What are you using it for? Am assuming gaming and not much else that's demanding?
The 120gb SSD ia very, very small. You'd really want a larger one. Even just for Windows, programs, and no games, 240gb would be better. But you'll want some games on SSD too.
The i5 10500 is hard to justify, essentially because it's a mid-range CPU designed to go with a mid-range motherboard i.e.a B460. But, B460 limits RAM to 2666MHz.
This means you're either spending more than an AMD R5 3600 for something that, due to the RAM, ends up performing no or little better anyway - or you buy it with a Z490 motherboard for faster RAM which is a tragic waste of hardware (locked i5 on an overclocking platform).
I'd probably suggest going with an AMD R5 3600 + B450 and 3200/3600MHz RAM. Since unlike Intel B460, AMD B450 actually lets you use faster RAM at those speeds.
Buying a cheap case and adding a load of fans is rarely going to be your best option - because very cheap cases often have design that limits airflow anyway. Generally better to just spend the extra on a better case that has better airflow and probably better fans to begin with. e.g. Fractal Focus G.
A 550W PSU would allow more headroom for future upgrades - e.g. a new GPU in the future - at the very least keeping your options more open.
You can probably just use the stock paste that comes with the CPU cooler you're buying. Or in the case of AMD you could just stick to the stock cooler, which is fine.
The case should be cost neutral or even save you money, since if you buy a half decent budget one you don't need to buy extra fans with it. I'd suggest the Fractal Focus G which has a similar aesthetic to the original one you posted, while being more than adequate with its stock fan setup.I’m just worried that getting a more expensive case
You get paste included with most CPU coolers, and with the stock AMD Wraith Stealth ones (the ones bundled with the R5 3600) those have paste pre-applied I believe.Also, I didn’t know that you got stock paste with a cpu cooler. Good to know.
Putting favourite / most currently played games on the SSD will often massively increase loading speed, and could potentially help ensure smooth performance if those games stream a lot of data from storage - there's some indication games are moving that way. You could also get an SSD that has significantly better performance for little extra cash. For instance the WD Blue with its 3D NAND - at 500gb capacities is literally just a few quid more than the ultra budget Kingstons.I don’t plan on getting games on it. That’s what the HDD is for.
It's not anything to worry about.Is it anything to worry about? Is there any way I can guarantee that the motherboard that’s arrived from UKpcpartpicker has the correct BIOS?
- Warning!Some AMD B450 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Matisse CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.
Also, I just found out that if you wanna connect to WiFi without an Ethernet cable, you need to buy an adaptor for that. Is the one I added to my parts list appropriate? It’s a flight of stairs and a few walls from the router, and our internet speed is at best 100mbps download and 11mbps upload
For the motherboard you could consider this
Sam price (couple of quid cheaper), but offers USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C at the rear instead of Gen 1 type C as on the Asus. It also has an additional M.2 slot. More USB ports, and more expansion slots too.
That's not really accurate. The load times difference between a decent Sata SSD and a top-drawer NVMe SSD is tiny.There will be a huge difference in load times in games
Userbenchmark is dangerous, atrocious garbage and should be avoided at all costs for benchmarks.
You are of course right about the transfer speeds, but tbh that's not really going to be worth the stonking price premium at this budget level.
Unless the OP copies gigabytes and gigbytes of data on the same drive every day. It's not like copy speeds from the HDD or anything other an an NVMe SSD in the same system will be faster.
If spending more on storage, it would make more sense to just get more storage, not more expensive storage.