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Rule Explanation
All build requests must copy/paste and answer the request questions in the body of their post. - New build or upgrade? - Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links) - PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games) - Purchase country? Near Micro Center? (If not US, list local vendors) - Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate) - Budget range? (Include tax considerations) - WiFi or wired connection? - Size/noise constraints? - Color/lighting preferences? - Any other specific needs?
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When coming into a thread where others have already posted builds, look over existing suggestions before posting your own. This means you see any additional information that may have been provided by the OP, and also gives you a chance to give suggestions to other builders.
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Aim to keep below budget. If you feel it's necessary to go over budget, make sure to justify it. It's also worth suggesting how your build can be pared back to be within the original budget if needed.
Check stock on items you include in a build. This goes especially for sale items. You'll find sale items can be out of stock, meaning you'll have to find an alternative.
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[Question] Build a case computer for an office worker, budget with screen ~800euros

new build or upgrade? new build

Hello all,

First post in the subreddit for me, sorry if I don't comply with all the good guidelines. My cousin is a lawyer and needs a new computer (case + screen) for the office work: MS office, MS excel, emails and browsing the net. Nothing too demanding, no need for a GPU on steroids but a responsive machine to use would be nice (enough RAM and a fast SSD). Also, a fairly silent machine would be a plus.

Ideally the case would be smaller than the typical ATX size. The hardware needs to be bought from a French merchant for tax write off reasons.

We would need a brand new Windows License (are OEM price still a thing?).

0 Comments
2024/07/19
16:32 UTC

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(Extremely inexperienced user) - 2000€ max - Creation, Gaming and Work

  • New build or upgrade? New Build
  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links) Nothing (besides keyboard and mouse lol)
  • PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games) I'd need to work on basic documents (Pdf and Word, classic stuff). But I would like to be able to play games (Range of games is large, from Overwatch to Minecraft, to Sky: Children of the Light, for example) and perhaps start streaming/create content (using an avatar/V-tuber model). I'd also like to be able to run Blender (or alternatives) and Krita (I have a graphic tablet which is not wireless)
  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center? France, close to Belgium
  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate) I guess one would be enough? As for the size, I don't look for a particularly big screen nor an absolutely beautiful render, I just wish it'd be smooth and not too laggy (I'm not really a pro about that but I guess 60 fps is good enough? I can't really tell, my current laptop is REALLY outdated and laggy sooo....)
  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations) Max 2000€, but since I don't know much about all of this I believe this is delusional and it's way more expensive, right? :')
  • WiFi or wired connection? WiFi, but I guess I can also manage to set up wired connection since I think it's better? (to whoever reading, I feel sorry for my lack of knowledge, Google didn't help me much so I came here)
  • Size/noise constraints? I don't really have any
  • Color/lighting preferences? None, I'm not looking for an aesthetic setup or anything, as long as the thing works
  • Any other specific needs? I'm really sorry for being quite vague, if you would like to help me but need more informations, I'll answer questions the best I can. I don't know much about PC parts. It would be my very first "big investment" so I really wanted to ask for help to make sure I buy something that will last and that will suit my needs. I'm very open to suggestions or questions or whatever. If my post is not in the correct thread or if it's out of place, I apologize in advance for the mistake.
1 Comment
2024/07/19
16:21 UTC

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First Timer transitioning from Xbox with $3,000 budget

new build or upgrade?

New build.

No existing parts.

PC purpose:

Gaming, streaming, video/sound editing, graphic design and possibly VR.

Games I plan on playing:

Baldur’s Gate Battlefield Chivalry/Mordhau CSGO Cyberpunk Dark and Darker DayZ Deep Rock Galactic Elden Ring GTA Helldivers Minecraft Mount and Blade Bannerlord No Man’s Sky Red Dead Sea of Thieves Skyrim SW: Jedi Survivor SW: Battlefront Skate 3 Sons of the Forest Valorant Valheim The Witcher

I plan on going pretty crazy with mods in a lot of these especially ones like skyrim and minecraft. I need a pc that can handle some pretty insane and lengthy mods lists.

I’m near a Micro Center

Monitors:

I am not very knowledgable about monitors but I’ll do my best for what I think I need.

I definitely want 2 monitors. The main will probably be 32” and 1440p. Idk what refresh rate is. Most important to me is that it has a high frame rate and and has little to no motion blur in competitive shooters.

Budget range:

$3,000 total, not just the PC, but for the PC and all other accessories, monitors, keyboard, mouse, mic, etc.

Wifi or wired:

When I get the pc it will have to be on wifi for a bit but eventually I’m gonna get an ethernet cable so it will need a port for that.

Size and noise:

No size or noise constraints but would prefer small and quiet if possible with my budget and requirements.

Color and lights

Would prefer black with minimal or no fancy lighting.

Thanks in advance for the help.

1 Comment
2024/07/19
15:50 UTC

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Building Around Alienware 27 360Hz QD-OLED 1440P Gaming Monitor - AW2725DF

I was able to get a deal for the Alienware 27 360Hz QD-OLED 1440P Gaming Monitor - AW2725DF for $500. I'd like to build around that. I live near the Fairfax, VA Micro Center so ordered the $499 AMD Bundle where you get the Ryzen 7 7800X3D CPU, B650-E TUF Gaming WiFi AMD AM5 ATX Motherboard, and two 16 GB Flare X5 Series DDR5 RAM sticks. I also picked up the Crucial P3 Plus 4TB PCIe Gen4 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD for $199 on sale, but could return it, if folks recommend.

  • New build or upgrade?
    • New build
  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)
    • As stated above, I have the Alienware AW2725DF monitor, the $499 Mico Center AMD Bundle, and the Crucial P3 Plus 4TB M.2 SSD.
  • PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)
    • Gaming. Mostly in the Grand Strategy, 4X, and RPG genres. Games like Victoria 3, Age of Wonders 4, Baldur's Gate 3, I'm more interested in good visuals than fast frame rates. I do like an in-development Indie space game called Star Sector that has real time battles, but they are pretty slow pace. I will also probably use the computer to stream Netflix, Disney, Hulu, etc.
  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center?
    • USA, near the Fairfax, VA Micro Center.
  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)
    • None. I would like to build around the Alienware AW2725DF since I think I got an excellent deal on this monitor. Normally it retails for over $800.
  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations)
    • I've spent $1,200 already (including the monitor). I'd like to spend no more than $750 to $1,000 on the rest of the parts, if possible, including the web camera, mouse, and keyboard. But if that isn't advisable, I could go a bit higher.
  • WiFi or wired connection?
    • The Mother Board that is part of the AMD Bundle is WiFi enabled.
  • Size/noise constraints?
    • None
  • Color/lighting preferences?
    • No preference. Slight preference for no RGB lighting at all, especially if cheaper.
  • Any other specific needs?
    • The Alienware AW2725DF says it works with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. Does that mean I need an AMD Ryzen GPU too? I'm agnostic on Nvidia vs. AMD. If possible, I'd also like some recommendations for a good keyboard, mouse, and web camera since I don't believe the Alienware AW2725DF has one built in.
1 Comment
2024/07/19
15:49 UTC

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PC Build for Gaming

  • New build or upgrade?

New build

  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

280 hz dell monitor, https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-25-gaming-monitor-g2524h/apd/210-bhyc/monitors-monitor-accessories

  • PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

Mostly gaming and competitive, high fps, XDefiant, Call of Duty, Escape from Tarkov are the main games. I want to be able to run these around 240-280 fps (I'm okay with using low settings) to really take advantage of my monitor refresh rate.

  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

Yes, I have a microcenter near me.

  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

No monitors needed.

  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

Around $1400-$1500 with tax.

  • WiFi or wired connection?

Wired

  • Size/noise constraints?

Preferably a mid sized pc, not too big or small.

  • Color/lighting preferences?

Some RBG, not too overkill.

  • Any other specific needs?

I prefer to use AMD since it is known to be a better performance/cost ratio.

3 Comments
2024/07/19
14:53 UTC

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Simple pc

new build or upgrade?

I want a pc, something lower than 800€ I want it mainly for school and maybe able to play games without large and heavy graphics, would that be possible? And if yes are there recommended parts? I am new so some tips and trustable shopping sites would be very appreciated

2 Comments
2024/07/19
14:46 UTC

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Budget 1000 euros Something that'll last

Heya there, finding lots of gaming centric stuff - I just want a non-laptop, quiet, powerful enough computer to get me through basics without hitting limits. I'll have a laptop as well.

  • New build or upgrade? New

  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? None! I have a terrible monitor I can use, but open to ideas to upgrade with a focus on text clarity. I have a wireless mouse and webcam.

  • PC purpose? Work tasks like a thousand Chrome tabs, online streaming for work, downloading/streaming at high resolution. I do game on a PS5 and wouldn't mind trying newer games at acceptable resolutions/frame rates, I don't have enough time for more.

  • Purchase country? Germany (EU)

  • Near Micro Center? No

  • Budget range? 1200 including VAT or so (which is why I put 1000 in the title sorry), but could go higher if something is worth it just with a nudge upwards eg 1300/1400

  • WiFi or wired connection? Wifi

  • Size/noise constraints? Very quiet please

  • Color/lighting preferences? None, as inoffensive as possible

Any other specific needs? I'd like it to last many years but I really don't need gaming stuff :)

7 Comments
2024/07/19
14:44 UTC

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New Build | €1700

Hello, this would be my first computer build. Prior to this I purchased a pre-built by recommendation of a friend and when I went back to this place, they offered me a 4060ti build for around this price. I have no idea on the feasibility of this and whether it was a good price or not so I found this place instead.

New Build or Upgrade?

  • An entirely new build.

Existing Parts/Monitors to Reuse?

PC Purpose?

  • For gaming. I want to use the full extent of the monitor which is 240hz rates for the games I play, which are primarily Dead by Daylight, League and Elden Ring (+Soulsborne games)

Purchase Country?

  • Ireland/EU.

Monitors Needed?

  • No.

Budget Range?

  • €1700

WiFi or Wired Connection?

  • I already have an adapter for connectivity so it doesn't matter. Whichever is more cost efficient with this in mind

Size/Noise Constraints?

  • I'd prefer a smaller build but I wouldn't mind any bigger ones.

Colour/Lighting Preferences?

  • I don't need RGB. If it's possible to go for a piece of equipment that would be black, etc, for example, please do that instead if it's cheaper

Any Other Specific Needs?

  • No, and note that I do not need any peripherals either
1 Comment
2024/07/19
14:29 UTC

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First build after acquiring 4k/UHD monitor (2K EUR budget)

  • New build or upgrade?
    • New build
  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)
    • No existing parts, but using the monitor:
  • 31.5" GIGABYTE M32UC - 3840x2160 (4K / UHD) - 160Hz - SS VA - 18W USB-C HUB - Curved
  • PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)
    • Gaming
  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center?
    • Denmark
  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)
    • No
  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations)
    • Approx 2k EUR
  • WiFi or wired connection?
    • Wired
  • Size/noise constraints?
    • Silence prefered
  • Color/lighting preferences?
    • Prefer no lighting, simple power over looks for me.
  • Any other specific needs?
    • 2TB storage and 32 GB RAM
2 Comments
2024/07/19
14:22 UTC

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Workstation/Gaming PC Hybrid Build (For 3D design, game development and gaming)

New build or upgrade?: It's a build, my first one.

Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links): There are no existing parts and I don't have a monitor.

PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games): So I intend to be doing game dev and 3D design stuff, this includes apps such as Blender, Maya, Unreal Engine 5, Unity, Zbrush and Substance Painter, I also intend to use this PC as my primary gaming device (AAA games etc).

Purchase country? Near Micro Center? I am in the UK, so don't have a microcenter near me unfortunately.

Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate): I need a monitor, either 24 or 27 would be fine, I would like the resolution to be ideally 1440p but 1080p is acceptable with refresh rate at least at 144HZ

Budget range? (Include tax considerations): My budget is £2700, however this includes the monitor and other accessories, so for the PC itself, around £2000-£2100.

Wi-Fi or wired connection? Wi-Fi please and ideally built into the motherboard

Size/noise constraints? I don't have necessary size constraints but the case shouldn't be anything more than this (Length: 600 mm, Width: 300 mm and Height: 600 mm)

Color/lighting preferences? I want my PC case to have RGB please

Any other specific needs? I would want an AMD CPU in the system ideally, but if there is a good bargain for intel then that's OK.

3 Comments
2024/07/19
14:21 UTC

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New build for UE5 projects and gaming (2500$)

Hi everyone,

Im planning to assemble my first PC for working in Unreal Engine + Blender and ocassional gaming. When it comes to time spending i would say it is 70% work 30% gaming. At the moment im working on laptop (i5 7300hq + gtx 1050)

When it comes to working I am level designer in UE5 (UEFN) projects. At this moment I am making mainly fortnite maps, but it may evolve into standalone game projects.

  • New build or upgrade?
    • New build
  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)
    • Monitor: Acer ED242QR 144hz 1920x1080 dp/hdmi, will buy more monitors later
    • CPU cooling Endorfy Navis F360 ARGB
  • PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)
    • Working in UE5+Blender (70%)
    • Gaming (30%) I play mostly Path of Exile, CS:GO, LOL, planning to play some newer titles like hogwarts legacy, cyberpunk.
  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center?
    • Poland
  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)
    • Not at the moment
  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations)
    • 2500$ more or less
  • WiFi or wired connection?
    • WIFI would by a good addition
  • Size/noise constraints?
    • no
  • Color/lighting preferences?
    • can be ARGB or not
  • Any other specific needs?
    • black color if it is possible

Thanks for all answers :)

2 Comments
2024/07/19
14:17 UTC

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Micro ATX Streaming PC for under 1500 USD

“New build or upgrade?” new build

I’ve decided I want to build a streaming PC so I can stream my games to my friends as well as maximize FPS on my gaming rig. My gaming rig is more than suitable to handle games but once I start adding other apps and such to my second monitor while streaming it can have a detrimental affect on my FPS. I’m wondering if anyone here can provide a general list of specs for a streaming pc that’s relatively affordable but can easily stream and run any applications like chrome. I want it to be able to stream 4K content. I’m looking to build in a smaller form case. I’m open to any and all suggestions, thanks guys!

9 Comments
2024/07/19
14:02 UTC

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FHD gaming / streaming (CPU/MoBo/RAM/GTX ±750€)

  • New build or upgrade? Upgrade
  • Existing parts / Monitor to reuse? Case, Dual FHD Monitors (HDMI/DP), m.2 SSD (Samsung Evo 960), 2 SATA HDDs
  • PC Purpose? Light Streaming (capturing of external devices via USB) via OBS, coding, office stuff
  • Purchase country: Germany
  • Budget: up to 750€

Sorry for the typo in the title. I am looking to replace my Mainboard, CPU, RAM and Graphics card

Haven't built a new rig in a while and haven't thought much about new hardware but my old reliable is turning into just old.

I do stream to twitch (1080p60 at max) so I'd prefer to go with Nvidia graphics as NVENC still strikes me as far superior.

My current setup is very, very old (5960x, 1070Ti, 32GB DDR4) and there's nothing I'd like to reuse but mass storage.

Thanks for your help! :)

4 Comments
2024/07/19
13:23 UTC

2

New build around 2000 euro for gaming

Hello guys! Here is a partpicker link that i took from u/xxStefanxx1 <3 and changed it a little. I'm open for your opinions/thoughts since I'm not good at this. Thank you for atleast reading my post, Have a nice day!

New build or upgrade?

  • New

Existing part/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

  • Gaming

Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

  • Hungary

Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

  • No

Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

  • Around 2000 euro / 800.000 huf

WiFi or wired connection?

  • Wired

Size/noise constraints?

  • No

Color/lighting preferences?

  • No

Any other specific needs?

  • AMD Processors are preferred
  • No peripherals are needed for this setup
5 Comments
2024/07/19
11:55 UTC

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Upgrading PC to handle 4K video editing (Premiere Pro)

Context:

  • I bought a custom-built PC 3 years ago to do a mix of video editing (1080p) and gaming.

  • I want to upgrade the PC to handle 4K video editing in Premiere Pro - i.e. so that timeline and playback doesn't lag when working with higher resolution files

  • On recommendation, I upgraded my GPU from the Nvidia 3060 to the 4070 (base Vintus model, not the Super or Super Ti), but it resulted in minimal timeline performance improvements. Another person then suggested I should've upgraded my CPU instead, so I'm thinking about refunding my new GPU and reinvesting the money into CPU. But I'm a bit confused about what I should prioritise given my current build and if there are any case size/motherboard limitations.

  • Side note: after buying the new graphics card and being disappointed in the results, I learnt about creating proxy files when editing 4K footage in Premiere. Initially this seemed like a fairly straight forward solution, and my timeline performance was great. However, I've since tried making proxies on another project, and a) the timeline performance didn't improve much, and b) the media encoder ran into errors when converting some footage into proxies. So the whole proxy process seems inconsistent and a bit of a hassle, which I'd like to avoid if possible. However, I'm open to accepting that using proxies may be necessary for PC builds in my price range.

//

  • New build or upgrade?

Upgrade

  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

Ready!

1600MB/sW)

  • 2nd M.2 SSD Drive: 1TB INTEL® 670p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 3500MB/sR | 2500MB/sW)

  • Cooling: STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER + standard cooling paste

  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

UK

  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

No

  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

£500 - £700 upgrade budget

  • WiFi or wired connection?

Wifi

  • Size/noise constraints?

Not overly bothered about noise. Size constraints already set by existing case.

  • Color/lighting preferences?

Not bothered by lighting/cosmetics

  • Any other specific needs?

No

Many thanks for any help!

5 Comments
2024/07/19
10:33 UTC

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First Serious PC purchase (3000-3500€)

  • New build or upgrade?

New build

  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

None

  • PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

99% Gaming at 2k resolution. I'd like to play all the games I'm currently not able to enjoy at full quality (Elden Ring, Baldur's Gate 3, RDD2, Cyberpunk) but my main game is World of Warcraft, I want to be able to run War Within without any issues and not play on 45FPS. I do some video editing on the side but nothing that needs crazy rendering times. (simple vlogs and corporate videos)

  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

Serbia, I'm not even sure if we have a Micro Center

  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

Looking to buy a 2560x1440 144hz (recommendations welcome, doesn't have to be in the budget)

  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

Roughly 3000-3500 Euros

  • WiFi or wired connection?

Either is fine

  • Size/noise constraints?

no size constraints, would like it to be as quiet as possible

Color/lighting preferences?
Anything.

Any other specific needs?
Don't have any specific needs, tho I would like an oppinion about this prebuilt PC as well.
I'm not a total novice at PC parts but I always prefer someone that knows better to guide me in the right direction. My current rig is an Ryzen 5 3600x and a GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Ghost 6GB.

Thanks you in advance to anyone who takes a moment of their time to help out!

14 Comments
2024/07/19
09:57 UTC

1

First PC build, interested in SFF

Upgrading from a gaming laptop to an actual PC, was interested in something SFF but had some trouble trying to pick parts myself without severely overshooting my budget.

New build or upgrade?

  • New

Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

  • Keyboard (Redragon K686 Pro), Mouse (Logitech G502 X Lightspeed), Headset (Redragon H848 Pro).

PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

  • Gaming. I primarily want to play Ark, Modded Minecraft, Warframe, Elden Ring, and No Man's Sky.
  • Content Consumption. Youtube, Twitch, and TV / Streaming Services.

Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

  • US. Not near enough to a MicroCenter for it to be an option; Primarily looking to buy parts through Amazon or Newegg

Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

  • Just one, 14" minimum and preferably QHD 1440p, but 1080p works fine for me. Looking for something portable / foldable for easy storage without compromising desk space when not in use.

Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

  • For the PC, ~$1000 is what I'm trying to stick to. $1500 absolute maximum before tax.
  • For the monitor, $200, also before tax and counted separately from the PC.

WiFi or wired connection?

  • WiFi

Size/noise constraints?

  • Looking for an SFF setup - ITX or Mini-ITX - particularly in a horizontal orientation. I'd like to use the Fractal Ridge or a case that's similar, as it looks nice and is a perfect size for where i plan to set it up.
  • Noise is no concern as long as it isn't obnoxiously loud.

Color/lighting preferences?

  • No Color Preference, minimal RGB if any.

Any other specific needs?

  • AMD Processors are preferred over Intel.
  • A motherboard with multiple m.2 slots for later upgrades, as I tend to play a lot of games that eat through storage.
4 Comments
2024/07/19
08:18 UTC

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Very first Build $1200-1300

Never really played games on a PC, just played console. So really excited to finally be able to play PC games and nervous for building it

New build or upgrade?

• New build

Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

•None

PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. list apps/games)

•schoolwork- doing computer science stuff •Gaming- the first descendant, once human, Minecraft with mods, Skyrim ultra modded. •Streaming on twitch with a Vtuber •VR at a later time •might touch some 3d rendering/blender

Purchase country? Near micro center?

•U.S.A, not near a Micro center

Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

• 2 27 inch, 1440p, 144hz

Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

•$1200-$1500 USD

Wifi or wired connection?

•wifi preferred but can also be wired

Size/Noise constraints?

•no size constraints, would like it to be as quiet as possible

Color/lightning preferences? • RGB preferred but not needed

Any other specific needs?

• none

4 Comments
2024/07/19
08:07 UTC

1

New Build - 600€ - No RGB - NL 🇳🇱

Hello, I'm completely new to PC builds [parts] but I've build a PC before. My Plan is 600€, [if can all black], w/ No rgb.

  • New build or upgrade?

New build

  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

I have an 144hz monitor, 4K

  • PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

All kinds of games, maybe also streaming in future

  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

Netherlands

  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

No

  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

600€ can stretch out a little bit ~50 €

WiFi or wired connection?

  • WiFi if possible

  • Size/noise constraints?

No

Color/lighting preferences?

All black if possible in price, No RGB pls

  • Any other specific needs?

Wondering how future proof it is and upgradable in future

4 Comments
2024/07/19
07:57 UTC

2

First build overall $950 budget ~$800 for PC

First time building, any suggestions? Also, my desk is pretty small so I want to minimize the whole build if possible. It's a 100x48/40'x19' desk and I use it to do homework. Thanks a lot in advance.

New build or upgrade?

New build

Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

N/A

PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

Gaming, work Nothing too crazy, Minecraft, Valorant, etc.

Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

Hong Kong, no Lots of computer parts centers; no specific vendors but I can order them online if needed.

Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

1 monitor, 24' (preferred) or 27'

Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

$950 for PC & monitor. Preferably $750-$800 for the PC in case I buy a different monitor.

WiFi or wired connection?

WiFi

Size/noise constraints?

Preferably quiet but I don't run any crazy programs + I turn my PC off at night.

The smaller the better but ~Mid-tower. Preferably no longer than my desk (19' as stated above) and 8' wide. Height doesn't matter.

Color/lighting preferences?

Black/white. I don't mind no lighting. No RGB or flashy lights.

Any other specific needs?

SSD storage, minimum 16GB RAM

14 Comments
2024/07/19
06:56 UTC

0

Gamecube case mod pc

Building Soon!

New build or upgrade?

Upgrade?

Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

Just gamecube case DOL-101

PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

Gaming! emulation gaming all the way up to gamecube/ps2 and pc gaming ie helldivers, witcher, fortnite, warzone, steam library

Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

US, no

Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

2 monitors, normal size?, 1080p is fine with me unless the upgraded difference is marginally more costly, refresh should be functional for gaming. Id think 120hz top end

Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

I would like to make it happen as close to $1000 as possible but I can go up to $1500 if needed

WiFi or wired connection?

Wifi

Size/noise constraints?

Must fit in Gamecube shell. I’ll dremel any plastic stands if need be for height. Just need it to be a small enough form factor to fit width. noise should not be bad, a low hum or less would be preferable

Color/lighting preferences?

I am open minded but not necessary

Any other specific needs?

Bluetooth and would like to change the old controller port to a usb A port to plug in my 8bitdo controllers

Thank you in advance for your help on the builds!

1 Comment
2024/07/19
06:21 UTC

2

First time build

New build or upgrade?

Budget (1.5k-2k) 🇺🇸 WiFi

Hey, this will be my first pc build, I picked up two jobs in the summer for this so I really want it to be good. But I know almost nothing about computers which is why l'm here.

It would be primarily for video games, productivity a little bit.

Black theme, rgb fans

Do need a monitor and keyboard. Not sure of the specifics for the monitor yet, just something good that gets the job done with the given budget.

Thanks 🙏

6 Comments
2024/07/19
04:55 UTC

2

Building Soon!

New build or upgrade?

New

Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

None

PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

Gaming Magic the Gathering Arena, also some Call of Duty Warzone, some battlefront 2 mods, occasional single players

Some of the gaming I would like to stream to twitch and save to work into video editing.

Video Editing clips from gaming and able to create a file to upload to youtube.

Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

US, near Micro Center!

Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

2 monitors, normal size?, 1080p is fine with me unless the upgraded difference is marginally more costly, refresh should be functional for gaming. Id think 120hz top end

Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

I would like to make it happen as close to $1000 as possible but I can go up to $1500 if needed

WiFi or wired connection?

Wifi

Size/noise constraints?

No size constraints, noise should not be bad, a low hum or less would be preferable

Color/lighting preferences?

I am open minded

Any other specific needs?

None!

Thank you in advance for your help on the builds!

2 Comments
2024/07/19
03:29 UTC

2

Need 2 new builds, if possible

New build or upgrade?

New - Both

Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

Mouse - Build 1 None- Build 2

PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

Gaming Modded Minecraft with shaders, modded Skyrim, Terraria, WoW with add-ons, Baldurs Gate 3, some older games - Build 1

Photo/Video Editing with some gaming (modded Minecraft with shaders, modded Skyrim, Terraria, WoW with add-ons, some older games) - Build 2

Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

US, nearest Micro Center is 13.5 hours away.

Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

1 monitor per build. Not picky about size. Resolution needs to be good (unsure of which resolutions are good)

Second monitor for build 1 if budget allows, but not necessary.

Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

Build 1: $2,000.. max $2,500 Build 2: $1,000.. max $1,500

WiFi or wired connection?

WiFi for both

Size/noise constraints?

Quiet for both due to being in bedroom

Color/lighting preferences?

Build 1: Blues and greens, Red and oranges, or any combination/variant. Build 2: Pink and teal

Any other specific needs?

Windows 11 Pro for both. Large storage for both. Decent amount of USB ports for both (will have multiple external parts plugged in such as CD drive, memory card readers, mouse, keyboard, etc.)

Thank you in advance for your help on both builds!

7 Comments
2024/07/19
02:57 UTC

3

Fresh Build Mid-Tier Gaming PC; targeting ~$1500-$1800 budget

My 8-year-old gaming PC is constantly saturated at 100% CPU utilization and has become unwieldy when trying to load games. I'm looking to make a clean upgrade to a new system to allow me to play games, run Chrome, and listen to music without needing to think about computer resources to do so. When I first built my current machine in 2016, the prevailing wisdom was to prioritize GPU (Nvidia 1070) and deprioritize CPU (i5-6600). I'm now at a point where the CPU/memory can't keep up with the system demands. Since I'd like to keep this computer as a backup/alternate, I'm looking for a new build to modernize my gaming experience.

From my initial attempts to assemble a list that balances budget with specifications, I think I'm likely targeting an RTX 4070 GPU (though I'm open to being convinced otherwise). I currently play at 1080p/144 Hz, but I'd like to eventually be able to replace my monitors for higher resolution.

  • New build or upgrade? New
  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links) Two 24-inch 1080p/144 Hz monitors (though I'll likely upgrade these in a couple of years). No other parts for re-use.
  • PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games) Gaming (League of Legends, Rocket League, Skyrim, Valheim, D4, Civ6, Helldivers), I'd generally like to be able to play RPGs/MMORPGs and non-FPS competitive games near peak visuals.
  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center? United States, not near Micro Center
  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate) n/a (will upgrade in a few years)
  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations) $1500-$1800 target range, though I'd like to better understand the break points and benefits of pushing beyond ~$1500.
  • WiFi or wired connection? Wired
  • Size/noise constraints? Prefer something quiet, but I recognize that it's more important to have good airflow. I'd like a full ATX form factor but would prefer a more compact case if possible. I generally liked some of the Fractal cases I found online, but I know very little about the case market and am open to better-informed suggestions! I also have a cat and would benefit greatly from some good pre-intake filters to keep the fur out.
  • Color/lighting preferences? No RGBs or internal lights--I'd prefer something that better fits a more "grown up" office aesthetic (I'm on the older end of the gamer spectrum!). A simple, elegant black case would be perfect.
  • Any other specific needs? My computers have always used Intel processors and chipsets, but many of the builds on this sub seem to prefer AMD processors. If there's no advantage to one vs. another, I think I'd prefer to stay with Intel out of habit, but I'm open to switching if there's a significant technological (or economical) advantage. I'm excited about the new M.2 hard drives, but I can't imagine I would need more than 1 TB. I would like to push for the full 64 GB RAM, if that fits within budget.

I don't know how anyone built entire PCs before this sub (and pcpartspicker)--thank you for the help!

9 Comments
2024/07/19
02:49 UTC

2

Need a build for some heavy game dev

  • New build or upgrade?

New

  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

No existing parts

  • PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

Heavy game dev

  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

U.S. Planning on building 2-3 of these, so the parts will go to different locations.

  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

Please recommend me a decent monitor, nothing super fancy.

  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

1,500 with 2,000 max

  • WiFi or wired connection?

Wired

  • Size/noise constraints?

None

  • Color/lighting preferences?

None

  • Any other specific needs?

None.

Thank you! Please feel free to ask me questions!

5 Comments
2024/07/19
02:26 UTC

2

Can anyone reccomend a prebuilt budget pc or a part list at 500 - 800

I am wanting to get a first pc and idk what to do.

I have a strict budget of 800 dollars and I want some recommendations for making a new build or upgrade? it wanted me to say that.

4 Comments
2024/07/19
01:30 UTC

1

Looking for Micro ATX motherboard and small case recommendations that will fit either the 4090 MSI Suprim or 7900 XTX Sapphire Nitro+. Will use 7800x3d CPU.

New build or upgrade? New Build.

Will only reuse keyboard and mouse.

Will use current Acer Predator 144Hz monitor, but will eventually upgrade as well.

Purchasing in US.

Would prefer a WiFi and Bluetooth motherboard. (Thoughts on network speed limitation of integrated WiFi/BT vs 3rd party added modules?)

Would prefer a Micro ATX.

Would prefer the smallest case possible that keeps components within safe operating temperatures. Something along the lines of Ncase M2, etc.

The more quiet, the better.

Don't care one bit about RGB. Would prefer to not have it at all if it's cheaper, though as you can tell by the components I'm considering the budget is high.

Open to air or liquid cooled as long as there's a low risk of liquid cooling components leaking and frying GPU/system.

https://www.newegg.com/msi-geforce-rtx-4090-rtx-4090-suprim-liquid-x-24g/p/N82E16814137759

https://www.newegg.com/msi-geforce-rtx-4090-rtx-4090-suprim-liquid-24g/p/N82E16814137779

https://www.newegg.com/msi-geforce-rtx-4090-rtx-4090-suprim-x-24g/p/N82E16814137760

Ideas as to why 1 card is much cheaper than the other? Thoughts on why liquid cooled 4090 is cheaper than air cooled?

Thoughts on 4090 power connector potential issues vs no issues on 7900XTX?
Thoughts on 4090 DP 1.4 vs 7900XTX DP 2.1?

Thoughts on the 2 diff GPU power consumption while playing?

https://www.newegg.com/sapphire-radeon-rx-7900-xtx-11322-01-40g/p/N82E16814202428

Essentially I'm wanting to build the best gaming PC ATM, was feeling content w/ 7900XTX but then I do like getting the best of the best and 4090 is the best ATM.

It's a lot of questions, but I appreciate the help.

9 Comments
2024/07/19
01:29 UTC

1

Build critique/ review

New build or upgrade? - New build.

I really wanted to upgrade to a setup for playing more AAA game titles, so I’m just getting into building a pc. I would feel more comfortable if someone more experienced looked over the potential build I’ve got going on. PCPartpicker says they’re all compatible, but tech stuff is still complicated (to me) and I’d like to make sure I’m not overlooking something.

PCPartPicker List

Purpose: Gaming (not envisioning anything crazy, would like to finish Elden Ring) Purchase country: US Monitors needed? 1, In list Budget range? Hard limit is around $1500 WiFi or wired connection? WiFi Size/noise constraints? Preferably able to fit on or underneath a 2 x 5 foot desk. Color/lightning preferences? None- cheapest option

Thanks for any feedback and advice 👍

6 Comments
2024/07/19
01:18 UTC

1

Streaming PC for Wife (Art, Animation, Harvest Moon type games, Sims 4 for sure)

  • New build or upgrade?

New Build

  • Existing parts/monitors to reuse? (List with models/links)

None! Starting from the ground up

  • PC purpose? (Gaming, editing, etc. List apps/games)

Streaming:

Art/Drawing

Animation

Sims 4

Harvest Moon type games

  • Purchase country? Near Micro Center?

US, living as far south Texas as you can get so will ship everything

  • Monitors needed? (Number, size, resolution, refresh rate)

2 Monitors, Size unimportant, resolution and refresh rate not super important either but would like something with decent color gamut If possible.

  • Budget range? (Include tax considerations)

At or around 2k would be great. 3k maximum from what I've been thinking right now. Not sure exactly what's realistic.

  • WiFi or wired connection?

Wired

  • Size/noise constraints?

None

  • Color/lighting preferences?

RGB Lightining and whatever I can to make it pretty! She's a very artsy cute aesthetic girl.

  • Any other specific needs?

I'm really just looking for a nice computer that will allow her to create and stream at the same time. Games will definitely be streamed but no high refresh rate necessary on our end. Just a smooth streaming experience for both viewer and streamer.

She is currently using an ipad pro mnrxr3ll/a

2 Comments
2024/07/19
01:16 UTC

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