Build Advice Updated System Build

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Hello! I previously posted a build, but after doing some more thinking and researching, I think I want to bring down the price. I have decided on this for now:

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/NVBC7W

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI - B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX AM4 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.88 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB ROG Strix Gaming OC Video Card ($769.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks - ECLIPSE P350X ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 120 PWM 87 CFM 120 mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1697.78

This is the previous list:

CPU: Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($264.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H100i PRO 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver - 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5 g Thermal Paste ($6.39 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME Z390-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($182.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB ROG Strix Gaming OC Video Card ($729.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair - SPEC-OMEGA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($96.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.39 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($35.90 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor ($379.70 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Corsair - K95 RGB PLATINUM Wired Gaming Keyboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2405.58

Which changes are good and which are bad? Any suggestions to get more performance out of the money or get some more rgb in there? I would be using this for many different things. A lot of gaming, some programming, and a little video editing and 3d modeling.
 
May 5, 2019
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The Ryzen CPU will be fine. Parts generally seem OK, do you have a valid Windows key though?
I do not at the moment. How would you recommend getting one. Would I be ok getting one for 30 dollars from a site like kinguin, or should I pay the full price directly from windows?
 

Dark Lord of Tech

Polypheme
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Buy from a legit source when you can.
 
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Generally if a price for Windows looks too good to be true, it is. Some reputable vendors may sell keys at moderate discounts from time to time but huge breaks don't happen. However, there is one loophole: since windows 10 still accepts keys from older versions back to Win7 for activation, you may be able to get a Windows 7 key more cheaply and activate 10 with it. Though the free upgrade period 'officially' ended a long time ago it's a badly kept secret that the activation servers still take those older keys. I'd still verify the authenticity of that key first though - post a link here if you're uncertain.
 
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g-unit1111

Titan
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Part of the problem with the previous build is that you had way too expensive components, and a few unnecessary ones. You could easily do a 9600K build without breaking the bank. And you do not, repeat, do not want to store your primary OS on a mechanical hard drive, that will be a massive bottleneck. A 9600K build is perfectly doable on a smaller budget and would provide better single core performance in most games than Ryzen would. Only downside is fewer upgrade paths. Here's what I would do:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($259.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($126.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo Plus 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($67.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.88 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Black Video Card ($729.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1808.19
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-26 22:01 EDT-0400


That cut the price by a huge margin and you can add whatever monitor, keyboard and mouse you want.
 

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