First time build motherboard suggestions

So my laptap crapped out on me and I decided to, for the first time since I was a kid, go back to a desktop. I'm definitely new building but not completely clueless. I've been using PCpartpicker to help out, but I'm stuck on the motherboard. I just don't know what to get thats within my price range. I would like to be in the $100 - $150 range but will push to $200 only if needed or given a good reason. I'm trying to keep my build at $500 - $600. The computer will be used for moderate gaming, a lot of web browsing, storage for upwards of 5000 pictures, picture editing and HD movie streaming but would be neat if I could get 4K. Plan on using Windows 10. Any help on the motherboard or any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance!

These are my current parts picked out.

Case: Cougar Solutions 2

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-core

Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 1.29GHz
(Or MSI RX 560 4GB, both seem pretty similar)

PSU: Raidmax XT 500W

RAM: 16GB

Hard Drive: Samsung SSD plus HDD
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  1. Don't build with FX it's a dead end platform , go with a Ryzen setup and Raidmax PSU's are poor quality.
  2. GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P FX (rev. 2.1)
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813145022

    • AMD 990FX

    I suggest using a matched pair of DDR3-1866MHz memory.
    HyperX FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model HX318C10FBK2/8
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104462&cm_re=DDR3-1866MHz-_-20-104-462-_-Product
  3. Don't pick AMD FX CPU because you will regret it. Select Ryzen since it will faster and use less power. The AM4 socket will be supported by AMD for several years. You can go to youtube and compare it yourself.

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz is not a true 8-core.
  4. Something like this will probably work good for you.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.49 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($106.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GAMING X 4G Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill - NAUTILUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($25.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $616.21
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-20 18:17 EST-0500

    This will be better for browsing and application responsiveness. But much worse for gaming.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.49 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($106.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: ADATA - Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($47.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus - Radeon RX 550 2GB Video Card ($93.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill - NAUTILUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($25.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $618.19
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-20 18:09 EST-0500
  5. The FX processors are slow and the line is obsolete.


    ------------------------------ budget build ---------------------------
    For a budget gaming build, I like to recommend that one builds for future expandability.
    That means paying a bit more up front for some parts that allow for an easier future upgrade.
    A good rule of thumb is to budget twice as much for the graphics card than for the cpu.

    Let me start where you might not expect:

    1. Buy a good 500w psu or better. 520w will run a card as good as a GTX1080.
    Future graphics cards will be built on smaller 14nm so they should not need more power than today.
    I might suggest Seasonic S12II 620w for example. Expect to pay around $60.
    Look for a tier 1 or 2 quality unit on a list such as this:
    https://community.newegg.com/eggxpert/computer_hardware/f/135081/t/45344.aspx?Redirected=true

    2. Buy a lga1151 B250 based motherboard. About $50.
    3. I suggest a G4620 @3.7. About $93.
    In time, you can upgrade to any I3/I5/I7 cpu that you want and market the original processor.

    4. The intel stock cooler will do the job.

    5. For ram, speed is not important. Buy a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb DDR4
    About $90. If you ever want 16gb, buy it up front in one kit; adding more ram is never guaranteed to work.
    Heat spreaders are marketing and generally useless.


    6. Cases are a personal thing. Buy one you love. Most will do the job for <$50.
    Here is a silverstone PS08 for $50; It fits a smallar M-ATX motherboard.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163223

    7. The graphics card is the most important component for gaming.
    I think a GTX1050 or GTX1050ti would be appropriate, plan on $120-$150.
    You could go stronger in the video card if your budget permits and your games need it.
    On the other hand, you could build using the integrated 630 graphics which is quite good and see how you do.
    By deferring on the graphics card, you will get a better idea of what you really need.
    Integrated is fine for sims, but not fast action games.

    8. Lastly, I will never build again without a SSD for the "C" drive. It makes everything you do so much quicker.
    Buy a samsung evo of 240gb or better; about $90.

    I think this totals about $600.
    -------------good luck------------
  6. Made 2 lists. 1 without windows in budget and 1 with windows in budget.

    Without:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.49 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.33 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($106.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate - FireCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition Video Card ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cougar - Solution 2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.89 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $600.67
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-20 18:04 EST-0500

    With:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.49 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($103.14 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI - Radeon RX 560 - 1024 4GB AERO ITX Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Deepcool - TESSERACT WH ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ B&H)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.89 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($92.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $600.37
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-20 18:10 EST-0500
  7. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($167.65 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($108.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.88 @ Other World Computing)
    Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GAMING X 4G Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill - NAUTILUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($25.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($38.59 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $586.08
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-20 18:33 EST-0500
  8. Really appreciating everyone's suggestions. I Will be taking the advice and switching to ryzen 3 or 5, probably 5. A couple good options on the motherboard, unsure or which ill go with but I'm sure I can't go wrong with any of the ones suggested.
  9. amonshax said:
    Really appreciating everyone's suggestions. I Will be taking the advice and switching to ryzen 3 or 5, probably 5. A couple good options on the motherboard, unsure or which ill go with but I'm sure I can't go wrong with any of the ones suggested.


    You can go wrong by buying the Msi b350 Tomahawk. I made the mistake of buying it and it's by far the worst motherboard i've ever used, it nearly killed my cpu on stock settings.
  10. Since everyone already presented OP with their Ryzen options, I'll just leave my rebate laden Coffelake option here for OP:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($127.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z370M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($101.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team - Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($97.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GAMING X 4G Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: DIYPC - DIY-F2-W MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $582.91
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-21 03:53 EST-0500

    i3 8100 has promo code JULIA85710 for another $10 off at SuperBiiz till the 25th.
    Sale prices on the GPU ends today while the MB/PSU are still going for another week.
  11. So this is what I have now. Thoughts everyone? Hard drive is not added because I have a Samsung 850 evo ssd 500gb already.

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($197.48 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GAMING X 4G Video Card ($151.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill - NAUTILUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($25.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($32.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $482.42


    Video card is still a toss up between that and the Msi rx 560 4GB which would save maybe $20
  12. amonshax said:
    So this is what I have now. Thoughts everyone? Hard drive is not added because I have a Samsung 850 evo ssd 500gb already.

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($197.48 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GAMING X 4G Video Card ($151.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill - NAUTILUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($25.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($32.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $482.42


    Video card is still a toss up between that and the Msi rx 560 4GB which would save maybe $20


    Looks good.
    Go for the RX 560 if you're planning to buy or already have a monitor/tv with freesync.
    Otherwise go for the gtx 1050 ti.
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