Need your opinions regarding this PC build! (ASAP)

Discussion in 'Desktop Hardware' started by MarshallLGS, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. MarshallLGS

    MarshallLGS Newbie

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    Hello everyone.
    I'm building a desktop PC for the first time in my life and I've decided to buy it in the next 3-4 days. Of course there are some technicalities regarding components and compatibility that I do/may not know about, so I would like you guys to share your opinions regarding this setup. For example, I would like you to tell me: whether all components are compatible, if there is any bad/disreputable component known for rapid malfunctioning, if I cannot overclock, if there is (slight) bottleneck, if there is a component known to be rapidly overheating, if the case/components will run hot, etc..
    • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
    • GPU: Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6GB GDDR6
    • RAM: (x2) Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 3000MHz C16 V1.2
    • Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK Socket AM4
    • HDD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200 RPM
    • SSD: Kingston A400 240GB
    • Case: Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 (4 fans pre-installed: 3 in front for intake, 1 at the rear)
    • PSU: Gigabyte GreenMax 650W
    • Monitor: MSI Optix MAG24C (or MAG241C) 24 Inch Curved Gaming Monitor (144hz)
    • Speakers: Edifier R101V 2.1 Multimedia Speaker
    (Why I chose these components/this setup? Because I'm looking for a good gaming budget PC to play current and future triple A games with decent quality and fps at 1080p. I also want a future-proof setup so I wouldn't need to upgrade for a few years, and in case I have to upgrade, I would replace 1 or 2 items. Storage is not an issue)
    * NOTE: This setup may look below average in your perspective, but keep in mind that PC components are way over-priced in my country ($60+ more expensive compared to US prices)
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  2. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    That's a very solid setup if your choice of components is otherwise limited. If you wanted to save a bit more scratch, you could drop down to a non-X Ryzen 5 2600. Unless you're extremely unlucky in the silicon lottery, it can hit 4 GHz on all cores with little effort.

    Edit: I would also try to get DDR4-3200 memory at similar timings if it's available and not far out of your budget. Perhaps the money you save on going to the "lesser" CPU will allow for it. Ryzen loves RAM frequency so the more the merrier.
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  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    The setup looks balanced to me, as well. What are you using for a CPU cooler? Something like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a solid budget option. Don't forget thermal paste; IC Diamond works fine.

    I'd personally get a better PSU. The one you have is not modular, so you have a whole bundle of cables to deal with, and it's massively overpowered. You can get away with a 450-500 watt model without problems. My brand of choice is Seasonic for their overengineering. However, Corsair is also a good choice. Look for an 80 PLUS Gold certification. Spending a little more on the power supply is never money wasted.

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  4. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox BGA Filth-Hating Elitist

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    This is really good advice. I purchased a Hyper 212 EVO as a temporary backup for a water-cooled system, and for the price it does an awesome job. If you're not doing any kind of overclocking, it's probably the best bang for the buck available in a CPU cooler.

    Also excellent advice on the PSU. The PSU and motherboard are two components that cutting corners is not very intelligent. While inexpensive parts can sometimes work fine, spending a little bit extra on the PSU and mobo can mean the difference between having something excellent and something that causes you a lot of grief. It can be difficult to troubleshoot and isolate sporadic episodes of instability and other problems caused by chintzy motherboards and PSUs. And, good luck expecting a quality experience trying to use the warranty on the low budget parts once you identify which one has spoiled all of your fun.

    The PSU can and should last across multiple builds, and buying more than you need for the current build makes upgrades to more powerful components later on painless and more cost-effective. Seasonic and Corsair make excellent PSUs. A good rule of thumb is that you cannot have too much PSU, but you can easily have not enough. Measure twice, cut once. EVGA PSUs are also superior and they have an amazing warranty... long (like 12 years if you register the warranty with them) and a super-easy RMA process if you ever need to use it.

    And, Charles nailed it on recommending modular cables. Modular is definitely the way to go. That makes cable management much easier, and aftermarket custom PSU cable kits are a nice thing to be able to take advantage of if and when you want to. It's kind of silly to save a few bucks on buying a PSU that is not 100% modular.

    For those readers that are shopping in the US, (which isn't the person in the OP,) if you check around places like B&H Photo, they sometimes have combo deals where you can get a nice EVGA GPU and an EVGA PSU bundle for little or no more than you would spend on the GPU alone somewhere else. Nobody beats EVGA on the warranty, so you can't go wrong with the EVGA GPU or PSU.
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  5. yosv211

    yosv211 Notebook Consultant

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    I built my nephew almost the same system about 3 months ago, I went with the AMD 2600 but everything else almost the same. The 2600 was about $40 cheaper so I went with that. Still overclocks to 2600x levels.

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