I wanted to go all out on a PC so here is my build: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=6a6fba5f-13ae-413b-adcb-7865b584aa00
Most likely not the best pc build on here or even close to yours but here's my take on the contest.
this is my dream pc the only thing i would change is the gpu,i would change it to a 3080,the pc is way more powerful than i would ever need https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=64a4f7ad-6d00-4298-b8c5-167a0eca08d9
I took the starting build, and chucked it out the window. I created an enthusiast gaming/content creator pc that focuses on performance, and ignores your measly budget while not going too crazy on the RGB. This build is great for someone looking to start with, or upgrade to a high tier gaming and content creation experience that will keep up with the pc gaming scene for years to come. Can't quite afford it? Maybe winning the Micro Center $500 gift card giveaway can help you with that. Goodluck entrants! 😉
Configured this. Was going for a mainly black theme with silver accents, hence the trident z neo and x570 taichi. Wanted the system to be quite high end and be capable of games, 3d artwork, or whatever else. wanted to make the system good for overclocking as well. I decided not to go with custom loop cooling, just because I couldn't find parts that I thought would compliment the build well enough. Made sure the system had good expandability, with plenty of onboard headers and pcie slots (in case the user were to ever need a sound card, legacy ports, or something like that.) I also tried to pick parts based on ease of service and repair (like the gpu).
CPU: r9 5900x because it is about as fast as it gets for now, without going to over the top of a 5950x or switching to threadripper
GPU: rtx 3080 suprim, really fast. that specific card also had really good cooling. The card is also fairly easy to take apart, which is not only good for potentially liquid mettaling up front, but also for being abkle to service the card down the line. The card also fit the aesthetic of the built quite well in my opinion.
motherboard: x570 taichi, chose mainly because it fit the theme of the build also, good vrm for overclocking, good expandability with lots of PCIe slots. Also since it is x570 it has a chance of being supported by next gen ryzen cpus (unless ddr5 happens next generation) also it has a ps/2 port for a glorious model m keyboard:)
Ram: fit theme of build, also quite fast, not to mention I have had good experience with overclocking gskill ram
case: large case with very good cooling, quite versatile. It also has a bunch of nice addon features like hot swap bays and usb front panel. All around just a good case in my opinion
drives: decided to go with a 2tb gen 4 nvme for boot drive, then have 4tb of sata ssd and 6tb of mechanical. Cause with the size of modern games, you can never have enough storage.
The rest of the parts were chosen either because they fit the theme of the build, has good performance or both.
Notes: -usb optical drive would be included for OS install since it is cheaper to buy the dvd version and an external optical drive than buy the usb version, and having an optical drive is nice in case you ever need it.
-Liquid metal is intended for gpu (while putting nail polish or something on the SMDs for protection), most people don't put it in between the ihs and the cooler, so I would just use paste for the cpu.
This components list is for people that are just getting into pc building but it does not have a graphics card because of the gpu shortage that is happening right now. So, I have put in a i5-11600K for integrated graphics (UHD 750) which from watching some videos can run most e-sports titles at 100 fps on high setting, and I gave it a 650 watt power supply so that you have enough wattage to put in at most a RTX 3060ti. Maybe you could put a 3070 but you might need more wattage. This pc is estimated to be 854.92 + tax. In my opinion, this is a pretty decent pc for this price. I hope this is a good list!
This would be my dream build.. I will never ever be able to own this build because my wife would never let me spend 4k + on a pc lol
I just closed my eyes and dreamed for a bit :)
*note it would be 7k + just noticed no price due to the gpu's being out of stock.. so yea dead man for sure lol
This is a complete build, From the whole pc to peripherals. This would be a great midish tier gaming pc with a nice headset with nice desk speakers. Display could be better, same with the cpu but I feel like a strong pairing for entry level gaming. There is nothing else you would need unless a router needs an upgrade.
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I felt your build is solid for someone looking for their first pc, but felt there could be some better performance at a slightly lower cost.
CPU- Went ahead and swapped the i7 9700k for a slightly better performing ryzen 5 3600. Performance wise its very similar, being a slight improvement, but where it makes the big difference is the operating cost and wattage it requires. Its a more efficient cpu and is helpful for the power supply later on to save some more money and allocate more space for the GPU.
Motherboard- B550 Phantom gaming, a cheaper motherboard that still has all the features needed for someone building their first. Has support for dual channel and high speed ram sticks, as well as plenty of m.2 and sata ports.
Case- Corsair 400D airflow, in my opinion its a better looking case and also has the usb-c port on the top panel that the lian li is missing.
RAM- Went ahead and added some RGB to the build, though there are better ways of doing this than spending $30 more on ram instead of using LED strips.
PSU- Saved quite a bit downgrading the psu to a 750W semi modular bronze rating. While its not the best you can get, it saves some good money and will have no problem powering this system and even future upgrades.
GPU- The ryzen 5 has integrated graphics for the time being until you can get a gpu at a reasonable price. For this type of build I would suggest a 3060ti, a perfect card for the price for 1080p or 1440p gaming.
Storage- Nvme 1tb drive to put games and windows on for faster boot times. Included as well is a 2TB HDD for additional storage for less commonly played games and software.
Without the storage, the price beats the given build while even adding some RGB.
Here's my take on a budget build
I chose the most over the top build I could. This is basically my dream setup, with a few caveats. Caveats include (but not limited to): gpu upgraded to an Asus Strix 3090, psu upgraded to an ROG Thor 80+ Platinum w/ OLED, Glorious panda switches for the barebones keyboard I selected, Krytox 205g0 (gotta get them switches lubed), Lian Li Strimer Plus for 24pin and 8 pin. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=a3569dc5-3315-4cfa-ba99-3ec82971307c
Introducing the JUICER9000. this powerhouse of a gaming pc is ready for all your gaming needs, whether it be late night degenerate gaming hours with the bois or streaming for all the world to see how bad you are at the game. The JUICER9000 coming to you soon, we hope. :) https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=b0660858-408c-48b4-a81d-8239ba054310
I had been planning to put this all-Corsair and ROG build together this Summer, but that didn't quite work out for obvious reasons. While not totally top of the line, this build is far more capable than anything I need at the time and was intended as a future-proof investment. The Ryzen 9 5900X is the crown jewel of the build, sacrificing a small amount of single core performance compared to the i9 10900K in favor of AMD's exceptional multi-core performance and far better power efficiency. For the GPU, the ROG Strix OC 3070 was an easy choice because it delivers solid performance, cooling, and visual appeal without taking up half of the budget. The rest of the components were chosen for a combination of value, performance, and appearance. For example, the LL120 fans were chosen to specifically to match the ML120s included with the H150i, while the Crucial P5 was chosen because it delivers speeds which keep relative pace with the processor in combination with the B550-F chipset without breaking the bank. All in all, I designed a machine that I could be proud of for a long time.
I also put together a blackout design which is largely the same, but replaces the H150i with an NZXT Kraken X73, the Vengeance RGB Pro memory with Vengeance LPX memory of the same configuration and clock speed, and the LL120 case fans with the same configuration of Noctua NF-F12 Chromax Black fans. If for some reason I couldn't find one of the RGB parts, this was a very solid plan B.
I'm a graphic designer who likes to game casually. I built a system that can handle anything I throw at it right now, and is moderately futureproofed for whatever needs I may have down the line. While I normally wouldn't put much stock in aesthetics, this competition presents an opportunity to "splurge" on making the system look nice while not sacrificing on power. While many seem to be over the white themed builds, I still love it!
i tried to go with the best pairing so that the CPU nor GPU would be a bottleneck, and tried to do my best to make it look as clean as possible. I went with a black color scheme.
This build is the best bang for the buck and will last 6 to 10 years easily barring any hardware failures. RGB lighting is really for show but you spend most of the time in the same room with it so why not make it look pretty?
About a year ago I bought my first desktop pc for about 850$ on woot with the intent to be used for my studies in college. I am an aspiring music producer and game developer. This pc served to enable my creativity. But I soon realized that I had not gotten a powerful enough pc for all the adventures I had embarked on. So I started looking into how to improve my performance. And some months later this frustration of getting the most of my gear had actually become enjoyable. So I went down my usual path with new hobbies, an internet/ youtube rabbit hole to go down. And thus I found Linus tech tips. It has been a few months now and I have learned so much from the guy. And now that I am more knowledgeable I will attempt to build my pc again for the same about of money as before (850$) with the intent of my school work.
Cpu: I went with the Six-Core i5-11600K with a clock speed of 3.9 GHz for its 12 high-performing treads. Currently, I have a Four-Core i7 6700 with an overclocked 3.75 GHz thread speed, but it has only 8 treads. This significantly decreases my productivity in Ableton (music production). With 50% more/better threads I would be able to work with a higher fidelity of real-time audio in my work. Plus it was the best value for the money that I found
Motherboard: I went with the small form factor microATX Motherboard from ASRock for its support for my CPU's chipset and its size. I want my rig to be small but powerful.
Ram: I got 4 8GB sticks of DDR4-3000 memory to maximize the capabilities of my motherboard and CPU. Much faster than my current ram's clock speed, DDR3-2133 MHz.
Case: I found the small form factor case LANCOOL 205M Mid-Tower Chassis Micro ATX as an alright fit for my components with some pretty nifty features at a reasonable price.
Power supply: My rig will not be pulling too much wattage at the moment and I do not intend to throw a heavy video card into this rig. So, a corsair CX650M 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze has enough power to work for all the use cases I will be running. Also, I will be using less than half of the watts this power supply is rated for so that should reduce the fan noise quite a bit.
Memory: For my rig, I need fast load times for my audio effects and samples so I chose to use 512 GB M.2 3.0 SSD for my operating system and my most used samples (audio files are not that large). I also chose to use a BarraCuda 2TB Hard drive for all my additional storage needs. ( I currently have a 1TB SSD )
I also threw in a CPU cooler to control my terms and we are all set. Now armed with the knowledge that Linus tech tips have given my I significantly upgraded my rig with the same amount of money.
You can never go wrong with to much RGB. Most my components are corsair since they do RGB the best. The build is very flashy and not the most budget friendly but it will light up the room and give you more fps due to so much RGBhttps://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder-amd.aspx?load=499a3d4d-9341-4947-803d-5ea4eb1514cb
well since the RGB ,budget and all out themes were taken i went for the next closest theme to my heart : A RESPECTABLE OVERCLOCKING MANIAC WITH A TOUCH OF RGB, all while hitting that perfect 1k price.
This build is way better than the base. It has most of the best components to be one of the best rigs out there. This is a dream machine anybody would want. It can do it all when it comes to heavy multitasking, gaming, video editing, streaming, and 3d rendering.
I call it the Silver Sparkle Monster. Highest end components available. Easy case to build in. And of course lots of ARGB!
Basically what I have but some better parts (With some limitations based on what the builder has listed for parts)
Gaming/workstation setup that will last you years
I bought a gpu, actually I got in line and waited for one. Now this build is perfect with the GPU I have. Game and work.
This is pretty much what I am waiting to upgrade too, I am still waiting for threadripper CPUs with the new zen cores. It would also be nice to get a 3090 once they are consistently in stock. Pretty much this is what I am planning on upgrading to. I added a UPS and Wifi router, because why not! The case is a place holder, because I have a different case in mind, and I already have a 1200w power supply that I will use instead of the 850W one that I have chosen. This isn't the most bang for the buck for gaming. Its pretty over kill!
I selected generic parts that I'll never be able to afford totaling into what seems like a monster PC. $500 bucks would be nice towards a new laptop for school.
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