Build Advice New PC for Music Production and some gaming

Feb 8, 2020
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Hello guys,

I am building a new pc from scratch for orchestral music production, video/photo editing and some games.
Here’s what I have got until now:

CPU
Ryzen 7 3700x

Cooling system
Noctua NH U12S

Motherboard
MSI X470 GAMING PLUS MAX

RAM
4x 16Gb – HyperX HX432C16PB3/16

Storage
Drive 1: Samsung 970 Evo 1Tb (OS, programs)
Drive 2: Samsung 860 EVO 1Tb (project files, videos)
Drive 3 and 4: 2x Samsung 860 EVO 1Tb (sample libraries)

GPU
RTX 2060 Super

Power supply
Chieftec 600w G80

Case
Phanteks p400

Monitor
I am used to working on a pair of 24" 1080p monitors. Now think about upgrading and choosing an ultrawide one. I found the Samsung C34H890, but I don't really know much about ultrawide monitors.


Any thoughts on this configuration?

Thank you for your time and have a great day!
Best,
spit
 

Nemesia

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I don't know much about monitors but here is what I think you should do.

That PSU is garbage. Do not buy any Chieftec PSU. I would recommend a 650W gold PSU from good brand like Corsair TXM, RM, RMX or a Seasonic Focus Gold.

Your RAM. I do not know if your intention was to buy 4 individual stick from the same brand and model but it is not recommended. You should buy your ram sold as a KIT. Sold together in a package.
 
For comparison purposes so people can suggest full builds, your current one is something along the lines of this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI X470 GAMING PLUS MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($308.39 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($168.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Chieftec 600 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($132.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: AOC E2425SWD 24.0" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor ($99.88 @ Amazon)
Monitor: AOC E2425SWD 24.0" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor ($99.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $2435.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-08 17:08 EST-0500


I'm in the process of suggesting a full build now
 

Nemesia

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For comparison purposes so people can suggest full builds, your current one is something along the lines of this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI X470 GAMING PLUS MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($308.39 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($168.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Chieftec 600 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($132.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: AOC E2425SWD 24.0" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor ($99.88 @ Amazon)
Monitor: AOC E2425SWD 24.0" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor ($99.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $2435.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-08 17:08 EST-0500


I'm in the process of suggesting a full build now
The build you pasted but with a 4x16GB RAM kit that is on the motherboard memory support list and a 650W 80+ gold from Corsair or Seasonic with a 10 years warranty. The rest of the build looks fine to me.
 
Feb 8, 2020
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Hello Nemesia and jmsellars1,

Thank you for your answers! I took them into account and after some more research, I came to this final setup with a few modifications:


CPU
Ryzen 3700x OEM

CPU Cooler
Be Quiet Dark Rock Slim

Motherboard
MSI x470 Gaming Pro Max (Plus version not available where I live)

GPU
As gaming is not my priority, I am willing to wait for new 3000-Gen Nvidia cards this year. So, I will take a second-hand R7 240 for the time being, just to be able to use a 1440p screen setup.

RAM
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT RED (BLS4K16G4D32AESE) (4x16Gb KIT)

Storage
  • Corsair MP510 1To (OS, programs)
  • 3x Samsung 860 EVO 1To (2x 1To being cheaper than 1x 2To)
Power supply
Corsair RM650x

Case
Be Quiet Pure Base 500 Window Grey


What do you guys think?

Thank you once again for your input!
spit
 

ocer9999

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not sure why would you spend so much on a old X470 board, +300$ you can even get a better one like the Taichi for less! Not only has PCIe 4.0 which will be good use in the future for storage options but most important it has better memory compatibility compared to the X470 mobos.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor ($469.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi ATX AM4 Motherboard ($293.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($168.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: AOC E2425SWD 24.0" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor ($99.88 @ Amazon)
Monitor: AOC E2425SWD 24.0" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor ($99.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $2554.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-10 01:35 EST-0500
 
Feb 8, 2020
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Hello ocer9999,

The MSI x470 Gaming Pro Max is at 135€ where I live.
The only X570 around the same price would be:
  • Gigabyte X570 GAMING (142€)
  • MSI X570-A PRO (153€)
  • ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 (153€)
  • Gigabyte X570 GAMING X (159€)
Here, I assume we are talking about high-end X470 vs low-end x570.
At this price range, would you recommend me going for a X570 instead?
 
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By the way, as for the monitor, I decided to go for a Viewsonic VA2719-2K-smhd. I tested a few screens and 27" is the optimal size for a desktop setup I think.
 
Feb 8, 2020
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Hello guys!

I would like to thank you for all the help you provided me.
Finally, I decided to go without any GPU (just a GT730 while I am waiting for the new RTX 3000) and chose a Ryzen 3900x with an ASUS PRIME X570-P.

Have a great day and stay safe!
Best
 

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