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Master Geek


#268004 22-Feb-2020 21:40
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Hi all,

 

I'm looking to build a PC for a mate, around the $1,800-$2,000 range. The intended use besides browsing/streaming videos will be a bit of light video editing and gaming. I've assured them that this could be done with a build for a lot less, but they are after a build in this price range, possibly for future proof/change of plans etc. 

 

I've come up with the below, however the only thing i'm struggling on is deciding on the motherboard and graphics card. The build currently sits at $1,025, excluding the motherboard and graphics card. It would be ideal to select a motherboard around $250-350, and a graphics card around $500-$600.

 

CPU - Ryzen 5 3600 3.6GHZ ($309)
Motherboard - An x570 or downgrade to a b450? 
Ram - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4 3200mhz ($159)
HD - WT 2TB Blue ($107)
SSD - Samsung 970 EVO plus 500gb m.2 ($183)
Graphics card - ?
Power Supply - EVGA 600 GD 600W 80+ Gold ($117)
PC Case - Lian Li Lancool II ($149)

 

Motherboard options that I've found -

 

B450 - Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI ($235)
X570 - ASUS PRIME X570-P ($329)
X570 - ASUS TUF Gaming X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ($399)
X570 - Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE WIFI ($424)
X570 - ASUS PRIME X570 PRO ($429)

 

In terms of the graphics card, I see these two are popular, but are there any other great options? Maybe a low end option, mid tier option and a high option (something similar to the RX5700)?

 

Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 5700 8GB GDDR6 ($679, there is also the XT version for $100 more)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER OC 6G GDDR6 ($470).

 

Apart from the motherboard and graphics card, I can't see any other changes without a bit of sacrifice, besides the SSD, and maybe getting something for $50 cheaper etc? 

 

Please let me know your thoughts, all advice is much appreciated :)


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Ultimate Geek


  #2425614 22-Feb-2020 22:01
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B450 is fine. x570 is overkill and does not add anything if your using a 3600.

 

5600 xt for $515 ish? or you can get a rtx 2060 for $600ish?


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  #2425628 22-Feb-2020 22:16
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Are the following included in the build budget?

 

  • Monitor(s)
  • Keyboard / Mouse
  • Speakers / headset?
  • Operating System

If not, what resolution and frame-rate monitor are you trying to drive, Little need for high end graphics to drive a single 1080p60. Also does the monitor support G-Sync or FreeSync (or both)?


 
 
 
 




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Master Geek


  #2425631 22-Feb-2020 22:45
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shrub:

 

B450 is fine. x570 is overkill and does not add anything if your using a 3600.

 

5600 xt for $515 ish? or you can get a rtx 2060 for $600ish?

 

 

Sweet, I think I was thinking x570 for future proof, but a B450 could be ok. Is the Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI for $235 a good buy or another?

 

5600 XT from pbtech looks like a good option! https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/VGASAP15600/Sapphire-Radeon-PULSE-RX-5600-XT-Graphics-Card-6GB




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Master Geek


  #2425632 22-Feb-2020 22:46
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Scott3:

 

Are the following included in the build budget?

 

  • Monitor(s)
  • Keyboard / Mouse
  • Speakers / headset?
  • Operating System

If not, what resolution and frame-rate monitor are you trying to drive, Little need for high end graphics to drive a single 1080p60. Also does the monitor support G-Sync or FreeSync (or both)?

 

 

Nope not included in the budget.

 

Monitor(s) - Single monitor, at the moment they've just got a 24ïnch IPS monitor, FreeSync display. 
Keyboard / Mouse - Already got, but they may look into refreshing these. 
Speakers / headset? - Logitech 5.1 speakers
Operating System - A key will be purchased on eBay. 


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Uber Geek


  #2425633 22-Feb-2020 22:53
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Not sure about other people, but my experience with gigabyte motherboards has been sub optimal. Weird issues, and early failures.

Wouldn't touch one again.




Location: Dunedin

 


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Ultimate Geek


  #2425774 23-Feb-2020 10:07
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Make sure the b450 can support Ryzen 3 without having to do a bios update or can do a bios update without having to put in a Ryzen 1 or 2 to do the bios update

 

Also, the AMD XT graphics cards have some issues with drivers etc at the moment


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  #2425779 23-Feb-2020 10:21
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andrewNZ: Not sure about other people, but my experience with gigabyte motherboards has been sub optimal. Weird issues, and early failures.

Wouldn't touch one again.
not my experience 


 
 
 
 


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  #2425782 23-Feb-2020 10:36
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Personally, I went for a 3700x, x570mobo, 970 Evo and 1660 super card. But I have zero interest in gaming, its mostly so Handbrake stuff doesn't take all day. Probably total overkill for light video editing and gaming, but like to think its reasonably futureproof.





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  #2425844 23-Feb-2020 12:26
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Did you look at pre-built as well, you often get much more thrown in for a bundle.

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/WKSGGPC10510/GGPC-Drift-GTX-1650-Gaming-PC-AMD-Ryzen-5-2600-6-C

 

 




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Master Geek


  #2426603 24-Feb-2020 19:56
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andrewNZ: Not sure about other people, but my experience with gigabyte motherboards has been sub optimal. Weird issues, and early failures.

Wouldn't touch one again.

 

Ok I’ve avoided the gigabyte board. Thanks




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Master Geek


  #2426604 24-Feb-2020 19:56
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Tzoi:

 

Make sure the b450 can support Ryzen 3 without having to do a bios update or can do a bios update without having to put in a Ryzen 1 or 2 to do the bios update

 

Also, the AMD XT graphics cards have some issues with drivers etc at the moment

 

 

I’m looking at cheapish X570 - Asus prime x570-P looks like a nice board for $329. So maybe like $100 more compared to a decent b450 board? Otherwise would a board such as the ASRock B450 Steel Legend be all good? 

 

Still considering the graphics card, but will avoid the XT, may just settle for a 1660 super. Thanks




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Master Geek


  #2426605 24-Feb-2020 19:57
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rb99:

 

Personally, I went for a 3700x, x570mobo, 970 Evo and 1660 super card. But I have zero interest in gaming, its mostly so Handbrake stuff doesn't take all day. Probably total overkill for light video editing and gaming, but like to think its reasonably futureproof.

 

 

Sounds like a powerful build! I’m considering a 1660 super now too. Thanks




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  #2426606 24-Feb-2020 19:57
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flixide:

 

andrewNZ: Not sure about other people, but my experience with gigabyte motherboards has been sub optimal. Weird issues, and early failures.

Wouldn't touch one again.

 

Ok I’ve avoided the gigabyte board. Thanks

 

 

Yes I did, thanks for bringing these up though. It seems cheaper picking out parts and putting together, more quality parts and better value.


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  #2426622 24-Feb-2020 20:40
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flixide:

 

Ok I’ve avoided the gigabyte board. Thanks

 

 

 

 

Not to question the poster about their experience with Gigabyte board(s), but you shouldn't discount it because of one comment. I have had the exact opposite experience with my last three boards (gigabyte) only ever being replaced due to upgrades where as I have has issues with a high end Asus board and friends that have had problems with Asus, Zotac, MSI, gigabyte etc...

 

If you have a board in mind, search for reviews on the specific board and base a decision on that, as everyone will have had different experiences and with the numbers made, there are always likely to be at least one or two issues, that's a reason to buy from somewhere with good support.




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  #2427149 25-Feb-2020 23:10
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mrdrifter:

 

flixide:

 

Ok I’ve avoided the gigabyte board. Thanks

 

 

 

 

Not to question the poster about their experience with Gigabyte board(s), but you shouldn't discount it because of one comment. I have had the exact opposite experience with my last three boards (gigabyte) only ever being replaced due to upgrades where as I have has issues with a high end Asus board and friends that have had problems with Asus, Zotac, MSI, gigabyte etc...

 

If you have a board in mind, search for reviews on the specific board and base a decision on that, as everyone will have had different experiences and with the numbers made, there are always likely to be at least one or two issues, that's a reason to buy from somewhere with good support.

 

 


Very true, i'm still looking at the boards. 

 

I decided on the b450 tomahawk max, but then realised the need for wi-fi connection. Perhaps a pcie wifi card for around $100 would work fine? Then i'm thinking may as well upgrade the motherboard to the MSI b450 Carbon Pro Gaming AC for $300 (computerlounge), or even $398 for the x570 board (ASUS TUF Gaming X570-PLUS (WI-FI)).

Any other board options with WI-FI?


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