Advice on building a PC.

November 8, 2017 at 16:10:22
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I'm new to the PC world and am looking to build my own gaming PC. Does anyone have any recommendations on parts, monitors, mouses, etc. along with any advice when it comes to building the thing itself? I'm not looking to spend a ton of money, with around $1,000 as my max.

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November 22, 2017 at 02:39:42
Start with an AMD RYZEN CPU , then build from there

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November 29, 2017 at 09:24:55
Here's my recommendation:
1) Don't spend more on your motherboard than your CPU. Good motherboards are good. Over the top motherboards don't make your PC any faster.
2) Don't buy the latest motherboard and CPU. You just pay 30% more for 5% increase in speed. I bought my i7-4790K when 6700K's were new, so I got a good deal on my CPU. Besides, next generation i5 or i7 CPU is only 5-10% faster than the older generation. I bought Asrock Z97 which is a cheaper brand than ASUS but as good since it's a spin-off of Asus.
3) Buy minimum 8 GB RAM, DDR3 or DDR4 depending on your motherboard. 16 GB is good. More than that is NOT needed. I have 20 GB now and it hardly gets full.
4) Buy a 128 or better, 256 GB SSD for your operating system drive along with 1 or 2 TB hard disk for movies, games, mp3 etc.
5) Buy a decent graphics card if you want to play games but don't buy the top GPU because it's too expensive. Geforce 970 or 980 should have come down in price. Or you could get a 1060.
6) Get a full HD IPS LED monitor, don't buy curved or 4K. I have ASUS MX239 but I wish I bought the 27 inch.
7) Buy a decent CPU heatsink and decent thermal paste. I like Arctic Cooling.
8) Razor gaming mice and keyboards are expensive. Get Logitech or A4Tech. They are pretty decent.
9) For headphones, I have Sennheiser HD202. They make great audio devices.
10) Get a brand-name PSU like Cooler Master or something.
11) For hard drives, Western Digitals have longer life than Seagate (I used to be a die-hard Seagate fan until they made crap). WD Red is good, Black is Server class but expensive. Blue is OK, stay away from Purple or Green.

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November 29, 2017 at 20:41:35
"WD Red is good, Black is Server class but expensive. Blue is OK, stay away from Purple or Green."
Actually, Red is for RAID arrays including servers as well as NAS'; Black is their performance desktop line. I have been using the Black series in desktops for years and they are NOT recommended for RAID arrays.
Other than that, I have no problem with your recommendations though specifics like graphics cards depend largely on the uses the machine is going to be for. A GTX1050 or GTX 1050Ti may be plenty if there will be little or no gaming and anything over a GTX 1060 would most likely be outside of the price range listed (but a possible future upgrade).

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