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Nursing Student w/ need for occasional gaming breaks

Steelwolf23
  • 9 months ago

Quick background on me: I retired from the Army in 2018 and went back to school for nursing. I mostly play LoL and D3, but I may get back into WoW once I finish school. I also like to do some photo/video editing for pretty basic stuff like the millions of photos/videos of my 2-year-old.

I've built 3 computers before so I'm familiar with how to build them, but my last rig I built was almost 7 years ago which is why I need a new rig. My current one is starting to go out on me. I haven't been able to pinpoint just yet what the problem is (other than 7 year old pc). I figure that I may as well just build me a new budget gaming pc instead of replacing the GPU which I think is the issue. It just makes more sense to me to build a $500-600 pc now to last me another 5+ years than replace parts of half the cost. I am not really in touch with current PC equipment so I have no idea what to build. That's where you come in to help me. I would ideally like to stay under $500, but I'm also realistic that is difficult to do. My current rig was maybe $750 at the time and couple play Skyrim on ultra graphics when first built. If you can get under $500, please do that but max budget is $650. Thanks!

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  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $148.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $66.99 @ Adorama
Storage HP EX900 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99 @ Amazon
Video Card ASRock Radeon RX 570 8 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card $139.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $41.99 @ Walmart
Power Supply Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Apevia CF12S-BK 57.67 CFM 120 mm Fan $5.77 @ Newegg
Case Fan Apevia CF12S-BK 57.67 CFM 120 mm Fan $5.77 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $636.47
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-02 20:59 EDT-0400
  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel build, you didn't mention needing peripherals if you do i can rework these

CPU - chose i5-9400F - has a cooler included

mobo - has ASRock Bios Flash feature (or whatever they call it)

Ram 2x8 = 16GB DDR4 -2666 - the fastest speed the mobo listed it supports

m2ssd 250 GB for fast boot times

RX 570 GPU - 1080p and 60 fps no problem

the only thing I left out is you may need to add an inexpensive case fan in pull orientation to the back to help flow, i believe the case has 2 or 3 fans included for the front.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $139.99 @ B&H
Motherboard ASRock B360 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $77.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $60.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Blue 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 570 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card $154.90 @ OutletPC
Case Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Walmart
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $607.74
Mail-in rebates -$15.00
Total $592.74
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-02 17:27 EDT-0400

with AMD very similar components, but a bit more room against max budget

cpu has included cooler

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor $104.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $79.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $60.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Blue 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 570 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card $154.90 @ OutletPC
Case Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Walmart
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $574.64
Mail-in rebates -$15.00
Total $559.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-02 17:51 EDT-0400
  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure if Intel Core i5-9400F comes with a heatsink and fan.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

it says it does on this site, and a few reviews mention it being sufficient

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Would my current power supply be able to support this build? https://pcpartpicker.com/product/xnW9TW/cooler-master-power-supply-rs550amaag1 is what's in my current rig. This is my current case https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RHYXsY/nzxt-case-caph240w1 which will suffice. I'm just trying to save a little bit of money as I'm not working right now while in my last 2 semesters of nursing school.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

ya it should be good

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

119.3 FPS average 1080p performance: https://www.gpucheck.com/en-usd/gpu/amd-radeon-rx-590/intel-core-i5-9400f-2-90ghz/high

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $139.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 74.33 CFM CPU Cooler $24.03 @ Amazon
Motherboard *ASRock B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $69.99 @ Walmart
Memory *Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $66.99 @ Adorama
Storage *Mushkin PILOT 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $63.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *MSI Radeon RX 590 8 GB ARMOR Video Card $179.99 @ Newegg
Case *Cougar MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $43.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Best Buy
Case Fan ARCTIC F12 PWM 53 CFM 120 mm Fan $7.89 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan *ARCTIC F12 PWM 53 CFM 120 mm Fan $7.89 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $664.73
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-02 18:08 EDT-0400

21% slower average 1080p performance: https://www.gpucheck.com/en-usd/compare/amd-radeon-rx-570-vs-amd-radeon-rx-590/intel-core-i5-9400f-2-90ghz-vs-intel-core-i5-9400f-2-90ghz/high/high/-vs-

Downgraded video card, Smaller SSD, Cheaper case, Ram may not OC, 1 less fan

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $139.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 74.33 CFM CPU Cooler $24.03 @ Amazon
Motherboard *ASRock B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $69.99 @ Walmart
Memory *Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage HP EX900 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $33.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card *PowerColor Radeon RX 570 4 GB RED DRAGON Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case DIYPC Zondda ATX Mid Tower Case $35.97 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Best Buy
Case Fan ARCTIC F12 PWM 53 CFM 120 mm Fan $7.89 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $561.73
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-02 18:09 EDT-0400
  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor $59.21 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $89.95 @ Walmart
Memory Team Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $67.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Team GX2 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $46.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card $132.51 @ Walmart
Case Thermaltake Versa H18 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $49.99 @ Best Buy
Power Supply EVGA BR 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $516.42
Mail-in rebates -$15.00
Total $501.42
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-02 18:03 EDT-0400
  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen build would play any of your games at 60fps and has 16GB which will help with the photo editing. It also kinda has a red and black theme so if you like looks that is a plus. PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor $104.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $64.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA SU635 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card PowerColor Radeon RX 570 4 GB RED DRAGON Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master MB600L ODD ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic S12III 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $35.98 @ Newegg
Case Fan Anidees AI Halo Crimson Red 39.7 CFM 120 mm Fan $9.90 @ Amazon
Case Fan Anidees AI Halo Crimson Red 39.7 CFM 120 mm Fan $9.90 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $550.52
Mail-in rebates -$45.00
Total $505.52
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-02 21:06 EDT-0400
  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This might be actually pretty perfect. I should be able to use all these in my current case and my 550W power supply will work just fine. Any way I can save some money on the build is best for me at least until I finish school and start my first nursing job.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you everyone. As I start building this, would it be a bad idea to hold off on buying a power supply? Obviously, I'll need to make sure the one I have is large enough to support my build. Assuming it is, I guess I could save some money there by not having to buy one plus the hard drives I have are still good as well as my case.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, the thing with low budget builds is that most people tend to go for the cheapest possible. But if you spend a little bit more, it can make a huge difference. That's kind of what i did here. I see in the other builds a mostly low speed memory, and a rx 570.

The r5 2600 is about the same price as the 9400f but has a huge advantage in photo editing due to double the amount of threads. It also includes a cooler that's perfectly capable of cooling the 2600. And since its a b450 board you combine it with, its capable of overclocking aswell :D

Since ryzen scales great with higher speed memory, thats why i went with 3200 speed memory, its like $5-10 dollars more than the 2666 or 3000 but you'll definitely notice the difference. You could go for an 8gb kit, to save some money if you want to. ram is the easiest part of a pc to replace, so it won't be a big hassle if you decide to go to 16 eventually if you go for 8 now. this is the 8gb set id go for this one. But take into consideration that if you do take 2x4gb now, and decide to go for another 2x4gb kit it has to be the same ram kit and you'll be spending like a total of like $10-20 bucks more.

Also I've added a 240 gb ssd, which should be enough for your OS and some programs, the 1 tb hdd would be enough for you to store all your photos and games and documents.

I've picked the rx 580 over the rx570 because its only a bit more expensive but can make the difference between a smooth experience or not. But the rx 570 is an insane bang for the buck card. take a look for yourself

The case is, however its fairly cheap, a great case. It has nice reviews and looks good aswell. Not anything special about it tho. You can also go with this case it has an optical drive bay, so you can get a cd player or card reader in there.

All this for less than 600 :D

Powesupply is good, nothing special about it. has enough wattage aswell. If you have any questions feel free to ask :D

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $132.90 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $67.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $29.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.95 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card $159.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $34.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 520 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $41.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $650.58
Mail-in rebates -$70.00
Total $580.58
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-03 06:07 EDT-0400
  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/xnW9TW/cooler-master-power-supply-rs550amaag1 https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RHYXsY/nzxt-case-caph240w1 The links are to my current power supply and case. Both of these should work with the parts you selected right? The only concern I had was whether the mobo would fit since it's a micro. According to the specs, it accommodates a micro mobo unless I'm reading it wrong. If I save on the case, power supply, and the storage drives (I have a 250 SSD primary boot drive and 1 TB HDD plus a 4 TB external HD) then I could splurge a little on memory or even CPU. Seems memory would be the better choice though right? Also, I didn't think about the fact that I need 4 USB slots as I have 2 wireless mouse, keyboard, and webcam. I use a specialized mouse while my wife uses a different one.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats great! Yes, your case fits the motherboard, but you can go for an atx one if you like, this one maybe if you keep those parts, I'd use the extra money for a better cpu or gpu, maybe both if you can fit it in your budget. The current mobo has 7 usb ports + an usb c one. You'll be fine :D

Something like this maybe, keep in mind that you can apply for the amd update kit to update your bios so it can run ryzen 3000 series cpu's.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $199.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $69.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $67.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card $264.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $636.87
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $601.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-03 15:14 EDT-0400

EDIT: added the motherboard in the text section.

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