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Hi all,

I'm new to PC gaming, I have absolutely no clue and am in no way tech savvy.

I recently ordered myself a gaming PC and was hoping to get thoughts on the build I was reccomended and what it will open up for me in terms of gaming capabilities?

Here's the build:

Case
CIT DARK SOUL BLACK CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Six Core CPU (3.6GHz-4.25GHz/19MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
Gigabyte B450 AORUS ELITE: DDR4, USB 3.1 - RGB Ready
Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2666MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
8GB AMD RADEON™ RX 5500 XT - HDMI, DP, DX® 12
1st Storage Drive
512GB PCS 2.5" SSD, SATA 6 Gb (520MB/R, 450MB/W)
2nd Storage Drive
2TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA-III 3.5" HDD, 6GB/s, 7200RPM, 256MB CACHE
Power Supply
CORSAIR 450W VS SERIES™ VS-450 POWER SUPPLY
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
PCS FrostFlow 100 RGB Series High Performance CPU Cooler (AMD)
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KK3-00002]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365 (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
BullGuard™ Internet Security - Free 90 Day License inc. Gamer Mode
Browser
Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)

Many thanks
 

OsaX Nymloth

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You already ordered it? If so, it may be a bit too late for our opinion.

I have few doubts regarding this setup. First the PSU while is good brand, is probably on the edge of being sufficient for all these components and I would personally go for something more close to 600W.

The RAM could surely be a bit faster, with Ryzen it's way more important to have high speed RAM than with Intel's processors. This motherboard can go up to 3200Mhz which is recommended for Ryzen CPU's.

As for GPU, I assume there's some better options around it's price range as well, but I am sure somebody else will point that out soon.

If you could cancel the order and tell us your budget, some knowledgeable people would surely recommend something good for your buck. Also: I assume you have monitor ready, what's the resolution and refresh rate you're planning on gaming?
 
Feb 17, 2020
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You can amend orders after placing them with PCS, but I suspect cancelling and resubmitting will be the better play here.

This looks like a PC Specialist configuration. As well as asking here, get advice on those forums too as they know the PCS configurators well.

In general:
  • Case seems to be cheap garbage, probably poor for airflow and upgrade options. Fractal Focus G if they still do it is a much better bet and still quite cheap
  • 3000 / 3200MHz RAM (except they don't offer it in that configurator except in 32gb quantity, which is a waste of cash for you)
  • That B450 mobo may not be worth it over the other one they do
  • 550W PSU gives more upgrade options / freedom in the future.
  • 5500 XT 8gb is terrible value - the 1660 is more powerful and cheaper
  • Even the GTX 1650 Super is as good but way, way cheaper - PCS's AMD GPU pricing is often hit and miss - this one's a major miss.
  • You could stick with the stock CPU cooler, it's fine.
  • The PCS SSD may be trash-tier. At least with the Intel 660p, you know what you're getting...

With those tweaks you can can get a similarly priced system with the better R5 3600

You'd need to cancel the order and resubmit using the other configurator that has the R5 3600, but I'd advise you to do so. I suspect those on the PCS forum would do the same.

Case
FRACTAL FOCUS G BLACK GAMING CASE (Window)
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Six Core CPU (3.6GHz-4.2GHz/36MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® PRIME B450-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.1, 6Gb/s) - RGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3000MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1650 SUPER - HDMI
1st Storage Drive
2TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA-III 3.5" HDD, 6GB/s, 7200RPM, 256MB CACHE
1st M.2 SSD Drive
512GB INTEL® 660p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (upto 1500MB/sR | 1000MB/sW)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
NOT REQUIRED
Power Supply
CORSAIR 550W CV SERIES™ CV-550 POWER SUPPLY
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KK3-00002]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365 (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
BullGuard™ Internet Security - Free 90 Day License inc. Gamer Mode
Browser
Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 12 to 14 working days
Price: £927.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/NBnGdUbDEz/
 
May 1, 2020
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Just to edit, I worded it wrong. This is the quote I have been given for my order. I haven't actually placed it as yet.

I have a budget of £1000 and I'm hoping to be able to play the latest total war games, stellaris, battlefleet gothic. Mostly strategy games. For shooters I prefer console, just personal preference.

Thank you for all the feedback so far!
 

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