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    $1500 PC budget

    Hey guys, I know this type of thread is old and maybe boring for some.
    But I'm looking for a good rig to build from the ground up for $1500 or less.
    Only caveat is I'd prefer an Nvidia gpu and 1tb SSD. Will being gaming at 1440p

    Open to suggestions for everything else.
    This is what I tossed together as a maybe, thus far. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8cXQHh

    Thanks!

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    Do you need an OS?
    Do you need peripherals (e.g. monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc)?

    Just so we can get a better idea of what you need
    Also, there's a reason we have the build/upgrade subforum
    Last edited by Temp name; 2019-03-20 at 04:16 PM.

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    Did not know there was a subforum. My bad
    The budget is 1500
    1440p resolution
    Pretty much newer games, high settings at least would be desired.
    Country is USA
    This computer will be used only for gaming. Not even interested in overclocking
    I have win10 Pro key
    Dont need any peripherals, already have a nice a 1440p monitor with gsync

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    https://pcpartpicker.com/ <- Great website for making your own build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Stormbringer View Post
    https://pcpartpicker.com/ <- Great website for making your own build.
    I mean, he.. literally linked to PCPP in his OP..
    Quote Originally Posted by Iannis View Post
    Did not know there was a subforum. My bad
    The budget is 1500
    1440p resolution
    Pretty much newer games, high settings at least would be desired.
    Country is USA
    This computer will be used only for gaming. Not even interested in overclocking
    I have win10 Pro key
    Dont need any peripherals, already have a nice a 1440p monitor with gsync
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($184.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($135.88 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($147.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Black Video Card ($729.99 @ B&H)
    Case: NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($113.30 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1497.03
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-20 13:57 EDT-0400

    Ryzen instead of Intel since at 1440p CPU doesn't matter as much
    Went to a SATA SSD instead of NVMe because it really doesn't matter for gaming. At all. It only affects performance if you're moving large files often (with 10gb or more links), or opening files that are above 600MB/s
    Case is whatever, just pick something you think looks nice
    PSU is overkill, could easily step down to 650W

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    * Gonna need a case.
    * Your PSU is overkill; could drop it to a 550/650. Gold vs Platinum you're looking at 2%-ish watt savings over lifetime. Will depend on how long you're planning to use the build before upgrading but plat might be worth it.
    * I'd recommend doubling up on memory to 32GB. 2400mhz is fine for gaming, higher is important only for other uses (work, video editing etc). Difference between 2400mhz and 3200 might be 2-4 fps. But running out of memory will cause page-filing and disk writes resulting in significant drops.
    * GPU is your biggest improvement here. You want to buy the absolute most you can and stay under cost. This might mean an nvidia 2080 or 2070, or dropping a bit to something like a 1660ti, or amd's rx580/rx590.

    If volume is an issue, consider after-market fans as most fans that come with cases are either loud or terrible (as quiet and powerful are expensive, figure $15-$30 per).
    Last edited by Ghrell; 2019-03-20 at 06:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Temp name View Post
    I mean, he.. literally linked to PCPP in his OP..
    I admit, I just kinda skimmed over it.

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    Modular power supply, the most important thing if you don't want useless unused wires everywhere in your case.
    “If you don't believe me that is too damn bad!”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghrell View Post
    * Gonna need a case.
    He said work in progress..
    * Your PSU is overkill; could drop it to a 550/650. Gold vs Platinum you're looking at 2%-ish watt savings over lifetime. Will depend on how long you're planning to use the build before upgrading but plat might be worth it.
    Depends how quiet you want it. If you want silence, either go overkill or passive, both are expensive
    * I'd recommend doubling up on memory to 32GB. 2400mhz is fine for gaming, higher is important only for other uses (work, video editing etc). Difference between 2400mhz and 3200 might be 2-4 fps. But running out of memory will cause page-filing and disk writes resulting in significant drops.
    He said he literally was only doing gaming.. And for gaming and even light content creation, 16 is plenty
    * GPU is your biggest improvement here. You want to buy the absolute most you can and stay under cost. This might mean an nvidia 2080 or 2070, or dropping a bit to something like a 1660ti, or amd's rx580/rx590.
    It's quite easy to get to a 2080 at that budget.. If someone sells you a system for 1500 USD and it has a 580/equivalent, they're ripping you off

    If volume is an issue, consider after-market fans as most fans that come with cases are either loud or terrible (as quiet and powerful are expensive, figure $15-$30 per).
    Agreed. Noctua NF-F12s, NF-A12s, NF-F14s and be quiet! Silent Wings 3 are all very good fans that are super quiet under full load.
    Corsair ML series are also decent, but I really don't like how the casing looks

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    A good case like the nzxt h500. Add a note range card like the 2070. Could wait a few months and get a QVO from Samsung, which should be about half the price

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