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Have been stalling on a new gaming computer for 3 years and need help! First time build.

Hi everyone,

I've never built a computer before, and I've been terrified about making a wrong decision with components and losing a lot of money, or making some other kind of simple mistake that should have been otherwise avoided.

I've had the opportunity to buy a new computer for the past 3 years, and I've been stalling out of fear. I need to stop that now, as it's gotten ridiculous. I would say almost half if not more of the games I own on Steam I can't play because my current computer is just a terrible HP laptop that can't run them.

This is my first big purchase in a while, so I'd like a system that will allow me to play the most demanding games out there for years to come. If it's necessary I'm willing to spend up to around $1800, and I'd like to include a fairly large, quality monitor and keyboard as well, if possible (along with Windows and stuff for school).

I'd greatly appreciate any help offered, and just really don't want to skimp anywhere on the system, be it the power supply or whatever else - I've struggled with crappy computers for so many years that I'd really like to go all-out and get something powerful that I can enjoy for a fairly long time.

Thanks for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can provide any more information.
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  1. Should last you around 4-5yrs, most games on high to ultra settings...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($197.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($81.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($129.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Intel - 600p Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($189.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card ($549.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($81.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link - TL-WN881ND PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.95 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus - VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor ($258.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Keyboard: Thermaltake - Commander Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($26.89 @ SuperBiiz)
    Headphones: Logitech - G230 Headset ($32.99 @ Amazon)
    Speakers: Logitech - Z323 30W 2.1ch Speakers ($44.49 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1799.79
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-07-26 18:05 EDT-0400
  2. I appreciate that, it looks like a powerful build and you added some things I completely forgot to mention but wanted to include, like WiFi capability, a non-AMD graphics card (just had a terrible experience), a non-liquid cooling unit, etc.

    So with that build, is the idea that the stock fans with the case will be enough? I'd like to run as coolly and quietly as possible, if it's worth adding anything (just non-liquid)...

    Also out of curiosity, if someone were trying to scale down to like $1600, which areas would you reduce/change first?

    Thanks again!
  3. Best answer
    Wifi card is already in the list. Graphics card is from Nvidia. Scaled down to $1600. Recommend not to go down any further, else you have to either compromise on quality or performance.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($197.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($81.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($129.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.41 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card ($519.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair - SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link - TL-WN881ND PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.95 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus - VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor ($258.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Keyboard: Thermaltake - Commander Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($26.79 @ OutletPC)
    Headphones: Logitech - G230 Headset ($32.99 @ Amazon)
    Speakers: Logitech - Z323 30W 2.1ch Speakers ($44.49 @ Target)
    Total: $1598.21
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-07-27 12:30 EDT-0400

    Edit: The stock cpu cooler which comes along with the cpu is very good, even if you are overclcoking the cpu moderately. You dont need a separate cooler.
    There is no liquid involved in the build.
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