[SOLVED] Proposed 1st Time Build: Corsair 460X RGB, MSI B450 Tomahawk, AMD R5 2600, MSI RX580 Armor OC 8GB

Dec 16, 2018
I am building my 1st gaming PC to go with my recent black Friday purchased MSI Optix G24 1080p curved monitor, Corsair Strafe MX Silent RGB MK.2 keyboard, Corsair M65 Pro RGB mouse, and Corsair MM800 RGB mouse pad with cheap external speakers. My current computer is HP Pavilion Desktop 510-a010 and is already having problems with free FPS games which I am just now learning to use. The CPU is "maxing out" or close to it even before I begin gaming and I assume this is from the additional downloads (steam, etc.) that are running in the background. Also, I have an HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 printer and my internet connection is a Comcast ARRIS TG1682G (XB3) DOCSIS 3 Dual Band A/C Wireless Gateway Telephony Modem. I don't use the telephone service.

The recent RGB purchases have peaked my interest in building my own computer. Since I have already spent money on Corsair products, I want to use iCUE software with a heavy RGB system. The curved monitor that I purchased suggest AMD to use with the FreeSync software. I will not be overclocking until I feel that I know what I am doing which may be this time next year.

My proposed build is as follows:
1. Corsair 460X RGB case (3xSP120 RGB fans in front)
2. MSI B450 Tomahawk AM4 motherboard
3. AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU with Wraith Stealth stock cooler
4. MSI Radeon RX580 ARMOR 8G OC video card
5. Corsair VENGEANCE® RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Memory Kit
6. Corsair RMx Series RM650x (2018) Power Supply
7. WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch HDD WD10EZEX
8. Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD MZ-V7E500BW
9. CORSAIR Commander PRO
10. Corsair SP120 RGB LED High Performance 120mm Fan x 3
11. Windows 10 Home
12. External optical drive (if needed, type unknown).
13. FAT32 8GB flash drive

I will be disabling the RGB buttons on the case (remove lighting node but keep the 6 fan hub). Since I have an NVME PCIe SSD to mount on the motherboard, I will remove the 3 SSD racks to make more room for cables to fit. The 3 front fans will be pulling air in. The 2 top fans and rear fan will be exhausting air out. The power supply will have fan down to pull air in and with the shrouds in place should provide positive pressure. I have the following specific questions and would certainly like any comments concerning problems (with suggestions) and any comments about future "stuff". I've tried to do my homework but worry that I have missed something.

a. Do I really need 3200 MHz memory? There is some suggestion that this may be a waste of money but others suggest 3000+ MHz memory.
b. Will the FreeSync really apply at 1080p? I read that 90+ fps is needed to have any real impact.
c. Is the "open structure" of the video card a problem with this setup (bending, breaking, etc.)? I read that air flow may be better for both video card and CPU versus a more enclosed video card.
d. Do I have enough cooling wiith just case fans and air cooled CPU & GPU without any overclocking? I suspect that you might need more information here but not sure what to add.
e. Should I upgrade the stock CPU cooler?
f. Is there enough room to add liquid cooling on top or in front, if needed?
g. Are there enough internal and external ports to do what I need? Power supply, fans, external components.
h. Are there enough supplied cables for all devices?

I understand that 2 of 6 SATA ports will be disabled on the MSI MOBO using the chosen SSD. My monitor will connect to the video card DisplayPort. My printer will connect to USB 2.0 or greater, My mouse connects to the keyboard pass which will require 2-USB 3.0 ports. My mouse pad requires a USB 2.0 port. The cheap speakers will plug into the audio port.


Dec 16, 2018

I have saved a build on pcpartpicker.com but don't know how to add to this thread. The build passes the pcpartpicker test but I have some questions that cannot be answered by them.




I would go with something more like this. You get a better graphics card, this way.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: *MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Walmart)
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($129.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire - Radeon RX VEGA 64 8 GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: *Corsair - Crystal 460X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: *Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1193.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-17 22:05 EST-0500