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Input on 1080p gaming

clshades

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Rig mainly used for gaming for my son.

Have a 1070 Strix
Have 144hz monitor

Mainly I'm after a budget gaming rig for the boy. I was gonna snag sugarj sale but someone got to it 1st. Doesn't need to be bleeding edge or future proof. Couple years is fine. Used gear is fine too.

I was thinking a 10500k overclocked on air or AIO.
16gig ram
Need PSU (quality)
Need case, good air flow, prefer mAtx.
Need small mouse
Need OS drive and gaming drive.
Need compatible battery backup
Etc.

I'm not really picky other than avoiding MSI. I realize Zen 3 would be better, however, I think an Intel for gaming might be better under the circumstances (price/performance). I just don't know the Intel side of things that well as I've only researched AMD heavily.


Budget is around 1000 give or take.
 

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Obviously used can save you lots and do exactly what you want. What you can find will dictate those components.

CPU - If you go intel, I would go with the cheapest 6 core you can (10400F) for around $190ish

Personally on that budget I would go for a Ryzen 5 3600, leaving massive upgrade options available in the future (around $260ish)

PSU - best deal right now is Corsair RMx 650w for $110.

Storage - multiple low capacity drives offer worst GB/$. I would go with a single 1TB NVME to start. You could always add more later. SN550 is my recommend at $130 right now.

Case - If you can sqeeze it in the budget, I would go for meshify C mini if you want mATX. Not a really compact case, but is great for airflow/compatibility.
 

clshades

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Hoping to squeeze all 4.8ghz out of this cpu, it's strictly for gaming and I know I can push the 1070 strix to 100fps in most games. Still stuck on the mobo, I know nothing about intel chipsets. Just over 1000 bux for all this. I considered the Ryzen but there's really no point, imo, with the way lower clock frequencies/budget. Lemmie know what you think.

Fractal Design Meshify C Mini Dark TG Edition mATX Case w/ Tempered Glass Panel, Black
$144.99

Intel Core™ i5-10600K Processor, 4.1GHz w/ 6 Cores / 12 Threads 4.8ghz boosted.
$289.99

Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer II Series 120 All-In-One Water CPU Cooler
$119.99

Asus PRIME H470M-PLUS/CSM w/ DDR4-2933, 7.1 Audio, Dual M.2, Gigabit LAN, CrossFire
$154.99

Western Digital Blue SN550 M.2 PCI-E NVMe SSD, 1TB
139.99

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3200MHz Kit (2x8GB), Black
$119.99

Corsair RMx Series RM650x 80+ Gold Fully Modular ATX Power Supply, 650W (not sure it fits in the case yet)
$119.99

Razer Viper Mini Chroma RGB 61 gram Ultralight Gaming Mouse
$54.99

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Blue Switches
$70ish
 

Bond007

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Hoping to squeeze all 4.8ghz out of this cpu, it's strictly for gaming and I know I can push the 1070 strix to 100fps in most games. Still stuck on the mobo, I know nothing about intel chipsets. Just over 1000 bux for all this. I considered the Ryzen but there's really no point, imo, with the way lower clock frequencies/budget. Lemmie know what you think.

Fractal Design Meshify C Mini Dark TG Edition mATX Case w/ Tempered Glass Panel, Black
$144.99

Intel Core™ i5-10600K Processor, 4.1GHz w/ 6 Cores / 12 Threads 4.8ghz boosted.
$289.99

Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer II Series 120 All-In-One Water CPU Cooler
$119.99

Asus PRIME H470M-PLUS/CSM w/ DDR4-2933, 7.1 Audio, Dual M.2, Gigabit LAN, CrossFire
$154.99

Western Digital Blue SN550 M.2 PCI-E NVMe SSD, 1TB
139.99

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3200MHz Kit (2x8GB), Black
$119.99

Corsair RMx Series RM650x 80+ Gold Fully Modular ATX Power Supply, 650W (not sure it fits in the case yet)
$119.99

Razer Viper Mini Chroma RGB 61 gram Ultralight Gaming Mouse
$54.99

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Blue Switches
$70ish
Choices seem fine overall. A few comments.

1. can that motherboard OC? I didn’t think so, but it is possible that I may not be aware of it.

2. I still think a better long term solution is the 3600/3600X to have the ability to upgrade in a few years (if required) up to the 5xxx series with up to 16 cores. A minimal sacrifice for now (possibly none on a gtx 1070) for a better platform and longer life. Ultimately your call.

3. for a cooler, I don’t recommend 120mm unless it is the only option you can fit. Air coolers usually outperform them and are cheaper. I would either go air, or up to the 240 version.

4. see further below

The seasonic powersupplies are my recommendation :

650w, 119$

You can get the same Corsair LPX kit, but for less, and 3600mhz

Here
PSU is also a great choice. When I recommended the rmx, I think the focus plus was more expensive. I also tend to lean towards seasonic.
 

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  • Go with Z490 board instead so you can OC with the K CPU and water cooling.
  • I would go with WD Black SN750 instead of Blue SN550 if you're going to do single drive only. PC Part Picker showing the Black SN750 being around $20 more.
 

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be careful with the board you buy as if you want to upgrade to Rocket Lake S, it's been revealed that only certain Z490 boards will actually support it.
 

djbrad

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PSU is also a great choice. When I recommended the rmx, I think the focus plus was more expensive. I also tend to lean towards seasonic.
Corsair are also great, used them for many years. Still got one 520hx and 620hx (2007/2008) running. It's just a matter of finding the best current deal.
 

clshades

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be careful with the board you buy as if you want to upgrade to Rocket Lake S, it's been revealed that only certain Z490 boards will actually support it.
Yes thank you. Think I'm gonna change course and bite the bullet on the AMD setup instead. When more than one mentions it, probably a good idea to follow the good advice. 👍
 
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