Build Advice New to building PCs could use some advice.

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I know you guys probably get this a lot but I'm not used to building PCs and I could use the help. My budget is around $1000 USD but that could go up or down, I'm not really rushing to build it all in one sitting. I was thinking of Ryzen 7 or intel but even if I were to go with that I'm not sure what other components would be compatible with it. Like I said I'm a complete noob to this stuff but I'm very eager to learn. Any recommendations or advice? Thanks you guys!
 
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With GPU prices as they are, $1k doesn't get you as much as it used to. Is this for gaming? If so what kind of titles and resolution?
Yeah, I know.. I want to build a pretty beginner level pc to begin with. Something that I can upgrade with time ( when I've gained more money and knowledge lol). I play games like Warzone, Apex , and Escape from Tarkov.
 

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Updated and revised, after I had more time to research further. Slightly over $1k.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($153.69 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 Blue 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler ($18.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H570M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team T-FORCE DARK Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($55.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Silicon Power A60 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB GAMING Twin Fan Video Card ($489.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar MX330-G Air ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1011.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-10-29 10:59 EDT-0400
 
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https://www.newegg.com/black-fractal-design-focus-g-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811352069
Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99

Exhaust fan for that case.

ARCTIC F12 PWM - 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan $7.98

https://www.newegg.com/corsair-tx-m-series-tx550m-550w/p/N82E16817139210
CORSAIR TX550M 550W 80+ GOLD Semi-Modular Power Supply $49.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813119385
ASUS PRIME B560M-A $109.99

https://www.consutronix.com/7MM821.html
Intel Core i5-10400F $141.08

https://www.amazon.com/DEEP-COOL-GAMMAXX400V2-GAMMAXX-400/dp/B085G8WJCC/
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 V2 CPU Air Cooler $24.99

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WNQVBZ6
TEAMGROUP T-Force Dark Z 16GB (2x8GB) DDR 3200MHz CL16 $55.99

https://www.newegg.com/team-group-1tb-t-force-vulcan-g/p/N82E16820331555
Team Group T-FORCE VULCAN G 2.5" 1TB SATA III 3D NAND Internal SSD $77.99

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB GDDR6 192-bit Graphics Card $499.99

Total: $1023

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards-Components/Motherboards/PRIME/PRIME-B560M-A/

https://www.fractal-design.com/products/cases/focus/focus-g/black/

 
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So I put this build together, if anyone has any input on some changes that I should make or if this will be okay. Seems that all the components are compatible with one another. My only concern is that maybe all the parts might not fit into the case. It's a mid sized tower.. that should be okay considering the parts that I've picked right?

PS. I think that I changed my mind about going with Ryzen 7 and instead going with Intel i7.


View: https://imgur.com/a/vDbLaMs
 
So I put this build together, if anyone has any input on some changes that I should make or if this will be okay. Seems that all the components are compatible with one another. My only concern is that maybe all the parts might not fit into the case. It's a mid sized tower.. that should be okay considering the parts that I've picked right?

PS. I think that I changed my mind about going with Ryzen 7 and instead going with Intel i7.


View: https://imgur.com/a/vDbLaMs
Is this build for gaming?
 
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Then you want to go cheaper on your board, cpu and psu and put the savings towards a better graphics card.
Would this build work until I could save up to buy another graphics card? That card had fairly decent reviews, I'm open to suggestion! :)
 
Would this build work until I could save up to buy another graphics card? That card had fairly decent reviews, I'm open to suggestion! :)
It works and assuming your resolution is 1080P then a 650w psu will suffice if you plan on upgrading to something such as a RTX 3060 Ti once graphic card prices start to get back to normal.

I'd look at these changes. Go for a 1TB SSD for now and add a storage drive later on.

https://www.newegg.com/corsair-rmx-series-rm650x-2018-cp-9020178-na-650w/p/N82E16817139232
CORSAIR RM650x 650W 80+ GOLD Modular Power Supply $84.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144396
MSI MAG B560M BAZOOKA $139.99

or ...

https://www.newegg.com/gigabyte-b560m-aorus-pro/p/N82E16813145332
GIGABYTE AORUS B560M $139.99

https://www.calhountech.com/products/intel-cm8070804497016-intel-i5-11400f-4-4ghz-w-o-graphics.html
Intel Core i5-11400F $207.90

https://www.amazon.com/Gelid-Solutions-Black-CPU-Cooler/dp/B00BF3LF2I
Gelid Solutions Phantom Black CPU Cooler $39.99

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B560M-BAZOOKA

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B560M-AORUS-ELITE-rev-10#kf

Reviews of that cpu with benchmarks.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/intel-core-i5-11400f-processor-review,1.html

 
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Sorry I'm misunderstanding what you're saying I should do. Are you saying that I should remove the Memory for now and replace the Seagate 2TB with a 1TB. I'm super new to this so you're actually teaching me right so bare with me lol sorry.
 
Sorry I'm misunderstanding what you're saying I should do. Are you saying that I should remove the Memory for now and replace the Seagate 2TB with a 1TB. I'm super new to this so you're actually teaching me right so bare with me lol sorry.
Your choice of memory is fine. Go with a 1TB SSD for now and to make budget add a storage drive such as that 2TB you have later on.
 

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So I put this build together, if anyone has any input on some changes that I should make or if this will be okay. Seems that all the components are compatible with one another. My only concern is that maybe all the parts might not fit into the case. It's a mid sized tower.. that should be okay considering the parts that I've picked right?
As others have said - make sure you get a SSD to install your operating system on. Hard disk drives are VERY noticeably slower than SSDs particularly for boot drives. Also, the 1660 Super graphics card that others suggested is MUCH faster than the 1050 ti that you have selected. For gaming - an i5 10400 or i5 11400 with a 1660 Super will game MUCH better than an i7-10700 or i7-11700 with a 1050ti.
 
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What do you guys think about these changes and any 1TB SSD should work right? Also, I was thinking.. I don't have a router in the room that I rent so could I just buy a router and it work automatically with the internet provider at this house or would it make things more simple if I were to just buy a motherboard with wifi built in. Sorry for asking so many questions guys, but this is the only way that I'll be able to learn these things and I greatly appreciate the help you guys are giving me.

One other things that I was thinking about that maybe you guys could fill me in on is the process of building the PC. Would you guys say it will be a challenging task for a beginner like myself or should it be fairly simply as long as I do my research watching videos and learning from you guys?

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/BhmFf7/western-digital-blue-sn550-1-tb-m2-2280-nvme-solid-state-drive-wds100t2b0c


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What do you guys think about these changes and any 1TB SSD should work right? Also, I was thinking.. I don't have a router in the room that I rent so could I just buy a router and it work automatically with the internet provider at this house or would it make things more simple if I were to just buy a motherboard with wifi built in. Sorry for asking so many questions guys, but this is the only way that I'll be able to learn these things and I greatly appreciate the help you guys are giving me.

One other things that I was thinking about that maybe you guys could fill me in on is the process of building the PC. Would you guys say it will be a challenging task for a beginner like myself or should it be fairly simply as long as I do my research watching videos and learning from you guys?
No need to buy a router. But you'll need a wifi adapter or a motherboard with wifi built-in so you can connect to your house's existing router (unless you plan to run an ethernet cable all the way from the router to your PC...). Wifi adapters are typically very inexpensive. Some are add-in cards and some just connect to a USB port. And you can certainly find a mobo with built-in wifi if you prefer the simplicity of that.

Building isn't that difficult but there are a few steps that can be a little scary for first-timers. Installing the CPU heatsink is a little scary but just do your research and follow instructions and you should be fine.
 
If you need WiFi then look at this board.

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-TUF-B560M-PLUS-Motherboard-Thunderbolt/dp/B08W6PSC52/
ASUS TUF Gaming B560M-PLUS WiFi $149.99

 
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I built my first PC in 2017 and it went well. The motherboard manual is your bible. It shows you where all the connections should be made on your particular board. I am about to start my 2nd build and I am a little apprehensive because my eyesight is much worse than it was in 2017. LOL. Plus I am gutting my current case and installing all new components and then moving these parts to a new case for a backup PC. Twice as much work! Not really looking forward to it but the end result will be worth it. Research everything that you have a question about and if you can't find a good answer, ask on here.
 

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Yeah, I know.. I want to build a pretty beginner level pc to begin with.
There's no difference. A 11900k with a 3080ti, massive aircooler, uber high speed ram on a $500+ Extreme motherboard with a 1k wattage psu is exactly the same as building with an 11400f, cheapest possible gpu, stock aircooler, super cheap ram on the cheapest possible motherboard with a barely good enough psu. They are all the same components, no matter what designation, quality level, price or ability.

So really the only thing beginner about that is How you deal with the parts, not what the parts are. I've seen first time builds that looked simply awesome, the owner took the time to choose parts based on a color scheme, chose parts that complemented each other, spent hours working on wiring neatness etc. I've also seen pros who could care less and just threw parts in because they were cheap, regardless of looks, wiring messes etc.

Building a pc is easy, there's only a few rules to follow, like paste usage, safe handling practices etc. Other than that, it's Lego for adults. The outcome will all depend on you and how much effort you put into it, not the price.

I can build a pc in considerably less than an hour. My personal pc took better part of a year from first planning, shopping, changing, building, changing, rebuilding etc.

Choose wisely with a goal in mind, ASK before purchase, and you'll stand a good chance of having something to be proud of, if you are willing to forget the 'beginner' and put forth the effort.
 
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There's no difference. A 11900k with a 3080ti, massive aircooler, uber high speed ram on a $500+ Extreme motherboard with a 1k wattage psu is exactly the same as building with an 11400f, cheapest possible gpu, stock aircooler, super cheap ram on the cheapest possible motherboard with a barely good enough psu. They are all the same components, no matter what designation, quality level, price or ability.

So really the only thing beginner about that is How you deal with the parts, not what the parts are. I've seen first time builds that looked simply awesome, the owner took the time to choose parts based on a color scheme, chose parts that complemented each other, spent hours working on wiring neatness etc. I've also seen pros who could care less and just threw parts in because they were cheap, regardless of looks, wiring messes etc.

Building a pc is easy, there's only a few rules to follow, like paste usage, safe handling practices etc. Other than that, it's Lego for adults. The outcome will all depend on you and how much effort you put into it, not the price.

I can build a pc in considerably less than an hour. My personal pc took better part of a year from first planning, shopping, changing, building, changing, rebuilding etc.

Choose wisely with a goal in mind, ASK before purchase, and you'll stand a good chance of having something to be proud of, if you are willing to forget the 'beginner' and put forth the effort.
Nicely put, I think my main thing is that I want to get the appropriate parts to run the games that I like to play. Mainly need suggestions on a good graphics card. They're so expensive right now but I'd still be willing to pay 700-800 for a decent one. I'm just not sure what would work so that's why I asked on here.
 

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