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Choosing GPU/CPU for a new 1080p gaming rig

I am currently putting together a specs list for a new rig I'd be building withing the month. I have a working budget of about $1000-$1200 (roughly 60-65K in Philippine Pesos).

With the tight budget I am currently looking at buying an Intel i5 7500 paired with an ASUS STRIX GTX1050Ti GPU on an MSI Z270 A PRO or ASROCK FATALITY Z270 GAMING K4 motherboard, with 8GB or 16GB or RAM

Q> Do you guys have any recommendations on what would be better options than the above?

Q> Is the 1050ti a good choice or will I be better served by a couple of cheaper RX cards in CrossFire?

Q> Will 8GB of RAM be sufficient? Because of the tight budget I am looking at spacing out the purchases, maybe start off with just 8GB of RAM to begin with and funneling the $ to the GPU/CPU budget.

Feel free to suggest any builds you favor at the listed price range above (although components are hard to come by here in the Philippines and the pieces I listed above were largely chosen because they were readily available and are within the budget targets)

Thanks!
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  1. Why the Z270 board get a cheaper B250 board.
    I would also consider one of the AMD R5 processors paired with a budget B350 board.
    16GB of memory is a yes so no need to buy more later.
    If that frees up enough money then a GTX 1060 3gb card.
    On a tight budget I would not be buying a SSD for specific parts the prices here and their will be different.
    Example using US prices.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($226.68 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($127.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Windforce OC Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ B&H)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $965.37
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-23 11:06 EDT-0400

    Toward the upper end with a bit better card and a SSD.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($226.68 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($127.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card ($290.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ B&H)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1126.36
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-23 11:09 EDT-0400
  2. CPU - i5 7500
    GPU- GTX 1060 or equivalent AMD
    Motherboard - since you are getting a non-k chip go for a lower tier chipset, this will make mother board cheaper
    Mem - 8GB should be fine for this setup
    Hard Drive - 250GB SSD
    Hard Drive - 2TB Storage Drive

    Shop the deals, can save you a ton. Here is a very quick thing I put together, I've seen components go for much cheaper than this on sale. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/C33fbj

    You can also check out the Ryzen 5 CPUs.
  3. Zerk2012 said:
    Why the Z270 board get a cheaper B250 board.
    I would also consider one of the AMD R5 processors paired with a budget B350 board.
    16GB of memory is a yes so no need to buy more later.
    If that frees up enough money then a GTX 1060 3gb card.
    On a tight budget I would not be buying a SSD for specific parts the prices here and their will be different.
    Example using US prices.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($226.68 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($127.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Windforce OC Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ B&H)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $965.37
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-23 11:06 EDT-0400

    Toward the upper end with a bit better card and a SSD.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($226.68 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair - H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($127.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card ($290.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ B&H)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1126.36
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-23 11:09 EDT-0400



    Thanks!

    I chose the Z270 originally because it was the only one readily available here in Manila that was neither too cheap, nor too pricey. I have looked around some more after reading your comment and I did find one retailer with B250 in stock so thanks for the suggestion! :D
  4. The R5 1600X has 6 cores 12 threads if your going to be live streaming or editing that is a better CPU for the price also more games are strating to take advantage of more cores. BF1 in multi player will already run better on it.
  5. brian.h.schaefer said:

    You can also check out the Ryzen 5 CPUs.


    Unfortunately, I've never used an AMD processor so I tend to gravitate towards Intel when I put together a new rig :( But I still have maybe a couple of weeks or so before I start putting things together so I definitely will look at Ryzen before finalizing by build.

    ---------

    With your, and Zerk's inputs, I've made some adjustments:

    I dropped the RAM to 8GB for starters, dropped the SSD, and changed to the MSI B250 MORTAR mobo. I figured that I could easily just make the RAM and SSD upgrades at a later time, which would be much easier than upgrading to a diff CPU/GPU.

    With the savings I made from the above changes I am now deciding on the ff:

    1. Should I keep the i5 7500, or go with the i5 7700 (non K). The difference is about $115 in Manila prices

    2. MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X 3GB vs 6GB variants. Is the 6GB worth the additional $70? Also, is MSI ok? I haven't had any experience with MSI products and the only other 1060 choices are Inno3D and Zotac.

    3. As for AMD GPU, there are Sapphire cards available, and their RX570 is about the same price as the MSI GTX 1060 GAMING X 3GB. would the Sapphire RX570 be a good option? What other AMD cards could I consider?

    (The choices I made were off of the availability on this supplier btw: PC Corner)

    Thanks!
  6. Zerk2012 said:
    The R5 1600X has 6 cores 12 threads if your going to be live streaming or editing that is a better CPU for the price also more games are strating to take advantage of more cores. BF1 in multi player will already run better on it.


    I just checked and that's definitely worth considering. It's $50 cheaper than the i7 7700 that I was considering.
  7. Best answer
    1. I don't think I would go above an i5 when paired with a GTX 1060. A i5 7600 would be a great chip.

    2. Higher memory on GPU benefits higher resolutions. With that said, I would go for the 6GB card.

    3. I'd stick with the GTX 1060.
  8. 3. An RX580 could be a competitor for the GTX 1060 depending on price.
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