Question What should I change in this build?

Feb 13, 2019
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building a pc with a budget of between $1400 and $2000 although i would like to stay between $1400 and $1600 I was wondering what changes I should make. Keep in mind that this pc will be for 1920 x 1080 gaming and maybe content creation/streaming if possible.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/CtnVn7

Thanks for any help :)
 

Darkbreeze

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You don't ever want to install four DIMMs unless you can't get to the capacity you desire without doing so. You can get 32GB with only two DIMMs, and that is a much better option as it results in a cooler CPU package temp and less stress on the memory controller. It's also less expensive AND these are higher quality memory modules in general.

You can also get the 2080 Super for less than that regular ASUS 2080, and it's worth mentioning that we've found ASUS product support after the sale to be getting pretty sketchy lately, which might be important at some point. EVGA, bar none, has the best customer service of any hardware manufacturer out there if you ask just about any experienced builder or enthusiast. So you get better support after the sale, IMO a better card anyhow, AND a higher tiered card that puts you closer to midway between 2080 and 2080 TI performance, for less than that other card.

Also, little higher capacity PSU, because, let's keep it real, you might decide to overclock something and even if you don't this gives you enough headroom that you'll likely be a lot less likely to ever hear your PSU fan kick into high speed, or at least not nearly as much. It also keeps you in the percentage range where your unit will perform mainly in it's highest efficiency margins.

Also, a MUCH, MUCH better CPU cooler, which might be important in helping your CPU to be able to not only hit but sustain higher boost clocks, which is a known issue on Zen2.

If you want to shave down the cost further, although this is already slightly less than your existing build but with much better quality and performance, then you could drop the graphics card down to an EVGA RTX 2080 XC Ultra gaming, non-super model, and shave another 70 bucks off, which might not be the worst idea if you're going to stick to 1080p gaming. And that's another thought, is that with hardware this capable you might seriously consider moving up to a larger, maybe 27-32", 1440p Freesync display. It would be worth it and you could still stay under 2000. It would even work fine that way even WITH the 2080 rather than the Super. Heck, I have a 2060 Super and it games fines at 1440p.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($194.79 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright MACHO Rev.C 84.97 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.85 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($171.98 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ Dell)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($733.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.89 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: AOC C24G1 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1818.23
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-07 03:12 EDT-0400
 

Darkbreeze

Titan
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Also, if you currently have a system with Windows 7, 8 or 10, that you will not be using anymore, there is no need to buy another Windows license. You can attach the currently activated Windows license to a Microsoft account that is, in turn, attached to you at a valid email address, and then move that license to the new system and fully activate it after it is assembled. That would save you another 100 bucks. If not, because you don't currently have one or need to keep it with the current system, then that's understandable too.
 
Feb 13, 2019
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You don't ever want to install four DIMMs unless you can't get to the capacity you desire without doing so. You can get 32GB with only two DIMMs, and that is a much better option as it results in a cooler CPU package temp and less stress on the memory controller. It's also less expensive AND these are higher quality memory modules in general.

You can also get the 2080 Super for less than that regular ASUS 2080, and it's worth mentioning that we've found ASUS product support after the sale to be getting pretty sketchy lately, which might be important at some point. EVGA, bar none, has the best customer service of any hardware manufacturer out there if you ask just about any experienced builder or enthusiast. So you get better support after the sale, IMO a better card anyhow, AND a higher tiered card that puts you closer to midway between 2080 and 2080 TI performance, for less than that other card.

Also, little higher capacity PSU, because, let's keep it real, you might decide to overclock something and even if you don't this gives you enough headroom that you'll likely be a lot less likely to ever hear your PSU fan kick into high speed, or at least not nearly as much. It also keeps you in the percentage range where your unit will perform mainly in it's highest efficiency margins.

Also, a MUCH, MUCH better CPU cooler, which might be important in helping your CPU to be able to not only hit but sustain higher boost clocks, which is a known issue on Zen2.

If you want to shave down the cost further, although this is already slightly less than your existing build but with much better quality and performance, then you could drop the graphics card down to an EVGA RTX 2080 XC Ultra gaming, non-super model, and shave another 70 bucks off, which might not be the worst idea if you're going to stick to 1080p gaming. And that's another thought, is that with hardware this capable you might seriously consider moving up to a larger, maybe 27-32", 1440p Freesync display. It would be worth it and you could still stay under 2000. It would even work fine that way even WITH the 2080 rather than the Super. Heck, I have a 2060 Super and it games fines at 1440p.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($194.79 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright MACHO Rev.C 84.97 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.85 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($171.98 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ Dell)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($733.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.89 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: AOC C24G1 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1818.23
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-07 03:12 EDT-0400
Thanks for your assistance, I will swap out the monitor now on my pcpartpicker.com list and post it once more as to make sure all is correct with it
 

Darkbreeze

Titan
Moderator
That Cooler master AIO is unnecessary unless you just want it for aesthetics. If so, I'd just do something cheap like a Gammaxx 400 for now, that is a better cooler than the 212 EVO and costs less, and then later get a decent AIO. Those Cooler master units are ok at first, but they don't last long. They are trash IMO.

As for the monitor, if you can swing the extra cash and have enough room to use a 32" display and place it a bit further away from you, it is very hard to beat this monitor for the price. Normally well over five hundred dollars. This is the exact monitor I have and it is superb. 1440p, 144hz, Freesync that works perfect with Gsync. Fantastic response time, no blur or ghosting. Great color accuracy. Everything you could possibly ask for from a monitor really, especially in this price range.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FLGR2PN/?tag=pcpapi-20
 

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