[SOLVED] New build help please! - UK - £500-£600 - 3D Rendering, Animation, Video Editing

Feb 10, 2021
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Hi everyone, seeking help on a new build - I've tentatively come up with a components list (linked at the bottom), but I am way out of the loop when it comes to computing nowadays, so I can't be sure if it'll be any good or not!

If anyone could help me with the following points I'd be very grateful:

  1. Is there anywhere I could save a bit of money (sacrificing a bit of power if necessary)?
  2. Is everything compatible with each other?
  3. A couple of components don't have a price found, are there alternatives, possibly?
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Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)
Next month (March 2021)

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping
£500 - £600 ($690-$830) after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
3D rendering / Video editing / Surfing and office tasks / Gaming (not priority)

Are you buying a monitor:
No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
amazon.co.uk / ebuyer.com / any uk retailer really!

Location: City, State/Region, Country
United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)
Would prefer an NVIDIA GPU. Also a medium-tower case (but only if that's suitable!)

Overclocking:
No (Maybe in future, but certainly not a deal-breaker, especially as far as cost-cutting is concerned)

Your Monitor Resolution:
1920 x 1080

Additional Comments:
Using DAZ3D, Blender, Autodesk Maya

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
My last (and first ever!) budget build is about 6 years old now and is struggling. It's loud and very slow and very dated...
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https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/b7MK2V
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Thanks a lot guys, I'm a little lost here!
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i7-10700F 2.9 GHz 8-Core Processor | £236.39 @ Newegg UK
CPU Cooler | Scythe Kotetsu 79 CFM CPU Cooler | £27.74 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard | Gigabyte B460 HD3 ATX LGA1200 Motherboard | £76.99 @ CCL Computers
Memory | Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL15 Memory | £62.39 @ Amazon UK
Storage | Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | £84.99 @ Amazon UK
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB OC Video Card | £342.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Case | Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case | £51.01 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply | Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | £69.21 @ CCL Computers
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £951.67
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-11 13:47 GMT+0000 |
 
Hi everyone, seeking help on a new build - I've tentatively come up with a components list (linked at the bottom), but I am way out of the loop when it comes to computing nowadays, so I can't be sure if it'll be any good or not!

If anyone could help me with the following points I'd be very grateful:

  1. Is there anywhere I could save a bit of money (sacrificing a bit of power if necessary)?
  2. Is everything compatible with each other?
  3. A couple of components don't have a price found, are there alternatives, possibly?
--------------------------------
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)
Next month (March 2021)

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping
£500 - £600 ($690-$830) after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
3D rendering / Video editing / Surfing and office tasks / Gaming (not priority)

Are you buying a monitor:
No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
amazon.co.uk / ebuyer.com / any uk retailer really!

Location: City, State/Region, Country
United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)
Would prefer an NVIDIA GPU. Also a medium-tower case (but only if that's suitable!)

Overclocking:
No (Maybe in future, but certainly not a deal-breaker, especially as far as cost-cutting is concerned)

Your Monitor Resolution:
1920 x 1080

Additional Comments:
Using DAZ3D, Blender, Autodesk Maya

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
My last (and first ever!) budget build is about 6 years old now and is struggling. It's loud and very slow and very dated...
------------------

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/b7MK2V
--------------------
Thanks a lot guys, I'm a little lost here!
Hi,

Your build doesn't look too bad for what you are wanting to run, however I have a couple of comments...

1: Ditch the expensive closed loop water cooler. If you aren't overclocking the included box cooler with the 3600X is plenty (the AMD 'Wraith' box coolers are actually pretty decent and the 3000 series cpu's don't produce much heat anyways thanks to being 7nm based cpu's).

2: Don't go with a HDD, use the money saved on the cooler to get a 1tb NVME SSD instead as these are much faster. Save and load times can be a real issue with large CAD models so this will save time.

3: Motherboard - doesn't look to be a bad board, however do double check that the board has Ryzen 3000 series support out of the box. The B450 chipset is older than the 3000 series so earlier boards need a bios update first. If this is the case the board seller can probably do this for you. Also some boards offer 'bios flashback' functionality that will allow the board to be updated without the cpu installed, if that is the case you should be ok. The alternative is to look at a B450 Max motherboard (these are newer and have Ryzen 3000 series support), or go for the newer B550 chipset based boards which again all have Ryzen 3000 support out of the box (they typically cost a bit more than B450, on the other hand they should have better future cpu support if you ever wanted to upgrade and offer newer features like PCIe 4.0).

Otherwise it all looks good
 
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Something like this would be better in my opinion:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£180.00 @ Currys PC World)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler (£36.28 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B550-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard (£129.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£70.60 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£95.74 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card (£342.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300A Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.99 @ AWD-IT)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£67.98 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £982.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-10 15:42 GMT+0000

I wouldnt pay 40 pounds more for the same cpu with a little bit higher clock speeds out of the box.
Thats why i choose 3600 instead of 3600X.
Chose a b550 board because of out of the box compatability with 3600,also pcie 4.0
You dont need to pay 100 pounds for a AIO for a 3600.
The ram i put in has the same specs as yours,idk why there is a 30 pound difference.
The cooler is more than enough to cool the 3600.
I managed to put a 1660 super in there,would be much better than the 1650 super.
The VS from Corsair is one of the worst models they ever made,i put a cx550 which should be more than enough for it to work.
The P300A mesh is a solid case with mesh front panel so you have clear intake.
And dont pay 100 pounds for a windows license,you can grab them for much cheaper.
 
Feb 10, 2021
4
2
15
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Hi,

Your build doesn't look too bad for what you are wanting to run, however I have a couple of comments...

1: Ditch the expensive closed loop water cooler. If you aren't overclocking the included box cooler with the 3600X is plenty (the AMD 'Wraith' box coolers are actually pretty decent and the 3000 series cpu's don't produce much heat anyways thanks to being 7nm based cpu's).

2: Don't go with a HDD, use the money saved on the cooler to get a 1tb NVME SSD instead as these are much faster. Save and load times can be a real issue with large CAD models so this will save time.

3: Motherboard - doesn't look to be a bad board, however do double check that the board has Ryzen 3000 series support out of the box. The B450 chipset is older than the 3000 series so earlier boards need a bios update first. If this is the case the board seller can probably do this for you. Also some boards offer 'bios flashback' functionality that will allow the board to be updated without the cpu installed, if that is the case you should be ok. The alternative is to look at a B450 Max motherboard (these are newer and have Ryzen 3000 series support), or go for the newer B550 chipset based boards which again all have Ryzen 3000 support out of the box (they typically cost a bit more than B450, on the other hand they should have better future cpu support if you ever wanted to upgrade and offer newer features like PCIe 4.0).

Otherwise it all looks good
Thanks a lot! Really helpful! Yeah I saw that little bios issue, it's well noted now!
 
Feb 10, 2021
4
2
15
0
Something like this would be better in my opinion:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£180.00 @ Currys PC World)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler (£36.28 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B550-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard (£129.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£70.60 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£95.74 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card (£342.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300A Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.99 @ AWD-IT)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£67.98 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £982.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-10 15:42 GMT+0000

I wouldnt pay 40 pounds more for the same cpu with a little bit higher clock speeds out of the box.
Thats why i choose 3600 instead of 3600X.
Chose a b550 board because of out of the box compatability with 3600,also pcie 4.0
You dont need to pay 100 pounds for a AIO for a 3600.
The ram i put in has the same specs as yours,idk why there is a 30 pound difference.
The cooler is more than enough to cool the 3600.
I managed to put a 1660 super in there,would be much better than the 1650 super.
The VS from Corsair is one of the worst models they ever made,i put a cx550 which should be more than enough for it to work.
The P300A mesh is a solid case with mesh front panel so you have clear intake.
And dont pay 100 pounds for a windows license,you can grab them for much cheaper.
Thanks for taking so much time to answer, and provide an alternative build! Woah!

I'm fully realising the pricey-ness now, but I suppose there's not much else that could be skimped for what I want. Much appreciated!
 
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More cores and faster storage...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i7-10700F 2.9 GHz 8-Core Processor | £236.39 @ Newegg UK
CPU Cooler | Scythe Kotetsu 79 CFM CPU Cooler | £27.74 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard | Gigabyte B460 HD3 ATX LGA1200 Motherboard | £76.99 @ CCL Computers
Memory | Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL15 Memory | £62.39 @ Amazon UK
Storage | Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | £84.99 @ Amazon UK
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB OC Video Card | £342.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Case | Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case | £51.01 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply | Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | £69.21 @ CCL Computers
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £951.67
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-11 13:47 GMT+0000 |
 
Feb 10, 2021
4
2
15
0
More cores and faster storage...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i7-10700F 2.9 GHz 8-Core Processor | £236.39 @ Newegg UK
CPU Cooler | Scythe Kotetsu 79 CFM CPU Cooler | £27.74 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard | Gigabyte B460 HD3 ATX LGA1200 Motherboard | £76.99 @ CCL Computers
Memory | Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL15 Memory | £62.39 @ Amazon UK
Storage | Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | £84.99 @ Amazon UK
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB OC Video Card | £342.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Case | Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case | £51.01 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply | Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | £69.21 @ CCL Computers
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £951.67
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-11 13:47 GMT+0000 |
Thanks a lot! I can't see myself getting better for my budget... now the wallet-emptying must begin!

I appreciate everyone who helped e out here, I'd have been screwed without you!
 
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