Question Replacing 2012 system build with all new components, making sure all are compatible and I'm not over spending

Oct 30, 2020
Approximate Purchase Date: I'm hoping to buy in November

Budget Range: Ideally sub $1500 USD with shipping, but if it's shipping that takes me a little over, i'll live

System Usage from Most to Least Important: My biggest use is Path of Exile, streaming movies, some steam games and if cyberpunk is cool, that too

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, previously I was using a 48" LCD i think, but I'm going to do a dual monitor setup instead so I can watch a movie and game.

Parts to Upgrade: Upgrading basically everything. Only things I was planning to keep are the old case after a thorough clean, it's enormous so it should fit anything. I also have 2 old ASUS optical drives that I rarely use but I figure I should have one in there. I have a little 128 GB SSD from Samsung I was using for my OS drive, was hoping I could reuse that for the OS and use the new SSD for all else.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, I've been running windows 7 forever but now that it won't be supported I'll finally spring for Windows 10
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
I've been using newegg to scope parts, but that's just because it's what I know. I'm not opposed to using another vendor if one is better

Location: I'm in the Bay Area northern California

Parts Preferences: I am completely impartial. Whatever CPU gives the best bang for the buck, i'm game. I only know windows but I'm happy to learn something else if it's better and matters. the reviews I read leaned towards AMD currently so I built that way, but again, I could be easily swayed if people lean a different way.

Overclocking: I never have but if I ought to, sure

SLI or Crossfire: Ummmm, what?

Your Monitor Resolution: I was planning on sticking with 1080 to keep cost down, I don't think i'm doing anything that requires 4k

Additional Comments: I am really just using the computer for 1) Gaming, largely path of exile (think D3) and some steam games, witcher3, a bit of warframe, cyberpunk when it drops 2) streaming video, usually at the same time as playing because why do 1 fun thing when you can do 2!! and 3) occasional work related nonsense, word processing, virtual PC stuff so I can do audits from home.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I built my first system in 2012, and it was great. A great feeling to have made it myself and to know more about what is in that magical box and how it works. After 8 years though it's needed some work and even after upgrading the GPU in 2016 I can tell new games are taxing my system even on the lowest settings and recently my GPU has been failing (monitor blackout for ~30-60 seconds and then screen shows only top left corner of desktop as though the resolution settings need a monitor 10 feet wide). I recently got the go ahead from my wife to purchase a new system and have been doing some research to see what I can get in my budget.

I used newegg to put together a build and loaded it into partpicker to check compatibility. Initially I was getting error messages that my motherboard required an additional 4 pin connector (i think for the cpu) and I couldn't find any power supplies under about 750W that would make the message go away, so I ended up picking a different motherboard and that fixed the 'error'. The pcpartpicker link is below that has a composite of all the components. I also have the components listed below with their newegg links.

Full build loaded into PCPartPicker website

MotherBoard: ASRock B550M PRO4 AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD RYZEN 7 3800X 8-Core 3.9 GHz (4.5 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W 100-100000025BOX Desktop Processor

GPU: Sapphire PULSE Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5 PCI-E Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP OC w/ Backplate (UEFI), 100411P8GOCL

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD X399 Compatible Desktop Memory Model CMK32GX4M4B3200C16

HDD: WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s M.2 2280 Solid State Drive - WDS500G2B0B

Monitor x2: BenQ GL2780 27" Full HD 1920 x 1080 75Hz 1ms VGA DVI HDMI DisplayPort Built-in Speakers Flicker-Free Technology LED Backlit LCD Monitor

PSU: EVGA 550 B3, 80 Plus BRONZE 550W, Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply 220-B3-0550-V1

OS: Windows 10 Home - 64-bit - OEM

Case and optical drives I have from my old build, I was hoping I could use those again as well as the old 128GB SSD for my OS drive (SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW )

If I am missing things or posted this wrong, please be gentle, it was not out of malice, but rather ignorance and of course I am happy to change literally anything about the build if it'll mean better performance or lower cost.

thank you for your help!!!!



Sep 21, 2020
Just sharing my thoughts...
Compared to rest of your system, I wouldn't buy RX 580 -go for RX 5600 XT instead. Yes, is a bit more expensive, but performance difference is very noticeable.
I would use M.2 SSD for OS (it's several times faster than 830 SSD).
I would consider an aftermarket CPU cooler (stock cooler is kinda loud at full load).
I would try to find a good deal on 2x16GB RAM (4 sticks in Dual channel can be tricky sometimes).