Question New, Self build Micro-atx

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Hi

The recent demise of my gaming laptop has bought me back to desktops but not having built one for a while I thought I would ask the collective for assistance as it is a fun minefield of model numbers and parts.

I have about £800 to spend and am in the UK. I'm not looking for a super gamer but mainly to play 7daystodie, Deep rock galactic, empyrion galactic survival and ark as the sort of game range. Also with a little bit of future wiggle room.

This is where I have got so far

Bitfenix prodigy m case
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/bitfenix-prodigy-m-matx-cube-case-midnight-black-ca-141-bx.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpfSs65T24gIVVuDtCh1dhwcAEAUYASABEgKs5fD_BwE
AsRock B360M Pro 4 micro-atx
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-b360-pro4-intel-b360-s-1151-ddr4-sata3-dual-m2-2-way-crossfire-intel-gbe-usb-31-gen2-aplusc-a
I5-8400
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-8400-s-1151-coffee-lake-6-core-6-thread-28ghz-40ghz-turbo-9mb-cache-1050mhz-gpu-65w-cp
Zalman quiet low profile cooler (cant remember the model number)
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16gb 2666 DDR4
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/16gb-(2x8gb)-corsair-ddr4-vengeance-lpx-black-pc4-21300-(2666)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-16-18-18-35-xm
GeForce GTX 1060
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/evga-geforce-gtx-1060-gaming-acx-20-single-fan-3gb-gddr5-vr-ready-graphics-card-1152-core-1506mhz-gp?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzcX7tJP24gIVCbrtCh2N2wz8EAUYASABEgJQCfD_BwE
Corsair SF600 80-platinum
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/600w-corsair-sf600-fully-modular-80-plus-platinum-sli-crossfire-single-rail-50a-92mm-fan-sfx-psu?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqKjFypP24gIVorDtCh3NZQN6EAQYAiABEgKn3fD_BwE
WD green 240Gb SSD
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/240gb-wd-green-3d-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-3d-nand-read-545mb-s-retail?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI17es3pP24gIV1ZrVCh2rNQcFEAUYAiABEgIVkPD_BwE
Seagate Barracuda 1Gb 2.5 HDD
(This I already have)

Let me know your thoughts, changes, few quid more or less?

Cheers
 
This should get you more for your money.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£127.50 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450 AORUS M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£77.59 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Kingston - HyperX Predator 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£81.93 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£97.27 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING Video Card (£299.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: BitFenix - Prodigy M Midnight MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£73.99 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£59.04 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £817.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-20 01:27 BST+0100
 
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Thanks velocityg4 for that it's really helpful, can I ask why the RTX 2060 over the GTX 1660ti? Just interested really as they seem about the same spec but the TI is about £50 cheaper.

Is the extra £ justified?

USAFRert
Avoid the WD Green SSD. Sub par performer in the SSD world.
thanks I though that might be the case velocityg4 s suggestion sounds good.
 
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The i5-8400 will come with an adequate cpu cooler. No need for the zalman.
Buy the i5-9400F processor.
It is slightly faster and cheaper.
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-9400f-s-1151-coffee-lake-refresh-6-core-6-thread-29ghz-41ghz-turbo-9mb-cache-65w-cpu
The F suffix does not include integrated graphics but you will be using a discrete graphics card.
It also comes with a cooler.

You motherboard supports optane devices.
Consider a 16gb m.2 pcie unit which will act as a cache for your HDD.
I could not find it on scan, but here it is on US newegg:
https://www.newegg.com/intel-optane-16gb/p/N82E16820167426
On the SSD, I like Samsung EVO for performance and reliability.
 
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Thanks velocityg4 for that it's really helpful, can I ask why the RTX 2060 over the GTX 1660ti? Just interested really as they seem about the same spec but the TI is about £50 cheaper.

Is the extra £ justified?

USAFRert


thanks I though that might be the case velocityg4 s suggestion sounds good.
It's approximately a 5% system cost increase for a 10% to 15% gaming performance increase. By sheer numbers. You are getting a better cost to performance ratio. I couldn't make a judgement as to whether it is worth it to you. That money could buy an aftermarket CPU cooler and bump the motherboard quality up a notch for better overclocking, one new game, fifty cheap old games in Steam bundles or a nice gaming mouse.:D
 

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It's approximately a 5% system cost increase for a 10% to 15% gaming performance increase. By sheer numbers. You are getting a better cost to performance ratio. I couldn't make a judgement as to whether it is worth it to you. That money could buy an aftermarket CPU cooler and bump the motherboard quality up a notch for better overclocking, one new game, fifty cheap old games in Steam bundles or a nice gaming mouse.:D
Sounds like a plan, I will probably get a 512gb m.2 SSD as most of my non speed specific stuff will sit on the HDD so I won't need a 1tb and I will probably go for a SF PSU as that case is a little snug for ATX PSUs apparently so that will drop the price down a bit anyway.

I suppose i am hesitant as i have not been into the AMD world for a while, they went through a bit * phase about ten years back when Intel upped their game and change can be scary especially when spending £800 ;)
 
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Sounds like a plan, I will probably get a 512gb m.2 SSD as most of my non speed specific stuff will sit on the HDD so I won't need a 1tb and I will probably go for a SF PSU as that case is a little snug for ATX PSUs apparently so that will drop the price down a bit anyway.

I suppose i am hesitant as i have not been into the AMD world for a while, they went through a bit * phase about ten years back when Intel upped their game and change can be scary especially when spending £800 ;)
It's just another x86 CPU. Which gets better performance for the price. If you aren't in a rush. The 3000 series comes out in a few weeks. Although finding a B450 with an updated BIOS may be a pain.

I'd think about that SSD. Games take up a lot of space. There's always some new game around the corner which may interest you. Once you load a game off an SSD. Youll never want to wait on a HDD again.
 

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The case specs say ATX power supplies.
Since the SFX unit you listed comes with an adapter, you should be OK.
But... the equally good Seasonic focus gold 650w costs less so I would go that way:
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-seasonic-focus-plus-gold-full-modular-80plus-gold-sli-crossfire-single-rail-54a-120mm-fan-atx-p
The focus units are only 140mm deep.
So it does. Just read a couple of builds that found it a little tight but think it is worth the risk for a £30 saving.
 

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