Question This will be my third build in 8 or so years thanks to you awesome people: $1000 Gaming PC suggestions

Biomirth

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Looking to build a new PC. I've built 3 others thanks to this forum and always had success (at least, in the end!).

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon, not a huge rush.

Budget Range:$1000 USD will be the limit. Would love to do it for half that.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: I don't need a monitor but I'd like to get a second one. If you can fit it in the budget, great, but it isn't required.

Parts to Upgrade: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like Newegg but I'm not particular.

Location: Maryland, USA

Parts Preferences: I'd like to go fully SSD for the quiet and weight and because it's just awesome.

Overclocking: Not likely!

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 is what I'm used to.

Additional Comments: Gaming, but no need for latest card, just the most stable. I love a clean and quiet case/system but I will put up with ugly if it's nice and roomy for upgrading.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Handing off my current system to family and this system is 6 years old so feel like it's time to put something new and shiny together.

Thanks Gents and Ladies!
 
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It's hard to recommend a 1000 dollars system when an OS and monitor needs to be included.

Even for a system with a Ryzen 2600. 1000 dollars without the monitor.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($181.67 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Adorama)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($50.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($300.74 @ Office Depot)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300A Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1014.13
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-12 18:34 EST-0500


I'd like to recommend the 3600 Ryzen instead with a B550 board but that's 100 more dollars.
 
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I should mention (I will edit) that I'd like to go all SSD. I also really don't need a 'top of the line' graphics card, just one that has enough legs to play most things for the next few years. So much price goes into the GPU and I feel like there must be some great cost-savings margin there in getting a generation behind (provided it is 'good enough). My current i5 and GTX 970 can play just about everything and they are 6 years old. I'd like to repeat this success.

Thank you so much for the suggestions. I have somewhere to start.
 

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It's hard to recommend a 1000 dollars system when an OS and monitor needs to be included.

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I'd like to recommend the 3600 Ryzen instead with a B550 board but that's 100 more dollars.
Thanks. I can save up for a 2nd monitor, so that could be a factor. If you had to anticipate the future, is the MOBO or processor a better thing to upgrade later? I'm thinking: Get a really future-proof Mobo and skimp on the processor, as that would be a lot easier to upgrade (if needed).
 
Thanks. I can save up for a 2nd monitor, so that could be a factor. If you had to anticipate the future, is the MOBO or processor a better thing to upgrade later? I'm thinking: Get a really future-proof Mobo and skimp on the processor, as that would be a lot easier to upgrade (if needed).
I'd like to recommend A B550 board but they do not support Ryzen 2000 CPU's. B550 are for 3000 and 5000 series Ryzen.

So you would need to buy a Ryzen 3600 with that B550 board or you buy a B450 board with a 2600 and upgrade the CPU later to a Ryzen 5000 on that B450 board.

The 1660 Super is a really good 1080p card. This is why people keeps recommending that card. Anything under that card is just not that good on the long term like a 1650.
 
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I got a defective motherboard and had to take apart like the whole pc and it wasnt that bad. also i couldnt imagine spending just $1k on a computer including windows for like $140 or some outrageous price. that would mean u only have like $860 to work with. i just spent between $5k and $6k on a computer cause i tried to make it so i never have to think of an update for years and years. i also saw how upgrading later doesnt make sense. well to me it doesnt. if i can buy the top of the line right now for $1800 or buy something less then for $800 and then a later upgrade for $1800 i would go with the more expensive one right now instead of spending the extra $800. i did get the RTX 3090 and im happy with it. i just know i would want to upgrade almost right away if i got a cheap computer. i would just recommend waiting till 2021 hits and look at how much u can really afford. its not even a month away. more money does not equal more better tho. im not sure if this helped but i hope it did
 

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I got a defective motherboard and had to take apart like the whole pc and it wasnt that bad. also i couldnt imagine spending just $1k on a computer including windows for like $140 or some outrageous price. that would mean u only have like $860 to work with. i just spent between $5k and $6k on a computer cause i tried to make it so i never have to think of an update for years and years. i also saw how upgrading later doesnt make sense. well to me it doesnt. if i can buy the top of the line right now for $1800 or buy something less then for $800 and then a later upgrade for $1800 i would go with the more expensive one right now instead of spending the extra $800. i did get the RTX 3090 and im happy with it. i just know i would want to upgrade almost right away if i got a cheap computer. i would just recommend waiting till 2021 hits and look at how much u can really afford. its not even a month away. more money does not equal more better tho. im not sure if this helped but i hope it did
I've been computing since the dark ages and there is always a sweet spot for what I'm trying to do: Not top of the line, but not about to become actually useless.

People like you (I'm not trying to attack you just make a general point) fuel the market, which is good for everyone in the end. You want to have the latest and greatest and most importantly are willing to pay for it. This drives down the prices for those of us willing to use something actually functional and not panic when something 'better' comes along. Computer lifetimes have remained, on average, about 6-8 years for me, and for Joe-Average-User. The difference between me and Joe is that I build my own and game, so the requirements are different, but the shelf life isn't different.

I think you'd be surprised how the rest of us do quite well (thank you) buying the things you wouldn't, thanks to your overspending (because this makes last year's model affordable to us)! There is always a way to make it work if you plan carefully.
 

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I'd like to recommend A B550 board but they do not support Ryzen 2000 CPU's. B550 are for 3000 and 5000 series Ryzen.

So you would need to buy a Ryzen 3600 with that B550 board or you buy a B450 board with a 2600 and upgrade the CPU later to a Ryzen 5000 on that B450 board.

The 1660 Super is a really good 1080p card. This is why people keeps recommending that card. Anything under that card is just not that good on the long term like a 1650.
I just thought you were going to say that! But that is very useful if this becomes a decision point. Thank you very much.
 
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im fine i dont feel attacked and hey someones got to buy it lol. im only worried about the memory on my computer for an upgrade cause i still have two slots and my applications use a lot of memory like gta5 (i have a lot of mods), and minecraft (again a lot of mods and when i say a lot just think im about to hit 4 digits) and unity takes a lot too. if a new graphics card comes out i wont b so concerned over buying it i would b wondering how the tech evolved so fast. eventually when the 4000 series comes out or whatever is next ill only think bout getting it if a friend wants my 3090. i upgrade what needs to b upgraded like u but i go for the best option possible when upgrading. i feel like this system should last 8 years or maybe even 10 because games will take some time to catch up to this level
 
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With RTX 3050 and RTX 3060 near the corner , I advice you to wait. and dont get an y old 1xxxx GPU ,,,
Yes wow, the expected price seems quite reasonable too, but I don't think I can wait 6-8 months. Maybe I'll get something currently cheap and plan on replacing it. Hard to know.
 
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