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TheEmu 8 days ago

I am building my brother a pc for christmas and i have 500-550 dollars to build it. (Not including windows 10, keyboard, mouse, and monitor.) I made this https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WVqQYT I dont know if it would work or if it would be good. If you have any suggestions that would be a lot of help.

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Rin_Itoh 1 point 8 days ago

What games and programs is he going to run? Specifics would be best. What are the target performance and target settings? Does he have a PC that you could just upgrade? Does he have any constraints like noise, space, significant other approval? If you can provide more info then I would love to help you!

TheEmu submitter 1 point 8 days ago

He just wants to play games on it and sometimes do school work. He wants to play some rts games which arent hard to run and battlefield 5. He doesnt have any problems with noise, space or anything else. But he wants 1080p at around 60 fps.

Rin_Itoh 2 points 8 days ago

https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1050-Ti-vs-AMD-RX-570/3649vs3924

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i3-8100-vs-AMD-Ryzen-3-2200G/3942vsm441832

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $93.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $61.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $65.99 @ Adorama
Storage Kingston - A400 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $25.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 570 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card $144.99 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill - FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $21.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $30.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $550.57
Mail-in rebates -$60.00
Total $490.57
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-07 13:09 EST-0500

Give this a look. I linked some benchmarks above the list.

The CPU I switch to Ryzen as it offers superior price/ performance. It performs within 3% of the 8100, which I would describe as 'trading blows'. It is also about $30 USD cheaper than the 8100 giving it a 26% difference in price for a 3% difference in performance.

For the board I went with the cheapest B450 board. This is because the motherboard won't affect gaming performance. The only thing to note here is that it only has 2 DIMM slots. This could pose a problem in the future if he needs more RAM. With that said I had 8 GB for multiple years and was fine. I finally had to upgrade when I needed to run VM's.

The RAM I switched to 8 GB as explained earlier. I bumped it up to 2666 since Ryzen benefits from faster RAM and 2666 is a nice sweet spot in price to performance.

The storage I switched the 2 TB HDD to a 1 TB HDD and added a 120 GB SSD. This is to keep the system nice and snappy while in use since you should install the OS on the SSD. He will then have the 1 TB drive for mass storage of games and the like. I have a 1 TB HDD and haven't filled it yet, despite having multiple large school assignments and lots of games.

The GPU I switch to an RX 570 from a 1050 ti. This is because it is cheaper (as of 12/7/18) and performs about 50% better than the 1050 ti. The model listed there is the 8 GB model, but you could even go down to the 4 GB model and be fine. The 4 GB model is selling on eBay at an average price of $120 USD. This will provide even better price/ performance.

I chose the literal cheapest case on this website. The case will be fine, with the only concern being no front panel USB 3.0, but the case is $20 so you have to give up something. You will not get a window or any fancy RGB (although you could toss in some RGB fans, I don't know why you would do that when you can't seem them) light/ fans, but again, $20 USD. It will also probably not have rounded corners on the metal, so be careful when building.

The PSU is a solid unit from a good company. It will be plenty for this build and even an upgrade or two in the future.

As of 12/7/18 it is also under your $500 budget (I don't know where you are located but this is in USD so it might vary, in which case I can adjust this).

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

TheEmu submitter 1 point 8 days ago

thank you

TheEmu submitter 1 point 8 days ago

So if I was to buy these parts and make it it would boot up perfectly. That is what I am afraid of

Rin_Itoh 2 points 7 days ago

Theoretically, yes. You might run into some problems where something isn't plugged in all the way. There are cases (although very rare) of parts being DOA. Those are the only things I can think of that would keep you from getting a good boot first time.

casino11 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

Gamers Nexus did benchmarks on this cpu and the results were pretty good. You can easily pop in a ryzen cpu and more ram and upgrade the gpu later down the line.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor $54.90 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $64.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Inland - 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $34.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - Radeon RX 570 4 GB ROG STRIX Video Card $149.99 @ Newegg Business
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.68 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Corsair
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $499.38
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-07 13:09 EST-0500
eesti 1 point 8 days ago

This should give you good results in all mentioned games PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $93.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $93.98 @ Newegg
Memory ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $104.99 @ Newegg
Storage Mushkin - Source 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $63.99 @ Newegg
Video Card PowerColor - Radeon RX 570 4 GB RED DRAGON Video Card $144.99 @ Newegg
Case DIYPC - P48-W ATX Mid Tower Case $31.96 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply FSP Group - Berzerker 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $568.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-07 13:11 EST-0500
fredointhecut 1 point 6 days ago

RX 570 > 1050 ti easily. Dual channel 8GB ram is fine for gaming. This build is just to hit the 550 USD target, personally I'd go $15 over budget for a better case like the Phanteks - Eclipse P300 (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/tjNv6h/phanteks-eclipse-p300-blackwhite-atx-mid-tower-case-ph-ec300ptg_bw) for better airflow and aesthetics.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $169.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $64.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $60.98 @ Newegg
Storage Inland - 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus - Radeon RX 570 4 GB ROG STRIX Video Card $149.99 @ Newegg Business
Case Rosewill - SRM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $17.99 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $30.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $574.91
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $554.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-09 04:18 EST-0500