Build Advice New build help - mid-range, $1500 budget

jd87

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Hi all,

I'd appreciate any guidance with a new build to take advantage of BF sales.

I'm looking to keep budget around $1500. I'm a novice with PC builds, I built my current PC with a friend's help back in 2012 and it has run excellently. Since then all I've replaced are GPU (died a couple years ago) and monitor. For reference point, the components I bought for that build are below:

Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN
Internal Hard Drive IR-$10 [ST31000524AS] [Reg. $139.98]
- $99.99

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Fermi 850MHZ 1024MB 4104MHZ GDDR5 2xDVI
Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card [01G-P3-1561-AR] [Reg. $268.79] 1
- $249.99

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy
Bridge 6MB [BX80623I52500K] [Reg. $239.98]
- $224.97

Monitor: ASUS VH236H 23 Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 16:9 2MS
- $169.69

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Pro REV3.1 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI
Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard [P8P67 PRO REV 3.1] 1
- $177.99

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte PC3-12800 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600
9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory [996995]
- $44.99

Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case 2X5.25
8X3.5INT USB3.0 No PS [FD-CA-DEF-R3-USB3-BL]
- $114.99

PSU: Seasonic M12II 520W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX PFC 80+ Bronze Modular
Connectors 6PIN PCI-E IR-$11 [M12II 520]
- $76.99

KB/Mouse: Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 Keyboard and Mouse Combo USB [920-002416]
[Reg. $119.99]
- $79.99

I'm not a hardcore gamer (main game is Path of Exile which represents almost all the gaming I do) and I'm not worried about running at max settings. I do want a solid build that runs fast and has the ability to play newer games (Cyberpunk) at medium settings. Apart from that I use my PC for general day-to-day tasks and am not worried about having excess storage or other capabilities.

Looking at some sale pricing on Newegg, this is the component list I came up with as a starting point:


I'm not picky about any choice in particular. I am used to Intel and GeForce for CPU/GPU respectively but not totally attached. A couple of things I am picky on: Looks - I don't want anything flashy - this will be sitting in my home office and I want a clean/discrete look. Keyboard - I use my peripherals (monitor/keyboard/mouse) to tie into my at-home work setup and I type a lot, all day every day. I need the best typing experience possible and don't want a superloud mechanical gaming keyboard.

Thanks very much in advance for any advice!
 
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tennis2

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor ($359.99 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML240L RGB V2 65.59 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z490M GAMING EDGE WIFI Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($186.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Antec Earthwatts Gold Pro 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($95.87 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G502 HERO Wired Optical Mouse ($39.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1159.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-23 17:29 EST-0500


DONT buy a 1660Ti for $330. For reference, the RTX2060 performs better and was/is $310-ish.
Not sure why you've got a SATA Samsung 860 Evo in your build
Why not Intel 10th gen, the i7-10700K = i9-9900K for the same price as a 9700K.
 
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jd87

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor ($359.99 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML240L RGB V2 65.59 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z490M GAMING EDGE WIFI Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($186.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Antec Earthwatts Gold Pro 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($95.87 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G502 HERO Wired Optical Mouse ($39.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1159.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-23 17:29 EST-0500


DONT buy a 1660Ti for $330.
Not sure why you've got a SATA Samsung 860 Evo in your build
Why not Intel 10th gen, the 10th gen i7 = i9-9900K for the same price as a 9700K.
Thanks for the reply. Not up to date on GPUs so I was just trying to find a decent one that took advantage of a sale price - thanks for the tip on that. Also - should have specified I'm in Canada so my budget is $1500 CAD. Your suggested build above is over $1500 CAD without a GPU included so that will be a bit tricky for me.
 

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