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Deciding on CPU + Motherboard (on a budget)

p3ibol

4 days ago

This is my first time building a PC, so even though I'm learning a lot on the process, I'm still pretty much a noob regarding most of it. Since I'm on a tight budget (my max would be 600€) I have been looking in the 2nd hand market and already bought the case, an ssd (I have an old hdd that I will be using too), a GPU and the RAM. I'm quite lost about finding/choosing the CPU + Motherboard choice and I really need help with it.

I live in Germany. I will be using the PC mainly for music making (composing software, maybe a bit of producing) and gaming (but not hardcore gaming, I'm more than happy being able to play Dragon Age kind of games on 1080p).

This is the list of what I have so far (the power supply is only an idea, the monitor I'm about to get it):

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory €60.00
Storage Samsung - 840 EVO 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive €35.00
Video Card Gainward - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB Video Card €100.00
Case Corsair - Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case €35.00
Power Supply SeaSonic - S12II 620 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply €56.99 @ Amazon Deutschland
Monitor Asus - VS247HR 23.6" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor €60.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €346.99
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-18 10:34 CEST+0200

I'm trying to find CPU + Motherboard for around 200€. I had always Intel CPUs but I can't find a decent one for an affordable price. I have seen that AMD Ryzen CPUs are much cheaper, but I don't know where to begin with or what to look for. I don't know if it's worth getting them 2nd hand, since they are already quite affordable new. There are enough AM4 mainboards on the 2nd hand market to choose from, so that wouldn't be a huge issue. I'm trying to find one that has integrated WIFI but that's more difficult to find. Would it be ok getting one without it and buying an extra PCIe Wireless network adapter? Any recomendations on this too? I'm also really lost regarding to WIFI adapters.

I'm probably not planning to OC, since I'm a total noob regarding that, and even though a fast PC is nice to have, I prefer reliability and a long-lasting PC.

Thanks!

Comments

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

I think a Ryzen 5 2600 with a decent B450 motherboard would work great for you:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor €144.90 @ Alternate
Motherboard ASRock - B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard €68.89 @ Alternate
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory €60.00
Storage Samsung - 840 EVO 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive €35.00
Video Card Gainward - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB Video Card €100.00
Case Corsair - Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case €35.00
Power Supply SeaSonic - S12II 620 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply €56.99 @ Amazon Deutschland
Monitor Asus - VS247HR 23.6" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor €60.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €560.78
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-18 15:13 CEST+0200
  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

If I'm not planning to overclock, would the Ryzen 5 1600x be also a good option? It's easier to find good used b350 mainboards

  • 15 hours ago
  • 1 point

I would say MSI b40 tomahawk with ryzen 2600x or 2600. Also since you have a pretty decent graphics card I would recommend getting like a 120 hz monitor 1080p. Just to get good use of a good graphics card, like that.

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