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Can I improve this Gaming PC build?

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  • Sep 13th, 2020 12:59 pm
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This is what I would do instead - my changes.

Given that you stated in your previous thread that you are targeting 1080p/60fps then you don't need to worry about a 2060. A 1660S will be fine for now and upgradable in the future depending on what happens in the fall. You don't need a 2TB storage drive for now, I would just go with a 1TB SSD and add a storage drive when they're on sale (check hot deals). I changed your case for a better one and you can add an extra fan if you're worried about cooling performance. I also changed your CPU and motherboard, don't buy a 2600, the 3600 is the real value pick these days. Your PSU was fine but I was over budget so I downgraded it slightly, still a good one.

Those are my suggestions, its a bit under $1200 and doesn't have a monitor, speakers or KB/M so hopefully you have those covered.
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Dec 14, 2017
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Thanks for the changes! This definitely works better for me. For a second, I was concerned with getting the best GPU so much that i forgot what my targets were haha. It's far too easy to get greedy when building a PC :)

I was hoping to get a motherboard with built-in WiFi since I won't have access to an ethernet cable. Would you recommend getting a WiFi adapter instead?
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I'm not a fan of wifi for gaming setups, the latency sucks. But if you don't mind then just sub out that mobo for a different one with wifi onboard. An adapter works fine as well, any cheap USB one will do.
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That makes sense. Unfortunately, my setup will be in the basement while my router will be on the main floor, so I won't have access to an ethernet. I likely won't be doing much online gaming though since I mostly play single-player games (beyond free-to-play options like Fortnite and Warzone). Hopefully the latency isn't terrible. Thanks again.
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I'd spend another 20 bucks or so and get a much better NVMe than that one. Very slow for a NVMe.

Adata xpg sx8200 pro 512gb or the WD SN750 come close to 80-90 bucks on sale and are way better than that drive.
Core i7-5820K @ 4.2GHz | Asus Tuf OC RTX 3090 | G.Skill Ripjaws 48GB DDR4-2666 | CM StormTrooper | 850 EVO 250GB x2 Raid 0 + NVMe 970 Pro 512GB | ASRock X99 Extreme4
| Noctua NH-D15 | ASUS PG27UQ + Dell P2715Q
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Thanks for sharing! Appreciate the advice.

Would you recommend any other changes? This is my first time building and so I want it to be just right haha
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When do you plan on getting it? And how much of an itch do you have on getting it (lol)?

September 1 is supposed to be the date nvidia reveal the next generation of cards. Probably won't be released till November or so, but you might be able to get the 3060 (if that's the name) then for the same price but better performance?

But just speculating and thought you should know.
Core i7-5820K @ 4.2GHz | Asus Tuf OC RTX 3090 | G.Skill Ripjaws 48GB DDR4-2666 | CM StormTrooper | 850 EVO 250GB x2 Raid 0 + NVMe 970 Pro 512GB | ASRock X99 Extreme4
| Noctua NH-D15 | ASUS PG27UQ + Dell P2715Q
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you can save some real dough and get the ryzen 3 3100... the savings on the cpu alone will give you more room to upgrade the rest of the parts.
id grab the ryzen 3100 and the b550 vs the b450 and the 2600 and some ddr4 3600 and for a few bucks more you get a faster and better nvme drive with a better chip on it.
as for a graphics card... be smart. wait for the rtx 30x0 series cards to drop at the end of the month. buy direct from nvidia here and get on waiting list. https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/buy/
most places are will probably be taking pre orders too but i've always found buying direct from nvidia or even makers sites like evga you get the item in 3 days tops.

for a case this is a cheaper and better solution https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0785GRMPG
and psu id grab something like this instead https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX69971

rest of the parts below....


https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX77574

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX00112796

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX00112325

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07KZXJTLN?
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⬆️ PSU 550W only ?
How efficient are those new 3000 video cards ?
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there is barely anything in this computer.
a simple psu calc will show you even 550 is overkill.
https://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator

the amount of wattage is not as important... what matters is the quality and rating of the psu.
you typically want about 50 watts over head room when you are at peak max so you are not stressing the hell out of the psu all the time.
but even 50 is a lot.

reefer123 wrote: ⬆️ PSU 550W only ?
How efficient are those new 3000 video cards ?
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techjedi wrote: there is barely anything in this computer.
a simple psu calc will show you even 550 is overkill.
https://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator

the amount of wattage is not as important... what matters is the quality and rating of the psu.
you typically want about 50 watts over head room when you are at peak max so you are not stressing the hell out of the psu all the time.
but even 50 is a lot.
I should quote properly Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
I was asking the person suggesting to wait for GPU 3000 series and giving link to 550 psu

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