Question Please critique my build

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I am just getting into PC building and this is my first shot at it. My goal is to have a pretty decent gaming computer. I feel like I have looked everything over enough and I feel like it should work; however, I'm not positive. I would love some feedback and advice from people who know way more about this stuff than I do. Thank you in advance!
Here is my build list:
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Dfj6F8

PS- Ideally, I would to keep the overall price where it is, but I am somewhat flexible.
 
Looks like a decent build to me.
The only aspect I would critique would be using that mobo with an i5, and your storage.

Don't think anything is "wrong with" going i5. Actually pretty smart while you wait out a GPU. Thing is that mobo is darned expensive for that CPU...in that you could absolutely get by with a lesser mobo and use that money elsewhere in the build. The only reason I wouldn't would be if you have a plan to upgrade to an i7/i9 up the road, and if you do I would personally do it now. (keep in mind that the PSU you selected may not run super high draw components without that other 4 pin)

I would personally consider a smaller M.2 and utilize standard 2.5" SSD or cheaper M.2 as your bulk storage option. Of course, you may have a particular reason to want all your storage being that fast so....

GL with your build. Good job on your homework.
 
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Seem's like you've done a fair bit of homework!
What is this pc going to be used for?
What is the resolution of your monitor?
Thanks for saying that! It's good to know all that reading up paid off, and it makes me feel a little better at least lol. It will be used mainly for gaming, but I'm sure it will get used occasionally for other just basic computer operation (like doing school work for example). The monitor I am currently looking at is 1920x1080 with a 24 inch screen.
 
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Thanks for saying that! It's good to know all that reading up paid off, and it makes me feel a little better at least lol. It will be used mainly for gaming, but I'm sure it will get used occasionally for other just basic computer operation (like doing school work for example). The monitor I am currently looking at is 1920x1080 with a 24 inch screen.
Solid build, will handle any game you throw at it with ultra settings RTX on and all of that eye candy.
Enjoy!
 

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Looks pretty good.

I can vouch for that SSD... I have 3 of them in my build... but I paid $250 each for them on Black Friday instead of the $319 current price. It's still an amazing drive but you may be able to find similar storage for less. I'm of the opinion that anything less than a 2TB drive is a waste of a m.2 slot... so kudos to you. :LOL:

Good choice on the monitor... ASUS is solid. I've used one before.

Fractal Design makes a solid case... currently using the Meshify 2 which was one of the best of 2020. If you're looking for more room... consider it.
 
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I am just getting into PC building and this is my first shot at it. My goal is to have a pretty decent gaming computer. I feel like I have looked everything over enough and I feel like it should work; however, I'm not positive. I would love some feedback and advice from people who know way more about this stuff than I do. Thank you in advance!
Here is my build list:
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Dfj6F8

PS- Ideally, I would to keep the overall price where it is, but I am somewhat flexible.
Couple of changes I'd make to that build. First I'd start with a cpu cooler that can handle that cpu when it kicks into turbo boost and second I would change the MB to a Z590 for about the same price which will give you an upgrade path in the future. btw keep an eye out for the RTX 3060 Ti's seeing how they have a significant advantage in FPS over the RTX 3060's.

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157982
ASRock Z590 EXTREME $209.99

https://www.amazon.com/quiet-Dark-Rock-BK021-Cooler/dp/B07BYP9S95/
be quiet! Dark Rock 4, BK021, 200W TDP, CPU Cooler $69.90

https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z590 Extreme/index.us.asp
 
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Looks like a decent build to me.
The only aspect I would critique would be using that mobo with an i5, and your storage.

Don't think anything is "wrong with" going i5. Actually pretty smart while you wait out a GPU. Thing is that mobo is darned expensive for that CPU...in that you could absolutely get by with a lesser mobo and use that money elsewhere in the build. The only reason I wouldn't would be if you have a plan to upgrade to an i7/i9 up the road, and if you do I would personally do it now. (keep in mind that the PSU you selected may not run super high draw components without that other 4 pin)

I would personally consider a smaller M.2 and utilize standard 2.5" SSD or cheaper M.2 as your bulk storage option. Of course, you may have a particular reason to want all your storage being that fast so....

GL with your build. Good job on your homework.
I mainly picked the i5 instead of the i7 or i9 because it was cheaper, but it also has hyper threading, so I was thinking even with it being i5 it should still be pretty decent. Also the core clocking was higher than the i7s, even though the boost clock was lower. And I am just starting out and not very confident in my overclocking ablities. I also wanted to have room to grow with the mobo in case I want to in the future. I saw cheaper 2TB SSDs, but I wasn't sure about a lot so I just picked one with a higher rating.
If I was to upgrade my cpu, would you recommend the i7-10700k?
 
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Looks pretty good.

I can vouch for that SSD... I have 3 of them in my build... but I paid $250 each for them on Black Friday instead of the $319 current price. It's still an amazing drive but you may be able to find similar storage for less. I'm of the opinion that anything less than a 2TB drive is a waste of a m.2 slot... so kudos to you. :LOL:

Good choice on the monitor... ASUS is solid. I've used one before.

Fractal Design makes a solid case... currently using the Meshify 2 which was one of the best of 2020. If you're looking for more room... consider it.
Thank you lol. I'm not sure if you would know or not, but do you think this build could be pressed for space?
 
Couple of changes I'd make to that build. First I'd start with a cpu cooler that can handle that cpu when it kicks into turbo boost and second I would change the MB to a Z590 for about the same price which will give you an upgrade path in the future. btw keep an eye out for the RTX 3060 Ti's seeing how they have a significant advantage in FPS over the RTX 3060's.

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157982
ASRock Z590 EXTREME $209.99

https://www.amazon.com/quiet-Dark-Rock-BK021-Cooler/dp/B07BYP9S95/
be quiet! Dark Rock 4, BK021, 200W TDP, CPU Cooler $69.90

https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z590 Extreme/index.us.asp
Here's the Wi Fi 6E version of that board.

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157983
 
Yeah. The 10700k is a 8 cores CPU. It would last you for at least 5 years. It's not really a lot better in games than the 10600k for the only reason that games are not requiring you having 8 cores yet. 6 cores can do the job just fine at the moment. So it's up to you.

I do admit that buying a Z590 is a good idea for upgrade path and a better CPU cooler for that 10600k/10700k.
https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157983

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxdYFM9Vzb4


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfUoqoA0y04
 
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If you like hyperthreading,high clock turbo boost (4,80hz on both 10600K and 10700F ) but are not sure about overclocking, the 10700F is literally made for you.
Priced similarly to the 10600K, offering 2 more cores and 4 more threads, it is really good if you decide not to upgrade.
By the time 8 core and 16 threads becomes the minimum, you will build 2 new pc's.
By going with the 10700F i really dont see you upgrading in the next 5+ years atleast.
https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i7-10700f-core-i7-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118131?Description=10700F&cm_re=10700F-_-19-118-131-_-Product

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Note that it doesnt have integrated graphics, so if you want that go with the 10700.
 
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If you like hyperthreading,high clock turbo boost (4,80hz on both 10600K and 10700F ) but are not sure about overclocking, the 10700F is literally made for you.
Priced similarly to the 10600K, offering 2 more cores and 4 more threads, it is really good if you decide not to upgrade.
By the time 8 core and 16 threads becomes the minimum, you will build 2 new pc's.
By going with the 10700F i really dont see you upgrading in the next 5+ years.
https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i7-10700f-core-i7-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118131?Description=10700F&cm_re=10700F-_-19-118-131-_-Product
This ^^ ... you don't need an expensive cpu cooler for that 10700F and that cpu goes head to head with the 5600X in regards to gaming while giving you two more cores which is nice if you're running something such as Discord or Teamspeak in the background while gaming.
 
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Couple of changes I'd make to that build. First I'd start with a cpu cooler that can handle that cpu when it kicks into turbo boost and second I would change the MB to a Z590 for about the same price which will give you an upgrade path in the future. btw keep an eye out for the RTX 3060 Ti's seeing how they have a significant advantage in FPS over the RTX 3060's.

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157982
ASRock Z590 EXTREME $209.99

https://www.amazon.com/quiet-Dark-Rock-BK021-Cooler/dp/B07BYP9S95/
be quiet! Dark Rock 4, BK021, 200W TDP, CPU Cooler $69.90

https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z590 Extreme/index.us.asp
I will probably switch out cpu coolers, thank you. I will also take the MB and gpu upgrades into consideration. I orginally picked the RTX 3060 over the RTX 3060 Ti because of the noticable price difference. However, at first glance, I think I would need to upgrade my psu if I upgraded the MB and gpu. Of course I'm not 100% sure about that, just this noob's first thought lol.
 
I will probably switch out cpu coolers, thank you. I will also take the MB and gpu upgrades into consideration. I orginally picked the RTX 3060 over the RTX 3060 Ti because of the noticable price difference. However, at first glance, I think I would need to upgrade my psu if I upgraded the MB and gpu. Of course I'm not 100% sure about that, just this noob's first thought lol.
No need to change the PSU for a 3060.
SuperNOVA 650 is more than capable of handling a 3060.
 
I will probably switch out cpu coolers, thank you. I will also take the MB and gpu upgrades into consideration. I orginally picked the RTX 3060 over the RTX 3060 Ti because of the noticable price difference. However, at first glance, I think I would need to upgrade my psu if I upgraded the MB and gpu. Of course I'm not 100% sure about that, just this noob's first thought lol.
The 650w psu you chose will run an RTX 3060 Ti just fine. I'd give serious thought though to @Master Djoza recommendation of the 10700F cpu. That chip not only runs cool and uses less power, it kicks a$$ in gaming (FPS) not to mention that CM 212 Black Edition cpu cooler you chose will work just fine for it. Pair that up with a Z590 board and you're off to the races.
 
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If you like hyperthreading,high clock turbo boost (4,80hz on both 10600K and 10700F ) but are not sure about overclocking, the 10700F is literally made for you.
Priced similarly to the 10600K, offering 2 more cores and 4 more threads, it is really good if you decide not to upgrade.
By the time 8 core and 16 threads becomes the minimum, you will build 2 new pc's.
By going with the 10700F i really dont see you upgrading in the next 5+ years atleast.
https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i7-10700f-core-i7-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118131?Description=10700F&cm_re=10700F-_-19-118-131-_-Product

Edit:
Note that it doesnt have integrated graphics, so if you want that go with the 10700.
I understand. I will probably go up to the i7. Do I need the one with integrated graphics if I'm getting a gpu anyway?
 
I understand. I will probably go up to the i7. Do I need the one with integrated graphics if I'm getting a gpu anyway?
Well look, if we are talking about real world situation's, something will for sure either die or malfuction in your pc. (happens to all of us)
For example, you graphics card.
It dies and you dont have any other GPU to test if the GPU is the problem or something else, and you just need to see if it will post.
So for trouble shooting, paying 30$ more for the 10700 is not a bad investment if you think about it.
 
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