Question Music/Low end Gaming PC Build Advice

Jason H.

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Im looking to build my buddy a PC capable of music creation (so a better cpu than gpu) but he still wants to do some light gaming on it.

The budget is about 600-700$ but were looking to max out at 650, but can go to 700 if the deal is worth it.

He also has a MicroCenter in his area... worth keeping in mind.

I have a build in mind. However I am not sure if I can save some money on a GPU to get a better cpu or more ram since its MAINLY a music creation rig, more so than gaming.

So Im looking for some input. Any advice would be appreciated.

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/LCF8x6

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($71.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($38.90 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB SC GAMING Video Card ($159.99 @ B&H)
Case: Deepcool MATREXX 30 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($38.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $594.80
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-11 01:24 EDT-0400
 
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IDProG

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PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/zNDcyk

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor ($150.00)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($69.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT 4 GB MECH OC Video Card ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA BR 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $663.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-11 02:50 EDT-0400

Here is the build, but with much better CPU, much better GPU, much faster SSD, and better PSU, for only around $664.

The edited CPU price was Micro Center's price, as shown here
https://www.microcenter.com/product/505630/amd-ryzen-7-2700-32ghz-8-core-am4-boxed-processor-with-wraith-spire-cooler

Make sure that the Micro Center store that's closest to your friend's place has it available.

If not, you can find other CPUs in Micro Center like 2600X for $99.

Enjoy
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $174.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard | MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard | $114.89 @ B&H
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $69.95 @ Adorama
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card | $203.98 @ Newegg
Case | Corsair SPEC-05 ATX Mid Tower Case | $44.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply | $38.98 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $772.77
| Mail-in rebates | -$45.00
| Total | $727.77
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-11 05:52 EDT-0400 |
 
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