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Goosemon 29 days ago

Current Parts List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/x8RLmq

  • Budget: Around $1800
  • Location: NY, USA
  • Use: Programming, media consumption, potential for gaming
  • Peripherals required: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers
  • Operating System required: Windows 10

Hello, I currently have no PC at home and would like to build my very first one, mainly to get into coding. However, I would also use it as my Plex media server and if it's not too far off budget I would future-proof it in case I get into gaming or VR.

I picked the current parts list mostly just based on what had the highest rating for each recommended part, but I'm really not sure what's necessary or where I can decrease costs.

If possible, I'd like to find parts that can accommodate a purple, blue, white lighting style, in a black case with a full tempered glass side panel. I'd appreciate any advice on what I can replace with a less expensive part or if anything is incompatible, as well as what will make for a fairly simple build since I have zero experience.


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kschendel 1 Build 3 points 29 days ago

I wouldn't start with a generations-old CPU and a relatively weak GPU. How about something like this, with a much better CPU/GPU combination. I haven't tried to do anything with color scheme but the case does have a window as well as excellent airflow.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $289.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Thermalright - Macho Rev.B 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler $49.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX AM4 Motherboard $143.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $84.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $114.99 @ B&H
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GAMING Video Card $278.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $94.99 @ Walmart
Power Supply Antec - Earthwatts Gold Pro 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $113.49 @ OutletPC
Monitor MSI - Optix MAG241C 23.6" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor $199.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1471.19
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $1441.19
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-24 09:55 EDT-0400

I didn't include keyboard, mouse, speakers as I have no opinion on them. The 2700X is probably overkill unless you are into a lot of multi-threaded stuff, you could consider a 2600X instead to save some money.

Goosemon submitter 1 point 28 days ago

Thanks for the insight! I do like the case you picked and I will definitely consider the amd cpu and gsi mobo you swapped in, as well as the bump up in storage. Should I be concerned with any of the compatibility issues that are flagged?

kschendel 1 Build 2 points 28 days ago

They are all harmless. The m.2 messages just say that if you install one or more m.2 drives, one or more SATA ports are disabled (the rest still work). The CPU cooler message says that you might need a separate AM4 mount, but AM4 has been around long enough that I'd expect current stock to include it. And if not, you can get the mount separately easily enough.

Goosemon submitter 1 point 28 days ago

Ok very good, thanks again!