Question Rate my rig?

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Tzblizz

Member
Hello I'm new here, I'm looking to put together a good PC for gaming, something that is going to be able to provide good FPS at high graphics and also not be too loud. Hoping for it to be powerful enough to support current VR games and have some room to be able to support graphical improvements in the future.

I am a gamer and I do know a fair amount about PC's in a way as I'm a software engineer however hardware is not something I have as great deal of knowledge with so I'd like some honest feedback on this (please tell me if I'm being an idiot), any possible improvements or alternative builds. Budget wise, there isn't exactly a line in the sand at this point, but the build I posted below is roughly around what I was looking to spend.

Case
PCS SR-621GG TEMPERED GLASS CASE

Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six Core CPU (3.2GHz-3.6GHz/19MB CACHE/AM4)

Motherboard
ASUS® STRIX B350-F GAMING (DDR4, USB 3.0, 6Gb/s) - RGB Ready!

Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2133MHz (4 x 4GB)

Graphics Card
11GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1080 Ti - HDMI, 3x DP GeForce - GTX VR Ready!

1st Hard Disk
1TB SEAGATE FIRECUDA 3.5" SSHD

1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB WD Blue™ 3D NAND M.2 SSD (up to 560MB/sR | 530MB/sW)

DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
NOT REQUIRED

External DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
8x Slim USB 2.0 External DVD-RW

Power Supply
CORSAIR 550W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET

Processor Cooling
Corsair H110i Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler

Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING

Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR 5.1 PCI-E Soundcard

Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS 802.11 AC1750 1,300Mbps/5GHz, 450Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD

USB Options
2 PORT (1 x TYPE A, 1 x TYPE C) USB 3.1 PCI-E CARD + STANDARD USB PORTS


Pricing Information

Price (excluding VAT) £1,763.33
Price £2,116.00
Total Order price (Ex VAT) £1,763.33
Total Order Price £2,116.00

Thanks for any help and advice :)
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
I’d have gone with an Intel CPU if I was spending 2K on a PC.
 

sykotik

Distinguished Member
I would recommend getting a bigger PSU , 550w might be pushing it with the 5 1600 and the 1080ti
especially if you ever want to get into overclocking at a later date ,

the ram seems pretty low too 2133mhz with 4 sticks ,
look at getting 2x8gb , higher rate , just make sure that it is compatible , as some makes are not not with the first gen ryzens .
 

Ono

Well-known Member
It is good ..... what resolution are you dealing with?

If it is only 1080p .... you probably overdid it. Personally, I'd pair it up with 1440p or 1440p ultrawide.
 

drinkturps

Well-known Member
Do you need a dedicated sound card if you don't want something too loud? Most onboard sound is more than adequate these days and the mobo makes a lot of noise about how great the SupremeFX chip is.
 

Tzblizz

Member
Thanks for the feedback everyone.

So if I
  • Remove the dedicated sound card
  • Change the 4x 4GB ram to 16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2666MHz (2 x 8GB)
  • Change the 550W PSU to a CORSAIR 750W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET.
The price goes from £2116 to £2033.

Greg Hook - unfortunately the site I was using to configure and price up this build doesn't seem to have Intel CPU's available for me, could you recommend a specific CPU you think would work better? - Actually found that its in a different part of the website, I'll put together an Intel alternative if you could judge that one for me too that would great :)

Ono - I was hoping for the best resolution possible with sort of a 1080p minimum.
 
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Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
For that sort of money, I’d expect a fully modular PSU. They are much tidies than a semi modular one.

Also, I’m not sure what site you are using but it’s strange that they offer no Intel CPUs.
One of the new i7 coffee lake processors, plus you’ll have to change the motherboard obviously.
 

BontaKun3000

Active Member
Might be a good idea to post where you getting this from exactly, it's better to see whats on offer to make better suggestions.
 

Tzblizz

Member
Ahhh okay, I found a section for the Intel, they separate it from AMD for obvious reasons, I just missed the screen the first time, I'm using https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/custom-pc/ and going through the AMD and the Intel sections to make what I think is a good build but evidently I am in the dark about quite a bit haha
 

sykotik

Distinguished Member
Are you going to be using this solely of gaming , or do you any productivity stuff like video or photo editing ?
 

Tzblizz

Member
Solely for gaming, I have a decent Dell Inspiron i7 that I use for developing and everything else I do on a day to day basis
 

sykotik

Distinguished Member
Solely for gaming, I have a decent Dell Inspiron i7 that I use for developing and everything else I do on a day to day basis
I gather you have a monitor ?
what rez is that , 1080p 1440p or 4k ?

just trying to get an idea of peripherals you have got..
the i5 8600k would a better choice over the ryzen 5 1600.
 

Tzblizz

Member
I have a 1080p resolution monitor at the minute, but if it doesn't break the bank to go up to 4k I'm more than willing to invest in a new monitor too
 

mozza54

Well-known Member
I've been looking at a Ryzen build recently and managed to put a list together for just under a grand. I've attached a screenshot for reference, a couple of bits need switching and the GPU price has been jacked up but as a standard build for half the price should be ok with 1080p/1440p at least.

Bunged some notes on your list just based on whats there, you could get better parts if you shop around... If your budget is open ended, consider Intel as well.

Case
PCS SR-621GG TEMPERED GLASS CASE - This is a pretty cheap (£30 - £35), doesn't mean its rubbish I dont know if Id trust a NZXT copy at that price point.

Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six Core CPU (3.2GHz-3.6GHz/19MB CACHE/AM4) - Ryzen 2600 is available.

Motherboard
ASUS® STRIX B350-F GAMING (DDR4, USB 3.0, 6Gb/s) - RGB Ready! - Looks ok but you might find an option with integrated wifi for the same price.

Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2133MHz (4 x 4GB) - Probably want a higher clock speed if you go Ryzen 2400mhz or above

External DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
8x Slim USB 2.0 External DVD-RW - You dont need this.

Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR 5.1 PCI-E Soundcard - Dont need this

Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS 802.11 AC1750 1,300Mbps/5GHz, 450Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD - May not need this, possibly look at getting Wi-fi on your board or Lan connection?

USB Options
2 PORT (1 x TYPE A, 1 x TYPE C) USB 3.1 PCI-E CARD + STANDARD USB PORTS - Your case and board should have enough ports
 

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Tzblizz

Member
Not sure if anyone else has used PCSpecialist but we have for work on custom built laptops and they haven't been the best laptops tbh in terms of build and reliability.

Scan do some decent rigs, only every bought a monitor from them so cant comment on their builds though - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - High End 4K Gaming PCs - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming PCs - Scan 3XS | SCAN UK

A friend of mine recommended PCSpecialist he said they were pretty good, but he is the only person I know to have an experience with them and only once, so it is very possible they are not a great choice for me to buy from. I had a look at some of the prebuilt ones from Scan for around £2000-2500 and they look good but I lack the technical knowledge to truly judge them.

Overclocked Intel Core i7 8700K Coffee Lake VR Ready Gaming PC with NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti seems to be well rated.

I've been looking at a Ryzen build recently and managed to put a list together for just under a grand. I've attached a screenshot for reference, a couple of bits need switching and the GPU price has been jacked up but as a standard build for half the price should be ok with 1080p/1440p at least.

Thanks for the feedback :) my budget is more of a desired product shall we say, if as you say I could get everything I wanted with £1000, then I'd still be willing to spend £2000-2500 to get something beyond my current requirements to get the best experience possible. Performance and resolution, my assumption was that even for £2000 I wouldn't be able to be completely satisfied but perhaps my assumption was not accurate.
 

sykotik

Distinguished Member
TBH if your going to spend that amount of money , you might as well go the intel route ( just my opinion here)
I7 8700k CPU
Z370 mobo
DDR4 ram 3000/3200 or high ( but the higher you go the less of gains there will be , not much differences between the 3200 -4000 when it comes to frame rates while gaming )
gtx 1080ti MSI gaming x

and TBH , 1440p will probably be suffice and giving the 1080 ti will be more than enough to run at 1440p at high or ultra settings and have a high frame rate too ( well above them min 60fps your aiming for )
and if your only playing on a monitor your really not going to see a great deal of difference than at 4k on say a 27 inch monitor

these a list of parts that you could easily build your self .... it's just a rough idea as to what you get for your money including a 1440p monitor ..
System Builder - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GAMING X - PCPartPicker United Kingdom

you will need to add a case , but that's down your liking ,
and if you need a copy of windows , that can be found here
buy Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM CD-KEY GLOBAL in scdkey

seems to be the place to buy from with out any problems ..but i will say, i have never bought from them , just going off what a lot of big youtubers are promoting scdkeys as of lately ,
 

Tzblizz

Member
I have done some replacement of parts for PCs in the past: graphics cards, hard drives, PSU's and such. Unfortunately I have never seated a motherboard or installed a CPU, is this something that someone with little know-how would be able to do just watching some YouTube videos or is it something you would want more experience with before tackling?
 

sykotik

Distinguished Member
I have done some replacement of parts for PCs in the past: graphics cards, hard drives, PSU's and such. Unfortunately I have never seated a motherboard or installed a CPU, is this something that someone with little know-how would be able to do just watching some YouTube videos or is it something you would want more experience with before tackling?
It's like lego , and all tho looks daunting it's very easy once you have seen it and know how ,
watch a few youtube vidz and you'll how easy it is ,
i would say the hardest part is knowing which cables goes where , but again watch some vidz,
most cables are labelled CPU= 4pin or 8pin , GPU=PCIe -6or 8 pin and the 24 pin is the main mobo cable

the CPU (intel) has a little gold triangle on it which matches the black triangle on the mobo socket as well as two notches that is seats into , , just be careful when placing it in , don't force it or drop it and you will do just fine ...

As for the mobo that is easy too , it's mostly about 5 screws that screw into the stand offs on the PC case ,
all of this can been seen in vidz ..
 

Tzblizz

Member
I see, well thank you for all the information, a thank you to everyone who has contributed to help me fill in my areas where my knowledge is lacking :)

I will have to go watch some videos and read some articles about building a PC, I was looking to actually purchase the computer in the next month or so so I will have to give you an update of how it went once I have finished.

One last question, if I go with the build that you have specified above, is there anything I should be aware of when it comes to purchasing a tower? Does motherboard size or shape have a big impact on what towers will be suitable and is there any easy way to figure that out?
 

sykotik

Distinguished Member
One last question, if I go with the build that you have specified above, is there anything I should be aware of when it comes to purchasing a tower? Does motherboard size or shape have a big impact on what towers will be suitable and is there any easy way to figure that out?

Yes the mobo size will determine the size of the case ,
you have
ATX mobo = most lager towers
micro ATX mobo=mid size towers ( but have a look as some mid size towers ) will also take a ATX mobo)
mini ATX mobo =these are you smaller size case

As for parts i listed ,have a look around you might see a better priced mobo (or one with better specs n features ) or cheaper priced CPU
as well every thing else , it was just a rough idea , but good idea as to what to look for ... for the price you willing to pay ..
 

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