Question Thoughts on this build? Where can I save money without sacrificing performance?

Aug 21, 2020
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I am giving away my 2070 Super Dual EVO Advanced and TX650M 80+ Gold PSU to my cousin for his first ever PC build. I made a very quick build using PCPP for him, but wanted to see if there are any parts in the build where he can save some money? Additionally is there something I'm missing?

[PCPartPicker Part List](https://no.pcpartpicker.com/list/XNkPtp)
 
I am giving away my 2070 Super Dual EVO Advanced and TX650M 80+ Gold PSU to my cousin for his first ever PC build. I made a very quick build using PCPP for him, but wanted to see if there are any parts in the build where he can save some money? Additionally is there something I'm missing?

[PCPartPicker Part List](https://no.pcpartpicker.com/list/XNkPtp)
This won't save you any money but, I'd add a Dark Rock 4 cooler and for the case I'd get something with better airflow like Fractal Design Meshify C. The rest looks really good.
 
One option for saving money would be to cut back to a 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 3600 or 3600X. Granted, you would be sacrificing a bit of heavily-multithreaded performance in applications that can properly utilize the extra cores, but that generally doesn't apply to today's games, and the vast majority of applications.

Will it make more of a difference to gaming performance a few years down the line? It's hard to say, but I think that generally a 12-thread processor should hold up pretty well for some years to come. Those CPUs also don't have quite as nice of a stock cooler though.

Probably worth asking, what resolution of screen will they be gaming on? At higher resolutions like 1440p and above, the CPU will tend to make less of a difference to performance compared to at 1080p.

The current price listed for that SSD also seems rather high, considering you can get 1TB models for around that price. Perhaps it changed from what you were seeing when you assembled the list, but that might be something worth looking into.
 

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One option for saving money would be to cut back to a 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 3600 or 3600X. Granted, you would be sacrificing a bit of heavily-multithreaded performance in applications that can properly utilize the extra cores, but that generally doesn't apply to today's games, and the vast majority of applications.

Will it make more of a difference to gaming performance a few years down the line? It's hard to say, but I think that generally a 12-thread processor should hold up pretty well for some years to come. Those CPUs also don't have quite as nice of a stock cooler though.

Probably worth asking, what resolution of screen will they be gaming on? At higher resolutions like 1440p and above, the CPU will tend to make less of a difference to performance compared to at 1080p.

The current price listed for that SSD also seems rather high, considering you can get 1TB models for around that price. Perhaps it changed from what you were seeing when you assembled the list, but that might be something worth looking into.
Absolutely agreed, if a rig is mainly for gaming the ryzen 7 is absolute overkill over a ryzen 5.

I adopted early, first gen ryzen 1700, I've still never seen over 60% cpu usage during gaming even now.

https://no.pcpartpicker.com/product/kVzkcf/adata-xpg-sx8200-pro-512-gb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-asx8200pnp-512gt-c

Way better value nvme drive, you're not going to see any difference perfoemance wise in real life.


The nzxt h510?, good build quality and nice looking but overpriced and is honestly fairly awful cooling wise.

If you want a white, solid front plain case then pick the corsair 275r, move the included front to a top rear exhaust and add a pair of decent 140m fans to the front as intakes.
You'll end up with a way better cooled system


https://no.pcpartpicker.com/product/qYWfrH/corsair-carbide-series-275r-white-atx-mid-tower-case-cc-9011131-ww

https://no.pcpartpicker.com/product/Wm66Mp/arctic-p14-pwm-pst-728-cfm-140mm-fan-acfan00125a

I have no idea why fans are so obscenely priced in your region!?!?.
 

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