very good idea! Thanks for the suggestion. Two questions though:

Is there a big difference between that SSD and the samsung one? Over here: https://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/WD-Blue-SN550-NVMe-PCIe-M2-500GB-vs-Samsung-970-Evo-Plus-NVMe-PCIe-M2-500GB/m998114vsm700020 it looks like the samsung ssd is pretty faster

Do you think that 8 additional gbs of RAM would really make a difference?

For the frequency, there's no really a need to get a 3200MHz over a 3000MHz RAM, it's pretty much the same thing. If i can find one for 40€, 8gb, I would obviously buy it though.
 

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Doubled your RAM to 2x8GB.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (€201.90 @ Amazon Italia)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550M AORUS PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (€126.97 @ Amazon Italia)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory (€69.98 @ Amazon Italia)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (€79.98 @ Amazon Italia)
Case: Thermaltake S100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (€55.58 @ Amazon Italia)
Total: €534.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-23 18:38 CEST+0200


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (€201.90 @ Amazon Italia)
Motherboard: MSI B550-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard (€122.89 @ Amazon Italia)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory (€69.98 @ Amazon Italia)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (€79.98 @ Amazon Italia)
Case: Zalman T7 ATX Mid Tower Case (€53.90 @ Amazon Italia)
Total: €528.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-23 18:42 CEST+0200
 
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Andrea Burgio

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Doubled your RAM to 2x8GB.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (€201.90 @ Amazon Italia)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550M AORUS PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (€126.97 @ Amazon Italia)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory (€69.98 @ Amazon Italia)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (€79.98 @ Amazon Italia)
Case: Thermaltake S100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (€55.58 @ Amazon Italia)
Total: €534.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-23 18:38 CEST+0200


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (€201.90 @ Amazon Italia)
Motherboard: MSI B550-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard (€122.89 @ Amazon Italia)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory (€69.98 @ Amazon Italia)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (€79.98 @ Amazon Italia)
Case: Zalman T7 ATX Mid Tower Case (€53.90 @ Amazon Italia)
Total: €528.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-23 18:42 CEST+0200
Thank you very much!! I'd rather have a better case and ssd than 8 more gbs of RAM.. in case i'll need it i will buy a new one in the future. Thank you so much though!!
 

tennis2

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The Adata SX8200 Pro is a fair bit better than the WD Blue SN550.

On the 1x8GB vs 2x8GB....I'm opposite you on that opinion. I wouldn't put the TT S100 much (if any) below the H200 on quality. The Zalman T7 has the ding of an acrylic (plastic) side panel window, but other than that, I think it looks quite nice! Either way, my builds were €10 and €15 less than yours, so I'd have to imagine the H200 is achievable if you're really in love with it.
 
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Hello I'm new here and yet considering to build a machine. And if I decide to build it I will ask for your help.

Nonetheless...
- Isn't it better to have 2 DIMMs instead of just one? Isn't it 2x4GB better than 1x8GB? Specially for gaming.
If the idea is just gaming maybe nowadays 8GB is enough but, for future proofing and being able to use the machine for multitasking, I would prefer to have 16GB in total.
-For what I could read, Ryzen Infinity Fabric should match RAM internal speed (UCLK). A 1:1 ratio it's way better than anything else in terms of CPU:RAM relation. By default, Ryzen 5 3600 FCLK (Infinity Fabric) is 1600 (depending on the "Silicon Lottery" one can get it to 1800) so a system with a R5 3600 CPU and a 3200Mhz RAM (1600UCLK) will preform better than a system with a R5 3600 CPU and a 3000Mhz RAM.

Having this in consideration, I would chose:
Ryzen 5 3600 + 16GB 3200Mhz RAM (Samsung B-die if budget allows it)
 
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