[SOLVED] Price Reduction of High-performance sub-1300 dollar B550 build

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Hi!

I'm building a new AMD PC and my budget is about 1300 dollars. My list is currently 1400 dollars, and I need to reduce it a bit. How can I save 100-200 dollars without sacrificing performance?

Pcpartpicker List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/P6R6zN

What I can't sacrifice:
  • Wifi on the motherboard
  • RGB on the RAM
  • USB-C on the mobo
  • RTX graphics
Thank you for your advice!
 

WildCard999

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Do you really need the 3900X? The 3700X is a great gaming/streaming CPU and far cheaper. Also the memory you picked was too slow so I added a 3600/CL17 32gb kit. That NVMe is a bit too pricey, swapped to Crucial P2 NVMe.

These changes put you under $1300.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/MXR6zN

Actually for a little bit more you can get the 2060 Super.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($274.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($209.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL17 Memory ($167.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1312.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-19 12:58 EDT-0400
 
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WildCard999

Titan
Moderator
Do you really need the 3900X? The 3700X is a great gaming/streaming CPU and far cheaper. Also the memory you picked was too slow so I added a 3600/CL17 32gb kit. That NVMe is a bit too pricey, swapped to Crucial P2 NVMe.

These changes put you under $1300.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/MXR6zN

Actually for a little bit more you can get the 2060 Super.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($274.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($209.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL17 Memory ($167.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1312.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-19 12:58 EDT-0400
 
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Jun 12, 2020
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Do you really need the 3900X? The 3700X is a great gaming/streaming CPU and far cheaper. Also the memory you picked was too slow so I added a 3600/CL17 32gb kit. That NVMe is a bit too pricey, swapped to Crucial P2 NVMe.

These changes put you under $1300.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/MXR6zN

Actually for a little bit more you can get the 2060 Super.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($274.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($209.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL17 Memory ($167.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1312.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-19 12:58 EDT-0400

Thank you! I agree, the RAM speed was one thing I overlooked. So if I downgrade the CPU to a 3700x, will there be a noticeable difference in applications like video editing/rendering and multitasking productivity work?
 

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