How To How to Ask for New Build or Upgrade Advice

SHaines

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If you're looking for advice, the best way to get it is by providing as much information as possible right from the start. This allows other readers the context they need to point you in the right direction. Here are some suggestions to improve your chances of getting solid answers:

What should I Title my thread?
When creating a new topic for your upgrade or build, please use a descriptive title, such as "AMD Ryzen based PC for Streaming in 4K " or "$500 Budget - mITX Form Factor Gaming PC".

How should I suggest a build or provide advice?
To give or receive advice, please provide links to the Amazon and/or Newegg product pages of each component — we encourage users to use PCPartPicker's System Build for speedy construction. Do not post a link to your build, but rather please be sure to export as BBCode for a quick copy/paste to the forums:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Biostar - X370GTN Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($174.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master - Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($44.12 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - BR 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $475.06
Minus Shipping: $10.98
Base Total: $467.07
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-09 14:31 EDT-0400

You can find the export option, by going on the System Builder tab on PCPartPicker, then on the line labeled markup and clicking on the BB icon. This will bring up a window with the code necessary for forum export. Use Ctrl+C to copy and paste on the forums, here, using Ctrl+V.

In order to make things even easier, copy and paste the following template into your post and edit the italicized examples to suit your needs:

Why Are You Upgrading: (e.g. I'm having trouble running game X or my PSU broke)

Budget: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Use Case: What will your machine be used for? (e.g.: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

Your Monitor Resolution and desired frame rate: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts? (Newegg, Amazon, or somewhere else)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)
 
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MaddMann

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Ok, thanks for the guide! It is well written and I agree with these steps, lets go ahead and test it.

I would like to upgrade my system a bit more, it seems like I have some bottlenecks that I just have not figured out, but they also haven't been enough to frustrate me.

My current build:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($504.99 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: *Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: *ASRock Z390 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($189.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB AORUS Video Card ($1539.31 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master RC-1000K-KKN2-GP ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($128.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.99 @ B&H)
Total: $2948.18
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-17 17:28 EST-0500


My budget for upgrading from here is $600. I am happy with my monitors and accessories, so where do you folks think I should focus my funds?
Also I have several more hdd in my computer, but I don't have all that info handy, I just listed the hard drives I use for gaming. The rest are general storage (I'm a photographer)
 
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