Need Help Choosing Parts

I put this parts list together and am looking for some advice.
I’m planning on playing some call of duty games and Forza, watching movies and videos, and doing schoolwork. My budget is anything under $5K USD. I’m not super knowledgeable on pc building, as I bought a prebuilt pc years ago but it’s way too slow for me now and I would like to learn about them and build my own. I want a pc that i’ll never really have to worry about lag or having to lower the graphics settings to get a proper fps. I have heard from many people AMD is the way to go, so i’d like to stick with an AMD build. If anyone can give me any advice I would really appreciate it! Would it be worth the upgrade from the ryzen 9 5900x to the ryzen 9 5950x? Also would it be worth the upgrade from the rx 6800 xt to the rx 6900 xt (if I could find one)? Thank you!


  • Oh and also I actually have no idea if the motherboard I chose is a good choice or not lol. I tried searching up some videos to teach myself on them but i’m still a bit confused. Thank you
  • TSTDavey

    Hello @Camaro_SS and thanks for posting on the Microcenter Community Forum. To answer your questions, if you want to attempt to get the max performance out of your CPU, than go with the 5950x. With your build, the 5950x is within your budget. Is it necessary for your currently part build to upgrade to the 5950x? No, your build is fine with the 5900x and its 12 cores. The 5950x is a beast, but for what you're trying to do based what you described how you'll use the PC, the upgrade really isn't necessary.

    The RX 6800 XT vs 6900 XT, there's not a huge performance difference between the two. Of course 6900 XT is a slightly better card, but its overkill for what you've described how you'll use your computer. The 6900 is within your $5K budget; if want a slightly better performing card, then upgrade to the 6900, otherwise stick with the 6800.

    Overall your build looks good. You matched up a good motherboard for your Ryzen CPU, PSU, RAM, etc., all looks good. The only item missing is your Operating System (OS). You'll want to add a Windows OS cost into your custom build total. But everything else looks good.

  • magarity
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    The 5950X is a very specialty part and does not help with gaming compared to the 5900X. 5950X is more for pro video editing and similar. Google for "5950X vs 5900X gaming"

    I have a 6800 XT and I assure you it will rock your face. The 6900 XT costs almost 50% more but is only something like 10% faster. Honestly, it isn't worth it and you won't even notice the difference.

    On your list, the H100 is a medium size Corsair cooler. Consider the H115 because a 280mm radiator is a LOT more capacity than 240mm. 39,200 square mm versus 28,800 sq mm. That case's spec says a 280 fits. Both 5900X and 5950X generate a lot of heat.

  • @TSTDavey @magarity Thank you both for the advice, I really appreciate it. I will upgrade to the H115 in that case, as I certainly don’t want the pc to get too hot. And I also already have a Windows OS ready to go, which is the only reason I didn’t add anything there. Also one more question, what is the difference between all the different brands i’ve seen and models for the 6800 XT and 6900 XT and other graphics cards? I’ve seen many of them will be the same model, like 6800 XT for example, and then there will be multiple different brands or companies making the same one. Are some of them better/worse or more expensive than others? I just don’t want to pick the wrong one
  • magarity
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    edited September 2021

    AMD makes all the Radeon GPU processors and sells them to misc graphics card makers, called "AIB"s (which stands for Add In Board). Basically the difference between video cards all comes down to the coolers and the customer support. I bought a 6800 XT straight from AMD Direct (Google for "AMD Direct US") which is the ones AMD themselves put their own GPU cards and sell them. The cooler they slap on their own cards is rather cheap, which is what I wanted since I removed it and used a water block instead for liquid cooling. If you are not going this route, then get one of the AIB branded cards.

    So really it comes down to who makes a better (more expensive) cooler. One with small fans and less heat pipes on the exact same 6800 is slower than one with more, larger fans. Because internally all the 6800 will self regulate its own speed based on how hot it is running.

    MicroCenter frequently stocks a brand called PowerColor which is a decent brand and they specialize in AMD Radeon. Supposedly they carry a few other brands like Asus and MSI but with the current market those inventory almost never show up. Really the only thing you want to check is that sometimes the triple fan cards can be really long, so look at the case specs and it will say something like 'max graphics card size is ...' and then make sure the model card you select will fit (and don't forget to leave space for the CPU radiator cooler). If you're going to buy it all at MC, I recommend you go with the PowerColor 6800 XT Red Devil Overclock triple fan. Oh, and if you didn't notice, there is "6800" and "6800 XT". The XT is the absolute best price to high performance ratio.

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