Question New Build Advice - How up to date are the builds in the Black Friday Builds - $1000 Streaming and Gaming Build thread?

Oct 30, 2020
How up to date are the builds in the Black Friday Builds - $1000 Streaming and Gaming Build thread? Would one of those builds work for what I need?

Approximate Purchase Date: Would like to do something soon in March, but I could wait mid April if I had to.

Budget Range: $1000 -- must include shipping and I generally don't mess with rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: The only thing I'm going to do that will push this system is gaming. I'm perfectly fine at 1440x900@60Hz and the most strenuous games I play is WoW:Shadowlands and Star Wars Squadrons. Everything else is your generic word processing, and Internet surfing stuff.

Are you buying a monitor: No. I have an existing HP w1907.

Parts to Upgrade: I just need the tower (case, mobo, ram, cpu, gpu, storage, etc.). I don't need a mouse (Rival 310), keyboard (Logictech K120) or speakers (Logictech something). WiFi is a nice to have but I go Cat5 from the Xfinity modem to the computer.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - I'll need Win10 and since I'm going to give my current box to my daughter we'll need to upgrade to O365 if that matters.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, just something well known and reputable NewEgg, Amazon, Tiger.

Location: Charleston, SC, USA

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900@60Hz

Additional Comments: Current system is a AMD FX-6300, Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 6.0 (Socket M2), 16.0GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24), 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Gigabyte),
931GB Seagate ST1000DX001-1NS162 (SATA ) , 465GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-329BA0 (SATA )

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current system is under min spec for both Shadowlands and Squadrons, and it lacks an SSD. I'm super proud of it for still running those games even with poor framerates and downgrading graphics.

I think I'm probably more CPU bound than GPU bound but I'm not sure what GPU to target. I had planned to get a 3060, but I was less than successful in procuring one today.

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.


I wouldn't rely on those system build threads too much because those are from last November. In that time we've already had one new Intel platform (LGA 1200 / Z490) and we'll have the enthusiast line (Z590) by the end of the summer. We've also had the 4th generation of AM4 come along since then.

To be honest right now this is not a good time to build. I could recommend a system but you'll be hunting for about 1/2 the parts. New CPUs (mainly AMD) are impossible to find and you might as well forget about finding a new GPU for the time being. Most of the shortages are related to COVID and the Dogecoin craze but give it a couple of months and things should start returning to mostly normal.

I would also recommend you start searching for a new monitor if you're going to be upgrading. That you can at least find. 1400 x 900 is pretty laughable and won't get you very far in modern games. You need at least 1080 and 1440P would be preferable.
Intel's 11th gen Rocket Lake due out in three weeks offers native support of 3200MHz RAM, PCIe 4 along with improved IPC. TBH though, this is the worst time ever to try and obtain a graphics card due to the shortage on them.
CORSAIR Carbide Series 175R $67.75
EVGA 550 B5, 80 Plus BRONZE 550W, Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode, 5 Year Warranty $64.99
ASUS PRIME B560-PLUS LGA 1200 SATA 6Gb/s ATX $119.99
Intel 11th gen Rocket Lake i5 - 11400F ($160 - $170 if I had to guess)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU Cooler $39.99
G.SKILL Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) CL16 $79.99
Team Group CX2 2.5" 1TB SATA III 3D NAND Internal SSD $86.99

Total: $853,5717.html
How to Get Windows 10 for Free (or Under $30)
Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 23.8" Full HD Monitor (HDMI) $149.99

Here's two reviews of the current Intel 10th gen Comet Lake i5 10400F. Expect the newer Rocket Lake version of that chip (i5 11400F) to pump out better numbers for the reasons I stated up above.
Intel Core i5-10400F Review - Six Cores with HT for Under $200
Core i5-10400 and Core i5-10400F Processor Review: Do You Still Like Ryzen 5 3600?
Intel Core i5-11400 Rocket Lake CPU Annihilates Its 10th Gen Predecessor In Benchmark Leak
Parts to Upgrade: . WiFi is a nice to have but I go Cat5 from the Xfinity modem to the computer. <--- the Asus board I posted has an M.2 Key E slot. It's located just below the graphics card slot and if you scroll down on that page until you get to 'Packaging' you'll see this:

1 x M.2 Key E screw package

This Intel Wi Fi 6 desktop package + bluetooth fits right into that M.2 Key E slot.
Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) Desktop Kit, AX200, 2230, 2x2 AX+BT, vPro $24.95