How to Choose Parts for Your Custom Computer Build — Micro Center

How to Choose Parts for Your Custom Computer Build

TSTonyVTSTonyV admin
edited February 16 in PC Build Guides
Hello! Welcome to the Micro Center Community. If you've been here before, you probably noticed the multiple threads I posted going over how to choose parts for a custom built PC. Rather than having each thread stay at the top and clutter up the page, I'm going to have this single mega-thread we keep at the top that links to each respective part of the guide.

For those of you who are new here, this is a comprehensive guide across a series of posts on how to choose individual parts for your computer and what sorts of things you should be looking for. Whether you're new to building or have experience, there's a lot of information that I think you'd find helpful. 
Feel free to comment in any of the original threads or this one, or make your own post if you have any questions!

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  • I am looking to build a gaming computer for running Fortnite and possibly twitch, any suggestions for pre-made or parts for under $700? (excluding monitor)
  • I am looking to build a gaming computer for running Fortnite and possibly twitch, any suggestions for pre-made or parts for under $700? (excluding monitor)
    Hi there! I saw your other thread with the same question and answered you over there. 
  • hi, I am attempting to build my first PC. I will be using it for work and casual gaming - work wise I'll be using GIS software, playing with large data files, R, JMP, etc. as far as games I'll play things like fortnite, stardew valley, TF2, any other games I find that are interesting. Build listed below. A couple of questions: Does this build work all together? I have done my research and it appears it will, I just want to confirm with people who have actually done this before. Is any of this overkill? Is the CPU cooler necessary? Am i missing anything that would be recommended?

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  
    CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler   
    Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard  
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory 
    Storage: Western Digital Blue 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card  
    Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  
    Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply 
    Case Fan: ARCTIC P14 PWM 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan 
    Case Fan: ARCTIC P14 PWM 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan  
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080 Monitor 
  • stonerama said:
    hi, I am attempting to build my first PC. I will be using it for work and casual gaming - work wise I'll be using GIS software, playing with large data files, R, JMP, etc. as far as games I'll play things like fortnite, stardew valley, TF2, any other games I find that are interesting. Build listed below. A couple of questions: Does this build work all together? I have done my research and it appears it will, I just want to confirm with people who have actually done this before. Is any of this overkill? Is the CPU cooler necessary? Am i missing anything that would be recommended?

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  
    CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler   
    Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard  
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory 
    Storage: Western Digital Blue 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card  
    Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  
    Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply 
    Case Fan: ARCTIC P14 PWM 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan 
    Case Fan: ARCTIC P14 PWM 72.8 CFM 140 mm Fan  
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080 Monitor 
    Everything in your build is compatible! The CPU cooler is not required, especially if you're not overclocking, so you could save a little bit there by sticking with the stock cooler. If you do plan to try your hand at overclocking, you might want to stick with the aftermarket cooler. 

    I wouldn't call any of this overkill either. The GTX 1660 will handle all the games you listed well, and the 3600 will pair well with GPU upgrades in the future if you go that route. Same goes for your power supply, it should last you a long time and leaves plenty of room for upgrading or reusing in a more powerful system. 
  • Good morning/afternoon! I just called in but the “Hold” was at capacity, so I will ask this here. I am planning on coming down in the next few weeks (once the B550 is released) and have been using this site and pcpartpicker to play around with my budget and builds. I have noticed recently the Micro Center site has had some low stock on CPU’s and other various parts. I know you guys aren’t sorcerers or anything and cannot see into the future but I am curious if you know when parts will be restocked. My current build is as follows
    AMD 5 3600X
    Cool Master cooler
    Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) or the B550 
    G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 2x8
    Samsung 550gb SSD
    SeaGate 2TB HD
    NVDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
    NZXT H510 Elite ATX Mid Tower
    And a Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ bronze.

    I also saw on the sight there is an option to “hire” an associate to help build the PC which I would desperately need since this is my first build. What all goes into that process? Is there anything in my listing where you might recommend something else?

    Thanks!!
    NASH
  • NASH said:
    Good morning/afternoon! I just called in but the “Hold” was at capacity, so I will ask this here. I am planning on coming down in the next few weeks (once the B550 is released) and have been using this site and pcpartpicker to play around with my budget and builds. I have noticed recently the Micro Center site has had some low stock on CPU’s and other various parts. I know you guys aren’t sorcerers or anything and cannot see into the future but I am curious if you know when parts will be restocked. My current build is as follows
    AMD 5 3600X
    Cool Master cooler
    Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) or the B550 
    G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 2x8
    Samsung 550gb SSD
    SeaGate 2TB HD
    NVDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
    NZXT H510 Elite ATX Mid Tower
    And a Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ bronze.

    I also saw on the sight there is an option to “hire” an associate to help build the PC which I would desperately need since this is my first build. What all goes into that process? Is there anything in my listing where you might recommend something else?

    Thanks!!
    NASH
    Typically computer parts like these are something we try to restock within a week or so. That said, it does vary a bit depending on the specific item and with how availability is right now for some parts, like X570 motherboards, we cannot always guarantee that. Our stock is updated on our website daily to reflect what's currently available, so if it were me I'd just check the website in the mornings when we open to see what's actually available, then place a reservation if the items you want are there. 

    Besides me having a preference for higher end PSUs (80+ Gold rating, models like EVGA Supernova and Seasonic Focus series), your build overall looks really good. 

    As for the custom build services, our service/repair desk can handle those. Labor starts at $149.99 and can go up from there depending on the tier of build you get. Click this link then scroll down to the bottom for pricing: 

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/instore-service-complete-build.aspx

    You can click on each tier of build to see exactly what it includes. 
  • Besides me having a preference for higher end PSUs (80+ Gold rating, models like EVGA Supernova and Seasonic Focus series), your build overall looks really good. 

    As for the custom build services, our service/repair desk can handle those. Labor starts at $149.99 and can go up from there depending on the tier of build you get. Click this link then scroll down to the bottom for pricing: 

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/service/instore-service-complete-build.aspx

    You can click on each tier of build to see exactly what it includes. 
    Thank you!! I will most likely get the 80+ Gold as you recommend. I also did some research on the X570 vs the B550 and apparently the X570 is already compatible with the new 4 series CPUs from AMD? I figure I want to be able to leave my options open if I decide for an upgrade in the future, a little up-charge now, so I do not have to get all new compatible parts later on. Is this a good way to go about it?

    I sent a friend of mine a screen shot (we are building our first PCs very close together so we are sharing experiences) and he seems confident we can build them on our own.... but still! Lol

    Thanks for the feedback!!
    NASH
  • I've performed repairs & upgrades over the years for myself and others.  My current rigs are Dell purchases and well over 12 years old.  Slow, sad performance at this time.  Originally one came with Windows Vista!  (hated it).  I was looking at a new rig, AlienWare something or other, and decided I could do this easily and maybe end up with better components or in the very least, more control of the selection for the same price point.  I've always been very mechanically oriented.  So, I've begun more research than ever on a build.  I want a powerhouse.  I'm going to keep it a long while.  I also want some flash and I want big.  Here's what I'm considering:

    Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse

    Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero

    64 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB

    EVGA Super NOVA 850+ 80 Gold

    Gigabyte GeForce RTS 2070 Super 8 GB PCIe 3.0

    Western Digital  Black SN750 1 TB

    Lian Li Lancool II

    I'm on the fence about cooling, I'm really liking the custom liquid cooling setups I've seen.  I also incorporated some RGB in the case and RAM.  I know the RAM is excessive from what my reading has shown. It seems most folks stop at 32 GB.  I've also considered a second M.2 SSD. 

    I welcome any advice or suggestions, Thanks for reading. 


  • NASH said:

    Thank you!! I will most likely get the 80+ Gold as you recommend. I also did some research on the X570 vs the B550 and apparently the X570 is already compatible with the new 4 series CPUs from AMD? I figure I want to be able to leave my options open if I decide for an upgrade in the future, a little up-charge now, so I do not have to get all new compatible parts later on. Is this a good way to go about it?

    I sent a friend of mine a screen shot (we are building our first PCs very close together so we are sharing experiences) and he seems confident we can build them on our own.... but still! Lol

    Thanks for the feedback!!
    NASH
    Correct, the X570 motherboards will be fourth-generation Ryzen compatible. The boards will likely require a BIOS update when it's released, just the like the X470 and B450 boards needed on when third gen Ryzen came out, but that should be the only thing really. That said, the B550 boards will also be compatible with 4th gen Ryzen in the same way, so it doesn't really matter all that much. I'd go with a board that has all the features you want. 

    007 said:
    I've performed repairs & upgrades over the years for myself and others.  My current rigs are Dell purchases and well over 12 years old.  Slow, sad performance at this time.  Originally one came with Windows Vista!  (hated it).  I was looking at a new rig, AlienWare something or other, and decided I could do this easily and maybe end up with better components or in the very least, more control of the selection for the same price point.  I've always been very mechanically oriented.  So, I've begun more research than ever on a build.  I want a powerhouse.  I'm going to keep it a long while.  I also want some flash and I want big.  Here's what I'm considering:

    Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse

    Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero

    64 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB

    EVGA Super NOVA 850+ 80 Gold

    Gigabyte GeForce RTS 2070 Super 8 GB PCIe 3.0

    Western Digital  Black SN750 1 TB

    Lian Li Lancool II

    I'm on the fence about cooling, I'm really liking the custom liquid cooling setups I've seen.  I also incorporated some RGB in the case and RAM.  I know the RAM is excessive from what my reading has shown. It seems most folks stop at 32 GB.  I've also considered a second M.2 SSD. 

    I welcome any advice or suggestions, Thanks for reading. 


    64GB of RAM is definitely overkill in my opinion, unless you're specifically using the system for an extremely RAM intensive task that can utilize all of it. Otherwise, even just 16GB is more than enough for typical daily use and gaming. If you bumped down to 32GB or 16GB of RAM, you'd save enough that you could then upgrade the video card. But of course it's up to you at the end of the day. 

    Custom liquid cooling setups are cool, and when designed correctly, will offer you the best overall cooling performance. That said, custom setups are very expensive and require long-term maintenance. At some point you'll have to drain your loop and clean it out. It just depends on what your preferences are. For the 3900X, a good air cooler or AIO liquid cooler will be more than sufficient for cooling it properly. 
  • TSTonyV said:



    007 said:
    I've performed repairs & upgrades over the years for myself and others.  My current rigs are Dell purchases and well over 12 years old.  Slow, sad performance at this time.  Originally one came with Windows Vista!  (hated it).  I was looking at a new rig, AlienWare something or other, and decided I could do this easily and maybe end up with better components or in the very least, more control of the selection for the same price point.  I've always been very mechanically oriented.  So, I've begun more research than ever on a build.  I want a powerhouse.  I'm going to keep it a long while.  I also want some flash and I want big.  Here's what I'm considering:

    Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse

    Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero

    64 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB

    EVGA Super NOVA 850+ 80 Gold

    Gigabyte GeForce RTS 2070 Super 8 GB PCIe 3.0

    Western Digital  Black SN750 1 TB

    Lian Li Lancool II

    I'm on the fence about cooling, I'm really liking the custom liquid cooling setups I've seen.  I also incorporated some RGB in the case and RAM.  I know the RAM is excessive from what my reading has shown. It seems most folks stop at 32 GB.  I've also considered a second M.2 SSD. 

    I welcome any advice or suggestions, Thanks for reading. 


    64GB of RAM is definitely overkill in my opinion, unless you're specifically using the system for an extremely RAM intensive task that can utilize all of it. Otherwise, even just 16GB is more than enough for typical daily use and gaming. If you bumped down to 32GB or 16GB of RAM, you'd save enough that you could then upgrade the video card. But of course it's up to you at the end of the day. 

    Custom liquid cooling setups are cool, and when designed correctly, will offer you the best overall cooling performance. That said, custom setups are very expensive and require long-term maintenance. At some point you'll have to drain your loop and clean it out. It just depends on what your preferences are. For the 3900X, a good air cooler or AIO liquid cooler will be more than sufficient for cooling it properly. 
    I thought that might be a ludicrous amount of RAM.  If I drop the build to 32 GB of RAM, is there a benefit either way of using 2 sticks of 16GB as opposed to 4 sticks of 8GB?  
  • 007 said:
    I thought that might be a ludicrous amount of RAM.  If I drop the build to 32 GB of RAM, is there a benefit either way of using 2 sticks of 16GB as opposed to 4 sticks of 8GB?  
    For the motherboard you chose, no. It doesn't support quad-channel architecture, so running four sticks is pointless except for the sake of capacity or aesthetics. Even if it did support quad architecture, quad-channel memory configurations only matter in very very specific scenarios anyway. 

    If a 4x8GB kit costs less, then personally I'd probably go that route, as 32GB of RAM would be more than enough for me for a very, very long time anyway. If I anticipated that I'd want or need to upgrade, I'd go with 2x16GB so I don't have to purchase a whole entire set of new memory when that time comes. 
  • I’m liking your idea of halving the ram and increasing the Graphics.  What GPU would you suggest? 
  • The next one up from the 2070 Super is the 2080 Super, and that would be my suggestion. The only other upgrade beyond that is the 2080 ti, but that could be a stretch in terms of budget because of how much of a price increase it is. The cheapest 2080ti is gonna run about $1100 and it just goes up from there. 
  • 007007
    edited June 2020
    I went to Microcenter yesterday!  
    Here’s what I came home with:
    Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse

    Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero

    32 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB

    Corsair RM750x  80+ Gold (biggest they had in stock Other than 1200w unit for big money)

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super KO 8 GB PCIe 3.0

    Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 1 TB

    Seagate Barracuda 3.5” (Cheap storage) 

    Lian Li Lancool II

    Lian Li graphics card Antisag bracket 

    I’m pretty hyped about build this beast!  Thanks for the suggestions!  

    Zach D at the Brentwood, Mo location was a fantastic help! 

  • 007 said:
    I went to Microcenter yesterday!  
    Here’s what I came home with:
    Ryzen 9 3900X Matisse

    Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero

    32 GB G. Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB

    Corsair RM750x  80+ Gold (biggest they had in stock Other than 1200w unit for big money)

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super KO 8 GB PCIe 3.0

    Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 1 TB

    Seagate Barracuda 3.5” (Cheap storage) 

    Lian Li Lancool II

    Lian Li graphics card Antisag bracket 

    I’m pretty hyped about build this beast!  Thanks for the suggestions!  

    Zach D at the Brentwood, Mo location was a fantastic help! 

    Build looks great! I'm sure you'll be more than happy with it. You actually have a build very similar to my own, I have a 2080 Super, 3700X and a Corsair RMX750 for my PSU.
  • Good afternoon, I am looking to build my first PC (moving from console) and I wanted to get some reassurance on my parts.
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700x 3.6 GHz 8 Core Processor
    MSI MPG X570 Gaming plus ATX AM4 Motherboard
    G Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz CL-16
    Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2 2280 SSD 
    Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5” 7200RPM IHD
    Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB Pulse Video Card
    Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case
    Corsair RM (2019) 750W 80+ Gold Fully modular ATX Power Supply
    3 Extra Case fans
    Please give any feedback you can. My goal is to max out 1080p gaming for now and then move into 1440p when I can afford a 240 Hz monitor. 
    Thank you,
    Chase Hare
  • Good afternoon, I am looking to build my first PC (moving from console) and I wanted to get some reassurance on my parts.
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700x 3.6 GHz 8 Core Processor
    MSI MPG X570 Gaming plus ATX AM4 Motherboard
    G Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz CL-16
    Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2 2280 SSD 
    Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5” 7200RPM IHD
    Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB Pulse Video Card
    Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case
    Corsair RM (2019) 750W 80+ Gold Fully modular ATX Power Supply
    3 Extra Case fans
    Please give any feedback you can. My goal is to max out 1080p gaming for now and then move into 1440p when I can afford a 240 Hz monitor. 
    Thank you,
    Chase Hare
    The storage is actually a Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD. I wanted NVME so that’s why I chose that and it’s the same price.
  • It's a good build overall. The only thing I'd point out is that depending on what titles you're playing, a 240Hz 1440p monitor might not be worth it. It's hard to push higher framerates at high resolutions. Lighter competitive titles like CSGO, League of Legends, Fortnite, etc... would be fine, but if you're playing more graphically intense AAA titles, sometimes even 144Hz can be hard to push at 1440p. Just depends on the game. 

    Besides that, overall I think you'll be pretty happy with that build. 
  • Hello I’m looking to purchase my first custom pc and would like some advice if this would be a good build. My budget is $3-4K if needed.  I’ll be using it for 2D animation like adobe, playing AAA games and streaming. While using a two monitor set up. Please if there is anything I could change please recommend it.
    Thank you


  • Jarred said:
    Hello I’m looking to purchase my first custom pc and would like some advice if this would be a good build. My budget is $3-4K if needed.  I’ll be using it for 2D animation like adobe, playing AAA games and streaming. While using a two monitor set up. Please if there is anything I could change please recommend it.
    Thank you


    There's a few things jump out to me here.

    First, 128GB of RAM is absolutely massive and I'd say waaaaaay overkill for the vast majority of people. You could easily bring that down to 32GB so you'd still have a lot for any kind of design related work, and then be able to upgrade your video card to something better like a 2080 super. Unless you are doing extremely RAM intensive work, 128GB is just unnecessary. 

    The second thing is the CPU cooler you choose is not something I would recommend at all. While it looks cool with the low profile, that Thermaltake Engine 27 doesn't have good performance. Unfortunately the design is kind of a gimmick and the 9900K just runs too hot for that cooler to be effective. I would recommend something like the Noctua NH-U14S instead which will perform much better. 

    While this isn't really a problem, you might want to consider picking up the i7-10700k and a Z490 motherboard. The i7-10700k is essentially the same CPU as the 9900k, but you'll have the benefit of thew newer Z490 platform which could be better for future upgrades. That's just a preference really, there's nothing wrong otherwise with the 9900k. 

    There's also no optical drive slot in the case you chose, and the copy of Windows you put in comes on a USB so an optical drive isn't really necessary unless you have other software you plan to load via DVD. If so, I'd look for  a different case that specifically has an optical drive slot, or just use an external USB DVD drive instead. 
  • TSTonyV said:
    Jarred said:
    Hello I’m looking to purchase my first custom pc and would like some advice if this would be a good build. My budget is $3-4K if needed.  I’ll be using it for 2D animation like adobe, playing AAA games and streaming. While using a two monitor set up. Please if there is anything I could change please recommend it.
    Thank you


    There's a few things jump out to me here.

    First, 128GB of RAM is absolutely massive and I'd say waaaaaay overkill for the vast majority of people. You could easily bring that down to 32GB so you'd still have a lot for any kind of design related work, and then be able to upgrade your video card to something better like a 2080 super. Unless you are doing extremely RAM intensive work, 128GB is just unnecessary. 

    The second thing is the CPU cooler you choose is not something I would recommend at all. While it looks cool with the low profile, that Thermaltake Engine 27 doesn't have good performance. Unfortunately the design is kind of a gimmick and the 9900K just runs too hot for that cooler to be effective. I would recommend something like the Noctua NH-U14S instead which will perform much better. 

    While this isn't really a problem, you might want to consider picking up the i7-10700k and a Z490 motherboard. The i7-10700k is essentially the same CPU as the 9900k, but you'll have the benefit of thew newer Z490 platform which could be better for future upgrades. That's just a preference really, there's nothing wrong otherwise with the 9900k. 

    There's also no optical drive slot in the case you chose, and the copy of Windows you put in comes on a USB so an optical drive isn't really necessary unless you have other software you plan to load via DVD. If so, I'd look for  a different case that specifically has an optical drive slot, or just use an external USB DVD drive instead. 
    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0c1006e7-6bce-4ae3-a31f-d4d07dd19ee4

    Thank you for the advice would this be a better build after reading your comments.
  • After researching for several hours I finally made a PC for just under $900.
    Ryzen 5 3600
    RTX 2060 KO
    ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS (WIFI)
    16gb RAM 3200Mhz
    500GB SSD
    Thermaltake 600 WATT 80+ GOLD PSU
    Montech Fighter 600 Case
    I was reading the reviews on the case and I people were saying that the fans were molex, is there a adapter I need to buy or will it just plug in directly to the motherboard and psu? A reply would be nice. 
  • TSTonyVTSTonyV admin
    edited June 2020
    Jarred said:
    TSTonyV said:
    Jarred said:
    Hello I’m looking to purchase my first custom pc and would like some advice if this would be a good build. My budget is $3-4K if needed.  I’ll be using it for 2D animation like adobe, playing AAA games and streaming. While using a two monitor set up. Please if there is anything I could change please recommend it.
    Thank you


    There's a few things jump out to me here.

    First, 128GB of RAM is absolutely massive and I'd say waaaaaay overkill for the vast majority of people. You could easily bring that down to 32GB so you'd still have a lot for any kind of design related work, and then be able to upgrade your video card to something better like a 2080 super. Unless you are doing extremely RAM intensive work, 128GB is just unnecessary. 

    The second thing is the CPU cooler you choose is not something I would recommend at all. While it looks cool with the low profile, that Thermaltake Engine 27 doesn't have good performance. Unfortunately the design is kind of a gimmick and the 9900K just runs too hot for that cooler to be effective. I would recommend something like the Noctua NH-U14S instead which will perform much better. 

    While this isn't really a problem, you might want to consider picking up the i7-10700k and a Z490 motherboard. The i7-10700k is essentially the same CPU as the 9900k, but you'll have the benefit of thew newer Z490 platform which could be better for future upgrades. That's just a preference really, there's nothing wrong otherwise with the 9900k. 

    There's also no optical drive slot in the case you chose, and the copy of Windows you put in comes on a USB so an optical drive isn't really necessary unless you have other software you plan to load via DVD. If so, I'd look for  a different case that specifically has an optical drive slot, or just use an external USB DVD drive instead. 
    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=0c1006e7-6bce-4ae3-a31f-d4d07dd19ee4

    Thank you for the advice would this be a better build after reading your comments.
    Overall I think so, but the CPU you chose is the regular i7-10700, not the 10700k. Nothing wrong with that, you just can't overclock the 10700 if that's something you were interested in. You could save some money with a cheaper Z490 board as well, you don't have to spend $300 on one especially if you go with the non-overclockable 10700 instead of the 10700k. You still also don't have an optical drive slot for that ASUS Blu-Ray drive in the case you chose. If you want a full-tower case with optical drive slots, I'd look at the Corsair 760T. If you'd prefer a mid-tower case, I'd look at the Corsair SPEC-02
    Doubtful said:
    After researching for several hours I finally made a PC for just under $900.
    Ryzen 5 3600
    RTX 2060 KO
    ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS (WIFI)
    16gb RAM 3200Mhz
    500GB SSD
    Thermaltake 600 WATT 80+ GOLD PSU
    Montech Fighter 600 Case
    I was reading the reviews on the case and I people were saying that the fans were molex, is there a adapter I need to buy or will it just plug in directly to the motherboard and psu? A reply would be nice. 
    Most PSUs come with a couple of molex power adapters that you can use for molex devices. 

  • Do you know how many they come with because the case comes with 4 and idk how many my psu has
  • Doubtful said:
    Do you know how many they come with because the case comes with 4 and idk how many my psu has
    I'm not sure, I'd say at least two, maybe more. It's doing to depend on the power supply. The manufacturer might have information on their website for what comes in the box. 
  • It’s my first time building a pc and I would to see if anybody can point me in the direction. I would like to do casual college work, gaming/streaming and also photo editing. 
  • Anf said:
    It’s my first time building a pc and I would to see if anybody can point me in the direction. I would like to do casual college work, gaming/streaming and also photo editing. 
    What kind of budget do you have in mind? That's the most important question. 
  • I was looking to build a entry gaming pc, the current one I have runs CS:GO at about 6-15 fps, I was looking on building a PC for myself with affordable parts that could run GTA 5 or other Triple A games, If anyone could point me in the direction of parts I would be very happy, my absolute limit, is probably around $700 (I could pour over a little but I really don't need an overly amount of Frames or anything, rather to play the game smoothly for cheap) at most. (I have built a PC before but I just don't know what parts are currently good for what I am looking for) Thanks.
  • JacobH said:
    I was looking to build a entry gaming pc, the current one I have runs CS:GO at about 6-15 fps, I was looking on building a PC for myself with affordable parts that could run GTA 5 or other Triple A games, If anyone could point me in the direction of parts I would be very happy, my absolute limit, is probably around $700 (I could pour over a little but I really don't need an overly amount of Frames or anything, rather to play the game smoothly for cheap) at most. (I have built a PC before but I just don't know what parts are currently good for what I am looking for) Thanks.
    Greetings JacobH!
    Is the $700 budget for just the PC itself or did you need peripherals such as a monitor/keyboard/mouse, as well?
  • JacobHJacobH
    edited July 2020
    AlexS said:
    JacobH said:
    I was looking to build a entry gaming pc, the current one I have runs CS:GO at about 6-15 fps, I was looking on building a PC for myself with affordable parts that could run GTA 5 or other Triple A games, If anyone could point me in the direction of parts I would be very happy, my absolute limit, is probably around $700 (I could pour over a little but I really don't need an overly amount of Frames or anything, rather to play the game smoothly for cheap) at most. (I have built a PC before but I just don't know what parts are currently good for what I am looking for) Thanks.
    Greetings JacobH!
    Is the $700 budget for just the PC itself or did you need peripherals such as a monitor/keyboard/mouse, as well?
    Just the actual PC, I have a monitor, keyboard etc. but I just need parts. 700 is just the goal, If I do more It wouldn't really matter, but i'd prefer not to go above $800.

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