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[SOLVED] Need assistance with hardware for i5 8600k

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I’m building a gaming pc to play The Sims 4. I have made my decision on building a pc with i5 8600k cpu. I would like recommendations on which comments I should add to my computer.

The only part that I have purchased is a tower case - Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB Edition 12V MB Sync Capable ATX Mid-Tower Chassis with 3 120mm 12V RGB Fan + 1 Black 120mm Rear Fan Pre-Installed CA-1K8-00M1WN-01 - from Amazon.com

I do have a list of hardware saved on Amazon. I just do not want to purchase it yet as I have no idea what I’m doing. I know I can do it I just need a little help. Please, let me know if you’d like me to share my list of potential hardware. Thank you!
 

Newtonius

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Here's a build I could make using the parts you listed or similar.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/sJ6NGc

Major notes:
You are NOT gonna get under 1000 budget with these choices ANYWHERE. Maybe on a black friday in the US.

You do not need 32GB of ram, that is an exorbitant amount for Sims 4 or any game for that matter. I have 32GB and I rarely ever reach 16GB whilst gaming, mostly 12GB.

You also do not need 1000w power supply. Were you planning on running the extra wattage to an incubator or fridge? Lol you'll need 450watts at most with a GTX 1650

I also changed the motherboard to save you 60$ while losing no performance. If the design of the board doesn't peak your fancy then feel free to change it back.

Side notes:
I did not add a monitor since this is a personal choice as to what you want but that pixie will add another 150-160 to the total price.

You can save about 90$ if you install windows via a USB and buy an OEM key online.

Feel free to ask anymore questions. My thoughts, I'd save up a bit more for a 1500$ budget. The sad things about budget builds is they become obsolete so fast that you have to pay more money to upgrade again sooner rather than later.
 
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List of potential hardware:
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) M.2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 DDR4 HDMI DP Wi-Fi SLI CFX ATX Z390 Gaming Motherboard

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1650 Overclocked 4GB Edition VR Ready HDMI 2.0 DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-GTX1650-O4G-GAMING)

Corsair LPX 32GB (2x16GB) 3200MHz C16 DDR4 DRAM Memory Kit, Black (CMK32GX4M2B3200C16)

Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM)
Or
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB SSD (MZ-V7E1T0BW) NVMe M.2 V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive

(honestly, not sure if these are correct components.)

Seasonic PRIME 1000 Platinum SSR-1000PD 1000W 80+ Platinum ATX12V & EPS12V Full Modular 135mm FDB Fan Power On Self Tester 12 Year Warranty Power Supply

Pixio PXC243 24 inch 144Hz AMD Freesync FHD 1800R Curved Full HD 1920x1080 Premier Esports Gaming Monitor, 2 Years Warranty


And whatever else I may need.. lol I’m not entirely sure. I would like my budget to stay under $1,000.
 

Newtonius

Respectable
Here's a build I could make using the parts you listed or similar.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/sJ6NGc

Major notes:
You are NOT gonna get under 1000 budget with these choices ANYWHERE. Maybe on a black friday in the US.

You do not need 32GB of ram, that is an exorbitant amount for Sims 4 or any game for that matter. I have 32GB and I rarely ever reach 16GB whilst gaming, mostly 12GB.

You also do not need 1000w power supply. Were you planning on running the extra wattage to an incubator or fridge? Lol you'll need 450watts at most with a GTX 1650

I also changed the motherboard to save you 60$ while losing no performance. If the design of the board doesn't peak your fancy then feel free to change it back.

Side notes:
I did not add a monitor since this is a personal choice as to what you want but that pixie will add another 150-160 to the total price.

You can save about 90$ if you install windows via a USB and buy an OEM key online.

Feel free to ask anymore questions. My thoughts, I'd save up a bit more for a 1500$ budget. The sad things about budget builds is they become obsolete so fast that you have to pay more money to upgrade again sooner rather than later.
 
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Newtonius

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https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Zx9nQq

Here's another budget build I just made for somebody else that's actually under 1000$ (not including monitor and windows OS retailer version), you get less storage space and are not going with the 8600k anymore, but you get much better performance. Upgrading storage space is easy anyway so if you start running out of room you can always pop another SSD/HDD in.
 

ocer9999

Honorable
Why not more storage under 1K?
To me the 5700XT is better choice and having HDD is a must if you game, I mean these latest games are pretty big.

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

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock B450 Steel Legend ATX AM4 Motherboard ($105.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Red Dragon Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $973.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-02 18:02 EDT-0400
 
Here is an option based on a 9600K which is pretty much the same price as the 8600K and if needed you can just swap the 9600K back for the 8600K. This is coupled to the Gigabyte Z390 UD Motherboard, 16GB of DDR4 3200 RAM which is very cost effective. I have also included a 500GB NVMe SDD and a 1TB HD which will cover all your storage needs and finally a Radeon RX 570 8GB which will be more than enough for the Sims 4...way more than good enough...

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($236.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 UD ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($130.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX6000 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.88 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 570 8 GB Video Card ($149.89 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12III 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $872.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-02 19:39 EDT-0400

The RX 570 GPU is more than enough for 1080p Ultra/High for Sims 4 but you can always go to the RX 580 for just around $40 to $50 more if required.
 
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@Newtonius Oh, wow! Thank you! & no, no fridge or incubator 😝😝 I’m not sure what I’m doing, so I guess I kind of went overboard. Lol. I don’t mind going over my budget a little. I’m not buying all the parts at once. I will definitely take your advice and start with 16GB and if I need more I can always add later on. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about gaming computers. I’m not a hardcore gamer. The only game I play is Sims 4. I do, however, play with a lot of mods and custom content.
 

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