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Hey all,

So my friend is looking to build his first pc and he came to me for advice but I've only built 2 in my lifetime and both were spec'd out here, thus I've come to you again for advice. He is looking to build a fairly decent gaming rig with an alright budget. He's looking to play most games at not necessarily max settings but close to it. The total budget is $1300 USD, and he was hoping to spend $900 on the pc, $200 on a monitor, and $100 on mouse and keyboard. So let's get started!

****PC Build Request Form****

Budget & Currency: $900 USD foir the components

Peripherals & Monitor: $200 for the monitor and $100 for mouse and keyuboard

Games: Battllefield, PUBG, csgo, COD, skyrim, anmd some others

Software: Just windows for now

Aesthetics: all black is good

Rebates/Promos: take what we can get

When: Hopefully within 2 weeks


I see you're still active here @21, looking forward to what you come up with
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Intel Option
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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($154.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($64.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($50.01 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($179.99 @ B&H)
Mouse: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($45.00 @ Walmart)
Custom: Aukey Mechanical Keyboard ($39.99)

Total: $1134.43

The monitor I added is 1080p with 144hz. This is great for competitive gaming and is one of the cheapest 144hz monitors. The picture quality is okay but like I said its 144hz. If you want a higher resolution with only 60hz, the Acer G257HU would be a decent option. You loose out on the high refresh rate but the picture quality will be better.


AMD Option
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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($149.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($64.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($50.01 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($179.99 @ B&H)
Mouse: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($45.00 @ Walmart)
Custom: Aukey Mechanical Keyboard ($39.99)

Total: $1129.43

Both these builds are very similar. The Intel i5 9400F is barely better for gaming but nothing you'll notice. If you're friend has streaming in mind the Ryzen 5 2600 will be the better option. If gaming is all he plans on doing, the i5 9400F would be ever so slightly better. Everything else between these builds are alike. The Logitech G502 is a great mouse for the price although IMO its a bit heavy. The Razer DealthAdder Elite is another good option. The Aukey Mechanical Keyboard may feel cheap but it has blue switches. (BTW blue switches tend to have loud clicks when pressed) You can find a ISO file online for Windows 10 and run it without activating it. You can also buy a key on Kinguin or Ebay for cheap if you want a activated verison of Windows 10.
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Thank you for the reply! They both look solid, I think he is kind of set on intel anyways so he'd most likely go with that but I had a question for you.

If you were to take off the peripherals and use the extra $300 dollars on the build, what would you change about it? (i have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard I could give him.


Thank you again for the help.
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gymcahna wroteThank you for the reply! They both look solid, I think he is kind of set on Intel anyways so he'd most likely go with that but I had a question for you.

If you were to take off the peripherals and use the extra $300 dollars on the build, what would you change about it? (i have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard I could give him.


Thank you again for the help.


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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($259.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($74.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($64.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($478.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($50.01 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($59.89 @ OutletPC)

Total: $1178.45

If you wanted to stay with Intel you could upgrade to the i5 9600k. This is a bit better than the i5 9400F and you can overclock it. The be quiet cooler can handle pretty high overclocks which would really boost the performance of the i5 9600k. Although, a Ryzen 7 2700 is cheaper and you get 8 cores. This would be a much better value. I was also able to add a RTX 2070 which may not be fully utilized if the monitor you have is of lower quality.
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So I could just swap in the Ryzen 7 and everything else would be the same? and I'm getiing a new 4k monitor so I'll give him my old 1440p monitor
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gymcahna wroteSo I could just swap in the Ryzen 7 and everything else would be the same? and I'm getting a new 4k monitor so I'll give him my old 1440p monitor


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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($279.85 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($74.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($64.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($478.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($50.01 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($59.89 @ OutletPC)

Total: $1198.41

You can either go with the Ryzen 7 2700 or the Ryzen 7 2700X. The Ryzen 7 2700X is overclockable but doesn't come with a cooler so the be quiet cooler is needed. The Ryzen 7 2700 is not overclockable but it comes with a cooler. The be quiet cooler isn't necessary then but its nice to have. The only other different between the Intel build and this build is the motherboard. AMD CPUs have a different socket type hence the change with motherboards. Basically, if overclocking won't be happening go with the Ryzen 7 2700 with the be quiet cooler. But if you want to save some cash, remove the be quiet cooler as its not needed.
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Awesome thank you again, you've been a big help.
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If the system is not being built within 2 weeks, then parts will probably change. Zen2 CPUs are very close now, we should at least have more information within the month. I'm thinking a paper launch at the end of the month with actual release maybe a month later. Also, Navi GPUs are getting close apparently, should also have more information on that pretty soon.


If the system has to be built before Zen 2 CPUs or Navi GPUs are available, then I'd be doing something like this with the $1300 budget including peripherals;

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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($149.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($109.99 @ B&H)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($72.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($69.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1279.52

Just grab any cheap $20 keyboard for now, or you could grab a 512GB 660p instead of 1TB, and that would give you $70 which will get you a decent keyboard without RGB LEDs.

If you're re-using a monitor, you'll easily be able to afford a nice keyboard;
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Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($72.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($69.90 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.00 @ Newegg)
Mouse: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1038.53

You could also add more storage and up the R5 2600 to an R7 2700 if you wanted. Maybe even swap the RTX 2060 for an RTX 2070.


BadWoolf wroteYou can either go with the Ryzen 7 2700 or the Ryzen 7 2700X. The Ryzen 7 2700X is overclockable but doesn't come with a cooler so the be quiet cooler is needed. The Ryzen 7 2700 is not overclockable but it comes with a cooler.

The R7 2700 can absolutely be overclocked. All Ryzen CPUs are unlocked for overclocking. The R7 2700x does come with a stock cooler, the Wraith Prism. The R5 2600x and R7 2700 come with the lower end Wraith Spire cooler, and then R5 2600 comes with the lowest end Wraith Spire. It was first generation Ryzen "x" variant CPUs that did not come with an included cooler, like the 1700x and 1800x.
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BadWoolf wroteYou can either go with the Ryzen 7 2700 or the Ryzen 7 2700X. The Ryzen 7 2700X is overclockable but doesn't come with a cooler so the be quiet cooler is needed. The Ryzen 7 2700 is not overclockable but it comes with a cooler.

21 wroteThe R7 2700 can absolutely be overclocked. All Ryzen CPUs are unlocked for overclocking. The R7 2700x does come with a stock cooler, the Wraith Prism. The R5 2600x and R7 2700 come with the lower end Wraith Spire cooler, and then R5 2600 comes with the lowest end Wraith Spire. It was first generation Ryzen "x" variant CPUs that did not come with an included cooler, like the 1700x and 1800x.


Yes thank you for clarifying. The way I was taught makes me think that non X Ryzen series chips aren't really made for overclocking but apparently it is.
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