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TotallyWafflez 27 days ago

https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/list/jmF2sZ Please use NZ as your location and not go above $100 if possible. The one I chose had quite a few negitive reviews, so wanted to ask your oppinions. Thanks in advance :)

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LIVE_AMMO 1 point 27 days ago

The AC55 BT already added is great - regardless of user reviews I've had this model in the past and never faced any intermittent connection losses in a dense homely environment (something i recall mentioned in a few reviews).

Although, here's what i'm currently using both at home and in the office and it's flawless!! https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/product/tTdqqs/gigabyte-wireless-network-card-gcwb867di I picked these up for around £30 in the UK hence I wouldn't pay more than $60-$70 NZ-dollars. Try looking around for a more reasonably priced offer or stick with the AC55

TotallyWafflez submitter 1 point 27 days ago

I did have a look the the gigabyte one, but it was more of a 'better get something that works' than a 'better get something better' if you know what I mean. Now that I look at it most wifi adapters have at lest some bad reviews (probably because ethernet is still better), so I'll probably keep the one I have on my list.

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 27 days ago

BTW- You've got a microATX board for a mid-ATX tower. Fully compatible but sight for sore eyes if internal aesthetics matter (cables hanging down in full view)

If its of concern, either opt for a standard ATX mobo or a Micro form factor case. You could also drop the dedicated wifi PCIE card for a mobo with integrated wifi.

TotallyWafflez submitter 1 point 27 days ago

I am aware of that, but I seem to be able to get the best value from a mATX mobo and an ATX case

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 27 days ago

Totally makes sense. I had a quick crack at seeing whether we could play around with the build without compromising performance and I have to admit I see what you're up against! NZ-prices and parts availability is a tough one! Great build though, for the budget.

Here's what i did come up with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $278.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Motherboard MSI - B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX AM4 Motherboard $275.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Memory ADATA - XPG GAMMIX D10 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $199.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Storage Western Digital - Blue 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.00 @ Paradigm PCs
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $68.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Video Card Sapphire - Radeon RX 580 8 GB PULSE Video Card $368.98 @ PB Technologies
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $93.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Power Supply Corsair - TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $148.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Case Fan Corsair - ML120 Pro 75 CFM 120mm Fan $36.95 @ Computer Lounge
Monitor AOC - C24G1 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor -
Keyboard Razer - Blackwidow Tournament Edition Stealth Wired Gaming Keyboard $74.97 @ PB Technologies
Speakers Logitech - Z333 40 W 2.1ch Speakers $94.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1712.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-24 11:33 NZDT+1300
  • ATX standard sized board + integrated WIFI (comes with an antenna included - good stuff!)

  • x1 case fan which is sufficient for the time being. x2 for intake will knock off a few degrees here and there, nothing significant. What you would have essentially, is the pre-installed fan which comes with the case at the rear and the aftermarket one at the 'bottom' front. Later, you'll want to pick up 2 additional fans for a 2x2 volume shift where better airflow improvements are a possibility.

Anyway - just a suggestion, the initial load up was good enough!!

TotallyWafflez submitter 1 point 27 days ago

looks good, but just wanted to ask, how much better will the mobo wifi be?

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 27 days ago

Very similar performance, not necessarily better, nor worse.

What you essentially have is what one would expect in 2019, AC-protocol for x3 faster bandwidth speeds over the n-range, dual banding and theoretical speed rankings between 1.3-2.0Gbps (although these ranks are never true for any consumer-level wifi). Simply great performing tech, reliable and delivers as expected!

TotallyWafflez submitter 1 point 27 days ago

sounds good, i'll look into the mobo