$20 more but a lot better:
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If you need this list to be the same cost as your original list, you could swap the SSD for an MX500 250GB or the RAM for 2x4GB DDR4-3000 (instead of 2x8).
Costs a little bit more, but is a lot better:
VRAY's rendering engine won't run on an AMD GPU.
I would say to wait; with the RTX Super cards and 3rd gen Ryzen coming out, you could get the CPU/GPU cheaper or get better preformance for the same price.
Your part list is private but since the power button won't respond, it sounds like the mobo is DOA. Do any of the debug LED's light up?
Rumors say 10-15%. But the 3rd gen Ryzen CPU's should still be faster and cheaper.
Good/small/powerful 9900k+2080ti build that keeps the RGB down to two brands while staying just under $5000:
If you can wait until July 7th you can get a cheaper 9900k or a 3rd gen Ryzen CPU.
The RAM I picked is the same speed, and the SSD will be faster beause it is NVMe. The RAM I picked is also not tall, so the cooler should fit fine.
Can you recover them through TestDisk/PhotoRec?
It's almost the best you can buy, but this is what I would change:
I see it now
$100 cheaper while keeping the white theme:
I used those steps to make a bricked USB drive work again, so it should work on an SSD.
My best guess would be a RAM issue. Do you get any errors if you run memtest86+?
Total cost is somewhat over $1200 but it would be a good 1080p144 gaming PC. If you want to bring the cost down (closer to $1200) you could swap the case for a Thermaltake Core V1 and remove the speakers from the list.
For a confused mom it ended up a decent build list, although it would be improved without reaching the budget ceiling:
Also, are you going to need other peripherals besides a monitor (like a keyboard/mouse/headphones/speakers)? If so, I could add some inexpensive (yet still good) peripherals to the list.
It's a good deal for a Tab S3, most of the open box eBay listings for a Tab S3 are $30 more.
If you're wondering how well it would hold up: I have a Tab S2, it's a great tablet and can definitely handle gaming (I can usually get 45-60fps on medium settings in most mobile games) or movies (I've tested it up to 1440p60 and it didn't lag while watching videos). I'd get the Tab S3, but the only thing holding me back are the glass backing and that the Snapdragon 820 is only a quad core.
If you want to go to the top end of your budget, you can get a lightly used Galaxy Tab S4: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/113772990353
Or, if you can stretch your budget, you can get a new Tab S5e: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07QBB1YV1/
I improved the build, but I'm not sure where to start to lower the price down to $3000 again:
Unless he needs 64GB of RAM (for something like editing 8K videos) I'd suggest lowering the amount of ram to 32GB.
Since he wants custom cables, here's a good set that would fit the PSU and match the white theme: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L66WTY7/
Almost all X470 motherboards should be compatible with Ryzen 3000, but might not support PCIe 4.0 (all X570 boards will support PCIe 4.0).
If you can wait until next month to build a PC, the Ryzen 3000 CPU's and Navi GPU's would be worth getting instead.
edit: it got featured! :D
No, Intel SSD's work normally with a AMD CPU.
These are the instant rebate deals if you don't want to look through the list for them:
Really old products:
Slightly cheaper and a lot better:
Oh. The PSU and GPU sales ended right after I posted the part list.
Better and $20 cheaper:
I've used WinDirStat a lot to find out where my storage is going. Helps if you have some large files or backups you forgot about.
If you want to use a cleaning program, Disk Cleanup comes with Windows 10 and can clean a lot of junk. Just remember to select "Clean up system files" when it asks you what you want to clean up.
3.5TB of storage, a 2080TI, and upgradability when Ryzen 3000 comes out (in about a month). Also included some extras like fast RAM and Windows 10 Pro (instead of Home).
I'm also assuming you max budget is $2,000, not $2,0000. :P
The motherboard I picked is one of the best B450 mATX boards, if you can get it with the current promo ($23 off) it would be a steal.
What's your budget? For example, here's a good monitor for $550: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/ttnG3C/
The main difference is that a non-blower card has one "fan" that sucks air into the heatsink, and then the air goes out a vent at the back of the card (where the display plugs are). They are good for very small systems or PC's with bad airflow, but can end up with higher temperatures and more noise compared to a non-blower card. Non-blower cards have 1-3 fans that draw air into the heatsink, which is then drawn out through holes all around the sides of the card.
A little over budget but how's this?
It has no SSD and only 1 stick of slow RAM. :/
Your part list is marked as private but It sounds like a PSU issue. If your CPU has integrated graphics, does the PC work when you remove your GPU and plug your monitor into the port on the motherboard?
The boot drive generally holds Windows and whatever programs you have (like game launchers, a browser or a game or two you play a lot). For example, I have to have at least a 240GB boot drive because I have 120GB in programs (that doesn't include games or Windows).
That mobo is great for anybody who needs something that's reliable and don't need any special features but I went with a different one for the 2 M.2 slots.
Yes, you will be able to run one monitor off that GPU at full resolution and refresh rate. (If you don't need a dual monitor setup, I'd suggest sending the GPU and one monitor back and getting an RTX 2070).
My general thoughts on what went wrong are:
I would have gone with this:
EDIT: Since the Dell Optiplex 755's PSU is bad for upgrading, I'd suggest selling it and getting this instead.
That PC isn't the greatest but it's under $300 and has a good C/GPU.
It has a Core2 Duo and 4GB RAM.
Considering your PC has a Core2 Duo, a 275W PSU, and a 160GB HDD, it's going to be very limited.
What I would suggest for an upgrade:
Both the drives should preform exactly the same. The only difference is that the M.2-2280 drive uses M.2 SATA, while the 2.5" drive uses SATA.
The M.2 version will be best if you want less wires in your PC (because you would not be using SATA power and data cables) but the 2.5" version would be best if you want to leave your M.2 slot open (to upgrade to an NVMe drive in the future and keep that SSD).
Generally, I would suggest an M.2 NVMe drive for a new PC, because they are faster then M.2 SATA and 2.5" SATA drives and are only slightly more. For example: Crucial P1 or Intel 660p.
This is definitely going to be featured
Added an RTX 2070 while keeping it around $1000:
Unless you're buying the GPU used or already own it, it would be worth getting an RTX 2080 instead.
Usually, ATX boards have more fan headers and an extra internal USB 3.0 connector, but aren't faster then micro ATX.
Also, since the motherboard you picked (for the micro ATX build) already has gigabit Ethernet, you should remove the Ethernet card and get DDR4-3000 RAM (and a Ryzen 5 1600 if you can stretch your budget a little).
The monitors won't be.
If you can go a little over $600, you can get a Ryzen 5 2600 (for 6 cores instead of 4)