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Building a gaming computer during quarantine

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[OP]
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Apr 15, 2019
73 posts
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Building a gaming computer during quarantine

Hi everyone, this is my first time posting and coming back to build a gaming computer after what feels like an eternity. I remember my last build had 3570k with 7870 GPU. Since then I haven't really followed the gaming scene consistently.

Now with the global pandemic, I am forced to stay at home and I figured this was a good time to build myself a gaming computer which I can give it to my 12-year-old later.

I went to PCPartpicker and made this list and would really like if anyone can critique it or add something else to it.

PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $428.75 @ Vuugo
Motherboard MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard $159.50 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $107.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $149.75 @ Vuugo
Storage Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $80.00 @ shopRBC
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB GAMING X Video Card $574.50 @ Vuugo
Case Phanteks Eclipse P400 ATX Mid Tower Case $119.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $129.99 @ Memory Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1760.47
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1750.47


Some pointers as requested by the forum are down below

1. Mostly would be used for gaming(AAA titles) and some google hangout sessions.

2. I decided around $1750 CAD but can even stretch it to $1900, but depends on best bang for buck.

3. Canada, the country of maple syrup and double-double haha

4. Amazon, newegg, mike's computer, canada computers, ebay, bestbuy, vuugo, these are the options available

5. Not a fanboy of any company or even RGB(I know i am weird)

6. Don't have any parts laying around.

7. Not right away but would like to keep that option available in the future.

8. I was thinking of doing 1440p with 75fps minimum on ultra settings

9. Next 10-15 days, because the shipping is going to delayed.

10. I already have the Windows 10 thanks to my work.

11. Don't need any peripherals for now. I already have some old gear.
24 replies
Sr. Member
Oct 7, 2007
610 posts
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Markham
Is there a reason for the 3700x instead of a 3600x? I would also bump up to a 650 or 750w power supply. As for the 5700xt, i don't have any experience but from what i've read, the drivers have been hit and miss.
Deal Addict
Aug 31, 2003
3462 posts
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Mississauga
I have the MSI Gaming X 5700XT on my desktop PC (I didnt change the sig, damn it, I'm a lazy mofo), but I am running a R9-3900X as the CPU. It has worked quite well for me. It performs very well at 1440p.

I did not experience the gaming crashes and hiccups that others did so I was very confused over the mess surrounding it. This is just to give you that extra data point that not everyone experienced those issues (even with the pre-issue drivers).

That is a solid build, the only thing I would recommend is bumping up the bulk storage to 4TB as games are massive these days (Siege with the ultra texture pack is like 100GB in size and that game is like 5 years old now!).

EDIT: Oh wait, I did change my sig LOL
MAIN:3900X|X570 Elite|64GB|MSI 5700XT|970 Pro 512GB|4TB WD Black|Creative SB XFi|BD-RW| 1440p144|4K60 - Both 27"
HT:R3-2200G|8GB DDR4
SERVER:i3 3240|8GB DDR3|320GB|3x2TB
Newbie
Apr 19, 2020
20 posts
10 upvotes
PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/zxkcjp

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($428.75 @ Vuugo)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.78 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard ($209.00 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($100.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($169.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card ($729.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($127.47 @ Amazon Canada)
Power Supply: EVGA 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($138.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop)
Total: $2023.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-20 12:49 EDT-0400

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/zxkcjp
Newbie
Apr 19, 2020
20 posts
10 upvotes
yea

tho I would just get memory express to do a price match
Deal Addict
Dec 16, 2001
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Oakville
I too was looking to build a new gaming PC given "the new normal", but my existing 2012 PC can still play the backlog of 'AAA' Steam games when I dusted it off after many years. So I'll hold off until there are AAA games that have had deep discounts on Steam before building a new one. e.g. I want to play Gears 5, but can't bring myself to pay $80+ for a PC game. Nor can I bring myself to build a PC to play Half Life Alyx with a $1.4k Valve Index...I'm just too cheap these days.

Type of feedback is given because you don't build PCs often:
CPU: I assume you chose this Ryzen because the lower clocked 8 core versions are out of stock last time I checked or you want something closer to what the future consoles (Series X and PS5) will be clocked at?
Motherboard: I was torn on getting a regular AM4 Chipset vs the higher end X570, given the X570 has support for future PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD down the road when they become more affordable and actually take advantage of the bandwidth like the future generation of consoles will.
Memory: X570 chipset boards typically allow for higher ram speeds so you may not need to 'overclock' the motherboard.
Video Card: Bang for buck either what you chose 5700XT if you go team Red or a RTX 2070 Super if you go Team Green.
PSU: My 2012 desktop PSU is a 650W bronze. So I'd recommend a 650 Gold or 750 Gold.
Have at least two case fans, if the case doesn't already supply one. One intaking. One outgoing. More is ok, but diminishing returns. You'll need to figure out if your video card is a blower type or not and adjust the direction of your case fan and locations to fit your needs. A case fan with filters for the intake case fan(s) locations is a good idea.

Lastly, try to buy all parts from a single store and get them to pricematch based upon your part picker list and either get it all delivered at the same time or curbside pickup. All stores are bombarded with online orders, so curbside pickup may be your best bet if you want to get it 'now' and want to be able to reach customer service. My personal preference would be memory express curbside pickup because they won't give you as much trouble as Canada Computers if you run into issues.
anmolberi wrote: Hi everyone, this is my first time posting and coming back to build a gaming computer after what feels like an eternity. I remember my last build had 3570k with 7870 GPU. Since then I haven't really followed the gaming scene consistently.

Now with the global pandemic, I am forced to stay at home and I figured this was a good time to build myself a gaming computer which I can give it to my 12-year-old later.

I went to PCPartpicker and made this list and would really like if anyone can critique it or add something else to it.

PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $428.75 @ Vuugo
Motherboard MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard $159.50 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $107.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $149.75 @ Vuugo
Storage Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $80.00 @ shopRBC
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB GAMING X Video Card $574.50 @ Vuugo
Case Phanteks Eclipse P400 ATX Mid Tower Case $119.99 @ Amazon Canada
Power Supply Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $129.99 @ Memory Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1760.47
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1750.47


Some pointers as requested by the forum are down below

1. Mostly would be used for gaming(AAA titles) and some google hangout sessions.

2. I decided around $1750 CAD but can even stretch it to $1900, but depends on best bang for buck.

3. Canada, the country of maple syrup and double-double haha

4. Amazon, newegg, mike's computer, canada computers, ebay, bestbuy, vuugo, these are the options available

5. Not a fanboy of any company or even RGB(I know i am weird)

6. Don't have any parts laying around.

7. Not right away but would like to keep that option available in the future.

8. I was thinking of doing 1440p with 75fps minimum on ultra settings

9. Next 10-15 days, because the shipping is going to delayed.

10. I already have the Windows 10 thanks to my work.

11. Don't need any peripherals for now. I already have some old gear.
Deal Expert
Mar 23, 2004
28721 posts
9171 upvotes
Very similarly spirited thread here, though the OP there was doing the build already and not so much asking for advice. However you can probably find some tips and advice following his build as well:
pc-build-journal-2365467

Upgraded PSU isn't totally necessary as 5700 XT is 225W and 3700X is 105W; but, even accounting for boost clocks and even overclocking you're still gonna have over 100W leftover in PSU capacity and the board, RAM, one HDD and one SSD are not going to take anywhere near that 100W either.

In this review, they tested 3700X for power draw and under full Cinebench load, it measured 150W at the wall...for the entire system. They called it the "power consumption king" in fact, meaning great power for performance. So yeahh it's staying pretty close to its rated TDP no problem; even if you OC'd and added 30-40W there it's not a problem.

Saying a 5700 XT "needs" a 600W is nonsense. It may be "recommended" but it's not necessary. There was some strange issue with some Seasonics or something where the current spikes would trip the protection with certain GPUs but pretty sure they issued a TSB for that and those PSUs are replaced under warranty. I'm running a 5700 (non-XT) and an i5-8400 on a 450W SFX supply and with both the CPU and GPU at high-loads, I'm pulling less than 250W from the wall. Add like 50W (as if it were an XT) and double the CPU power (as if it were an 8 core Ryzen), and we're still easily inside 450. I don't have a HDD but what is that like 10-15W tops when it's under workload? lol. Don't need no 650W supply for this stuff.
[OP]
Newbie
Apr 15, 2019
73 posts
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mrmccowcow wrote: Is there a reason for the 3700x instead of a 3600x? I would also bump up to a 650 or 750w power supply. As for the 5700xt, i don't have any experience but from what i've read, the drivers have been hit and miss.
For me, I would only like to game on this system and I feel even 3600 should be enough but my son watches a lot of streamers so I figured I can leave that door open in case he wants to stream it himself.
Also bumping it to 600W. Thanks
[OP]
Newbie
Apr 15, 2019
73 posts
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Wow 100gb for the ultra texture pack, that's ridiculous but I am sure the game looks downright brilliant. Even the free to play Warzone is more than 100gb easily, that's what I have heard. Thanks man.
[OP]
Newbie
Apr 15, 2019
73 posts
120 upvotes
t3chguru wrote: PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/zxkcjp

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($428.75 @ Vuugo)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.78 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard ($209.00 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($100.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($169.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card ($729.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($127.47 @ Amazon Canada)
Power Supply: EVGA 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($138.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop)
Total: $2023.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-20 12:49 EDT-0400

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/zxkcjp
Thanks for the comment but this one takes me about 150-200 over budget so gonna stick with 5700 xt
[OP]
Newbie
Apr 15, 2019
73 posts
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ES_Revenge wrote: Very similarly spirited thread here, though the OP there was doing the build already and not so much asking for advice. However you can probably find some tips and advice following his build as well:
pc-build-journal-2365467

Upgraded PSU isn't totally necessary as 5700 XT is 225W and 3700X is 105W; but, even accounting for boost clocks and even overclocking you're still gonna have over 100W leftover in PSU capacity and the board, RAM, one HDD and one SSD are not going to take anywhere near that 100W either.

In this review, they tested 3700X for power draw and under full Cinebench load, it measured 150W at the wall...for the entire system. They called it the "power consumption king" in fact, meaning great power for performance. So yeahh it's staying pretty close to its rated TDP no problem; even if you OC'd and added 30-40W there it's not a problem.

Saying a 5700 XT "needs" a 600W is nonsense. It may be "recommended" but it's not necessary. There was some strange issue with some Seasonics or something where the current spikes would trip the protection with certain GPUs but pretty sure they issued a TSB for that and those PSUs are replaced under warranty. I'm running a 5700 (non-XT) and an i5-8400 on a 450W SFX supply and with both the CPU and GPU at high-loads, I'm pulling less than 250W from the wall. Add like 50W (as if it were an XT) and double the CPU power (as if it were an 8 core Ryzen), and we're still easily inside 450. I don't have a HDD but what is that like 10-15W tops when it's under workload? lol. Don't need no 650W supply for this stuff.

Thanks for your reply, I think I am gonna go with 600W, I am a little anxious now because of the comments.
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Mar 23, 2004
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anmolberi wrote: Thanks for the comment but this one takes me about 150-200 over budget so gonna stick with 5700 xt
If this is mainly going to be a gaming build it's a better idea to step down your overkill CPU to one below, and step up the GPU. In other words go with a 3600X and 2070 Super instead of a 3700X and a 5700 XT. The former will give better game performance. For gaming the difference between 3600X and 3700X is anywhere from <1 FPS to perhaps a max of 3 FPS--next to nothing. However a 2070 Super v. a 5700 XT is ~15% faster. Now that may not sound like a whole lot but it's considered a significant improvement as once you get into these upper range cards, those are the kinds of increases you're looking at. 3600X and 2070 Super is simply a better use of budget, if your main use is going to be gaming.
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ES_Revenge wrote: If this is mainly going to be a gaming build it's a better idea to step down your overkill CPU to one below, and step up the GPU. In other words go with a 3600X and 2070 Super instead of a 3700X and a 5700 XT. The former will give better game performance. For gaming the difference between 3600X and 3700X is anywhere from <1 FPS to perhaps a max of 3 FPS--next to nothing. However a 2070 Super v. a 5700 XT is ~15% faster. Now that may not sound like a whole lot but it's considered a significant improvement as once you get into these upper range cards, those are the kinds of increases you're looking at. 3600X and 2070 Super is simply a better use of budget, if your main use is going to be gaming.
780$ for a GPU

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mr_raider wrote: 780$ for a GPU

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All GPU prices are stupid now because of shortage and no news/info on next gen cards.

$529 for 5700XT months ago is now over $600+ at some places. RTX 2060 Super 8GB was $549, is now over $600+ as well. GPU prices are insane.
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mr_raider wrote: 780$ for a GPU

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LOL yeah way more than I'd spend too, however the CPU is also $430, which is way more than I'd spend on a CPU as well. Better to just cut the CPU and save the money, but if OP wants as good gaming as they can get cut the CPU and put the money into GPU.

Also I believe it was $730 not $780, posted by the other guy.
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1700$ and you still won't be able to play Minecraft with mods...

GPU prices are crazy

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