[SOLVED] New $1000 PC build for Plex/streaming

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Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of November

Budget Range: ~$1000 or under

System Usage from Most to Least Important: streaming with Plex, browsing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: A brand new PC without monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg
Location: USA, Florida
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I just need a fast computer, this PC will be mainly used for streaming with Plex/ as a Plex media server, and just general browsing/surfing the internet, watching high quality YouTube videos and movies. But not used for gaming.
Thanks.
 

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That all looks good except for the video card.
With that video card he will not be able to play current games very well if they will even play at all.
Watch this:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGeIjgmOdhw

I would suggest at least a GTX 1660 Ti or even better a RTX 2060 Super or RTX 2070 Super.
https://www.pcmag.com/compare/369808/amd-radeon-rx-5700-xt-vs-nvidia-geforce-rtx-2070-super-whi

If that puts you too far over your budget you could get a Ryzen 7 2700x (for about $160) and a good B450 MB (for about $120).
That wouldn't perform as well as a 3700x but it is still pretty fast.
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.65 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 256 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.75 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Video Card ($150.57 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($40.58 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($96.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1082.32
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-29 00:42 EST-0500


is this build good and all compatible together?
 

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($138.00 @ Walmart)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone GD08B HTPC Case ($209.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Silverstone 500 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply ($113.66 @ Amazon)
Total: $786.51
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-29 10:16 EST-0500



Small form factor build.
 

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PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VPf4sk

CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair SPEC-DELTA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $970.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-29 10:30 EST-0500
 

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Have you thought about splitting your requirements? Getting a NAS to be your PLEX server and a laptop for watching/browsing?

All the builds listed above are from a gamer's perspective. The 3400G build is what I would pick from the choices presented. But a 1TB SSD and no 8TB media disk? Not a PLEX build. The 8700 build has better balance. It has an HDD (but just a 3TB) and it has an optical drive. I would think an optical drive would be a requirement for a media oriented build.
 

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I use my current 3700x rig for streaming via PLEX to 2 1080p HDTVs and it works Great.
So I can strongly recommend an AMD 3700x based build for streaming via Plex.
See my Signature for full specs.
 
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I use my current 3700x rig for streaming viia PLEX t o2 1080p HDTVs and it works Great.
So I can strongly recommend an AMD 3700x based build for streaming via Plex.
See my Signature for full specs.
But it is way more performance and expense than is required. An i3 or a 3400G would be plenty of CPU. Commercial NAS units do it with Celeron CPUs.
 

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CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($138.00 @ Walmart)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 10 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($274.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Silverstone GD08B HTPC Case ($209.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Silverstone 500 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply ($113.66 @ Amazon)
Total: $969.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-29 12:25 EST-0500


There is plenty of wiggle room to $1k to add storage.
 

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But it is way more performance and expense than is required. An i3 or a 3400G would be plenty of CPU. Commercial NAS units do it with Celeron CPUs.
That's true, I was streaming from my B450/Ryzen 5 2600 rig and that worked well if I was only web browsing while streaming.
But I also play AAA single player games and encode videos pretty regularly on my PC so upgrading to the 3700x made sense for me.
I can now stream to both TV's while gaming or encoding without any stuttering.
When I tried to game and stream or encode with my 2600, I got occasional stutters in my encodes and games and lag when streaming.
 

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Have you thought about splitting your requirements? Getting a NAS to be your PLEX server and a laptop for watching/browsing?

All the builds listed above are from a gamer's perspective. The 3400G build is what I would pick from the choices presented. But a 1TB SSD and no 8TB media disk? Not a PLEX build. The 8700 build has better balance. It has an HDD (but just a 3TB) and it has an optical drive. I would think an optical drive would be a requirement for a media oriented build.
This is actually for my brother but he wants an all around PC build that can handle alittle of everything but not focused on gaming, and that can support Plex very well
He wants an optical drive to rip his DVDs and blurays
 

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That's true, I was streaming from my B450/Ryzen 5 2600 rig and that worked well if I was only web browsing while streaming.
But I also play AAA single player games and encode videos pretty regularly on my PC so upgrading to the 3700x made sense for me.
I can now stream to both TV's while gaming or encoding without any stuttering.
When I tried to game and stream or encode with my 2600, I got occasional stutters in my encodes and games and lag when streaming.
My brother pretty much wants a build that can do everything that your PC can but he prefers Intel based
 

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anbu7elite

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Then a 9700k (8 cores / 8 threads) based system would most likely be what he would want to get very good performance while doing multiple tasks.
Just know that you can get the same (or even better) performance from a Ryzen 7 3700x for less money.
http://hwbench.com/cpus/amd-ryzen-7-3700x-vs-intel-core-i7-9700k

I have modified the build, what do you think, I was trying to make sure there are no compatability issues


PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $329.99 @ Best Buy
Motherboard | MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard | $199.99 @ Best Buy
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage | ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 256 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $49.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Seagate BarraCuda 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive | $79.99 @ Newegg
Video Card | MSI GeForce GT 710 2 GB Video Card | $53.00 @ Amazon
Case | Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG ATX Mid Tower Case | $89.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $94.99 @ Best Buy
Optical Drive | Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer | $19.98 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $977.91
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-30 14:47 EST-0500 |
 
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DMAN999

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That all looks good except for the video card.
With that video card he will not be able to play current games very well if they will even play at all.
Watch this:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGeIjgmOdhw

I would suggest at least a GTX 1660 Ti or even better a RTX 2060 Super or RTX 2070 Super.
https://www.pcmag.com/compare/369808/amd-radeon-rx-5700-xt-vs-nvidia-geforce-rtx-2070-super-whi

If that puts you too far over your budget you could get a Ryzen 7 2700x (for about $160) and a good B450 MB (for about $120).
That wouldn't perform as well as a 3700x but it is still pretty fast.
 
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anbu7elite

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That all looks good except for the video card.
With that video card he will not be able to play current games very well if they will even play at all.
Watch this:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGeIjgmOdhw

I would suggest at least a GTX 1660 Ti or even better a RTX 2060 Super or RTX 2070 Super.
https://www.pcmag.com/compare/369808/amd-radeon-rx-5700-xt-vs-nvidia-geforce-rtx-2070-super-whi

If that puts you too far over your budget you could get a Ryzen 7 2700x (for about $160) and a good B450 MB (for about $120).
That wouldn't perform as well as a 3700x but it is still pretty fast.
Yeah he's not going to be playing any games on it at all actually, I just needed to find a video card for graphics since there's no integrated graphics in the processor
 
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