Question New First Timer Semi-Budget Gaming Rig Set Up

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I am finally getting around to building my very first PC. I intend to use it for light-gaming on preferably ultra or high-graphics mode. I don't plan on going with liquid cooling at the moment but its still a possibility for me considering the large chasis that I bought. I haven't been into the PC-gaming world for quite some time. I used to play WoW only, but I plan on getting into some newer games as well. Here are the list of components that I bought to build my gaming PC. Please let me know if you would swap something out. Please keep in mind I'm trying to keep this under a budget and don't have much more money to throw into it (at the moment, maybe in the near future) Would I be able to get started on what I have? And what would you upgrade in the future?

Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 DirectX 12 RTX 2060 GAMING Z 6G 6GB 192-Bit GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Z 30SB150200000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

PSU: CORSAIR RMx Series RM650x 2018 CP-9020178-NA 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 HDMI ATX

Chasis: LIAN LI PC-O11 Dynamic Razer Edition Black Tempered Glass on the Front, and Left Side, Chassis Body SECC ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - PC-O11D Razer

RAM: Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2B3200C16)

Cooler: MSI CPU Cooler, Silver/Black (Core Frozr L) (MSI Core Frozr L)

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler - YD2600BBAFBOX

Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow X Chroma - RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Military Grade Metal Construction

Mouse: RAZER Mamba Tournament Edition Chroma Gaming Mouse

Monitor: LG 34GL750-B 34 Inch 21: 9 Ultragear Curved Wfhd (2560 X 1080) IPS 144Hz G-SYNC Compatible Gaming Monitor,Black
 

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Ditch the sound card and bump up to a Ryzen 3600, motherboard is going to have a fairly decent sound chipset. (Realtek ALC 1220)

Typical to build with an M.2 NVMe SSD instead of SATA these days.
 
I am finally getting around to building my very first PC. I intend to use it for light-gaming on preferably ultra or high-graphics mode. I don't plan on going with liquid cooling at the moment but its still a possibility for me considering the large chasis that I bought. I haven't been into the PC-gaming world for quite some time. I used to play WoW only, but I plan on getting into some newer games as well. Here are the list of components that I bought to build my gaming PC. Please let me know if you would swap something out. Please keep in mind I'm trying to keep this under a budget and don't have much more money to throw into it (at the moment, maybe in the near future) Would I be able to get started on what I have? And what would you upgrade in the future?

Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 DirectX 12 RTX 2060 GAMING Z 6G 6GB 192-Bit GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Z 30SB150200000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

PSU: CORSAIR RMx Series RM650x 2018 CP-9020178-NA 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 HDMI ATX

Chasis: LIAN LI PC-O11 Dynamic Razer Edition Black Tempered Glass on the Front, and Left Side, Chassis Body SECC ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - PC-O11D Razer

RAM: Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2B3200C16)

Cooler: MSI CPU Cooler, Silver/Black (Core Frozr L) (MSI Core Frozr L)

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler - YD2600BBAFBOX

Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow X Chroma - RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Military Grade Metal Construction

Mouse: RAZER Mamba Tournament Edition Chroma Gaming Mouse

Monitor: LG 34GL750-B 34 Inch 21: 9 Ultragear Curved Wfhd (2560 X 1080) IPS 144Hz G-SYNC Compatible Gaming Monitor,Black
You've already purchased these components? This thread would have made a whole lot more sense if it had been created before you purchased. That build isn't balanced. You have a ton of money invested into the monitor and motherboard and you skimped on the cpu.

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813119384
ASUS PRIME B560-PLUS LGA 1200 SATA 6Gb/s ATX $119.99

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-rocket-lake-release-date-specifications-performance-all-we-know
Intel 11th gen Rocket Lake i5 - 11400F ($170 if I had to guess)

https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-212S-20PK-R1-Contact-Silencio/dp/B07H25DYM3
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU Cooler $39.99

https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820232884
G.SKILL Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) CL16 $79.99

https://www.newegg.com/western-digital-blue-sn550-nvme-1tb/p/N82E16820250135
Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal SSD $104.99



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.

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/intel-core-i5-10400f/
Intel Core i5-10400F Review - Six Cores with HT for Under $200

https://4youdaily.com/technology-and-it-market-news/core-i5-10400-and-core-i5-10400f-processor-review-do-you-still-like-ryzen-5-3600/
Core i5-10400 and Core i5-10400F Processor Review: Do You Still Like Ryzen 5 3600?

https://hothardware.com/news/intel-core-i5-11400-rocket-lake-cpu-performance
Intel Core i5-11400 Rocket Lake CPU Annihilates Its 10th Gen Predecessor In Benchmark Leak
 
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Given the markets, not sure pricing on shiny new components will fit in the unknown budget.

Probably a reason the 2600 was chosen over a more recent processor, still the 3600 is a good jump up for only $10.
 

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Sweet, thanks for all the input everyone. Given these components are already bought, I think the the smartest/easiest fix would be to exchange the CPU for the 3600. That I can do.
 

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After considering the input I received, I decided to swap out the following:

(1) Upgrading the power supply from a 650w to a 850w with the EVGA SuperNOVA 850 Ga, 80 Plus Gold 850W.
(2) Upgrading the PSU from the Ryzen 5 2600 to the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

Does this seem a bit more balanced?
 
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Why the PSU change? 650 watts was enough. 850 watts would be for RTX 3080/3090 + top of the line CPU. Corsair RMx was a better quality PSU.

The 3800X is a good CPU but it's 100MHz faster than the 3700X. If the 3800X was a good difference of price compared to the 3700X you should have bought the 3700X.

That money you spent on the PSU could have been put on a Ryzen 5800X.
 
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Why the PSU change? 650 watts was enough. 850 watts would be for RTX 3080/3090 + top of the line CPU. Corsair RMx was a better quality PSU.

The 3800X is a good CPU but it's 100MHz faster than the 3700X. If the 3800X was a good difference of price compared to the 3700X you should have bought the 3700X.

That money you spent on the PSU could have been put on a Ryzen 5800X.
Why the PSU change? 650 watts was enough. 850 watts would be for RTX 3080/3090 + top of the line CPU. Corsair RMx was a better quality PSU.

The 3800X is a good CPU but it's 100MHz faster than the 3700X. If the 3800X was a good difference of price compared to the 3700X you should have bought the 3700X.

That money you spent on the PSU could have been put on a Ryzen 5800X.
I changed the PSU out because the PSU that I chose didn't have the additional 4-pin ATX power connector that my motherboard has. While I could have easily gone without it, I like the option in case I decide to play games that have the need for the higher current demands.
 

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I changed the PSU out because the PSU that I chose didn't have the additional 4-pin ATX power connector that my motherboard has. While I could have easily gone without it, I like the option in case I decide to play games that have the need for the higher current demands.
That is not a thing. There's no game that makes your CPU use 350W, which is basically what you need to require the extra four-pin connector. The extra four-pin is for very high-end overclocking. But if you were doing very high-end overclocking, you've now chosen a lower-quality PSU, on which you shouldn't be doing very high-end overclocking. This was a perplexing choice that downgraded the quality of your build for no actual benefit.
 

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That is not a thing. There's no game that makes your CPU use 350W, which is basically what you need to require the extra four-pin connector. The extra four-pin is for very high-end overclocking. But if you were doing very high-end overclocking, you've now chosen a lower-quality PSU, on which you shouldn't be doing very high-end overclocking. This was a perplexing choice that downgraded the quality of your build for no actual benefit.
As the post said, I am a first time builder. I came here for gentle, constructive advice. Not to be insulted. I really am trying my best and doing my research. I went to pcpartpicker and plugged in my components and thats what the recommendation told me. I still have the Corsair and if explained to me properly so I can understand, I can still use it.
 

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As the post said, I am a first time builder. I came here for gentle, constructive advice. Not to be insulted. I really am trying my best and doing my research. I went to pcpartpicker and plugged in my components and thats what the recommendation told me.
Nobody's insulting you; just stating the facts that it was a confusing choice. And it is. As a first-time builder, you should be holding off on making purchase decisions until you know exactly why to choose one part over another.
 

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Why the PSU change? 650 watts was enough. 850 watts would be for RTX 3080/3090 + top of the line CPU. Corsair RMx was a better quality PSU.

The 3800X is a good CPU but it's 100MHz faster than the 3700X. If the 3800X was a good difference of price compared to the 3700X you should have bought the 3700X.

That money you spent on the PSU could have been put on a Ryzen 5800X.
Agree 100%. Having had the 3700x, and built a rig with a 3800x, the difference was pretty much 0. I got the 3800x, for a friend, for cheap. Microcenter open box item, making it cheaper than the 3700x, so it made sense to buy it. The fan on the stock cooler had a bad bearing, which I just RMA'd, through AMD, later on. Keeping your PSU, and using that money towards a 5800x would be a better option. With that motherboard, I doubt you are going to be able to use anything faster.
 

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