Question Rate my build - 750$ system for 1080p gaming

Djak372

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Greetings :D,

I selected these components for building a new pc for my gf.

She simply wants to play games in 1080p at highest graphics most of the time.

I would like to hear your opinions. :geek:

Here is the build: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/ZcBDvW

Things not included in the build but that I already have: 1080p monitor, computer case, mouse, keyboard.
 
Greetings :D,

I selected these components for building a new pc for my gf.

She simply wants to play games in 1080p at highest graphics most of the time.

I would like to hear your opinions. :geek:

Here is the build: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/ZcBDvW

Things not included in the build but that I already have: 1080p monitor, computer case, mouse, keyboard.
Some changes. better mobo faster RAM etc.

For your CPU you might want to look around on eBay, Facebook marketplace etc for a used Ryzen 2600. It should be cheaper then the 3300X while it will be slightly slower for single core performance the extra 2 cores will make up for it in the long run.


PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/TcLr8M

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($80.28 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB Twin Fan Video Card ($227.70 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Total: $673.70
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-09 12:38 EDT-0400
 
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Djak372

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Some changes. better mobo faster RAM etc.

For your CPU you might want to look around on eBay, Facebook marketplace etc for a used Ryzen 2600. It should be cheaper then the 3300X while it will be slightly slower for single core performance the extra 2 cores will make up for it in the long run.


PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/TcLr8M

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($80.28 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB Twin Fan Video Card ($227.70 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Total: $673.70
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-09 12:38 EDT-0400
What's the difference between the mobo you chose and the ASUS on I had on my list ? How is it better ?
 

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Ryzens are more popular and partly sold out in Canada at this time. Also some of the intel cpus are on sale or they dropped the price to compete with AMD.
So i am going with a i3-9100F but a faster NVME drive and GTX 1660 super. These are fairly low wattage parts so some of the savings are with the power supply and it can run with the stock cpu cooler too.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($112.05 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B365M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 CL17 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Kingston A2000 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB Phoenix OC Video Card ($309.00 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Gigabyte 400 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $752.76
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-10 10:53 EDT-0400
 
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Djak372

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Ryzens are more popular and partly sold out in Canada at this time. Also some of the intel cpus are on sale or they dropped the price to compete with AMD.
So i am going with a i3-9100F but a faster NVME drive and GTX 1660 super. These are fairly low wattage parts so some of the savings are with the power supply and it can run with the stock cpu cooler too.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($112.05 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B365M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 CL17 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Kingston A2000 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB Phoenix OC Video Card ($309.00 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Gigabyte 400 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $752.76
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-10 10:53 EDT-0400
Thank you so much for your reply. Didn't realize I could get an NVME SSD for the same price as the SATA one I chose ! 😯
 

need4speeds

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There is a budget SSD for $32.99 and a bit faster NVME drive that's 512mb's for $99.99.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($112.05 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B365M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 CL17 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: TCSunBow X3 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($32.99 @ Newegg Canada Marketplace)
Storage: Kingston A2000 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB Phoenix OC Video Card ($309.00 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Gigabyte 400 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $885.74
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-10 11:17 EDT-0400
 
Why are you guys only putting 8GB of RAM in these builds, when they had 16GB in their original planned build? 8GB seems rather low for a gaming system in 2020, and will already result in performance instability in a number of demanding titles. Considering a 2x8GB kit can be had for only around $25-$30 CAD more, it doesn't make much sense to go with 2x4GB.
 
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Going with a quad core nowadays is a fools errand imo. The cost savings is tempting, and would be adequate with a lower end gpu like rx570, 1650 non-s, but many games use 4 threads now and windows itself also uses threads, so 6 thread is the absolute minimum in my book with 4 out of the question.

The ryzen 3 3300x is an incredible value and if it's hard to come by, the recently released i3 10100(socket 1200) could also fit the bill.

The graphics between high and ultra are negligible at best, so if she's gaming at 60hz, the 1650super will still work fine even if it is 5-10fps slower then the 1660s. Most youtube benchmarks comparing gpu's use higher end parts to remove potential bottlenecks. In more cpu intensive titles, the 9100f will be about 5-15fps slower then a r3 3100(slower then a 3300x or i3 10100) pretty much limiting the 1660s performance to that of a 1650s.
This is just my extrapolation from multiple benchmarks with a 9100f, r3 3100 and multiple gpus at 1080p. In the end, you would be hard pressed to see a difference unless there's a number on the screen.

Buying a better gpu while getting a low quality psu is not the answer, there are more to power supplies then simply the wattage. The corsair cx series really is the minimum acceptable option if you value the pc parts at all.

I'd suggest keeping a close eye on psu's, they come in stock randomly and are sold out nearly instantly, so if you see a cx unit come in stock or a different quality unit(no white label units) within your budget, pick it up asap. The psu shortage is no excuse to get a low quality part, there's a reason low quality units are in stock and good quality units are out of stock.
 
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