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Old 13-01-2020, 06:10 PM   #1
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Question Urgent help needed for casual gaming rig please

Hi all, need some recommendations here. Have not been following the hardware scene for a few years so any recommendations to kick off my research would be much appreciated.

I play games occasionally. Mostly those RPG type and not really those graphics intensive ones but would like to have a future-proof rig at the best performance/price sweet spot.

Processor - ?
Motherboard - ?
SSD - ?
GFX card - ?
Power supply - ?
RAM - can recycle my current Crucial 2 x 8Gb PC1600 DDR3?
Casing - recycle my current Fractal Design Define R4
HDD - recycle my current WD red 4Tb SATA 64mb cache

I'm not really constrained by budget but would not want to overpay. Just want the mid-range sweet spot rig.

Thanks in advance!
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Processor
AMD RYZEN R5-3600
Mainboard
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB VENTUS XS OC
Memory
CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 3200MHZ CL16 8GB x 2
Display
SAMSUNG 32" UHD U32R590CWE
Storage
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe M.2 + Samsung 840 EVO 256Gb + WD Red 4TB X 2
Optical Storage
Samsung 22x SATA DVD-RW
Casing
FRACTAL DESIGN DEFINE R4 TITANIUM
PSU
Corsair RM750 80+ GOLD FULL MODULAR
Audio
Realtek® ALC892
OS
WIN 10

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Old 13-01-2020, 06:12 PM   #2
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Current ram is DDR4
And OS drive better get SSD.
Processor
R5 3600/R5 1600X
Mainboard
Asrock X570 Steel Legend/Asrock X370 Gaming K4
Graphics Card
PowerColor RX570 8GB/Palit GTX1050Ti 4GB
Memory
G.Skill Sniper 16GB/Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
Display
Samsung C32JG50EXX/Samsung S27D590
Storage
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD, 480GB SSD/Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD, 500GB SSD/DS418 4x 2TB Toshiba HDD
Casing
Lian Li PC-7FNW/PC-7FW
PSU
SuperFlower Leadex II Gold 650W/Seasonic Prime Platinum 650W
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Creative SB AE-5/SB AE-5

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Old 13-01-2020, 06:22 PM   #3
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Yes I'm getting an SSD for OS drive. My current SSD is Samsung 250Gb 840 EVO which I don't think can recycle. Maybe use as a spare drive.
Processor
AMD RYZEN R5-3600
Mainboard
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB VENTUS XS OC
Memory
CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 3200MHZ CL16 8GB x 2
Display
SAMSUNG 32" UHD U32R590CWE
Storage
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe M.2 + Samsung 840 EVO 256Gb + WD Red 4TB X 2
Optical Storage
Samsung 22x SATA DVD-RW
Casing
FRACTAL DESIGN DEFINE R4 TITANIUM
PSU
Corsair RM750 80+ GOLD FULL MODULAR
Audio
Realtek® ALC892
OS
WIN 10

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Old 13-01-2020, 07:08 PM   #4
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I play games occasionally. Mostly those RPG type and not really those graphics intensive ones but would like to have a future-proof rig at the best performance/price sweet spot.
Best way to future proof is not to get a discrete GPU. Buy a CPU with integrated graphics. Then when you need a GPU, just buy one and slot it in. After all, it may be a year or two before you actually need a more powerful GPU.

In fact, looking at your rig, at most you just need another 8GB instead of a upgrade.
Processor
Ryzen 2200G
Mainboard
Asrock AB350M PRO4
Memory
Corsair LPX Vengeance DDR4-3000mhz 32GB
Display
Acer 31.5" QHD monitor
Storage
Samsung EVO 500GB + 20TB storage
Optical Storage
LG GSA-H44L
Casing
CoolerMaster Master Pro 3
PSU
FSP ECO 80+ 350W
Audio
SoundBlaster Roar
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Old 13-01-2020, 07:36 PM   #5
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Best way to future proof is not to get a discrete GPU. Buy a CPU with integrated graphics. Then when you need a GPU, just buy one and slot it in. After all, it may be a year or two before you actually need a more powerful GPU.

In fact, looking at your rig, at most you just need another 8GB instead of a upgrade.
he has already 2x8GB RAM
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Old 13-01-2020, 08:16 PM   #6
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Best way to future proof is not to get a discrete GPU. Buy a CPU with integrated graphics. Then when you need a GPU, just buy one and slot it in. After all, it may be a year or two before you actually need a more powerful GPU.

In fact, looking at your rig, at most you just need another 8GB instead of a upgrade.
My current Powercolor R9 270 died so thinking of upgrading everything. The curreny rig already lasted me more than 5 years.
Processor
AMD RYZEN R5-3600
Mainboard
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB VENTUS XS OC
Memory
CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 3200MHZ CL16 8GB x 2
Display
SAMSUNG 32" UHD U32R590CWE
Storage
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe M.2 + Samsung 840 EVO 256Gb + WD Red 4TB X 2
Optical Storage
Samsung 22x SATA DVD-RW
Casing
FRACTAL DESIGN DEFINE R4 TITANIUM
PSU
Corsair RM750 80+ GOLD FULL MODULAR
Audio
Realtek® ALC892
OS
WIN 10

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Old 13-01-2020, 09:28 PM   #7
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Going by PCTheme pricelist:

Processor - Ryzen 3600
Motherboard - MSI B450M Mortar Max = $445 with CPU
(Alternative: 9400F + MSI B360M Bazooka = $345)
RAM - Gskill FlareX DDR4-3200 16GB = $119
SSD - Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe = $248
GFX card - Zotac 1660 Super = $339 (or RX 570 8GB = $169)
Power supply - EVGA 550+ gold = $89

Total = $1240
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Processor
Ryzen 3600
Mainboard
MSI B450M Mortar Titanium
Graphics Card
MSI Armor RTX 2060 Super
Memory
32GB Micron Ballistix Sport LT E-Die DDR4 @ 3600C16
Display
Acer XB271HU IPS
Storage
HP EX920 1TB, XPG 8200 Pro 2TB, Crucial M550 1TB, Micron 1100 2TB
PSU
Seasonic Focus Plus 850W
Audio
Topping D10 + JBL LSR305
OS
Win 10 Pro

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Old 13-01-2020, 11:17 PM   #8
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Ok here's what I've shortlisted. Thanks to Antisocial bro. Comments are welcomed.

Processor + MB: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX + AMD Ryzen R5-3600 $460
SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe M.2 $248
GFX card: ZOTAC GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB TWIN FAN $339
Power supply: SEASONIC FP FM-650W SEMI GOLD $145
RAM - G.SKILL RIPJAWS V 3000MHZ CL16 ( 8GBx2pcs ) $115
Casing - CORSAIR 275R BLACK T-GLASS $105
HDD - WD Red 4Tb $151
Microsoft Windows 10 Home Premium 64 bit $130

Total damage: Around $1700

Thinking of throwing into another $528 to get the Samsung 32" UHD U32R590 curved monitor

Last edited by outlander; 13-01-2020 at 11:24 PM..
Processor
AMD RYZEN R5-3600
Mainboard
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB VENTUS XS OC
Memory
CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 3200MHZ CL16 8GB x 2
Display
SAMSUNG 32" UHD U32R590CWE
Storage
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe M.2 + Samsung 840 EVO 256Gb + WD Red 4TB X 2
Optical Storage
Samsung 22x SATA DVD-RW
Casing
FRACTAL DESIGN DEFINE R4 TITANIUM
PSU
Corsair RM750 80+ GOLD FULL MODULAR
Audio
Realtek® ALC892
OS
WIN 10

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Old 13-01-2020, 11:41 PM   #9
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can consider MSI for the GPU

https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/h...o-6182056.html
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Processor
Ryzen 3700X
Mainboard
Gigabyte AX370 Aorus Gaming K7
Graphics Card
Galax GTX 1070Ti EX-SNPR
Memory
Team T-Force Night Hawk 2X8GB DDR4-3200@3600 16-17-19-36 1.36V
Display
Acer Predator Z35
Storage
Adata 2TB SX8200 Pro + Sandisk 480GB Extreme Pro + 2X4TB HGST NAS + 8TB Seagate Barracuda
Casing
Phanteks P400S
PSU
Corsair AX1200i
OS
Windows 10 Pro

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Old 14-01-2020, 12:03 AM   #10
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Any recommendation on where to assemble? PC Themes or Tradepac? Really lost touch now.
Processor
AMD RYZEN R5-3600
Mainboard
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB VENTUS XS OC
Memory
CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 3200MHZ CL16 8GB x 2
Display
SAMSUNG 32" UHD U32R590CWE
Storage
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe M.2 + Samsung 840 EVO 256Gb + WD Red 4TB X 2
Optical Storage
Samsung 22x SATA DVD-RW
Casing
FRACTAL DESIGN DEFINE R4 TITANIUM
PSU
Corsair RM750 80+ GOLD FULL MODULAR
Audio
Realtek® ALC892
OS
WIN 10

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Old 14-01-2020, 07:58 AM   #11
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Changing GFX card to take advantage of MSI promo.

Processor + MB: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX + AMD Ryzen R5-3600 $460
SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe M.2 $248
GFX card: MSI GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB VENTUS XS OC $329
PSU: SEASONIC FP FM-650W SEMI GOLD $145
RAM - G.SKILL RIPJAWS V 3000MHZ CL16 ( 8GBx2pcs ) $115
Casing - CORSAIR 275R BLACK T-GLASS $105
HDD - WD Red 4Tb $151
Microsoft Windows 10 Home Premium 64 bit $130

Total damage: Around $1700

Thinking of throwing into another $528 to get the Samsung 32" UHD U32R590 curved monitor
Processor
AMD RYZEN R5-3600
Mainboard
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
Graphics Card
MSI GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB VENTUS XS OC
Memory
CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 3200MHZ CL16 8GB x 2
Display
SAMSUNG 32" UHD U32R590CWE
Storage
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe M.2 + Samsung 840 EVO 256Gb + WD Red 4TB X 2
Optical Storage
Samsung 22x SATA DVD-RW
Casing
FRACTAL DESIGN DEFINE R4 TITANIUM
PSU
Corsair RM750 80+ GOLD FULL MODULAR
Audio
Realtek® ALC892
OS
WIN 10

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Old 14-01-2020, 08:47 AM   #12
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I will drop that NVMe and just get a Transcend 1TB NVMe for less than S$200. Then with that diff in saving and get a Coolermaster hyper 212 heatsink.
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Old 14-01-2020, 09:41 AM   #13
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Changing GFX card to take advantage of MSI promo.

Processor + MB: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX + AMD Ryzen R5-3600 $460
SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe M.2 $248
GFX card: MSI GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB VENTUS XS OC $329
PSU: SEASONIC FP FM-650W SEMI GOLD $145
RAM - G.SKILL RIPJAWS V 3000MHZ CL16 ( 8GBx2pcs ) $115
Casing - CORSAIR 275R BLACK T-GLASS $105
HDD - WD Red 4Tb $151
Microsoft Windows 10 Home Premium 64 bit $130

Total damage: Around $1700

Thinking of throwing into another $528 to get the Samsung 32" UHD U32R590 curved monitor
i usually sell my old rig to buy new rig.

by economic factor i will take into consideration of rig being sold in 5 years time.

this way even if initial investment on rig is higher the value and experience is better.
Processor
AMD RYZEN 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.4 GHz Max Boost)
Mainboard
Gigabyte X570 Aorus PRO WIFI
Graphics Card
ZOTAC RTX 2070 Super Twin Fan 8GB
Memory
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB PRO 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200MHz C16 DIMM Ryzen
Display
Acer Predator XB271HU
Storage
SN750 WD 1TB with Heatsink | Manages Window Storage 30TB
Casing
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X Glass
PSU
Cooler Master V1200 Platinum Full Modular 80+
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Old 14-01-2020, 10:10 AM   #14
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Get at Win10 key online and that will cut down at least $100. Win10 is lenient on key so it's worth a try. Since this is casual gaming rig, you may want to consider Zotac 1650 Super for $100 less.

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Old 14-01-2020, 01:37 PM   #15
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If you want save money, can opt for Asrock B450M Pro 4 motherboard

The ram I feel is bo hua, but you want get local then not much option anyway. I do recommend to get at least 3200mhz cl16.

PSU for that price, you can easily get full modular 10 years warranty, check out evga g+ gold 650w, corsair rm 2019 650w (2019 is manufacture year, only that year onwards has 10 years warranty), seasonic focus+ or gx 650w
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