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Build Advice Newbuild gaming rig

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by thewelshbrummie, 4 Dec 2020.

  1. thewelshbrummie

    thewelshbrummie Minimodder

    29 Aug 2009
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    Just after some thoughts on a new rig for myself.

    I'm now in the US so am starting over. After 4+ years of planning I'm finally in the position with the budget and means (i.e. usable US bank account) to go ahead with the build.

    Budget, including monitor is $2K before .

    The only hardware I have is a UK keyboard (I refuse to use a US layout on principle) and Bluetooth mouse. I do have a spare 10 Pro Windows licence so that's covered.

    It's intended to be a gaming rig but with GPU overpricing/scalping/lack of stock I'm happy to build the rest and wait on the GPU for now, since it's replacing an empty space on my desk/my 5 year old HP laptop that desperately needs a Windows reinstall (it's the only computer me and my wife have that works 90+% of the time). There's little point in waiting for DDR5 or new CPUs when it's replacing an empty space.

    Targeting 1440p/60Hz. Anything more than that will be excessive. As it stands, Red Dead 2 is the toughest challenge it will face for the time being.

    I also want something smaller than the Antec 1200 used in my UK rig but big enough for multiple HDDs so that I can use it for bulk data storage, in part so I can have a proper backup for the data on my UK rig. Something that can hold 3 or more 3.5" HDDs is needed for 3x8TB+ drives (it's a variety of data so I don't really need a NAS - keeping everything in the same box is preferable).

    Thinking of the following:
    Case: Thermaltake Core v21 ($70) (3x 3.5", 3x 2.5" slots)
    Motherboard: Asus Z490-G (wifi) (£233)
    CPU: Intel 10600K ($260)
    Cooler: EK-AIO 240 ($169)
    RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3600 ($92)
    SSD (boot): SK Hynix P31 1TB ($135)
    PSU: Seasonic Focus 750 Platinum ($144)
    Monitor: TBC (possibly Dell U2520D @$360 - I find 27" monitors too big)
    GPU: ideally 3060Ti or 3070, when they're at RRP.

    I'm up to $1450 pre-sales tax for the above, not including a GPU or monitor arm (probably need one considering the 2 cats we have that love hanging out on the desk.

    Basically I'm planning on building in the next month. Intel non-F makes sense considering the GPU shortage, but I'd go that way anyway as I want an mATX board with 6x SATA, 2x m.2 and wifi and the Asus board above is the only board with all of that without compromise that I can find. I can't find anything on the AMD side with all of that (and that's before we get to the lack of APUs that are 6 core and not OEM).

    Obviously the PSU can be swapped out for something cheaper but I'm after a fully modular unit with 650W minimum for a 3060TI, 750W for a 3070 should that make sense. Alternatives would be great.

    Keep in mind that I haven't upgraded for 7 years and despite moving across the pond it's only now that I'd consider upgrading my 4670K had I stayed in the UK. I'm intending this build to last a similar amount of time.

    Any suggestions/thoughts on the above?
  2. yuusou

    yuusou Multimodder

    5 Nov 2006
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    How about something like this: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nhnDJf

    You can easily replace the CPU with a 5600X when it's more readily available.
    I got the monitor price from Acer themselves.
    Everything else seems attainable.

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