Question My first PC Build. What do you think?

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I intend to use this computer for personal use and gaming. I used pc part picker. Your feedback is welcome. This is my first PC build. I'm trying to keep the budget down so I'm going to go with a regular monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Thanks! -Jason

Case: DIYPC Skyline-06 ATX Full Tower Case $79.79

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $84.98

CPU Cooler : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $25.99

Motherboard : ASRock B365 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $95.99

Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory $74.98

Storage: Western Digital Green 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (this came with the case for free)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB MINI ITX Video Card

Power Supply: EVGA BR 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $64.94

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $108.78

Sound card: Asus Xonar SE 24-bit 192 kHz Sound Card

Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-AC55BT B1 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $34.99
 
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Have you built the system yet? It's arguably a fine enough setup if you have it already, though if you haven't bought components yet, some things could be optimized...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $25.99
For a system in this price range, you would likely be better off just using the stock cooler that comes with the processor, and putting that money toward other components instead. These i3 processors don't exactly put out a ton of heat, so the stock cooler is probably sufficient. A Hyper 212 might be a bit quieter though.

Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $84.98
You might want to consider one of the current-generation 10-series processors, like the i3-10100, as it adds SMT (Hyperthreading) that can provide better performance in games that make heavy use of more than four threads. As a result, the 4-core, 8-thread i3-10100 should be roughly comparable in performance to the 6-core, 6-thread i5-9400. Processors with only 4 threads like the i3-9100 are arguably less than ideal for some of the newer games, and that will only become more of a limitation in the future as games become more multithreaded. You would need a different motherboard for that processor though (Like a B460).

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB MINI ITX Video Card
It's possible to get a 1650 SUPER for a similar price, or not much more than the regular 1650 now, and those will provide more performance for the money.
 
Your build will work as is.
But, I have some suggestions:

9100f comes with a perfectly good stock cooler.
No need for a hyper212 which is hard to mount anyway.

Your motherboard supports only 2666 ram speed.
No need to spend on faster. You are paying extra for RGB bling.

120 gb is too small for a C drive, let alone for the whole pc.
Even if it is free.
240gb is minimum.
I would buy at least 500gb.
A intel 660P m.2 pcie ssd is only $65
https://www.newegg.com/intel-660p-series-512gb/p/0D9-002V-003Y7?&quicklink=true

EVGA makes good and not so good power supplies.
Consider a quality psu as a long term investment. You only need 300w for your graphics card, but the 9100f can effectively run a much stronger card whenever you want to upgrade.
I would suggest a seasonic focus in the 550/650w range.
Here is one:
https://www.newegg.com/seasonic-focus-550-gold-ssr-550fm-550w/p/N82E16817151203
A psu will only use the wattage demanded of it, regardless of the max capability.

Motherboards today come with very good HD sound, a discrete sound card is not needed.
 
Thanks for your reply. I only have the case right now. I haven't purchased anything else yet. I'll try and see how the stock cooler works, thanks. So I revised the build. What do you think?
CPU: Intel Core i3-10100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $109.99
Cooler: Use stock cooler unless a different one is needed.
Motherboard: ASRock B460 Pro4 ATX LGA1200 Motherboard $99.99
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB OC Video Card $159.99
Perfect.
I used a i3-10100 in a desktop build for my son. It is quick.
It turbos up quickly.
The stock cooler works perfectly. It is not a hot processor.
Past that, I found the stock cooler to be very quiet.

----------------how to mount the stock Intel cooler--------------

The stock Intel cooler can be tricky to install.
A poor installation will result in higher cpu temperatures.
If properly mounted, you should expect temperatures at idle to be 10-15c. over ambient.

To mount the Intel stock cooler properly, place the motherboard on top of the foam or cardboard backing that was packed with the motherboard.
The stock cooler will come with paste pre applied, it looks like three grey strips.
The 4 push pins should come in the proper position for installation, that is with the pins rotated in the opposite direction of the arrow,(clockwise)
and pulled up as far as they can go.
Take the time to play with the pushpin mechanism until you know how they work.

Orient the 4 pins so that they are exactly over the motherboard holes.
If one is out of place, you will damage the pins which are delicate.
Push down on a DIAGONAL pair of pins at the same time. Then the other pair.

When you push down on the top black pins, it expands the white plastic pins to fix the cooler in place.

If you do them one at a time, you will not get the cooler on straight.
Lastly, look at the back of the motherboard to verify that all 4 pins are equally through the motherboard, and that the cooler is on firmly.
This last step must be done, which is why the motherboard should be out of the case to do the job. Or you need a case with a opening that lets you see the pins.
It is possible to mount the cooler with the motherboard mounted in the case, but you can then never be certain that the push pins are inserted properly
unless you can verify that the pins are through the motherboard and locked.

If you should need to remove the cooler, turn the pins counter clockwise to unlock them.
You will need to clean off the old paste and reapply new if you ever take the cooler off.
Clean off old paste with alcohol and a lint free paper like a coffee filter.
Apply new paste sparingly. A small rice sized drop in the center will spread our under heat and pressure.
Too much paste is bad, it will act as an insulator.
It is hard to use too little.

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Thanks. Realistically, I'll be using it for basic computer use, then some light light iRacing or GTA with it, but my goal was to get a big ol case and then as I use the computer I can adjust the parts in it for what I really need, rather than buy a new computer. Plus it will be good experience for me learning more about computers and how to build them.
 

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