Forums - PC Discussion - Building a new PC in a month. Looking for advice. Buying parts Oct 11th.

I'm going to go ahead and start buying parts for this periodically as deals show up. This build will be complete by early November at the latest. 

 

I've decided to just build a new PC come December. Here's my parts list so far. Will probably wind up going with the Ryzen 2700X for a CPU because I want the fastest turn times in Civ 6 I can get regardless of cost. Going for 3200 speed RAM, which will work well with my AMD CPU. RX 580 is cheaper than the 1060, and about the same according to logicalincrements.com. 1TB SSD for storing the games and operating system. Plenty of space left over, and will add regular HDD storage later on. Gold rated fully modular power supply for good power efficiency, and the ability to organize things better. 

 

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/pmRxWD

[PCPartPicker part list](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/pmRxWD) / [Price breakdown by merchant](https://pcpartpicker.com/list/pmRxWD/by_merchant/)

 

Type|Item|Price

:----|:----|:----

**CPU** | [AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7GHz 8-Core Processor](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/bddxFT/amd-ryzen-7-2700x-37ghz-8-core-processor-yd270xbgafbox) | $299.99 @ Amazon 

**Motherboard** | [*MSI - B450-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/pBWfrH/msi-b450-a-pro-atx-am4-motherboard-b450-a-pro) | $69.99 @ B&H 

**Memory** | [*G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/D6RFf7/gskill-memory-f43200c16d8gvkb) | $87.99 @ Newegg 

**Storage** | [*Western Digital - Blue 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/GTCD4D/western-digital-blue-1tb-25-solid-state-drive-wds100t2b0a) | $149.89 @ OutletPC 

**Video Card** | [*Gigabyte - Radeon RX 580 8GB Gaming 8G Video Card](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/KQQRsY/gigabyte-radeon-rx-580-8gb-gaming-8g-video-card-gv-rx580gaming-8gd) | $219.99 @ Newegg 

**Case** | [*Corsair - SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/pDphP6/corsair-case-spec01redled) | $39.99 @ Newegg 

**Power Supply** | [*EVGA - SuperNOVA G1+ 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/8PJtt6/evga-supernova-g1-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-120-gp-0650-x1) | $59.99 @ B&H 

 | *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |

 | Total (before mail-in rebates) | $997.83

 | Mail-in rebates | -$70.00

 | **Total** | **$927.83**

 | *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria |

 | Generated by [PCPartPicker](https://pcpartpicker.com) 2018-10-06 17:52 EDT-0400 |

The games I'll be playing on it are... 

 


Warhammer Total War II
Total War Shogun II
Civ V (Already over 800 hours into this one. I might go back on occasion.)
Civ VI
Endless Legend
Endless Space 2
Sins of a Solar Empire (GoG)
Galactic Civilizations III (GoG)
Starcraft
Supreme Commander
Fallout 3 GotY Edition (This plays like hell on my PS3, and is DRM free on GoG. Easy buy.)
Fallout New Vegas (Got it as a gift on PS3 years ago. Crashed once and hour and was flat out unplayable. Also on GoG.)
Pillars of Eternity (GoG)
Pillars of Eternity II (GoG)
Shadow Tactics Blade of the Shogun (GoG)
Divinity Original Sin (GoG)
Divinity Original Sin 2 (GoG)
Jade Empire (GoG)
FrostPunk (GoG)
Ys 6, 7, and Celceta (GoG)
Witcher 1-3 (GoG)

Last edited by Cerebralbore101 - on 06 October 2018

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All good for 1080P, although I would never choose Nvidia out of principle, anti consumer company and as shady as fuck.



Random_Matt said:
All good for 1080P, although I would never choose Nvidia out of principle, anti consumer company and as shady as fuck.

What would the other option be for a GPU then? I'm only really looking for 1080p graphics, and quick turn times in 4X games. IMO something like a 1080 Ti is complete overkill. 



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Cerebralbore101 said:
Random_Matt said:
All good for 1080P, although I would never choose Nvidia out of principle, anti consumer company and as shady as fuck.

What would the other option be for a GPU then? I'm only really looking for 1080p graphics, and quick turn times in 4X games. IMO something like a 1080 Ti is complete overkill. 

RX 580 or get the 1060 and hope AMD bring something good in the not so distant future. I have a 1060, just because I have a limited 186mm length.



Cerebralbore101 said:
Random_Matt said:
All good for 1080P, although I would never choose Nvidia out of principle, anti consumer company and as shady as fuck.

What would the other option be for a GPU then? I'm only really looking for 1080p graphics, and quick turn times in 4X games. IMO something like a 1080 Ti is complete overkill. 

If you can get a Radeon RX580 or 570 for the same price, it'll perform the same or better as the GTX 1060 in most games.



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WolfpackN64 said:
Cerebralbore101 said:

What would the other option be for a GPU then? I'm only really looking for 1080p graphics, and quick turn times in 4X games. IMO something like a 1080 Ti is complete overkill. 

If you can get a Radeon RX580 or 570 for the same price, it'll perform the same or better as the GTX 1060 in most games.

580 and 1060 are around the same, don't buy a 570.



Get WD Red instead. The number of issues I've had with Seagate drives is just astounding. It's $20 more, but it's worth it. 

In terms of GPU, I'd wait and see as RTX 20x series will have an impact on GPU prices. I wouldn't be surprised if soon you could get GTX 1080 in $300-$400 price range. Also the rumor has it that AMD might refresh its Polaris series in Q4 2018.

 



That SSD is going to be fine but only as long as you don't stick anything extra on it. I had a 120 GB SSD, and it was full all the time. It would probably have been OK but I needed some frustratingly large software that would have taken a substantial portion on C even if I had installed it elsewhere. If you're sure you don't need any big software now or in the future, 120 GB is going to be enough but if not, it's going to become somewhat of a battle. Keep in mind that you you need to upgrade the device your OS (e.g. Windows) is on, you're going to have to install everything again. Depending on the amount of space you need, preferable solutions would be, in my opinion, the following (in no particular order):

  • 240 GB SSD + a big HDD: The SSD is still not enough for many games, but its size is not going to be a problem and you can probably install some games on it.
  • 500+ GB SSD with no HDD: If you don't need too many games installed at once, 500 GB might be enough and games ought to load a bit faster too.
  • External HDD for bulk storage (not games), internal storage accordingly: If you have lots of need for non-software bulk storage, external HDD is probably the way to go. Obviously it's going to change the kind of internal storage that suits you. Having an external will make it easier to upgrade your storage situation in the future.

Again: 120 GB might be enough for your needs, but you should be fairly certain it's going to be enough if you want to go for it.

EDIT: Overall, seems fairly solid.

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Random_Matt said:
WolfpackN64 said:

If you can get a Radeon RX580 or 570 for the same price, it'll perform the same or better as the GTX 1060 in most games.

580 and 1060 are around the same, don't buy a 570.

The RX 570 isn't that far off. And since he'll mostly be doing 1080p gaming, a 4GB framebuffer isn't going to overflow that fast. Depending on how pricing is in your area, if the RX 580 is closly priced, he better spring for that indeed.



Kristof81 said:

Get WD Red instead. The number of issues I've had with Seagate drives is just astounding. It's $20 more, but it's worth it. 

In terms of GPU, I'd wait and see as RTX 20x series will have an impact on GPU prices. I wouldn't be surprised if soon you could get GTX 1080 in $300-$400 price range. Also the rumor has it that AMD might refresh its Polaris series in Q4 2018.

 

Good idea. I remember Seagate being a bit iffy in the past. I thought they fixed all their issues, but I'd rather spend an extra $20 than rage all day.

I'll see what is out there for GPUs later in the year. I'd get a 1080 or something equal to it for $300. But current prices are too steep. 

Zkuq said: 

That SSD is going to be fine but only as long as you don't stick anything extra on it. I had a 120 GB SSD, and it was full all the time. It would probably have been OK but I needed some frustratingly large software that would have taken a substantial portion on C even if I had installed it elsewhere. If you're sure you don't need any big software now or in the future, 120 GB is going to be enough but if not, it's going to become somewhat of a battle. Keep in mind that you you need to upgrade the device your OS (e.g. Windows) is on, you're going to have to install everything again. Depending on the amount of space you need, preferable solutions would be, in my opinion, the following (in no particular order):

  • 240 GB SSD + a big HDD: The SSD is still not enough for many games, but its size is not going to be a problem and you can probably install some games on it.
  • 500+ GB SSD with no HDD: If you don't need too many games installed at once, 500 GB might be enough and games ought to load a bit faster too.
  • External HDD for bulk storage (not games), internal storage accordingly: If you have lots of need for non-software bulk storage, external HDD is probably the way to go. Obviously it's going to change the kind of internal storage that suits you. Having an external will make it easier to upgrade your storage situation in the future.

Again: 120 GB might be enough for your needs, but you should be fairly certain it's going to be enough if you want to go for it.

EDIT: Overall, seems fairly solid.

I'll be using Maya LT, Mudbox, Unity, FL Studio and Photoshop for games development. 

I'm not sure how many seconds of loading time a SSD would take off games, but I might grab this...

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/X3Crxr/mushkin-internal-hard-drive-mknssdre1tb

or this...

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/ft8j4D/crucial-mx500-500gb-25-solid-state-drive-ct500mx500ssd1

I heard, SSD is bad for long term storage though. Keeping all my games installed at once is preferred. Whenever somebody builds a PC as their main gaming system, and then includes a 1TB or 500 GB HD I cringe. 



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