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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by veato, 9 Jun 2017.

  1. veato

    veato I should be working

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    Some background - my last self built PC goes back to a Q6600 and the last 6 years I have been a Mac user. Whilst the Mac has served me well I feel like it's time for an upgrade and I'm toying with the idea of building a Windows PC. Being out of the game for so long though I'm going to need some advice.

    Requirements - I use my Mac for photo editing quite a lot. Not just touch-ups but some pretty intensive macro focus stacking for example. I also like gaming and have played recently the likes of Xcom 2, Planet Coaster and Elite Dangerous. So whilst I'm happy to game at 1080p I do want something similar to the Mac 27" 1440p screen. Finally the PC will sit in the lounge so it needs to be compact, quiet, not full of RGB LEDs and no noisy mechanical keyboard. I also have no current interest in overclocking.

    I've looked at the Bit-tech buyers guide, hardware reviews, etc and as a starting point found the following. Some components aren't specific as I'm undecided e.g. case design, graphics card brand, etc so please feel free to fill in any blanks, suggest alternatives and improvements, etc.

    • Windows 10 Home [£90]
    • Corsair/Logitech Mouse [£50]
    • Logitech Keyboard [£50]
    • 27" 2560x1440 Monitor [£300]
    • Micro ATX Case [£70]
    • Micro ATX Motherboard [£90]
    • Ryzen 5 1600X [£260]
    • 16GB Corsair DDR4 3000Mhz [£130]
    • GTX 1060 6GB [£230]
    • 2TB Seagate 7200rpm [£60]
    • 525GB Corsair MX300 [£150]
    • Corsair RM650 PSU [£102]
    • Cooler [n/a]
    • Approx £1600
     
  2. David

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    Couple of things:

    Ditch th R5 1600X, go for the R5 1600 and save yourself £60.
    Choose your board and then select the RAM from the board's QVL list.
     
  3. veato

    veato I should be working

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    I take it the 'X' isn't worth the premium even if you're not overclocking then?
     
  4. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    It is if you are totally adverse to overclocking. There's quite a MHZ difference IIRC?

    However how hard can it be to type, for example, 37 and 1.375?
     
  5. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    If you buy the 1600X you will need a cooler - it doesn't come with one.

    If you buy the 1600 you get the Wraith Spire cooler and so you won't need to buy one - it's a good'un too
     
  6. veato

    veato I should be working

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    All things considered I guess the 1600 is the way to go then.
     
  7. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    The wraith spire is more than good enough for an overclock and it's dead simple too. Most motherboards will allow you just to enter a custom CPU ratio and then will sort out voltages for you. Literally 1 minute in the BIOS and you can have a 1600X for £60 less.
     
  8. Vault-Tec

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    I'd say so, unless you want to push on for the 1700.

    In the Ryzen 7 series it's mad to pay more than the 1700. Same goes for the 1600 really. The difference in the lower end ones is a difference though. IIRC the 1500X has more cache so it's faster than the 1400.

    But yeah, the two top tiers? 1600 or 1700 all day.
     

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