Build Advice New Build for moderate gaming and recording music/creating videos

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Approximate Purchase Date: From today until 22nd March
Budget Range: Max I would like to spend is £1500. Can go beyond that if need be. But anything less than £1500 is much appreciated.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Creating videos most likely using Sony Vegas, creating music using ProFirst Tools, Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: This is a complete new build so need everything.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: United Kingdom is where I live
Location: UK
Parts Preferences: In the past I always read Intel and Nvidia was best but I wouldn't know about that to be honest. Which ever is best right now I guess.
Overclocking: If its for the best
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: Software I'm likely to use is Sony Vegas and Pro Tools First. For the gaming, I'm not a big gamer, I don't always buy the most recent games often waiting a year or 2 after its been released. Currently I am playing Football Manager 2017, Out of The Park Baseball 21. But would like to play games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassins Creed (old and recent games), games from the total war series eg. Rome Total War 2, The Sims, I like building games such as roller coaster tycoon, Jurassic Park evolution.
 
This is the system below. Not bad but I don't like the parts at all. B450 board, That 120mm AIO, 3200MHz RAM. EVGA BQ bronze for a RTX 3070. The good part of this build is obviously getting the RTX 3070 at ~500 USD. And this is why I hate Pre-Built.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($394.99 @ MemoryC)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken M22 Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P2 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($104.95 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($74.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1041.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-06 10:00 EST-0500



And this what you can get for a little bit more money. The issue when you buy the parts for the system below is that you have to buy that RTX 3070 at 900 dollars. It's ridiculous. So nowadays it's buy a pre-built for the good price on the GPU but suffer on the rest of the parts or buy good parts at around the same price but you get destroyed on the GPU so in the end you pay a few more hundreds which could have been used on a better CPU, more RAM etc :S

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CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($394.99 @ MemoryC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black 55 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B550-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard ($149.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P2 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($104.95 @ B&H)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300A Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1093.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-06 10:08 EST-0500
 
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This is the system below. Not bad but I don't like the parts at all. B450 board, That 120mm AIO, 3200MHz RAM. EVGA BQ bronze for a RTX 3070. The good part of this build is obviously getting the RTX 3070 at ~500 USD. And this is why I hate Pre-Built.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($394.99 @ MemoryC)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken M22 Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P2 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($104.95 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($74.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1041.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-06 10:00 EST-0500



And this what you can get for a little bit more money. The issue when you buy the parts for the system below is that you have to buy that RTX 3070 at 900 dollars. It's ridiculous. So nowadays it's buy a pre-built for the good price on the GPU but suffer on the rest of the parts or buy good parts at around the same price but you get destroyed on the GPU so in the end you pay a few more hundreds.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($394.99 @ MemoryC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black 55 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B550-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard ($149.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P2 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($104.95 @ B&H)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300A Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1093.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-06 10:08 EST-0500
This doesn't really help me because everything is in dollars. I did say I live in the UK.
 
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This doesn't really help me because everything is in dollars. I did say I live in the UK.
My mistake. Both are around 950 Pound but you need a monitor so forget my earlier post.

It really is a bad time to buy a system.

If you buy the parts yourself you get screwed up on the GPU.

If you buy a pre-built you have a good price on the GPU but the rest of the parts could be better and not always of quality.
 
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System needs a lot of storage because you do audio stuff and videos stuff.

8 Cores CPU not needed but for productivity stuff it's recommended.

32GB of RAM would be good for that system.

A decent GPU is needed for gaming too.

All of this + a monitor will be very hard to do with that budget especially now.

Normally I would have already pasted a few builds for you but I have been thinking for 10 minutes and I'm like "Wow this is hard these days".

I don't want to tell you to go buy a pre-built but I don't want to make you buy a system where you lose performance just because the GPU is double the MSRP price.
 
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Sony Vegas and Pro Tools First are not demanding programs. You can get by with a 6 core 12 thread CPU, 16GB of system memory [RAM], an RTX 3060Ti, and a high quality 550 watt to 650 watt power supply. 32 inch screens have come down in price and you can get 1080p and 1440p screens at a reasonable price, MSI makes a good one. You can download Windows 10 for free and get a cheap key, YouTube creators that make computer content often have links to them with a discount, like the person in this video: (18) January's 2021 USED PC Parts Hunt - I ACTUALLY GOT GPUS! - YouTube and the link he provides to a key is here: Buy Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM CD-KEY GLOBAL from the VIP-Scdkey store (vip-scdkey.com) . I have used several keys and they all work, they are legal.

By the way, I have used Noctua coolers for myself and others for many years, great coolers, the fans are guaranteed for 6 years but will last longer. The smallest I would suggest for up to 8 core 16 thread CPUs is a Noctua NH-U12S, if you want to overclock I would suggest a larger cooler like a Noctua NH-U14S or NH-D15S and a case big enough to house it, a large mid-tower.
 
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PCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/WxLfCz

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£180.00 @ Currys PC World)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.98 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard (£170.73 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£129.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£99.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB VENTUS 2X OC Video Card (£612.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£88.98 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1389.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-06 16:49 GMT+0000

If I were you this is what I'm looking at. But given the condition nowadays I would not build a PC until prices normalize.
 

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How much can you wait at max?
Well I got a lot of time off work during March, wanted to build it then when I have the time. To be honest I don't mind buying a pre-built and then maybe upgrade it in the future if I have too. I have been looking on what pcspecialist.co.uk or Overclockers offers, don't know if anything on there is suitable?
 
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Add a storage drive to this build.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-carbide-series-175r-rgb-black-mid-tower-pc-case-w-tempered-glass-window-atx-microatx-mini-it
Corsair Carbide 175R RGB LED Glass Midi PC Gaming Case £57.98

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-seasonic-core-gold-gm-650-80plus-gold-single-rail-54a-120mm-fan-atx-psu
Seasonic Core Gold GM 650 650W Modular 80+ Gold PSU £69.98

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-b550-pro4-motherboard-amd-b550-s-am4-ddr4-sata3-pcie-40-dual-m2-crossfire-gbe-atx
ASRock B550 Pro4 AMD ATX Motherboard £121.49

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-ryzen-5-3600x-am4-zen-2-6-core-12-thread-38ghz-44ghz-turbo-32mb-l3-pcie-40-95w-cpu-pluswraith-sp
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Gen3 6 Core AM4 CPU/Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler £239.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-hyper-212-black-edition-1x-120mm-fan-single-tower-aluminium-fins-4x-copper-heatpipes-i
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Ed. Intel/AMD CPU Cooler £29.99

https://www.ebuyer.com/982371-corsair-vengeance-lpx-black-32gb-2x16gb-3600-mhz-amd-ryzen-tuned-ddr4-cmk32gx4m2z3600c18
Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 32GB (2x16GB) 3600 MHz AMD Ryzen Tuned DDR4 Memory Dual Kit £156.48

https://www.ebuyer.com/869316-patriot-burst-960gb-ssd-pbu960gs25ssdr
Patriot BURST 960GB SSD £77.97

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/components-upgrades/graphics-cards/gigabyte-geforce-rtx-3060-ti-8-gb-gaming-oc-graphics-card-10219305-pdt.html
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB OC Graphics Card £410.00

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/238-asus-tuf-gaming-vg249q1r-monitor-ips-1920x1080-144hz-165hz-oc-1ms-freesync-10001-250cd-m-hdmi-dp
ASUS 24" Full HD 165Hz FreeSync IPS Gaming Monitor £198.98

Total: £1,362.86
 
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What are your thoughts on this one? https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ocuk-gaming-spectra-gaming-pc-intel-core-i5-9400f-fs-1d7-og.html#p=bCdm342!bCdn3/6vbCds3w*UbCdt3z-xbCdA32Y9bCdB32XwbCld3384 Guess I need a WiFI adapter as well? Though I am not sure which is best.

Like I said, I'm not a big gamer, I'm looking for something that should run the sort of games I mentioned well. People above have suggested RTX 3070, 3060 cards etc. Even though you can't find any available anyway, Isn't that overkill for what I want, they are more high end cards? As long the games are not stuttering and its all smooth.

With the video and music production, its more of a little hobby in my spare time, If the hardware means it takes a little longer to produce than I don't mind the wait.
 
What are your thoughts on this one? https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ocuk-gaming-spectra-gaming-pc-intel-core-i5-9400f-fs-1d7-og.html#p=bCdm342!bCdn3/6vbCds3w*UbCdt3z-xbCdA32Y9bCdB32XwbCld3384 Guess I need a WiFI adapter as well? Though I am not sure which is best.

Like I said, I'm not a big gamer, I'm looking for something that should run the sort of games I mentioned well. People above have suggested RTX 3070, 3060 cards etc. Even though you can't find any available anyway, Isn't that overkill for what I want, they are more high end cards? As long the games are not stuttering and its all smooth.

With the video and music production, its more of a little hobby in my spare time, If the hardware means it takes a little longer to produce than I don't mind the wait.
A pci wi fi 6 adapter will work fine.
 

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