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First build, will be used primarily for digital art and video editing + moderate gaming

pinmissiles

18 months ago

I was initially looking to buy one pre-built (didn't want to spend a ton on something I could potentially screw up, even if it meant paying extra), but after pouring over guides/videos for several months I'm pretty confident I can handle it. Just gonna take it slowly!

Here's what I've come up with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $296.79 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $27.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - Z270 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $130.88 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $189.99 @ Amazon
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $68.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.89 @ OutletPC
Optical Drive Pioneer - BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $58.69 @ OutletPC
Monitor HP - 22cwa 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor $89.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1073.10
Mail-in rebates -$55.00
Total $1018.10
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-02 00:09 EDT-0400

I've mostly been going off of reviews since I have 0 experience with what works and what doesn't, haha. I've had some friends take a look at it, but I'd like to get as many opinions as I can before I really start investing (besides the video card - kind of jumped the gun on that one since I'd been waiting for it to drop in price).

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I would also include a 1-2 TB HDD that runs 7200rpm for extra storage, especially if there are large digital art/ vector files and video files. (on the safe side also get an dependable external hard drive for back-up sake)

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good! I forgot to mention that budget is also a concern, so cheaper is definitely a plus.

For the price, would you say that I'll be able to get what I need out of it? I'd like to be able to run PS and Vegas efficiently and possibly record/stream while doing it. As for games the most demanding one I'm concerned about running is Monster Hunter World in the fall.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

RYZEN FOR SURE!

Not sure how flexible you are with the budget:

  • For the motherboard your initial selected board had integrated AC WIFI included. If this is something you want to keep i have amended the list, if not needed, switch it back to the above suggestion.

  • For $1 more changed SanDisk to Crucial MX500. Benefits: 10GB additional storage, outperforms SSD PLUS in every respect (faster) and just overall a better build.

  • 250GB SSD would be sufficient for the operating system, all applications and some temporary working data. Assuming you don't have additional storage - added a second 1TB HD to install all games, data, etc. In terms of added performance in gaming the SSD won't help hence the HD is more than sufficient as the source drive.

  • OPTIONAL: The Video card is great and can easily manage games above 60fps. I would go with a 75hz display as the GPU is more than capable of playing current demanding games on high settings at 60-80fps. A 24" screen would also be nice for added screen real estate for gaming, multi-tasking, etc. The added model also has a lower response time which is always a positive.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz 8-Core Processor $268.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - X370 KILLER SLI/ac ATX AM4 Motherboard $133.17 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $189.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Pioneer - BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $58.69 @ OutletPC
Monitor LG - 24MP59G-P 23.8" 1920x1080 75Hz Monitor $136.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1095.59
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-02 12:53 EDT-0400
  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! All of this input has really put my mind at ease.

Wireless is definitely a must, though if the motherboard is going to make much of a difference I would've thrown in a wireless adapter to make up for it.

More storage is always welcome - one of the things I've grown to appreciate about building my own PC is that I can add/upgrade things when my budget allows (like storage). In the meantime I do have an external HD that I use for backups.

The monitor you suggested would also save me from buying a DisplayPort adapter for the one I'd picked out, since my tablet monitor would be taking up the HDMI port. Win-win!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad it helped!

The external HD is a nice added bonus! I'm crazy about backups....so I make several, cloud storage, ext HD and an incremental progressive one on the internal HD. My work is very sensitive and had a very nasty experience about 6 years ago and ever since i'm on OVER-DRIVE B/UP MADNESS MODE lol.

Good luck with the build!

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