I had a friend ask me to build a gaming PC for him. I am using the following part list:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
He is targeting 1080p60-75 (FreeSync) and his budget is $1k all in. Peripherals are the cheapest available just to get him up and running, he will buy better ones later on.
Any feedback/criticism is appreciated!
Pass on the wireless keyboard and mouise.
I am not going to post a parts list like most people will but I will say this.
If you want, I would be more than happy to put a build together for you for <$1000, but I think your build already looks good, just needs some tweaks.
PS: Are you near a Microcenter?
RGB RAM, Case, and ODD are non negotiable - those are the only things he picked.
PCP wattage calculator shows 294W, I figured ~150W was enough headroom and might even support a mild OC, how much wattage would you recommend if I stick with the 580?
I will look into 850 vs 1660 again, my understanding was that 580 is considerably better value but 1660 is better performance (though I may have been looking at 1660ti).
Thanks for the feedback.
With a 2600 mildly OC'd and an RX 580, you are looking at closer to 350-360W while full load gaming which would be about 80% of the PSU rated wattage. This would be perfectly fine IMO if it were a better quality PSU, but 80% load for 6-8 hour sessions will degrade the PSU faster. Am I being overly cautions? Yes. Would it probably be fine? Also yes..
Dollar for Dollar performance (@1080p) assuming the RX 580 is $170 and the GTX 1660 is $220, the 1660 actually has better price to performance ratio.. So since your RX 580 is $180, the 1660 is even more of a winner. Source.
EDIT: The power consumption I was looking at was misconstrued using old data. With the current PSU, you are looking at 70% load. While that is still fine, I would still recommend going up to a 550 which will put the load closer to 50% which will give it peak efficiency and longevity.. But as I said above, it will probably be fine anyways, I am just overly cautious, especially when we are talking about $10.
I feel like this is a better build for gaming experience. Storage and optical could be added to later.
(Also, does he really need a Blu-ray drive? I left it there just in case he does.)
You could get a 2TB drive for the price of that 1TB HDD (either a Seagate or Hitachi in 7200rpm or WD in 5600rpm. I'd go with a Hitachi). Normally I'd recommend going straight to the 3TB drives, but they seem to have suddenly gotten expensive... (with a 4TB Seagate cheaper than all of them at ~$75).
Note that the SSD isn't a real "m.2-2280" device but plugs into one of those ports and connects via SATA. If your friend hates cables, that is certainly a plus, but any reliable 500GB SATA drive will be faster (although probably a few bucks more).
RGB memory seems goofy, depends how much bling you want.
I'll note that the 8G RX580 video card includes a $20 rebate that doesn't appear to be shown, so it should compare well to the $220 GTX1660. You might want a different power supply.
One more point about the bluray writer: a quick sanity check lists 50 bluray discs (1.2TB) at ~$35. Adding an additional terabyte of space on the HDD is a few bucks for the first one and ~$35 for a 4TB HDD (it won't be 7200rpm, but optical discs are much slower). It really only makes sense if you need backups too small for flash, too big for the cloud or you want to transfer video to a TV via sneakernet.
PS: while it is traditional here to leave out the price of windows, don't spring it as a last minute detail if it blows the budget.
I doubt the Blu-ray drive is intended for writing Blu-ray discs; more likely, the intent is to be able to play Blu-ray movies using this build. I checked, and the selected drive is the cheapest one listed on PCPP with Blu-ray playback capability. It just happens to be able to write Blu-ray discs as well.
ouch. Microcenter used to have plenty of cheap OEM optical drives. Last week I went there and saw only one model, at least as expensive as this burner (I'm not sure if it did bluray or not). The world changes.