i just thought something together tbh. ;)
Case: Fractal Meshify C is one of the most popular cases available. It looks great and provides plenty of airflow.
PSU: EVGA 500 Watt 80 Plus provides great value and provides enough power for all your computer needs.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is one of the most popular CPU's on the market. It provides great value, along with stellar performance.
Motherboard: MSI B550M Pro-Vdh (Wifi) is an efficient motherboard with high quality assembly, along with Wifi connectivity.
I went with a dream build that would have included a Nvidia 3090, but I did not see the option. Your builder is really awesome, and it will be SO much better when everything is in stock. :)
The true family pc. Proxmox and virtualize and have 3 family members playing on one computer.
Raid 1 on 2tb NVME drives.
Radeon 6800XT x3, one for each family member
Maxing out the ram at 128 GB.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. Can split out the cores to the virtualization.
Could add HDDs to then have a NAS included int he virtualization.
So I choose these parts because I game plus Are use my computer for the industry I am in iamb in the film industry so I do a lot of editing photo editing. Writing scripts everything I use my computer for basically everything I need. With that in mind I picked for this building I picked a 3090 Because I would love one just to window stuff fast and don’t have to deal with the slow when doing I also picked 64 GB of RAM because I feel like that is a good gb rang. I went with the AMD 9050 Because it is the flagship CPU plus that CPU also would help me with the rendering and picture editing I do. I did MSI motherboard and GPU because I have MSI in all my computers that I have now and I love them so that is one thing I normally build with and then my other favorite parts are Corsair The parts that is Corsair are Water cooling kit Because that will keep the computer cool it might be a little overboard but I always love the custom loop wanted to do something different for this build. Also the case the ram and fans are Corsair. I went with a 1 TB m.2 for the boot drive and a 4 TB storage drive to save all my work. So I built some thing for work and For gaming
for my build I went with a work and gaming. The walk side is for editing videos at 4K Editing 4K pictures streaming at 1440 or 4K and playing games on ultra setting at 1440 or 4K. Should be a very beast of a machine at when doing with all the top of the line equipment in the machine. Should have no issues playing a game or doing work on the Computer
nice build with great features even a 3d printer.
My ideology behind my parts selection was simply Options. With the R7 3700, you have the option for streaming, gaming, and programming if you're into these things. The RTX 2060, assuming it was in stock and priced properly, would be an affordable way to get great FPS and quality in your game(s) and get a decent VR experience to start. The motherboard was selected for the chipset and for its Gen4 PCIe slot for excellent compatibility with later generations of Gen4 cards, making for an excellent upgrade path. The RAM was selected for its speed, capacity, and a little bit of RGB bling, same with the cooler selection. Great performance, with a solid upgrade path with the option to add an additional two sticks, and a nice bit of bling. As for the case. I would've gone with a Corsair 5000D AF for obvious airflow reasons, but the 4000D AF works just fine, it was also one of the only Corsair cases on the products list at the time of me making this comment. Storage was chosen around "I want certain things to be fast and have lots of storage for just things in general". A 1TB Samsung 870 EVO for the OS and any additional programs you'd like to have quick and near immediate access to, with a 4TB Seagate BarraCuda for general mass data storage/hoarding.
All in all, while it's not a computer you can build with your 5 McDonald's paychecks working part time, it's certainly an affordable build for a burgeoning PC enthusiast with a solid upgrade path with great performance to run out the gate with.
I did not include things like the OS because lets face it, most people are buying cheap OEM keys on other websites.
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Never done this before, but I tried my best https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=c7074e7f-767f-417d-82fc-edd7e88d5cbe. I started with a cheaper AMD CPU and motherboard to keep the cost down. The base graphics card seemed good for a starter so I kept that in there.
I also specced a dream PC build that I will probably never be able to afford: https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=f56c1df3-e5da-47da-8933-df364a231977
I feel like this is a pretty decent $2k build. It's going to get you very high gameplay at 1080, 1440, and you could even dip your toes into some 4k gaming because of the 3070. I kind of like the blue, purple, and black color that MSI uses in their product pictures, so I chose a few parts from them. I matched the case fans with the case, which happens to be Corsair. I chose the 4000D airflow as my case and put in six LL120 fans. I included a 970 evo plus as a boot drive (1tb), and a 4tb hard drive from Seagate for bigger files. I only chose 16 gigs of ram, however, they are at 3600mhz and are CL16. I feel it would fit well into the build, and you can always buy two kits for 32 gigs. For a power supply, i went with a 750 watt, 80+ gold certified supply from EVGA, their SuperNOVA 750 GT. Fully modular, and should leave you with enough headroom if you wanted to get a beefier 30 series card, a high end 6000 series card from AMD, or a next gen card in the coming years. I included no peripherals or windows key, but if you want a decent monitor, keyboard, mouse, and a legit key, expect to spend an extra $400-600. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=8ffd2545-4bc9-46be-a058-37521440d89f
Honestly I just like throwing all the best or reasonably best parts into a build just to see what the prices are like then scale back when I actually go to purchase. Would have prefered ryzen 5, but your builder didn't make it available. Added a high capacity m.2 and 250mm ssd. Note when I went through your description for 870 EVOs and even QVO called them MLC when they are TLC and QLC respectively. I like high capacity ssd storage as I have slow download speeds so I keep games on my drives longer than I should In case my friends and I cycle back through them.
Overall I focused more on just 1440P gaming, as I think FPS>resolution, with some cpu overhead for future gpu upgrades. Other than that is was selecting a reasonable example of what I might want, but understand if I were buying I would spend days or weeks researching and agonizing over every part. Your builder likewise is missing parts as options even though I know I've seen you carry them in the past. And I don't mean the placeholder for gpus, which I think was a good design choice.
As to why I think my build is better, when I loaded your build, it didn't have primary parts, just like a case and gpu, so mine actually works, even if overpriced for my needs
I chose this as a full fledged video editing and gaming rig. Though not the top per core speed, it will do very high end gaming while still crunching through large video projects. For added bonus, the RGB fans will increase the systems visual appeal in the room. This build will allow further upgrade when RTX 3090s become available again or when they release the next series as the system is fully PCIe 4 compatible. This was a dream big build as its cost is definitely living on the red planet waiting for Elon to bring Doge over.
I made my dream pc with a pleanty of rgb!
The "no compromise" build, having rgb yet elegant. Can handle gaming, video editing, 3d animation without any problems - all yours if you mortgage the house.
I took your base build.....and then changed absolutely everything. I chose to build a "Do-Everything" build so I went with a Threadripper CPU and motherboard combination for heavy multithreaded tasks when using it as a workstation. Coupled with that CPU I selected 128gb of 3200mhz Corsair Vengeance ram, again, for workstation purposes. I've got an enormous PSU to feed that 64-core Threadripper as well as the gigantic 25gb RTX 3090 that will handle just about any workload as well as any game for when you're done working. A 980 PRO 2TB M.2 SSD will be the Windows 10 Pro boot drive, an extra one just for fun, a 8tb 2.5" SSD for games, and a 10tb HDD for bulk storage. All inside a beautiful Lian-Li eATX case. Alongside the PC will be an Asus ProArt display for color accuracy in workstation situations and right next to it will be another ASUS 27" display, this time with a much higher refresh rate for gaming. Both 1440p resolution. I think that should handle just about anything.
Tried to avoid RGB. Aren´t there any cases without a windowed side panel to achieve a unobtrusive, clean look. Other than that it´s a build with lots of OC-capability, and a good Price-to-Perfomance-Ratio.
I chose an AMD APU build because graphics cards are hard to come by at MSRP and an Intel i3 10100f may be faster in cpu but has a slower integrated graphics which will need an actual graphics card for games other than esports titles which will raise the price
Though the 3200G is acceptable for 720p gaming, a B450 board would allow for some overclocking of the gpu portion for more performance and having an APU means when a graphics cards are more accessible at lower prices, you just have to slot in the gpu for an upgrade.
The 16gb of RAM at 3000mhz is very important for the 3200G since it will use the system ram as VRAM and having it at single channel will hurt performance below an acceptable level.
I chose the Lian Li LANCOOL 205 since it has a more reasonable case price while having two fans with a decent amount possible airflow. I decided on a microATX case because a microATX motherboard with an full ATX case will make cables more visible and the computer seem empty inside even more since this is an 3200G build. It also has a PSU basement to hide cables for a cleaner build.
The PowerSpec 650W semi modular was chosen for its semi modularity to reduce cable management and 650W allowing room for a good amount of gpus options to upgrade to.
240gb boot SSD may not be too large but its enough to fit a few games while speeding up the operating system complimented by a 1tb 7200RPM drive to hold the biggest of games. I would have chosen a 2tb Seagate but was too expensive and 1tb is enough unless you specifically need 2tb.
And that's my build, an entry level gaming pc without a graphics card but one with enough power to run most games at 720p with the option to overclock to make an almost playable game, playable. It will also be upgradable since the power supply can provide the wattage for a future gpu upgrade. And because its around $500, this is a possible build for the winner of the giveaway.
This is what I call the white out, if you can get the 3060 for msrp, then it will be just about $2000. This is my dream pc (That's attainable), and hopefully what I can build this summer (preferably with a $500 boost from a gift card). Also, hi Microcenter admin!
I decided to make an all-out beast. A total machine, can run anything 300 fps+. Its power makes up for its size.
I call it, The Little Friend 🖥️
So this is what I tried to come up with (which is a bit of a yolo, having forgotten how easily the budget can get eaten up by stuff).
Definitely not the best, but as a "full" build, it's not bad. Would have loved more RGB, but that's the sacrifices we make (no RGB has worked for me over the past few years anyway).
Upgrade build would look very different though (would consider more RGB lol).
I picked this CPU for its cheap price, and the fact that the 3100 (or the 5100 when it launches) is not available. For RAM, i was thinking two 4gb sticks, but i had spare budget haha. This will get the job done quite well, and will allow you to upgrade both the CPU and the GPU later when more is available.
Case was just the cheapest available, it is nice and compact.
I started from scratch and actually made a build close to what I am building for a friend. Here are the parts and why:
CPU 3700x - awesome CPU no real explanation needed for this.
MOBO - MSI - B550M PRO-VDH (WiFi) AMD AM4 microATX Motherboard - I don't put to much emphasis on my motherboard because most fancy features aren't needed
Ram - Crucial - Ballistix RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit - Black - Same deal as mobo. Just name fastest clocked brand with the style that my friend picked out :)
Case - Corsair - Crystal 280X RGB Tempered Glass microATX Mini-Tower Computer Case - Super easy to build in. I am not so much a fan of the 2 part style, but this is actually the case my buddy picked out for its more industrial look.
PSU - Corsair - RM750 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply = 750W - powerful, efficient and pretty decent base on the tier lists that are out there.
GPU - EVGA - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Gaming Dual-Fan 12GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card - The base tier is plenty decent for everything and anything these day (outside of a few exceptions of course). EVGA did a great job this gen and love their line of 30 cards with the sleek black design.
SSD - WD - Blue SN550 1TB (WDS100T2B0C) M.2 NVMe Interface PCIe 3.0 x4, up to 2400MB/s, Internal Solid State Drive with 3D TLC NAND, 2280 - 1TB of storage from a reputable source.
CPU Cooler - Noctua - NH-D15S CPU Cooler - Probably overkill for a 3700x but leaves plenty of headroom for an upgrade
Thanks for the contest! The builder is seamless, but still needs a bit of work. Compatibility filters are a little over-zealous. Namely if you select an mATX board the results will only show you mATX cases rather than all ATX cases as well. Same deal with the CPU cooler. Some full bodied coolers will work with a micro case so there is no need to filter down to just low profile blocks.
You know this build is not about the budget it's about true performance, this is my dream build and if MICRO CENTRAL want's that can give me this, PC as a birthday gift 🎁 you may think what they would de that..................... 🤨You know it MICRO CENTRAL
This is a build for the average person who doesn't want to spend too much on a PC, but still play games in the free time. I call it 'The Beginning,' because it is a full pc build fro $800. It includes a keyboard, mouse, monitor, headset, all adapters and cables needed, and the PC itself. This closely reflects my first build, that I mowed tons of yards to get money for it.
It is also designed to be affordable in this day and age, with that strange thing they're talking about, and the electronics prices. I included the Ryzen 3 3200G with Vega 8 graphics, one of the best iGPUs in the market. I imagine that the price would go down even more when (yes, when) this is all over and prices are back to normal!
I included a 240gb ssd, and a 2tb hdd, the ssd for boot and the hdd for games. The psu is the same one from the starter build. I went with 16gb of ram, as that is all that should be needed. The stock cooler should do just fine.
The keyboard + mouse + headset combo is the same one I have, I LOVE it a lot. As for the fans, you can't really go wrong with Arctic!
It is also future proof, as you can (somewhat) easily replace the cpu, add a graphics card, change out the storage, add more ram, etc.
Just selected some of the most expensive things.
Looking to be a bit "Future Proof" without going overboard. Did not skimp on the MB audio.
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