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Help me save some money?

AdamCBlank

30 months ago

Intended Use:

  • Gaming - Strategy/4X Games (Civ V/VI, X-Com EU/2, CK2, etc), Sim-style games (Cities: Skylines, EuroTruck Sim, etc), Racing Games (Dirt 3, Project CARS, etc)

  • Some SolidWorks modelling, though that's mostly done at work.

  • Would also like to be VR-ready, but not a must-have.

Desired performance: 1080-1400p, 60+ fps, high+ settings. FreeSync/GSync ideally.

Notes: In Canada. I have a Windows 10 License.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $326.28 @ Vuugo
Motherboard ASRock AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $111.87 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $158.18 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Transcend MTS600 64GB M.2-2260 Solid State Drive $57.63 @ Amazon Canada
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $66.47 @ Vuugo
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB AORUS 8G Video Card $361.58 @ NCIX
Case DIYPC DIY-N8-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case $45.18 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply Rosewill 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $73.43 @ Newegg Canada
Monitor AOC G2260VWQ6 21.5" 1920x1080 75Hz Monitor $158.18 @ Newegg Canada
Keyboard Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $15.79 @ DirectCanada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1374.59
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 14:40 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried the best I could to make some changes. I went with the cheaper 1400. I don't think you'll notice too much of a difference. Also, instead of the M.2 and HDD, I opted for a single SSD. It won't be a lot of storage to start out with, but it's always very easy to put in another HDD. The 120GB should last you a decent amount of time if you don't plan on downloading gigantic games. I also went with a slightly cheaper monitor and GPU.

I hope I at least gave you some ideas on how you could cut down costs.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $217.38 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard ASRock AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $99.00 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $139.99 @ Newegg Canada
Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.98 @ DirectCanada
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB Gaming 8G Video Card $309.99 @ NCIX
Case DIYPC DIY-N8-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply Rosewill 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Newegg Canada
Monitor AOC E2260SWDN 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor $100.50 @ Vuugo
Keyboard Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $13.98 @ DirectCanada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1050.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 15:17 EDT-0400
  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the ideas.

I do engineering work, so the extra cores/threads of the R5 1600 are useful for me, and probably better bang for my buck in the long run.

I also definitely need 1TB+ total storage, as I do save a decent amount of photo/video on my computer.

The GPUs were the same cost when I added them to the parts list the other day, so I went with the one with the higher clock. I guess I'll have to keep an eye on the 580 prices, since it's so new.

Edit: would it be worth saving a couple bucks to go with the 580 4GB instead of 8?

The monitor suggestion was helpful. Do you think FreeSync is worth a ~$40 (+tax) premium if I don't play much in the way of FPS/fast-twitch games?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, I'm not sure. 4GB is plenty right now for 1080p but 8GB will hold up longer in the future. And yes, 60hz will do just fine if you play semi-casually. Maybe you could try one out in a store to see for yourself.

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