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  • TSTonyV said:
    Hello, I am a student that is trying to build a computer for science research, specifically machine learning. A teacher/mentor has advised me to pick a CPU that has the highest clock speed affordable as well as some other specs, but there are just so many options! I am completely new to computer building, and when looking at the components with the specs I need, there are just too many. Here are the things I need: 64GB Memory, 2TB SSD, NVidia GForce 2080Ti for GPU/Graphics card. The rest were not specified, but I am also having trouble choosing the motherboard and the power source. It would be really good if you helped!
    If what you need is "the highest clock speed affordable" that's just another way of saying "buy the highest end Intel chip you can afford." If we're already talking 2080ti/64GB of RAM, then I'll just assume your budget can probably fit the other really high end stuff. In your case, the fastest clock speed you'll get is out of the i9-10900k. Depending on what kind of features you want what motherboard you go with can be flexible. I'd go with something like this:

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7273de4b-7b9c-4cb1-af3b-59b57e7517af

    If this is out of your budget, can you specify what kind of price range you're in so we can tailor the recommendations accordingly?
    Thank you for your reply! I was able to pick everything except the motherboard and GPU based on your recommendations. I heard that a new GPU (3080 3080 Ti) is coming out soon, so I think I will wait until it comes out. Do I still need to buy a video card in order for the computer to work? I saw that the CPU comes with some sort of graphics unit. I chose the motherboard that you selected, I am not too experienced with choosing components as this is my first time. I see that it has Wifi and is compatible with GPUs so I think it will be fine.
    The 10900k does include integrated graphics so you don't have to use a GPU just to get a display. Just keep in mind anything that's graphics heavy will be terrible on Intel's integrated graphics, so no gaming until you get a GPU. 
    SammyFox01 said:
    Hi there! I am looking for about a 3000$ build. I am looking to be able to somewhat future proof my setup. The games I am going to be playing mostly right now are the new cod (blackops coldwar?) apex legends, gtav and similar games. I am also wanting to stream or record and be able to edit videos without it taking a really long time to export 20 to 30 minute videos. Also I'd like integrated wifi and ethernet. I'm not super new to computer building but I'd like some help determining what would fit into my budget and needs :). Thanks everyone! 
    How much video editing will you be doing? If you're really heavy on video editing and rendering, then I'd probably recommend going with Ryzen for your CPU choice. It does depend on what programs you're using, but Ryzen is just a safe bet for that kind of workload, and at this budget you can easily fit in a Ryzen 9 3950X. If you'd prefer to focus on the gaming performance more then we can go with an Intel i9 10900K. It's as good as you can get for gaming and will still be good for video editing/rendering, just not as good as the 3950X. Just depends on what you want to focus on more. We can also fit in a 2080ti in this budget (or you could wait for the next generation NVIDIA GPU's to drop, which is happening soon, so I'd probably wait and see). 

    For a Ryzen based build, I'd do this:

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=f32b3443-354d-4d52-a91d-e4e713626329

    For Intel, I'd probably recommend you basically the same build I recommended to @A_Human_Person, with slight modifications like less RAM since 64GB is pretty overkill for the vast majority of people. 

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=64626706-5911-49cd-94e5-57ad08e6d7ce

  • TSTonyV said:
    TSTonyV said:
    Hello, I am a student that is trying to build a computer for science research, specifically machine learning. A teacher/mentor has advised me to pick a CPU that has the highest clock speed affordable as well as some other specs, but there are just so many options! I am completely new to computer building, and when looking at the components with the specs I need, there are just too many. Here are the things I need: 64GB Memory, 2TB SSD, NVidia GForce 2080Ti for GPU/Graphics card. The rest were not specified, but I am also having trouble choosing the motherboard and the power source. It would be really good if you helped!
    If what you need is "the highest clock speed affordable" that's just another way of saying "buy the highest end Intel chip you can afford." If we're already talking 2080ti/64GB of RAM, then I'll just assume your budget can probably fit the other really high end stuff. In your case, the fastest clock speed you'll get is out of the i9-10900k. Depending on what kind of features you want what motherboard you go with can be flexible. I'd go with something like this:

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7273de4b-7b9c-4cb1-af3b-59b57e7517af

    If this is out of your budget, can you specify what kind of price range you're in so we can tailor the recommendations accordingly?
    Thank you for your reply! I was able to pick everything except the motherboard and GPU based on your recommendations. I heard that a new GPU (3080 3080 Ti) is coming out soon, so I think I will wait until it comes out. Do I still need to buy a video card in order for the computer to work? I saw that the CPU comes with some sort of graphics unit. I chose the motherboard that you selected, I am not too experienced with choosing components as this is my first time. I see that it has Wifi and is compatible with GPUs so I think it will be fine.
    The 10900k does include integrated graphics so you don't have to use a GPU just to get a display. Just keep in mind anything that's graphics heavy will be terrible on Intel's integrated graphics, so no gaming until you get a GPU. 
    SammyFox01 said:
    Hi there! I am looking for about a 3000$ build. I am looking to be able to somewhat future proof my setup. The games I am going to be playing mostly right now are the new cod (blackops coldwar?) apex legends, gtav and similar games. I am also wanting to stream or record and be able to edit videos without it taking a really long time to export 20 to 30 minute videos. Also I'd like integrated wifi and ethernet. I'm not super new to computer building but I'd like some help determining what would fit into my budget and needs :). Thanks everyone! 
    How much video editing will you be doing? If you're really heavy on video editing and rendering, then I'd probably recommend going with Ryzen for your CPU choice. It does depend on what programs you're using, but Ryzen is just a safe bet for that kind of workload, and at this budget you can easily fit in a Ryzen 9 3950X. If you'd prefer to focus on the gaming performance more then we can go with an Intel i9 10900K. It's as good as you can get for gaming and will still be good for video editing/rendering, just not as good as the 3950X. Just depends on what you want to focus on more. We can also fit in a 2080ti in this budget (or you could wait for the next generation NVIDIA GPU's to drop, which is happening soon, so I'd probably wait and see). 

    For a Ryzen based build, I'd do this:

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=f32b3443-354d-4d52-a91d-e4e713626329

    For Intel, I'd probably recommend you basically the same build I recommended to @A_Human_Person, with slight modifications like less RAM since 64GB is pretty overkill for the vast majority of people. 

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=64626706-5911-49cd-94e5-57ad08e6d7ce

    Do you have an idea of when they'll be out? If it isn't too long I'll definitely wait for that! 
  • TSTonyV said:
    TSTonyV said:
    Hello, I am a student that is trying to build a computer for science research, specifically machine learning. A teacher/mentor has advised me to pick a CPU that has the highest clock speed affordable as well as some other specs, but there are just so many options! I am completely new to computer building, and when looking at the components with the specs I need, there are just too many. Here are the things I need: 64GB Memory, 2TB SSD, NVidia GForce 2080Ti for GPU/Graphics card. The rest were not specified, but I am also having trouble choosing the motherboard and the power source. It would be really good if you helped!
    If what you need is "the highest clock speed affordable" that's just another way of saying "buy the highest end Intel chip you can afford." If we're already talking 2080ti/64GB of RAM, then I'll just assume your budget can probably fit the other really high end stuff. In your case, the fastest clock speed you'll get is out of the i9-10900k. Depending on what kind of features you want what motherboard you go with can be flexible. I'd go with something like this:

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7273de4b-7b9c-4cb1-af3b-59b57e7517af

    If this is out of your budget, can you specify what kind of price range you're in so we can tailor the recommendations accordingly?
    Thank you for your reply! I was able to pick everything except the motherboard and GPU based on your recommendations. I heard that a new GPU (3080 3080 Ti) is coming out soon, so I think I will wait until it comes out. Do I still need to buy a video card in order for the computer to work? I saw that the CPU comes with some sort of graphics unit. I chose the motherboard that you selected, I am not too experienced with choosing components as this is my first time. I see that it has Wifi and is compatible with GPUs so I think it will be fine.
    The 10900k does include integrated graphics so you don't have to use a GPU just to get a display. Just keep in mind anything that's graphics heavy will be terrible on Intel's integrated graphics, so no gaming until you get a GPU. 
    SammyFox01 said:
    Hi there! I am looking for about a 3000$ build. I am looking to be able to somewhat future proof my setup. The games I am going to be playing mostly right now are the new cod (blackops coldwar?) apex legends, gtav and similar games. I am also wanting to stream or record and be able to edit videos without it taking a really long time to export 20 to 30 minute videos. Also I'd like integrated wifi and ethernet. I'm not super new to computer building but I'd like some help determining what would fit into my budget and needs :). Thanks everyone! 
    How much video editing will you be doing? If you're really heavy on video editing and rendering, then I'd probably recommend going with Ryzen for your CPU choice. It does depend on what programs you're using, but Ryzen is just a safe bet for that kind of workload, and at this budget you can easily fit in a Ryzen 9 3950X. If you'd prefer to focus on the gaming performance more then we can go with an Intel i9 10900K. It's as good as you can get for gaming and will still be good for video editing/rendering, just not as good as the 3950X. Just depends on what you want to focus on more. We can also fit in a 2080ti in this budget (or you could wait for the next generation NVIDIA GPU's to drop, which is happening soon, so I'd probably wait and see). 

    For a Ryzen based build, I'd do this:

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=f32b3443-354d-4d52-a91d-e4e713626329

    For Intel, I'd probably recommend you basically the same build I recommended to @A_Human_Person, with slight modifications like less RAM since 64GB is pretty overkill for the vast majority of people. 

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=64626706-5911-49cd-94e5-57ad08e6d7ce

    Do you have an idea of when they'll be out? If it isn't too long I'll definitely wait for that! 
    I believe most people are expecting them to drop within the next month. 
  • TSTonyV said:
    TSTonyV said:
    TSTonyV said:
    TSTonyV said:
    Hi! I’m new here in the community, and pretty much in PC building. I’m about to build my first PC, but I can’t decide if my plan build is 
    capable enough for my purpose. So I’m planning to use my build for streaming and gaming. I play bunch of FPS games, like Apex Legends and CoD Warzone, the same time I currently stream on 720p 30fps using OBS.Live.
    This will be my planned build:

    Ryzen 3600 - 16GB RAM 3600MHz - RTX 2060 Ultra KO - mobo B550 for future Ryzen chip compatibility

    I plan to eventually use this PC as a dedicated streaming PC, that’s why I do not want to spend too much on the GPU.

    My biggest concern is, will these be enough to game on high settings while streaming CoD Warzone or Apex Legends?

    Because if not, I will just go ahead on my original plan build which is, 3700X paired with RTX 2070 Super.

    Thanks much!!
    Yes, you should be able to get high settings 60FPS in most games you play if you're playing at 1080p with a 2060. On the really graphically intense games you may not be able to get more than 60FPS, but for CoD and Apex legends you should be able to get 100+. 

    If you're planning on staying at 720p/30FPS while streaming, then you'll have minimal in-game performance loss. 

    Thanks much! I do not want to over spec the build since my plan is to eventually turn this as a dedicated streaming pc.

    Last question, should I get B550 or X570? For a more future proof AMD MOBO.
    They'll both be equally future proof for most people. There's some specific differences between X570 and B550, but for the average user they don't really matter. If you want to read more about them, Gamers Nexus has a good technical breakdown here:

    https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3582-amd-chipset-differences-b550-vs-x570-b450-x470-zen-3
    Sorry seems like I edited my prior comment too late.

    I have a follow up question, should I go straight for Ryzen 3900X instead of 3600? With all the deals going on with Ryzen chips, and also if I’m planning to eventually upgrade the 3600.

    I read that more cores means better rendering which streaming takes advantage of, and specially if I’m planning to use this build for some editing. Or is 3900X an overkill for the purpose?
    So the thing about streaming is that there are two different types: software and hardware. Software encoding will utilize CPU resources and yes, more cores and threads will be helpful in that respect. However, you don't need a 3900X just for streaming, depending on how high quality you want to stream in. As an example, I have a 3700X in my system and I stream at 720p/60FPS at x264 Medium. In the most CPU intensive games I play I still usually only hit 60-70% CPU utilization at most. Streaming is a task that does like more cores/threads, but it's dependent on some other factors and after a certain point you do hit diminishing returns. 

    If you plan on using hardware encoding to stream, then you'll be utilizing your GPU instead of the CPU and those extra cores won't really matter for gaming. 

    For video editing, it's a bit of a different discussion. That's going to depend on the specific program you plan to use. In general for video editing and rendering more cores will equate to better performance, but some programs and use cases may be optimized more for single-threaded performance. You'll need to do a little research on that front but if that's something you definitely plan to get into later, the 3900X is definitely a good all around pick. 

    You say you're planning on turning this into a dedicated streaming PC later, does that mean you would use your main PC as your editing/gaming PC when you get into editing later? And do you know what kind of setup you'd have for the main PC?

    Yup I am planning on using the hardware encoding so I don’t need to shell out on a more expensive CPU, I was just not sure if the 3600 will be enough.

    Yup, my future main pc will be the editing/gaming pc. So far I have not thought of the build yet, but from what I have seen, many high end gaming pc runs on a intel based setup. I was actually planning on asking for help from the community again when the time comes.

    I really appreciate the answers, I now feel more confident that the 3600 paired with 2060 KO Ultra will be a great bang for the buck build.
    The 3600 is definitely enough, and with a 2060 it's a pretty good mid-range system, I think you'll be happy with it. 

    Most high-end gaming builds are Intel based since Intel still has the edge in raw single-core performance right now, and games still aren't great at multi-core utilization yet. 
    Hi Tony, just want to say thanks for helping me decide to stay on 3600 and 2060 KO Ultra. Just finished the build this week, and boy I’m loving it. 0 issues in streaming while gaming Warzone on all high settings. Good thing I asked the community first before opting for the more powerful 3700X and 2070 Super, which could have ended being overkill since my goal is to turn my current build into my dedicated streaming PC.

    I finished the build with the following:

    Ryzen 5 3600
    RTX 2060 KO Ultra
    32GB 3600mhz G. Skillz RAM
    MSI B550 Tomahawk.

    Looking forward for your future help, once I start my dedicated gaming pc build. Thanks much!!!

  • TSTonyV said:
    TSTonyV said:
    Hello, I am a student that is trying to build a computer for science research, specifically machine learning. A teacher/mentor has advised me to pick a CPU that has the highest clock speed affordable as well as some other specs, but there are just so many options! I am completely new to computer building, and when looking at the components with the specs I need, there are just too many. Here are the things I need: 64GB Memory, 2TB SSD, NVidia GForce 2080Ti for GPU/Graphics card. The rest were not specified, but I am also having trouble choosing the motherboard and the power source. It would be really good if you helped!
    If what you need is "the highest clock speed affordable" that's just another way of saying "buy the highest end Intel chip you can afford." If we're already talking 2080ti/64GB of RAM, then I'll just assume your budget can probably fit the other really high end stuff. In your case, the fastest clock speed you'll get is out of the i9-10900k. Depending on what kind of features you want what motherboard you go with can be flexible. I'd go with something like this:

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=7273de4b-7b9c-4cb1-af3b-59b57e7517af

    If this is out of your budget, can you specify what kind of price range you're in so we can tailor the recommendations accordingly?
    Thank you for your reply! I was able to pick everything except the motherboard and GPU based on your recommendations. I heard that a new GPU (3080 3080 Ti) is coming out soon, so I think I will wait until it comes out. Do I still need to buy a video card in order for the computer to work? I saw that the CPU comes with some sort of graphics unit. I chose the motherboard that you selected, I am not too experienced with choosing components as this is my first time. I see that it has Wifi and is compatible with GPUs so I think it will be fine.
    The 10900k does include integrated graphics so you don't have to use a GPU just to get a display. Just keep in mind anything that's graphics heavy will be terrible on Intel's integrated graphics, so no gaming until you get a GPU. 
    Thanks, I was able to pick all the components. However, this note showed up: The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
    I looked up what this meant and I saw that it should not be much of a problem, but I just wanted to make sure because I do not really know what this means. Thanks.
  • Hello there I would like some help on choosing a motherboard for the following parts. These is all the parts I would get but I can’t find ( or I don’t even know ) what motherboard to use with these parts. Any help greatly appreciated. 

    Parts: 

    1: Power supply : RMx Series™ RM850x — 850 Watt 80 PLUS® Gold Certified Fully Modular PSU

    2: CPU Cooler : iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

    3: Case : iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Smart Case — Black

    4: VENGEANCE® RGB PRO 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3600MHz C18 Memory Kit — Black

    5: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core, 24-thread unlocked desktop processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler

    6: SSD: ( X2 ) WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB Internal PC SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, M.2 2280, Up to 560 MB/s - WDS100T2B0B
  • Adoni4x said:
    Hello there I would like some help on choosing a motherboard for the following parts. These is all the parts I would get but I can’t find ( or I don’t even know ) what motherboard to use with these parts. Any help greatly appreciated. 

    Parts: 

    1: Power supply : RMx Series™ RM850x — 850 Watt 80 PLUS® Gold Certified Fully Modular PSU

    2: CPU Cooler : iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

    3: Case : iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Smart Case — Black

    4: VENGEANCE® RGB PRO 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3600MHz C18 Memory Kit — Black

    5: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core, 24-thread unlocked desktop processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler

    6: SSD: ( X2 ) WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB Internal PC SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, M.2 2280, Up to 560 MB/s - WDS100T2B0B
    Any model of X570 or B450 would be fine to use with that setup. Depending on which Micro Center you are nearest to, it will vary what models they have in stock. You can view the stock online for the x570's at https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=X570&Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294966996+4294815402&myStore=false and b450's at https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=b450&Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294966996+4294815402&myStore=false 
  • I have a i7 6 gen with 20gb ram SSD 1tb drive, and the bottleneck is my   old 960 video card,  reading the RTX 2060 "super"  is the one to get for around $400, I see a whole range of non "super" 2060 for $300+   do I need a super, I am sure the $300 2060 are great cards when would I see the difference ? my next step would be to upgrade to a i7 9th Gen  I read that a i9  is not worth the money for most needs even gaming,
  • Also I have a 400W PSU will I need to upgrade that for new rtx 260 card!
    it was a good Lenovo system I am upgrading
  • Xenoz7Xenoz7
    edited August 2020
    This is my first ever pc that I am attempting to build! What you guys think are these parts perfect ? 

    Parts: 

    1: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core, 24-thread unlocked desktop processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler

    2: CPU Cooler : iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

    3 : Power supply : EVGA SuperNOVA 220-G3-1000-X1,1000 G3, 80 Plus Gold 1000W, Fully Modular, Eco Mode with New HDB Fan, 10 Year Warranty, Includes Power ON Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size

    4:  Case : iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Smart Case — Black

    5: VENGEANCE® RGB PRO 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3600MHz C18 Memory Kit — Black

    6: SSD: 1 WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB Internal PC 

    7: Motherboard: Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) ATX motherboard with PCIe 4.0, dual M.2, 12+2 with Dr. MOS power stage, HDMI, DP, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB lighting

    8: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER FTW3 ULTRA, OVERCLOCKED, 2.75 Slot Extreme Cool Triple + iCX2, 65C Gaming, RGB, Metal Backplate, 08G-P4-3277-KR, 8GB GDDR6

  • Is anyone still active on this thread?
  • I have a i7 6 gen with 20gb ram SSD 1tb drive, and the bottleneck is my   old 960 video card,  reading the RTX 2060 "super"  is the one to get for around $400, I see a whole range of non "super" 2060 for $300+   do I need a super, I am sure the $300 2060 are great cards when would I see the difference ? my next step would be to upgrade to a i7 9th Gen  I read that a i9  is not worth the money for most needs even gaming,
    Also I have a 400W PSU will I need to upgrade that for new rtx 260 card!
    it was a good Lenovo system I am upgrading
    What i7 processor do you have? Depending on model of video card, they will typically require at least a 500 or 600 watt supply. Each card will define what it requires in its specifications. 
  • Xenoz7 said:
    This is my first ever pc that I am attempting to build! What you guys think are these parts perfect ? 

    Parts: 

    1: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core, 24-thread unlocked desktop processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler

    2: CPU Cooler : iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler

    3 : Power supply : EVGA SuperNOVA 220-G3-1000-X1,1000 G3, 80 Plus Gold 1000W, Fully Modular, Eco Mode with New HDB Fan, 10 Year Warranty, Includes Power ON Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size

    4:  Case : iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Smart Case — Black

    5: VENGEANCE® RGB PRO 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3600MHz C18 Memory Kit — Black

    6: SSD: 1 WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB Internal PC 

    7: Motherboard: Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) ATX motherboard with PCIe 4.0, dual M.2, 12+2 with Dr. MOS power stage, HDMI, DP, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB lighting

    8: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER FTW3 ULTRA, OVERCLOCKED, 2.75 Slot Extreme Cool Triple + iCX2, 65C Gaming, RGB, Metal Backplate, 08G-P4-3277-KR, 8GB GDDR6

    All the parts listed here are compatible with each other.
  • Pablo said:
    Is anyone still active on this thread?
    Yes, we monitor this thread as well as the section itself https://community.microcenter.com/categories/help-choosing-parts when available to. 
  • Hello, I am planning on upgrading from a laptop (ASUS TUF FX505DU 15.6 AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, Nvidia 1660Ti mobile, 32gb 2400mhz ram) to a desktop for gaming, the parts i picked out for this build and plan on buying in the next month are,
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
    CPU Cooler: stock
    MOBO: MSI B550 MPG Gaming Carbon WiFi
    RAM: G.Skill Flare X 16gb (2x8) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL14 (might go w/32gb (4x8) instead of the 16gb (2x8))
    GPU: PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil OC Triple Fan 8gb GDDR6 PCIe 4.0
    SSD: Crucial MX500GB 3D TLC NAND M.2 2280 (main)
    SSD: Crucial MX1TB 3D TLC NAND M.2 2280 (storage)
    PSU: PowerSpec 850w 80+ Gold ATX Fully Modular
    CASE: Cooler Master NR600 MasterBox Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower
    CASE FANS: Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 ARGB x4
    OS: Windows 10 Home 64
    I already have the following parts
    MOUSE: Corsair Harpoon RGB (i have big hands and the multi button ones i end up hitting more then 1 at a time lol)
    KEYBOARD: Corsair K55 
    MONITOR: ASUS TUF Gaming VG27V 165hz 27" Curved
    I am open to any and all suggestions IF i should replace anything on this build or keep it the way it is. 
    The games i'm currently playing are ESO online, CoD Warzone, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo 3, World of Tanks, Star Wars the Old Republic, Crossout, Borderlands 2 and Fallout 4. 






  • FrostWolf said:
    Hello, I am planning on upgrading from a laptop (ASUS TUF FX505DU 15.6 AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, Nvidia 1660Ti mobile, 32gb 2400mhz ram) to a desktop for gaming, the parts i picked out for this build and plan on buying in the next month are,
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
    CPU Cooler: stock
    MOBO: MSI B550 MPG Gaming Carbon WiFi
    RAM: G.Skill Flare X 16gb (2x8) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL14 (might go w/32gb (4x8) instead of the 16gb (2x8))
    GPU: PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil OC Triple Fan 8gb GDDR6 PCIe 4.0
    SSD: Crucial MX500GB 3D TLC NAND M.2 2280 (main)
    SSD: Crucial MX1TB 3D TLC NAND M.2 2280 (storage)
    PSU: PowerSpec 850w 80+ Gold ATX Fully Modular
    CASE: Cooler Master NR600 MasterBox Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower
    CASE FANS: Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 ARGB x4
    OS: Windows 10 Home 64
    I already have the following parts
    MOUSE: Corsair Harpoon RGB (i have big hands and the multi button ones i end up hitting more then 1 at a time lol)
    KEYBOARD: Corsair K55 
    MONITOR: ASUS TUF Gaming VG27V 165hz 27" Curved
    I am open to any and all suggestions IF i should replace anything on this build or keep it the way it is. 
    The games i'm currently playing are ESO online, CoD Warzone, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo 3, World of Tanks, Star Wars the Old Republic, Crossout, Borderlands 2 and Fallout 4. 






    It's a solid build all around, the only thing I'd probably change would be going up to DDR4-3600 for your memory since 3600 is the sweetspot for third generation Ryzen CPUs. 
  • Hi! I'm looking to build a custom desktop, primarily for gaming (some other work, but no demanding video rendering or creative stuff). I have no budget, so I just want to make sure I'm getting the best products for what I need. This is my list so far, do you have any thoughts on it?

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor
    Cooler: NZXT Kraken Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk Wifi ATX AM4 Motherboard
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 64 GB (4x16GB) DDR4-3600 CL 16 Memory
    Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive, Seagate barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5' 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (2 of them)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB AMP MAXX Video Card
    Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic ATX Full Tower Case
    Power Supply: be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 11 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
    Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster AE-7 32-bit 384 kHz Sound Card
    Case Fan: ARTIC 56.3 CFM 120 mm fan, ARCTIC 56.3 CFM 120mm Fan (5 pack)
    Keyboard: Logitech G610 Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Elite Wired Optical Mouse

    I've never built a custom computer, so all thoughts and advice is appreciated! Thank you!
  • Hi! I'm looking to build a custom desktop, primarily for gaming (some other work, but no demanding video rendering or creative stuff). I have no budget, so I just want to make sure I'm getting the best products for what I need. This is my list so far, do you have any thoughts on it?

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor
    Cooler: NZXT Kraken Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk Wifi ATX AM4 Motherboard
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 64 GB (4x16GB) DDR4-3600 CL 16 Memory
    Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive, Seagate barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5' 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (2 of them)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB AMP MAXX Video Card
    Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic ATX Full Tower Case
    Power Supply: be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 11 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
    Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster AE-7 32-bit 384 kHz Sound Card
    Case Fan: ARTIC 56.3 CFM 120 mm fan, ARCTIC 56.3 CFM 120mm Fan (5 pack)
    Keyboard: Logitech G610 Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Elite Wired Optical Mouse

    I've never built a custom computer, so all thoughts and advice is appreciated! Thank you!
    If you're primarily gaming and your other tasks will be things like general office or schoolwork, then I'd recommend switching off that Ryzen 9 3950X to a more reasonable Intel offering. The 3950X is a beast of a CPU and obviously can game very well, but it's a 16-core part that's really targeted at people using it for workstation/production scenarios and Intel's higher end offerings will still hold the edge in gaming. Obviously in that budget you can easily fit in the 10900k so that's the one I would look at. 

    64GB of RAM is also MASSIVE overkill unless you're doing something that is specifically extremely RAM intensive. Even 32GB would be huge overkill, as 16GB is more than enough for gaming and running multiple other programs at the same time. You could easily take some of that RAM budget and replace one or both of those hard drives with SSDs instead. 
  • I have some questions about having a PC built for my daughter. 
    She's an animation major at College for Creative Studies. They use Maya Autodesk and Adobe video editing such as premier and after effects. We need something fast and able to handle this type of software. She currently has a MacBook pro, and it can't handle Maya at all. We were considering buying a iMac pro however reading on that I don't believe it would be a good idea. We are not looking for an entry-level PC, we want something high end that will last her 4 yrs of college. This is our first time doing this, and not sure what we will need. TIA
  • TSTonyVTSTonyV admin
    edited August 2020
    Krista said:
    I have some questions about having a PC built for my daughter. 
    She's an animation major at College for Creative Studies. They use Maya Autodesk and Adobe video editing such as premier and after effects. We need something fast and able to handle this type of software. She currently has a MacBook pro, and it can't handle Maya at all. We were considering buying a iMac pro however reading on that I don't believe it would be a good idea. We are not looking for an entry-level PC, we want something high end that will last her 4 yrs of college. This is our first time doing this, and not sure what we will need. TIA
    Do you know what kind of workloads she'll be using within Maya Autodesk and Premier/After Effects? If she's doing a lot of rendering, then we'll want to be targeting a high core/thread count CPU, but if she's not rendering and is focused solely on design/animation instead, higher single-core speeds will be the target for Maya. After Effects and Premier historically have preferred high single-core speeds as opposed to multi-threaded as well, though AMD's high core count offerings are still very competitive on that front, and this still does depend on workload. Do you know if she'll be working with 4K, 6K, or 8K projects, and if she'll be doing a lot of exporting with Premiere?

    Also, what kind of budget are you working with?

  • Kayvon_1Kayvon_1
    edited September 2020
    Hello, I am about to purchase my pc parts off of amazon and before I do I just want to check if all my parts are compatible with each other and if they are not any can you recommend any parts that would fit. I typically play Modern Warfare and GTA. Below are all my parts. 

    SSD: addlink S70 1TB SSD NVMe PCIe 3x4 M.2 2280 Internal Solid State Drive Read 3,400MB/s/Write 3,000MB/s


    Motherboard: MSI Performance Gaming Intel Coffee Lake B360 LGA 1151 DDR4 Onboard Graphics CFX ATX Motherboard (B360 Gaming Plus)


    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Desktop Memory Kit – White (CMK16GX4M2B3200C16W)

     

    Graphic Card: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 128 Bit PCI-E Graphic Card (GV-N105TD5-4GD)

     

    Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core, 16-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler

     

    Power Supply:  600W Semi Modular 80+ Bronze, GAMEMAX VP-600-M-RGB

     

    PC Case: NZXT H510i - CA-H510i-W1 - Compact ATX Mid -Tower PC Gaming Case - Front I/O USB Type-C Port - Vertical GPU Mount - Tempered Glass Side Panel - Integrated RGB Lighting - White/Black


    CPU Cooler: Pccooler GI-D66A CPU Cooler Moonlight Series | Dual Silent CPU PWM Fan 120mm | E-Sports Plexiglass Top Cover Sync with ARGB Lights | 6 Direct Contact Heat Pipes for Intel Core i7/i5/i3, AMD Series

  • Kayvon_1 said:
    Hello, I am about to purchase my pc parts off of amazon and before I do I just want to check if all my parts are compatible with each other and if they are not any can you recommend any parts that would fit. I typically play Modern Warfare and GTA. Below are all my parts. 

    SSD: addlink S70 1TB SSD NVMe PCIe 3x4 M.2 2280 Internal Solid State Drive Read 3,400MB/s/Write 3,000MB/s


    Motherboard: MSI Performance Gaming Intel Coffee Lake B360 LGA 1151 DDR4 Onboard Graphics CFX ATX Motherboard (B360 Gaming Plus)


    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Desktop Memory Kit – White (CMK16GX4M2B3200C16W)

     

    Graphic Card: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 128 Bit PCI-E Graphic Card (GV-N105TD5-4GD)

     

    Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core, 16-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler

     

    Power Supply:  600W Semi Modular 80+ Bronze, GAMEMAX VP-600-M-RGB

     

    PC Case: NZXT H510i - CA-H510i-W1 - Compact ATX Mid -Tower PC Gaming Case - Front I/O USB Type-C Port - Vertical GPU Mount - Tempered Glass Side Panel - Integrated RGB Lighting - White/Black


    CPU Cooler: Pccooler GI-D66A CPU Cooler Moonlight Series | Dual Silent CPU PWM Fan 120mm | E-Sports Plexiglass Top Cover Sync with ARGB Lights | 6 Direct Contact Heat Pipes for Intel Core i7/i5/i3, AMD Series

    Your motherboard and CPU are not compatible. You chose an AMD processor, but paired with with an Intel motherboard. 

    If you're going for an AMD Ryzen processor, the types of motherboards you want will be the B450, B550 and X570 motherboards. 

    Something else I'd throw out there is that if you want to go AMD, for gaming I'd recommend the Ryzen 5 3600 instead. It's quite a bit cheaper than the 3700X or 3800X while having basically the same gaming performance, and you could take that extra budget and put it into something else like a more powerful video card. 
  • MerlEMMerlEM
    edited September 2020
    I need help/advice on what parts to get for a gaming pc. I am planning to get it build at micro center. I will be playing games like valorant, league of legends and fornite, doing school work, maybe some video editing. Maybe also a little streaming. My budget is below 1000. I want fast, no lagging, and lasts for a long time/able to upgrade. I have to buy a pc soon, I would appreciate it if someone could respond quickly. Thank you.
  • MerlEM said:
    I need help/advice on what parts to get for a gaming pc. I am planning to get it build at micro center. I will be playing games like valorant, league of legends and fornite, doing school work, maybe some video editing. Maybe also a little streaming. My budget is below 1000. I want fast, no lagging, and lasts for a long time/able to upgrade. I have to buy a pc soon, I would appreciate it if someone could respond quickly. Thank you.
    If you're doing video editing, I think our safest bet in terms of value is a Ryzen system. I would do something like this:

    https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=f214ee1a-f035-4de9-bd1d-c2d172ec3c2f

    The 2060 KO video card I included is really a placeholder. I think $300 is the right spot for a video card for this budget, and with the RTX 3000 series hitting shelves soon we're likely to see some pretty big price cuts for the current hardware and at $300 there will likely be some more powerful cards once the new ones are available. 
  • JacksonJackson
    edited September 2020
    I am going to try and build my first pc. I am thinking about making it more high end for video editing and am wondering if these parts are compatible. I am also wondering if I actually need things like the sound card or the wireless network adapter or if there are better parts I could use for the same price. I am open to any suggestions or help.

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950x GHz 16-core Processor $700
    CPU cooler: Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM SE 63 CFM Liquid Cooler $145
    Motherboard: Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (WI-Fi) ATX AM4 Motherboard $380
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 64GB (32x2) 
    Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB $90
    Video Card: GEFORCE RTX 3080 $700
    Case: be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev 2 $270
    Operating System: Windows 10 pro
    Sound Card: Creative Labs z PCle 24-bit 96kHz sound card $85
    Wireless network adapter: Belkin AE6000 $50
    UPS: CyberPower CP1000AVRLCD $120
  • Is this still an active forum?
  • Jackson said:
    Is this still an active forum?
    Yes! We've been pretty overwhelmed with discussion about the RTX 3000 series cards, I apologize for the delay in getting back to you here. 

    As for your build. 
    Jackson said:
    I am going to try and build my first pc. I am thinking about making it more high end for video editing and am wondering if these parts are compatible. I am also wondering if I actually need things like the sound card or the wireless network adapter or if there are better parts I could use for the same price. I am open to any suggestions or help.

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950x GHz 16-core Processor $700
    CPU cooler: Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM SE 63 CFM Liquid Cooler $145
    Motherboard: Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (WI-Fi) ATX AM4 Motherboard $380
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 64GB (32x2) 
    Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB $90
    Video Card: GEFORCE RTX 3080 $700
    Case: be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev 2 $270
    Operating System: Windows 10 pro
    Sound Card: Creative Labs z PCle 24-bit 96kHz sound card $85
    Wireless network adapter: Belkin AE6000 $50
    UPS: CyberPower CP1000AVRLCD $120
    Everything here is compatible and I think you made great choices overall if you're going for high-end workstation type build like this. You don't need a sound card or wireless network adapter, since sound and WiFi are built into the motherboard. If you're doing audio work a separate sound card could possibly be useful if it has extra features or connectivity a motherboard wouldn't typically have, but otherwise it's unnecessary. 

    I noticed you didn't include a power supply in that list, I'd recommend a nice 750W or 850W Gold or Platinum certified PSU, something like a Seasonic Focus or EVGA Supernova. 
  • Hi. Im looking to build a new pc and have found parts I like. I thought that the build your own pc website at microcenters website only shows you parts compatible with previous parts you have picked. Here are the parts
    CPU: Intel core i7 9700k 8 cores 4.9 ghz turbo
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z390 Aorus Pro Intel LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard 
    RAM: corsair vengance rgb pro 16gb (2x8) ddr4 3200

    CASE: Corsair icue 220t

    PSU:Corsair rm650 80+gold atx
    GPU:EVGA rtx2060 ko oltra
    M.2 SSD: Inland professional 1tb

    water cooling kit: corsair icue h100i

    case fan: 1 corsair af120
  • Mr_Duck said:
    Hi. Im looking to build a new pc and have found parts I like. I thought that the build your own pc website at microcenters website only shows you parts compatible with previous parts you have picked. Here are the parts
    CPU: Intel core i7 9700k 8 cores 4.9 ghz turbo
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z390 Aorus Pro Intel LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard 
    RAM: corsair vengance rgb pro 16gb (2x8) ddr4 3200

    CASE: Corsair icue 220t

    PSU:Corsair rm650 80+gold atx
    GPU:EVGA rtx2060 ko oltra
    M.2 SSD: Inland professional 1tb

    water cooling kit: corsair icue h100i

    case fan: 1 corsair af120
    Everything in your build is compatible, if that's the question you're asking. Looks good overall, although I'd personally opt for an i5-10600k + Z490 motherboard. In terms of gaming performance the 10600k and 9700k are extremely similar but you at least get the advantage of a newer intel platform with the 10600k. 
  • Mr_DuckMr_Duck
    edited September 2020
    TSTonyV said:
    Mr_Duck said:
    Hi. Im looking to build a new pc and have found parts I like. I thought that the build your own pc website at microcenters website only shows you parts compatible with previous parts you have picked. Here are the parts
    CPU: Intel core i7 9700k 8 cores 4.9 ghz turbo
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z390 Aorus Pro Intel LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard 
    RAM: corsair vengance rgb pro 16gb (2x8) ddr4 3200

    CASE: Corsair icue 220t

    PSU:Corsair rm650 80+gold atx
    GPU:EVGA rtx2060 ko oltra
    M.2 SSD: Inland professional 1tb

    water cooling kit: corsair icue h100i

    case fan: 1 corsair af120
    Everything in your build is compatible, if that's the question you're asking. Looks good overall, although I'd personally opt for an i5-10600k + Z490 motherboard. In terms of gaming performance the 10600k and 9700k are extremely similar but you at least get the advantage of a newer intel platform with the 10600k. 
    ok i like it. the price is nice XD. But will the core 15 10600k still be able to handle the 2060?plus which exact mother board? And is it worth it because though the cpu is worth it the mother board is quite a bit more expensive? im also confused about a couple thing so if you could priv dm me or let me call you it would be rlly helpful.
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