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Need Opinions on These Two Builds

yveshe

16 months ago

A friend of mine wants a new build to replace her aging laptop. She's pretty much the average PC user but wants her games to run above 60 FPS, Her budget is around $2,000, and although based on the game she plays she really doesn't need that of a high-end PC, I think you can help me cut the price down and determine the best build for the next three/four years.

This is what I've built so far:

Intel Build

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tGpcRJ

Ryzen Build

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8c96q4

As you can see, all the components are picked from Newegg, because that's where she'll be ordering her parts.

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd take a look at the Cooler Master Master Liquid 240 (not the 240L). It's a great AIO liquid cooler with a 240mm radiator. You can usually get one for under $70. Keeps my 8600k in great temp ranges. Have fun.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I will look into it. I forgot since she wanted to consider water cooling, then the least we can do is find something that is cheap yet still cools well.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I think its worth going for a 500GB-1TB M.2 SSD. Either the Crucial MX500 M.2 which is about $190 for 1TB or the Samsung 970 EVO, which is about twice as expensive but also performs much faster.

The cheapest 500GB M.2 I could find (<$90): https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6j448d/western-digital-blue-500gb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-wds500g2b0b

The cheapest 1TB M.2 I could find ($174 on newegg): https://pcpartpicker.com/product/DgJtt6/western-digital-blue-1tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-wds100t2b0b

Also, how much do you want water cooling? If you value it highly aesthetically then that's fine but if it's just keeping the computer cool, an air cooler will work just fine and it'll save up to $100.

It should also be noted that if she really doesn't play strenuous games and isn't expecting to play on really high settings, the builds you have are very overkill. I'll comment a significantly cheaper possible build later.

Also, will she play on a 60Hz monitor or something higher?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the higher-storage SSD isn't necessary, but since the M.2 WD Blue comes close to the 860 EVO from Newegg, then I think it's worth replacing.

Personally I don't think she needs water cooling. We can just pick something like the Scythe Mugan 5 and it would be perfect. So I need to tell her about that.

She plays CS:GO most of the time, but still wants a high-end GPU, as well as playing over 60FPS, hence the monitor I picked.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Generally, great all around air coolers include the $30 Hyper 212 EVO, the $20 Cryorig M9i. If you want something quieter and you're willing to pay an extra $20+, Noctua coolers are some of the best you can get.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $260.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler $61.40 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $199.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Night Hawk RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $159.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Blue 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $88.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card $304.98 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $95.98 @ Newegg
Monitor MSI - Optix MAG24C 23.6" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor $237.96 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1500.26
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1490.26
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-07 14:51 EDT-0400

For CS:GO, I side with Intel more, so I'm using your intel build as a template.

  • I upgraded the mother board so that in the future, if your friend ever wants to do some upgrading you won't have to worry about the motherboard side of things.
  • I also switched out your 1.25 TB Storage for 500 GB M.2 SSD
  • Your 1080 is switched for a 1060, which is completely sufficient for all current competitive FPS games
  • I stuck in one of the best air fans on the market IMO, which although is expensive is still much cheaper than the liquid cooling setup and is also incredibly silent. If you want to save an easy 30-40 bucks just downgrade to the Hyper 212 or M9i.
  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a great build, but we've already decided on something yesterday:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $260.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 Quad Lumi 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $59.95 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $141.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Night Hawk RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $159.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ACX 3.0 Video Card $454.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair - Carbide SPEC-06 RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $99.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $85.98 @ Newegg
Monitor MSI - Optix MAG24C 23.6" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor $237.96 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1630.78
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1620.78
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-08 02:43 EDT-0400

She's trying to go the RGB route a little bit, but overall we agreed that this build suits her budget the best. But I will make exception on the SSD you suggested because the price isn't that bad. And in general her build is really for the longevity in future games and if she'd like to max games up.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $260.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 Quad Lumi 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $59.95 @ Newegg Marketplace
Motherboard ASRock - Z370 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $151.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Night Hawk RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $159.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.99 @ Adorama
Storage *Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.79 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card $429.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox TD500 ATX Mid Tower Case $74.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $85.98 @ Newegg
Monitor MSI - Optix MAG24C 23.6" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor $237.96 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1594.60
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-08 04:44 EDT-0400
  • Airflow optimised case (the SPEC-06 may be pretty, but the front panel isn't exactly the best for airflow)
  • Downgraded the GPU slightly, bu it's still more than enough for that monitor
  • Used a better model of SSD
  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

...overall we agreed that this build suits her budget the best.

...in general her build is really for the longevity in future games and if she'd like to max games up.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

If she isnt playing very demanding games then theres no real point getting a 1080, honestly a 1060 6gb would be fine. Although her budget is quite high so a 1070 would be more suited. That cpu cooler is really overkill for the 8600k. You could also get a cheaper 144hz monitor.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

No, she's not. But she still wants a high-end GPU - which I think maybe waiting for the 1160 would be suitable.

Yeah, I agree. She wants water cooling, but it's really not that worth it for something like an i5 that can be easily cooled with a quality air cooler.

Which cheaper 144Hz monitor? Keep in mind all the parts need to be from Newegg, and the one on the part lists is the cheapest I found.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, if she's playing CS:GO, I feel like the monitor is something you don't want to skimp out on.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

We've already decided on a build and probably nothing is going to change. So no skimpy on anything :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 0 points

Im sorry but if you play "competitive" csgo with your mates in nova its not really gonna matter if you have a 144hz or 60 hz monitor.....

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