What is the best streaming and gaming build for $1000 or less?

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Competition 

The PC Gamer Best PC Builds - $1000 Streaming and Gaming Build

Welcome to very first PC Gamer Best PC Builds competition!

We're down to the final five. Vote now to decide the winner in each category. Here are the top five streaming and gaming builds:

It's an open secret that here at PC Gamer we love PC Building. Building your own PC makes for a fun weekend project, and nets you the biggest performance bang for your buck. It's hard to match the sweet satisfaction of customizing each component to fit your specifications and needs. We want to share the joy of PC Building with the entire community, which is why we're challenging you to submit your best performing builds at the lowest possible price in a number of categories.

The competition will run from April 17th till April 27th. This means you have 10 days to submit your builds!

We've extended the submission period until May 4th! May the fourth be with you and may your builds bring order to the galaxy!



At the end of the competition the winners and their builds will be featured on the PC Gamer home page. Submit your build and get that clout!

This is the $1000 Gaming and Streaming Build
We're looking for the best streaming and gaming build for under $1000. We will favor submissions that include capture cards and can game in 4K.

How does it work?
We're gonna break this competition down into 4 parts:
  1. Submit your builds​
  2. After a week of submissions, the PC Gamer staff will pick their top 5 in each category. We will judge primarily on quality of components, price, and theoretical system performance.​
  3. Users vote on their favorite build of the top 5.​
  4. We feature the winning builds in each category on the PC Gamer homepage.​

How do I submit a build?

  1. Head to the PCPartPicker System Builder.
  2. Build your system!
  3. When you're all set, smash that BB code button
  4. Copy the BB code
  5. Head to this thread, respond hit the BB code toggle in the tool bar
  6. Paste the BB code and post your thread!

Ground Rules - Read this or you will be disqualified :)

  • Only one build per budget category, per user. Multiple builds from a single user or duplicate accounts will be disqualified.
  • Do not go over budget.
  • Use list prices only: coupons, rebates, bundles or any other limited-time offers will not be accepted.
  • Do not include shipping or tax in your final budget.
  • Do not include the Operating System, Monitor or VR Headset, Keyboard, Mouse or Gamepad.
  • All builds must have a name.
  • Do not put your forum handle in the name of your build, and avoid odd capitalizations & symbols.
  • 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

Here are links to all three build categories:

$500 Min Spec Console Killer
$1000 Streaming and Gaming Build
$2000 Ultra High Quality Cyberpunk 2077 Build

Good luck and may the best build win!
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

Motherboard: MSI BCCCC450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($112.99@ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($72.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial MX500 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99@ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Custom: Ryzen 1600 12nm ($85.00)
Total: $998.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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We're looking for the best streaming and gaming build for under $1000. We will favor submissions that include capture cards and can game in 4K.
Questions:

1) So.. a PC that can do all of i) stream from devices other than itself (hence capture card?), ii) that can game in 4k, and iii) can also stream its own games (resolution unspecified)? Yes?

2) How - realistically - do we handle capture cards with partpicker?

Because there are 2 ways that I can see, neither of which seems very good.

Either they need to be added as manually created custom parts. Which is a PITA for anyone not a US resident trying to find USA prices/stock - and is probably not ideal for checking entries either...

Or, you google the part name and the words "pc partpicker" and hope it has an entry, with stock, and prices.

Many don't, like the Razer Ripsaw - which has 2 entries (A and B) but no prices or stock. Though a quick check on US websites (ones I can get to pretend I live in the US without a VPN...) suggests it's widely out of stock anyway.

The only ones that I could find info for easily were three Elgato ones (A, B, C), two of which don't do 4k passthrough (a problem given the 4k gaming requirement here? - the updated version that does do 4k passthrough isn't on PCPartpicker) and the 3rd costing $400 or 40% of the entire budget.

Edit: Eventually found another option. But the method doesn't seem smooth here. And took a heck of a long time.
 
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Revised Spec:

Streamer Pure Focus

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($294.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($68.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($68.95 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB GAMING Twin Fan Video Card ($219.99 @ B&H)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12III 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ B&H)
Custom: AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus, 4K Pass-Through, Full HD 1080p60 USB Game Capture, Ultra Low Latency, Record, Stream, Plug & Play, Party Chat for XBOX, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch (GC513) ($169.99 @ Dell)
Total: $1009.01
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Excluding Shipping: $998.03
 
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Alright, here we go. This is the Archangel HD Streaming and Gaming Rig. Due to the budget, we couldn't fit RTX and a stream card, but instead opted for a really nice GTX series card. We also opted for an SSHD over SSD to be able to pack in the boot speed without spending too much.

To make sure we can stream at max capacity, we chose a powerful CPU over GPU performance. Needless to say, we should be able to get 4k if we push, but this rig is really going to be a streamers heaven.

Note: the BIOS for the MAX motherboards are updated, so there aren't any issues with the 3000 series processors interfering with the BIOS. Hope you enjoy!

Archangel Streaming/Gaming Rig

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($104.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate FireCuda 2 TB 2.5" 5400RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB GAMING AMP Video Card ($249.99 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA BR 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($52.86 @ Amazon)
Custom: Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro, stream and record in 1080p60, superior low latency technology, H.264 hardware encoding, PCIe ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $994.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I call it, The Compensator

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($328.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks P300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($85.60 @ Amazon)
Total: $998.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Hiltless (from the weapon in Demon Souls + PoE)

With the focus being on both gaming and streaming I decided to favour a slightly weaker GPU for some overclocking headroom to ensure the CPU wasn't bottlenecking perf while streaming.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-9600KF 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($194.99 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler ($63.75 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 UD ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($78.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($274.99 @ B&H)
Case: Corsair 275R Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ B&H)
Total: $992.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (14nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.89 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: Patriot Signature Premium 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team MS30 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB KO ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: HEC HX310 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart BX1 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Custom: Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro, stream and record in 1080p60, superior low latency technology, H.264 hardware encoding, PCIe ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $985.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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It can play 1440p medium / high 60fps on AAA games, Esports games easy 120 fps. Might get 60fps on 4k low / medium.

998.80 USD without shipping
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Team MS30 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB GAMING X Video Card ($424.00 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA B5 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($78.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $995.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I call it, the Supercomputer. My focus was on fitting a powerful graphics card and an 8 core for streaming!

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($294.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($68.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: VisionTek Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB 50th anniversary edition Video Card ($369.99 @ Dell Technologies)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair VS 450 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1008.05 ($993.08 exc. shipping)
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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This has been my dream build, unfortunately my finances don't allow me to build it, yet!
I call it The Stifmeister, because it would literally f*** any game out there.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.15 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($102.22 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT 8 GB Phantom Gaming D OC Video Card ($183.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Crystal 280X RGB MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12III 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($66.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $968.04
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Questions:

1) So.. a PC that can do all of i) stream from devices other than itself (hence capture card?), ii) that can game in 4k, and iii) can also stream its own games (resolution unspecified)? Yes?

2) How - realistically - do we handle capture cards with partpicker?

Because there are 2 ways that I can see, neither of which seems very good.

Either they need to be added as manually created custom parts. Which is a PITA for anyone not a US resident trying to find USA prices/stock - and is probably not ideal for checking entries either...

Or, you google the part name and the words "pc partpicker" and hope it has an entry, with stock, and prices.

Many don't, like the Razer Ripsaw - which has 2 entries (A and B) but no prices or stock. Though a quick check on US websites (ones I can get to pretend I live in the US without a VPN...) suggests it's widely out of stock anyway.

The only ones that I could find info for easily were three Elgato ones (A, B, C), two of which don't do 4k passthrough (a problem given the 4k gaming requirement here? - the updated version that does do 4k passthrough isn't on PCPartpicker) and the 3rd costing $400 or 40% of the entire budget.

Edit: Eventually found another option. But the method doesn't seem smooth here. And took a heck of a long time.
I believe the gaming res goal is 4k, but is not required for streaming quality due to the fact there's no way to fit a 200-300+ stream card in here.
 

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I believe the gaming res goal is 4k, but is not required for streaming quality due to the fact there's no way to fit a 200-300+ stream card in here.
I figured that - when I said '[streaming] resolutionunspecified' it was kind of sarcastic tbh as the entire brief is really badly specified.

Hence why almost nobody has included a capture card (despite PCG saying they want builds with capture cards).

Which makes sense when you think about it because if you're buying a $1000 PC to game and stream games that are run on that PC, you're not going to spend $200 on a capture card. You'll stream off the CPU (or GPU) like everyone else does.

You'd only get the capture card if you were also capturing another system's gameplay.

And $1000 for a system that captures another system's gameplay, games at 4k (and also streams its own gameplay..?) is ... well... first time I ever came across a brief like that :)

It was everything else I was asking about. Would be interested to hear PCG's answers.
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($149.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 5500 XT 8 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card ($209.99 @ B&H)
Case: Cooler Master MasterCase H500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.73 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $994.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I call it the Streamstarter

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.15 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($104.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB MECH OC Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks ECLIPSE P350X ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $973.07
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I went with a red and black theme
So I decided to call it "Blackwidow"

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.15 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($104.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston A400 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($30.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB KO ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H510i ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($68.99 @ Walmart)
Total: $998.08
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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"Mystic Dragon"

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.15 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Patriot P300 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($71.98 @ Amazon)

Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB MECH OC Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)

Total without discount and shipping: $994.08

Total: $995.07

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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This may be a stupid question, but does it have to be US based? I've got a €1000 build on europe prices, but some parts may not even be available in US while they are in Europe. Also, a lot of readers are from Europe I think :) Taxes are actually included because VAT.

PCPartPicker Part List

European Prime

CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (€183.90 @ Azerty)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (€124.90 @ Azerty)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory (€106.95 @ Megekko)
Storage: Crucial MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive (€129.85 @ Megekko)
Video Card: Inno3D GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB Twin X2 Video Card (€302.95 @ Azerty)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400S ATX Mid Tower Case (€97.89 @ Azerty)
Power Supply: EVGA 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (€54.99 @ Azerty)
Base total: €971.78
Prices include taxes.
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Don’t call it country

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.15 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($68.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB PULSE Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($144.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $998.06
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Welcome to 'PLEXUS'

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.15 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Team MS30 256 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($19.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: VisionTek Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB 50th anniversary edition Video Card ($369.99 @ Dell Technologies)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($47.33 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($40.98 @ Newegg)
Custom: Razer Ripsaw HD Game Streaming Capture Card - [4K Passthrough][1080p FHD 60 FPS Recording][Compatible w/PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch] ($159.99)
Total: $990.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Base Total (before rebate and shipping): $999.36
 
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With $1000, I feel like there is still a magic ceiling where if you cut costs wrong, you'll end up with a gimped rig. I started with a 2070 super, then realized when I crammed the parts in, I was way over budget. With this being a middle of the road build, yet still needing some POWAHHH, I went with a 2060 super and a Ryzen 5.

Looking back 20 years ago though, this is mind blowing for $1000.


The Graduate.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec P5 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite V3 400 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $995.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Build name - Stinger

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.15 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($143.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston A400 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate FireCuda 1 TB 2.5" 5400RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB KO GAMING Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Aerocool Bolt ATX Mid Tower Case ($58.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart RGB 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Rx 24-bit 192 kHz Sound Card ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($42.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $998.46
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-21 17:56 EDT-0400
 
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CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($294.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($179.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB OC Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Aerocool Cylon ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($89.84 @ Amazon)
Total: $987.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-23 19:41 EDT-0400
 
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CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.15 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB CHALLENGER D OC Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ B&H)
Total: $960.09
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-21 20:33 EDT-0400

Notes: No capture card become I'm expecting people to play and stream mostly PC games.

3600 CL16 RAM is the optimal speed for Ryzen 3: Ryzen likes fast ram, but anything faster than 3600 results in the system actually slowing down due to how infinity fabric works.

At this price point anything less than a quality 80+ Gold PSU is silly.
 
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