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zac_g19 1 month ago

$1,500 would include everything (parts, monitor, mouse, keyboard)

This will be my first PC I've ever built. I'm a beginner. I know the generalities of the parts (CPU, GPU, RAM, etc.), but I'm not expert. I'm literally building this PC for the upcoming launch of WoW classic and I want to be able to run on high settings with max FPS during raids and battlegrounds.

I think I'm pretty set on the 1070 but feel free to change my mind. And I have mixed feelings about Intel and AMD.

What do you guys think?

Thanks a bunch for your help.

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Crofter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Hi, this includes everything for a very decent gaming experience. Nvidia are planning a driver update very soon to support freesync monitors, so you'll gain a nice lag free, smooth experience.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $199.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $114.99 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $65.75 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB Titanium Video Card $449.99 @ Newegg Business
Case Thermaltake - Versa J24 TG RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ B&H
Monitor Acer - ED242QR Abidpx 23.6" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor $178.49 @ Walmart
Keyboard Redragon - K552 Wired Gaming Keyboard $32.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair - Harpoon RGB Wired Optical Mouse $28.31 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1489.36
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-13 08:27 EST-0500
aud10_fr3ak 1 point 1 month ago

the part list is good, only i would include a headset, and a keyboard that has cherry mx switches for reliability (like this one: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/bJDzK8/corsair-k63-wired-gaming-keyboard-ch-9115020-na)

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Agree, though tight budget to work with here. If budget was higher then I would prefer the Kingston Alloy FPS pro with red mx switches.

aud10_fr3ak 1 point 1 month ago

or the elite (with red switches of course), which i personally own.

Zerk2012 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

For WOW this will destroy it. The new RTX 2070 instead of the older 1070 that has less performance. Large SSD to load everything on, included Windows 10. Overkill on the power supply but can't pass it up for that price.

CPU cooler is sold here. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13C-000U-00005

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $249.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler $38.00
Motherboard MSI - MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $152.82 @ B&H
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $119.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $134.99 @ Adorama
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card $498.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $55.66 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $129.43 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair - Air Series AF120 White 52.19 CFM 120mm Fan $11.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1471.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-12 20:32 EST-0500
zac_g19 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

And everything is compatible with this build? Would I be able to substitute the 1070 with this build instead of the 2070?

Zerk2012 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago
zac_g19 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

True I'm just trying to figure out if I should spend that much for the GPU. I'd only be playing a few games (WoW, skyrim, BFV) but then again if I want max fps maybe the 2070 would be better...hmmm..

Zerk2012 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The new cards have what they call Ray Trace not sure if the new WOW will have it in the code or not but future games will.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=104sScMcg7s

If your trying to save a bit look at the RTX 2060 supposed to have a bit better than the 1070 performance for about the same cost or a bit less. This is a overclocked card VS stock 1070ti and 1080 so not really fair but I can see it out performing the 1070 at stock speeds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjysLQNFNt8

The 2060 should be out very soon and cost in the 350 buck area. This is saying the release date is next week. Their also saying you get a free game code for BF5 with the purchase so another win.

https://www.pcgamer.com/nvidia-rtx-2060-release-date/

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3331247/components-graphics/nvidia-geforce-rtx-2060-founders-edition-review.html

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Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Reminder that op needs everything for $1500...

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Reminder that op needs everything for $1500...

Zerk2012 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

He edited the post then because it was not their when I posted.

zac_g19 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks for all the help and response guys. Getting great ideas and input. Appreciate the help

Zerk2012 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Since you now need everything the 1070 is just a place holder for the RTX 2060 since it is supposed to be 350 bucks. Still the same thing on the cooler it's at Newegg. The 500GB ssd should hold the operating system and some games. Swapped for the i5 8600K about the same performance but the Z370 boards cost more. Should still destroy that game and pretty much all games at the monitor resolution.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $259.79 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler $38.00
Motherboard MSI - Z370 GAMING PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $119.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $104.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $67.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB STRIX Video Card $354.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $55.66 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - G 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.56 @ Newegg Business
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $123.59 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair - Air Series AF120 White 52.19 CFM 120mm Fan $11.89 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer - KG251Q bmiix 24.5" 1920x1080 75 Hz Monitor $130.00 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech - G413 Carbon Wired Gaming Keyboard $72.40 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair - M65 PRO RGB FPS Wired Optical Mouse $37.96 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1491.60
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-13 17:54 EST-0500
fredointhecut 0 points 1 month ago

WOW is largely cpu bound so I picked the fastest cpu for single core performance, an RTX 2060 due for release January 15 has the performance of an OC 1070 ti which is more than enough.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $399.89 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Scythe - FUMA Rev.B 79 CFM CPU Cooler $46.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $169.00 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $134.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $67.10 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $68.79 @ B&H
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ B&H
Case Fan be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 140 PWM 61.2 CFM 140mm Fan $11.49 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 140 PWM 61.2 CFM 140mm Fan $11.49 @ SuperBiiz
Other RTX 2060 $349.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1477.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-13 07:45 EST-0500
Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Reminder that op needs everything for $1500...

fredointhecut -3 points 1 month ago

top build in this thread doesn't have a monitor or peripherals, yet my post is the only one that got down voted. wow more proof that I am being targeted on this site.

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I am not a fan of the down vote, and never use, my preference is to use the up vote to lift good design choices. Keep at it, I have seen some decent builds coming from yourself, also keep asking questions to ensure op gets what they really need.

zac_g19 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

I have two questions.

1.) I don't ever plan on overclocking my CPU, do you think I should go without the K series?

2.) Wouldn't you recommend at least a 750W power supply?

fredointhecut 1 point 1 month ago

no. non k series intel cpus are just not worth it. You could wait for the 9700KF that's going to be cheaper due to the lack of an iGPU. But you might have to wait a month or 2.

550w is plenty for that system, especially if you don't plan on overclocking.

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zac_g19 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Mixed feelings being a lot my co workers who have built PC's say to go with Intel, but when I look at a lot of builds on this website, it seems that the majority go with AMD. I just dont know what the difference would be between the two processors.

aud10_fr3ak 1 point 1 month ago

amd is if you want to get your money's worth for the price.

intel is for if you want no compromises gaming performance.

it's your pick really, it doesn't matter too much, depending on what you want

zac_g19 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

When you say "no compromises gaming," what do you mean by that?

aud10_fr3ak 1 point 1 month ago

basically intel offers the best gaming performance, if that's all you are going to do (but it also works better for adobe suite).

sorry if I wasn't clear enough.

anyway, i made my own part list with my own personal reccomendations: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kJYj9J

(except for the mouse, its not one of those mmo mice with like 15 buttons; i never used one)

Zerk2012 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

AMD is more for a budget build or for streaming or work programs they can't match the single core speed of Inter. The i5 9600K is what to get for a gaming PC. I would not compromise their even for a lower price.

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zac_g19 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

LeviAMD would you mind recommending a build for me with an Intel CPU and a 1080? Or do you think I should go with a 2070? Cant decide if going with a 2070 would be overkill for me or not.

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