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Building a modest gaming rig.

Postby supporttheunderdog » Sat May 02, 2020 6:59 am

My girlie has quite a nice i7 laptop with a “full HD” 1080 * 1920 60 FPS screen driven by a 2gb MX 130 graphics set up. Now she wants a gaming PC.

If I cannot slow her down I am looking at something reasonably modest that will be a tad better on the graphics front.

I am after firstly recommendations for suppliers and whether it is worth shipping in or buying local. I would prefer that latter, unless the price differential really is too great,. Any suggestions on suppliers?

Ι have started by looking at the monitor, since that ultimately is what she will be looking at. I understand that while big high res 4 monitors are available, to get optimal effects one has to pay megabucks to get a system that will drive it.

Here I plan to buy a reasonable 1080 p monitor, probably 24 inches, which will give a reasonable pixel density, possibly with 75 MHz refresh rate and a 1 or 2 ms response time, with free sync and unofficial G sync capacity.

Going to 1080 p at 27 inches the Pixel density drops off display is too granular and for that size you probably need 1440p and to get a reasonable moving picture the guts driving it get pricier.

Working back from there I am thinking of an AMD driven gpu like the RX570, or a comparable Nvidia card coupled with either one of the newer Ryzen 3 or a ryzen 5 cpu, on a b450 mother board.
AM4 currently gives an easier upgrade path.

16gb ram, as fast as possible, 256 GB SSD, possibly m2 form factor, for the boot disk, and SATA hdd (2TB) with case and PSU to match. I am not having to look at a liquid cooling system and I am not looking for a flash case with bright decorative LED lights, just one with plenty of fan holes and good cable management.

Thoughts?
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Re: Building a modest gaming rig.

Postby erolz66 » Sat May 02, 2020 8:05 am

Normally I would spec a system by starting with total budget and work backwards from there, looking to get most bang for buck with money available.

Right now guess your price point ish I would be looking at components like these

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Radeon RX 570
Asus TUF B450-PLUS GAMING
970 EVO PLUS 500GB M.2 2280 PCI-E 3.0 X4 NVME SOLID STATE DRIVE
Corsair VENGEANCE LPX 16GB (2X8GB) DDR4 PC4-24000C16 3000MHZ DUAL CHANNEL KIT

Monitor - budget
AOC G2260VWQ6 22" 1920X1080 TN 75HZ FREESYNC 1MS GAMING WIDESCREEN LED MONITOR

Monitor - nopn budget
AOC GAMING 24G2U 24" 1920X1080 IPS 144HZ 1MS FREESYNC WIDESCREEN LED GAMING MONITOR

I would pay a bit more for quality PSU rather than cheap generic one. If you had any more money then first component I would upscale would be gpu from 570 to 580. Next would be MB to x570 based chipset. I tend to use All in one cpu water coolers on my own systems but that is primarily because low noise is important to me. Depending on use and tolerance for noise , stock cpu cooler may be sufficient.
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Re: Building a modest gaming rig.

Postby Get Real! » Sat May 02, 2020 11:34 am

Miscellaneous thoughts…

No mention of budget… minimum should be €2.5K before you can use the label “rig”.

If you hate the noise you can get cable extenders for everything and keep it outside if you’ve got a handy balcony nearby; good for those living in apartments.

I would purchase all the parts from a single gigantic US online store and pay the taxes when the goods arrive, and it would still cost less than anything from the EU.

Plus in the US they’ve got all the latest products whereas in CY… forget it, it’s all junk from 2-3 years ago!

Lots of research before you buy anything… start with the MB and work from there.

Visit 4-5 online US stores so you can get a feel of what’s out there and it’ll all slowly come together in your head.

PS: Daughter is lucky to have a daddy eager to please her. :)
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