Question Need help building picking parts for my first PC.

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Hello, i am looking to build a gaming PC by the end of the year, my budget is 1000$.
I am new to building, so I would appreciate any help :).
I already have case and PSU from my friend who bought them for me(they are not used).
PSU: https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Modular-Warranty-Compact-220-B3-0550-V1/dp/B071XS597S
Case:https://www.amazon.com/Zalman-Tower-Case-Z1-Neo/dp/B019OSCMYK
I would like to have there a Ryzen 5 3600: https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Ryzen-3600-12-Thread-Processor/dp/B07STGGQ18
I don't know what type of Motherboard should i add there, i was thinking about MSI B450M Gaming Plus, but i heard you will need to update BIOS, but i don't know how to do it.
Motherboard:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F7WQDZJ?tag=pcpapi-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1

I am COUNTING Case and PSU into budget.

Please help,
Patrick

I'll answer to any questions so feel free to ask me what you need to know.
(Sorry for grammar errors, I live in Slovakia, so i don't know much english).
 

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The MSI B450M Gaming Plus does need a bios update, but it does have usb bios flashing. Here's a video example.

If you have problems with the flash back, sometimes the usb will need to be in mbr format instead of fat32 and sometimes the usb drives themselves will be finicky.
 
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I would suggest the MSI x470 Gaming Plus motherboard to match your Ryzen 5

(https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Performance-Gaming-X470-Plus/dp/B07CF31C1Q/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=MSI+x470+gaming+pro&qid=1575614679&sr=8-3)

It will also need a BIOS update for 3rd gen Ryzen CPUs, but the x470 Chipset is much more reliable and has a more user friendly BIOS, making it alot easier for you to update it (below i will also include full directions and links on how to Update your BIOS, it's actually pretty easy)

as far as a GPU goes, (as its usually the most expensive part of a PC build) I would suggest the MSI Gaming X 1050Ti 4Gb V V V
https://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-GTX-1050-TI/dp/B01MA62JSZ/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=1050+ti&qid=1575614849&sr=8-2

although if you don't care about looks, just look through this list for single fan budget 1050ti's V V
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=1050+ti&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

If you would like an AMD GPU on about the same scale, the RX 560 or RX 570 would be your best bet. just know you wont be paying as much as a Nvidia GPU, but at the cost of less user friendly Overclocking software

https://www.amazon.com/XFX-RX-560D4SFG5-Radeon-Graphic-Card/dp/B075LM7GYZ/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=RX+560&qid=1575615010&sr=8-2

Depending on what your budget looks like, your next decision is if you'll want a HDD or a SSD for storage
the MSI x470 Gaming Plus supports NVMe M.2 SSDs, which are internal PCI slots

Pros and Cons the M.2 has over a HDD (V V V)

Pros:
Much faster Read/Write speeds
0 noise, as it doesn't have discs
Cable free! No SATA power or Data cables required
space saving

Cons:
Much more expensive $/Gb
Yea that's about it

A smart move would be to have a smaller 250Gb M.2 SSD to install Windows 10 (or whatever OS you'll be getting) so it runs like Usain Bolt, and then have a secondary 1 or 2Tb HDD for your Game library, that way you get best of both worlds

or you could split the difference and get a SSHD Hybrid from Seagate Barracuda. (I actually just bought one, and i'm excited to see how it does) this way you get a large amount of storage without paying a premium, but also not getting stuck with HDDs sad SATAIII bottleneck

SSHD V V V
https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FireCuda-Gaming-Accelerated-Performance/dp/B07H2F3741/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2XEU3LV5FWWZF&keywords=sshd+hybrid+hard+drive&qid=1575615684&s=electronics&sprefix=SSHD,electronics,227&sr=1-1
 
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BIOS Update Directions:

What you'll need:

Separate computer or laptop with an internet connection
USB flash drive with at least 8gb free space


Take the USB flash drive and plug it into the PC/Laptop, go to File Manager>This PC>(USB). Right click on the USB and click "Format", don't touch the unit allocation size, but format it from NTFS to FAT32 (Bootable drive) and rename it to BIOS update if you'd like. (not required, but it's nice)

Next go to the MSI website and go to the support page for your motherboard (if you end up getting the x470 Gaming Plus, this will be where you need to go V V V
https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/support/X470-GAMING-PLUS

From there download the latest BIOS update available, you might need to extract the files, but essentially you'll want to open the downloaded file and copy its contents onto the USB. (It'll probably be like a .260, .290, or CAP type file)

After it's done copying right click on the USB in "This PC" again and click "Eject" (this will allow you to safely remove the USB without corrupting its contents)

Then you'll want to take your BIOS flash drive and plug it into your new build --Before powering it on for the first time
After you've made sure your new build is completely intact, power it on and press F1 when prompted for the initial BIOS setup.

After that you'll want to find "M-Flash" or anything that involves Flashing. Then select Update from USB. After which your PC will restart into Flash Mode, from there simply select the USB and then the Update file and let the BIOS do it's thing.

(They'll tell you this anyway, but DONT UNPLUG THE USB OR POWER OFF YOUR PC WHILE THE BIOS IS FLASHING, It doesn't matter how long it takes, just don't)

After it's done, simply restart and continue installing your Windows 10 OS and you're good to go
 

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