[SOLVED] New computer build

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Hi all new to here so be nice!

Will be going to uni in September studying IT and have decided to go for a machine over a laptop due to upgrade ability. however I have never built a machine from scratch before, can easily do the simple upgrades but not a full build so looking forward to doing it, so any tips would be much appreciated.

I have a budget of around £250-300, this machine will mainly be used for general usage, Uni work etc light gaming here and there any ideas on motherboard, CPU, Coolers, RAM etc.

basically I want someone who knows there shiz to tell me a list of things i should buy :tearsofjoy:

thanks!
 
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£72.78 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£61.45 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial BX500 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£26.49 @ Amazon UK)
Case: GameMax Proteus ATX Mid Tower Case (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£71.19 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £299.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-29 17:47 BST+0100
 
Thanks Jeremy, i already have this PSU at home, Corsair VS450 450 W Active PFC 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply Unit - Black

Is it worth putting that saving into more RAM or a better CPU?
Yes 70 pounds could be spent somewhere else, the Corsair VS450 is a low quality PSU. Going with the 550W Focus Plus Gold means that once you have more money to upgrade you already have a high quality PSU in place that will be enough to power a lot of GPU/CPU combos.

That case will be compatible.
 
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Right now if you can spare 25 pounds you could go with 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB, all while everything else is still the same.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£72.78 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£61.45 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£66.49 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial BX500 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£26.49 @ Amazon UK)
Case: GameMax Proteus ATX Mid Tower Case (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£71.19 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £323.39
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-29 18:08 BST+0100
 
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Hi Jeremy!

Decided to up my budget to the 400-450 mark as i want something with a bit more power, would you make any adjustments to the original kit stated?
 
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£49.85 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£65.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£72.26 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Crucial BX500 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£49.30 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card (£129.89 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: GameMax Proteus ATX Mid Tower Case (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£64.97 @ Laptops Direct)
Total: £457.24
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-12 19:07 BST+0100

The Ryzen 3 1200 isn't as fast as the Ryzen 3 2200G in CPU tasks as it has a lower clock speed, however, the 1200 can be overclocked so you won't lose out on performance. https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/amd-ryzen-3-1200-and-1300x-review,27.html What you do get in this build is a good GPU for gaming and a bigger SSD, while keeping a good quality PSU.
 
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thanks for the advice J, I have been toying with the idea of pumping more into it, considering the price different from the AMD R3 to R5 being an extra £50 would you recommend that?
 
That motherboard would be compatible. If you were to put in an extra 60 Quid, 109 vs 49, you could get the Ryzen 5 2600 which is a 6core/12thread CPU. It is one of the best budget CPUs on the market right now.
 
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£109.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£65.39 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£75.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial BX500 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£49.27 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card (£129.89 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: GameMax Proteus ATX Mid Tower Case (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£64.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £519.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-18 13:51 BST+0100
 
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with that motherboard comes a HDMI port, would i still need to have the GPU or could i upgrade to this later on when i get into gaming properly? when i said light gaming at the start of my thread i realistically wouldnt be playing anything that requires heavy usage just some free to play online games..
 

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£72.78 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£61.45 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£42.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial BX500 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£26.49 @ Amazon UK)
Case: GameMax Proteus ATX Mid Tower Case (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£71.19 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £299.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-29 17:47 BST+0100
I pick this up.
as you have 450W PSU, then this build can have 2x8Gb ram 3200 and if youre lucky Ryzen 5 3400G
that psu is not great but as you will use ~half of it, it should hold.
 
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happy to upgrade the PSU if its needed, but would prefer to use what i already have and put the cash into improving something else, if i can get away with Ryzen 5 2600 then i will go for that as if i get into gaming upgrade PSU & GPU. so other than that everything else is a go!
 

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with that motherboard comes a HDMI port, would i still need to have the GPU or could i upgrade to this later on when i get into gaming properly? when i said light gaming at the start of my thread i realistically wouldnt be playing anything that requires heavy usage just some free to play online games..
A 2400G, or 3400g would be a bare minimum for gaming, and only e-sports titles.

A RX570 4G would be entry level

It's still considerably cheaper than a "Gaming laptop" which will often run you 850 quid or more.
 

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