Question PC build - $1500 tips/adjustments

corner26

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Looking to build a buddy of mine a streaming/Gaming PC but have been out of the tech news for year or so.

$1500 price limit - requires good RGB lighting - I'm leaning towards using HUE strips rather then RGB due to sync with gaming screen - I think it looks good on my rig.
(4 hue strips, I think some mobos are compatible with that now? )


https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VLCWkd

This is the build I came up with - what changes do ya'll think should be made for a Streaming/Gaming build of Overwatch/Wow
(The tower will be a variant of that, he wants the ninja case but with a clear side panel..I think I can talk him into sticking with a H700i base with good rgb.)

All periphals/monitors etc are already in place - just need the new build at this point.

He will be gaming in 1440p, so need to get 150+ fps in overwatch.

Any tips/adjustments ya'll can help me with would be great, parts get ordered mid next week.

Criteria: Streaming/Gaming at 1440p. Some form of soft RGB (I think I can pull off the hue strips with hue bars so the rgb changes to sound). I have this on my build and he loves it.
 

g-unit1111

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Do you really need the Ninja case? I feel like you could downgrade that and then upgrade the rest of your hardware, where it counts. This would be a far better use of money:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($292.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool - GAMMAXX GT 29.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus - ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($120.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo Plus 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($86.52 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card ($529.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.17 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.00 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 OEM 64-bit ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1503.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-28 02:44 EDT-0400


That would be a much wiser use of $1500 IMO.
 
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g-unit1111 's build seems pretty nice. Can always downgrade the PSU to a lower wattage if you really need to squeeze the price lower and perhaps get the OS key for cheaper at some reseller.
 

g-unit1111

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g-unit1111 's build seems pretty nice. Can always downgrade the PSU to a lower wattage if you really need to squeeze the price lower and perhaps get the OS key for cheaper at some reseller.
Yeah but then you walk the fine line of "legitimate OS vs eBay / Amazon OS" and if you go that route you are likely to run into problems later on since the latter keys are almost always acquired under shady circumstances and they can and most likely will be deactivated at any time. Either buy the legit key, or don't.

If you must downgrade the PSU, I wouldn't downgrade too much but there are slightly less expensive options to get it under $1500.
 

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Are you in the US? Are you near a Micro Center?
Yes, microcenter 45 mins away, where I built mine for the combo deals.

@gunit, Def want an AIO cpu cooler (clean looks), he has the OS, so that saves $100. Also there is an obsession with 1tb ssd so losing money there.

2060 vs 2070 - I'll do some research today but is it a noticable fps boost? 10+?
 
Yes, microcenter 45 mins away, where I built mine for the combo deals.
Ryzen 7 2700X is $269.99 TODAY ONLY with Newegg promo code EMCTYVC22 (for email subscribers)

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113499&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=EXPRESS042719A&cm_mmc=EMC-EXPRESS042719A-_-EMC-042719-Index-_-ProcessorsDesktops-_-19113499-S0A&ignorebbr=1

Seagate Barracuda $49.99 TODAY ONLY with promo code EMCTYVC35.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178993&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=EXPRESS042719A&cm_mmc=EMC-EXPRESS042719A-_-EMC-042719-Index-_-DesktopInternalHardDrives-_-22178993-S0B&ignorebbr=1

TODAY ONLY Trident Z 3000 memory $99.99.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820232498&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=EXPRESS042719A&cm_mmc=EMC-EXPRESS042719A-_-EMC-042719-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20232498-S1A1A&ignorebbr=1

OR Corsair RGB Pro $99.99:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820236426&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=IGNEFL042619&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL042619-_-EMC-042619-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20236426-S0D&ignorebbr=1

EVGA 650W GQ gold not quite as good, but good $69.99:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438059&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=IGNEFL042619&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL042619-_-EMC-042619-Index-_-PowerSupplies-_-17438059-S1A5B&ignorebbr=1

OR

this Seasonic Focus Gold for $59.99

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151186&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=IGNEFL042319&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL042319-_-EMC-042319-Index-_-PowerSupplies-_-17151186-S2A6C&ignorebbr=1


Asrock Fatality MB:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157840&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=IGNEFL042619&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL042619-_-EMC-042619-Index-_-AMDMotherboards-_-13157840-S1A4B&ignorebbr=1

PNY 2070 blower card $449.99 with promo code EMCTYVA53 :

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133762&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=IGNEFL042519&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL042519-_-EMC-042519-Index-_-DesktopGraphicsCards-_-14133762-S1A1B&ignorebbr=1

Or

this MSI 2070 for $465 with promo code VGASUMMER21.


https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137397&Description=msi 2070&cm_re=msi_2070--14-137-397--Product
 
Here's my build with the above changes. I don't know much about which liquid cooler is best but I upgraded you to a 240mm model, though, for better performance. Changed the SSD to an NVMe.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($269.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($69.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty B450 GAMING K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB ARMOR OCV1 Video Card ($464.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - H700i Ninja ATX Mid Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1386.69
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-28 15:17 EDT-0400


OR THIS, if he wants the RAM to match the AIO:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($269.99)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i RGB PLATINUM 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($159.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty B450 GAMING K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB ARMOR OCV1 Video Card ($464.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - H700i Ninja ATX Mid Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1476.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-28 15:14 EDT-0400


This Corsair 280 is actually cheaper, but I don't know how the quality compares:

 
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g-unit1111

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If you are not sure what you want, you may want to pick up some of the items that are on sale today only, and decide on the rest later.
I wouldn't put that kind of pressure on somebody if they're just deciding what they want to get in a build. If you're going to buy today that's one thing but if you're not, I wouldn't subject someone to that.
 

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Since you are kind of close to a microcenter, I would definitely go there when you have time and check out their deals. I've heard microcenter is like hardware heaven. Their in-store deals should be quite nice.
 

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Yeah but then you walk the fine line of "legitimate OS vs eBay / Amazon OS" and if you go that route you are likely to run into problems later on since the latter keys are almost always acquired under shady circumstances and they can and most likely will be deactivated at any time. Either buy the legit key, or don't.

If you must downgrade the PSU, I wouldn't downgrade too much but there are slightly less expensive options to get it under $1500.
True, but I've had anecdotal experience with these keys and they've been working since 2013/2014. Of course legit is most safe, but you can find keys cheaper and from what I've seen online (briefly) most people have had no problem with them. 90-130$ for windows is ridiculous most of the time.
 

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True, but I've had anecdotal experience with these keys and they've been working since 2013/2014. Of course legit is most safe, but you can find keys cheaper and from what I've seen online (briefly) most people have had no problem with them. 90-130$ for windows is ridiculous most of the time.
I prefer to think of it as playing it safe and paying more for a piece of mind. Sure, you could pay cheaper for an OS key but then you run into the whole legality of whether or not you bought a non legitimate key. It's a huge gamble and in today's internet, there's way more shady dealers out there than legitimate ones, and I'd much rather take my chances with a legitimate one, don't you agree?
 
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I prefer to think of it as playing it safe and paying more for a piece of mind. Sure, you could pay cheaper for an OS key but then you run into the whole legality of whether or not you bought a non legitimate key. It's a huge gamble and in today's internet, there's way more shady dealers out there than legitimate ones, and I'd much rather take my chances with a legitimate one, don't you agree?
It doesn't bother me so it's paying more for nothing, but I understand that for different people there are different mindsets and circumstances so its up to OP and/or whoever is making that choice at the time.
 

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