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Build Help - 1st time Gaming PC

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[OP]
Newbie
Apr 18, 2020
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Build Help - 1st time Gaming PC

Hello,

Looking for advice on this gaming PC that a friendo recommended:

https://www.canadacomputers.com/product ... aQjYyJk5HM

Honestly I'm a bit PC ignorant and don't want to spend too much time researching into it and I know it comes down to what you're using it for. In short, going to be playing a bunch of random 1st person shooters, WOW, want to try VR, stream videos, and thats the core of the PC. I kind of want it to be servicable for the next few years and dont want it to be obsolete incase I start really gaming hard. Is this good bang for my buck or any other recommendations?

Sorry the original link didn't work, but if you cant see it, its this:
APEX A-215 Gaming PC AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8-Core 16-Thread 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2060 16GB RAM 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD 7200 rpm WiFi bluetooth 4RGB Fans Windows 10 Home for $1399 CAD

Thanks!
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Deal Addict
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Mar 4, 2007
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Hi,

For $100 more, you're getting a larger SSD & a marginally better GPU.
Deal Addict
Jul 26, 2004
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I'd say it's worth the extra $100 for a 2070 and Larger SSD+HD and a 600W PSU as well . If you're gonna do VR get the best GPU you can afford since good framerate is important to have a good VR experience. The B450 motherboard should probably let you get to 4000 series Ryzen so that'll give you some upgradability ( wont know for certain till it comes out later in the year).
Newbie
Apr 19, 2020
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for 1500$ you can build something better....
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Apr 19, 2020
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PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/LtTwK4

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($428.75 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Asus TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($124.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($97.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB DUAL MINI OC Video Card ($610.50 @ Vuugo)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($58.30 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12III 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($87.99 @ PC-Canada)
Total: $1543.02
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-20 13:22 EDT-0400

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/LtTwK4
Deal Expert
Mar 23, 2004
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Fraser River Rat wrote: Hi,

For $100 more, you're getting a larger SSD & a marginally better GPU.
Marginally better GPU? I'd say the 2070 is significantly faster. Just look at the price difference between 2060 and 2070. 2060s go for $450-550; 2070s are like $600+. 2070 also has 8GB VRAM. C'mon 5600 XT will do battle with a base 2060 and no one is gonna say 2070 is only "marginally" better than a 5600 XT either.

For $100 more it's well worth it for the GPU alone, never mind anything else they've improved on the second one (larger SSD, larger HDD, better PSU).

Anyway the idea of "building on your own" is there, but it's not a great suggestion for the OP who doesn't sound like they'd be doing that. I mean yeah the components here probably aren't the greatest--DeepCool PSU, probably the cheapest 2070 they got, QLC SSD, etc., but we have to remember PC building is not for everyone and they just want to buy something, power it up, install Steam/games, etc., and get off to the races.
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Apr 19, 2020
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ES_Revenge wrote: Marginally better GPU? I'd say the 2070 is significantly faster. Just look at the price difference between 2060 and 2070. 2060s go for $450-550; 2070s are like $600+. 2070 also has 8GB VRAM. C'mon 5600 XT will do battle with a base 2060 and no one is gonna say 2070 is only "marginally" better than a 5600 XT either.

For $100 more it's well worth it for the GPU alone, never mind anything else they've improved on the second one (larger SSD, larger HDD, better PSU).

Anyway the idea of "building on your own" is there, but it's not a great suggestion for the OP who doesn't sound like they'd be doing that. I mean yeah the components here probably aren't the greatest--DeepCool PSU, probably the cheapest 2070 they got, QLC SSD, etc., but we have to remember PC building is not for everyone and they just want to buy something, power it up, install Steam/games, etc., and get off to the races.
Im sure he could find someone local and pay them 50$ or ask a friend to do it for the cost of taking them out for lunch or something....putting a pc together these days is super simple
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Mar 23, 2004
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t3chguru wrote: Im sure he could find someone local and pay them 50$ or ask a friend to do it for the cost of taking them out for lunch or something....putting a pc together these days is super simple
Yeah but even the "friendo" in the OP was telling OP to buy a pre-built meaning either his/her friend of most knowledge only has the extent of knowledge of buying a pre-built, or doesn't want to do the build due to stuff like social-distancing madness going on right now, or simply doesn't want to end up being "tech support for life" which tends to happen when building PCs for friends/family members.

I think it'd be a lot more likely for an RFDer or other-forum person to lend a hand for a few bucks or something in earlier times, but right now again with the COVID stuff, people are afraid to even look at other people LOL, never mind meeting up and building a computer for a stranger.
[OP]
Newbie
Apr 18, 2020
3 posts
Yeah I might just do that honestly, I've been trying to get a hold of Canada Computers on the phone, email, live support and I think they literally have zero CS people there so now I have to shop somewhere else. Any recommendations?

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