I’m thinking of upgrading from a mini desktop to a real pc, and I don’t want to spend over $1500. I just need the pc to run most popular titles
Configure Your PC:
CPU: (1) AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Vermeer 3.7GHz 6-Core AM4 Boxed Processor - Wraith Stealth Cooler Included ($209.99 EACH)
Motherboard: (1) MSI A520M PRO AMD AM4 microATX Motherboard ($69.99 EACH)
RAM: (1) TeamGroup T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit TLZGD432G3200H - Gray ($109.99 EACH)
Case: (1) Montech X1 Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black ($56.99 EACH)
Power Supply: (1) Thermaltake Smart Series 700 Watt 80 Plus ATX Non-Modular Power Supply ($59.99 EACH)
Video Card: (1) PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Fighter Dual-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card ($499.99 EACH)
M.2 / NVMe SSD: (1) Intel 660p 1TB SSD 3D NAND QLC M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive ($84.99 EACH)
Hard Drive: (1) Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($46.99 EACH)
Thermal Compound: (1) Cooler Master High Performance Thermal Paste ($8.99 EACH)
Keyboard: (1) Inland iC100 USB Keyboard & Mouse Combo ($7.99 EACH)
Mouse Pads: (1) Handstands Mouse Mat 7.75" x 8.5" Mouse Pad ($1.99 EACH)
Monitors: (1) Acer EG270 Pbipx 27" Full HD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz Gaming Monitor ($179.99 EACH)
Generated by Micro Center (3/16/2022 10:30:25 AM)
I created you a solid $1500 PC. You could get a better B550 motherboard, but Micro Center as of currently has those a lot more expensive(like $30-$40 more than the A520), so I picked an A520 board. I included thermal paste, a *VERY BASIC* keyboard, mouse, and mousepad to get you started, and a 27 inch monitor. The RX 6600 XT is pretty much the best sub $500 graphics card currently in stock, so I went with that, as it is about equivalent to a RTX 3060 TI(only counting rasterization) or a RTX 3060(if you value DLSS, Ray Tracing, stuff like that)... Both of those are out of stock. If you have the mouse, keyboard, mouse mat, monitor and thermal paste, the build comes in around $1140, not including the operating system and tax. Overall, this is a decent build. If you want to utilize more of your $360 budget left, I suggest upgrading the CPU to a Ryzen 7 5800X($90 more), upgrading the board to like a B550 board($45 more for the ones that are in stock), and upgrading the GPU to a RX 6700 XT($150 more) to fully utilize that budget after getting the operating system. That would make the build come in around $1400. Hope this helps you!
Note that the stock CPU cooler comes with perfectly functional thermal paste so that separate item is not needed.
Cases are very subjective since it sits there on your desk you should have one that you like the appearance. I highly suggest that if you live near a Microcenter that you visit and look at them in person. They have almost all the cases on display. Same for keyboard and mouse.
I was recommending extra thermal paste for future use. However, that is fairly interesting that the CPU cooler comes with thermal paste. But agree that the case, and keyboard and mouse are very basic and subjective, so you should definitely pick based on the one that suits your liking.
Just for future reference - the AMD Wraith Stealth Coolers come with paste pre-applied.
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