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Hello Everybody. I'm brand new to the work of PC building. I have been wanting to teach myself how to build a pc for a while now, and I finally have sort of. I have watched guide videos and looked up every abbreviation and have an idea of picking parts. I just wanted to check with some more knowledgeable people on the parts I picked out. Feel free to tell me about where I am spending too much money, or could save money somewhere. I am looking to play modern day video games such as Assassin's Creed Origins and The Witcher 3. I am not interested in streaming or recording so I only need 4 cores. Here's a screenshot of what I've picked out so far from pcpartpicker. - [ Register or Signin to view external links. ]

Thank you so much!
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Okay, been out of the game for a bit so if the pros want to correct me, please do lmao.

To begin, whats the max price youre willing to spend on a rig? Is it around $1800?
Secondly, are you planning on OCing? If so, id recommend you get better fan as OC'd CPUs can get pretty hot and that cooler is pretty small, if im not mistaken.
If you arent planning on OCing, then I wouldnt bother with a K series processor. The Z board can stay assuming you want to do SLI down the line but with the 1080ti, I dont think thats necessary tbh.
Also, about the Windows, what I did was cop a free version of Windows 10 and contacted Microsoft support and they activated it for me.

[ Register or Signin to view external links. ] , itll save you about a $100, so imo its worth it and you can spend it on other parts.

Also I noticed you didnt include a HDD? Id just use the SSD for windows and a few other games that you play super often, such as Witcher or GTA. Then just keep the rest of the space open so boot times will stay low. Then get like 2TB HDD for the other games and PC shtuff.

Another thing, with your budget, Id probably think about getting a 4k monitor or at least 1440p. That 1080ti is powerful.

Id also invest in a nicer mechanical keyboard, however im not sure how good the Reddragon is. Im not a keyboard expert, unfortunately.

Hope I helped
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Hi! I have taken into account what you have said and made this new list of parts. It is a bit more expensive than before and I need some help on getting it down. I'm trying to get a good gaming pc under 2000$. Also the windows idea seems too difficult for me and I feel I'd mess it up. Here is the new list - [ Register or Signin to view external links. ]
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I personally would wait until the new GPU cards come out, hopefully within a few coming months.

However if you cannot wait. This is what I recommend.

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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($347.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($104.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($141.88 @ OutletPC)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($179.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($689.99 @ Amazon)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($77.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($249.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2068.51
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ShottyLean I actually like most of what you reccomended, only one thing. The liquid cooling scares me since it's my first time every building a pc and I hear it's more complicated and you have to buy other products. Should I switch it out or is it integral?
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PathFromPolaris wroteAlso the windows idea seems too difficult for me and I feel I'd mess it up.

If you're not capable of installing an OS, then paying $100 won't make a difference. Paying $100 for Windows 10 is just an absolute waste of money. You can use it for free, or easily find keys for well under $100(like $25-30 at most).

PathFromPolaris wroteThe liquid cooling scares me since it's my first time every building a pc and I hear it's more complicated and you have to buy other products.

It's not a custom loop, it's an All-In-One unit. Easier to install than many air coolers, but an AIO will eventually fail, whereas an air cooler can't fail, the fans might die but those can be replaced. AIO's are fine, but I typically recommend air cooling instead since high end air coolers are priced well and perform similarly to high end AIO's anyway.

As for your parts list, Kaby Lake makes no sense. Go with Ryzen or Coffee Lake. Coffee Lake refresh is rumoured to be paper launching in like a week, with actual launch in Q4 so I'd personally wait for that or go with Ryzen probably. That said, since you find installing an OS confusing, there's a good chance you won't be overclocking, so an i5-8400 would probably be your best bet and the CFL Refresh equivalent of the 8400 is probably just going to have slightly higher clock speeds, if anything tbh. Don't put a $2000 system in to a $35 case pls. 970 EVO is a waste btw, get an 860 EVO.

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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($178.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($19.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($145.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($689.99 @ Amazon)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($59.99 @ Newegg Business)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($296.93 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Speakers: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $1868.82

Nice speakers and a nice RGB keyboard with MX Browns. The EVGA 750W G3 is an unbeatable price right now so definitely get that, but if it goes back up to around $100, an EVGA 550W or 650W G2/G3 for $70-80 would be fine. P350X is a great case for the price, NZXT H500 is another good option. Meshify C is good as well, but over-priced right now for some reason. It was unclear if you wanted high refresh rate or high resolution, so I just went with a 4k monitor because $300 is a ridiculously good price for it, but here's a 144Hz 1440p IPS monitor if you'd prefer high refresh rate;
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You'll be right at $2k with that monitor.
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Thank you 13. I just looked up how to get a free version of windows with a hard drive which is awesome. I also AM interested in overclocking so I think I'll keep the i7. I heard about a Ryzen Threadripper but couldn't find it on pcpartpicker. Also I went with your list a bit and took the cheaper cooler and the more expensive case. Here's my current list: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ]
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Install Windows to the SSD, not HDD. I wouldn't go with the i7. Like I said, CFL refresh is rumoured to be announced in the next week and that should be 8 core SKU's instead of 6 core. I'd feel more confident going with a Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 CPU at this point honestly. Threadripper is a bit overkill for you IMO, but it is available on PCPP. The 1900x an 8 core part, 1920x 12 core, and 1950x 16 core, all with SMT. These all require an X399 motherboard though which are pretty expensive.

If you're going to overclock, I'd go with this;
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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($165.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($689.99 @ Amazon)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($59.99 @ Newegg Business)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($431.79 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Speakers: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $2065.68

You can drop the hard drive for now to get it right around $2k, it's easy enough to add later and the 500GB SSD will last you a bit. If you can get the HDD now though, go for it. The R5 2600 comes with a pretty decent cooler included so I'd use that for now, then grab something like a Cryorig H7 or something if you want to upgrade cooling whenever. Don't get the Razer keyboard pls, it's super over-priced. The K70 is infinitely better. Make sure to get the PSU from Amazon, and not B&H or wherever, because it's $100 from there with a $20 rebate, whereas Amazon are just selling it for $80.

Also, FYI, if you were to go with Intel and were overclocking, you need Z370 chipset. B360 does not allow overclocking. Getting it down close to $2k if you go Intel will be pretty tough though, so I'd do this;
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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($257.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($46.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($119.99 @ B&H)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($145.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($117.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($689.99 @ Amazon)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($59.99 @ Newegg Business)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($431.79 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Speakers: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($79.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $2063.59
cheapo keyboard for now, can always upgrade later. Like I said above, add the HDD later. 8600k doesn't come with a cooler and the Cryorig H5 is priced the same as the H7 currently for some reason(H5 is better than H7). If you can get the Cryorig H7 for $35 or less though, get that.
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I'm going to trust your judgement here and go with the Ryzen computer you suggested. The only thing I'm confused about is that and mine seem to be about 50 watts different for nearly the same price. I just wanted to know if that matters or my setup is just really weird. Also, I don't want the best PC, but do you think this Ryzen pc can run modern day games on at least medium to high graphics? Or at least better than an xbox?
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